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Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church - The Bronx, New York.  A Parish of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod where “God’s People Pray.”

The Rev. Dr. Dien Ashley Taylor, Pastor

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“as the Spirit enabled them to speak…” (Acts 2:4 CEB)

 

The Holy Spirit enables God’s people to speak.  In John 6, our Lord Jesus speaks words that are “spirit and life.”  As the Word Made Flesh, Jesus spoke words of forgiveness of sin and submission to the Father from His cross where He suffered and died for our sin before He handed over His Spirit.  In speaking, Jesus breathes His Spirit on His disciples after His resurrection from the dead.  Pentecost marks how Jesus continues to speak by the power of the Holy Spirit through His Holy Apostles (Acts 2).

 

The Holy Spirit enables God’s people to speak to Him.  In response to our Lord’s speaking to us in the waters of Holy Baptism, in Holy Absolution, and in the Holy Eucharist, the Spirit causes us to respond to Him in praise and thanksgiving.  The action is first from Him to us and then from us to Him.  Doxology—true praise—is breathing the Spirit who first comes to us to enable us to breathe Him and then responding to the Father with the trustworthy words our Lord has given to us to speak.  “Our Father who art in heaven…” There, “God’s People Pray” because God has given us His Spirit so that we can bring “ev’rything to God in prayer” (What a Friend We Have in Jesus, stanza 1).

 

The Holy Spirit enables God’s people to speak with each other.  Instead of panicking at the relationship roadblocks that cripple, paralyze and ossify us, the Spirit enables us to speak words of peace to each other.  This mutual consolation and conversation of the saints (Smalcald Articles III) shows us how the gathering of God’s people by the Spirit in worship provides opportunity for His Word to be on our lips as we sing and say that Word to each other.  Our prayer, then, is that the words of our mouths and the meditation of our hearts would be acceptable to Him.

 

The Holy Spirit enables God’s people to speak to others.  Beyond the Church, the Holy Spirit allows us to speak to people who may not confess Christ as Lord.  In doing so, we bear witness to Christ.  We do so in our daily vocations.  As such, we direct people to the objective means of the Spirit (Holy Word, Holy Baptism, Holy Absolution, and Holy Lord’s Supper) so that by the power of the Holy Spirit they may be led to confess that Jesus Christ is Lord with their own lips.

 

As the Holy Apostles began to talk in other languages as the Spirit enabled them to speak, we give thanks to our Lord that His sent ones continue to speak today.  We hearken to our Lord’s Word as it is preached and taught to us.  We savor His Word as we meditate on it while He continues to speak to us.  We speak to Him in prayer in grateful response to His speaking to us.  We speak to each other in encouraging ways as we witness to Christ.  We speak prophetic words of direction to the world, directing all people to Christ who has died, Christ who is risen, and Christ who is coming again for us and for our salvation.

 

Thanks be to God that the Spirit enables them and us to speak!

 

Peace, joy and love,

Pastor

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Saturday Liturgy: 7PM

Sunday Liturgies: 8AM & 11AM

Wednesday Liturgy: 7:30PM

 

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A Brief History

By the mercy of Almighty God, Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church in the Bronx, New York, was founded in 1928.

 

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Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church

4360 Rev. Theodore Wittrock Crossing

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The Bronx, NY 10466-1804

Phone: 718.324.1288  -  Fax: 718.324.2056

 

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