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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Moved from Fear to Joy: A Christmas Gift that Keeps GivingAdvent greetings in Christ Jesus, Redeemer!


In the wake of the catastrophe in Connecticut that not only revealed how a domestic disagreement grounded in mental illness has become a global affair but also how that same sin can lead to young students and school workers being slain in what should be the secure confines of their place of work and learning on an unsuspecting Friday morning, we are all confronted by the reality of evil and are challenged to proclaim what we believe.  We pray, “Even so, Lord Jesus, quickly come,” in the season of Advent in preparation not simply for the season of Christmas but for the second coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.  “Thy Kingdom come; Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven,” we pray in the Lord’s Prayer, not always realizing how these incomprehensible signs of our times all direct us to the Last Day.  And yet, we do so grieving with hope, comforted by the sure and certain hope of the resurrection of the dead through our Lord Jesus Christ.


It is not fulfilling for us to ponder “why bad things happen to good people,” but ours to proclaim a “good news of great joy that has come to all the people,” regardless of our present day tribulation, for this slight momentary affliction is preparing us for an eternal weight of glory (2 Corinthians 4:17).  We pray and we rejoice, then, not because of our circumstances but we rejoice in our circumstances, knowing that our Lord Jesus delivers, restores, heals and forgives delivering His gifts in His Word and Sacraments.  It is evidenced not only in His Passion but also in His incarnation.  That proof—that God would become a little baby destined to die so that we do not have to die—directs our hearts to the joy that is still ahead of us, the hope that meets us in our sorrow and the peace that passes all understanding that guards our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus, carrying through from unfathomable Fridays to more meaningful Easter Sundays.


Let us, then, in all things give glory to God.  And let “God’s People Pray” for all who are in need as we continue by God’s grace to be a praying community of service that receives, teaches, celebrates and shares Christ Jesus.


Peace, joy and love,



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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.


Members of St. Mark’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Yonkers who lived in the Wakefield section of the Bronx in...


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Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church

4360 Rev. Theodore Wittrock Crossing

(Boyd and Barnes Avenues)

The Bronx, NY 10466-1804

Phone: 718.324.1288  -  Fax: 718.324.2056



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