Today will be the first of a two-part, church-wide series highlighting what the Lord is doing throughs the Palos site. Geoff and I thought it would be good for the entire church to hear what going on. As is usually the case, even though this is largely Palos specific, its application is appropriate for both campuses. Starting in August, we will spend the entire month on posts focused uniquely to each congregation.
The relaunch of Trinity Presbyterian Church as Redemption Presbyterian Church is quickly upon us. We will be having lots of events throughout the summer, all leading up to the grand re-launch worship service on August 27th.
Whether you have been with us from the beginning or have only recently started attending, we are thankful that the Lord has brought us together. This is an exciting and important time in the life of our young church. When this work began, the anticipation was to have a second service essentially the same as the one at Trinity in Hinsdale. Over time, we have learned that not only is our local context different, but in order to reach our community, we needed to be different. We have made adjustments to our worship, to the way we do men’s and women’s ministry, and most recently, decided to change our name to Redemption and create a new logo.
We are ready! We now have our own elders, a women’s shepherding team in place, a great worship team, and even a youth group. As leaders of this church we believe that we are well positioned for God to do an amazing work of growing our church into a thriving place of gospel ministry where we are experiencing and extending the life-changing love of Jesus Christ, in our homes, our workplaces, and our communities.
God does not work alone, but through His church. Knowing this, we are asking each of you to join us in committing to the adventure before us.
Commit to pray - Scripture says, “6 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7
Everything starts with prayer! This summer and fall will be a time of great opportunity, great busyness, and even great uncertainty for Redemption Church. In all these things, we are called to go before the Lord in prayer. This past Wednesday, we sent out the 40-day prayer guide. The prayer guide will serve as our guide throughout the relaunch. Our prayer guide is based upon the Lord’s Prayer, the Westminster Confession, and our own mission statement. Quite wonderfully, some spaces have been intentionally left blank with the expectation that we will soon have names to add to our prayers. Copies will also be available in church on Sunday.
Commit to attend - “24And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, 25 not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” Hebrews 10:25
Our Sunday services are not only an opportunity to gather together, but they are also an important opportunity to encourage one another and be encouraged by each other. Each week, through our services, we are being knit together to Christ and to one another. As we relaunch Redemption Church your attendance is as important as ever. Your presence at our services communicates that this is a thriving church and allows visitors multiple opportunities to make connections with our members. Plus, the singing sounds better when you are with us!
Commit to tell - 14 How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? 15 And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” Romans 10:14-15
As we relaunch as Redemption we will be asking you to help spread the news of our church through yard signs, door hangers, a thank you campaign (all of the previous available August 4), reposting Facebook and Instagram posts, and by finding ways to directly extend an invitation to your friends, family, and co-workers. Evangelism can be scary and intimidating, mainly because we fear rejection. Yet, we must always remember that Christ sent the Holy Spirit to encourage, equip, and empower us for this very task. If you are interested in resources on evangelism, please let one of our leaders know.
Commit to give - Paul writes the Corinthian church in 2 Cor. 9:6-7, “6The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. 7 Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”
We should never give out of guilt, or compulsion, or believing that God will give us more wealth. We are called to give to the work of the church out of thanksgiving for His grace, and so that the church can continue to proclaim the gospel. Through an increased and shared commitment to the financial needs of Redemption, we will move closer to becoming a sustainable and thriving church for the southland. Please prayerfully commit to giving faithfully to the work of our church, or even increasing your giving as the Lord leads. If you are interested in online giving, please let the church office know.
Participating in the mission of God to “Go! Make disciples of all nations…” is hard work. Thankfully, we have not been called into mission alone. While we make these commitments to this church and to each other, please know that we, as leaders of this church, are also committed to pastorally caring for you.
Jesus knew that the people He was asking to join Him in mission were uniquely gifted individuals who also had physical, emotional, and spiritual needs. The elders and women’s shepherding team appreciate the gravity of what we are asking from each of you, and will be diligently seeking to pastorally care for you now and in the future.
May God richly bless you all as you serve Him.