In Mark 10-13, we see a call to stay awake to the things of God. From the story of Blind Bartimaeus who receives his sight through Jesus’ wake up call about being ready for the end, we are told to put our faith on full alert. In many ways, these were dark days in the life of Jesus. He is constantly challenged by those who do not recognize the story of God unfolding. We see his anger flash against the money-changers in the temple and in the cursing of the fig tree. Yet we also see glimmers of hope in the faith of the blind man and the generosity of a poor widow who gave all she had. Each chapter preaches to us a message: Do not slumber. Do not drift off to sleep. Stay awake! God is alive! God is coming for you!

Join us this Fall as we continue to walk through Mark’s Gospel. We meet every Sunday at 10:30 AM inside Cheyenne Middle School in Edmond, Oklahoma.

Hurricane Harvey Relief

admin —  August 31, 2017

We wanted to give you some resources to participate in Hurricane Harvey Relief for the Houston area.

1. You can give online here to trusted organizations and relief efforts through our trusted friends at Clear Creek Community Church. They are on the front lines of Hurricane Harvey relief work.

2. You can pray. If you would like to pray with us, join us Wednesday mornings at the church office at 6:45 AM.

3. You can text to give:

RSM Hideaway Event | 09.23-09.24

admin —  August 24, 2017

RSM Hideaway
September 23-24, 2017
An overnight event in houses around our city
for the purpose of having fun and growing friendships.

Register Now

Hideaway will be a blast for our students grades 6th to 12th. This is an overnighter with each age different group gathering in a home for fun and friendship September 23rd and 24th. Our hope is for the students to bond together early in the year, and then see those friendships grow the rest of the year in RSM (Redemption Student Ministry). They will share dinner, snacks, and breakfast at the host home. They will laugh, play games, watch movies, and stay up as long as they can. We will collect cell phones upon arrival and return them the next day. Students will be driven to church on Sunday morning for our worship gathering and Food Truck Fun Day, which is a fun event for the whole church right after our worship service. We will have food trucks where you can purchase lunch. There will be inflatables for kids and students, and time to connect with friends.

For this event to be great, we need the help of parents who would be willing to open their home for the students’ sleepover and other parents who would commit to bring dinner, snacks, or breakfast.

Parents, register your kids here (and sign up to host or bring a meal if you are able).

Food Truck Fun Day | 09.24.17

admin —  August 17, 2017

Healthy families have fun together.

Join us for Food Truck Fun Day on September 24th directly after service. We will be gathering in the parking lot of Cheyenne Middle School to enjoy food, family, friends, and baptisms! We will also have some bounce houses for the kids and students.

We have spent a lot of time talking about hospitality as a church. Sharing a meal with people is a great way to practice hospitality and get to know one another. So bring a lawn chair,  a friend, co-worker, neighbor, or family member, and connect with us over a meal.

Dress casual and plan for about $7-$10 per person to purchase a meal.

We can’t wait to see you there!

 

 

RSM Pancake Breakfast | 08.13.17

admin —  August 3, 2017

Attention parents of students going into sixth grade and up!

Redemption Student Ministry (RSM) is hosting a Pancake Breakfast Sunday, August 13th, 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM to welcome our new 6th graders to RSM! The breakfast will be held in the Cafetorium at Cheyenne Middle School. All students (Grades 6th-12th) are invited to share breakfast with us as we welcome the new 6th graders to RSM!

In his book, A Praying Life, Paul Miller says, “American culture is probably the hardest place in the world to learn to pray. We are so busy that when we slow down to pray, we find it uncomfortable. We prize accomplishments, production. But prayer is nothing but talking to God. It feels useless, as if we are wasting time. Every bone in our bodies scream, ‘Get to work.'”

When we read about the life of Jesus, we find that He too knew something about business and prayer. He was inundated with meal invitations, meeting requests, travel plans, and relational crises at every turn in his ministry. Yet his closest friends would often find him disappearing to pray. If the Son of God found that prayer was essential to carry out His work, then what should that say about us? Aren’t we to be just as dependent, if not more so?

We want to follow Jesus’ example and be a praying people. So wherever you are in your faith journey, will you consider making prayer a priority with us? This Fall, we are gathering to pray from 6:45 AM to 7:45 AM, every Wednesday morning at our church office. This is open to everyone. Our Keurig coffee maker with be ready to go, and we will have some helpful resources for you. Together we will pray for the needs of our church, our city, and our world.

Prayer Mornings

Wednesdays | 6:45 AM to 7:45 AM

Redemption Church Office | 111 N. Broadway, Suite C. Edmond, OK 73034

Serve Link | 08.06.17

admin —  July 26, 2017

 

You may have heard us talk a lot about ‘Serve Teams’ at Redemption. That’s because we believe that being a part of a Serve Team is one of the best ways to believe, belong, grow and go as a follower of Jesus. Joining a Serve Team is a great step to take in your spiritual journey. Matthew 10:45 says, “For even the Son of Man came not to be served, but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many.” We want to follow Jesus’ example to serve and give so that others may live. Serve teams are a place to practice this by using your God-wired gifts and talents in a practical way for a couple of hours a week.

Not sure what you can do? Do you smile a ton and love to chat with folks wherever you go? Use that gift to help our Host Team greet and welcome all who attend our weekly gatherings. Maybe you are handy with your hands and love getting things done; Mobile Team would be a fantastic way for you to serve for a couple hours. We have several teams for you to explore: Kids, Students, Worship, Production, Arts, GO: Local, GO: Global, Connect, and Support. There is room for everyone to be involved somewhere!

What is ServeLink?
ServeLink is a designated time for you to explore your gifts and talents, then commit to put them to use in a practical way for the benefit of others and the Kingdom of God. We will be carving out a portion of our regularly scheduled worship service on August 6th to create a fun-filled environment where you can explore how to link arms with a Serve Team that’s a good fit for you!

What do I need to do?

Just show up. It’s just like any other Sunday worship gather with our regular Redemption Kids classes from 10:30 AM to noon. We will worship together, pray together, spend some time in God’s word, and then have a time for you to explore our Serve Teams.

Who is this for?

This is for everyone. It is for those already serving and for those who have yet to connect with a Serve Team.

“No one can serve everyone, but everyone can serve someone.”

Maybe this sounds like you.

You know there is more to life than just checking off your to-do list, but you still find yourself chasing the next thing. Whether your next thing is the next diaper, the next appointment, the next email, the next sporting event, or the next million, you keep running.

At the same time, you long for a meaningful life and deep relationships with others. You care about people. Not everyone, but at least some of them. You may even feel a little guilty about not having time for others. It just seems like our busy-sick world works against real connection.

Maybe it’s time to reclaim an ancient idea.

2000 years ago, an invitation was given: “Love your neighbor.” Jesus’ call transcends time and place. It worked then. It will work now.

In this series, we will look at how we can love our neighbors as we gather around the table. The old word for this is hospitality, although we tend to think of that differently today. When you study the way Jesus lived, it’s amazing how much life took place around a table sharing a meal. The table is the place where food is passed, jokes are told, laughter is heard, and hearts are opened. Join us for the Gather Around the Table series as we look at how to live out this mission of love in our day. We meet every Sunday at 10:30 AM inside Cheyenne Middle School in Edmond, Oklahoma. 

At the end of this sermon series, we will be gathering around tables together throughout the city. RSVP to host or attend a gathering here.

RSM Bowling Party

admin —  July 20, 2017

Hey students! Join us Sunday, July 30th, at 5:30 PM for Bowling at AMF Boulevard Lanes in Edmond.

Redemption Student Ministry Bowling Party
Date: Sunday, July 30th | 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Location: AMF Bowling Lanes, 3501 South Blvd, Edmond, OK
Bring: $10 for games and shoes. Bring quarters if you want to play the arcade games. Bring a friend, it’s going to be a great time!

In a culture that boasts individuality and autonomy, it is easy to forget that God is the one who authors and oversees our every waking moment. In Him we live and move and have our being. (Acts 17:28) Our very breath is sustained by the wonder of His creating hand. Our hearts beat today because God has ordained them to do so. We find success in our daily tasks only because God has granted us the grace to do so. He is our Creator and we are His creation. (Genesis 1) Every good and perfect gift comes from Him. (James 1:17) Today is the day that the Lord has made. (Psalm 118:24) He lacks nothing and needs nothing from us. Yet, He gives everything to us. He loves us with a matchless, mercy-filled, long-suffering, and lavish love. He alone promises abundant and everlasting life. (John 10:10, John3:16) And to these truths, let us say, “today, we will rejoice and be glad in Him.(Psalm 118:24)

Eternal God, everlasting Father,

Great and Marvelous are your works.

When we really contemplate you as Creator and sustainer of all things, we are overawed by your greatness.

The flowers of the field are of greater beauty than Solomon in all his glory. The sparrow is the recipient of your provision, the object of your watch and care.

Nations and rulers are in place at your will and by your decree.

Events totally beyond our control are subject to your purpose and determined will.

And in between sparrows and nations, you extend your providential care to your children.

You, O God, asked Abraham: “Is anything too hard for the Lord?”

We need to have such truth reinforced in our thinking –

for the enemy of our souls besieges us with doubts about your involvement in our lives.

We are overwhelmed with contrary circumstances, and we are sometimes almost drowning in despair.

We confess that we have almost made security and money our idols, thinking that investments and governments would see us through.

Now we need to realize there is absolutely no security except in you.

You, Father God, are our secure provision.

We need to pray like Mary,

The Lord took notice of his servant and has done great things for me.

May that be our testimony this day.

Individually, we now confess our sins, and plead for forgiveness,

and trust you for daily bread.

Thank you, Father for a cleansed heart and a renewed spirit.

Thank you for meeting every need.

Amen

-A Collection of Prayers from Wendell C. Hawley

Chris Clark, Worship and Arts Pastor