Mystery Worship Ten: Redeemer Presbyterian

Note:  this is part of an ongoing series.  Mystery Worship One is here;  Mystery Worship Two is here; Mystery Worship Three is here. Four is here. Five is here. Six is here. Seven is here. Eight is here. Nine is here. For Mystery Worship Ten, I choose Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City. This church, begun in 1989 by a group of 15, had recently moved into its first permanent home ever.  About 4500 people worship weekly at Redeemer now–with six different Sunday services. At this link, you will find the history of this church. Multiple greeters in the airy and light reception area welcomed me and … Continue reading Mystery Worship Ten: Redeemer Presbyterian

Reflections Upon Heading Home

My bag is packed, and shortly I’ll head out, flag down a taxi like the best of New Yorkers and head to the airport.  I still have the rest of July for the Sabbatical, and massive amounts of work to put what I’ve written and thought about during these weeks into a coherent form, useful to the church I serve, and perhaps to the church world at large. One last walk in Central Park this morning helped me to see three things. First, I accomplished a great deal on this time away.  I am rested, healthy, filled with the love … Continue reading Reflections Upon Heading Home

Mystery Worship One

From May through July, I shall use part of my Sabbatical to visit various churches and record my experiences there. My first venture was to Apostles Church, on the Upper East Side in New York City.  This choice was easy, as both my NYC sons and families attend there.  They willingly agreed with my walking in alone so I would be noticed as a first time visitor. A fifteen minute stroll from the west side of Central Park to the east side brought us to 85th street and a sandwich sign announcing that a church met within (we were at … Continue reading Mystery Worship One