5th Sunday in Lent • No worship services during Coronavirus shelter-in-place

The Raising of Lazarus (after Rembrandt)

Van Gogh based this painting on a print by Rembrandt (1606-1669) – but only part of the print. He left out the main figure: Christ with his arm raised. Van Gogh focused on the theme of human suffering. He probably identified with Lazarus in the tomb. That would explain why he gave the figure a red beard. The two women by the grave are two acquaintances from Arles: Mrs Roulin, in the green dress, and Mrs Ginoux, in a dark dress with colourful stripes.

A few of the pigments have faded considerably. This has largely done away with the original contrast between the warm colours in the background and the cold colours of Lazarus in the foreground.
I’m reaching out to the the Redeemer and Glenwood Community to assure you that we continue to function and will be as present to the needs of our neighbors as we can be throughout this pandemic health crisis. We urge you to join us in following the County Health and Office of Education guidelines and shelter in place to help our community do its part to avoid infection and “flatten the curve” of rise in illness. 

Redeemer Church has implemented the guidelines of the Episcopal Diocese of California, asking us to suspend regular church services and meetings of any kind through the end of March. In recognition of the spiritual needs of the community we are continuing the leave the church doors open from 9-5 each day should you (and your pet) wish to enter for your own private meditation. You are welcome. Of course, the Glenwood Community Labyrinth is always available to you for a contemplative walk. 

Redeemer Preschool will be closed through April. We know what an added stressor such an unexpected change of schedule can represent. On the other hand, such challenges can also become opportunities family learning and delight. Nothing can build connection and confidence in children like hearing their parents read aloud to them, or telling the stories of their own childhood snow days or other disruptions in your normal routine. Make a family memory.

While you practice “social distance,” remember how vital and life giving a wave or a friendly “hello” can be to your now more isolated neighbors out for a walk. This can become a time when we meet one another in a new way and take time to care for one another in a different way.
Fr. Jim Ward+

Coming together by staying apart!

During this time of “shelter in place” we will provide streamed Holy Week and Easter services. Check back often for more details. Follow us on Facebook “Episcopal Church of the Redeemer”