“Redeemer Lives!” Dec 22, 2017

Advent and Christmas All Rolled Into One

Throughout Advent, we have been on an interfaith adventure, engaging Islam, Buddhism, and indigenous spiritualities. On this fourth Sunday of Advent, we will engage Hinduism and the popular Episcopal greeting known as the “Dominus Vobiscum (The Lord be with you),” which I like to call the Episcopal Namaste.

Our Advent season and interfaith adventure will reach its climax and conclusion this Sunday evening as we celebrate the Eve of the Christ Mass at 5 PM.

The interfaith aspect of our journey can even continue as we recall the ancient Roman pagans who celebrated this time of year (when the dark nights slowly begin to shorten and the bright days begin to lengthen) as the “birthday of the unconquered sun.” When Constantine became emperor of Rome he decided to his give this winter solstice festival a new meaning by calling it the “birthday of the unconquered Son” and making it the day for Christians to officially celebrate the birth of the Christ.

Just as the sun of winter promises more light and brighter days to come so too does the Son of God promise new light and life and freedom for those who believe in his unconquered love. I look forward to basking in this holy and unconquered love with you all, as we gather this Sunday to worship and sing glorious words like these about a Jewish mystic, whom we Christians believe to be the Christ:

Come, Desire of nations come,

Fix in us Thy humble home;

Rise, the Woman’s conquering Seed,

Bruise in us the Serpent’s head.

Adam’s likeness now efface:

Stamp Thine image in its place;

Second Adam, from above,

Reinstate us in Thy love.

Hark! the herald angels sing

Glory to the new-born King!


Dec 24 Fourth Sunday of Advent Service at 10 AM

Dec 24 Christmas Eve Family Service at 5 PM

Dec 31 Lessons and Carols 10 AM

January 7 Fr. Daniel’s Last Sunday at Redeemer 10 AM




Help support the Marin Interfaith Street Chaplaincy Wellness Gatherings by clicking here

Below is a list of people who have died on the streets over the last several years

The Toy Shoppe was a success! Thank you for all the gifts you donated!

Since the Diocesan Agricultural Chaplain the Rev. Elizabeth DeRuff invited us to pay attention to our gladness, we have been receiving flour for Communion bread from Honoré Farm and Mill, along with several other Episcopal parishes in the diocese (including Grace Cathedral). This season, the Rev. Elizabeth asked Fr. Daniel to write the meditation that accompanies the flour:



3 Most Watched Redeemer Videos in 2016 -17

By posting audio recordings of sermons and other videos on youtube, Church of the Redeemer reaches out to people all over the world (in the UK, Canada, Australia, Philippines, India, South Africa and more). Over the last year, there have been more than 3,000 views of the sermon videos. Here are the top 10 most watched:

3) Sermon on the Mount: Teachings of a Jewish Mystic (Part 3)

2) Praying “Interly” with Julian of Norwich

1) Praying Silently with the Cloud of Unknowing (over 500 views)

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Redeemer is a sacred space for sharing individual gifts and diverse views as we seek to embody the love of God in San Rafael and the world. Inspired by intellectual curiosity and radical hospitality, we strive to provide a welcoming place where all can deepen their understanding and experience of God’s liberating love through prayer, worship and service.

Upcoming Worship

Readings for the Fourth Sunday of Advent

2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16

Psalm 89:1-4, 19-26

Romans 16:25-27

Luke 1:26-38

Lay Eucharistic Minister and Reader of First Reading: Joan Westmoreland (2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16)


Communion Bread: Carol Ann Falk

Second Reading: Carol Ann Falk (Romans 16:25-27)

Prayers of the People: Carol Ann Falk

Coffee Hour: Carol Ann Falk

Altar Guild: Kelly Mason

Service Host: Ann Zolezzi

Cantor: John Geist

Music Director: Justin Schrum

Deacon: The Rev. Margaret Trezevant

Preacher and Presider: Fr. Daniel London

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Readings for the Eve of the Christ Mass

Isaiah 9:2-3a; 6 – 7a

Story of Christmas based on the Nativity accounts in Matthew and Luke

Lay Eucharistic Ministers: Terri Leinsteiner and Mike Providenza

Communion Bread: Carol Ann Falk

Hebrew Scripture Reading: Greg Poulos (Isaiah 9:2-3a; 6 – 7a)

Readers of Christmas Story: John Geist, Billie Barbash, the Rev. Bentley Stewart

Prayers of the People: Greg Poulos

Coffee Hour: Carol Ann Falk

Altar Guild: Kelly Mason

Service Host: Liz Chiarolla and Cindy Poulos (Hand out service booklets, collect the offering, bring offering and elements to altar, and direct people to receive communion)

Assistance with Creche figurines: Billie Barbash and Kelly Mason (Hand out creche pieces and “stars” to children with instructions of when to bring them to the altar. Billie, it would be great if you could please count the number of people in attendance)

Assistance with Silent Night Candles: Kelly Mason (Hand out candles to be used during singing of Silent Night and dim the Sanctuary lights during the singing)

Music Director: Justin Schrum

Deacon: The Rev. Margaret Trezevant

Preacher and Presider: Fr. Daniel London

Cindy Smith – Purchase poinsettias to be placed in front of the altar and in the Narthex.
Joan Westmoreland – Ordered altar flowers (They will be delivered on Saturday and kept in the Sacristy until we set up for the service.)
After the 10:00 am service, the Altar Guild will set up for our 5:00 Christmas Eve service. Busy day!!
All will be well!

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