WS Update: Worship

October 18, 2021

In yesterday’s sermon we reflected on our church’s second core value, Renewed by Worship, as part of our 10 week journey through our new vision and values. Oftentimes in my sermon preparation I have more material than I can use. There was one quote in particular that was helpful to me this past week that I want to share with you today. It is a bit longer than most but worth the time as it captures the healing impact of corporate worship in which we refocus our hearts and minds on God’s throne and in particular Jesus, the Lion and the Lamb, whose power (Lion) was made perfect in the weakness (Lamb) of his death on the cross.  

Many a congregation when it assembles in church must look to the angels like a muddy, puddly shore at low tide; littered with every kind of rubbish and odds and ends – a distressing sort of spectacle. And then the tide of worship comes in, and it’s all gone: the dead sea-urchins and jelly-fish, the paper and the empty cans and the nameless bits of rubbish. The cleansing sea flows over the whole lot. So we are released from a narrow, selfish outlook on the universe by a common act of worship. Our little human affairs are reduced to their proper proportion when seen over against the spaceless Majesty and Beauty of God. (Evelyn Underhill)

As you start another week, read and reflect on the scripture below and then read over this prayer by St. Augustine and make it your own, trusting in God’s faithful pursuit of you and plans to “prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11)

You never go away from us, yet we have difficulty in returning to You. Come, Lord, stir us up and call us back. Kindle and seize us. Be our fire and our sweetness. Let us love. Let us run.

In Christ,


In a loud voice they were saying:
“Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain,
    to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength
    and honor and glory and praise!”
Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, saying:
“To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb
    be praise and honor and glory and power,
for ever and ever!”
—Revelation 5:12-13

Join our team

Many changes have come about this fall including the departure of a handful of team members as they seek to follow Jesus and his call in their lives. This means we have several openings to join the West Side Team! We are seeking to fill these positions as soon as possible.

Communications Manager
Communications at Redeemer West Side (RWS) is first and foremost a ministry. The Communications Manager will plan, manage, and implement effective communication strategies that advance the mission and values of RWS. Key responsibilities include implementation of our visual identity, collaborating with ministry stakeholders, and managing all congregational communication.

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WS Kids Administrative Coordinator
The West Side Kids Administrative Coordinator will execute ministry logistics, communication and data management for Sunday school, midweek and other ministry events. The coordinator will support the children’s ministry staff in achieving ministry goals to grow West Side children in their knowledge and love of Christ.

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WS Kids Elementary Manager & Curriculum Specialist
The Elementary Manager works alongside the Children’s Ministry Director to lead a ministry that is Gospel centered, age appropriate, and fits with the overall vision of Redeemer West Side Children’s Ministry (CM) and Redeemer at large. This role oversees the successful implementation of the vision; recruits, screens, trains, supervises and coordinates volunteers; teaches various Elementary classes; collaborates with the CM staff team for infants through Club 56; and assists with family and children’s ministry events throughout the year.

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Sunday specific
Preschool Teacher and Nursery Teacher provide safe, fun, gospel-centered environments for their respective age groups during worship service on Sunday mornings. Both of these people will report to our Early Education Coordinator.

If you are interested, please follow the directions on our employment page to submit your resume. If not, we kindly ask that you spread the word to the people you know!

Coming up at Redeemer West Side

  • Join West Side Dads Meetup, October 23: Bring your kids and meet with other dads at Mariner’s Playground near W. 85th ST in Central Park.
  • Register for the next Family Worship Night, October 24: Come together with other West Side Kids families for an evening of worship, prayer, community building and dinner! Space is limited so please register. (Also note the cost for dinner.)
  • Attend an Artist Talk, October 14: Join the Gallery at W83 for a conversation with Hannah Robinett as she shares about her process, inspiration, and the stories behind specific pieces currently on view in her exhibit “Truly, I Tell You.” The exhibit runs through November 2.
  • Mark your calendar, November 10: All dads (and soon-to-be dads) are invited to a pub meetup in the neighborhood. WS Dads is a supportive network to learn together and encourage each other in this important calling in life.
  • Join us for a night of worship, November 19: As Thanksgiving approaches, we’re mindful that we have much to be grateful for as a community. This gathering will be an extended time of singing and prayer to express our gratitude for God’s provision and presence in our lives.
  • Visit the Gallery at W83: Check out the latest exhibit by Hannah Robinett. “Truly, I Tell You” examines the repetition of words from the Scriptures and brings to life patterns and visual cues that may otherwise be overlooked. Visitation hours are Monday through Friday, 8 am to 10 pm.
  • Support an adult with a disability: Do For One is looking individuals interested informing one-on-one friendships with NYC adults who have developmental disabilities.
  • RSVP for HFNY’s Virtual Fall Benefit, November 11: Be inspired by an evening of hope, focused on the rebuilding and stabilization of affiliates who are beacons of hope in our city!