Celebrating 125 Years of Ministry
As we begin a new year, we usually look back at the past year and then look forward to the coming year (sometimes with new year resolutions). But this year at Redeemer we are looking back 125 years as we celebrate 125 years of ministry in 2015! During the course of the year we will be looking back to our beginnings as a congregation, starting with a small group of German Lutherans who met in a church in St. Paul and made plans to create a Lutheran congregation which would worship, preach, and teach in English! This was pretty revolutionary for immigrant Lutheran congregations in the late 19th century – as most Swedish congregations worshiped in Swedish, Norwegians in Norwegian, etc. But from the beginning, Lutheran Church of the Redeemer has always intended to worship and share the gospel of Jesus Christ in the language of the people in the community of St. Paul (not just Germans, and not just Lutherans).
So throughout the year in 2015 we will be taking a look back in time as we worship and celebrate the church year (as always) – with an eye toward our ministry to the community around us. Below you can read articles by Diana Rankin about different decades in our history.
Each month in 2015 we will emphasize different benchmarks in our history – such as the groundbreaking for our present church building in April, 1910, the dedication of the Learning Center in May, 1975, and our first worship service as a congregation on Reformation Sunday in 1890. On these festival days we will remember these events from our past, at the same time as we praise God in worship in 2015.
But 2015 will not just be a year of looking back and remembering our roots in mission. We will continue to worship God, preach God’s Word, and share the good news of Jesus Christ to children, youth and adults, both in the congregation and in the community. We will be exploring new ways to reach out with the good news of God’s love in ministries of service, social justice, and racial reconciliation in our community. And in everything we do, we will point to Jesus Christ, our Redeemer, the one who gives us life!
Serving Christ since 1890
Pastor Jim Erlandson
Marking Time at Redeemer
In honor of our 125th Anniversary, one of our congregation members, Diana R., has written articles on each 5 or 10 year block of Redeemer's history. Click the links below to learn more about our history.