I suspect that when it’s all over it will be even harder for me to choose a favorite RedeemerFest “moment” than it is now– simply because there will be that many more of them! Read more
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Some of you may already know this, but I wanted to be sure to reach as many people as possible. My husband Mike and I, after many years of discussion and considered thought and prayer, have decided to spend our retirement years in Philadelphia. Born and raised city folk, we have missed having city life right outside our door all these years in the suburbs. Since we attended grad school in Philly and loved it back then, it seemed a no-brainer to return. Mike has been especially keen to relocate since being laid off in 2011 and he has waited patiently for me to catch up with his excitement. Read more
There’s lots to celebrate in our parish life. This week we give thanks for (at least!) three things:
First, after a long time in rehab, Joe Leidy is home! Joe and Kay are grateful for your prayers, calls and visits, and look forward to the day when Joe will be able to get back to church. Read more
There were two things that reminded me of our place in history this week. One was rather obvious– the privilege and opportunity to host the Rt. Rev. Barbara Harris for Women’s Journeys Day. During her sermon she led us into the gospel of John and the role of the various Marys in Jesus’ life. During the Adult Forum she shared stories (with her characteristic dry wit and ever-so-slightly in-your-face humor) about the ups and downs of the life of the first woman bishop. It was a great honor to have her with us. She will be 84 in June and is still going strong! Read more
The news became public earlier this week that Bishop Gene Robinson and his husband, Mark Andrew, are getting divorced. As you might imagine the conservatives have had a field day with it. Gene has written about the decision to get divorced with his characteristic grace in a column in the Daily Beast. Reading it, I reflected on both the importance of my marriage to me and the reason why we need to stop referring to marriages between people of the same sex as “gay marriage.” Read more
Our church is even more impressive then usual right now. Not only because it is well adorned but because much of that festal décor comes from our neighborhoods. Carefully arranged daffodils on the side altar, fountains of forsythia around the font, and budding cherry blossoms at the altar were in our yards before they joined the lilies in our buildings. It seems like the very rotation of the planet is colluding with the liturgy to present our sacred story.
Pity the poor Australians. (Now THAT seems like an incredible non sequitor unless you keep reading. Persist, gentle reader!) Read more
Don’t forget to bring your bells on Easter! Help celebrate the triumph of life coming out of death by ringing bells anytime we sing or say “Alleluia” at the Easter Vigil or on Easter Sunday. We’ll have a supply of bells, but if you’ve got a favorite bear bell or cow bell or jingle bell that can add to the joyful noise, bring it with you to church. And if you should happen to forget, fear not! Besides the aforementioned extras that we have, you can always shake your keys or rattle the change in your pocket. The point, of course, is to make a joyful noise! Read more
It is my delight to be able to share some exciting news with you– Bishop Barbara Harris has accepted my invitation to lead the Adult Forum and be our preacher on May 11 for one of our Liberation Sundays– Women’s Journeys. It was 25 years ago, on February 11th, that Bishop Harris became the first woman in the Anglican Communion to become a bishop. She had a long and distinguished career as Bishop Suffragan (assistant bishop) in the Diocese of Massachusetts. She is known as a truth teller– and I have told her that Redeemer is a place where she can feel free to do just that! Read more
Church of the Redeemer
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Morristown, NJ 07960
Summer hours from Father’s Day through Labor Day 9:30 a.m. (in-person and on Zoom).
Winter hours are 10:30 a.m. starting the Sunday after Labor Day (services are in-person and on Zoom).