What to Expect on Sunday
At Redeemer, Sunday is the Lord’s Day—when we gather to be served by God, to praise his name, and to be sent out to love and serve one another and the world. For a summary of our liturgy and its significance, please listen to this audio presentation.
First of all, you’ll get a warm welcome from people just like you. Redeemer members are of all ages and from many different races and nationalities and religious backgrounds. There are students, professionals, artists, dads and moms, single parents, and a great many children, and we come to worship from all over the Austin area and beyond. Whatever your background may be, you’re going to find that you can connect at Redeemer. We make it our aim to lovingly welcome and serve everyone God sends our way.
There’s parking in a main lot next to the church, on the street, and―for those needing special assistance such as our more senior members or expectant mothers―we have reserved spots at the north side of the hall. There are two buildings at present (more on the way): Calvin Hall is home to our nursery, offices and classrooms, and Covenant Hall is for our worship and larger fellowship gatherings.
Our Young Ones
Let’s talk about children. We have a LOT of them and we are so thankful for their joyous presence in worship! We have a fully staffed, first-rate nursery for little ones from infancy up through age three. Moms are welcome to join us in the nursery with their children. Parents are also welcome to have their small children remain with them throughout worship, and you will see that many do so.
Into God’s Presence
Click here for a series of blog posts, “The Whys of Worship,” that describe various elements of our worship liturgy.
Worship services normally last between 65 and 70 minutes, and we have two identical services on Sunday morning. You will be welcomed at the door by a greeter and given a worship folder containing that day’s order of worship, hymns, and scripture readings. When it’s time to begin, we’ll quiet our hearts while the organist plays the prelude, then the choir sings a brief and inspiring piece to summon us into God’s presence.
We call worship “The Divine Service” because in this gathering God serves his people by calling them into his presence, cleansing them from their sin, speaking to them through the Bible, communing with them at his Table, and commissioning them to go with his love to the world around us.
God’s Word Read and Preached
We take Scripture very seriously, remembering Jesus’ words that we should “read what was spoken to us by God.” During worship we will usually have four Scripture lessons, one each from the Old Testament, the Epistles, and the Gospels, with the Psalm lesson sung or read together. After congregational prayer, we take time for our Pastors to deliver a message explaining these Scripture passages in the light of Jesus’ love and grace. When the sermon is completed we stand and confess our faith together using either the Apostles’ or Nicene Creeds, ancient summaries of Christian belief.
Yes, there is communion every Sunday, using wine and bread, and all Christians in good standing in an evangelical congregation are welcome to receive the Lord’s Supper. If you are not yet a Christian we will encourage you to enjoy a brief time of prayer or reflection while others eat and drink the wine and bread distributed in communion.
Psalms & Hymns
Music at Redeemer is crafted to inspire and undergird congregational singing. We are served by an outstanding choir and very fine instrumental musicians, especially our organist. At Redeemer you will experience a beautiful weaving of ancient and modern elements in a rich and very lively liturgical setting. This is not pop-contemporary style worship, so you will not see a band or worship leader. Indeed, the choir and organ work from the back of the hall with worship led by our Pastors standing before the congregation. You may find some of the hymns to be familiar, while some of the more ancient pieces (we sing hymns that span the whole 2,000-year history of the Church) might be new to you simply because they’re so old!
After worship please take a moment to introduce yourself to one of our Pastors or other leaders; we’d love to say hello and get to know you better, and answer questions you may have after attending. In fact, we hope you do have questions.
See you soon!