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IMG 0023Easter communionWe, the members of Holy Redeemer Lutheran Church, are committed to being a radically loving and welcoming community of faith, centered in the Good News of God's Sabbath Economic brought to us by Jesus the Christ. Therefore, in faithfulness to the Gospel and our full Lutheran heritage, and to the best of our abilities, we promise to provide a place of safety, vision and care to all who seek God in this place.

 

 

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Why Butterflies on the header of our home page?

Resuscitation or Resurrection?

by Bret S. Myers on April 9, 2015

What is the difference between being resuscitated and resurrected? Lazarus was butterfly and chrysalisresuscitated in being brought back to the same life he had before dying. Eventually, he grew old and died again. Jesus, however, was resurrected. He was brought back to life, but not the same one as before. He was a new being, one who could hardly be recognized by his disciples at first. The new life in which he was resurrected into was one in which knows no more death. Jesus would not die again after having been resurrected into the fullness of Christ.


A seed turns into a plant or a flower, a caterpillar turns into a butterfly, and a tadpole turns into a frog. Each becomes a new thing, metamorphosed into a life changed radically. They are not resuscitated into what they once were, but become new creations of resurrection — made more beautiful from their transformation.


If you look into a chrysalis, what you discover is an empty tomb. The caterpillar is gone; not resuscitated, but resurrected. Now lives a butterfly. Caterpillars crawl and climb, but butterflies float and fly. The caterpillar seeks and struggles all its life to become something more beautiful. The butterfly already knows what it means to be beautiful, and therefore seeks not to help itself but rather to share its beauty, grace, and goodness with others. The desire of the caterpillar is to improve itself; that of the butterfly is to bless others. Whatever good the caterpillar does for others, it is done as part of an obligation or precondition to achieve its real self-interested goal. But the butterfly is not centered in self-interest. It lives to bless, not be blessed. It is the difference between caring for others out of principle and caring for them out of character…between loving them out of duty, and loving them out of the joy of doing so.


Easter for webBeing resuscitated brings us back to a life of the old fears, anxieties, and spiritual failings of the past. Being resurrected takes us to a new life in which we have no fear and no anxiety, and in which we are made complete and whole by love alone. To be resurrected into a life of perfect love is to know the peace that Christ gives to us…a peace not of this world, but of a world in which love -unconditional love- is the only thing that truly matters. God grant you the grace to be resurrected rather than resuscitated. May your life be an Easter miracle!

http://progressivechristianity.org/resources/resuscitation-or-resurrection/

 

 

 

 
August 21, 2017


Sunday

Celebration & Communion

10:00am


 Wednesday

Meditation & Communion

4:00pm

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Thank You

to

Thrivent of Santa Clara County

for

Their Generous Support

of

The Closet at HRLC,

The HRLC Food Pantry,

The HRLC Christmas Gift Ministry

&

Other HRLC Ministries!

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Reconciling in Christ Congregation

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We take CPUs, monitors. televisions, radios, cd players, and anything that has an electric cord on it.  Simply bring your old electronics by the church any time the office is open or on Sunday morning and we will help you put it in the eWaste storage closet.

 

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