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Our Worship Services will be held in the Upper Room of our Christian Education Building throughout January while repairs are being completed to our Sanctuary. 

February 11, 2016

“Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.”  These final lines from the Lord’s Prayer have perplexed many biblical interpreters through the centuries.  Why would we need to ask God not to lead us into temptation? Would any parent among us deliberately lead their children into temptation?

This Sunday we begin the Lenten season by reflecting on the temptations that got the better of King David and the temptation of Jesus in the Wilderness. David’s temptation came when he was at the highest point of his success and power.   Jesus’ temptation came immediately following his affirmation from God that he was the Messiah divinely spoken to him at his baptism.

Every human being is tempted throughout life.  We couldn’t be human, with free choice, if we had no inclination whatsoever to do something other than what is good.  

So, why does Jesus recommend that we pray that God not lead us into temptation? Perhaps it for the same reason that we teach our little children to grab the hand of an adult while crossing a busy street.  When my children were little and they would say to me, “Hold my hand, Daddy.”  That was music to my ears.  I was happy to hear them acknowledge that they knew that crossing the street (or walking in a crowd of people), like life itself, can be dangerous.   

Even grown adults need to tell their heavenly Father that they know they need God’s helping hand in this dangerous world.    Ask God all the time to take your hand.  That’s music to his ears. 

Join us for the first Sunday in Lent in the Upper Room.  We can practice together holding the hand of God.  Pastor Larry

The Politics of God: The Historical Roots of Divine Rule:

Death, Taxes, and Temptation

2 Samuel 11:1-15, 25-27;  Luke 4:1-13

 

Worship This First Sunday of Lent

8:50 Prelude; 8:55 Announcements

9:00AM Traditional

ASF in room 26/Fellowship

11:15AM Contemporary

Sunday school is offered during the 11:15 AM service

(No infant/toddler care giver available today)

This Saturday, 2/13 Men’s Breakfast Club meets at Emerald Heights @ 8:15 AM and breakfast is served @ Mary’s Place at 8:00 AM.

Redmond Interfaith Blood Drive – THIS MONDAY!!!!!           

WHEN:  MON., FEB. 15th; 1-7pm (break 3-4pm) WHERE Here! @ RPC. This is President’s Day observed therefore a holiday, no school, work, mail, banks etc. So please stop by and DONATE. Sign-up for an appointment at https://schedule.bloodworksnw.org/DonorPortal/Default.aspx

Phase Two of our Transition Process is scheduled for Saturday, February 27thThe congregation is invited to attend this meeting from 8:30 – 10:30.  On this day, the congregation and its leaders will engage in a process of Appreciative Inquiry.  The primary purpose of appreciative inquiry is to help us identify the unique way God has already been at work in our life together. In times of spiritual discernment, we can assume that the Spirit’s work in the future will be in continuity with the Spirit’s work among us thus far.   

This part of the process will only be successful with participation from the congregation.  This is your opportunity to prayerfully reflect upon and give input that will help us uncover what God has in mind for us in the future.  Please plan to attend this important meeting.  Come whether you attended the first meeting or weren’t able to make it.  Come whether you filled out a questionnaire already or haven't yet done so.  Please come!  We value everyone’s ideas and input as we look together toward the future.  

For Newer Church Attenders

Getting to know the Church Community and One Another

Prayer Library (located across the patio from the Pastor's Office)

Sundays Feb 21, 28 and March 6--between services 10:15AM-11

Three informal gatherings are designed to build personal friendships, understanding about our Reformed Presbyterian perspective, and our particular church. Opportunity will be available for those who wish to unite with Redmond Presbyterian as official members. I would be honored if you could join me for any or all of our gatherings. Pastor Larry

Men's Shelter Dinners Underway

We had our first dinner for the emergency winter shelters this last week.  It was quite an evening. We were just about out of food before we left. The men were hungry and loved the chili.  Our next meal will be Monday Feb. 22. We need lots of people to help make this as successful as this past Monday night's meal.  There is a sign-up sheet in the hall outside the Upper Room. We need lots of casseroles, salads and desserts. Right now we have bread. We also need milk, juice and people to help serve.  You can sign up in the back of the church or email sandee.palmquist@comcast.net. You will be glad you did!

Upcoming Events:

  • February 15th, RPC hosts the Blood Drive, 1 – 7PM in the Youth Room
  • February 19th, 9PM beginning of 40 Hour Lenten Fast
  • February 22nd, 5PM serve dinner @ Bellevue Men’s Emergency Shelter
  • February 27th, 8AM-2PM Transition Meeting in Upper Room, CE Bldg.

For a current list of employment opportunities, please click on respective position descriptions found on the "links" list under "Resources".
   





Mission Project: Meals for the Homeless     

Providing food for Mary’s Place, a day shelter for homeless women in Seattle.  RPC provides breakfast every second Saturday of the month throughout the year.  Any questions about mission should be directed to Sandee Palmquist 425-867-1310 or email sandee.palmquist@comcast.net.