Luther’s Tunes

In celebration of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation a new season of the St. Cecelia Series began on September 29th.  The Schola Redemptoris were joined by instrumentalists to present a selection of hymn tunes created by Martin Luther, re-imagined by Renaissance and Baroque composers.  Music of Schein, Praetorius, Handel, Pachelbel, and Walther were featured.  Below we have included a recording of this performance for your enjoyment.

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Sermon: All Saints Sunday

Text: Revelation 7:2-14

Then I saw another angel ascending from the rising of the sun, with the seal of the living God, and he called with a loud voice to the four angels who had been given power to harm earth and sea, saying, “Do not harm the earth or the sea or the trees, until we have sealed the servants of our God on their foreheads.” And I heard the number of the sealed, 144,000, sealed from every tribe of the sons of Israel:

12,000 from the tribe of Judah were sealed,
12,000 from the tribe of Reuben,
12,000 from the tribe of Gad,
12,000 from the tribe of Asher,
12,000 from the tribe of Naphtali,
12,000 from the tribe of Manasseh,
12,000 from the tribe of Simeon,
12,000 from the tribe of Levi,
12,000 from the tribe of Issachar,
12,000 from the tribe of Zebulun,
12,000 from the tribe of Joseph,
12,000 from the tribe of Benjamin were sealed.

After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, 10 and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!”11 And all the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures, and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, 12 saying, “Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever! Amen.”

13 Then one of the elders addressed me, saying, “Who are these, clothed in white robes, and from where have they come?” 14 I said to him, “Sir, you know.” And he said to me, “These are the ones coming out of the great tribulation. They have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

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Sermon: Pentecost 19 Matthew 22:1-14

Matthew 22:1-14 (English Standard Version)

And again Jesus ospoke to them in parables, saying, 2 “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding feast for his son, 3 and sent his servants to call those who were invited to the wedding feast, but they would not come. 4 Again he sent other servants, saying, ‘Tell those who are invited, “See, I have prepared my dinner, my oxen and my fat calves have been slaughtered, and everything is ready. Come to the wedding feast.”’ 5 But they paid no attention and went off, one to his farm, another to his business, 6 while the rest seized his servants, treated them shamefully, and killed them. 7 The king was angry, and he sent his troops and destroyed those murderers and burned their city. 8 Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding feast is ready, but those invited were not worthy. 9 Go therefore to the main roads and invite to the wedding feast as many as you find.’ 10 And those servants went out into the roads and gathered all whom they found, both bad and good. So the wedding hall was filled with guests.
11 “But when the king came in to look at the guests, he saw there a man who had no wedding garment. 12 And he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding garment?’ And he was speechless. 13 Then the king said to the attendants, ‘Bind him hand and foot and ecast him into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ 14 For many are fcalled, but few are chosen.”

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“Help the Hooch”

HTH-logoOn Saturday, October 14th at 8:00 AM Redeemer Lutheran Church will be joining 10,000 volunteers throughout Muscogee County to “Help the Hooch”.  We and Bethlehem Lutheran Church have partnered with the Muscogee Rotary Club to assist in cleaning up Rotary Park.  This annual event held by Columbus Waterworks helps ensure the cleanliness of the Chattahoochee River and its watershed.  Did you know that 100% of our city water comes from the Hooch?  Please come out and help.  There are areas to clean for every ability level.

When:  October 14th, 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Where: Rotary Park, 1300 Victory Drive

Why: To serve our wonderful Columbus community.

Following “Help the Hooch” Columbus Waterworks is hosting the Watershed Festival at Woodruff park at 11:00 AM.  It’s a great opportunity to have some fun in Uptown Columbus.



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Sermon: Pentecost 16 Matthew 20:1-16

This Sunday’s sermon was delivered by Chaplain Matt Christensen, CPT USARMY.  Chaplain Christensen is a member of Lutheran Church of the Redeemer.

Sermon Text:

Gospel                                                                                                                                               Matthew 20:1–16 (ESV)

1“For the kingdom of heaven is like a master of a house who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard. 2After agreeing with the laborers for a denarius a day, he sent them into his vineyard. 3And going out about the third hour he saw others standing idle in the marketplace, 4and to them he said, ‘You go into the vineyard too, and whatever is right I will give you.’ 5So they went. Going out again about the sixth hour and the ninth hour, he did the same. 6And about the eleventh hour he went out and found others standing. And he said to them, ‘Why do you stand here idle all day?’ 7They said to him, ‘Because no one has hired us.’ He said to them, ‘You go into the vineyard too.’ 8And when evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his foreman, ‘Call the laborers and pay them their wages, beginning with the last, up to the first.’ 9And when those hired about the eleventh hour came, each of them received a denarius. 10Now when those hired first came, they thought they would receive more, but each of them also received a denarius. 11And on receiving it they grumbled at the master of the house, 12saying, ‘These last worked only one hour, and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the day and the scorching heat.’ 13But he replied to one of them, ‘Friend, I am doing you no wrong. Did you not agree with me for a denarius? 14Take what belongs to you and go. I choose to give to this last worker as I give to you. 15Am I not allowed to do what I choose with what belongs to me? Or do you begrudge my generosity?’ 16So the last will be first, and the first last.”

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St. Cecelia Series Performance: Luther’s Tunes

martin1_BBLstudythumbOn Friday September 29th at 7:00 PM a new season of the St. Cecelia Series begins with an eye on the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation.  The Schola Redemptoris will be joined by instrumentalists to present a selection of hymn tunes created by Martin Luther, re-imagined by Renaissance and Baroque composers.  Music of Schein, Praetorius, Handel, Pachelbel, and Walther.  All are welcome and admission is free.

More about the St. Cecilia Series:

saint-ceciliaThe St. Cecelia Series is a recital series directed by  Kristen Hansen, organist-choir director at Lutheran Church of the Redeemer. Each month this year the series brings a new program of solo, chamber, and choral music to the city of Columbus.  Past St. Cecelia recitals have included the dedicatory recital of the newly-installed Reuter pipe organ by James E. Bobb of St. Olaf College, performances of Bach cantatas, solo recitals for horn, voice, and others, and a choral concert by the Schola.

The Schola Redemptoris is a select group of professional, trained musicians who sing frequent services for the St. Cecelia series, often in the style of the Anglican musical service of Evensong. The Schola varies in numbers from five to around fifteen depending on the musical needs. Founding members of the Schola include Mark Dermer and James Turner.

The choir of Lutheran Church of the Redeemer is a mixed choir made up of amateur singers from the congregation and music students from Columbus State University’s Schwob School of Music. The choir rehearses weekly and sings in Divine Service usually twice each in a variety of choral styles following the liturgical calendar.


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Sermon: Pentecost 15 “Forget Not God’s Benefits”

*I am indebted to Bo Giertz’s devotional book, “To Live With Christ”, for the some of the thoughts and some sentences in this sermon. – Rev. Eric Estes

Sermon Text:  Matthew 18:21-35 (ESV)

21 Then Peter came up and said to him, “Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?” 22 Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy-seven times.

23 “Therefore the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his servants.[g] 24 When he began to settle, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents.[h]25 And since he could not pay, his master ordered him to be sold, with his wife and children and all that he had, and payment to be made. 26 So the servant[i] fell on his knees, imploring him, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you everything.’ 27 And out of pity for him, the master of that servant released him and forgave him the debt. 28 But when that same servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii,[j] and seizing him, he began to choke him, saying, ‘Pay what you owe.’ 29 So his fellow servant fell down and pleaded with him, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you.’ 30 He refused and went and put him in prison until he should pay the debt.31 When his fellow servants saw what had taken place, they were greatly distressed, and they went and reported to their master all that had taken place. 32 Then his master summoned him and said to him, ‘You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me. 33 And should not you have had mercy on your fellow servant, as I had mercy on you?’ 34 And in anger his master delivered him to the jailers,[k] until he should pay all his debt. 35 So also my heavenly Father will do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother from your heart.”

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