Redeemer Lutheran & St. Theodore’s
Redeemer Lutheran and St. Theodore churches now have a dedicated outdoor prayer area open to all residents. Like the beautiful plants that surround it, a 24/7 outdoor chapel has sprung up from the community. What began with one cross on the wall as the congregations gathered for outdoor services during the pandemic has grown into multiple crosses spanning the width of the wall. Thanks to donations from residents, this outdoor wall next to the church has turned into a decorated, dedicated prayer space. One donor brought back a suitcase of crosses from New Mexico, two of the crosses have come from the Holy Land, and all have been given from the heart of those marking the space for God.
On March 12, the Episcopal Bishop of Los Angeles, the Rt. Rev. John Harvey Taylor, came down to celebrate “the resilience of the faithful through these unprecedented times” and formally dedicate a portable altar and the outdoor area. It was also a time to celebrate and remember the life of longtime parishioner and LW resident Betty Hobbs.
All LW residents are welcome and encouraged to come sit on the comfortable outdoor bench and enjoy the peace that can be found in the quiet.
In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, which is today, March 17, believers thank God for the Englishman who was first a slave, then a returning missionary and became a saint to the Irish people. People are encouraged to reflect on St. Patrick’s prayer: “May the strength of God pilot us. May the power of God preserve us. May the wisdom of God instruct us. May the hand of God protect us. May the way of God direct us. May the shield of God defend us. May the host of God guard us against the snares of the evil ones, against temptations of the world. May Christ be with us! May Christ be before us! May Christ be in us, Christ be over all! May Thy Salvation, Lord, Always be ours, This day, O Lord, and evermore. Amen.” Redeemer Lutheran will hold worship service at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, March 20, in the sanctuary at 13564 St. Andrews Drive, across from the Administration building, where ample parking is provided.
For more information about the church, call (562) 598-8697.
Redeemer Lutheran unveiled its new outdoor prayer area, which is open to all LWers.