The former Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord Carey of Clifton preached during the Ordination to the Sacred Order of Priests of Charleston David Wilson, Jason Andrew Murbarger, and David Stuart Bumsted, on Mon., Dec. 9 at the Church of the Redeemer in Sarasota. The Right Rev. Dabney Smith, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Southwest Florida, was the principal celebrant for the Ordination, which drew a crowd of more than 500 people.
The Church of the Redeemer invites the community to join its congregation in worship on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
Team Redeemer will once again take on the Ringling Bridge Run! Last year, more than 80 participants joined Team Redeemer — some runners, some walkers, but all in our distinctive red shirts. This year’s four-mile, family-friendly fun run takes place Saturday, January 18, 2014, and the team is headed up by Amy and Rich Buck.
The Church of the Redeemer will celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany on Monday, 6 January 2014, marking the end of the Christmas season. Morning Mass will be offered at 7:30 and 10 o’clock. An evening solemn High Mass, with incense, will be offered at 6 p.m., followed by a parish dinner in Gillespie Hall.
Dinner reservations are $8.50 for adults and $5 for children under 12. Reservations may be made and paid for via the secure PayPal option below.
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The Very Rev. Fredrick A. Robinson, Rector of the Church of the Redeemer, has been appointed to the position of Dean of the Manasota Deanery by The Right Rev. Dabney T. Smith, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Southwest Florida. The appointment was made during the Diocesan Convention held in October in Punta Gorda. The Manasota Deanery is comprised of 13 Episcopal churches ranging geographically from Palmetto to the north, Arcadia to the east, and Osprey to the south.
The Very Rev. Fredrick A. Robinson will join a group of other leaders in our community this Wednesday, 27 Nov., by participating in the 13th annual Sarasota Ministerial Associations luncheon theater show. The event, open to the public, provides a day-before-Thanksgiving meal for homeless men and women in our community, and runs from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. A goodwill offering will be taken to benefit the Salvation Army’s efforts to assist the homeless.
This year’s event will be extra-special, because of the unusual coincidence of Thanksgiving and Chanukah falling on the same day. Fr. Robinson will deliver a responsive reading of the words written by President Lincoln proclaiming Thanksgiving a national holiday, while thoughts reflecting the meaning of Chanukah will also be presented.
The cast for the play includes Public Defender Larry Eger, County Commissioner Joe Barbetta and City Commissioner Paul Caragiulo as the Clowns Zip, Zap and Zop; Fire Department Chief Mike Tobias as Fred the Fire Eater; Sarasota County School Board Chair Jane Goodwin and NAACP Chair Trevor Harvey as Trapeze Aerialists Tony and Tina the Greats; John Harshman of the Downtown Sarasota Alliance and Christine Jennings, CEO of the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe, as John and Mable Ringling; Steve Queior, President/CEO of The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce, as Leonardo the Lion Tamer; Downtown Improvement District Chair Ernie Ritz as the Circus Mess Hall Cook; Mayor Lu Ann Palmer as Jayne the Juggler; County Commissioner Carolyn Mason as Daisy the Dog Trainer; County School Board member Caroline Zucker as Harriet the Horse Back Rider; and Pedro Reis, the Founder and CEO of Circus Sarasota, who will close out the comedy with a big surprise.
Redeemer will joyfully welcome the former Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord Carey of Clifton, and his wife, Lady Carey, to the parish on December 5. During his six-day visit with Redeemer, Lord Carey will preach on Sunday, December 8, during the 9 and 11 a.m. masses. He will also preach on Monday, December 9, at 6 p.m., during the Ordination to the Sacred Order of Priests of Charleston David Wilson, Jason Andrew Murbarger, and David Stuart Bumsted.
“Advent Lessons and Carols,” a festive celebration in preparation of the birth of Christ, will be offered as a gift to the community on Sunday, December 1, at 5:15 p.m. A light reception will follow in Gillespie Hall. No tickets or reservations are required for this free event.
Presenting Advent Lessons and Carols is an ancient Anglican tradition in which the congregation actively joins in the reading of Scripture aloud, recounting of history from the Fall of Man, through the prophets, to the Annunciation of the Savior’s birth to Mary. Throughout the service, the Redeemer choirs lead the congregation in the singing of well-loved Advent carols, under the direction of Organist-Choirmaster Ann Stephenson-Moe.
Thanks to the generous support of parishioners Bud and Arlene Star, Redeemer recently published a beautiful new booklet, “Holy, Holy, Holy,” and has made copies available in the church’s pew racks and the narthex. The 16-page full-color booklet explains the complex imagery in the icon which graces the wall near the ceiling over the sanctuary, created by the world-renowned religious iconographer and Romanian Orthodox Nun Sister Eliseea Papacioc in 2010.
Redeemer welcomes new Priest Associate for Evangelism and Parish Development Charleston David Wilson
Throughout November and December, Deacon Charleston David Wilson will be spending time on the Redeemer campus as he transitions to his new life in Sarasota and prepares to begin assisting the Rector of our parish, The Very Rev. Fredrick A. Robinson, in January. During those two months, Dn. Wilson will be busy! He will be settling his family in Sarasota and wrapping up his work associated with Nashotah House Theological Seminary, where he is currently the Associate Dean of Institutional Advancement, and he will be ordained on 9 December at the Church of the Redeemer. He will officially begin his role as Priest Associate for Evangelism and Parish Development on New Year’s Day, 2014.
A May 2013 graduate of Nashotah House, Dn. Wilson is thrilled with the opportunity to work for Fr. Robinson and his team of clergy and lay leaders: “Fr. Fred is a nationally — and internationally — recognized and proven leader in the Anglican Communion. He is a gifted and faithful priest who has clearly empowered Redeemer over the last 19 years. To be able to sit at his feet and learn from him will be a great blessing.”