9:00 and 11:00 Holton Elementary School
1600 W. Laburnum Avenue (MAP)
10:00 AM The Fourhundred
400 W. 32nd Street (MAP)
Going somewhere new for the first time can be a stressful experience. So, here are a few things you can expect (and not expect) to find when you come to Redemption Hill. First, don’t expect a big performance, light shows and mini-concerts. There’s nothing wrong with that; it’s just not our style. Don’t expect us to put you on the spot either. We certainly want to know who you are and help you be as comfortable as possible. Therefore, we’ll provide opportunities for you to give up your anonymity at your own pace.
In Scripture, the church is often referred to as a family. When we gather together on Sunday, you are a guest coming over to our house. We’re glad that you came, and we want you to have the most meaningful experience possible.
So, what is a Sunday service like at Redemption Hill? It’s our intention each week to create a “thin place” where, as a community, we experience the heart of the Gospel: God is holy. I am sinful. Jesus is my Savior.
Our services are structured to mirror the rhythm of God’s action in our lives … He reveals Himself to us and we respond. The hope is that when we see who God is and what He has done, we will be reminded of who we are and what we do, and of the grace and mercy available to us in Jesus. In this we celebrate Jesus’ victory over Satan, sin, and death and the payment for our sin on the cross, and we rejoice as we are sent out to live this reality in our daily lives through the power of His Spirit.
God Calls His People to Worship
We always begin our time together by focusing on God and remembering that He has made us His. We remember that it is God who calls His people to worship. We do not call ourselves; it is the King who opens His gates and calls us into His presence to carry out His mission. We often read passages of Scripture that call us to God or declare aspects of His character. We then respond by singing songs that focus on God’s glory—songs that present more of the “big picture” of His majesty.
God Speaks to His People Through His Word
The Bible is the means by which God graciously reveals Himself to His people—so we listen, read, and study it with expectant hearts. We begin this time with what is called a “prayer of illumination” in which we ask God to make His Scriptures clear to us and pray that His Spirit will make them effective within our souls.
We respond to God speaking to us through the preaching of Scripture in a variety of ways.
God Strengthens His People at His Table
We have chosen to take communion, or the Lord’s Supper, every week at Redemption Hill. The Lord’s Supper is a time in the service during which we are tangibly reminded of the broken body of Christ and the sacrifice of sin He became for us on the cross. We also are reminded that Jesus now reigns on the throne in heaven at the right hand of the Father and intercedes for us.
God’s People Respond in Grateful Praise
Scripture teaches us that our lives and hearts continually give response to the Word of God (Nehemiah 8:6). We respond with either hardened hearts or with praise and brokenness. Here we have a chance to stand and respond to the Living God with songs of praise and the giving of our tithes and offerings. At Redemption Hill we like to emphasize that our giving is a response to grace, not duty (credit lavarus). It is a part of worship, a response to who God is and what He has done. We won’t make guilt-laced appeals for your money. Giving is a way that God invites us to participate in His work.
God Sends His People Into the World
After calling His people into His presence, instructing them in His Word, forgiving their sins, and giving them a foretaste of the feast of heaven, God grants His blessing and sends His people into the world to carry forward the Gospel story of reconciliation to their homes, jobs, neighborhoods and the city we love.