Published on August 7th, 2017 | by Jon Meyers0
Lee’s Summit Evening Worship
Redeemer to Begin Sunday Evening Worship in Lee’s Summit on September 10 (6 PM)
Establishing other solid, Reformed, Bible-centered, Gospel-preaching, historically grounded churches has always been a goal of Redeemer. Over these past years the Lord has brought people from eastern Jackson County, Missouri to Overland Park to become members of our body. Lee’s Summit is a sizable city with a closely connected metro area to have no Reformed church.
Over eighteen months ago the Session appointed an exploratory committee to study the feasibility of planting a daughter church in Lee’s Summit. That committee made a recommendation which the Session approved.
The approach will start with beginning a third Redeemer worship service on Sunday evenings in Lee’s Summit beginning September 10. The service will be identical to our morning service in Overland Park but with a different sermon series for the first several months. The Lord has provided a very conveniently located church building for us to rent and hold our services. The pastor and leaders of St. Anne’s Episcopal Church in Lee’s Summit are happy to have us use their building for worship on Sunday nights. St. Anne’s is located at I-470 and 291 highway which is central to Lee’s Summit and not far from Raytown, Blue Springs, Grandview, Belton and Independence. We plan for the evening service arrangement to last twelve to eighteen months after which we would begin a morning worship service with Sunday School before or after the service, depending on the facility the Lord provides.
In addition to my responsibilities Sunday mornings in Overland Park, I will be the primary preacher and worship leader during this preliminary phase. When we are ready to begin Sunday morning worship in Lee’s Summit, we will call an ordained pastor to preach and lead worship until the church is finally particularized (formal term for a church becoming official and independent) with a solid Session and Diaconate. It should be stressed- we are in no rush to push this church of the nest, so to speak. The Lee’s Summit service will be under the full authority of Redeemer’s leadership. We will call it “Redeemer Lee’s Summit” for now. We are praying for God to draw new members to the work in Lee’s Summit so an eventual church can be established. It is our desire for a healthy, stable church to be birthed from this endeavor so there is no pressure to particularize too soon. Regular reports about progress will be shared on the Redeemer website, weekly e-newsletters, and monthly mailed newsletters.
By God’s grace alone Redeemer is a healthy church with the ability to support a church planting effort like this. At the same time, the Session is mindful of the need to be thoughtful about how best to establish a new church, so as to keep Redeemer strong and help develop a daughter church that is also viable and healthy.
How can yo help? If you are from the Lee’s Summit or eastern Jackson County, Missouri area, please prayerfully consider supporting this work with your presence and service. Wherever you are from in the metro area, as members of Redeemer please lift this effort in regular prayer. Members from Overland Park are encouraged to visit the Lee’s Summit service from time to time. For all members of Redeemer, please continue to give generously to support this dynamic Redeemer ministry God has given as a stewardship. Redeemer will remain one financial entity until a daughter church is officially particularized.
We find ourselves living in trying times that could become perilous days in our country. What more important mission can there be than strengthening local Reformed, Bible-centered, gospel-preaching churches and establishing new ones?
In the Lamb,
Pastor Tony Felich