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Sunday, May 27, 2012

Redeemer Parish of the South Hills Holds First Service in Canonsburg PA

We had a wonderful service this Sunday at our new worship site. The place looked beautiful and the air-conditioning worked marvelously in the 90+ degree heat!  Almost 150 (145+) showed up for our one service at 10 AM.  It looked like a sea of red as we all dressed for Pentecost. We had 15 children in the nursery and KidzStuff. We 10 visitors coming from Trinity Washington, Christ Church Brownsville, St Peters Uniontown, and the Rev. David Rucker of All Saints Rosedale and hardly retired clergyman, the Rev. John Leggett and Ellen came as well.   We praised God in freedom and release led by both the worship team and the pipe organ. I preached on Philippians 3:12-14.

Don Bushyager and I read messages from Abp Henry Luke Orombi of the Church of Uganda.  Bp Bill Wantland of the Diocese of Fort Worth, Bp Terry Kelshaw of the Diocese of the Southwest (in formation), Bp Neil Lebahr, Diocese of the Gulf Atlantic Diocese, the Revs Ron and Ruth Bushyager Diocese of London UK, the Rev Christopher and Janet Leighton of St Paul's Darien CT and former rector of St David's and our Canon to the Ordinary, the Rev. Cn Mary Maggard Hays.  We also conducted our first baptism -- baptizing William Paul Minshall, son of Val and youth minister Jeff Minshall and brother to Josh.  A reception was held in the parish hall following the service.  

It was an awesome day and one I've looked forward to since late March when we told TEC we were done paying a $10k a month mortgage on their building.  Our only problem today was parking places -- not enough of them!  Those are the kinds of problems, I like to solve!



  1. Antony Alex IrunguMay 27, 2012 at 9:00 PM

    That was an awesome service. Running out of parking space means that the cup of Christ the Redeemer is already overflowing. What a beautiful church.

  2. The tears of joy shed today at the service were far sweeter than the tears of sadness shed last week at the McMurray site. The sheer number in attendance today and the strength and conviction in each voice during praise music was so powerful that it made me cry. God IS good and He certainly was among us today.

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  4. If the Spirit is the source of our life, let the Spirit also direct our course.

    Thanks, David, for the lovely pic here of Scott, Lydia, and the girls, and for the good account of the first Sunday of this new beginning in your ministry. All friendship and blessing in the season ahead.

    Bruce Robison

  5. Out with old, in with the new. Glad to see that you're now free to focus on what matters most.

    And don't forget to maintain good parish records!