The Men of Redeemer (MoR) have developed a new ministry at the Church of the Redeemer, 222 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota, intended to make a difference in the lives of local businessmen. By offering an early morning, weekly meeting just for men, MoR’s “Businessmen’s Bible Study” provides a spiritual, faith-based start to men’s busy professional days and lives, still allowing them to get to the office on time. Scheduling the study group on Wednesdays allows men to get a mid-week spiritual lift and collegial support during the hectic, sometimes stressful workweek. The meetings start promptly at 7 a.m. each Wednesday, beginning Oct. 7, and conclude at 8 a.m. sharp. Parishioner Russ Ryan facilitates the meetings, which take place in Room 209, on the second floor of the Gillespie Hall building on the parish campus.
The Businessmen’s Bible Study meetings are centered around readings from the Daily Lectionary, with the goal of encouraging daily Bible reading, reflection, and prayer. Men prepare by reading the lectionary for the day; during the meetings, they have time for quiet reflection and then discuss the scripture, both objectively and subjectively as it relates to their own lives at work or home. Discussion is focused on how the day’s reading can help them be more intentional about Christian belief and action during their day; allowing time to offer support and solutions to one another, as well as the sharing of personal experiences of how faith has helped them in their professional and personal lives. The Daily Lectionary may be found at dailylectionary.org and sign-up is available for the readings to be delivered via daily email.
Beginning in early fall, the Businessmen’s Bible Study will continue through late spring 2016. The meetings accommodate up to 16 men, and are open to all, both parishioners and non-parishioners. Registration is required and may be completed online at redeemersarasota.org or via telephone at 941-400-9140.
This program for businessmen is one of many ministries and activities offered specifically for men at the Church of the Redeemer through the Men of Redeemer. MoR’s offerings include a popular book club, prayer breakfast meetings, activities for fathers and sons, sponsoring Cub Scouts and community efforts such as Day of Hope, golf events, annual pilgrimages and more.
To learn more about the Men of Redeemer and the Businessmen’s Bible Study, visit redeemersarasota.org, or call 941-955-4263.