Sermons, Articles and News from Redemption Hill Church in Lawrence, KS

Announcement regarding masks at RHC


Like last week, we are meeting at the DoubleTree at 10:30am for one service (there will be no nursery or children's ministries). In light of the mandates by the county and the state we are asking that everyone wear a mask covering their nose and mouth before and after the service. Children age 5 and under are exempt, as are those with health issues that prohibit using a mask.


Will this mandate be enforced?
We will not turn anyone away at the door, nor will we force anyone to put on a mask before entering. We ask that if you see someone not wearing a mask that you please do not take it upon yourself to address the individual.

Does this mean we don't have to maintain physical distance?
No, they are asking us to still maintain personal space of six feet between individuals/households. Though you may disagree, please be respectful of others who are seeking to abide by these principles.

Will those leading in song or preaching wear a mask?
No. While speaking to the congregation or leading in worship, a mask will not be used since it would interfere with effective communication.

Will the livestream be available for those at home?
Yes, we plan to offer live video of our entire worship service for those who need to or opt to stay at home.

Please let us know if you have any additional questions. We look forward to worshiping with you on Sunday morning.

New Plans for Sunday Worship


We have been searching for alternative spaces that would allow us to gather for corporate worship while the Carnegie Building is still closed. God has provided the option to meet at the DoubleTree Hotel beginning this week (June 28th). Our plan is to meet there for the time being. 


  • We will meet for one service at 10:30am. There will be no Sunday School hour for now.
  • We will not be offering nursery or children's classes yet.
  • We will be setting up the chairs to accommodate social distancing recommendations. We are asking that people refrain from physical contact, wear masks before and after the service, and maintain the recommended personal distance.
  • We plan to make video available for those who need to or choose to stay home.
  • We will be meeting in the ball room on the southwest corner of the facilities (see image below for parking and entrance location).
  • We will have signs posted and greeters to point you in the right direction.


The DoubleTree Hotel
200 McDonald Dr, Lawrence, US 66044


Five tips for making the most of Sunday

A little bit of planning and being intentional can go a long way in making Sunday morning a time of meaningful worship. Here are five tips:

1. Get set up early.

"Arrive" before the stream is scheduled to begin, that way you don't miss anything. Take a moment to pray together for yourselves and for the church body. There are three ways to watch:

2. Try to watch on the biggest screen possible.

A computer is better than a phone. A TV is better than a computer. For those of you with a smart TV or a streaming stick (Chromecast, Roku, Apple TV), using the Youtube App may be easiest way to access the live stream. You may also be able to attach a laptop to your TV with an HDMI cable and watch it that way.

3. Plan to focus and give your full attention.

Refuse the temptation to "multitask" and instead set everything else aside, mute your phone (if you aren't using it to watch!) and make this a time of worship.

3. Sing out loud!

It may feel strange to sing alone or with only a few people, but remember - we sing to God for His pleasure. He is pleased with sincere and joyful worship no matter how skillfully we sing!

4. Cultivate fellowship. 

If you are watching with others, make the time following our live stream a time of intentional fellowship. Rather than immediately finding something else to watch, or dispersing to do your own thing in another room, engage together instead. Discuss the sermon, share how God encouraged you. Pray together. If you are alone, consider calling someone else from the body and making a personal connection that way.


One of things we miss most about Sunday morning is seeing the faces of those we love. Would you mind sending us a picture? We would love to see what Sunday looks like in your home. Text your photo of Sunday worship to (785) 292-9398 or email it to 

Thank you!

Sunday Worship


To our members, friends, and family at Redemption Hill Church,

I have communicated with our deacons, and our plan (as of Friday evening) for this Sunday is to have our regular Sunday School hour at 9:30am and our main worship service at 10:30am. There is a possibility that at some point the city will close the Carnegie Building and not allow group access, in which case we will need to resort to plan B. However, for the moment we are still able to meet and we do not feel the need to cancel our Sunday gathering. I plan to take a break from James and open the Psalms to help us think and feel and act in a God-centered manner during this unusual time in our world.

That being said, we do want to be sensitive to the needs of those in our body as well as the needs of our community. If you do not feel well, please stay home and rest. That is the best way to love your church family and love your neighbors! If you have any underlying health problems that make you more susceptible to this virus, or if you are older in age, please do not hesitate to stay home. Such action is wise. For those who simply feel concerned and are uneasy being around a group of people, please feel free to stay home as well. We do not intend to coerce or pressure anyone to attend.

For those who do attend, let's wash our hands and avoid physical contact, but come with hearts eager to worship Christ! Rather than looking at our world, we must look to the word. We fix our gaze not on a virus, but on the sovereign Savior who sits even now on the throne. We rejoice, sing, pray, and trust our good and gracious God with our past, our present, and our future.

In Christ,

Pastor JD Summers

A Word for Parents this Sunday


This week's sermon dealing with divorce and remarriage in Mark 10:1-12 will include references to adultery and sexual sin. Though our aim is to be discreet and not unneccesarily graphic, in order to explain the texts dealing with this issue Pastor JD will be using the terms "adultery, sexual sin, immorality, and fornication."

Since we have several younger children that often are present for the sermon, we want to alert parents in case you would prefer not to discuss these things with your child yet. Obviously you are welcome to keep them with you if you choose, we just want to you know ahead of time and have the freedom to make that decision yourself. As always, we offer an age-appropriate class for children that meets during the preaching portion of our worship service.