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Welcome to the Holy Redeemer Lutheran Church website. We hope this site will help you learn more about us. It won’t take you long to discover that this is truly a unique community, rich in the relationships that matter most. Growing together, we worship, we serve, we laugh, we cry, we learn, and we reach out to our world with life-transforming truth. We reach out to you, as well. Our doors are open; Our hearts are open, too. If you have been thinking, praying, searching and hoping for a place to belong, we say again: Welcome to Holy Redeemer Lutheran Church!



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1948 The Alameda, San Jose, CA 95126
Office: 408 296-4040




Meet Pastor FreesemannPastor JohnOur Pastor, John L. Freesemann, has led Holy Redeemer since 1990. During his tenure we have moved from being a constitutionally driven congregation (with the required committees and road blocks which that type of institution entails) to a progressive, permission giving community (with the freedom needed to engage in any ministry in which a member is interested). Pastor John has challenged us to look beyond the walls of our church to the needs of the community around us -- in both his preaching and his actions -- holding before us sound biblical stewardship principles and the latest discoveries in biblical theology, as well as demonstrating what it means to live out your faith within the world stage of politics, workers' rights and caring for the disenfranchised.




Why Butterflies?

Resuscitation or Resurrection?

by Bret S. Myers on April 9, 2015


What is the difference between being resuscitated and resurrected? Lazarus was butterfly and chrysalisresuscitated in being brought back to the same life he had before dying. Eventually, he grew old and died again. Jesus, however, was resurrected. He was brought back to life, but not the same one as before. He was a new being, one who could hardly be recognized by his disciples at first. The new life in which he was resurrected into was one in which knows no more death. Jesus would not die again after having been resurrected into the fullness of Christ.

A seed turns into a plant or a flower, a caterpillar turns into a butterfly, and a tadpole turns into a frog. Each becomes a new thing, metamorphosed into a life changed radically. They are not resuscitated into what they once were, but become new creations of resurrection — made more beautiful from their transformation.

If you look into a chrysalis, what you discover is an empty tomb. The caterpillar is gone; not resuscitated, but resurrected. Now lives a butterfly. Caterpillars crawl and climb, but butterflies float and fly. The caterpillar seeks and struggles all its life to become something more beautiful. The butterfly already knows what it means to be beautiful, and therefore seeks not to help itself but rather to share its beauty, grace, and goodness with others. The desire of the caterpillar is to improve itself; that of the butterfly is to bless others. Whatever good the caterpillar does for others, it is done as part of an obligation or precondition to achieve its real self-interested goal. But the butterfly is not centered in self-interest. It lives to bless, not be blessed. It is the difference between caring for others out of principle and caring for them out of character…between loving them out of duty, and loving them out of the joy of doing so.

Easter for webBeing resuscitated brings us back to a life of the old fears, anxieties, and spiritual failings of the past. Being resurrected takes us to a new life in which we have no fear and no anxiety, and in which we are made complete and whole by love alone. To be resurrected into a life of perfect love is to know the peace that Christ gives to us…a peace not of this world, but of a world in which love -unconditional love- is the only thing that truly matters. God grant you the grace to be resurrected rather than resuscitated. May your life be an Easter miracle!


April 25, 2015


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About Holy Redeemer:

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Do you have any old electronics you’d like to get rid of? Don’t throw them away! Donate them to Holy Redeemer Lutheran Church for recycling!


We take CPUs, monitors. televisions, radios, cd players, and anything that has an electric cord on it.  Simply bring your old electronics by the church any time the office is open or on Sunday morning and we will help you put it in the eWaste storage closet.


Or, click on the EWASTE 4 GOOD logo above to learn how to participate by donating directly to them and have them pick up your items at your home.


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