2016 Advent Daily Readings

November 21st, 2016 by Hrvoje Budimir Posted in Devotionals, Events, News
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The Advent season is here! To help us all prepare for the coming of the Christ child, consider using this devotional as a guide for your daily readings.

Rock Recovery Event- Building Bridges

April 14th, 2016 by Hrvoje Budimir Posted in Events
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Local nonprofit Rock Recovery is hosting its biggest event of the year, Building Bridges, on May 12th at the University Club in Washington, DC. Miss America 2008, Kirsten Haglund, will be emceeing the event. Dr. Curt Thompson, founder of Being Known and author of The Soul of Shame: Retelling the Stores We Believe About Ourselves, is serving as the keynote speaker and will unpack shame’s impact on us all, the neurobiological roots behind it, and how to overcome it.

All proceeds support Rock Recovery’s work of helping individuals and communities to find freedom from disordered eating through affordable recovery and community empowerment programs.

There are a few special ways you can get involved:

  • Buy an event ticket and enjoy the networking receptions and program
  • Host friends or colleagues as a ticket sponsor
  • Become a business sponsor for the event or donate a silent auction item

The event details are below. If you have any questions you can contact Rock Recovery’s Executive Director, Christie Dondero, at

DateThursday May 12, 6:30 – 9:00 PM

Location: The University Club, Washington DC (1135 16th St NW)

Registration: – CLICK HERE

Creation, Design, and Evolution

March 31st, 2016 by Hrvoje Budimir Posted in Events
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Join us on Saturday, April 9th at 7 p.m. at COSC (801 N. Carolina Ave SE) as Church of the Resurrection hosts Dr. Deborah Haarsma, the President of Biologos.

Dr. Haarsma, in her talk entitled “Creation, Design, and Evolution,” will review the positions of old earth creationism, intelligent design, and evolutionary creationism as alternatives to young earth creationism and atheistic evolution. Delving into the most compelling scientific evidence surrounding origins from the fields of astronomy, geology, paleontology, and genetics, Dr. Haarsma will discuss how this evidence is compatible with a vibrant, biblical faith. In addition, Dr. Haarsma will hold a Q&A session on Sunday, April 10th at 3pm at the Rez House (811 N.Carolina Ave SE).

Dr. Haarsma is also the co-author of Origins: Christian Perspectives on Creation, Evolution, and Intelligent Design. She previously served as Chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Calvin College, where she authored several publications on extragalactic astronomy and cosmology. Dr. Haarsma earned her PhD in Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Sermon Series: NEW (Eastertide 2016)

The Easter Vigil

March 3rd, 2016 by Hrvoje Budimir Posted in Events
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Vigil Details

Location: All Souls Unitarian Church, 1500 Harvard St. NW

Time: 8:00 p.m., Doors open at 7:30 p.m.

Easter Vigil Overview

Join us for a time of contemplation, celebration, artistic beauty and joyous remembrance, as we gather with the Church of the Advent and the Church of the Ascension for our annual Easter Vigil!

The Easter Vigil is an ancient Christian tradition celebrated on the Saturday before Easter Sunday. Our service begins in darkness, remembering the brokenness both of our world and the body of Christ in the tomb. We recount through Scripture and the arts the story of our world through the Old Testament. Then, light breaks into the darkness, as we celebrate the risen Christ, who has overcome death and sin, and extends His grace to the world. The night culminates with the Eucharist, and an extended time of praise and worship. Bring your bells, keys, or anything else that makes noise!

The service lasts about 3 hours, and is followed by a reception. Childcare will not be provided.

Understanding the Vigil

Since the early church, keeping vigil the night before Easter Sunday has historically been a potent way for Christians to inhabit salvation’s holy history, the heart of which is Christ’s resurrection.

Sundown on Holy Saturday is our cue to gather in darkness. We begin by dwelling together in darkness symbolizing all darkness–the darkness of our world and the darkness of our hearts. Left alone, we are devoid of the light of life.

The reading of scripture lessons provides a panoramic view of what God has done for humanity, summarizing the faith into which all Christians are baptized. God created and pursued creation in it’s foolishness. He called us to faithfulness & life through the prophets. When we still chose death, God, in Jesus Christ became flesh and dwelt among us. The author of life bore death for us. The length of the vigil service compounds anticipation for the joy that is to come.

Light breaks into darkness. God raised Jesus from the dead, and in so doing, opened the door from death to life for all of creation. The paschal candle, symbolizing Christ, who is the light of the world, is carried through the church and progressively passed to the whole congregation. We return to be astonished at finding the tomb empty. We’ve been renewed by the word and given new life. The Exsultet & great Alleluia coincide with the symbolic dawn of Easter Sunday. The first use of the word Alleluia since the beginning of Lent proclaims Christ’s infinite victory over sin & death.

Historically, the vigil was largely focused on celebrating the entry of new believers into the family of God. Seekers would have spent the previous months learning from and living alongside their local church, and would be formally welcomed into the body of Christ on this night through Baptism. Although no baptisms will take place at our service tonight, we will re-affirm our baptismal vows together, and prepare for baptisms tomorrow.

Life in Christ implies celebration and feasting around a common table. Every preparation, all the anticipation and power of this night’s rituals and customs climax in Eucharist where believers are reunited with Christ through bread & wine at his table. We anticipate the marriage of heaven and earth when “people will come from east and west, and from north and south and recline at a table in the kingdom of God” (Luke 13:29).

Using words, fire, movement, music, and bread, the worshipping community becomes the pilgrim people of God, entering through His invitation into marvelous light. Together,we trace and abide in most ancient movement, from slavery to freedom, from darkness to light.

The vigil climaxes in a joyous celebration of the feast of the people of God. The risen Lord invites all to participate in the new life he brings by sharing the feast which he has prepared. We thus look forward to the great Messianic feast of the kingdom of God when the redeemed from every time and place “will come from east and west, and from north and south, and sit at the table in the kingdom of God” (Luke 13:29) The vigil thus celebrates what God has done, is doing and will do. We are sacramentally reunited with our risen Lord. All our preparations, all the power of this night’s rituals and sacraments lead us to celebrate the Eucharist, to “give God thanks and praise.”

Help with the Vigil

Reception and Celebration: We invite you bring a dessert and a beverage (wine is allowed) to share as we celebrate the Resurrection immediately following the service!
Set Up: Day of set-up occurs between 9AM and 7:00PM and we need all the hands we can get to place art work, hang lighting, run sound cables, etc. If you can help with set up email Whitney Porter (Rez) at
Clean Up: We don’t play favorites, but we really love our clean-up crew. 11PM-1:00AM. This team will help clean up the space, pack up art, break down lighting, etc so that the church is ready to go for Easter Sunday. To help, email Whitney Porter at
Processional Dancers: Love to dance? We are looking for dancers (age 10ish and up) to participate in the processional dance during the service, contact Elise Claire (Rez) at
Pretty Things Creation: If you are interested in helping the aesthetics team with pre-Vigil preparations, which may include sewing, ironing, flower arranging, etc, email Marie Tyler (Rez) at


Holy Week 2016 Schedule

March 2nd, 2016 by Hrvoje Budimir Posted in Events, News
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Palm Sunday – March 20th at 5 p.m., Christ Our Shepherd Church

Maundy Thursday- March 24th at 7 p.m., Christ Our Shepherd Church

Childcare will be provided for ages 3 and under. 

Good Friday- hosted by Christ Our Shepherd Church, March 25th at 7 p.m.

Childcare will be provided. 

Easter Vigil – hosted by Church of the Advent, Saturday, March 25th at 8 p.m. Location: (All Souls Church, 1500 Harvard St. NW)

Easter Day Service – Sunday, March 26th at 5 p.m., Christ Our Shepherd Church

Open for Worship on Blizzard Sunday

January 22nd, 2016 by Dan Claire Posted in Events, News
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At 5 pm Sunday, January 24, 2016, the Church of the Resurrection will meet for worship as regularly scheduled at 801 North Carolina Ave SE. All are welcome. Please plan accordingly, since metro rail and bus service will remain closed on Sunday. We welcome able-bodied snow shovelers to help out Sunday afternoon clearing paths and parking spaces around the building.

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