Many visitors are coming to the city of Washington this weekend. They come to witness a historic inauguration and to enjoy the city. It is a time of enormous optimism and hope. Meanwhile, many Washingtonians are fleeing the city this weekend. Others are planning to stay indoors and stocking up. The way many locals are talking, it’s as if they are expecting a hurricane rather than a new president.
The early church was known for its faithful and courageous hospitality during times of war, economic hardship, persecution, disease and natural disaster. Because of this, the church grew by leaps and bounds. As St. John had said, they knew we were Christians by our love.
So how will Washington Christians fare this weekend when compared with those saints who have gone before us?
What do we have to fear? Seriously, who or what shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall traffic, or road closings, or parking fees, or metro delays, or high security, or partying tourists? To quote King David, perhaps only slightly out of context, “I will not be afraid of many thousands of people who have set themselves against me all around.” Ps. 3:6.
The Church of the Resurrection will meet for worship as usual this Sunday evening (1/18) at 5pm at Christ our Shepherd Church. Please join us. We can be reached easily by metro to Eastern Market.
We will also meet again on Tuesday night (1/20) at 5pm at Christ our Shepherd Church for a special evening of prayer, praise and proclamation with Bishop John Rucyahana of Rwanda. Please use public transportation to come to this service, and allow extra time for the trip.
“Don’t start with a big program. Don’t suddenly think you can add to your church budget and begin. Start personally and start in your home. I dare you. I dare you in the name of Jesus Christ. Do what I am going to suggest. Begin by opening your home for community…
How many times in the past year have you risked having a drunk vomit on your carpeted floor? How in the world, then, can you talk about compassion and about community – about the church’s job in the inner city?
L’Abri is costly. If you think what God has done here is easy, you don’t understand. It’s a costly business to have a sense of community. L’Abri cannot be explained merely by the clear doctrine that is preached; it cannot be explained by the fact that God has here been giving intellectual answers to intellectual questions. I think those two things are important, but L’Abri cannot be explained if you remove the third. And that is there has been some community here. And it has been costly.
In about the first three years of L’Abri all our wedding presents were wiped out. Our sheets were torn. Holes were burned in our rugs. Indeed once a whole curtain almost burned up from somebody smoking in our living room. Blacks came to our table. Orientals came to our table. Everybody came to our table. It couldn’t happen any other way. Drugs came to our place. People vomited in our rooms, in the rooms of Chalet Les Melezes which was our home, and now in the rest of the chalets of L’Abri.
How many times has this happened to you? You see, you don’t need a big program. You don’t have to convince your session or board. All you have to do is open your home and begin. And there is no place in God’s world where there are no people who will come and share a home as long as it is a real home.”
Please stop by the table in the front foyer on January 18
and January 25 to pick up your 2008 Giving Receipt for
charitable giving to the Church of the Resurrection.
Unclaimed receipts will be mailed by January 31, 2009. Thank
The littlest ones in our congregation need your help! We’re trying to increase seven-fold the amount of nursery workers at Rez. You may never have thought of yourself as someone who could serve in this way, but we challenge you to reconsider. Questions, or to request an application, contact: Katie Doherty & Miriam Rudolph firstname.lastname@example.org or (202) 349-2158
Join us for a traditional service of Lessons & Carols as we anticipate Christmas together.
5:00 pm, Sunday, December 14, 2008
at Christ our Shepherd Church, 801 North Carolina Ave. SE, Washington, DC 20003
Refreshments immediately following the service.
The Religious Freedom Council is a ministry of Church of the Resurrection aimed at serving the persecuted church worldwide. On Sunday, November 9, together with thousands of churches around the globe, we will observe the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (IDOP). We have invited a member of the persecuted church to speak to us that night and to lead us in prayer on behalf of our brothers and sisters who suffer for His name. Our speaker, a Turkish Muslim who converted to Christianity, is a theologian, political commentator, and human rights advocate for the persecuted church in the Middle East. He is also a friend of our church and a wonderful speaker. Please join us on Sunday, November 9 at 7:30PM. Dinner will be served.