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Greetings and Photos from Pastor Deo

April 20th, 2009 by Erin Posted in News
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Pastor Deo from our sister church in Nyagatare, Rwanda has sent us photos.   He says: “The attached are photos of my family and my church choir.  I draw your attention to one special person: my wife, Beatrice commonly called Darling.  Her photo is the most beautiful surrounded by my four other children.  Thank you for viewing these beautiful, tremendous, phenomenal creatures.  Love all, Deo.”

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Bishop John Rucyahana featured in Newsweek

April 9th, 2009 by Dan Claire Posted in News
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Read “A Message of Hope From a Pile of Bones,” by Ellis Cose, here.

Remembering the Rwandan Genocide After 15 Years

April 3rd, 2009 by Dan Claire Posted in News
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As Rwanda commemorates the 15th anniversary of the Genocide beginning on April 7, we pray for our brothers and sisters there, especially in our sister congregation in Nyagatare. This first week of the 100 days of remembrance can be especially traumatic to many as it sets triggers of the memories of the sights, sounds and smells that filled their country with the death of 800,000 Tutsi and moderate Hutus.

 The first week will be a time when students are off from school, memorials services for those bodies still being recovered are held; visitation to the homes of the survivors in the communities; community meetings and speeches; movies such as “Sometime in April” and “Shake Hands with the Devil” will be broadcast on television; all to remember what happened so it “will never happen again”. 

Time does not heal all wounds. It takes the hard work of reconciliation and forgiveness. It takes the love of Jesus to forgive the sinner who repents and believes. It takes the prayers of intercession from God’s people to provide strength to continue the battle against evil.

We need forgiveness too, for being deaf to the calls for help from the people in Rwanda 15 years ago. Even now, it is so difficult to imagine the sense of fear, loss, pain and suffering that those in Rwanda experienced. Those Rwandans who were outside the country experienced the loss of complete families, survivor guilt, and the sense of helplessness, too. No one is untouched and all need the healing power of our Lord Jesus. Nothing else holds the keys to heal the anger and guilt, to restore a community and re-unite a victim with their adversary.

Pray for the reconciliation that is happening and needs to continue; for the widowed and orphans; for those who have loved ones in prison; for those in the prisons; for the leaders of Rwanda especially President Kagame.

Pray for the Church and her leaders to lead the way forward. For Archbishop Kolini and the entire House of Bishops. For Pastor Deo and Beatrice in our sister parish, and for the healing of the people there. For Laura Waters Hinson while she is in Rwanda this week, preparing to show “As We Forgive” there later this summer. Pray for the power of the Holy Spirit to fall afresh on their land. Let’s hold “hands” with our sister churches and commit to pray for them.    

A Message from Pastor Deo in Nyagatare, Rwanda

March 20th, 2009 by Dan Claire Posted in News

Dear Brothers & Sisters, 

We  greet you in the name of Jesus! I hope this letter finds you well. We are very proud of you for having the courage to plant new churches. We pray for Pastor Mark Booker and his family as they go to Boston, Pastor Chuck Colson in Virginia, Pastor Tommy Hinson at Advent, and of course the theologian, Pastor Matt Anderson. And we pray for everyone in your churches.
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Ariel Ministries Spring Retreat with Bishop Thad

March 20th, 2009 by Dan Claire Posted in News
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Ariel Ministries’ Spring 2009 Retreat will be held on the Grand Strand of the coast of South Carolina, April 30-May 2. The retreat will feature the teaching of Bishop Thad Barnum and his wife, Erilynne. The retreat is open to anyone. For more information, click here.

Dance Ministry

February 11th, 2009 by Rez Admin Posted in News, Uncategorized
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For those interested in dance as both art and worship, consider joining our new Dance Ministry, meeting twice monthly on Monday evenings. All levels of experience are welcome. A dance workshop will be offered during the parish retreat (Sat afternoon) for anyone who can attend. Regular meetings will begin at 7pm on March 2, at Christ our Shepherd Church. We especially encourage participation from Advent, Ascension and Resurrection parishes. Questions? Contact Raquel Rogers at Raquel.L.Rogers@gmail.com

Boston Anglican Mission

February 10th, 2009 by Dan Claire Posted in News
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The Rev. Mark Booker, who has served as a pastor at Resurrection since 2005 and leader of the Northeast Network of the Anglican Mission, has been called to lead a new church plant in Boston’s Jamaica Plain neighborhood. He and his family will be moving to Massachusetts later this spring.

Reaching New England for Christ is at the heart of the vision of the Northeast Network, of which Resurrection, Advent, and Ascension are all members. The primary strategy for this work involves establishing new congregations like Resurrection in the major urban centers between DC and Maine. Consequently, the leadership of the Northeast Network has been praying for several years for an opportunity to begin a new work in the city of Boston. And in answer to these prayers, a lay-initiated group came together in Boston in the fall of 2008, and reached out to the network. Through prayer and dialogue together, both the Bookers and the nascent church in Boston heard the Lord’s call for this next step. With the affirmation and support of Bishop Thad Barnum, Rector Dan Claire, and other Resurrection leadership, Pastor Mark announced news of this new work to the congregation on Sunday, February 1.Mark Booker

The Booker family has been integral to the life and growth of the Church of the Resurrection during the past 3+ years. They are greatly loved and will be missed by everyone. However, the Boston mission, like Advent and Ascension, is a natural extension of the special calling that the Lord has given to Resurrection as a “church plant that plants churches that plant churches.” There is joy in seeing the Lord raise up and send out such able ambassadors for mission in the hard and rocky soil of New England.

Planting Churches in Urban Soil

Last Friday at the Anglican Mission 2009 Winter Conference, Resurrection and Advent clergy led a workshop entitled “Planting Churches in Urban Soil.” After an introduction from Bishop Thad Barnum, Dan Claire presented some of the history and distinctives of our churches, followed by a panel discussion and Q & A with Mark Booker and Tommy Hinson.

You can listen to the whole workshop here: Planting Churches in Urban Soil.