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FREE Apologetics Conference!

January 21st, 2009 by Dan Claire Posted in Events
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Engaging Contemporary Culture
Grace DC, Christ our Shepherd, and the Church of the Resurrection will be hosting Professor Jerram Barrs for a conference on Engaging Contemporary Culture this weekend. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear an excellent speaker address a crucial topic. The conference is free and will be held Friday evening and Saturday, January 23-24, at Calvary Baptist Church in Chinatown. Register at

Sanctity of Life Events

January 21st, 2009 by Rez Admin Posted in Events
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The March for Life is this Thursday, January 22. The annual rally draws thousands of people from across the country on the anniversary of Roe v Wade to draw public attention to the injustice of abortion. If you have questions or are interested in attending and would like to coordinate with others from Church of the Resurrection, email Melissa Silvers at

When? January 22, 2009 Starts at 12:00 Noon

Where? National Mall, starting at 4th St. NW (note change of address)

Praying for Moral Leadership  The morning of the March for Life, Congressman Chris Smith, the Evangelical Environment Network and other Christian groups will be hosting a time of prayer on Capitol Hill for the unborn and other issues. Please come to the Cannon House Office Building (off Independence Ave.), Room 121 anytime between 9:30-11:30am, January 22. Following a time of prayer, those who are interested will head down to the National Mall to join the March for Life. Questions? Email: Alexei ( or Melissa (

Spanish Language Bible Study

January 16th, 2009 by Rez Admin Posted in Devotionals
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The Spanish Language Bible Study is a Christian community for Latinos and Spanish speakers. The aim of this ministry is a winsome fellowship in which unchurched Latinos can meet Christ through friendship and Bible study. For questions or to get involved, please contact Ana Lopez at  

Christian Hospitality in DC this Weekend

January 16th, 2009 by Dan Claire Posted in Events
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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.

Francis Schaeffer on Hospitality

January 16th, 2009 by Dan Claire Posted in Events
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“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.” 

2008 Giving Receipts

January 15th, 2009 by Rez Admin Posted in Events
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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

Nursery Volunteers Needed

January 13th, 2009 by Rez Admin Posted in Events
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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 or (202) 349-2158

Apologetics Conference, Jan. 23-24

January 8th, 2009 by Rez Admin Posted in Uncategorized
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Engaging Contemporary Culture  

Grace DC, Christ our Shepherd, and the Church of the Resurrection will be hosting Professor Jerram Barrs for a conference on “Engaging Contemporary Culture.”  The conference is free and will be held Friday evening and Saturday, January 23-24, at Calvary Baptist Church in Chinatown.  Register at

Lessons & Carols Service

December 7th, 2008 by Dan Claire Posted in Events
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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.

Bearing the Silence of God

November 7th, 2008 by Dan Claire Posted in Devotionals
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Here is a brilliant and challenging article by Ziya Meral, our speaker this weekend for the International Day of Prayer. I have excerpted a few lines below.

Where is God when millions of his children are being persecuted in the most brutal ways? Why does he keep silent in the middle of persecution but speak loudly in the middle of conferences with famous speakers and worship bands? …

[T]he incapacity of the modern church to reconcile the suffering of the global church with the God of love is evident. But, our highest good is not a problem-free life; it is to be like the Son….

The greatest glory Jesus brought to God was not when he walked on the water or prayed for long hours, but when he cried in agony in the garden of Gethsemane and still continued to follow God’s will, even though it meant isolation, darkness, and the silence of God. Thus, we know that when everything around us fails, when we are destroyed and abandoned, our tears, blood, and dead corpses are the greatest worship songs we have ever sung….

The dead body is not the end of the story. The one who sacrificed his life is also the one who has been glorified: “because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead will also raise us with Jesus and present us with you in his presence” (2 Cor. 4:14). When we identify ourselves with the humiliation, suffering, and death of Jesus, we are also granted the privilege of being identified with the resurrection, glory, and reign of the Lord Jesus Christ. “Therefore … we do not lose heart,” even though we are weakened by suffering (2 Cor. 4:1).