Sunday Music – October 13, 2013

Playlist:
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Opening:

Oh How I Need You – E 

10,000 Reasons – E 

Amazing Grace guitar key of E 


Response:

Psalm 130 (Bm) Psalm 130 (D to E) There are two documents.  Be sure to use both.  I’m not certain of this one.  Practice it last since it could change.


Offertory:

The Solid Rock (E) 


Sanctus:

Sanctus Holy Holy Holy Lord – E D Enjoy the birds – a park recording. 


Eucharist:

Thou Lovely Source – E (D) We are actually doing this one in D – ignore the capo and enjoy the birds.

Revelation Song (D) 

O Love That Will Not Let Me Go (C) 

Announcements – October 6, 2013

This is it: the last day to register for the Fall Retreat. You really don’t want to miss it. Two days (Oct. 19-20) in the Shenandoah Valley with the whole Restoration family, plus great teaching from Steve Hayner. So go the website now and register. There will be no Restoration service at Little Falls on Oct. 20.

Special offering today: We know that many of you are federal employees who are furloughed because of the government shutdown and that this may cause financial hardship for you. Today we’re collecting a special offering to be distributed to those in the Restoration community who need assistance because of the shutdown. To contribute, put your special offering in the plain white envelopes in the baskets on the end of the pews, and then place the envelope in the offering basket. (Your regular offering can go straight into the basket.) If you would like to apply to receive assistance, contact Kat Downs at kat@restorationarlington.org.

Volunteer training tonight: Looking for an easy way to connect at Restoration? Join our team of Sunday volunteers. There’s a job for everyone, and it’s a great way to meet other people and serve the church. There’s a training session tonight in the sanctuary at 6:45 pm.

Interested in planning outreach activities for the fall? The Outreach Planning Team (OPT) is meeting this Tues., Oct. 8, at 7:30 pm to plan ways for the Restoration community to serve the poor and vulnerable in our community. Everyone is welcome! At the Grays’ home: 4318 39th St. N., Arlington, 22207. Questions? Contact Liz: Go to restorationarlington.org/contact and choose “Outreach.”

Vestry nominations are open. The vestry is the team of nine men and women elected by Restoration members to serve as elders, overseeing our finances and facilities and providing spiritual leadership to the church. Each year we elect three new members for a three-year term. Nominations are open to everyone. Send nominations and questions to nominations@restorationarlington.org. Nominations close Oct. 13. Elections will be Nov. 10 and 17.

Did you miss the chance to sign up for a small group? No worries—there’s a group that will stay open through the rest of the trimester. It’s led by Liz and Simon Gray and meets Wednesdays at 7:30 pm at the Kenyons’: 3605 N. Upland St., Arlington, 22207. Just drop in—no need to sign up. All are welcome.

Man up. On Tues., Oct. 15 at 7:30 pm, Restoration men will have the opportunity to “train themselves for godliness.” We’ll gather once a month for 7 months in the Little Falls sanctuary to talk about our character and to connect with potential mentors. Questions? Go to restorationarlington.org/contact and choose “Connect.”

Can we pray for you? Every Sunday, there are teams of trained prayer ministers at the front of the sanctuary who would love to pray for you. Nothing’s too big or too small to be prayed for. Just make your way to the front after the service.

Stars

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In the summer of 2001, I taught astronomy to kids at a camp in rural Texas. Night after night, on the camp’s stargazing platform, these city kids would often gasp with wonder at the brilliance of the night sky. Stars are just as wondrous for adults as for children – perhaps even more so, as our adult imaginations are often starved for the kind of mystery and beauty that stars convey. And so, as David preaches on creation, fall, and restoration this fall, let’s turn our eyes heavenward and contemplate all the stars have to teach us:

  • God’s vastness and mystery. On a clear night in Arlington, we might see a few dozen stars. If we were to drive out to the Shenandoah, we may see a stunning thousand or two. These stars are so far away that it takes their light hundreds, thousands, even millions of years to reach us; thus, looking at the stars is looking back in time. The light we see from some stars began its journey to our eyes before man discovered fire or Columbus sailed to America. But even these stars are only a tiny fraction of all the stars that exist, each one enormous. Our sun, itself a modestly sized star, could hold a million Earths. Our galaxy alone holds over a hundred billion stars, and is only one of billions of galaxies in the universe. In the far reaches of the known universe, quasars emit the energy of trillions of suns; pulsars emit radio waves with more precision than atomic clocks; and black holes exert so much gravity that time nearly stands still in their presence. The sheer size of the universe, the mind-bending conflation of space and time, the million “why?”s that the stars provoke – all of these cause us to marvel at the extraordinary power and vastness and otherness of the God who created it all.
  • God’s intimacy. Contemplating the immensity of the universe could make God seem distant, complex, inaccessible. But instead, the Bible describes an intimate creator, a God who has counted and named every single star – including the thousand that are still being created every second. He has ordered each star’s birth, life, and death, and given it a specific place in the sky. He is the infinite and mysterious God of the heavens, yes, but he is also an intimate God, naming and knowing and carefully tending his creation.
  • God’s artistry. The Bible calls the stars God’s handiwork, and describes them with the sensory language of craftsmanship: they are spread, stretched, knit across the sky. In return, these beautifully crafted entities are described repeatedly as singing for joy. In creating the stars, God used the tools of the artist, the craftsman, the musician, to adorn the sky with billions upon billions of glorious worshipers.
  • God’s story. The entire drama of God’s story unfolds in the stars. When he creates the world, he begins with the sun, moon, and stars. When God wants to convey the enormity of his promise to Abraham, he leads him out under the night sky and directs his gaze at the stars. When his prophets foretell impending judgment, they describe stars being darkened, the heavens being torn and shaken. When he wants to announce the birth of his son, he tells a story in the night sky so compelling that Eastern astronomers leave their homes and journey for months to find the king announced in the stars. And in Revelation, when he reveals to John a sweeping vision of all history, he casts stars as the key actors – from Satan and a third of the stars being cast out of heaven, to Jesus, himself the Bright Morning Star, cradling seven stars in his hand, coming again to make all things new.
  • Our story. Carl Sagan famously wrote in Cosmos that “we are made of starstuff.” It is mind-boggling to imagine that the same elements necessary to all life on earth, including every atom in our bodies, are in the dusty nebulae from which stars are birthed. From this stardust, God lavishes beauty, creativity, story, and individuality upon billions of stars in the heavens. But amazingly, he lavishes even more upon us, assembling these same elements into human lives crafted in his image, and beckoning us into relationship with him as beloved sons and daughters. He even invites us into the act of creation and redemption, telling us to shine as stars as we hold out his life-giving word to a dark world. How humbling it is to find ourselves merely specks in an enormous universe, yet specks that are fully known, heard, and loved by the God who spoke it all into being.

Madeliene L’Engle once wrote that the ancient understanding of the word “disaster” was, quite literally, separation (dis-) from stars (-aster). In many ancient cultures, stars were believed to be deities themselves, or lights carried by invisible gods in the sky. While we no longer believe the stars are capable of controlling our fates, the ancient meaning of “disaster” still has the feel of truth; for our self-imposed separation from the stars (by pollution, electric lighting, urbanization, etc) can indeed be disastrous to our contemplation of God.

Stargazing can be an incredible source of wonder, humility, and joy. Over the coming weeks, why not take a few moments to intentionally sit beneath the stars and regain a small bit of that wonder? Take a walk after dinner. Drive an hour west and park the car for a while. Take advantage of the upcoming church retreat, far from city lights, and sit under the night sky with a pair of binoculars brought from home (telescopes are rarely needed for most sky observation). In the meantime, we’ll be providing a few small opportunities to access the stars through various art forms – from images on the screens at church to words and images on this blog – so stay tuned! We hope that these opportunities will allow us all to join with the stars in songs of worship to our creator.

– Amy Rowe

Sunday Music – October 6, 2013

Playlist:
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Opening:

Praise to the Lord – E 

One Thing Remains (Your Love Never Fails) – E 

For the Beauty of the Earth (E) 


Response:

O Great God – C D 


Offertory:

Jesus I Come (C) 


Sanctus:

Sanctus Holy Holy Holy Lord – E D 


Eucharist:

Breathe key of A 

From The Inside Out-A 

There is a Redeemer – D 

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Announcements – September 29, 2013

New-to-Restoration Dinner this week: New around here? Want to meet other newcomers and learn more about Restoration? Join us for dinner this Tues., Oct. 1, at 7:30 pm at Little Falls. If you’d like to become a member of Restoration, this dinner is a requirement. Please RSVP: go to restorationarlington.org/contact. Childcare available.

Last chance to sign up for small groups: Registration closes today! Don’t miss the best opportunity to get connected in the Restoration community. Go to restorationarlington.org to sign up.

Fall Retreat registration closes next week! You’ll want to spend Oct. 19-20 at Massanetta Springs with the whole Restoration family. We’ll hear from speaker Steve Hayner about how our own stories fit into God’s big story. Registration deadline is next Sunday, Oct. 6, so go to the website now to register.

Looking for an easy way to connect at Restoration? Join our team of Sunday volunteers. There’s a job for everyone, and it’s a great way to meet other people and serve the church. Training session after the service next Sun., Oct. 6, at 6:45 pm. Questions? Contact Matt: go to restorationarlington.org/contact and choose “Volunteers.”

Man up. On Tues., Oct. 15 at 7:30 pm, Restoration men will have the opportunity to “train themselves for godliness.” We’ll gather once a month for 7 months in the Little Falls sanctuary to talk about our character and to connect with potential mentors. Questions? Go to restorationarlington.org/contact and choose “Connect.”

Become a conversation partner: Restoration folks get to build relationships with our neighbors at Fe y Alabanza Church through a flexible weekly time of teaching English through conversation. Interested? Contact Susie Wallin at crhs_dc@hotmail.com.

Bridging the youth gap: There’s great stuff happening at APEX. Now we want to think about connecting with local youth who aren’t part of our church. Clay’s building a team to do just that. Interested? Go to restorationarlington.org/contact and choose “Youth Ministry.”

Intercessory Prayer Conference: Want to learn more about praying for others? Our diocese is offering an Intercessory Prayer Conference on Sat., Oct. 10 at All Saints’ Church in Woodbridge. For more info and to register, go to anglicandoma.org and look under “Media & Events.”

Can we pray for you? Every Sunday, there are teams of trained prayer ministers at the front of the sanctuary who would love to pray for you. Nothing’s too big or too small to be prayed for. Just make your way to the front after the service.

Sunday Music – September 29, 2013

Playlist:
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Opening:

Holy Holy Holy – C 

Beautiful One (C) 

Thou Lovely Source – E (D) (Please excuse or enjoy the birds…recorded this one early in the park) 


Response:

Everything – C 


Offertory:

One Thing Remains (Your Love Never Fails) – E 


Sanctus:

Sanctus Holy Holy Holy Lord – E D 


Eucharist:

Here is Love – E 

Holy Spirit – E 

God of Grace and God of Glory – E 

Announcements – September 22, 2013

Let us welcome the newly baptized: Today we celebrate the baptisms of Haven Ditzel (daughter of Ken Ditzel & Jamie Hagerbaumer) and Charlie Murff (son of Michael & Birgit Murff).  Congratulations! Please pray for Haven and Charlie as they grow in their faith and love for Jesus.

It’s not too late to join a small group. Small groups are where community happens. Registration is only open for one more week, so go to the website to sign up today.

Register for the Fall Retreat: Registration deadline is Oct. 6! Go to the website today to register for a great weekend with the whole Restoration family: Oct. 19-20 at Massanetta Springs. Want a little extra retreat time? There’s an optional Friday night stay. Questions? Contact Brad: abradleynelson@gmail.com.

Become a conversation partner: Restoration folks get to build relationships with our neighbors at Fe y Alabanza Church through a flexible weekly time of teaching English through conversation. Interested? Contact Susie Wallin at crhs_dc@hotmail.com.

Intercessory Prayer Conference: Want to learn more about praying for others? Our diocese is offering an Intercessory Prayer Conference on Sat., Oct. 10 at All Saints’ Church in Woodbridge. For more info and to register, go to anglicandoma.org and look under “Media & Events.”

New to Restoration Dinner: New around here? Want to meet other newcomers and learn more about Restoration? Join us for dinner on Tues., Oct. 1, at 7:30 pm at Little Falls. If you’d like to become a member of Restoration, this dinner is a requirement. To RSVP, go to restorationarlington.org/contact. Childcare available.

Parish Meeting: Next Sunday, Sept. 29, plan to stay after the service for important updates on the life of Restoration. If Restoration is your church home, this is your family meeting.

Bridging the youth gap: There’s great stuff happening at APEX. Now we want to think about connecting with local youth who aren’t part of our church. Clay’s building a team to do just that. Interested? go to restorationarlington.org/contact and choose “Youth Ministry.”

Prayer at 4. Come to the Treehouse (2nd floor) each Sunday from 4–4:30 pm to pray. We pray for our worship service, for each other, for whatever’s going on in the world that we care about. These meetings are lively, varied, and lots of fun. All are welcome—including kids.

Do you get our weekly e-newsletter? If not, you’re missing out on the best way to stay connected to what’s happening at Restoration. Drop an email to info@restorationarlington.org to subscribe.

Can we pray for you? Every Sunday, there are teams of trained prayer ministers at the front of the sanctuary who would love to pray for you. Nothing’s too big or too small to be prayed for. Just make your way to the front after the service.

Sunday Music – September 22, 2013

Playlist:
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Opening:

How Great Thou Art (A) 

Maker of All Things (E) 

Behold Our God (Bb) 


Response:

Thou Lovely Source – E (D) 


Offertory:

Come Let us Worship – E 


Sanctus:

Sanctus Holy Holy Holy Lord – E D 


Eucharist:

In the Name of God the Father (D) 

Worthy you are Worthy – E 

Joyful Joyful We Adore Thee (E) 

Announcements – September 15, 2013

Small groups begin today! Small groups are where community happens. They’re an easy way to connect with others through conversation, Bible study, and prayer. Groups meet at different times throughout the week at locations around Arlington and beyond. Registration is only open for two more weeks, so go to the website to register today: restorationarlington.org.

Have you found your place at Restoration? No matter who you are or where you’ve come from, there’s a place for you here, and we’d love to help you find it. After the service this evening, head to the Friendship Hall downstairs for dessert and the chance to talk with Restoration staff and people who are involved in different aspects of our life together. It’s a great way to meet people and to figure out how you can connect with our community.

APEX is back in action. After a bit of a break over the summer, we’re geared up for a great new semester. All middle and high school students, come on up to the Treehouse (2nd floor) after the service tonight. We’ll have dinner ($5 suggested donation), catch up on our summers, and launch into a new year. We’ll wrap up at 8:15. Want to know more? Contact Clay: go to restorationarlington.org/contact and choose “Youth ministry.”

Prayer for Shawn Kuykendall: Shawn is a member of Restoration who is battling cancer. Friends are organizing an evening of prayer for him on Fri., Sept. 27, and all are welcome: 7:30 pm at 3526 N. Ohio St., Arlington. Questions? Contact Erica Chapman at 703-987-0657.

Register for the Fall Retreat: You’ll want to spend Oct. 19-20 at Massanetta Springs with the whole Restoration community, so head to the website and register today. New this year: an optional Friday night stay for those who’d like a little extra retreat time. Questions? Want to help with the retreat? Email Brad: abradleynelson@gmail.com.

Prayer at 4. Come to the Treehouse (2nd floor) each Sunday from 4–4:30 pm (note the new end time) to pray. We pray for our worship service, for each other, for whatever’s going on in the world that we care about. These meetings are lively, varied, and lots of fun. All are welcome—including kids.

Do you get our weekly e-newsletter? If not, you’re missing out on the best way to stay connected to what’s happening at Restoration. Drop an email to info@restorationarlington.org to subscribe.

Can we pray for you? Every Sunday, there are teams of trained prayer ministers at the front of the sanctuary who would love to pray for you. Nothing’s too big or too small to be prayed for. Just make your way to the front after the service.

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