Jeremiah: visibly incorporating the repair

a repaired pot

Kintsugi is a Japanese method for repairing broken ceramics with a special lacquer mixed with gold, silver, or platinum. The philosophy behind the technique is to recognize the history of the object and to visibly incorporate the repair into the new piece instead of disguising it. The process usually results in something more beautiful than the original.

This fall we will take on the gargantuan task of metabolizing the book of Jeremiah.  It is 52 chapters long and records the prophecies given by God over the reigns of 3 kings:  Josiah, Jehoiakim, and Zedekiah.  It begins in the latter half of the 7th Century BCE and closes with the destruction of Jerusalem and the exile of Judah in 587 BCE.  It is a massive story.

Throughout the book, the prophet Jeremiah weeps.  And this is why I chose it for this fall.  He weeps because of the impossibility of his calling–  to warn people of the certain consequences of their choices.  He weeps because of the hardness of their hearts.  He weeps because of the cruelty and pain that will be inflicted upon his family and friends.  He weeps because God has been dismissed, compartmentalized, ignored, and used.

Jeremiah’s tears offer us a way to engage the broken and busted world that we see all around us.  Tears–  the evidence of grief and lament–  are ‘the different way’ from the labels of ‘judgmental’ and ‘triumphal’ that so often get attached to those who profess to follow Jesus.

Jeremiah bravely looked at everything that was not the way its supposed to be and he mourned.  (For those who mourn will be comforted.)

The book itself is a 52 chapter description of consequence:  This is what will happen because of what you did.  It is sober, honest, and candid.  Jesus talked about the same things, but He would often come at it, ‘slant’.

He used parables.

The meanings of them are no less stark in their messages of separation, of hope, of rejection, and of grace.  But parables, being story and metaphor, can slip behind our defenses and walls of self-righteousness.  So we will look at one of Jesus’ parables from Matthew each week as well.  I am interested in exploring the contrasts between God’s announcements of consequence through Jeremiah and God’s announcements of consequence through Jesus.

On Sunday, we will have a small gift for you.  Amy Rowe, a church planter at Restoration, has created a beautiful book mark with a reading plan to help all of us work our way through Jeremiah this fall.  I hope you will pick one up and use it each day.  I know that God will use our reading of Jeremiah to deepen our relationship with Him…  and each other.

Jeremiah Bookmark

 

…to visibly incorporate the repair into the new piece instead of disguising it.

The image of a pot shows up over and over in the prophecy of Jeremiah.  When the pot is broken it is a metaphor of what we have done and what has been done to us.  But when it is repaired…  As followers of Jesus, we never need to hide our brokenness.  For it is in the repair, the healing, the visible restoration, that our Rescuer and Deliverer gets the honor and praise He so completely deserves.

May God give us grace to join Jeremiah and Jesus in looking upon what is broken and weeping.  And may God give us grace to rejoice in what has been healed and repaired.  And may God give us grace to wait for it all to be completed.

-David

Sunday Music – September 10, 2017

Playlist:

Songs of Praise:

Oh How I Need You
I Need Thee Every Hour
One Thing Remains (Your Love Never Fails) – We will be singing this a bit more meditatively, and we will not use the bridge.

Response:

Be Thou My Vision

Offertory:

Jesus I Come

Sanctus:

Salvation Belongs to Our God

Eucharist:

King of My Heart – the chords won’t completely match this chart.  When we get to the bridge and the ending portion, just play Am G F C like the chorus.
Crown Him With Many Crowns

Restoration Fall Retreat: Let’s Make Memories Together

Fall is upon us and that means that the Restoration Anglican Church Fall Retreat is right around the corner. To those who have been there before, here’s your chance to do it all over again. And for those who have never been, here are just a handful of reasons why you should sign up – and make memories with us.

It’s Fun!

Located in picturesque Massanetta Springs Camp and Conference Center, there is no shortage of games and activities for you and your family. From traditional board games, to outdoor games including – basketball, soccer and football – chances are that any given time there is someone doing something fun at the conference center. Among the highlights include a chance to play soccer with a large group. All ages are welcomed to kick the soccer ball around.

It’s Beautiful!

Comfortably, but conveniently, removed from the hustle and bustle of the Washington, D.C. area, Harrisonburg is beautiful, especially during the fall. The resort provides many inviting trails for one to collect their thoughts and pray without the distractions of city life. The retreat is a great opportunity to enjoy God’s creation.

There’s a Bonfire!

Always a fan favorite, the bonfire is a chance for folks to gather around the fire roasting marsh mellows, singing hymns and enjoying one another’s company. Don’t be surprised if people linger around the fire long after the littlest ones turn in. Camp memories are incomplete without bonfires and at the Resto Fall retreat, we don’t disappoint.

Come For the Fun, Stay for the Guest Speaker

Year in, year out, the staff do a great job recruiting great speakers to join us at our retreat. The theme may differ from year to year, but the message is always convicting and powerful. For this year, our guest speaker is Joe Ho – the National Director of Asian American Ministries at InverVarsity Christian Fellowship. Joe is a gifted speaker who loves the Lord and is traveling from Austin, TX to join us for our church retreat.

What Are You Waiting For? Sign Up Now!

Stay tuned for more posts about the Fall Retreat and encourage others to sign up today.

Note: Our kids (nursery-5th grade) will be in their kids’ small groups during the adult sessions. APEX (grades 6-12) will also be meeting during the adult sessions.

Financial aid to cover all or a portion of the expenses is available upon request. Please contact a staff member for further details.

Life Everlasting…Amen

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September 3, 2017 – Morgan Reed

Listen to the songs here.

Sunday Music – September 3, 2017

Playlist:

Songs of Praise:

Praise to the Lord
One Thing Remains (Your Love Never Fails)

Response:

Psalm 46

Offertory:

Glory to God Forever – G

Sanctus:

Salvation Belongs to Our God

Eucharist:

In the Name of God the Father
All Who Are Thirsty – D
Esther

flawed, beautiful, clinging to grace

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August 27, 2017 – David Hanke

Acts 20.26-38 : Psalm 138 : Matthew 17.13-18

Listen to the songs here.

September 9: Kickball! Softball! Have a ball with Resto!

fireball

Hey Friends,

On September 9, Restoration and friends will take over the softball diamond at Quincy Park.  We will have a blast playing kickball, softball, and then walking over to Rocklands for barbecue.

What time does it start?

  • From 4-5pm, we will use the diamond for kickball.  Adults and kids of all ages are welcome to join in.
  • From 5-6pm, we will use the diamond for softball.  This game will be open to everyone who is in middle school and older.
  • If it rains on September 9:  call the Arlington County Inclement Weather Line (703) 228-4715.  If Arlington County closes the field (the recording will say, ‘diamond fields are closed’) then the event is canceled.

Where is it?  Quincy Park is bordered by N. Quincy St, Washington Boulevard, 10th Street, and N. Nelson St.  The diamond fields are located at the corner of 10th Street and N. Nelson St.  You can park in the library lot, along 10th St, or along Nelson St.

What should I bring?  Anything you might need to play–  glove, bat, fireball, water, sense of humor, knee brace, energy bar, hat, those cool gloves that Harper wears…

Can I just watch?  Of course!  We love fans.  Make signs.  Bring foam fingers.  Wear a morph suit.

Is there anything else to do at Quincy Park?  Yep.  The playground is big and awesome.  And there is a library–  though they frown on balls being thrown indoors.

Here is a map:

Map of Quincy Park

Can I just join you for dinner?  You betcha.  People will start heading to Rocklands around 5 after kickball.  The next crew will show up at 6 and then we will stay till they run out of that delicious corn pudding.

Come for the fun.  Come for chance to nail someone with a kickball.  Come meet new friends.  Come for the barbecue.  Just come on out…

Welcome to fall at Restoration.

-David

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