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June 10, 2018 – David Hanke

1 Corinthians 10.14-17,31-11.1 : Psalm 130 : Mark 3.20-35

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Thank you, Resto! A reflection on Incarnation’s first Sunday

WhatsApp Image 2018-06-03 at 8.44.14 PMOn Sunday, June 3, Incarnation Anglican gathered in the home of Liz and Simon Gray for its first Sunday worship service of evening prayer and eucharist. This service was the start of our ‘soft launch’ — a period of a few months where our launch team will worship weekly and practice the habits of praying, learning, singing, sharing testimonies, and breaking bread that will shape and form us for our public launch on September 9. 

Preparing the Grays’ home for worship included doing so many things for the first time: setting up chairs, arranging potluck dishes, making a quick chalkboard sign, passing out liturgies, arranging a cozy kids’ nook, and more. We laughed and prayed and bustled about together in relaxed delight, wondering who would come.

And come they did! At quarter to 5, people began to show up. But no matter where you were on Sunday evening — whether at the Grays’, or at Restoration, or at home or in the park or out grabbing a beer — you were right there with us too.

Because over the past year, you have supported us in a thousand small ways, giving us opportunity to tell our story in blogs and church and parish meetings and interest events. Some of you have given your finances, or your business acumen, or your legal knowledge, or your artistic gifts. Others have dreamed with us, prayed for us, asked us refining questions, made strategic introductions.

On Sunday morning you flocked to the front of Restoration’s sanctuary and prayed over Incarnation’s leadership, sending us out in a manner reminiscent of the book of Acts. You extended your arms and called down God’s blessing and pleaded for the power of his Holy Spirit to fill us. And we received it all through tears, a bittersweet moment of commissioning by a community that has nourished and supported us. (You’ll do the same thing again for our entire launch team on September 2, a week before our public launch.)

On Sunday evening, we carried those prayers with us throughout our first service, which brought its own tears of joy and wonder. 52 people walked through the doors of the Grays’ home to join us in worship — far more than expected — including people from other parts of the world and people we’d never met. Everyone sang their hearts out and received the eucharist with joy amidst kids’ voices and packed rooms. In the faces and voices of those who came, God reminded us that he is capable of doing so much more than we could ask or imagine as we seek to build a diverse worshipping community in South Arlington.

Thank you for your prayers, encouragement, love, and support. We’re so grateful to be on this journey with you, Restoration! Please contact us, follow us on Facebook, or check out our website if you want to learn more!

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Sunday Music – June 10, 2018

Playlist:

Songs of Praise:

This is My Father’s World : Valley Song
Wait on the Lord slower (Am)

Response:

All to Us

Offertory:

King of Love

Sanctus:

Revelation Song

Eucharist:

Psalm 46
Everything

Warden’s Report: May 2018

The Wardens’ Report: a brief summary of highlights from monthly Vestry meetings, designed to provide information about our growth, finances, priorities and progress towards our strategic plan.

At our 22 May Vestry meeting, we enjoyed dinner together and prayer before starting the meeting.  This month Danny Lee led us through our compline which included a time of intercession and thanksgiving for the ministry of Louise Brooks and the Kids’ Small Groups at Restoration.  Our joy and thankfulness overflowed as we prayed for all God is doing at Restoration through Louise as she shepherds our ever growing population of young believers.  We welcome your prayers for all the staff, the Vestry and God’s work here at Quincy Street. 

In our meeting we discussed the monthly update received from the Incarnation core team, the June commissioning of Liz, Morgan and Amy and the beginning of 5pm Prayer Services on 3 June at the Gray’s home.  We continue our focus on ways to assist and enable the launch of Incarnation Anglican Church on September 9, 2018. 

Brad Jones, our assistant treasurer, provided an update on next year’s budget process and facilities reserve.  Additionly the Vestry approved an MOU with RILA for continued back office support.  We are thankful for the congregation’s generosity and God’s faithfulness in supporting the ministries of Restoration, Incarnation and RILA.  All remain on sound financial footing. 

Becky Mohr provided further updates on several personnel related proposals to include an update on efforts to hire a female associate rector, updates to our Sexual Harassment policies, and previewed some of the compensation changes that would be incorporated into the budget review in June and July.  We agreed that some of the Church Plant resident funding would be available to the Rector to allocate for a summer intern.

As part of Restoration’s oversight of the Integrated Auxiliary, Restoration Immigration Legal Aid, the Vestry approved RILA’s first governing board for a period of one year.  Additionally, we received the report from the Rector that the staff intends to continue 5pm services throughout the summer. 

As always, if you have questions, concerns, words of wisdom or encouragement, please know that we are open to your feedback.  You can read an archive of past Wardens’ Reports on our website or Vestry Meeting minutes on CCB, under the ‘Files’ tab in the ‘Entire Church Group’

–Dietrich Kuhlmann and Becky Mohr, Wardens

Welcome back, Scott Buckhout!

Scott Buckhout

This Summer, Scott Buckhout is returning to Restoration to serve as our Summer Pastoral Associate.  You will see a lot of him on Sundays, leading us through the liturgy.  He will also be helping out with a summer small group and community fun.

Scott is a student at Gordon-Conwell and a postulant for ordination under the care of our bishop, John Guernsey.  I am grateful for all the ways he has served at Restoration in the past and I am excited about the opportunity we get to invest in his pastoral development this summer.  Look for him this Sunday and say, Welcome Back!

-David

A few words from Scott, himself…

I grew up in Northern Kentucky, just across the river from Cincinnati, Ohio (The greatest city in the world!). My parents still live in the house where I grew up. It is a gift to still get to go “home.”

I went to greatest school in America: Davidson College (Fun facts: I was the back-up mascot, and Steph Curry came to my apartment Christmas party). Upon graduating, I moved up I-95 to DC where I was a Falls Church Fellow. I ended up staying in the DC area for 9 years, mostly working in the federal government.

In 2014, I left government and started actively discerning a call to pastoral ministry. In the fall of 2016, I started at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and I am somewhere between halfway and two-thirds of the way done. 🙂

The one consistent part of my 9 years in DC was being a part of the Restoration church family. My first Sunday was Restoration’s first Sunday, and I have been coming back ever since. Restoration has been the place where God has invited me to trust Him with more my life, and it is a joy to be back again this summer.

Learning from our past

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June 3, 2018 – David Hanke

1 Corinthians 10.1-5; 12-13 : Psalm 81.1-10 : Mark 2.23-28

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