Holy Week 2018

Holy Week Schedule

Palm Sunday: (3/25) We will begin outside with services at 9, 11, and 5. (shuttle service provided)

Maundy Thursday: 7:30pm (shuttle service and nursery provided)

Walking the Cross: Fri at 8:30am at the Brooks’s House

Stations of the Cross: Fri at 10am for children and the young at heart, 12pm, and 2pm.

Good Friday: 7:30pm (shuttle service and nursery provided)

The Great Vigil of Easter: 8:30pm (shuttle provided, but no nursery); bring food or a fun beverage to share for the Resurrection Party

Easter Sunday: normal service times at 9, 11, and 5. (shuttle service and nursery provided, but no kids’ small groups)

Come. Bear the cross. Feel it’s weight.

IMG_3625We are all different types of learners. Some of us can read and understand. Others of us can hear and understand. And, still others of us only ever get it when we can touch and feel and experience something.

On Good Friday, we invite you to join us for an experiential journey – to physically take up the cross, feel its weight, and imagine what it was like for Jesus. We’ll gather at the Brooks’s house at 8:30 AM and walk the “Good Friday Cross” to Restoration. The journey is about a mile long and we take about an hour, stopping along the way to pray the fourteen stations of the cross.  When we arrive at church, we’ll process the cross into the Sanctuary and lay it down, readying it to receive written reflections of our sins which we literally nail to the cross.  On Saturday night, at the beginning of the Great Vigil of Easter, we gather around the bonfire and tear our sins from the cross and throw them in the fire.

Please come. Come even if you read this and get it. Come even if you heard about others who experienced it last year and you get it. Come. Bear the cross. Feel it’s weight. Walk the journey, just so that you can understand maybe a little bit differently this year the “overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God”.

Email Steve Brooks (brooks@potomacassociates.com) for more details.

 

Holy Week 2017

43280390_xxlHoly Week is coming soon and we do not want you to miss any of the wonderful things happening at Restoration!  This Lent we’ve been reflecting on how good it is to “give things up” to make room for us to receive all that God would have for us in the Easter celebration, so we would love for you to join us in this integral piece of the story that leads us to the Lord’s table, his death, and his resurrection!

The cross will be veiled, and the colors will change.  The brevity of time elapsing from Palm Sunday to the Great Vigil brings to the fore how quickly one can acclaim Christ as king, and subsequently turn away. St. Paul reminds us that it is his aim to know Christ in the power of His resurrection, but also to share in Christ’s sufferings (Phil 3:10). Holy Week sets the sufferings of Christ before our eyes and calls us not only to reflect, but to examine our lives with questions such as, “Where is my will set over God’s will?” “Where am I tempted to deny Christ in my professional and familial relationships?” or “When does it cost me something to love God each day?”

Come join us during the following times:

Palm Sunday: April 9, begin outside with services at 9am, 11am, and 5pm.  We will begin with waving palm branches, hearing loud horns, and and singing songs of praise; and we will end in silence having heard the story that points us down the road to Jesus’s death.

Midweek Eucharist: April 12, 12:15pm.  This will be our last midweek Eucharist for a time.  Do take a break from work, be refreshed, and return to do the good work that God has called you to do.

Maundy Thursday: April 13, 7:30pm. Experience the beauty of the Last Supper with the washing of feet, the betrayal, and the stripping of the stage in preparation for the death of Christ.  Shuttle service and nursery provided.

Walking the Cross to Restoration: 8:45am on Friday. You can read more on this post.

Stations of the Cross: Friday April 14, 10am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm. Walk through the day of Jesus’s suffering praying through images that force us to examine our own lives in light of his.  Children and the young at heart are encouraged to come at 10am, but are welcome later as well.

Good Friday: April 14, 7:30pm. Mourn with us as we hear some moving stories that will accompany the seven last words of Christ.  Shuttle service and nursery provided.

The Great Vigil: April 15, 8:30pm. This service/celebration/sensory-experience is awesome.  Fire, music, breaking our fasts, Alle****’s…this is the night.  Seriously, come to this.  Shuttle service provided, but no nursery.  If you would like, your help is welcome in the morning from 9 to 12 as we prepare the sanctuary for this glorious night.  In the evening, bring food or a fun beverage to share for the Resurrection Party following the vigil. If you would like to help with set-up or clean-up, please contact Jennifer T. Bring a bell!

Easter Sunday: April 16, we will resume our standard service times at 9am, 11am, and 5pm.  Come and worship, Come and worship, Worship Christ the Risen King!

Come to the Cross: An invitation and a story

Written by Steve Brooks

This is a personal invitation for you to come to the cross, both literally and spiritually. On Good Friday at 8:45 a.m. Restoration Anglican Church will do something new – we will have a “Procession of the Cross” from our house to the church. (See details below.) It is a one-mile journey that I have dreamed of for years and everyone is invited to participate.

Here is a little context and history as to what we are doing and why. Over the course of Restoration’s history, I have built five crosses for the church. Three of these crosses are currently used by Restoration full-time, one stands in my backyard (which we use on Good Friday) and the last one was retired a few years ago. I have a passion for making crosses. David and Matt have been very kind to let me apply my passion through cross making for our church.

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With that said, we need to get the Easter cross to church. And why not do this in a way that bestows the reverence the cross deserves and process with it in remembrance of how Jesus was forced to carry the cross on which he died so that our sins would be forgiven.

The procession will take about 45 minutes, and once we arrive at the church, we will lay the cross down in the sanctuary and everyone will be invited to nail your sins to the cross. There will be paper, pens, hammers and nails provided.

Prior to the service on Friday night the cross will be raised up with all the sins upon it and then at the end of the service the cross is removed in silence. On Saturday night, the cross is set up outside of the church and we remove the sins and burn them in the fire-pit before we enter for the Easter Vigil service. It is amazing.

So please – come to the cross.

I also invite you to come to another cross: the big one at the front of the sanctuary. Most people don’t make it past the communion rail, so please accept this invitation, too. This cross arrived last Easter and was a year behind schedule. When I first started building it for Easter 2015, a worktable collapsed and broke one of my knuckles. It took some time for my hand to heal before I could begin work again. It was a spiritual journey working on this cross, and I am grateful for how God worked through and in me in so many ways: That’s a whole other blog post.

As you come to the cross I invite you to touch it. The vertical section is made from 60-year-old Canadian red pine that came from a house renovation and the cross piece is a red oak beam that supported a tobacco barn in Richmond, Virginia that was built in 1910. Although they are different woods, the “red wood” was chosen specifically to represent the blood of Christ.

On both sides of the vertical section you will see 57 holes that have been filled with oak dowels – these filled holes represent our sins that have been forgiven. On the front of the vertical piece you will see two in-laid oak lines and one open cut that go from the top to the bottom of the cross. The oak in-lay comes from the original wooden cross that now hangs in the rafters at the back of the church. Have you noticed it? The in-lay represents the beauty of our forgiven sins, and the open cut in the middle represents the brokenness of humanity which will last until Christ returns and restores us fully.

The giant crack in the oak cross piece is faced forward for all to see as it represents the humanity of Christ and the brokenness he endured on Good Friday. When I saw it for the first time I knew it had to be the cross piece. Oak is one of the hardest woods and I find it amazing that it cracked as it did, what stress it must have been under. As I shaped this piece of wood I was reminded over and over again that God sent His only Son to live, be broken and die for our forgiveness.

I also invite you to come to another cross, the one that hangs in the rafters at the back of the church. This cross was hung in the sanctuary from 2010-2016 and moved last year. Although you can’t see the details of this cross (but check out the picture), it is a beautiful red oak beam from a Pennsylvania barn that was built in 1830. It is unique in so many ways with a history that is unknown. It hangs in the rafters as a representation that when we leave church every Sunday, we leave with the cross of Christ.

Finally, you are invited to visit the small processional cross that stands in the front right corner of the sanctuary – we used this cross at Restoration’s first service. It became the processional cross to lead the kids to their small groups and is now used at various times throughout the year. The red oak is from Home Depot, not much of a story there. The cross stand is made of leftover brick and Canadian red pine which were used to build our church.

Working with wood is more than a labor of love for me, it is a true blessing, especially in making a cross. While working, I play loud music, talk to God, pray and listen for His response. In these times of quiet I think about who I am, why I am here and I always ask God, “What do You want me to do next?” In these moments of “making,” I think about how God restores us in all things. His restoration goes beyond a few cuts here and there, some sanding, then oil and a final finish. His restoration brings us back to life. I can’t do that with an old barn beam, but He does it with us – it’s His promise.

My last invitation is for you to come to the cross and find Christ in a new way, find His restoration and know that no matter what, He loves you.

If you want to participate in the “Procession of the Cross” – send me an email and I will give you our address. brooks{at}potomacassociates.com.

Written by Steve Brooks

Easter Vigil: The night is dark

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March 26, 2016 – Liz Gray

Readings Easter Vigil

Maundy Thursday: Just love

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March 24, 2016 – Louise Brooks

Exodus 12.1-14 : Psalm 116.1-2,12-19 : John 13.1-17

Join us for Holy Week 2016!

Holy Week Schedule

Palm Sunday: (3/20) We will begin outside with services at 9, 11, and 5.

Morning Prayer: Mon – Thurs 7-7:30am.

Maundy Thursday: 7:30pm (shuttle service and nursery provided).

Stations of the Cross: Fri at 10am for children and the young at heart, 12pm, 1pm, and 2pm. A priest will be available to hear confessions, but please email morgan@restorationarlington.org to arrange a time.

Good Friday: 7:30pm (shuttle service and nursery provided).

The Great Vigil of Easter: 8:30pm (shuttle provided, but no nursery); bring food or a fun beverage to share for the Resurrection Party: if you can help with set-up email Erica Chapman!

Easter Sunday: normal service times at 9, 11 and 5.

We hope you can join us!

Holy Week 2016

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Holy Week is coming soon and we do not want you to miss any of the wonderful things happening at Restoration! During Lent we have focused on turning away from our vices to virtue and turning our gaze toward the face of the God who restores us. This season of repentance finds its crescendo in Holy Week – an opportunity to fix our gaze on the process leading up to Christ’s crucifixion.

You might notice that the cross will be veiled and the colors will change which will invite the church to pay attention to the sufferings of Christ leading up to His crucifixion. The brevity of time elapsing from Palm Sunday to the Great Vigil brings to the fore how quickly one can acclaim Christ as king, and subsequently turn away. St. Paul reminds us that it is his aim to know Christ in the power of His resurrection, but also to share in Christ’s sufferings (Phil 3:10). Holy Week sets the sufferings of Christ before our eyes and calls us not only to reflect, but to examine our lives with questions such as, “Where is my will set over God’s will?” “Where am I tempted to deny Christ in my professional and familial relationships?” or “When does it cost me something to love God each day?”

Come join us during the following times:

Palm Sunday: March 20, begin outside with services at 9am, 11am, and 5pm.

Morning Prayer: March 21-24, 7-7:30am on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday (NB: We use incense in morning prayer).

Maundy Thursday: March 24, 7:30pm. Shuttle service and nursery provided.

Stations of the Cross: Friday March 25, 10am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm. Children and the young at heart are encouraged to come at 10am, but are welcome later as well. A priest will be available to hear confessions, so please schedule a time by emailing Morgan in advance.

Good Friday: March 25, 7:30pm. Shuttle service and nursery provided.

The Great Vigil: March 26, 8:30pm. Shuttle service provided, but no nursery. Bring food or a fun beverage to share. If you would like to help with set-up or clean-up, please contact Erica ChapmanBring a bell!

Easter Sunday: March 27, we will resume our standard service times at 9am, 11am and 5pm.

~Morgan

Holy Week 2015

Holy Week 2015

Holy Week — the week between Palm Sunday and Easter — is the heart of the Christian year. This is the time when we remember Jesus’ final days, his passion and death, and ultimately his glorious resurrection. We’re deliberate about walking through this story step by step, inviting God to draw us more deeply into the great truth that Jesus died for our sins and rose from the dead so that we might have life in him.

It is THE week when those of us who are in the church have a profoundly different experience from those who are not.  Most of you will work during the day.  Many of you have plans for spring break while the kids are off from school.  Let me encourage you to not miss this week, to not treat it like the other 51.  We have an opportunity to take a journey together.

Here are all the details you need for each corporate worship gathering.  Please look for notes on the liturgy, childcare, parking, and what you need to bring.  I look forward to walking alongside you.

Palm Sunday:  March 29 at 9am, 11am, 5pm

  • We’ll begin our worship outside on the front terrace, waving palms and shouting, “Hosanna!”  We’ll end our worship with the story of Jesus’ trial and execution, shouting, “Crucify him!”  It’s a powerful, ironic journey in just 90 minutes — and a bit of a preview of the week to come.
  • Preschool-5th grade Kids’ Small Groups check in will be outside.  Nursery check in will be inside.
  • Please allow 15 minutes for parking and getting to your seat.  We use the lot at the corner of Quincy and 15th Street and provide shuttle service to the church.

Morning Prayer:  Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 7am

  • Each morning we will gather for 30 minutes to focus our attention on the passion of our Lord and to listen to the voice of our Father in heaven.
  • Kids are welcome, but there is no childcare provided.
  • Please park in the lot that is adjacent to our building.

Maundy Thursday:  April 2 at 7:30 pm

  • The liturgy includes a service of footwashing and ends with the Holy Eucharist.  We remember the story of Jesus’ last supper with his disciples, when he taught them to serve each other and to remember him in the breaking of bread.
  • Kids are welcome in the service.  There is a nursery available for those who are 2 and under.
  • Please allow 15 minutes for parking and getting to your seat.  We use the lot at the corner of Quincy and 15th Street and provide shuttle service to the church.

Good Friday:  April 3, 9am-5pm

  • The sanctuary will be open for silent prayer and meditation from 9am until 5pm.  There will be an opportunity for you to nail a piece of paper with your sins written down to a cross as part of your confession.
  • At 12pm, 1pm, and 2 pm, there will be guided reflections on the stations of the cross for adults and children.  Our RestoArts team has worked hard to create images that will be used to remember these key points in Jesus’ passion.
  • Kids are welcome to participate in the stations and to nail their confessions to the cross.   There is no childcare provided and please be aware of others who are gathered for silent prayer.
  • Please park in the lot that is adjacent to our building.

Good Friday:  April 3 at 7:30pm

  • In the evening we will have a corporate worship gathering that focuses on the Seven Last Words of Christ.  The liturgy is done in the darkness and is a beautifully poignant series of reflections, prayers, and music.
  • Kids are welcome in the service, although the adult reflections are sometimes more mature in content.  Nursery is available for children 2 and under.
  • Please allow 15 minutes for parking and getting to your seat.  We use the lot at the corner of Quincy and 15th Street and provide shuttle service to the church.

The Great Vigil of Easter:  April 4 at 8:30pm

  • This corporate gathering of worship is the culmination of Holy Week and the beginning of the celebration of the Lord’s Resurrection. The liturgy is in four parts and through Scripture, song, and sacrament, unfolds the story of redemption.
  • The liturgy begins outside on the front terrace with the kindling of the new fire and the burning of the papers from Good Friday.  Then we tell the whole story of creation, fall, and redemption, finally shouting out the first joyful “Alleluias!” of Easter and celebrating the Eucharist.  Bring a bell to ring!  Cow bells, sleigh bells, dumb bells.  Bring em!
  • A “resurrection party” follows in the fellowship hall — we’ll break our Lenten fasts together.  Bring food and a fun beverage to share.  You can put them on tables in the fellowship hall before the liturgy begins.
  • Kids are welcome in the service, although the length is close to 2 hours.  Nursery is not provided.
  • Please allow 15 minutes for parking and getting to your seat.  We use the lot at the corner of Quincy and 15th Street and provide shuttle service to the church.

Easter Sunday:  April 5 at 9am, 11am, and 5pm

  • Invite a friend or neighbor to join you as we celebrate Jesus’ resurrection!
  • Kids are welcome in the service.  We will not have our normal Kids’ Small Groups, but will provide a worship guide for children during the service.  Nursery is available for kids 2 and under.
  • Please allow 15 minutes for parking and getting to your seat.  We use the lot at the corner of Quincy and 15th Street and provide shuttle service to the church.

 

 

Renew

Instagram shot from our Restoration Lent Project.  Good News.  Isaiah 61:1

Instagram shot from our Restoration Lent Project. Good News. Isaiah 61:1

Every year during Holy Week, the clergy of our Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic gather to share in the Eucharist and to renew our ordination vows.  It is a costly pause in the middle of a full week.

And I am glad that we do it.

It’s good to be with brothers and sisters who are all praying and writing sermons and planning liturgy with a focus on the same thing.  It is good to be reminded of the calling God has given us.  And for me in particular, it is good to receive the Eucharist as nourishment (for me!) for the spiritual, emotional, and physical toll that is ‘Holy Week’.

My favorite line from our ordination service…

In all that you do, you are to nourish Christ’s people from the riches of his grace, and strengthen to glorify God in this life and in the life to come.

Christ’s people who call Restoration their church home do so much of Christ’s work in their neighborhoods and vocation.  Resto peeps are seeking to do their work with integrity and to the glory of God.  They are trying to love their neighbors and forgive their family members.  They are creatively thinking about this Kingdom that has already begun but is not yet finished.

So I, and the other ministers on our team, nourish our people from the riches of God’s grace so that they can do the work to which God has called them.  This ‘nourishment’ is not something we muster up with a clever sermon or a perfect plan (although they are nice).  We nourish with grace from the grace we have received.  And you can do the same.  It’s all grace.

My prayer is that Holy Week is a surprising grace for you–  that you would carve out space to join us on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday for the special services in the evening.  And that you would come sit at the cross and walk through the stations on Friday afternoon between 12 and 3.  These services are a costly pause in the middle of Spring Break and full weeks.  Yet, out of all that we do, Holy Week is one of the most tangible demonstrations of how Restoration offers nourishment for Christ’s people from the riches of his grace.

Eat up!  Be full!

-David

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