Abigail Westbrook has joined our team!

Abigail Westbrook, a long-time member of Restoration, has joined our staff team as the Sunday Coordinator of Kids’ Small Groups. Here’s a glimpse of her heart which will help you understand why we are all so happy she’s here loving and shepherding those in our nursery.

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Teach me work 

Teach me work that honors thy work,

the true economies of goods and words,

to make my arts compatible

with the songs of the local birds.

Teach me patience beyond work –

and, beyond patience, the blest

Sabbath of thy unresting love

which lights all things and gives rest.

-Wendell Berry- 

I love this prayerful poem in which Berry asks the Lord to “teach him work,” specifically the kind of labor that honors His work.

Remember your first job ever? I bet you do! It was likely the first in a series of jobs, each one that brought some kind of lesson or experience. Work can be a great teacher.

My first job was Sundown Gardens, a landscaping business where I grew up in Carmel, Indiana. Great first job. Hard (and hot) work.

Much of my work in recent years has been with elementary children, but these days I’m teaching much smaller scholars, particularly toddler types. I’m grateful for this new role working alongside Louise at Restoration. I am beginning my acquaintance with these precious “local birds.” I am meeting families at Restoration as well as leading and working alongside a beautiful team of women who faithfully show up each Sunday to care for our kids.

Berry’s poem is my prayer for you, too, in your work. Lord, may our work honor your handiwork: your creation, our fellow image-bearers. May we learn to recognize the songs of our “local birds” so that we can better serve them and sing along. We seek your shalom, “the blest Sabbath of thy unresting love.”

May you walk in this truth: we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works which He has prepared in advance for us to do. 

-Abigail-

Summer Small Group!

Rule of Life Slide (1)

Hi, all!

Scott Buckhout here. I am back for the summer as a Pastoral Intern, and I am excited to be worshipping and serving Jesus alongside you for the next couple of months.

Last summer, I hosted a mini-workshop on creating a personal Rule of Life, and a lot of folks showed up. Way more than I expected. But afterwards, folks wished we could have had more time to create their own personal Rule of Life.

So this summer, beginning June 27, I am hosting a small group on Thursday nights where each member will have the chance to craft their own personal Rule of Life. You can sign up for the small group here!

What is Rule of Life?

Great question!

In 534, St. Benedict was an abbot who wanted the monks in his monastery to live a more “ordered and stable” life. He wasn’t the first abbot to try such a thing, but he was the first to create a rule of life for monks that was actually livable. The monks under his care flourished and grew spiritually as they put his rule into practice. There are still Benedictine monks to this day living by the Benedictine rule for life.

Today, Rule of Life is a tool to help Christians take stock of their life in order to live faithfully, create intentional goals, and measure our progress toward our God-given callings, goals, and responsibilities.

Ok. Great. But why should I have one?

Again, you ask really good questions.

If you feel like your life is overwhelmingly busy. Or if you are in a season of questioning and discerning different aspects of your life. Or if you feel like you are doing things you don’t want to do and never getting to the things you actually want to do. Or if you feel like you have been in a spiritual rut and not growing, crafting a personal Rule of Life can be a helpful way to press pause, take stock of where you are going and what you are doing in order to see if your life reflects God’s best for you.

I know for many of us “Rule of Life” sounds restrictive or legalistic, especially when we tie it to faith. But despite the title, it’s actually the opposite. A Rule of Life is meant to give you freedom.

It certainly isn’t the only thing you can do. You can go for a walk, call a friend, pray, lift weights, take a deep breath, journal. But some of these things might be habits you want to regularly incorporate into your daily schedule and rhythms. A Rule of Life will help you find a place for them in your already packed schedule… 🙂

That’s the gist.

Ok. I am sold. What are the deets?

Awesome! Sign up here!

Beginning June 27, we will meet on Thursday nights (7:30-9pm) at Restoration in the Fellowship Hall. There will be snacks.

Each week we’ll tackle a different aspect of life, whether it is relationships, work, our spiritual disciplines, the way we treat our body, the way we spend our money, etc.

We’ll pray together. Read Scripture together. And ask some questions that will help us reflect on ways we can trust God with every aspect of our lives. Also, did I mention the part about the snacks?

Do I need to bring anything?

You, a Bible, and a journal.

Also, I learned about all of this from a good friend and mentor named Steve Macchia who wrote the book on creating a personal rule of life. I’ll be using it to structure our time together. Feel free to buy a copy for yourself if you want to go deeper. It is very well done!

Again, sign up here, or email me – scott@restorationarlington.org. Feel free to reach out with any questions!

Hope to see you this summer on Thursdays!

-Scott-

Holy Week 2019

 

 

HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE

Join us for a full week as we remember together.


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Palm Sunday

Sunday, April 14

We will begin outside with services at 9am, 11am, and 5pm.

Shuttle service provided.

 

Maundy Thursday

Thursday, April 18 @ 7:30pm

Shuttle service and nursery provided.

 

Walking the Cross

Friday, April 19 @ 8:30am

Gather at the Brooks’ house to walk the cross to church, praying the stations as you go.

 

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Stations of the Cross

Friday, April 19 @ 10am (for children and the young at heart), 12pm, and 2pm.

Come. Pray. There will also be a special art response for children @ 11am in the Fellowship Hall.

 

Good Friday

Friday, April 19 @ 7:30pm

Hear from people in our congregation about how their stories are weaving into God’s big story.

Shuttle service and nursery provided.

 

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Saturday, April 20 @ 8:30pm

Come hear the whole big story of God’s rescue and redemption. Bring food to share for the Resurrection Party after the service.

Shuttle provided, but no nursery.

 

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Easter Sunday

Sunday, April 21 @ 9am, 11am, and 5 pm

Shuttle service and nursery provided, but kids preschool – 5th grade will remain with their families throughout the service.

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.

 

a prayerful lent — EASTER

EASTER

Sunday, April 16, 2017

PRAY  Heavenly Father, we thank you!  You are generous and loving and so powerful!  We ask that you continue to help us see our sin and to remember that you are the one to save us.  Thank you for living and dying and rising all because you love us.  Amen.

READ  John 20:1-18

SING 

1. Happy Day     

The greatest day in history – death is beaten, You have rescued me!
Sing it out: Jesus is alive!
The empty cross, the empty grave, life eternal, You have won the day.
Shout it out: Jesus is alive. He’s a – live!

Oh happy day, happy day, You washed my sin away.
Oh happy day, happy day, I’ll never be the same.
Forever I am changed.

When I stand in that place, free at last, meeting face to face,
I am Yours, Jesus, You are mine.
Endless joy, perfect peace.
Celebrate: Jesus is alive.
Earthly pain finally will cease.
He’s a – live!

Oh, what a glorious day, what a glorious way
That You have saved me

DO  Read the story of the Resurrection three times.  During the first reading, choose a color of paint that shows what you are feeling.  Paint a page that color.  During the second reading, write on your paper a word or words that God is whispering to you.  During the third reading, add more doodles with paint or pens to show more about what you are experiencing with God.

 

a prayerful lent — PALM SUNDAY and HOLY WEEK

PALM SUNDAY and HOLY WEEK

Beginning Sunday, April 9, 2017

PRAY  Almighty God, you love us so much that you sent your Son Jesus to die for us – “to get rid of the sin and the dark and the sadness”1 – to make all things new.  Help us to understand how you suffered for us all because you love us.  Thank you, Jesus!  We love you!  Amen.

READ

John 12:12-15

John 13:1-20, 31-35

John 18:1-11

John 18:15-18, 25-27

John 18:28-19:16

John 19:16-42

SING 

1. You Alone Can Rescue     

Who, O Lord, could save themselves
their own soul could heal
Our shame was deeper than the sea
Your grace is deeper still

You alone can rescue, You alone can save
You alone can lift us from the grave
You came down to find us, led us out of death
To You alone belongs the highest praise.

You, O Lord, have made a way
The great divide You healed
for when our hearts were far away
Your love went further still.

We lift up our eyes, lift up our eyes, You’re the giver of life.

DO  This is it!  The BIG WEEK where we see God’s great rescue plan in action.  As you read a bit of the story each day, listen as God whispers to you words and ideas that make your heart flutter.  Write them down.

 

1Lloyd-Jones, Sally. The Jesus Storybook Bible. Illus. Jago. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2007.

a prayerful lent — THE 5th WEEK IN LENT

THE 5th WEEK IN LENT

Beginning Sunday, April 2, 2017

PRAY  Almighty God, you are the only one who can set all things right.  Help us to love what you love.  Help us to do all that you tell us to do.  Help us to not be distracted by the things in this world that draw us from you.  Help us to trust you alone.  Amen.

READ  “When I listen to you, God, when I do what you ask me to, I am like a tree planted by a river, a tree full of fruit with leaves that are always green.”2 (Psalm 1)

SING 

1. Yes Lord Yes     

I’ll say, “Yes, Lord, yes”
To Your will and to Your way
I’ll say, “Yes, Lord, yes”
I will trust You and obey

When Your Spirit speaks to me
With my whole heart I’ll agree
And  my  answer will be, “Yes, Lord, yes”

DO  On a piece of paper, draw a tree trunk.  Draw leaves and fruit on your tree.  Inside each leaf, doodle or write a request to God.  Inside each fruit, write how God has answered a prayer.

 

1Lloyd-Jones, Sally. The Jesus Storybook Bible. Illus. Jago. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2007.

2Delval, Marie-Helene. Psalms for Young Children. Illus. Arno. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2008.

a prayerful lent — THE 4th WEEK IN LENT

THE 4th WEEK IN LENT

Beginning Sunday, March 26, 2017

PRAY  Gracious Father, you sent your Son, Jesus, to be bread and life for the whole world.  We ask you to give us more and more love for Jesus every day.  Amen.

READ  “I praise you, God!  You are like a marvelous king who wears beautiful, bright robes!  You make the water run in rivers, and the animals come for a drink.  You make the plants grow, and we have food to eat.  You open your hands and give us everything we need.”2 (Psalm 104)

SING

1. Communion Song     

God the Father, God the Spirit
God the gift  Incarnate Son,
Feed us now on grace and mercy
Feed us now and make us one

Feed us on the Bread of Heaven
Quench our thirst with Holy Wine
Cleanse us from all sin and darkness
Cleanse us now and make us Thine

Grant us peace and
Grant us wisdom
Grant us love and grace
Fill us with your
Holy Spirit
Come and fill this place

Feed our hearts and
Cleanse our minds and
Free our souls from sin
You have died and
You are risen
You will come again

These mysteries we believe
These gifts we now receive

DO  Doodle and draw a heart on your piece of paper.  As you work, tell God all that you love about him.

 

1Lloyd-Jones, Sally. The Jesus Storybook Bible. Illus. Jago. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2007.

2Delval, Marie-Helene. Psalms for Young Children. Illus. Arno. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2008.

a prayerful lent — THE 3rd WEEK IN LENT

THE 3rd WEEK IN LENT

Beginning Sunday, March 19, 2017

PRAY  Heavenly Father, you made us to love you.  Guard us from our enemies.  Help us to love and forgive them.  Help them to love you. Amen.

READ  “Help me, God, I am worried!  Please hurry up!  I know that you are strong.  You are the only one who can help me.”2 (Psalm 70)

SING 

1. God I Look to You     

God I look to You, I won’t be overwhelmed
Give me vision to see things like You do
God I look to You, You’re where my help comes from
Give me wisdom; You know just what to do

I will love You Lord my strength
I will love You Lord my shield
I will love You Lord my rock forever
All my days I will love You God

Hallelujah our God reigns
Hallelujah our God reigns
Hallelujah our God reigns
forever All my days Hallelujah

DO  Draw a shape in the middle of your paper.  Inside the shape, write the name of a person who is hard to love right now.  Doodle and color as you talk to God about why it is hard to love that person right now.

 

1Lloyd-Jones, Sally. The Jesus Storybook Bible. Illus. Jago. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2007.

2Delval, Marie-Helene. Psalms for Young Children. Illus. Arno. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2008.

a prayerful lent — THE 2nd WEEK IN LENT

THE 2nd WEEK IN LENT

Beginning Sunday, March 12, 2017

PRAY  Almighty God, only you have the power to work in us.  Protect our bodies and our minds.  Help us to do things and think things that help us step closer and closer to you.  Amen.

READ  “God is my shepherd. He leads me in the right direction.  And even if I have to walk in a dark place, I am not scared.  I know nothing will hurt me if I walk with God!”2 (Psalm 23)

SING  

1. My Shepherd Will Supply My Need     

My Shepherd will supply my need
Jehov – ah is His name:
In pastures fresh He makes me feel,
Beside   the living stream.
He brings my wandr’ing spirit back,
When I forsake His ways;
And leads me for His mercy’s sake,
In paths of truth and grace.

When I walk through the shades of death
Thy presence is my stay;
One word of Thy supporting breath
Drives all my fears away.
Thy hand, in sight of all my foes,
Doth still my table spread;
My cup with blessings overflows,
Thine oil anoints my head.

The sure provisions of my God
Attend me all my days;
O may Thy house be my abode,
And all my work be praise.
There would I find a settled rest,
While others go and come;
No more a stranger, nor a guest,
But like a child at home.

DO  Trace around your hand.  Write the word “shepherd” in the palm.  On each finger, write the name of a different person you want God to shepherd.  Doodle and color each finger as you pray.

 

 

1Lloyd-Jones, Sally. The Jesus Storybook Bible. Illus. Jago. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2007.

2Delval, Marie-Helene. Psalms for Young Children. Illus. Arno. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2008.

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