The King of the Kingdom of God

“The King of the Kingdom of Heaven” — Rev. David Hanke — Isaiah 55:1-3, Psalm 95, Matthew 13:44-52

Sunday Announcements: November 22nd, 2020

You can watch the announcement portion of our service here.

Announcement Links: 

Details for the Glebe Star Tree: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0845afab29a31-glebe1 

After service prayer: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82534618323?pwd=Vk51Uk8xTVFobFZKZG8xaDdVMmZxZz09

Let us know how you are doing and how we can pray for you! Contact us.

Give tithes and offerings to Restoration.

Want to attend a service at Restoration IN PERSON? Sign up here.

Morning and Evening Prayer Zoom links and all Resto Remote Worship info can be found here.

Listen and Subscribe to Miss Louise’s podcast, Pray and Ponder! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/pray-ponder/id1498951068 

Missed a sermon? You can catch up here: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/sermons-restoration-anglican-church/id305557411 

Learn more about ways we are serving our neighbors and supporting our community during the coronavirus pandemic: https://restorationarlington.org/serving-our-neighbors-and-supporting-our-community/

Be with Jesus

“Be with Jesus” — David Hanke — Isaiah 49:22-26, Psalm 90:1-12, Matthew 12:22-37

Living and Working from a Place of Rest

“Living and Working from a Place of Rest” — Bishop John Guernsey — Isaiah 6:1-8, Psalm 119: 33-40, Ephesians 4:7-16, Luke 10:1-9

Good Things Happened in our Prayers

Restoration,

I am grateful to God for our week of unceasing intercession.  Thank you for participating with such great anticipation.  I am writing with 2 quick updates and a longer reflection.

Ordination on Sunday at 3pm

We are grateful for the privilege of having shepherded 2 curates through the ordination process to priesthood:  Isaiah Brooms and Scott Buckhout.  They have been working, studying, observing, and practicing for 5 years!  Those years of preparation come to a fulfillment on Sunday at 3pm.  We invite you to witness their vows and celebrate their ordinations by praying and watching on our YouTube Live channel.  

The good things that happened while we prayed

Thank you for taking a few minutes to record what God said to you during your hour of prayer last week.  We had well over 200 responses and reading through them has been a rich experience.  The leadership team for our week of prayer anonymized them and posted them, here.  I commend them to you as a tangible reminder of God’s faithful companionship during our times of intercession.  

My Sunday night reflection at the end of our week of prayer

Last Sunday, at 5pm, we closed our week by receiving the Eucharist together and then worshiping through hour 169 (we got a bonus hour because of daylight savings time!).  Please find below the reflections I shared during that time of worship.  May they encourage us to keep praying!

-David

David’s Reflection on Good Things Grow through Prayer

Thank you for praying this week. 

We felt united and together, even as we were praying on our own.  I went to the Sign Up Genius multiple times a day to see who was praying, to say thank you God for their intercession!

It was special to have an hour dedicated to be with God and nothing else.  Because you had signed up.  Because it was on your calendar, you felt free to say no to everything else-  to sleep, to food, to work, to household responsibilities.  You made your decision ahead of time for what you would be doing during that hour.  And you were earnest in your prayer.  Thank you.  Perhaps you will keep reserving a regular hour to just pray?

Thank you to Endel Liias, Sandra Rushedge, Roland Binker, Erica Chapman, Sarah Pullen, Kate Liias, John Foote, Caneel Cotton, Liza Draper, and Nathan Dickerson for working on and leading this project. 

Themes of what we heard

  1. Joy:  Many of you weren’t sure what to expect in your hour.  Then you were surprised by how fast the hour went by.  You were relaxed and comforted by the structure of the prayer guide.  You loved praying the Psalms-  and the Psalms prayed us.  They gave us language for our anxieties, fears, hopes, and longings-  and you used that psalm language to describe what you heard from God.  Psalm 34 was referenced many times.  You loved the music.  Thanks to Endel for curating the playlist, for the songs he has been building into our corporate worship life.
     
  2. Our joy was fueled by anticipation of what is coming:
    You talked of new wineskins for prayer and the desire to live out 1 Thessalonians 5:19- to pray without ceasing, to give thanks in all circumstances, to not quench the Spirit, to listen.

    You prayed for new staff positions and the changes happening on our staff team.  You prayed for new vestry members, new small group leaders, new volunteers. 

    You acknowledge the reorganizing that is happening in our church that is happening because of COVID-19, because of racial injustice, because of vocational movement, and new opportunities to serve.  
     
  3. Anticipation can fuel our joy because over and over you declared the sovereignty of God. You trust Him.  Because of COVID.  Because of the election.  Because of racial injustice.  Because of the economy.  You kept coming back to God’s sovereignty and His trustworthiness.  ‘God’s been in charge for a long time and we can trust Him.’ “All the kings of the earth shall give you thanks, O Lord, for they have heard the words of your mouth, and they shall sing of the ways of the Lord, for great is the glory of the Lord.’ Psalm 138:4-5

With joy, anticipation, and trust, I offer you 3 invitations as we come out of our week:

  1. Release clenched fists.   This image of opening clenched fists came up multiple times in the reflections.  So let’s do it.  Let’s open our hands.  Let’s weep instead of rage. Let’s confess our bitterness and resentment.  Let’s shed shackles.  Let’s pray boldly for darkness to be vanquished rather than just ‘good things to happen.’  

    As we unclench our fists, we will be released to love like the Father loves.  With the division politically, racially, and within families, there was a lot of sharing about the need to love in the way Christ calls us. We are supposed to be markedly different; salt and light. 
     
  2. Ask for humility.  Praying is fundamentally a humble choice.  It is by definition reaching out for help and acknowledging one’s limits.  Let’s be humble in everything.  Let’s seek the Lord.  Let’s invite others to seek the Lord.  There were multiple images of our church building becoming personified as the staircases became arms and embraced people who were coming to worship. Let it be.
     
  3. Be responsive.  When God nudges you, do it.  
    Someone wrote the following at the end of their hour of prayer.  It is a beautiful picture of responsiveness.  This is what it looks like to do what God says.

    “Reading the Psalm after 30 minutes of prayer and praise was a much more intimate experience than usual.  Somehow holding my bible at that point was a sacred experience.  It was a reminder that preparing my heart is really important, and that it takes time to do that. 

    During prayer and listening, the phrase “rest in the Lord” came to me and I thought on that.  I’ve been seeking rest lately, but on my terms (like hiding in a room watching netflix on my ipad).  Resting in the Lord brought to mind walking in the woods with any family members who wanted to come, so I paused to text my family I’d be going for a walk at the end of the hour.

    Also the video from Sunday’s service about Ninos con Valor came back to me with a calling to sponsor a child, so I did that right after my prayer hour.

    Of all the prayer topics, the one on relationships was what I felt most deeply.  It reminded me that many people are feeling lonely through the pandemic, and I should be proactive about nurturing those relationships.

May we all unclench our fists, practice humility, and respond quickly to everything God says.  Amen.  Let it be.

Great Expectations

“Great Expectations” — Beth Tipps — Matthew 11:1–6; Matthew 11:25–30; Psalm 149; Revelation 7:9–17

Wardens’ Report: October 2020

The vestry met on Tuesday, October 27th, remotely. Dan Vogel led us in our time of prayer this month and it was a privilege to know we were praying alongside Good Things Grow Through Prayer. We hope each of you will join us (the spots are full, but there is no limit to the number who can join us in praying!) in this weeklong opportunity for us to pray together.

We received an update from David Hanke about the vestry nomination and election process. We are grateful for all who were nominated this year and invite you to join us in praying over the slate of nominees who will be presented to the congregation in mid-November. 

The Vestry approved changes to our Child Protection Policy for APEX (middle and high school programming) in order to help grow relationships between our leaders and students while preserving a safe environment both in person and virtually. APEX parents can expect details on these changes in the coming weeks. 

The Vestry reviewed and approved changes developed by Kevin Marshall to our Bylaws, which had not received a thorough update since our inception 10+ years ago. The primary changes seek to improve our deliberations, institutional memory, and ability to work effectively with the Rector, including codifying practices that have worked well.

Dan Vogel, the vestry liaison to our Outreach Steering Team (OST), presented, and the Vestry approved, a policy to guide OST’s giving, ensuring that it is aligned with our beliefs and mission while also allowing flexibility. As we have done in previous years, we will continue to give our Christmas offering to a local outreach partner and our Lenten/Holy Week offerings to a global outreach partner. Additionally, we approved additional gifts to some of our outreach partners based on additional funds we had available at the end of FY2020 (which ended in August). Thank you Restoration for enabling us to give generously to these partners!

Brad Jones, our treasurer, gave an update on our finances and in-person and virtual attendance. Brad also led discussions of recommendations from the Finance Team regarding best practices for allocating and distributing OST grant amounts each year and regarding what to do about our mortgage. As we continue to think about how best to use the birthday gift from our ten year celebration last November, our Finance Team has offered us several options on how to move forward with our mortgage. We look forward to seeing more details and reaching a decision in the months to come.

Finally, Lorene Eberhart, our personnel chair, gave an update on the hiring process for the Director of Worship Arts and Director of APEX positions. We invite you to join us in praying for our hiring teams led by Kat Downs, our Director of Operations. Details about both positions can be found on our website.

As always, we welcome your questions and 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’.

– Johanna Montague and Kevin Marshall, Wardens

Rector’s Update: Election, Eucharist, Prayer

Good morning Restoration,

It has brought me great joy this week to both offer prayer and receive prayer as we join together in Good Things Grow Through Prayer.  Multiple times throughout the day I have realized (remembered!) ‘someone is praying for me right now!’  I open the sign-up.  I smile.  I say, ‘thanks God that they are praying for us.’  I keep going with the work God has given me to do.  I love the connection I feel by the Holy Spirit in our ceaseless intercession together.  Thank you for praying.

Tonight!  At 7:30pm over Zoom, we get another chance to “Think Wisely about the Election”.  This is part 2 of the conversation we hosted with Navs 20s/30s back in February.  We are excited to hear from Kaitlyn Schiess (pronounced Shess, as in ‘chess’), author of The Liturgy of Politics.  You can still register for the event, here, and the Zoom link for tonight is here.  We invite you and your small group to join us this evening!

Sunday!  168 hours of prayer eventually counts down to 2.  We want to close out our week of individual, ceaseless intercession with 2 hours of corporate worship and prayer-  TOGETHER!!  At 5pm on Sunday, Nov 1, I will celebrate the Eucharist outside at Restoration.  You will find us under the big tent or in the lush backyard.  Bring a warm coat and hat, people!  It’s getting cold.  Then at 5:30, we will worship and pray together inside the sanctuary.  You can get one of the 23 inside spots, here.  Make sure you scroll down to ‘Closing Week of Prayer’ at 5:30pm.  We will also broadcast this time of corporate worship and prayer on our YouTube Live Channel.  Please subscribe!

Tuesday!  Election day.  Nov 3.  I invite you to celebrate the Eucharist at Restoration at 8am, 12pm, and 7pm, outside.  We are all experiencing uncertainty and turmoil.  Let’s deliberately step away from the tumult and step towards our Savior.  He is our rock and refuge.  He is the Lord.  He is the King of Kings.  “…all things were created through Him and for Him.  And He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.”  Thank God!  (Colossians 1:16-17)  I hope you can join us for this special opportunity to be nourished by the sacrament of the Eucharist on November 3.

“…we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him…”  Colossians 1:9-10a

Praying with you,
David

Pray Earnestly

“Pray Earnestly — David Hanke — Psalm 1, Romans 16:17-20, Matthew 9:35-10:7

Sunday Announcements — October 25, 2020

You can watch the announcement portion of our service this Sunday here.

Announcement Links:

Sign Up for a timeslot for Restoration’s Week of Intercessory Prayer (October 25-November 1): https://restorationarlington.org/2020/10/gtgtp-all-the-deets/

Interested in sponsoring a child through Ninos Con Valor? https://ninosconvalor.org/child-sponsorship/

Sign up for Continuing to Think Wisely About the Election on Oct 28 at 7:30pm: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050e44aea92ea57-thinking

Are you or someone you know interested in being baptized in October or November? Learn more here: https://restorationarlington.org/connect/baptism-at-restoration/

Let us know how you are doing and how we can pray for you! Contact us: https://restorationarlington.org/contact/

Give tithes and offerings to Restoration: https://restorationarlington.org/give

Want to attend a service at Restoration IN PERSON? Sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050e44aea92ea57-phase1

Morning and Evening Prayer Zoom links and all Resto Remote Worship info can be found at: https://restorationarlington.org/remote-worship/

Listen and Subscribe to Miss Louise’s podcast, Pray and Ponder!

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast…

Missed a sermon? You can catch up here: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/sermons-restoration-anglican-church/id305557411

Learn more about ways we are serving our neighbors and supporting our community during the coronavirus pandemic: https://restorationarlington.org/serving-our-neighbors-and-supporting-our-community/

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