Rector’s Update: May 20, 2020

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Rector’s Update: May 15, 2020

“He let you hunger” – Rector’s Update: 8 May 2020

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Rector’s Update on 8 May 2020

Letter to the Congregation from David (5/1/20)

Dear Restoration,

My favorite CoronaRhythm has been daily morning and evening prayer.  I love the faces I see each day.  I love reading methodically through the Scriptures together.  I love hearing the prayers of our people as they give thanks to God and ask Him to move in power.  Have you tried it?  Logging in is easy.  You can keep your video off and muted if you are just ‘checking it out’.  I invite you to make this rhythm a part of your day as well!

This week, on Wednesday, the text for Morning Prayer was Numbers 25.  Because of the apostasy and infidelity that is described, it is one of the most painful chapters in all of the Bible, made even more excruciating by the prophecy of grace and blessing that is given right before it in Numbers 24.  The 70 of us who were in morning prayer that day were sobered by how quickly we can forget God’s faithfulness to us and how easily we can give our trust and affection to something besides Him.  As we concluded our prayers, I was overwhelmed by God’s grace and mercy to us-  that He keeps pursuing us, that He made a way for redemption, that He is making all things new.  I love experiencing those moments with you, Restoration.  I love how God speaks to our community-  through His word, His Spirit, and His people.  I am so grateful for daily morning and evening prayer.

Serving our Neighbors and Supporting our Community

We know the global response to the novel coronavirus has created a lot of vocational and income uncertainty. Restoration is responding. The vestry created a benevolence fund to provide financial resources for people who attend our church.  We have identified three categories of need:  lost wages, health care costs, and unexpected costs due to quarantine.  If you are experiencing a gap in your financial provision, we want to help.  Please let us know, here.  The small team of clergy, vestry, and leaders that receives your request is private.  Your information is kept confidential.  We want to help.  Please let us know.

I have been so proud of Restoration’s partnership with Arlington churches to serve Arlington school social workers.  The Church at Work has now provided $250,000 of rent assistance to households in Arlington County.  Last night WUSA channel 9 did a news story about it–  live from my bedroom on zoom.  Praise God for His generous church!  We are taking rent sponsors until May 15 to provide rent assistance in May and June.  If you want to help, please let us know.

We are also continuing to partner with Glebe Elementary in providing Safeway Gift Cards for 40 families in our neighborhood each week.  If you would like to help, please let us know!

Exploratory Teams and New Conversations about old Ways of Being Church

People ask how I am spending my time.  In addition to leading morning and evening prayer and prepping for Sunday worship, a lot of my time is in conversation with Restoration leaders and pastors across the country who are re-thinking how church will look now and in the future.  We know that we are in an unexpected, generational change.  These are not conversations that we anticipated having 2 months ago, but now they are critical and they take a lot of hours each week.

Our vestry and staff have been reading the excellent materials coming out of Praxis, like this and this.  Categories of ‘blizzard’, ‘winter’, and ‘ice-age’, have provided a common vocabulary as we assess changes and consider new ideas.  Our Restoration leadership team is exploring how the coronavirus consequences will affect sacraments, connection, and content.  This week we spent a lot of time critiquing and improving our YouTube Live presence.  It will be on-going, but we hope to take incremental steps each week.  In the future, we intend to explore new prototypes for content and sacraments.  We are asking how small groups (for all ages) will adjust and how things like Baptism and Eucharist will happen within these socially-distanced constraints.  So much is still uncertain… and so much is possible.  Please pray for us and participate in the conversations when the opportunities come.

Living God’s Story at Restoration

The next thing we are trying is a remote ‘New to Restoration’ gathering.  It will happen on May 19 at 7:30pmEST via Zoom.  You are welcome to attend no matter where you live.  So many of you are joining us from places near and far.  We would love an opportunity to tell you the story of what God has done at Restoration and to get to know you.  Please rsvp here.  We look forward to ‘seeing you’ in a couple of weeks!

Remote Worship

All of our public gatherings for worship are listed here.  I am sure you have realized that inviting a friend (from anywhere in the world) has never been easier.  Text them the link and invite them to check it out.

God is at work.
His grace never fails us.
He is making all things new.

I can’t wait to see you online soon.

-David

Letter to the Congregation from David (4/24/20)

Hi Restoration,

Today we prayed this during Morning Prayer and my heart ached to be in our house of the Lord together on Quincy Street.  I can only imagine how glad I will be when they say unto me…  you can gather again with Restoration.

I miss you.

Just a few updates this week as we head into the weekend.
1.  Thank you for your responses to our survey on Zoom v. YouTube Live for Sunday worship.  The overwhelming feedback was in favor of YouTube Live.  Our staff team agrees.  It allows us to integrate music into our liturgy and broadcast from our sanctuary.  It affords greater security and is an easier first step for our friends who might want to check it out.  We will be back on Sunday at 10.  Consider inviting a friend to try it!

We will also have opportunities to see each other on Zoom on Sundays.
1.  We have created the Resto Coffee and Chat Zoom from 9:45-9:59 on Sundays.  Bring your own coffee.  Log in to Zoom.  Rev. Beth Tipps will welcome you.  You can say hi to your friends, see people, even grab a smaller Zoom room if you are trying to catch up a group of people.
2.  Kids get to see each other in our awesome Kids’ Small Groups.  You can access them here.  From 8:45-9:15, all our kids who are nursery to 1st grade are together.  Then, from 9:15-9:45, all of our kids who are 2nd to 5th grade are together.  We can’t wait to see you there.
3.  As the service ends, Rev. Nathan Dickerson will be waiting here on Zoom to help you get connected for intercessory prayer.

We can’t wait to see you on Sunday.

Our spring sermon series has begun.
Small groups are rolling for APEXcollege, and adults.
We hope everyone is in as we study 1 John and pray for each other!

Psalm 122 ends with a repeated refrain of “Peace!  Peace be with you!”
It has been my daily prayer for our congregation:
Give peace in our time, Oh Lord.  And defend us by your mighty power.

Amen.

Keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus.  See you soon.
-David

Letter to the Congregation from David (4/17/20)

Hi Restoration!

Alleluia!  Christ is risen!
The Lord is risen indeed!  Alleluia!

I hope you have had a great week.  This morning we prayed from Psalm 111:

“Praise the Lord!  I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart, in the company of the upright, in the congregation.  Great are the works of the Lord…”

I am grateful for the good work of Holy Week and Easter worship.  I give thanks for the ways God met us in the Triduum and our special liturgies around Jesus’ death and resurrection.  Great are the works of the Lord!  Thank you for joining us last week in declaring praise to our King.

I have a few updates as we settle in to our rhythm of Eastertide which will go from now until at least Pentecost on May 31.

Remote Worship-  IT’S DIFFERENT THIS WEEK
Please check this page every time you choose to worship with Restoration.  It will always have the most up to date information and login credentials.

This week (April 19), we are offering our Sunday worship service through our YouTube Channel instead of Zoom.  We want to try this platform, which allows us to integrate music into the liturgy, and see what you think.  At the end of the service, we will ask you to fill out a 10 second survey to tell us which platform you prefer for Sunday Remote Worship:  Zoom or YouTube Live.  Thanks for your feedback.

David, walk me through how I use all of these links on a Sunday:

  1. Wake up.  Thank God for all of His goodness and mercy.  Grab a cup of coffee.  Open, this page.
  2. Do you have kids?  Scroll to Kids’ Small Groups.  At 8:45, log in and sit with your nursery/pre-k/K-1st child for their small group.  At 9:15, log in with you 2nd-5th grade child for their small group.  All of the Kids’ Small Groups are on Zoom.
  3. Ready for Restoration Sunday Worship?  By 10am, make sure that you have our YouTube Live channel open.  There will be less than 10 of us in the Restoration sanctuary leading the liturgy, leading music, praying, and preaching the Scriptures.  You can say hi to your friends in the running chat on YouTube.
  4. Would you like to give your financial offering and tithe?  Click over to our online giving portal.  Thank you for your generous support of the work God is doing through Restoration.
  5. Would you like prayer?  It’s 11:10.  The service has ended on YouTube.   Go back to our remote worship page and press the button for After Service Prayer.  It will take you to a room in Zoom and you will be introduced to 2 of our intercessors who would love to pray for you.

That’s a great Sunday!  I hope you can find everything you need as we worship together remotely.

Updates on Serving our Neighbors and Supporting our Community
This page has information on how Restoration can support you and how you can support our neighbors.

  1. This is our benevolence request form for people who attend Restoration.  Please don’t hesitate to ask for assistance.  We are a church community that wants to support each other.
  2. We have changed the way we are providing food support for our neighbors.  We invite you to purchase Safeway grocery gift cards ($10 and $25 preferred) and mail them to Beth Tipps.  She will confirm gift card receipt and will coordinate with Glebe volunteers for distribution to families.
  3. We continue to partner with The Church at Work in Arlington to provide rent assistance for our vulnerable households in our community.  If you would like to participate, sign up here.

Thank you for all of the ways you are serving our community.

Would you like to pray with someone?
Rev. Nathan Dickerson is coordinating our intercessor teams.  If you would like to pray with someone over the phone or via zoom, he would love to connect you with our trained, confidential intercessors.  Just send him this email.

How can we help?
I miss seeing you each week.  I love the regular chance to say hi and to hear snippets of how life is going.  I miss our rhythms of connection.  Please reach out and let us know how you are.  Our staff team is praying for you.

“He sent redemption to his people; he has commanded his covenant forever.  Holy and awesome is his name!”  (Psalm 111: 9)

In Christ’s Love,
David

Letter to the Congregation from David (4/9/20)

Good Morning Restoration!

Blessed be our God.  Now and for ever.  Amen.

Thus begins our liturgy each day during Holy Week.  In this time of upheaval and loss, we declare in faith, the blessings of God: (right) now and (onward) for ever.

I am writing to make sure you have everything you need for each of our services over the next four days.  You can log in to worship, here.  I have described the parts that you need to prepare in italics!

Maundy Thursday

This morning, at 9am, I will host Morning Prayer, as has become our new normal!  At 7:30pm we will enter the Triduum (the sacred three days) with a liturgy that remembers both Christ’s ‘Words of Institution’ when he gave us the Eucharist and Christ’s ‘Commandment to Love’ when He washed His disciple’s feet.  In addition to the preaching of the Word, we have prepared a beautiful video of the stripping of our chancel.

We will close the service with an invitation for you to serve the members of your household by washing their feet.  If you choose to participate, you will need to prepare a basin of water and towels ahead of time.

Good Friday

The day begins with morning prayer at 9am.  Then at 12pm, we will journey through the Stations of the Cross.  At 7:30pm we will offer one of our favorite liturgies of the year:  7 members of our congregation reflecting on Jesus’ 7 words from the cross and the way He meets us in our pain.

For the 7:30pm service, we invite you to place 7 lit candles in the room where you will worship and to extinguish them as you are prompted during the service.

The Great Vigil of Easter

On Saturday morning we will rest while we remember Jesus doing His work of hosanna.  Our Easter Vigil begins at 7:30pm.  It starts outside, as dusk gives way to dark, with a new fire and a candle of hope.  It concludes with our Easter Shout and the story of an empty tomb.

For the Vigil, we invite you to prepare a candle to be lit in your home and to have a bell ready to ring in our Alleluias!

Easter Sunday

Our Easter service begins at 10am.  We will not host Kids’ Small Groups this week.  At 11am, our music team will again be in our sanctuary leading us on our YouTube Channel in Easter hymns and praise!

We invite you to share a short reflection on what Easter means to you, here (please upload it by Friday at noon).  It can be quiet and thoughtful or a simple shout of ‘Christ is risen!’  We will stitch these together and share them as part of our Easter celebration.

Easter Offering

Remember Shrove Tuesday?  The pancakes in fellowship hall?  We announced that our vestry, based on the work of our Outreach Steering Team, had chosen to give our Ash Wednesday and Easter offerings to the Anglican Relief and Development Fund’s Cascading Ministries Initiative.  We want to honor our tradition of giving our Easter offering away to an organization, outside of Restoration, that is doing Kingdom work.  Yet we recognize that we are experiencing very different circumstances.  Because we will not be in our sanctuary, receiving financial gifts in our baskets, the vestry has chosen to take an average of our last 3 Easter offerings and to give that amount.  This year, Restoration will be sending $15,000 to ARDF in praise of our risen King.  Thank you for being a generous church!

 

On behalf of the clergy, staff, vestry, and volunteers at Restoration, we look forward to worshiping with you in the coming days!  All of our services can be accessed, here.  I can’t wait to experience with you what God has for us.

-David

Hosanna

The Passion of Jesus Christ

Hosanna

 

This is the text of Restoration’s Palm Sunday sermon, preached over Zoom, by The Rev. David Hanke.  Hosanna! means ‘save us!’  When the crowds shout Hosanna!  They are asking to be saved.

[8] Most of the crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. [9] And the crowds that went before him and that followed him were shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!” [10] And when he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred up, saying, “Who is this?” (ESV)

Matthew 21:8–10

Intro and Frame

I want us to start with the shout of Hosanna that greeted Jesus as he arrived in Jerusalem.

With great sincerity, the people wanted to be saved.  “Hosanna!  Save us!”

As the crowd lives the week to come, salvation is the topic that most frequently comes up.  Hosanna will be whispered and shouted and acted out. 

Who will save whom?  And what will salvation be?

Hosanna is the fundamental cry of humanity:  We want to be saved.  We want to be released and delivered.  We want to be rescued, set free, and led by someone else.  The cry of our soul has not changed.  But the object of our hosannas is myriad.

Matthew 26:36-27:54

Can I die without dying?

It starts with Jesus, in the garden.  Jesus begins with his own hosanna.  He’d like to save himself.  

After their last supper, Jesus knew the narrative of saving was put irrevocably in motion.  Judas had dipped his bread and slipped out the back.

As He prayed, Jesus was clear-eyed in his vision and He could feel the coming loss and abandonment deep in His gut.  He asks his Father if he can save himself. 

If it be possible, let this cup pass from me.

If it be possible, let this cup pass from me.

If it be possible, let this cup pass from me.  

3 times.  Jesus was in for the project of salvation.  He was open to being the savior.  But He was asking-  is there a way to save without the physical torture and the crushing abandonment?  Can I die without dying?  

The question lingers in the damp air of Gethsemane.  Jesus strains to hear through the silence.  Can the hosanna be for me?  Can I save myself?  Ultimately he was IN and He drained this hosanna cup to the very bottom.

Almost immediately, Judas comes on the scene, intent to save himself from his decision to follow Jesus.  At some point he had said yes to Jesus, just like the other 12.  Now he was trying to say no-  with a kiss and a ‘change fee’ of 30 silver pieces. 

He is able to escape from ‘friend of Jesus’ to ‘betrayer of Jesus’, but he’s never quite able to get away from himself.  His hosanna is to throw the money back and to throw his life down. 

Not much saved.  Much lost.

The disciples try to save themselves. 

Their hosannas start with a drawn sword.  One of them cuts off the ear of Caiaphas’ servant. 

Jesus rebukes that disciple by saying, I don’t need you to save me with your sword.  Put it away.  If I wanted to be saved, I could ask my Father for 12,000 angels and he would send them.  YOU are not going to save ME and definitely not with that.

Their next hosanna occurs as Jesus is led away:  the disciples, the whole team, tries to save themselves by leaving Jesus, by running away. They fled.  (26:56b) 

Peter would give that hosanna words in the courtyard of the high priest.   “I do not know what you mean.  I do not know the man.  I swear-  I do not know the man.” 

Hosanna by dead sprint, by distance and disassociation.

Caiaphas wants to save his campaign.

Frederick Buechner quote.

Caiaphas’ math was unassailable.  Jesus’ math was atrocious.

Caiaphas’ hosanna was to find false witnesses to accuse Jesus.  And eventually one of the accusations sticks:  ‘This man said, I am able to destroy the temple of God, and to rebuild it in 3 days.’  (Matthew 26:60)

This was outrageous to Caiaphas-  Have you no answer to make?? 

Jesus remained silent.  The assumptions they had built about him were given oxygen to grow and death was the judgment.  One would die to save many from Rome.  Caiaphas got his hosanna, kind of.

Pilate wants to save himself from his troubled conscience and the tossing and turning dreams of his wife by offering Barabbas, by pleading the innocence of Jesus, and by washing his hands.  Pilate’s hosanna is to offer the crowd a choice.  A choice that seemed so obvious. 

Yet, when he offers the crowd a choice of who to save, they choose Barabbas. 

It utterly confounds him. 

His wife has told him to have nothing to do with this righteous man. He, himself, has found nothing wrong with Jesus. 

Instead of courageously disagreeing, Pilate actually turns to the ‘wisdom’ of the crowd and asks in bewilderment:  “Then what shall I do with Jesus who is called Christ?”   It is the crowd, our voices thrown in for good measure, that decides he should be crucified.  “Let him be crucified!”

Hosanna for Barabbas.

It was this crowd that had started all this… with their tree branches and cloaks.  Those who shout hosanna will treat him with derision.  Hosanna will take the shape of contemptible scorn.

Those who had shouted hosanna will say, “You who would destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days, save yourself! If you are the Son of God, come down from the cross.” Matthew 27: 40

And of course he couldn’t.  He wouldn’t.  He didn’t.

The crowds walk by within a few feet of Jesus, deriding him, wagging their heads, words dripping with mockery.  ‘You talked a big game, Jesus.  You were so pompous.  If you could destroy the temple and rebuild it in 3 days, can’t you save yourself?’ 

Come down from the cross.  Can’t you hosanna yourself?

No.  I can’t save myself and save you.  Salvation costs.  This is your hosanna, not mine. 

My blood.  My broken body.  My utterly forsaken soul.  My completely abandoned loneliness. 

This is your hosanna, not mine.

Holy Saturday and the Salvation of Christ

As we walk through this week together, I draw your attention to the space between Jesus’ death on Friday and his resurrection on Sunday.  I draw your attention to anticipate Saturday as the culmination of your hosanna.  On Sunday, we will give an Easter shout: Alleluia!  Christ is risen! 

But Saturday is the day for ‘hosanna’ in all its consummation.

My friend, Travis Pickell (WM alum, Falls Church fellow) published an article in CT this month about Holy Saturday called, ‘Before Christ rose, He was dead’.  It presents this argument that Saturday is our hosanna. Saturday confirms to us that Jesus was really dead and defeating death.

Christ the Victor

Maestà – Passion: Descent To Hell, 1308-1311

by Duccio di Buoninsegna

It is on Saturday that Christ was the Victor 

A 4th century monk, Rufinus of Aquileia wrote,

“It is as if a king were to proceed to a prison, and to go in and open the doors, undo the fetters, break in pieces the chains, the bars, and the bolts, and bring forth and set at liberty the prisoners.” 

In the Maestà altarpiece from the 13th Century, Jesus has broken the bronze doors of Hell, He tramples the devil underfoot.  One bishop has written:  that [Saturday reminds us] ‘Christ descended into hell not as the devil’s victim but as Conqueror.’ 

Hosanna!  Christ the Victor!  Death, Hell, the Devil defeated!

It is on Saturday that Christ was the Sufferer

Gregory of Nazianzus, writing in the 4th century, said, ‘What has not been assumed by Christ has not been healed.’  CS Lewis picked up this idea in the mid-20th century when he wrote, ‘Nothing in you that has not died will ever be raised from the dead.’ 

Jesus must experience everything.  All of our humanity.  Our spiritual healing requires that Christ suffer not just biological death but also the agony of death:   When Jesus cried out, ‘My God My God why have you forsaken me?’ it led him to Saturday: the terrible abyss of feeling forsaken and estranged from God.

Every aspect of being human (including death) has been assumed by Christ. 

Hosanna!  Christ the Sufferer.

It is on Saturday that God was most absent and most present. 

The logical end of all of us this comes out in 2 Corinthians 5:19 which says that “God was in Christ- reconciling the world to himself”.  If indeed God is in Christ, God was in Christ even while Christ lay dead in a tomb. 

Hosanna.  God experienced what it is to be dead. 

Travis writes,

‘This (admittedly inconceivable) thought forces us to think at deeper levels yet, of who God is and how God works…  If God was in Christ in the grave, than death cannot be wholly alien to God, and neither can it be wholly alien to the human condition….  Whatever else ‘he descended to the dead’ means, this phrase proclaims that God’s solidarity with the human condition extends at least 6 feet under the earth.  Even in the grave, Jesus is still Immanuel, God with us.’

If God is present in Jesus’ death THAN God is present even when he seems most absent (dead). 

AND In His absence and death, God is doing his most creative and life-giving work. 

Come down from the cross.  Can’t you save yourself?

No.  I can’t hosanna myself and save you. 

Salvation costs.  My blood.  My broken body.  My utterly forsaken soul.  My completely abandoned loneliness.  My death.  My Saturday.  This is your hosanna, not mine.  Amen.

Good Lord Deliver Us

Good Lord Deliver Us

Friends,

I am reproducing the reflection I shared at the beginning of morning prayer last Sunday, March 29.  Many of you have asked about the prayer of deprecation.  Thank you for your interest!

-David

29 March 2020

Good morning!  This week, a friend sent me a reflection from a university president who, like all of us, in this season of coronavirus, is trying to make sense of what is happening and what God is doing in the midst of it.

Interestingly he began by reflecting on a section of The 1662 Book of Common Prayer’s Great Litany. 

You may recall that in 1665, over a quarter of the population of London had died because of the Great Plague.  And in 1666, the Great Fire of London destroyed a third of the city and left over 100,000 people homeless-  in just 5 days.  It was catastrophe upon catastophe.  In the midst of that kind of heartache, Archbishop Thomas Cranmer’s prayer- the litany- would have been so apropos.   

“From lightning and tempest; from plague, pestilence, and famine; from battle and murder; and from sudden death…”

Good Lord, deliver us. 

Here is the reflection of Alexander Whitaker, president of King University in Bristol, TN

A deprecation, such as that above, is a prayer to be spared from disaster.  The Latin root means to repel or avoid physical calamity by prayer. We rarely hear the word deprecation in this 16th– and 17th-century sense anymore. 

We rarely pray words like these and if we did, they would probably land far from our most heart-felt concerns… especially before March 2020.

Whitaker goes on to say,

“Many of those things Archbishop Cranmer lists do not particularly frighten us or cause us to seek protection, from God or otherwise—at least not in any regular fashion. Many of the things that once were routine exposures to death, to mortality, are now militated against by experience, by medicine, by technology, or by engineering.

Indeed, the very notion of being “safe” has been so defined downward (at least on many university campuses) it often now for many has little to do with physical safety and preservation, and instead is used to describe protection from unfamiliar ideas, less-than-pleasant words, or trifling inconveniences.  As profoundly silly as that may be, we should probably be thankful that undergraduates have been fretting over pronouns instead of polio.  Such are the blessings of this age that rarely does one have to worry continually about one’s death or that of one’s family and friends. But eventually danger comes to us all, without exception—as does death.

And yet, there is hope.

If one believes in God’s providence there is revealed in these circumstances God’s calling us: to return to him apace, to trust him wholly, and to do his work resolutely.

Our uncertainty draws us to the certainty of our Sovereign and Holy God.

Our fears cause us to seek God’s peace and protection.

Our deep desire that we and others be spared pain rightly prompts our deprecation—one that God desires.

So that is what we gather today to do:  TOGETHER. 

To return to God, to trust Him wholly, and to do the work He has called us to do, resolutely. 

We gather together for the strength of community-  to see faces we love, to see the prayers of others, to know we are not alone. 

“Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ…”  [Philippians 1:2]

2019 Christmas Eve Offering Recipient

Bethany House

Ever since our first Christmas Eve, Restoration has had a tradition of choosing a local organization to be the recipient of our entire Christmas Eve Offering.

We do this for a few reasons:  First, we are grateful for the excellent work that is done by so many in our community and we want to support it whenever we can.  Second, we want to be generous.  Third, we recognize that lots of people visit Restoration on Christmas Eve who want to give a financial gift as a part of their worship but may not be deeply connected to the mission and work that God is doing through our specific church.  So, for these reasons, we decided at the very beginning of our existence:  Christmas Eve is a special service, let’s worship Christ the newborn king with our financial gifts, and let’s give all of those gifts away to an organization in our community that is doing work we admire for the King and His people.

This year we are giving our Christmas Eve offering to Bethany House of Northern Virginia.  

The mission of Bethany House of Northern Virginia is to provide a safe place of healing for women and children who have experienced domestic violence. While providing confidential, secure shelter, counseling, life-skills training, and transition support, we share the knowledge and love of Christ – the only true “safe place” and provider of every need.

We believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and faith in his death and resurrection is the only way to eternal salvation. As revealed by God through His Sacred Word, we believe that every man, woman, and child who enters through our doors is worthy of love, hope, dignity, care, and mercy. We believe all people are precious in the sight of God and that He has a special plan for their lives.

I hope you will join us for our Eucharist Service of Lessons and Carols on December 24 at 3, 5, and 9.  We invite you to join us in giving generously to the work of Bethany House in Northern Virginia as they provide a safe place of healing for women and children who have experienced domestic violence.

-David

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