Matthew Smith & Indelible Grace Concert

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Matthew Smith retunes hymns to help churches guide their people into emotionally honest worship, so they can become fully alive, wholehearted worshipers of the living God.  Join us the Saturday after the Fall Retreat for a great time of music with Matthew Smith and the Indelible Grace band!!

Saturday, October 21, 2017, 7pm
Restoration Anglican Church
1815 N Quincy Street
Arlington, VA 22207
Park in the lot at 15th St and Quincy St.
and walk 5 minutes north to Restoration

$15 per ticket
Early Bird Special is $25 for two tickets

Buy Tickets and Listen to His Music

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APEX experiences the “ART” of giving up


APEX Youth Ministry Experiences the season of Lent through the "Art of Giving Up."

APEX Youth Ministry experiences the season of Lent through the “Art of Giving Up.”

Last weekend, APEX Middle and High School reviewed the concept of “incurvatus in se,” from the book “The Good of Giving Up,” by Aaron Damiani.  They were asked to embrace Lent as a time to cease focusing on our dependence on earthly desires and drives and instead to focus on the provisions and Grace made possible through dependence on God.

They were then asked to express (on a chalk board) through words and images what came to their hearts and minds as they meditated on the 40 day journey of Christ into the wilderness. With full knowledge that their work would be erased the following Sunday as a symbol of how our sins and bodies will be washed away and returned to dust (Genesis 3:19), this is what they came up with.  I encourage you to watch this video and view their expressions this Sunday, March 19th, in the upper narthex.  It will be washed following the 5pm services.

To volunteer for APEX or to have your child join middle or high school, please contact Isaiah Brooms at




Romans and Lecrae

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I thank God for Pandora radio.  He has used these random mixes of songs to edify my soul so many times.  A number of the songs that we sing on Sunday have shuffled into my radar at just the right time.  Some notable songs that we sing from Pandora stations are Psalm 46 and Esther.

After my men’s small group this morning, Romans 6.1-16 and David’s sermon were swirling around in my head, and as I traveled home I decided to press the “shuffle all” button on the Pandora app, and Lecrae’s tune “Tell the World” began to pulse through my car speakers, and hearing the gospel restated through his voice hit me at a fresh and beautiful angle.  If we could sing this corporately, I would try it. 🙂  So here he is – a gifted hip hop artist proclaiming Jesus as Lord and using the gifts that God has given him to point people to the one who makes us brand new:

1. Tell the World - Lecrae feat Mali Music     
Now, i’mma tell the world, tell ‘em
I’mma tell it everywhere I go
Tell the world, tell ‘em
Yeah, i’m a billboard
Tell the world, tell ‘em
And i’m broadcastin’ like a radio
Tell the world
You ought to know, i’m brand new

I know one thing’s true: I don’t even really deserve to know you
But, I-i’m a witness that you did this, and I’m brand new
So, I-I’m read’ to go, and i’mma tell the world what they need to know
A slave to myself, but you let me go, I tried getting high but it left me low
You did what they could never do
You cleaned up my soul and
Gave me new life – I’m so brand new
And that’s all that matters
I-I ain’t love you first, but you first loved me
In my heart I cursed you, but you set me free
I gave you no reason to give me new seasons, to give new life, new breathing
But you hung there bleedin’, and ya’ died for my lies and my cheatin’, my lust and my greed, (and lord!)
What is a man that you mindful of him?
And what do I have to deserve this lovin’?

Tryna make the moments last
Holdin’ on to the past
But, like a hero in a dream
Christ came, and he rescued me
Now, i’mma tell the world
Tell the world, tell ‘em
I’mma tell it everywhere I go
Tell the world, tell ‘em
Yeah, i’m a billboard
Tell the world, tell ‘em
And i’m broadcastin’ like a radio
Tell the world
You ought to know, i’m brand new

I can’t offer you nothin’, but your care & kindness keeps comin’
And your love is so unconditional, I get butterflies in my stomach
I got the old me in the rearview, now the new me got a clear view
And I was so dead, I couldn’t hear you, too deep in sin to come near you
But you drew me in, you cleaned me up, so take me home, beam me up
Before you do, just let me tell the truth
And let these folks know that I done seen ya’ love
And it’s everlasting, infinite, it goes on and on, you can’t measure it
Can’t quench ya’ love, they can’t separate us from the love of god, there’s no estimate
My face look the same, my frame ain’t rearranged
But i’m changed; I promise I ain’t the same
Your love’s so deep you suffered and took pain
You died on the cross to give me a new name
Ain’t nothing like I’ve seen before, I got a beaming glow
I was low, down, and dirty, but you cleaned me, lord
You adopted me, you keep rocking me
I’mma tell the world, and ain’t nobody stopping me!

Tryna make the moments last
Holdin’ on to the past
But, like a hero in a dream
Christ came, and he rescued me

Lecrae featuring Mali Music, 2012, from the album “Gravity”

Praise God,

Beyond Glitter and Gluesticks

Beyond Glitter and Glue Sticks: Creating a Family Art Culture

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On Saturday, May 14, I’ll be holding a RestoArts workshop on “Creating a Family Art Culture,” and I’d love you to be there. Why? Because I believe we all need art in our lives to enrich our understanding of ourselves, the world, and God. This is as true of children as it is of adults, and in fact, we adults can often learn from children in this area. My workshop will be a time to explore why and how that is – through group discussion and hands-on exploration of various media.

That all sounds great, right? But what if…

“…I’m not crafty?”

Great! Neither am I. I don’t enjoy gluing cotton balls to paper plates or tracing my hands into turkey shapes. I don’t enjoy working with kids’ craft supplies that prevent mess and danger: dull scissors and unsticky glue sticks. These kinds of crafts definitely have their place, but it is not in my workshop. We will talk about making art that is authentic from start to finish – real materials, real processes, and meaningful end products. And we will talk about enjoying art that is real – tasting and seeing the best this world has to offer in visual art, writing, music, architecture, food, and more. Authentic, rich, real art in the real world in the context of real relationships.

“…I’m not creative?”

I’m sorry, but you’re wrong. You are made in the image of a creative God, and thus you are creative. Incredibly creative. You may not enjoy going to the National Gallery. You may loathe writing. You may have limited musical tastes. You may struggle to dress yourself in the morning or arrange throw pillows or read poetry or a million other small acts of creative expression. But you are creative. If you would like to explore this idea with God, using your head and your hands in a relaxed environment, I highly encourage you to come.

“…I don’t have kids?”

If you attend Restoration regularly, you have kids. Hundreds of them. Every time a child has been baptized, you have promised to do all in your power to support them in their life in Christ. Simply by showing up to church each week, you are a visual representation to Resto kids of their loving church family. You surround them with a broad network of support, protection, encouragement, service, and blessing. This workshop is for any adult in our church family, whether or not children live in your home.

“…I want a break from kids?”

This workshop is just for adults. We will speak frankly and deeply about the challenges that arise in exploring art with children, without worrying about little listening ears. And we will engage in art and discussion in ways that are designed to refresh and nourish us, something most caregivers desperately need. But if there is sufficient interest, I hope to continue the conversation in a future workshop that includes children as well.

If this sounds appealing to you, then please join us on May 14! Sign up here.

– Amy Rowe

#restoarts Lent Instagram Details

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Lent starts today!

Each week we’re inviting you to focus on a specific vice and a corresponding virtue rooted in the beatitudes.  Through Lent we will meditate on the beatitude that draws us away from the vice as Peter Kreeft masterfully explains in his book Back to Virtue.  Each day, look for things in the world that point you to these vices and virtues; and when you see it, snap a photo with Instagram and share it. Together we’ll build a visual record of all the places we see God at work in us and in the world around us.  That’s the discipline – a photo a day.

Want to participate?

  • In Instagram, follow @restoarts, and then @restoarts will follow you.
  • Each day, take a photo, tag it with #restoarts, and tag it with that week’s corresponding vice or virtue (example: #humility or #pride). Share it on Facebook too!

Not on social media?

  • Read Peter Kreeft’s book Back to Virtue and ask God what he wants to say to you through this book.
  • Follow along on our website. A selection of photos on the home page will take you to a full gallery of everyone’s pictures.

Each Sunday you will receive a card with the chapter to read and the vice and virtue to Instagram.  Looking forward to taking this journey with you!

– Matt

Worshipping in the Advent Wreath

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We are excited about the worship setting that you will get to experience each Sunday as we anticipate the coming of Jesus.  Here are some of the extra bits this Advent:

The Processional:

Each week the flame entering our sanctuary during the processional helps us to anticipate Jesus’ incarnation (God made flesh).  We will hear “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” as we long for his coming to bring us hope, peace, joy, and love.

He is the incarnation, so we first light the candles at the altar with the crucifer (cross) facing the congregation to remind us that he “being found in human form…humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.”

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The Advent Wreath Reflections:

In Jesus’ coming to earth as a man, we see that he is our hope, peace, joy, and love.  Every year during Advent we have individuals or specific groups of people answer a question about how God has met them or how they desire to meet him.  After they share, they light the candle for that week.  These are the themes and questions they are using:

Week 1: He is our HOPE entering a broken world.  How has hope entered your broken world?

Week 2: He is our PEACE holding all things together.  How is God’s peace holding you or a part of your life together?

Week 3: He is our JOY manifesting himself in his servants.  How is God bringing you joy?

Week 4: He is our LOVE, living among his people.  How is God revealing that you are a loved person?

This year we have expanded the Advent wreath to essentially be our sanctuary with the candles spread across the front and window boxes lining the sides, and we will worship our God in the middle of the wreath – the anticipation of his arrival.

When you arrive, you will be given a response card, and we hope that you will take the time after the Advent wreath reflection is shared to write down your own reflection of how you have seen God show up in your life.  If you write it twice on the card, you can rip off the bottom and drop it in the appropriate window box and keep the top as a reminder this Advent of the ways that God is making himself known to you.  Put it in a prominent place as a reminder of God’s faithfulness.

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The Candle Holders:

We used the Advent collects and the sermon series to drive the art of the Advent candle holders.  Black wood with mirrors represent a world that does not reflect his light in the way that he intended. 

The broken mirrors of week one show how limited and spars we are in reflecting his light, yet he is our hope.  In week two, we see wire holding the mirror pieces to express how God holds all things together to better reflect him, giving us peace that ultimately he is in control.  The rectangular mirrors of week three reflect the image of God more fully, and we are joyful to see him more clearly with the help of the prophets and other servants of God.  In week four we most clearly see his love in the glory of his coming, his resurrection, and his restoration.

We hope this is a reflective Advent for you as you worship at Restoration.  May you see more of him as you reflect on your own life, and may you reflect him more as you experience him as your hope, your peace, your joy, and your love.

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A huge thank you to everyone who contributed in RestoArts Advent by sharing your ideas, constructing wooden boxes, breaking glass, lettering, etc.  I am thankful for your creativity, courage, and servants hearts.

Next RestoArts Workshop: Mixed Media Prayer Journaling

I like Restoration because of RestoArts. Am I allowed to say that?

Of course, I love this church for many reasons, especially the strong community feel, but what originally attracted me was RestoArts. In fact, my artwork became part of Restoration before me. For example, my painting Be Still was featured on the blog Christmas Day alongside music and a poem in 2013. I also participated in the 2014 Lenten RestoArts Instagram challengewhich provided an incredible way for me (as @indigo24to explore the themes of Lent through photography.

Months later… I finally followed my art and found my church home.  I love how Restoration uses the arts as part of worship and has a group committed to this purpose.  It’s been a year now and I’m so thankful that I can truly use my gifts in a church setting.

I’m excited to be teaching the next RestoArts workshop: Mixed Media Prayer Journaling.

Date: Saturday, October 24th, 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Age: High School and Up

Supply cost: $20

Spots are filling up quickly – click here to sign up. Invite a friend and and I look forward to seeing you there!

– Emily Wade

EWade journal page

RestoArts Workshops: Storytelling Through Video

RestoArts: Awaking creativity for the glory of God, the growth of the church, and the good of the person/artist.

RestoArts is running a series of workshops through the fall that at core, we believe, will help you to become a better disciple of Jesus.  Gifted artists and leaders from Restoration will be leading workshops on video interviews, drums, watercolor/mixed media, storytelling, song writing, and photography on various Saturdays through the fall.  These are open to people who are curious about the topic and desiring to grow more holistically in their relationship with God.  We hope you can come to our first workshop on September 19th.

Storytelling Through Video

Learn the basics of crafting a video by working with camera equipment, executing interviews that honor your subjects, and developing their stories beautifully and clearly.

Presenter: Taylor Schuelke – National Geographic Associate Producer
Date: Saturday, September 19th, 1:00pm
Age: High School and Up
Fee: Maximum $20 for supplies – cash or checks made out to Restoration the day of the workshop
Supplies Required: Anything from a smart phone to a high end camera with full gear.
Cap: 9 people (possibly adding another class of 9 if there is interest)

Taylor Schuelke has been working in video for about 4 years and is currently wrapping up three full-length documentaries with National Geographic. She studied studio art in college, which qualifies her knack for frame composition and utilization of varying types of creative mediums. In her free time, she enjoys photographing, hiking, singing, and coffee. In the crazy world of video, audio, graphic design, and CGI, Taylor finds it important to bring the glow of God into every project she’s given in order to best serve Him through her vocation.

Looking forward to having you! Click here to register.  Either Taylor Schuelke or Matthew Hoppe will be in contact with you within 24 hours of sign-up.

“Blessing the Dust”

Restoration is using this poem by Jan Richardson to center our thoughts around what the Holy One can do with dust.

Icons in Advent? hmm…

I did not grow up in a tradition that uses icons.  I was told, in fact, that icons were dangerous idols that Catholics prayed to.  So what in the heavens or on earth led me to be a proponent of using icons in our worship service this advent?  I cannot speak for all Catholics, but as I have asked questions and studied the use of icons by the Catholic church and the Eastern Orthodox church, I now believe that icons can be a very powerful aide in our growth toward Jesus and in our worship of him.

I have found three ways of understanding icons to be helpful: biography, companion, and communion.  Depending on your background or your sense of adventure, one or more of these views may resonate with you.




Icons remind us that we are not alone in our pursuit of God.  A good biography about Adoniram Judson or Elisabeth Elliot can remind us of the stories of Christians who have lived beyond their own abilities for the sake of Jesus.  We will relate to some peoples’ stories better than others, but those stories that we end up relating to can be a powerful reminder to us that we are not alone as we strive to live out God’s story.  Icons, like biographies, can function as this type of reminder.




Every once in a while we either see or hear of someone’s perspective or story that hits us like lightning.  It’s that moment where we can say, “There is someone who gets it!  And I want to get it too.”  If they are in your church, you might grab regular breakfasts with them to benefit from their wisdom.  Or you might resonate with someone like St. Francis of Assisi.  You might read everything of his that is in print and memorize certain passages and in this way submit yourself to his mentorship because it’s almost like he knows you!  Icons can similarly serve as companion and mentor.




Most amazingly, we are part of the communion of saints, and we believe that the saints are in heaven actually interceding for us right now.  Many Anglicans believe that you can ask a specific saint to intercede for you in a similar way that you might ask someone at the end of a worship service to intercede for you.  One member of our congregation who uses icons in this way told me, “Yeah, a lot of people are careless with their prepositions.  It’s not praying to the saints.  It’s more praying with the saints.”  Icons can serve as a visual connection to a person who is in heaven from whom we can ask for intercession.  How cool is it that you could ask John the Baptist or the prophet Isaiah to intercede for you!?!

This advent, I hope that you are engaged with how God uses people to prepare the way for his coming.  Maybe the icon of Gabriel in our sanctuary will help to remind you of God’s communication and revelation.  Maybe Isaiah will become your companion because of his repentance and willingness to submit to God’s greater vision.  (Isaiah is my companion.)  And maybe you will ask Zechariah to intercede for you in times when you are in doubt of God’s plan for your life.  Ultimately, it is my hope that if you do not already value the church art of iconography that you will be able to submit it and its use to the glory and mystery of God.

His name be praised.

– Matt




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