Worship

Hymn of the Day
Wondrous Love, #666
Text: Anonymous
Tune: WONDROUS LOVE, Southern Harmony

The author of the text of this hymn remains anonymous, but it’s known as a traditional American folk song, first published in 1811. The text has remained basically untouched since it was first made popular by the Sacred Harp shape singers in 1844. Some hymnals leave out the stanza: “When I was sinking down,” and others include a verse that repeats the first verse with the last two lines “That Christ should lay aside his crown for my soul –What wondrous love is this, O my soul!”

The tune WONDROUS LOVE was first set to this text in William Walker's (PsH 44) second edition of Southern Harmony (1840). Publication of the hymn in B. F. White's The Sacred Harp (1844) further promoted the combination of text and tune. The meter of "What Wondrous Love" derives from an old English ballad about the infamous pirate Captain Kidd:

My name was Robert Kidd, when I sailed, when I sailed;
My name was Robert Kidd, when I sailed;
My name was Robert Kidd, God's laws I did forbid,
So wickedly I did when I sailed, when I sailed
So wickedly I did when I sailed

Organ piece
Southwell, Colin Hand (1929-2015)

The tune, Southwell is found in many hymnals and most often paired with the text “Lord Jesus, think on me,” by Synesius of Cyrene, Bishop of Ptolemais. The tune was composed by William Daman (1540-1591), a foreign composer resident in England. There are a few conflicting reports on his origins, but contemporary London records describe him as an Italian from Lucca, Italy who arrived in England circa 1566 as a servant of Sir Thomas Sackville. In 1576 he became a recorder player at the Court of Elizabeth I.

After a proposed career in biochemistry, Colin Hand, the composer of today’s organ piece, turned to music, studying organ at Trinity College, Dublin. He has composed steadily throughout his career and spent fifteen years as a lecturer in further education and another fifteen years as an examiner for Trinity College of Music, London. His works comprise choral, orchestral and chamber music, with several pieces for teaching purposes. In the late seventies he spent time in research on Taverner and Renaissance music for a PhD.

Ms. Angie has posted a message for the children of RELC. Click below to view!

Dear members of God’s family at Resurrection Church:

Once again, worship has been cancelled at our church this coming Sunday, March 29. Because we cannot meet together face-to-face, here is a resource to help you join us all in shared prayer. Please be careful yourselves. And do pray together with all of us for our needy world.

If you wish, join in at 10AM on Sunday, March 29, praying separately in our homes, but together.

The following worship materials are available for this Sunday:

pdfHome Worship Bulletin for March 29, 2020

pdfChildren's Bulletin for the Fifth Sunday in Lent

pdfPastor Linman's Sermon for March 29, 2020

We have also published the following to YouTube, all of which are available in a YouTube playlist:

  • Barbara Verdile, Psalm 130
  • Pastor Linman's recorded sermon
  • Hymn #886, "Oh, For A Thousand Tongues To Sing"
  • Hymn #666, "What Wonderous Love Is This"
  • Organ piece, "Southwell (Lord Jesus, Think Of Me)" by Colin Hand

Music notes for the Hymn of the Day and the organ piece are available here.

Yours in Christ,

Pastor Gordon Lathrop

 

Ms. Angie has posted a message for the children of RELC. Click below to view!

Children's Devotional BagsRun—don't walk—to the box next to our bench outside of our church doors on Potomac Street!

Colored bags have children's bibles, a seek and find book, booklet on Lent/Easter, and a "Jesus Loves You" bag with crayons. Geared for our youngest

White bags have an older children's bible, a bible story/activity book, booklet on Lent/Easter, and a "Jesus Loves You" bag with crayons. Geared for Elementary aged kids.

NRSV bibles are in the box too. If you prefer one of those and not a children's bible with pictures/stories, then please switch it out.

Devotional books are in the box too. Just take one per family and share!

Dear members of God’s family at Resurrection Church:

Once again, worship has been cancelled at our church this coming Sunday, March 22. Because we cannot meet together face-to-face, here is a resource to help you join us all in shared prayer. Please be careful yourselves. And do pray together with all of us for our needy world.

If you wish, join in at 10AM on Sunday, March 22, praying separately in our homes, but together.

The following worship materials are available for this Sunday:

pdfHome Worship Bulletin for March 22, 2020

pdfChildren's Bulletin for the Fourth Sunday in Lent

pdfPastor Linman's Sermon for March 22, 2020

We have also published the following to YouTube, all of which are available in a YouTube playlist:

  • Barbara Verdile, Psalm 23
  • Pastor Linman's recorded sermon
  • Hymn #779, "Amazing Grace"
  • Hymn #324, "In The Cross Of Christ I Glory"
  • Organ offering, David Chenwien, "Amazing Grace"

Yours in Christ,

Pastor Gordon Lathrop

 

He escaped an F-5 tornado by a distance of 12 miles. A fifth grade boy’s knock on the door helped set the course of his career. He was known as Methuselah. He is fluent in Russian and an aficionado of spy novels. There’s a lot to know about our beloved organist and choirmaster, Roy Guenther.

 

Resurrection Lutheran Church is located at 6201 Washington Boulevard, between the East Falls Church Metro station and Westover shopping area in Arlington County, Virginia, right off I-66 (at Exit 69). We are convenient to mass transit, within walking distance of the East Falls Church Metro station on the orange and silver lines and served by the 2A/2B/2C Metrobus route.

WE HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE! 

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March 22

  • Consistent with State, county, and local closure of group events and activities, Resurrection Lutheran Church will cancel all worship services, Sunday School and other educational activities, and Coffee Hour for Sunday, March 22.

 

The Stained Glass Windows in the Nave at Resurrection Evangelical Lutheran Church

Dr. Melvin S. Lange, pastor of Resurrection Lutheran Church from 1958 to 1971, prepared the theological material for the artist, Roy Calligan, of the Hunt Stained Glass Studios in Pittsburgh, PA. The meaning of each of the seventeen windows is indicated by a Bible verse. The theme begins with the window to the left of the lectern (when facing the altar) and proceeds around the nave toward the back, and then forward on the opposite side toward the last window to the right of the pulpit.

Stained Glass Windows Information