Home Worship

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the state of emergency in Virginia, and the ban on gatherings with ten or more people, and out of an abundance of caution, we have made the decision to cancel all activities at Resurrection for the foreseeable future. Pastors Linman and Lathrop and our interim music directory, Barbara Verdile, are recording songs and sermons and preparing worship material so that we may all continue to worship and pray together while we are apart, for each other and the needy world.

Every week, we will be posting a home worship bulletin, with songs, prayers, and readings, and providing links to our YouTube channel where you can listen to Pastor Linman's sermon and Barbara's music.

Dear members of God’s family at Resurrection Church,

The readings today narrate “theophanies,” manifestations of the presence and word of God in the midst of human need. If you are able, join the congregation from your home in reading, singing and praying around the presence of Christ amid our world’s need on Sunday, August 9, at 10am.

Worship Service

A pre-recorded worship service, complete with readings, Pastor Linman's sermon, prayers, and music will broadcast at 10am on Sunday, August 9, on our YouTube channel and will be available below:

Worship material for August 9, 2020

The following have been posted to YouTube; here is the YouTube Playlist for August 9, 2020:

Music Notes

Hymn of the Day “Eternal Father, Strong to Save” #756
Text: William Whiting (1825-1878) Tune: MELITA, John B. Dykes (1823-1876)

William Whiting wrote the text of this hymn for one of his students who was about to sail to America. It was revised and included in the first edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern (1861) “for those at sea”. This hymn, always paired with the tune MELITA which was written and published with it, has found wide usage as the sailor’s hymn and has been allied to the state almost as much as to the church.

MELITA is the ancient name for the island now known as Malta, where Paul was shipwrecked and found safety.

Musical Meditation: Cantilène, Gabriel Pierné (1863-1937)

Gabriel Pierné has been called the most complete French musician of the late Romantic/early twentieth century era. Pierné’s compositional style can be described as very traditional and classical in form while possessing a modern spirit. He was able to eloquently balance his own personal language with the elements of both discipline and instinct. Evidence of his studies with both Massenet and Franck are very apparent. From Massenet he acquired a sense of melody and lightness, while from Franck he developed a sense of structure and consciousness of art, and an inspiration for religious music. Though much of his music is overshadowed by other French composers from his day, it is because his time was devoted primarily to conducting.

Cantilène is the second of Trois Pieces, Op. 29.

Ms. Angie has a new Children's Message! Click below to view:

AFAC Food Collection
When: August 9th and 23rd, from 11:00am – 1:00pm
Where: Washington Blvd. Entrance

RELC will continue collecting food donations for AFAC every two weeks. Our next collection will be Sunday, August 9th, from 11:00am to 1:00pm at the Washington Blvd entrance. Due to the pandemic, the need for food is increasing daily. AFAC needs canned vegetables, cereal (low sugar), canned tuna, canned tomato products (stewed, diced, paste), and peanut butter (in plastic jars). Members of the Social Ministry Committee will be there to assist you with your donation. Monetary contributions, which enable AFAC to purchase more perishable items are accepted and welcomed. All donations will be delivered to AFAC Monday morning. Any questions? Contact Edd Nolen , This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 703-533-2953.

Care Takers For RELC’s Plot Against Hunger Garden

Our Plot Against Hunger garden is in full swing! We are looking for a few more people to help us water, weed, and harvest during the summer. Please sign up on this link to volunteer for a week of watering the RELC garden: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040a4babad2cabff2-help. If you have any questions, please contact Kristen Wine (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Monica Hirschberg (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). We appreciate your help!

Readers for Home Worship

Would you like to serve as a reader for the weekly home worship videos? If so, please contact the church office at relcarlington.org or Kim Harriz at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and request to be added to the list of faithful stewards who serve the members of the body of Christ by reading God’s word.

Financial Update

July Financial Update. The below chart is a summary of RELC’s finances for the year to date as of June 30, 2020. The columns titled “(a) YTD Giving,” “(b) YTD Expenses” and “(c) Giving minus Expenses” provide key data for our three primary financial funds. This data shows that our giving is slightly above our actual expenses for the YTD but well below our giving levels for this time last year. We continue to see the negative impact of the cancellation of Sunday services on our giving. Please continue to send in your weekly contributions which can be made through Simply Giving, by using the “Donate Now” button on RELC’s website or by sending your contribution check to the church office in the US Mail. Please prayerfully consider what this information means to you as we work together to support RELC’s ministries.

  (a) YTD Giving(b) YTD Expenses(c) Giving-Expenses(d) Giving as
% of Budget
(e) Change from
2019 Giving
General Fund 190,159 201,428 (11,269) 71% (8,737)
Benevolence 33,070 18,275 14,795 60% (3,078)
Renovation 11,052 831 10,221 110% (681)
TOTAL 234,281 220,534 13,747 70% (12,496)


RELC Offerings

Our community is facing a challenging time as it continues to deal with the coronavirus pandemic and the economic damage resulting from business closures, now compounded by the suffering of racial injustice. Despite our separation, it’s important for us to maintain our financial support for the church and its ministries in the community – and, if possible, to considering increasing that support to address our neighbors’ immediate needs. As our church determines how it can best serve the community, please ensure that it has the resources needed to provide that help.You can make your offering by using the “Donate Now” button on the RELC website or by mailing your offering to our office at 6201 Washington Blvd., Arlington, VA, 22205.

ELCA Metro D.C. Synod News

Save the date - “God’s work. Our hands” Sunday is Sunday, September 13, 2020. This day is an opportunity to celebrate who we are as the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America – one church, freed in Christ to serve and love our neighbor. Service activities offer an opportunity for us to explore one of our most basic convictions as Lutherans: that all of life in Jesus Christ – every act of service, in every daily calling, in every corner of life – flows freely from a living, daring confidence in God’s grace. You work every day to make your community a better place. Let us continue doing this work together in 2020! View these resources to guide your congregation’s planning, promotion and more.

Season of Creation Devotions for September 1 - October 4

Bishop Elizabeth A. Eaton and leaders from The Episcopal Church, the Anglican Church of Canada and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada have prepared a series of devotions to observe the Season of Creation 2020, Sept. 1–Oct. 4.

In the opening devotion, the leaders stress the significance of a collective responsibility in caring for creation. "Waking up to matters of climate justice and environmental stewardship are among the most important callings people have today. Over many years, through many voices, our churches have come to a growing conviction that loving our neighbor includes loving Mother Earth as a neighbor."

Click here to access these devotions.

Children’s Ministry

ZOOM time with Ms. Angie continues every Monday at 2:00. If you are interested and have not yet joined, you are missing out on some FUN TIMES. Upcoming events: Quick Draw, Indoor Scavenger Hunt, Charades and CarryOut VBS. Our Wine and Whine event for parents continues every other Friday, beginning at 7:30 for an hour give or take. Schedule: July 17, 31; August 14 & 28. CarryOut VBS will take place during our regularly scheduled ZOOM time on Mondays at 2:00, beginning July 20 and ending August 31. More details coming to an inbox near you. If you do not receive emails from me and are interested in any of the above, please reach out to Angie Brooke at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. OR call 703 972-2086.

Youth Ministry

Provided is a Home Faith Formation Calendar, updated each week with the following week’s recorded content. For those who couldn’t tune in live, see those resources available to you now. Check out too suggestive home activities, lectionary readings, and resources for racial justice for all ages.

Contacting Pastor Linman

Now that I am in residence in Arlington, and in the same time zone with you, I am beginning to incorporate into my routines contact with our members, mainly via phone and email given the need for continued physical distancing. But please do not hesitate to contact me first should you have need and desire. In fact, I would welcome and cherish as your pastor also hearing from you. A good way to start would be to send me an email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. I monitor and respond to my emails quite regularly. An email exchange may result in our plans to converse by phone, or FaceTime or Zoom, or other creative avenues. You may also wish to phone me at first. The direct line to the pastor’s office at the church (the messages on which I also now monitor regularly) is: 703-972-2076. There is also a new landline at the parsonage: 703-237-4157 (but kindly please first leave messages at the pastor’s office phone number).

Other Announcements?

Should you have announcements that you wish to communicate in this weekly message as committee chairs or those responsible for other ministry initiatives at Resurrection, please contact Monika at the office (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by late Monday mornings for inclusion in the message for the coming Wednesday. Thanks!

Dear members of God’s family at Resurrection Church,

Every Sunday is a celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. On this Sunday we read a passage from Isaiah that can remind us of Easter since it is read every year at the Vigil of Easter, calling us once again to feast on God’s free mercy. And then, from Matthew today, we read the story of Jesus feeding a great multitude in the wilderness. In our worldwide wilderness now, join the congregation on Sun- day, August 2, at 10am, gathering again in common prayer around the risen Jesus Christ, the great Breadgiver.

Worship Service

A pre-recorded worship service, complete with readings, Pastor Linman's sermon, prayers, and music will broadcast at 10am on Sunday, August 2, on our YouTube channel and will be available below:

Worship material for August 2, 2020

The following have been posted to YouTube; here is the YouTube Playlist for August 2, 2020:

Music Notes

Hymn of the Day “O Jesus, Joy of Loving Hearts” #658
Text: atr. Bernard of Clairvaux, (1091-11563), Ray Palmer , tr.(1808-1887)
Tune: WALTON, W. Gardiner (1770-1853)

Ray Palmer’s translation of several verses from “Jesu, dulcedo cordium” was published in 1858. In 19th century Protestant America, it was unusual to translate a Latin hymn text. He was pastor of a church in Maine and upstate New York and is probably best known for penning the verses, “My faith looks up to thee.”

William Gardiner wrote about music, composing, and editing. Having met Joseph Haydn and Ludwig van Beethoven on his business travels, Gardiner then proceeded to help popularize their compositions, especially Beethoven's, in England. He recorded his memories of various musicians in Music and Friends. In the first two volumes of Sacred Melodies (1812, 1815), Gardiner turned melodies from composers such as Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven into hymn tunes in an attempt to rejuvenate the singing of psalms. WALTON, aka BEETHOVEN, may have roots somewhere in Beethoven’s music, but Gardiner could not say where. In any case, his work became an important model for American editors, and hymnbook editors often turned to Gardiner as a source of tunes derived from classical music.

Musical Meditation Prelude on “Wareham”, Healy Willan (1880-1968)

Healey Willan was an Anglo-Canadian organist and composer, best known for his church music compositions. I found this quote he used to describe himself which suggests he had quite a sense of humor: "English by birth; Canadian by adoption; Irish by extraction; Scotch by absorption." Willan was able to make his livelihood as a composer, an encouraging detail not lost on the young Canadian musicians who followed him.

This organ piece comes from Willan’s collection of Choral Preludes published in 1957 and are based on well-known hymn or choral tunes. Many have the same basic structure: a short introduction followed by the phrases of the tune alternating with interludes. All offer a richness of harmonic beauty typical of Willan’s compositions.

The Musical Reflection, "WAREHAM" is a setting of today’s second hymn, #729, “The Church of Christ, in Every Age”. The tune was composed by William Knapp and named for his birthplace. The tune is easy to sing because of its almost continuous stepwise motion and smooth melodic contour and is most of found paired with this text.

Ms. Angie has a new Children's Message! Click below to view:

AFAC Food Collection
When: August 9th and 23rd, from 11:00am – 1:00pm
Where: Washington Blvd. Entrance

RELC will continue collecting food donations for AFAC every two weeks. Our next collection will be Sunday, August 9th, from 11:00am to 1:00pm at the Washington Blvd entrance. Due to the pandemic, the need for food is increasing daily. AFAC needs canned vegetables , cereal (low sugar), canned tuna, canned tomato products (stewed, diced, paste), and peanut butter (in plastic jars). Members of the Social Ministry Committee will be there to assist you with your donation. Monetary contributions, which enable AFAC to purchase more perishable items are accepted and welcomed. All donations will be delivered to AFAC Monday morning. Any questions? Contact Edd Nolen , This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 703-533-2953.

Care Takers For RELC’s Plot Against Hunger Garden

Our Plot Against Hunger garden is in full swing! We are looking for a few more people to help us water, weed, and harvest during the summer. Please sign up on this link to volunteer for a week of watering the RELC garden: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040a4babad2cabff2-help. If you have any questions, please contact Kristen Wine (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Monica Hirschberg (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). We appreciate your help!

Financial Update

July Financial Update. The below chart is a summary of RELC’s finances for the year to date as of June 30, 2020. The columns titled “(a) YTD Giving,” “(b) YTD Expenses” and “(c) Giving minus Expenses” provide key data for our three primary financial funds. This data shows that our giving is slightly above our actual expenses for the YTD but well below our giving levels for this time last year. We continue to see the negative impact of the cancellation of Sunday services on our giving. Please continue to send in your weekly contributions which can be made through Simply Giving, by using the “Donate Now” button on RELC’s website or by sending your contribution check to the church office in the US Mail. Please prayerfully consider what this information means to you as we work together to support RELC’s ministries.

 (a) YTD Giving(b) YTD Expenses(c) Giving-Expenses(d) Giving as
% of Budget
(e) Change from
2019 Giving
General Fund 190,159 201,428 (11,269) 71% (8,737)
Benevolence 33,070 18,275 14,795 60% (3,078)
Renovation 11,052 831 10,221 110% (681)
TOTAL 234,281 220,534 13,747 70% (12,496)


RELC Offerings

Our community is facing a challenging time as it continues to deal with the coronavirus pandemic and the economic damage resulting from business closures, now compounded by the suffering of racial injustice. Despite our separation, it’s important for us to maintain our financial support for the church and its ministries in the community – and, if possible, to considering increasing that support to address our neighbors’ immediate needs. As our church determines how it can best serve the community, please ensure that it has the resources needed to provide that help. You can make your offering by using the “Donate Now” button on the RELC website or by mailing your offering to our office at 6201 Washington Blvd., Arlington, VA, 22205.

ELCA Metro D.C. Synod News

Season of Creation Devotions for September 1 - October 4

Bishop Elizabeth A. Eaton and leaders from The Episcopal Church, the Anglican Church of Canada and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada have prepared a series of devotions to observe the Season of Creation 2020, Sept. 1–Oct. 4.

In the opening devotion, the leaders stress the significance of a collective responsibility in caring for creation. "Waking up to matters of climate justice and environmental stewardship are among the most important callings people have today. Over many years, through many voices, our churches have come to a growing conviction that loving our neighbor includes loving Mother Earth as a neighbor."

To access devotions, please visit the below website.

https://download.elca.org/ELCA%20Resource%20Repository/Seasons_of_Creation_Devotional_pages.pdf

Children’s Ministry

ZOOM time with Ms. Angie continues every Monday at 2:00. If you are interested and have not yet joined, you are missing out on some FUN TIMES. Upcoming events: Quick Draw, Indoor Scavenger Hunt, Charades and CarryOut VBS.

Our Wine and Whine event for parents continues every other Friday, beginning at 7:30 for an hour give or take. Schedule: July 17, 31; August 14 & 28.

CarryOut VBS will take place during our regularly scheduled ZOOM time on Mondays at 2:00, beginning July 20 and ending August 31. More details coming to an inbox near you.

If you do not receive emails from me and are interested in any of the above, please reach out to Angie Brooke at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. OR call 703 972-2086.

Youth Ministry

Provided is a Home Faith Formation Calendar, updated each week with the following week’s recorded content. For those who couldn’t tune in live, see those resources available to you now. Check out too suggestive home activities, lectionary readings, and resources for racial justice for all ages.

Contacting Pastor Linman

Now that I am in residence in Arlington, and in the same time zone with you, I am beginning to incorporate into my routines contact with our members, mainly via phone and email given the need for continued physical distancing. But please do not hesitate to contact me first should you have need and desire. In fact, I would welcome and cherish as your pastor also hearing from you. A good way to start would be to send me an email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. I monitor and respond to my emails quite regularly. An email exchange may result in our plans to converse by phone, or FaceTime or Zoom, or other creative avenues. You may also wish to phone me at first. The direct line to the pastor’s office at the church (the messages on which I also now monitor regularly) is: 703-972-2076. There is also a new landline at the parsonage: 703-237-4157 (but kindly please first leave messages at the pastor’s office phone number).

Readers For Home Worship

Would you like to serve as a reader for the weekly home worship videos? If so, please contact the church office at relcarlington.org or Kim Harriz at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and request to be added to the list of faithful stewards who serve the members of the body of Christ by reading God’s word.

Other Announcements?

Should you have announcements that you wish to communicate in this weekly message as committee chairs or those responsible for other ministry initiatives at Resurrection, please contact Monika at the office (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by late Monday mornings for inclusion in the message for the coming Wednesday. Thanks!

Dear members of God’s family at Resurrection Church,

For the third Sunday in a row we read from Matthew’s collection of Jesus’ parables. Only, this Sunday the images are more surprising yet, full of God’s wisdom, like that given to Solomon, full of the love of Christ from which we can never be separated, as St. Paul says. On Sunday, July 26, if you can, join the congregation in praying together at 10 am.

Worship Service

A pre-recorded worship service, complete with readings, Pastor Linman's sermon, prayers, and music will broadcast at 10am on Sunday, July 26 on our YouTube channel and will be available below:

Worship material for July 26, 2020

The following have been posted to YouTube; here is the YouTube Playlist for July 26, 2020:

Music Notes

Hymn of the Day: “Jesus, Priceless Treasure,” #775
Text: Johann Franck (1618-1677)
Tune: JESU, MEINE FREUDE, Johann Crüger (1598-1662)

The original German text “Jesu, meine Freude” by Johann Franck first appeared in Johann Crüger's Praxis Pietatis Melica (1653) in six long stanzas. The text was modeled in part after a love song found in Heinrich Albert's Arein (1641), "Flora, meine Freude, meiner Seele Weide.” Catherine Winkworth translated the text into English and published it in her Chorale Book for England (1863). Our version includes the original stanzas 1, 2, and 6. Much loved by Christians from various traditions, “Jesus, Priceless Treasure” is one of the finest examples of German piety in a devotional hymn. The intensity of emotional expression found here provides a suitable counter-balance to the cerebral character of much Reformed worship.

Inspired by Jesus' parables of the great treasure and fine pearl (Matt. 13:44-46) and other New Testament references to the metaphor "treasure," this text is strongly Christocentric. Stanza 1 confesses with mystical ecstasy that Christ is the source of purest pleasure (a bold affirmation that counters the hedonism of this world). Stanza 2 expands the metaphor: Christ our treasure is also our fortress, our defense and protector from the "sin and hell" that would "assail" us. And stanza 4 affirms that, despite the fears and sorrow we must bear, Jesus remains our greatest treasure and source of profound joy.

Johann Crüger is known as a German composer of well-known hymns. He was also the editor of the most widely used Lutheran hymnal of the 17th century, Praxis pietatis melica, which is considered one of the most important collections of German hymnody in the seventeenth century. It was reprinted forty-four times in the following hundred years. He wrote music instruction manuals and tirelessly promoted congregational singing. With his tunes he often included elaborate accom­paniment for various instruments. Crüger's hymn collection, Neues vollkomliches Gesangbuch (1640), was one of the first hymnals to include figured bass accompaniment (musical shorthand) with the chorale melody rather than full harmonization written out. It included eighteen of Crüger's tunes.

Musical Meditation: “Soul, Adorn Thyself with Gladness”, Aaron David Miller (b.1972)

The original of the beautifully ornamented melody of today’s Musical Reflection represents a second collaboration of music and text by Johann Crüger and Johann Franck. Johann Crüger composed SCHMÜCKE DICH (Deck Thyself, My Soul) and first published the tune as a setting for the first stanza of the SCHMÜCKE DICH text by Johann Franck. The tune name is the incipit of the original German text. Johann S. Bach used this tune in his Cantata 180; he and many other composers have written organ preludes on the melody.

Aaron David Miller is noted for his highly imaginative and creative style, found in his performances, improvisations and compositions. He serves as the Director of Music and Organist at House of Hope Presbyterian Church in St. Paul, Minnesota and maintains an active recital schedule. He is a forensic musicologist for Donato Music in Scarsdale, NY.

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

The Rev. Gene Copenhaver

It has been reported to us that The Rev. Gene Copenhaver, former pastor of Resurrection Church, is in failing health. Prayers for him and for his family are encouraged at this time.

AFAC Food Collection

When: July 26th, from 11:00am – 1:00pm
Where: Washington Blvd. Entrance

RELC will continue collecting food donations for AFAC every two weeks. Our next collection will be Sunday, July 26th, from 11:00am to 1:00pm at the Washington Blvd entrance. Due to the pandemic, the need for food is increasing daily. AFAC needs canned vegetables , cereal (low sugar), canned tuna, canned tomato products (stewed, diced, paste), and peanut butter (in plastic jars). Members of the Social Ministry Committee will be there to assist you with your donation. Monetary contributions, which enable AFAC to purchase more perishable items are accepted and welcomed. All donations will be delivered to AFAC Monday morning. Any questions? Contact Edd Nolen, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 703-533-2953.

Care Takers For RELC’s Plot Against Hunger Garden

Our Plot Against Hunger garden is in full swing! We are looking for a few more people to help us water, weed, and harvest during the summer. Please sign up on this link to volunteer for a week of watering the RELC garden: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040a4babad2cabff2-help. If you have any questions, please contact Kristen Wine (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Monica Hirschberg (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). We appreciate your help!

Financial Update

July Financial Update. The below chart is a summary of RELC’s finances for the year to date as of June 30, 2020. The columns titled “(a) YTD Giving,” “(b) YTD Expenses” and “(c) Giving minus Expenses” provide key data for our three primary financial funds. This data shows that our giving is slightly above our actual expenses for the YTD but well below our giving levels for this time last year. We continue to see the negative impact of the cancellation of Sunday services on our giving. Please continue to send in your weekly contributions which can be made through Simply Giving, by using the “Donate Now” button on RELC’s website or by sending your contribution check to the church office in the US Mail. Please prayerfully consider what this information means to you as we work together to support RELC’s ministries.

 (a) YTD Giving (b) YTD Expenses(c) Giving-Expenses(d) Giving as
% of Budget
(e) Change from
2019 Giving
General Fund 190,159 201,428 (11,269) 71% (8,737)
Benevolence 33,070 18,275 14,795 60% (3,078)
Renovation 11,052 831 10,221 110% (681)
TOTAL 234,281 220,534 13,747 70% (12,496)


RELC Offerings

Our community is facing a challenging time as it continues to deal with the coronavirus pandemic and the economic damage resulting from business closures, now compounded by the suffering of racial injustice. Despite our separation, it’s important for us to maintain our financial support for the church and its ministries in the community – and, if possible, to considering increasing that support to address our neighbors’ immediate needs. As our church determines how it can best serve the community, please ensure that it has the resources needed to provide that help. You can make your offering by using the “Donate Now” button on the RELC website or by mailing your offering to our office at 6201 Washington Blvd., Arlington, VA, 22205.

ELCA Metro D.C. Synod News

Season of Creation Devotions for September 1 - October 4

Bishop Elizabeth A. Eaton and leaders from The Episcopal Church, the Anglican Church of Canada and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada have prepared a series of devotions to observe the Season of Creation 2020, Sept. 1–Oct. 4.

In the opening devotion, the leaders stress the significance of a collective responsibility in caring for creation. "Waking up to matters of climate justice and environmental stewardship are among the most important callings people have today. Over many years, through many voices, our churches have come to a growing conviction that loving our neighbour includes loving Mother Earth as a neighbour."

To access devotions, please click on this link.

 

Quilt Group News

Thanks to Laurie Beyer Hall who took our 13 finished quilts up to the Lutheran World Relief Warehouse in New Windsor MD and to Pastor Linman who blessed them for us. Though we haven't been able to meet as a group, a couple of us are still sewing quilt tops and we will have plenty to work on when we can meet together again.

Readers For Home Worship

Would you like to serve as a reader for the weekly home worship videos? If so, please contact the church office at relcarlington.org or Kim Harriz at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and request to be added to the list of faithful stewards who serve the members of the body of Christ by reading God’s word.

Children’s Ministry

ZOOM time with Ms. Angie continues every Monday at 2:00. If you are interested and have not yet joined, you are missing out on some FUN TIMES. Upcoming events: Quick Draw, Indoor Scavenger Hunt, Charades and CarryOut VBS.

Our Wine and Whine event for parents continues every other Friday, beginning at 7:30 for an hour give or take. Schedule: July 17, 31; August 14 & 28.

CarryOut VBS will take place during our regularly scheduled ZOOM time on Mondays at 2:00, beginning July 20 and ending August 31. More details coming to an inbox near you.

If you do not receive emails from me and are interested in any of the above, please reach out to Angie Brooke at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. OR call 703 972-2086.

Youth Ministry

Provided is a Home Faith Formation Calendar, updated each week with the following week’s recorded content. For those who couldn’t tune in live, see those resources available to you now. Check out too suggestive home activities, lectionary readings, and resources for racial justice for all ages.

Contacting Pastor Linman

Now that I am in residence in Arlington, and in the same time zone with you, I am beginning to incorporate into my routines contact with our members, mainly via phone and email given the need for continued physical distancing. But please do not hesitate to contact me first should you have need and desire. In fact, I would welcome and cherish as your pastor also hearing from you. A good way to start would be to send me an email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. I monitor and respond to my emails quite regularly. An email exchange may result in our plans to converse by phone, or FaceTime or Zoom, or other creative avenues. You may also wish to phone me at first. The direct line to the pastor’s office at the church (the messages on which I also now monitor regularly) is: 703-972-2076. There is also a new landline at the parsonage: 703-237-4157 (but kindly please first leave messages at the pastor’s office phone number).

Other Announcements?

Should you have announcements that you wish to communicate in this weekly message as committee chairs or those responsible for other ministry initiatives at Resurrection, please contact Monika at the office (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by late Monday mornings for inclusion in the message for the coming Wednesday. Thanks!

Dear members of God’s family at Resurrection Church,

This Sunday we once again read from the Third Discourse of Matthew, Matthew’s collection of the parables of Jesus. The Gospel for this Sunday is a parable found only in Matthew: the story of the wheat and the weeds. The parable calls for us to leave judgement to God and to instead rely on God’s mercy and patience. If you are able, join the congregation at 10am on Sunday to pray and to hear the word of that mercy.

Worship Service

A pre-recorded worship service, complete with readings, Pastor Linman's sermon, prayers, and music will broadcast at 10am on Sunday, July 19 on our YouTube channel and will be available below:

Worship material for July 19, 2020

The following have been posted to YouTube; here is the YouTube Playlist for July 19, 2020:

Music Notes

Hymn of the Day: “We Plow the Fields and Scatter”, #681
Text: Matthias Claudius (1740-1815)
Tune: Wir Pflugen, Johann A. Schulz, (1747-1800)

This text was not written as a hymn, nor was it stimulated by specific biblical passages. It was first published in a newspaper as an idyllic portrayal of country life and later the refrain and certain stanzas were gathered to form this hymn text. In 1861 Jane M. Campbell translated them into English.

The tune, also known as CLAUDIUS, first appeared with another text in a volume of melodies for public schools.

Musical Reflection: “All Glory Be to God on High”, Craig Phillips (b. 1961)

California based, and an Oklahoma native, Craig Phillips is a distinguished and popular American composer and organist, and Director of Music at All Saints’ Church, Beverly Hills, CA.

The tune is the work of the cantor, pastor and teacher Nikolaus Decius (1485-1546). His source was a 10th century chant setting of the Gloria in excelsis Deo.

Craig Phillips‘ harmonic language is a melting pot of many varied styles and often his rhythmic settings garner attention for their energy, use of rhythm and drive. In this setting he seeks to reflect the rather exuberant text in a manner both introspective and uplifting.

Ms. Angie has a new Children's Message! Click below to view:

Quilt Group News

Thanks to Laurie Beyer Hall who took our 13 finished quilts up to the Lutheran World Relief Warehouse in New Windsor MD and to Pastor Linman who blessed them for us. Though we haven't been able to meet as a group, a couple of us are still sewing quilt tops and we will have plenty to work on when we can meet together again.

Readers For Home Worship

Would you like to serve as a reader for the weekly home worship videos? If so, please contact the church office at relcarlington.org or Kim Harriz at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and request to be added to the list of faithful stewards who serve the members of the body of Christ by reading God’s word.

Financial Update

July Financial Update. The below chart is a summary of RELC’s finances for the year to date as of June 30, 2020. The columns titled “(a) YTD Giving,” “(b) YTD Expenses” and “(c) Giving minus Expenses” provide key data for our three primary financial funds. This data shows that our giving is slightly above our actual expenses for the YTD but well below our giving levels for this time last year. We continue to see the negative impact of the cancellation of Sunday services on our giving. Please continue to send in your weekly contributions which can be made through Simply Giving, by using the “Donate Now” button on RELC’s website or by sending your contribution check to the church office in the US Mail. Please prayerfully consider what this information means to you as we work together to support RELC’s ministries.

  (a) YTD Giving(b) YTD Expenses(c) Giving-Expenses(d) Giving as
% of Budget
(e) Change from
2019 Giving
General Fund 190,159 201,428 (11,269) 71% (8,737)
Benevolence 33,070 18,275 14,795 60% (3,078)
Renovation 11,052 831 10,221 110% (681)
TOTAL 234,281 220,534 13,747 70% (12,496)


RELC Offerings

Our community is facing a challenging time as it continues to deal with the coronavirus pandemic and the economic damage resulting from business closures, now compounded by the suffering of racial injustice. Despite our separation, it’s important for us to maintain our financial support for the church and its ministries in the community – and, if possible, to considering increasing that support to address our neighbors’ immediate needs. As our church determines how it can best serve the community, please ensure that it has the resources needed to provide that help. You can make your offering by using the “Donate Now” button on the RELC website or by mailing your offering to our office at 6201 Washington Blvd., Arlington, VA, 22205.

AFAC Food Collection
When: July 26th, from 11:00am – 1:00pm
Where: Washington Blvd. Entrance

RELC will continue collecting food donations for AFAC every two weeks. Our next collection will be Sunday, July 26th, from 11:00am to 1:00pm at the Washington Blvd entrance. Due to the pandemic, the need for food is increasing daily. AFAC needs canned vegetables , cereal (low sugar), canned tuna, canned tomato products (stewed, diced, paste), and peanut butter (in plastic jars). Members of the Social Ministry Committee will be there to assist you with your donation. Monetary contributions, which enable AFAC to purchase more perishable items are accepted and welcomed. All donations will be delivered to AFAC Monday morning. Any questions? Contact Edd Nolen , This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 703-533-2953.

Care Takers For RELC’s Plot Against Hunger Garden

Our Plot Against Hunger garden is in full swing! We are looking for a few more people to help us water, weed, and harvest during the summer. Please sign up on this link to volunteer for a week of watering the RELC garden: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040a4babad2cabff2-help. If you have any questions, please contact Kristen Wine (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Monica Hirschberg (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). We appreciate your help!

Children’s Ministry

ZOOM time with Ms. Angie continues every Monday at 2:00. If you are interested and have not yet joined, you are missing out on some FUN TIMES. Upcoming events: Quick Draw, Indoor Scavenger Hunt, Charades and CarryOut VBS.

Our Wine and Whine event for parents continues every other Friday, beginning at 7:30 for an hour give or take. Schedule: July 17, 31; August 14 & 28.

CarryOut VBS will take place during our regularly scheduled ZOOM time on Mondays at 2:00, beginning July 20 and ending August 31. More details coming to an inbox near you.

If you do not receive emails from me and are interested in any of the above, please reach out to Angie Brooke at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. OR call 703 972-2086.

Youth Ministry

Provided is a Home Faith Formation Calendar, updated each week with the following week’s recorded content. For those who couldn’t tune in live, see those resources available to you now. Check out too suggestive home activities, lectionary readings, and resources for racial justice for all ages.

ELCA Metro D.C. Synod News

  • The Metro D.C. Synod Racial Equity Team is providing an opportunity for people of all ethnicities, especially white allies, to attend a new Racial Equity series of listening sessions over the next six weeks.

Thursday, July 30th at 7:00 PM
Imago Dei: Justice-Centered Embodied Leadership
Led by Rozella H. White, author of Love Big: The Power of Revolutionary
Relationships to Heal the World and owner of RHW Consulting

All sessions are being presented on Zoom webinar. You can watch a live stream of the session on
our website, our Facebook page or our YouTube page, if you cannot enter the Zoom webinar
.

In case you missed last week's session, you can view a recording here.

Contacting Pastor Linman

Now that I am in residence in Arlington, and in the same time zone with you, I am beginning to incorporate into my routines contact with our members, mainly via phone and email given the need for continued physical distancing. But please do not hesitate to contact me first should you have need and desire. In fact, I would welcome and cherish as your pastor also hearing from you. A good way to start would be to send me an email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. I monitor and respond to my emails quite regularly. An email exchange may result in our plans to converse by phone, or FaceTime or Zoom, or other creative avenues. You may also wish to phone me at first. The direct line to the pastor’s office at the church (the messages on which I also now monitor regularly) is: 703-972-2076. There is also a new landline at the parsonage: 703-237-4157 (but kindly please first leave messages at the pastor’s office phone number).

Other Announcements?

Should you have announcements that you wish to communicate in this weekly message as committee chairs or those responsible for other ministry initiatives at Resurrection, please contact Monika at the office (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by late Monday mornings for inclusion in the message for the coming Wednesday. Thanks!

Ms. Angie has a new message for the children at RELC! Click below to view:

Dear members of God’s family at Resurrection Church,

We begin now to read for three Sundays in a row the third of the Great Discourses of Matthew: the Parables of Jesus. This Sunday the Gospel is the Parable of the Sower. Together with your congregation, if you are able, join in prayer at 10am on Sunday, using one of the many available ways, to let the seed of the word of God fall into your life again.

Worship Service

A pre-recorded worship service, complete with readings, Pastor Linman's sermon, prayers, and music will broadcast at 10am on Sunday, July 12 on our YouTube channel and will be available below:

Worship material for July 12, 2020

The following have been posted to YouTube; here is the YouTube Playlist for July 12, 2020:

Music Notes

Hymn of the Day: “Almighty God, Your Word is Cast”, #516
Text: John Cawood (1775-1852)
Tune: St. Flavian, English folk tune

Almighty God, Thy word is cast. J. Cawood. [After Sermon.] Written about 1815 in 5 stanzas of 4 lines, and designated for use "After a Sermon". The text is stimulated by Jesus’ parable of the sower. It was reprinted in 1825 and from that date it has grown in importance as a congregational hymn, and its use has become extensive in all English-speaking countries. He published several prose works, but no volume of hymns or poems. His son says, "My father composed about thirteen hymns, which have one by one got into print, though never published by himself, or any one representing him.”

ST. FLAVIAN is an example of an English psalm tune that, like many Genevan Psalter tunes and German chorales, had its original rhythms smoothed out. It is an English tune that has been happily attached to numerous texts.

Choir Anthem: Go Forth Into the World in Peace
Paul Sjolund (b.1935)

Paul Sjolund is a leading composer of American church and choral music. The range of his style includes a wide spectrum of majestic anthems, fanfares and festival hymns, poignant children's music, and exhilarating range of spirituals and folksongs.

Go forth into the world in peace. Be of good courage, hold fast to that which is good, Render to no one evil for evil.

Go forth into the world in love: Strengthen the faint-hearted, support the weak, Help the afflicted, honor all people: love and serve the Lord.

Rejoicing in the power of the Holy Spirit, go forth into the world in peace.

Musical Reflection: Gift of Finest Wheat
Ron Schmoltze (b. 1936)

Robert E. Kreutz (1922-1996) carefully crafted the tune GIFT OF FINEST WHEAT, or BICENTENNIAL, in 1976 and it is faithfully represented in this organ setting. Though the meter changes frequently, the melody flows very naturally, with the changing meters unified by melodic and rhythmic motifs.

Ron Schmoltze is a church musician working in the San Francisco Bay area.

Financial Update

July Financial Update. The below chart is a summary of RELC’s finances for the year to date as of June 30, 2020. The columns titled “(a) YTD Giving,” “(b) YTD Expenses” and “(c) Giving minus Expenses” provide key data for our three primary financial funds. This data shows that our giving is slightly above our actual expenses for the YTD but well below our giving levels for this time last year. We continue to see the negative impact of the cancellation of Sunday services on our giving. Please continue to send in your weekly contributions which can be made through Simply Giving, by using the “Donate Now” button on RELC’s website or by sending your contribution check to the church office in the US Mail. Please prayerfully consider what this information means to you as we work together to support RELC’s ministries.

  (a) YTD Giving (b) YTD Expenses (c) Giving-Expenses (d) Giving as %
of Budget
(e) Change from
2019 Giving
General Fund  190,159 201,428 (11,269) 71% (8,737)
Benevolence 33,070 18,275 14,795 60% (3,078)
Renovation 11,052 831 10,221 110% (681)
TOTAL 234,281 220,534 13,747 70% (12,496)

 

RELC Offerings

Our community is facing a challenging time as it continues to deal with the coronavirus pandemic and the economic damage resulting from business closures, now compounded by the suffering of racial injustice. Despite our separation, it’s important for us to maintain our financial support for the church and its ministries in the community – and, if possible, to considering increasing that support to address our neighbors’ immediate needs. As our church determines how it can best serve the community, please ensure that it has the resources needed to provide that help. You can make your offering by using the “Donate Now” button on the RELC website or by mailing your offering to our office at 6201 Washington Blvd., Arlington, VA, 22205.

AFAC Food Collection

When: July 12th and July 26th, from 11:00am – 1:00pm
Where: Washington Blvd. Entrance

RELC will continue collecting food donations for AFAC every two weeks. Our next collection will be Sunday, July 12th, from 11:00am to 1:00pm at the Washington Blvd entrance. Due to the pandemic, the need for food is increasing daily. AFAC needs canned vegetables , cereal (low sugar), canned tuna, canned tomato products (stewed, diced, paste), and peanut butter (in plastic jars). Members of the Social Ministry Committee will be there to assist you with your donation. Monetary contributions, which enable AFAC to purchase more perishable items are accepted and welcomed. All donations will be delivered to AFAC Monday morning. Any questions? Contact Edd Nolen , This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 703-533-2953.

Care Takers For RELC’s Plot Against Hunger Garden

Our Plot Against Hunger garden is in full swing! We are looking for a few more people to help us water, weed, and harvest during the summer. Please sign up on this link to volunteer for a week of watering the RELC garden: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040a4babad2cabff2-help. If you have any questions, please contact Kristen Wine (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Monica Hirschberg (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). We appreciate your help!

Readers For Home Worship

Would you like to serve as a reader for the weekly home worship videos? If so, please contact the church office at relcarlington.org or Kim Harriz at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and request to be added to the list of faithful stewards who serve the members of the body of Christ by reading God’s word.

Children’s Ministry

For Families:

ZOOM time with Ms. Angie continues every Monday at 2:00. If you are interested and have not yet joined, you are missing out on some FUN TIMES. Upcoming events: Quick Draw, Indoor Scavenger Hunt, Charades and CarryOut VBS.

Our Wine and Whine event for parents continues every other Friday, beginning at 7:30 for an hour give or take. Schedule: July 17, 31; August 14 & 28.

CarryOut VBS will take place during our regularly scheduled ZOOM time on Mondays at 2:00, beginning July 20 and ending August 31. More details coming to an inbox near you.

If you do not receive emails from me and are interested in any of the above, please reach out to Angie Brooke at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. OR call 703 972-2086

Youth Ministry

Provided is a Home Faith Formation Calendar, updated each week with the following week’s recorded content. For those who couldn’t tune in live, see those resources available to you now. Check out too suggestive home activities, lectionary readings, and resources for racial justice for all ages.

Home Faith Formation Calendar

ELCA Metro D.C. Synod News

  • The Metro D.C. Synod Racial Equity Team is providing an opportunity for people of all ethnicities, especially white allies, to attend a new Racial Equity series of listening sessions over the next six weeks.

Thursday, July 16th at 7:00 PM

Imago Dei: Christ, Color and Covid

Led by Rev. Dr. Ulysses Burley III, Founder of UBtheCure

All sessions are being presented on Zoom webinar. You can watch a live stream of the session on our website, our Facebook page or our YouTube page, if you cannot enter the Zoom webinar.

Please also save the date for the next session:

  • July 30 - Justice-Centered Embodied Leadership, with Rozella H. White

In case you missed last week's session, you can view a recording here.

Contacting Pastor Linman

Now that I am in residence in Arlington, and in the same time zone with you, I am beginning to incorporate into my routines contact with our members, mainly via phone and email given the need for continued physical distancing. But please do not hesitate to contact me first should you have need and desire. In fact, I would welcome and cherish as your pastor also hearing from you. A good way to start would be to send me an email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. I monitor and respond to my emails quite regularly. An email exchange may result in our plans to converse by phone, or FaceTime or Zoom, or other creative avenues. You may also wish to phone me at first. The direct line to the pastor’s office at the church (the messages on which I also now monitor regularly) is: 703-972-2076. There is also a new landline at the parsonage: 703-237-4157 (but kindly please first leave messages at the pastor’s office phone number).

Other Announcements?

Should you have announcements that you wish to communicate in this weekly message as committee chairs or those responsible for other ministry initiatives at Resurrection, please contact Monika at the office (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by late Monday mornings for inclusion in the message for the coming Wednesday. Thanks!

Ms. Angie has a new Children's Message. Click below to view:

Dear members of God’s family at Resurrection Church,

The Gospel today is a beloved passage, unique to Matthew. Jesus speaks, as the very presence of the ancient Wisdom of God, offering rest to those who “are weary and carrying heavy burdens.” In this hard time, we may come to this deep rest to- gether as we encounter Christ in the scripture and as we pray. If you are able, join the congregation, using one of the many ways available, at 10am on Sunday, July 5.

Worship Service Broadcast

A pre-recorded worship service, complete with readings, Pastor Linman's sermon, prayers, and music will broadcast at 10am on Sunday, July 5 on our YouTube channel and will be available below:

Worship material for July 5, 2020

The following have been posted to YouTube; here is the YouTube Playlist for July 5, 2020:

Music Notes

Hymn of the Day “I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say”, #611
Text: Horacius Bonar (1808-1889)
Tune: Kingsfold, English folk tune

Dr. Bonar's family has had representatives among the clergy of the Church of Scotland during two centuries and more. Horatius Bonar was ordained to the ministry and served as pastor at Kelso. In 1843, he joined the Free Church of Scotland. His reputation as a religious writer was first gained on the publication of the "Kelso Tracts," of which he was the author. He has also written many other prose works, some of which have had a very large circulation. Nor is he less favorably known as a religious poet and hymn-writer. The three series of "Hymns of Faith and Hope," have passed through several editions.

Dr. Bonar's poems—-including many beautiful lyrics, several psalm versions, and translations from the Greek and Latin, a large number of hymns, and a long meditative poem—-are very numerous. With Dr. Bonar's poetical writings great difficulty has been encountered by the historian and annotator because of his absolute indifference to dates and details. It was enough for him that he had written, and that the Church of Christ approved and gladly used what, out of the fulness of his heart, he had given her.

In Great Britain and America nearly 100 of Dr. Bonar's hymn texts are in common use. They are found in almost all modern hymnals.

Thought by some scholars to date back to the Middle Ages, the tune KINGSFOLD is a folk tune set to a variety of texts in England and Ireland. It was published in English Country Songs (1893). After having heard the tune in Kingsfold, Sussex, England (thus its name), Ralph Vaughan Williams introduced it as a hymn tune in The English Hymnal (1906) as a setting for Horatius Bonar's "I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say".

Musical Reflection: God Himself Is With Us, David Cherwein (1957)

David Cherwien, Artistic Director of the National Lutheran Choir, is a nationally known conductor, composer, and organist. Recognized for his contributions to the field of church music and liturgy, he is in demand as a clinician and hymn festival leader across the country.

In applying his vibrant, musical imagination to this calm and serene hymn setting, David Cherwien has composed an enchanting piece filled with hushed harmonies which fall gently on the ear. Enjoy!

Celebrating a New Birth!

Congratulations and God’s blessing to Andrew Hanson and Dallas Milholland on the birth of their daughter, Eliza Pearl Wilbur Hanson, born on June 23. Christ be with this new family as they enter into this new adventure of parenting and childhood.

Mourning a Death

Members of our congregation became aware that long-time member of Resurrection Church, Jean Dick, died on the morning of June 25. She was 94. She had been living in Connecticut in recent years to be near her daughter, Jennifer O’Donnell. Arrangements are pending both for a funeral in Connecticut and then the interment of Jean’s ashes in the Memorial Garden at Resurrection Church sometime next year, when we pray that we can gather for such an occasion.

Condolence messages can be sent to Jean’s children at the following addresses:

Jennifer O’Donnell 16 Brook Street Noank, Connecticut 06340-5513

John Dick 725 N. Vermont Street Arlington, VA 22203

Financial Update

May Financial Update. The below chart is a summary of RELC’s finances for the year to date as of April 30, 2020. The columns titled “(a) YTD Giving,” “(b) YTD Expenses” and “(c) Giving minus Expenses” provide key data for our three primary financial funds. This shows that our giving is slightly above our actual expenses for the YTD but well below our giving levels for this time last year. We are beginning to see the impact of the cancellation of Sunday services on our giving. Please continue to send in your weekly contributions which can be made through Simply Giving (May is “Simply Giving Month”!), by using the “Donate Now” button on RELC’s website or by sending your contribution check to the church office in the US Mail.Please prayerfully consider what this information means to you as we work together to support RELC’s ministries.

  (a) YTD Giving (b) YTD Expenses (c) Giving-Expenses (d) Giving as %
of Budget
(e) Change from
2019 Giving
General Fund  124,083 134,499 (10,416) 68% (19,102)
Benevolence 22,430 12,328 10,102 64% (3,855)
Renovation 7,301 831 6,470 109% (353)
TOTAL 153,814 147,658 6,156 69% (23,220)

RELC Offerings

Our community is facing a challenging time as it continues to deal with the coronavirus pandemic and the economic damage resulting from business closures, now compounded by the suffering of racial injustice. Despite our separation, it’s important for us to maintain our financial support for the church and its ministries in the community – and, if possible, to considering increasing that support to address our neighbors’ immediate needs. As our church determines how it can best serve the community, please ensure that it has the resources needed to provide that help. You can make your offering by using the “Donate Now” button on the RELC website or by mailing your offering to our office at 6201 Washington Blvd., Arlington, VA, 22205.

AFAC Food Collection
When: July 12th and July 26th, from 11:00am – 1:00pm
Where: Washington Blvd. Entrance

RELC will continue collecting food donations for AFAC every two weeks. Our next collection will be Sunday, July 12th, from 11:00am to 1:00pm at the Washington Blvd entrance. Due to the pandemic, the need for food is increasing daily. AFAC needs canned vegetables , cereal (low sugar), canned tuna, canned tomato products (stewed, diced, paste), and peanut butter (in plastic jars). Members of the Social Ministry Committee will be there to assist you with your donation. Monetary contributions, which enable AFAC to purchase more perishable items are accepted and welcomed. All donations will be delivered to AFAC Monday morning. Any questions? Contact Edd Nolen , This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 703-533-2953.

Care Takers For RELC’s Plot Against Hunger Garden

Our Plot Against Hunger garden is in full swing! We are looking for a few more people to help us water, weed, and harvest during the summer. Please sign up on this link to volunteer for a week of watering the RELC garden: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040a4babad2cabff2-help. If you have any questions, please contact Kristen Wine (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Monica Hirschberg (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). We appreciate your help!

Readers For Home Worship

Would you like to serve as a reader for the weekly home worship videos? If so, please contact the church office at relcarlington.org or Kim Harriz at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and request to be added to the list of faithful stewards who serve the members of the body of Christ by reading God’s word.

Children’s Ministry

Upcoming: For our Elementary aged friends, join Ms. Angie for ZOOM TIME! Upcoming themes: Show and Share; Ice Cream Social; Indoor Scavenger Hunt, Bingo... Look in your inbox for further details. For our Parents: join me and friends for a Wine and Whine event. Look in your inbox for further details. If you are interested in the above and have not already expressed interest, please email me at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Youth Ministry

Provided is a Home Faith Formation Calendar, updated each week with the following week’s recorded content. For those who couldn’t tune in live, see those resources available to you now. Check out too suggestive home activities, lectionary readings, and resources for racial justice for all ages.

Home Faith Formation Calendar

ELCA Metro D.C. Synod News

  • Monday, June 29th was the 50th anniversary of the Lutheran Church in America's vote in favor of ordaining women. The following November, Pastor Elizabeth Platz was the first woman ordained in a North American Lutheran church body. Pastor Platz served as Chaplain at the Lutheran Campus Ministry of the University of Maryland in our neighboring synod and is a beloved member of the Metro D.C. community.

    Can you see your pastor's name (or your name) in this mural? If you haven't already, please reach out to our beloved women pastors this week and remind them that the work God does through their actions and words is important to bringing about the Kingdom!

    This year, the ELCA also celebrates 40 years of the ordination of Lutheran women of color, and 10 years of Lutheran LGBTQIA+ individuals’ freedom to serve. All celebration materials including worship liturgy is available below.

    https://elca.org/50yearsofordainedwomen

  • The Metro D.C. Synod Racial Equity Team is providing an opportunity for people of all ethnicities, especially white allies, to attend a new Racial Equity series of listening sessions over the next six weeks.

This Thursday, July 2 at 7:00 PM

Malformed Genealogies: Race and Religious Identity

Led by Rev. Dr. Stephen G. Ray, Jr

President of Chicago Theological Seminary

All sessions are being presented on Zoom webinar, but we expect to be at capacity for this week's session. You can watch a live stream of the session on our website, our Facebook page or our YouTube page, if you cannot enter the Zoom webinar.

Please also save these dates for the next sessions:

  • July 16 - Christ, Color and Covid, with Dr. Ulysses Burley III
  • July 30 - Justice-Centered Embodied Leadership, with Rozella H. White

In case you missed last week's session, you can view a recording here.

Pastor Linman in the Sun Gazette:

Pastor Linman has been featured in Arlington’s very own Sun Gazette! Please take a look on page 10 (link below), where Resurrection Lutheran Church and Pastor Linman are being noted. https://img1.wsimg.com/blobby/go/d85df45a-d226-4bc2-800c-75a1d56073e2/downloads/Arlington%206-4-20.pdf?ver=1591359945357

Contacting Pastor Linman

Now that I am in residence in Arlington, and in the same time zone with you, I am beginning to incorporate into my routines contact with our members, mainly via phone and email given the need for continued physical distancing. But please do not hesitate to contact me first should you have need and desire. In fact, I would welcome and cherish as your pastor also hearing from you. A good way to start would be to send me an email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. I monitor and respond to my emails quite regularly. An email exchange may result in our plans to converse by phone, or FaceTime or Zoom, or other creative avenues. You may also wish to phone me at first. The direct line to the pastor’s office at the church (the messages on which I also now monitor regularly) is: 703-972-2076. There is also a new landline at the parsonage: 703-237-4157 (but kindly please first leave messages at the pastor’s office phone number).

Other Announcements?

Should you have announcements that you wish to communicate in this weekly message as committee chairs or those responsible for other ministry initiatives at Resurrection, please contact Monika at the office (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by late Monday mornings for inclusion in the message for the coming Wednesday. Thanks!

Dear members of God’s family at Resurrection Church,

We finish reading from the second great discourse of Matthew today, the mission instructions given to the disciples and given still to us. We are exhorted to wel- come those who come to our communities, faithfully speaking the word of God, and we are urged to welcome with a cup of cold water the littlest and most vulner- able of people. On this “cup of cold water Sunday,” join together with your con- gregation — at 10 am, if you are able — to hear the word of God and pray in your own home. These materials offer you many ways to do that. Then consider how you may offer that cup of water to others, even when “socially distanced.”

Worship Service Broadcast

A pre-recorded worship service, complete with readings, Pastor Linman's sermon, prayers, and music will broadcast at 10am on Sunday, June 28 on our YouTube channel and will be available below:

Worship material for June 28, 2020

The following have been posted to YouTube; here is the YouTube Playlist for June 28, 2020:

Music Notes

Hymn of the Day: “Lord of Glory, You Have Bought Us”, #707
Text: Eliza S. Alderson (1818-1889)
Tune: HYFRYDOL, Rowland H. Pritchard (1811-1887)

Eliza S. Alderson wrote this text about tithing, sent it to the committee working on an addition to Hymns Ancient and Modern (1861) and requested that, if it were chosen, her brother John B. Dykes would be asked to write a tune for it. It was chosen, and he wrote the pleasant and not memorable CHARITAS.

Rowland H. Pritchard was a textile worker and an amateur musician. He had a good singing voice and was appointed precentor in Graienyn. Many of his tunes were published in Welsh periodicals. He composed this most loved Welsh tune when he was only nineteen. It was published with about forty of his other tunes in his children's hymnal Cyfaill y Cantorion (The Singers' Friend) in 1844. HYFRYDOL means delightful, beautiful, sweet, melodious, etc. The “H” in the tune name is pronounced, both the ‘y’s are sounded like the ‘u’ in ‘nut’ and the ‘f’ is voiced like ‘v’. This tune can be found published with at least 91 different texts. This is probably because HYFRYDOL is not only a tune that is quite friendly to congregations but one that accommodates many texts very well.

Musical Reflection: Give Me Jesus, Richard Billingham (1934)

Richard Billington worked for many years as Associate Professor of Music at the University of Illinois and Organist at the First Methodist Church, Chicago. Give Me Jesus is a fairly old hymn, originating as an African-American spiritual written during the time of slavery in the Untied States. It is currently published in 22 hymnals.

Ms. Angie has a new Children's Message! Click below to view:

Contacting Pastor Linman

Now that I am in residence in Arlington, and in the same time zone with you, I am beginning to incorporate into my routines contact with our members, mainly via phone and email given the need for continued physical distancing. But please do not hesitate to contact me first should you have need and desire. In fact, I would welcome and cherish as your pastor also hearing from you. A good way to start would be to send me an email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. I monitor and respond to my emails quite regularly. An email exchange may result in our plans to converse by phone, or FaceTime or Zoom, or other creative avenues. You may also wish to phone me at first. The direct line to the pastor’s office at the church (the messages on which I also now monitor regularly) is: 703-972-2076. There is also a new landline at the parsonage: 703-237-4157 (but kindly please first leave messages at the pastor’s office phone number).

Financial Update

May Financial Update. The below chart is a summary of RELC’s finances for the year to date as of April 30, 2020. The columns titled “(a) YTD Giving,” “(b) YTD Expenses” and “(c) Giving minus Expenses” provide key data for our three primary financial funds. This shows that our giving is slightly above our actual expenses for the YTD but well below our giving levels for this time last year. We are beginning to see the impact of the cancellation of Sunday services on our giving. Please continue to send in your weekly contributions which can be made through Simply Giving (May is “Simply Giving Month”!), by using the “Donate Now” button on RELC’s website or by sending your contribution check to the church office in the US Mail.Please prayerfully consider what this information means to you as we work together to support RELC’s ministries.

  (a) YTD Giving (b) YTD Expenses  (c) Giving-Expenses  (d) Giving as %
of Budget 
(e) Change from
2019 Giving 
General Fund  124,083 134,499 (10,416) 68% (19,102)
 Benevolence 22,430 12,328 10,102 64% (3,855)
 Renovation 7,301 831 6,470 109% (353)
 TOTAL 153,814 147,658 6,156 69% (23,220)


RELC Offerings

Our community is facing a challenging time as it continues to deal with the coronavirus pandemic and the economic damage resulting from business closures, now compounded by the suffering of racial injustice. Despite our separation, it’s important for us to maintain our financial support for the church and its ministries in the community – and, if possible, to considering increasing that support to address our neighbors’ immediate needs. As our church determines how it can best serve the community, please ensure that it has the resources needed to provide that help. You can make your offering by using the “Donate Now” button on the RELC website or by mailing your offering to our office at 6201 Washington Blvd., Arlington, VA, 22205.

AFAC Food Collection
When: June 28th, July 12th and July 26th, from 11:00am – 1:00pm
Where: Washington Blvd. Entrance

RELC will continue collecting food donations for AFAC every two weeks. Our next collection will be Sunday, June 28th, from 11:00am to 1:00pm at the Washington Blvd entrance. Due to the pandemic, the need for food is increasing daily. AFAC needs canned vegetables , cereal (low sugar), canned tuna, canned tomato products (stewed, diced, paste), and peanut butter (in plastic jars). Members of the Social Ministry Committee will be there to assist you with your donation. Monetary contributions, which enable AFAC to purchase more perishable items are accepted and welcomed. All donations will be delivered to AFAC Monday morning. Any questions? Contact Edd Nolen , This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 703-533-2953.

Care Takers For RELC’s Plot Against Hunger Garden

Our Plot Against Hunger garden is in full swing! We are looking for a few more people to help us water, weed, and harvest during the summer. Please sign up on this link to volunteer for a week of watering the RELC garden: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040a4babad2cabff2-help. If you have any questions, please contact Kristen Wine (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Monica Hirschberg (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). We appreciate your help!

Pastor Linman in the Sun Gazette

Pastor Linman has been featured in Arlington’s very own Sun Gazette! Please take a look on page 10 (link below), where Resurrection Lutheran Church and Pastor Linman are being noted. https://img1.wsimg.com/blobby/go/d85df45a-d226-4bc2-800c-75a1d56073e2/downloads/Arlington%206-4-20.pdf?ver=1591359945357

Readers For Home Worship

Would you like to serve as a reader for the weekly home worship videos? If so, please contact the church office at relcarlington.org or Kim Harriz at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and request to be added to the list of faithful stewards who serve the members of the body of Christ by reading God’s word.

Children’s Ministry

Upcoming: For our Elementary aged friends, join Ms. Angie for ZOOM TIME! Upcoming themes: Show and Share; Ice Cream Social; Indoor Scavenger Hunt, Bingo... Look in your inbox for further details. For our Parents: join me and friends for a Wine and Whine event. Look in your inbox for further details. If you are interested in the above and have not already expressed interest, please email me at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Youth Ministry

Provided is a Home Faith Formation Calendar, updated each week with the following week’s recorded content. For those who couldn’t tune in live, see those resources available to you now. Check out too suggestive home activities, lectionary readings, and resources for racial justice for all ages.

Home Faith Formation Calendar June - August 2020

Other Announcements?

Should you have announcements that you wish to communicate in this weekly message as committee chairs or those responsible for other ministry initiatives at Resurrection, please contact Monika at the office (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by late Monday mornings for inclusion in the message for the coming Wednesday. Thanks!

Dear members of God’s family at Resurrection Church,

On this Sunday we continue to read from the second great discourse in the Gospel according to Matthew, the Mission Instruction to the Disciples in Matthew 10. Those instructions come to us now, both seriously challenging us and profoundly comforting us. Join with the congregation on this Third Sunday after Pentecost — at 10am, if you are able — to hear this challenge and comfort and to pray together. Then turn to the new week refreshed in your calling as witness to God’s mercy and love..

Worship Service Broadcast

A pre-recorded worship service, complete with readings, Pastor Linman's sermon, prayers, and music will broadcast at 10am on Sunday, June 21 on our YouTube channel and will be available below:

Worship material for June 21, 2020

The following have been posted to YouTube; here is the YouTube Playlist for June 21, 2020:

Music Notes

Hymn of the Day: “Let Us Ever Walk With Jesus”, #802
Text: Sigismund von Birken (1626-1681)
Tune: LASSET UNS MIT JESU ZIEHEN, Georg G. Boltze (fl. 1750-1789)

Sigismund von Birken wrote this hymn for Passiontide, based on Luke 18:31-34, where Jesus turns his attention to Jerusalem. It was published in 1652. In 1910 it was translated into English and appeared in the ELW 1912. Von Birken wrote 52 hymns in all, but he was not able to shake off the artificial influences of the time, and not many of them have retained a place in German common use. Three have been translated into English.

In addition to his writing this hymn tune, we know Georg G. Boltze was a cantor and school teacher at an orphanage in Potsdam in 1750 and was still living in 1789. He wrote LASSET UNS MIT JESU ZIEHEN in 1788 for a different text. However, since the English translation of the “Let Us Ever Walk With Jesus,” tune and text have been paired.

Musical Reflection: Aire on “Bridegroom”, Mary Beth Bennett (1954)

Written in 1968, BRIDEGROOM is Peter Cutts’ best-known tune and appears in almost all major hymnals. Peter Cutts composed over 130 hymn tunes, some 90 of which appear in print throughout the English-speaking world, Bridegroom is most often found set to Carl Daw’s text, “Like the murmur of the dove’s song.”

Mary Beth Bennett is a recognized performer, improviser and composer living in historic Richmond, Virginia. Having held positions in Washington, D.C. at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, and as Ceremonial Organ for the U. S. Government, she currently serves on the adjunct music faculty of the University of Richmond, and is Director of Music Ministries at Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church in Gloucester, Virginia.

Ms. Angie has a new Children's Message. Click below to view!

Contacting Pastor Linman

Now that I am in residence in Arlington, and in the same time zone with you, I am beginning to incorporate into my routines contact with our members, mainly via phone and email given the need for continued physical distancing. But please do not hesitate to contact me first should you have need and desire. In fact, I would welcome and cherish as your pastor also hearing from you. A good way to start would be to send me an email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. I monitor and respond to my emails quite regularly. An email exchange may result in our plans to converse by phone, or FaceTime or Zoom, or other creative avenues. You may also wish to phone me at first. The direct line to the pastor’s office at the church (the messages on which I also now monitor regularly) is: 703-972-2076. There is also a new landline at the parsonage: 703-237-4157 (but kindly please first leave messages at the pastor’s office phone number).

Financial Update

May Financial Update. The below chart is a summary of RELC’s finances for the year to date as of April 30, 2020. The columns titled “(a) YTD Giving,” “(b) YTD Expenses” and “(c) Giving minus Expenses” provide key data for our three primary financial funds. This shows that our giving is slightly above our actual expenses for the YTD but well below our giving levels for this time last year. We are beginning to see the impact of the cancellation of Sunday services on our giving. Please continue to send in your weekly contributions which can be made through Simply Giving (May is “Simply Giving Month”!), by using the “Donate Now” button on RELC’s website or by sending your contribution check to the church office in the US Mail.Please prayerfully consider what this information means to you as we work together to support RELC’s ministries.

  (a) YTD Giving  (b) YTD Expenses  (c) Giving-Expenses  (d) Giving as %
of Budget 
(e) Change from
2019 Giving
General Fund  124,083 134,499 (10,416) 68% (19,102)
Benevolence 22,430 12,328 10,102 64% (3,855)
Renovation 7,301 831 6,470 109% (353)
TOTAL 153,814 147,658 6,156 69% (23,220)


RELC Offerings

Our community is facing a challenging time as it continues to deal with the coronavirus pandemic and the economic damage resulting from business closures, now compounded by the suffering of racial injustice. Despite our separation, it’s important for us to maintain our financial support for the church and its ministries in the community – and, if possible, to considering increasing that support to address our neighbors’ immediate needs. As our church determines how it can best serve the community, please ensure that it has the resources needed to provide that help. You can make your offering by using the “Donate Now” button on the RELC website or by mailing your offering to our office at 6201 Washington Blvd., Arlington, VA, 22205.

AFAC Food Collection
When: June 28th, from 11:00am – 1:00pm
Where: Washington Blvd. Entrance

RELC will continue collecting food donations for AFAC every two weeks. Our next collection will be Sunday, June 28th, from 11:00am to 1:00pm at the Washington Blvd entrance. Due to the pandemic, the need for food is increasing daily. AFAC needs canned vegetables , cereal (low sugar), canned tuna, canned tomato products (stewed, diced, paste), and peanut butter (in plastic jars). Members of the Social Ministry Committee will be there to assist you with your donation. Monetary contributions, which enable AFAC to purchase more perishable items are accepted and welcomed. All donations will be delivered to AFAC Monday morning. Any questions? Contact Edd Nolen , This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 703-533-2953.

Care Takers For RELC’s Plot Against Hunger Garden

Our Plot Against Hunger garden is in full swing! We are looking for a few more people to help us water, weed, and harvest during the summer. Please sign up on this link to volunteer for a week of watering the RELC garden. If you have any questions, please contact Kristen Wine (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Monica Hirschberg (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). We appreciate your help!

Readers For Home Worship

Would you like to serve as a reader for the weekly home worship videos? If so, please contact the church office at relcarlington.org and request to be added to the list of faithful stewards who serve the members of the body of Christ by reading God’s word.

Children’s Ministry

Upcoming: For our Elementary aged friends, join Ms. Angie for ZOOM TIME! Upcoming themes: Show and Share; Ice Cream Social; Indoor Scavenger Hunt, Bingo... Look in your inbox for further details. For our Parents: join me and friends for a Wine and Whine event. Look in your inbox for further details.

If you are interested in the above and have not already expressed interest, please email me at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Other Announcements?

Should you have announcements that you wish to communicate in this weekly message as committee chairs or those responsible for other ministry initiatives at Resurrection, please contact Monika at the office (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by late Monday mornings for inclusion in the message for the coming Wednesday. Thanks!

Dear members of the family of God at Resurrection Church,

With this Sunday we begin again to read through the Gospel according to Matthew, picking up where we left off just before Lent began. We last were reading from the first great discourse of Matthew, Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. Now we start with the second great discourse: Jesus’ Mission Instructions to the disciples. Even — perhaps especially — in this shutdown time, those instructions come to us, to our church. There are many ways you can join in our church’s common prayer at home: praying these materials yourself or supporting that prayer with some or all of our videos. In whatever way you choose, try to join us at 10am on Sunday, June 14. Then be sent into your week with our common mission.

Worship Service Broadcast

A pre-recorded worship service, complete with readings, Pastor Linman's sermon, prayers, and music will broadcast at 10am on Sunday, June 14 on our YouTube channel and will be available below:

Worship material for June 14, 2020

The following have been posted to YouTube; here is the YouTube Playlist for June 7, 2020:

Music Notes

Hymn of the Day: “The Son of God, Our Christ”, #584
Text: Edward M. Blumenfeld (1927)
Tune: SURSUM CORDA, Alfred M. Smith, (1879-1971)

The text for this hymn was written in 1957 by Edward M. Blumenfeld in response to a search sponsored by the Hymn Society of America for hymn texts written by people under 30 years of age. He began writing verse when his Grade 3 class was directed to copy from the blackboard a poem for the Mother's Day cards the students were making; having a twin brother in the class, he wrote a verse of his own to spare his mother two identical cards. As a minister, he wrote verses to illustrate his sermons and to comprise a column in the local newspaper. Not being musical, he found the appearance of his lyrics in various hymnbooks mystifying but gratifying.

The tune, Sursum Corda, submitted anonymously for consideration to the committee that prepared The Hymnal 1940, was originally composed for the eucharistic hymn, “Lift up your hearts.” Alfred Morton Smith eventually surfaced as the composer of this tune named for the Latin of the original text, “Sursum Corda.” He is known to have contributed 2 other tunes to the hymn tune literature. “Sursum Corda” is the most popular and is now paired with a wide variety of texts.

Musical Reflection: Carlisle, Charles Callahan

The hymn tune “Carlisle” was written by Charles Lockhart (1745-1815). He was first organist of the Lock Hospital, and was for some years associated with Martin Madan in the musical arrangements there. Though blind from infancy, Lockhart had a distinct musical gift, and was especially known for training children’s choirs. He published a set of hymn tunes about 1810 of which this was one. “Carlisle” was his most popular hymn tune and it can be found in 92 hymnals.

Charles Callahan is a well-known composer, organist, choral conductor, pianist and teacher. He is a graduate of The Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia, Pa., and The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC. The serene and tranquil nature found in the “Carlisle” tune pairs well with the gentle, confident lyricism of Callahan’s compositions.

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

Contacting Pastor Linman

Now that I am in residence in Arlington, and in the same time zone with you, I am beginning to incorporate into my routines contact with our members, mainly via phone and email given the need for continued physical distancing. But please do not hesitate to contact me first should you have need and desire. In fact, I would welcome and cherish as your pastor also hearing from you. A good way to start would be to send me an email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. I monitor and respond to my emails quite regularly. An email exchange may result in our plans to converse by phone, or FaceTime or Zoom, or other creative avenues. You may also wish to phone me at first. The direct line to the pastor’s office at the church (the messages on which I also now monitor regularly) is: 703-972-2076. There is also a new landline at the parsonage: 703-237-4157 (but kindly please first leave messages at the pastor’s office phone number).

Financial Update

May Financial Update. The below chart is a summary of RELC’s finances for the year to date as of April 30, 2020. The columns titled “(a) YTD Giving,” “(b) YTD Expenses” and “(c) Giving minus Expenses” provide key data for our three primary financial funds. This shows that our giving is slightly above our actual expenses for the YTD but well below our giving levels for this time last year. We are beginning to see the impact of the cancellation of Sunday services on our giving. Please continue to send in your weekly contributions which can be made through Simply Giving (May is “Simply Giving Month”!), by using the “Donate Now” button on RELC’s website or by sending your contribution check to the church office in the US Mail.Please prayerfully consider what this information means to you as we work together to support RELC’s ministries.

  (a) YTD Giving  (b) YTD Expenses  (c) Giving-Expenses  (d) Giving as %
of Budget 
(e) Change from
2019 Giving 
General Fund  124,083 134,499 (10,416) 68% (19,102)
Benevolence 22,430 12,328 10,102 64% (3,855)
Renovation 7,301 831 6,470 109% (353)
TOTAL 153,814 147,658 6,156 69% (23,220)


RELC Offerings

Our community is facing a challenging time as it continues to deal with the coronavirus pandemic and the economic damage resulting from business closures, now compounded by the suffering of racial injustice. Despite our separation, it’s important for us to maintain our financial support for the church and its ministries in the community – and, if possible, to considering increasing that support to address our neighbors’ immediate needs. As our church determines how it can best serve the community, please ensure that it has the resources needed to provide that help. You can make your offering by using the “Donate Now” button on the RELC website or by mailing your offering to our office at 6201 Washington Blvd., Arlington, VA, 22205.

AFAC Food Collection
When: Sunday June 14th and June 28th, from 11:00am – 1:00pm
Where: Washington Blvd. Entrance

RELC will continue collecting food donations for AFAC every two weeks. Our next collection will be Sunday, June 14th, from 11:00am to 1:00pm at the Washington Blvd entrance. Due to the pandemic, the need for food is increasing daily. AFAC needs canned vegetables , cereal (low sugar), canned tuna, canned tomato products (stewed, diced, paste), and peanut butter (in plastic jars). Members of the Social Ministry Committee will be there to assist you with your donation. Monetary contributions, which enable AFAC to purchase more perishable items are accepted and welcomed. All donations will be delivered to AFAC Monday morning. Any questions? Contact Edd Nolen , This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 703-533-2953.

Children’s Ministry

Upcoming: For our Elementary aged friends, join Ms. Angie for ZOOM TIME! Upcoming themes: Show and Share; Ice Cream Social; Indoor Scavenger Hunt, Bingo... Look in your inbox for further details. For our Parents: join me and friends for a Wine and Whine event. Look in your inbox for further details.

If you are interested in the above and have not already expressed interest, please email me at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Arlington Community Foundation Webinar Series: Poverty in a Pandemic Crisis

RELC Family - Some of you may be interested in the following Arlington Community Foundation Webinars on the challenges facing Arlington's lowest income residences in the time of COVID. I am a foundation board member. I hope you can find some time to watch one if not all of these zooms.

Please stay vigilant, safe and sane.

Jeanne Broyhill

(Please click here to be forwarded to the webinar registration page.) 

Other Announcements?

Should you have announcements that you wish to communicate in this weekly message as committee chairs or those responsible for other ministry initiatives at Resurrection, please contact Monika at the office (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by late Monday mornings for inclusion in the message for the coming Wednesday. Thanks!

Dear members of God’s family at Resurrection Church,

This Sunday is one week after Pentecost, thus one week after the end of Easter’s 50 days. We keep this festival day, called Trinity Sunday, as a summary of all the grace, love and communion that was given to us in Lent and Easter, and we do this before we begin again to keep the series of standard Sundays through the year. We have been baptized in the rich name of the Triune God. Although we cannot meet in person now to greet each other in that name, we can greet each other from afar by praying together. If you are able, join your fellow members of the Resurrection family by using these worship materials at 10 am on Sunday, June 7.

Worship material for the Holy Trinity, June 7, 2020

And don't forget: 

Spark Family Sunday SchoolSpark Family Sunday School has lessons for today about "Creation"

The following have been posted to YouTube; here is the YouTube Playlist for June 7, 2020:

Music Notes

Hymn of the Day: “Rise, Shine, You People”, #665
Text: Ronald A. Klug (1939)
Tune: WOJTKIEWIECZ, Dale Wood, (1934-2003)

Starting with this text from Isaiah 60:1: “Arise, shine for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you,” Ronald A. Klug wrote this text originally purposed for the Epiphany season. Thankfully it has come to embrace an even wider purpose to “hurl your songs and prayers against the darkness.”

In addition to consulting, conducting and writing articles, Dale Wood composed over 300 musical compositions, from hymn tunes to a music drama with orchestra. When he wrote the tune for Klug’s text he gave it his family name, Wojtkiewiecz, which was simplified when the family came to the United States.

Musical Reflection: St. Patrick’s Breastplate
Rebecca Groom Te Velde (1956)

Saint Patrick's Breastplate, a prayer of protection, also known as The Deer's Cry, The Lorica of Saint Patrick or Saint Patrick's Hymn, is a lorica. In the Christian monastic tradition, a lorica is a prayer recited for protection in which the petitioner invokes all the power of God as a safeguard against evil in its many forms. The Latin word lōrīca originally meant "armor" or "breastplate." Both meanings come together in the practice of placing verbal inscriptions on the shields or armorial trappings of knights, who might recite them before going into battle. The original Old Irish lyrics of this hymn were traditionally attributed to Saint Patrick during his Irish ministry in the 5th century. In 1889 it was adapted into the hymn I Bind Unto Myself Today.

Rebecca Groom Te Velde is a third-generation professional organist, following both parents and her grandfather. In 1991 she assumed her present position as organist of First Presbyterian Church in Stillwater, OK. She is an active performer, composer, clinician, and adjunct instructor of music at Oklahoma State University.

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

Contacting Pastor Linman

Now that I am in residence in Arlington, and in the same time zone with you, I am beginning to incorporate into my routines contact with our members, mainly via phone and email given the need for continued physical distancing. But please do not hesitate to contact me first should you have need and desire. In fact, I would welcome and cherish as your pastor also hearing from you. A good way to start would be to send me an email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. I monitor and respond to my emails quite regularly. An email exchange may result in our plans to converse by phone, or FaceTime or Zoom, or other creative avenues. You may also wish to phone me at first. The direct line to the pastor’s office at the church (the messages on which I also now monitor regularly) is: 703-972-2076. There is also a new landline at the parsonage: 703-237-4157 (but kindly please first leave messages at the pastor’s office phone number).

Financial Update

May Financial Update. The below chart is a summary of RELC’s finances for the year to date as of April 30, 2020. The columns titled “(a) YTD Giving,” “(b) YTD Expenses” and “(c) Giving minus Expenses” provide key data for our three primary financial funds. This shows that our giving is slightly above our actual expenses for the YTD but well below our giving levels for this time last year. We are beginning to see the impact of the cancellation of Sunday services on our giving. Please continue to send in your weekly contributions which can be made through Simply Giving (May is “Simply Giving Month”!), by using the “Donate Now” button on RELC’s website or by sending your contribution check to the church office in the US Mail. Please prayerfully consider what this information means to you as we work together to support RELC’s ministries.

  (a) YTD Giving (b) YTD Expenses  (c) Giving-Expenses  (d) Giving as %
of Budget 
(e) Change from
2019 Giving
General Fund  124,083 134,499 (10,416) 68% (19,102)
Benevolence 22,430 12,328 10,102 64% (3,855)
 Renovation 7,301 831 6,470 109% (353)
 TOTAL 153,814 147,658 6,156 69% (23,220)


RELC Offerings

Our community is facing a challenging time as it continues to deal with the coronavirus pandemic and the economic damage resulting from business closures, now compounded by the suffering caused by violence resulting from demonstrations against racial injustice. Despite our separation, it’s important for us to maintain our financial support for the church and its ministries in the community – and, if possible, to considering increasing that support to address our neighbors’ immediate needs. As our church determines how it can best serve the community, please ensure that it has the resources needed to provide that help. You can make your offering by using the “Donate Now” button on the RELC website or by mailing your offering to our office at 6201 Washington Blvd., Arlington, VA, 22205.

AFAC Food Collection
When: Sunday June 14th and June 28th, from 10:00am – Noon
Where: Washington Blvd. Entrance

RELC will continue collecting food donations for AFAC every two weeks. Our next collection will be Sunday, June 14th, from 10 am until noon at the Washington Blvd entrance. Due to the pandemic, the need for food is increasing daily. AFAC needs canned vegetables, cereal (low sugar), canned tuna, canned tomato products (stewed, diced, paste), and peanut butter (in plastic jars). Members of the Social Ministry Committee will be there to assist you with your donation. Monetary contributions, which enable AFAC to purchase more perishable items are accepted and welcomed. All donations will be delivered to AFAC Monday morning. Any questions? Contact Edd Nolen , This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 703-533-2953.

Children’s Ministry

Upcoming: For our Elementary aged friends, join Ms. Angie for ZOOM TIME! Upcoming themes: Show and Share; Ice Cream Social; Indoor Scavenger Hunt, Bingo... Look in your inbox for further details. For our Parents: join me and friends for a Wine and Whine event. Look in your inbox for further details.

If you are interested in the above and have not already expressed interest, please email me at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Youth Ministry

Pastor Linman and Youth Director, Amanda Lindamood invite all middle, high school and post high school youth to gather over Zoom on Sunday, June 7th at 3 pm. This will be an informal social time to mark the coming of summer and the end of the school year, and to uplift all of those who have graduated in 2020. Send an RSVP email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and receive login information.

Click here for the current Resurrection Home Faith Formation Calendar:

Arlington Community Foundation Webinar Series: Poverty in a Pandemic Crisis

RELC Family - Some of you may be interested in the following Arlington Community Foundation Webinars on the challenges facing Arlington's lowest income residences in the time of COVID. I am a foundation board member. I hope you can find some time to watch one if not all of these zooms.

Please stay vigilant, safe and sane.

Jeanne Broyhill

(Please click the link below to be forwarded to the webinar registration page.)

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/3815901537504/WN_tPlNOyEgRVieoPpYknhdng

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Dear members of God’s family at Resurrection Church,

Easter is 50 days long and the Day of Pentecost is the 50th day. Easter has 8 Sun- days and the Day of Pentecost is the 8th Sunday, the last day of the feast. The Spirit of God, celebrated on this day, takes all the meaning of Easter, all the life and hope God gives us, the very presence of Jesus Christ alive, and pours this love into our hearts. This gift is true, even when we are sheltering at home, away from our usual gathering. The Spirit of God, the Spirit of the risen Christ, unites us. If you are able, join your fellow members of this one Body in prayer at home at 10am on May 31.

Alleluia Christ is risen!

Worship material for the Day of Pentecost, May 31, 2020

And don't forget:

 

Spark Family Sunday SchoolSpark Family Sunday School has lessons for today about "The Holy Spirit"

The following have been posted to YouTube; here is the YouTube Playlist for May 31, 2020:

Music Notes

Musical Reflection: Veni Creator Spiritus, James Biery (1956).

"Veni Creator Spiritus" ("Come Creator Spirit") is a hymn believed to have been written by Rabanus Maurus in the 9th century. When the original Latin text is used, it is normally sung in Gregorian chant. It has been translated into several languages, often as a hymn for Pentecost.

James Biery is an American organist, composer and conductor who is Minister of Music at Grosse Pointe Memorial Church (Presbyterian) in Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan, where he directs the choirs, plays the 66-rank Klais organ and oversees the music program of the church. Prior to this appointment Biery was music director for Cathedrals in St. Paul, Minnesota and Hartford, Connecticut.

Hymn of the Day: “O Spirit of Life”, #405
Text: Johann Niedling (1602-1668)
Tune: O HEILIGER GEIST, Köln (1623), rar. J. S. Bach (1685-1750)

This German text is attributed to Johann Niedling of whom little is known. It was translated by John Mattes (1876-1948) early in the 20th century. A litany-like refrain brackets all th stanzas. They begin by remembering the Spirit’s action and relationship to the Trinity, then ask for increase in faith, love and light.

The composer of the tune known as “O Heiliger Geist” is unknown. It’s first known printing was in 1623. J. S. Bach harmonized it in 1736.

Choir Anthen: The Lone Wild Bird, David N. Johnson, arr. (1922-1987)
Text: Henry Richard McFayden (1877-1964)

A little volume of David N. Johnson’s entitled Twelve Folksongs and Spirituals (1968) seems to have served several purposes in the evolution of this text. First, he rescued this little jewel from relative hymnological oblivion; second, he paired it quite successfully with the haunting tune PROSPECT from the famous American tunebook, The Sacred Harp (1844); and lastly, he made a few alternations to the text including the substitution of “bird” for “fowl” in the incipit or opening line of the poem.

The text was written for a hymn-writing contest sponsored by the Homiletic and Pastoral Review while Henry Richard McFadyen was serving the Nashville Presbytery. The hymn was published in 1927 and included in The [Presbyterian] Hymnal (1933) with the original first line, “The lone, wild fowl.”

McFadyen’s original two stanzas follow with Johnson’s alterations in brackets:

The lone, wild fowl [bird] in lofty flight
is still with thee, nor leaves thy sight.
And I am thine! I rest in thee,
Great Spirit, come and rest in me.

The ends of earth are in thy hand,
the sea's dark deep and no man's [far off] land.
And I am thine! I rest in thee,
Great Spirit, come, and rest in me.

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Dear members of God’s family at Resurrection Church,

The Seventh Sunday of Easter always invites us to read from the great prayer of Jesus in John 17, the prayer in which Jesus prays that the people of the church may be one. And this Sunday in this year also invites us to read about the disciples, men and women, being together in the house in prayer. Join the unity of the church again this Sunday as you pray in your house, if it is possible for you, at 10 am on May 24.

Alleluia Christ is risen!

Worship material for May 24, 2020

The following have been posted to YouTube; here is the YouTube Playlist for May 24, 2020:

Music Notes

Musical Reflection: "Gelobt sei Gott"
John Leavitt (1956)

Melchior Vulpius (1570-1615) composed this tune as a setting for Michael Weisse's text Gelobt sei Gott in höchsten Thron. In 1609 tune and text were published together in Vulpius's Ein Schon Geistlich Gesangbuch but because the text dates from the early sixteenth century, some scholars think the tune may have older roots.

In this setting by John Leavitt the excitement generated by tune and text is well portrayed with repetitive motives and ornamental figures, a recognizable element of his compositional style. A composer, performer, and clinician for church and school music literature, Leavitt continues to teach, lecture, and guest conduct numerous workshops, festivals, and symposia.

Hymn of the Day: “Rise, O Son of Righteousness”, #657
Text: Christian David, Christian Gottlob Barth, Johann Christian Nehring
Tune: SONNE DER GERECHTIGKEIT

This is a German hymn text from three authors. Stanza 1 is by Christian David (1892-1751), stanzas 2 and 4 are by Christian Gottlob Barth (1799-1862) and stanzas 3 and 5 are by Johann Christian Nehring (1671-1736). Frank Stolt translated and paraphrased it in 2002 and it was published in 2003. SONNE DER GERECHTIGKEIT is a 15th century folksong from the Bohemian Brethren tradition.

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Dear members of the family of God,

On this the 40th day of Easter we read the passages in the Gospel according to Luke and in the Acts of the Apostles about Jesus’ ascension, and so we keep Ascension Day. In this time of lock- down and distance, this day can be of enormous comfort. Jesus has not gone away. He has gone to the right hand of God so that he might fill all things. He has come nearer, present for us in the scriptures he has opened and the Spirit he has poured out. If you are able, pray this prayers at 7:30pm on Thursday, May 21.

It is still Easter. Christ has risen! God is among us!

Worship material for May 21, 2020

The following have been posted to YouTube; here is the YouTube Playlist for May 21, 2020:

Music Notes

Musical Reflection: Chorale and One Variation from Sonata #6
Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)

The Organ Sonata #6 in D minor (1845) demonstrates Mendelssohn’s consummate craftsmanship and mastery of organ texture in a set of variations upon the Lutheran Bach chorale Vater unser im Himmelreich (BWV416). Following a five-part harmonization of the Chorale, which pervades the sonata as a whole, Mendelssohn presents four variations of increasing brilliance before a restatement of the Chorale. Here I am playing the 3rd variation. Mendelssohn’s Organ Sonatas revitalised the then-moribund European organ tradition, spurred English organ-builders to new heights, and, through his particular blend of chorale, counterpoint and domestic spirituality, substantially augmented the organ repertoire for the first time since Bach.

Hymn of the Day: “Thine the Amen”, #826
Text: Herbert F. Brokering (1926) Tune: THINE, Carl F. Schalk (1929)

During a 2 week retreat at Holden Village in Washington State, Herbert Brokering wrote a text daily reflecting on the morning’s Bible study, and Carl Schalk, who was the composer for Brokering’s hymns, set it to music. It was a tough schedule, as both text and music had to be at the print shop by 3PM as the new hymn was sung the following morning, reviewing the previous day’s study. THINE was the 10th hymn in the series.

Dear members of God’s family at Resurrection church,

We are at the Sixth Sunday of Easter. And this Sunday comes to us as a downpay- ment on Pentecost. Through the death and resurrection of Jesus, the Spirit of God is poured out on us, helping us to know, no matter where we are, the nearness of God. Join together to read these texts, pray these prayers, read or listen to the ser- mon of our Pastor, and sing with our Musician at 10am on Sunday, May 17. We are not orphans; in the word and by the Spirit Christ comes to us, gathering us into the love of his Father. The Holy Trinity holds us. This is the hope of which we are called to gently give account in this needy time.

Christ is risen! Alleluia 

Worship material for May 17, 2020

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Spark Family Sunday SchoolSpark Family Sunday School has lessons for today about "The Promise of the Holy Spirit"

The following have been posted to YouTube; here is the YouTube Playlist for May 17, 2020:

Music Notes

Hymn of the Day: “Now the Green Blade Rises”, #379
Text: John MacLeod Campbell Crum (1872-1958)
Tune: NOEL NOUVELET, French Carol

Many of us know this French carol tune as a Christmas carol. But the Easter text was written to this specific tune, which goes back at least to the late 15th century and may derive from one of the plainchants for “Ave maris stella.” The text begins with the imagery of the green blade of the new plant and continues throughout the hymn.

Musical Reflection: "Come Down O Love Divine"
Mark Sedio (1954)

Mark Sedio currently serves as Cantor at Central Lutheran Church in Minneapolis where his responsibilities are varied: organist, choirmaster, resident composer, worship planner and educator. He is also on the music staff of Luther Seminary in St. Paul. Sedio has served as a clinician and lecturer in the areas of worship, liturgy, adult and children's choirs, hymnody and psalmody, and cross-culture music.

Choir Anthem: "Christ the Lord Is Risen Again!"
Anthony Foster (1926- 2012)

Anthony Foster, a British church musician, organist and composer, wrote this Easter anthem based on the hymn text by Michael Weisse (1480-1534) who was a pastor among the Bohemian Brethren, and a contemporary of Martin Luther. The original text was translated into English by Catherine Wentworth.

Christ the Lord is risen again;
Christ has broken every chain!
Hark, the angels shout for joy,
Singing evermore on high: Alleluia.

He who gave for us his life,
Who for us endured the strife,
Is our Paschal Lamb today.
We, too, sing for joy and say: Alleluia.

He who bore all pain and loss
Comfortless upon the cross,
Lives in glory now on high,
Pleads for us and hears our cry: Alleluia.

You, our Paschal Lamb indeed,
Christ, today your people feed,
Take our sins and guilt away,
That we all may sing for joy: Alleluia

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Dear members of God’s family,

We continue to pray in our homes, but pray together. In these final Sundays of Easter, we hear from the “Farewell Discourse” in chapters 14-17 of the Gospel according to John. That discourse is the unique way the Fourth Gospel tells the meaning of the death and resurrection of Jesus. And that meaning reaches out to us today, into our homes, making us together into God’s people, God’s witnesses. If you are able, read these scriptures and pray these prayers together with your fellow members at Resurrection church at 10am on Sunday, May 10.

Christ is risen! Alleluia! 

Worship material for May 10, 2020

And don't forget:

Spark Family Sunday SchoolSpark Family Sunday School has lessons for today about "God's House"

The following have been posted to YouTube; here is the YouTube Playlist for May 10, 2020:

 

Music Notes

Musical Reflection
Gaudeamus Paritur, Robert Buckley Farlee (1950)

So, the postlude, set by Robert Buckley Farlee, is based on the hymn tune Gaudeamus Paritur, by Johann Roh (1487-1547), and here we speak of pseudonyms. Johann Roh was a native of Bohemia. Roh was his name in Bohemian, but when he wrote in Latin he called himself Cornu, and in German, Horn.

Robert Buckley Farlee, who has not altered or changed his name, is Associate Pastor and Director of Music at Christ Lutheran Church in Minneapolis. He was deeply involved in the publication of Evangelical Lutheran Worship.

Hymn of the Day: “Christ Is Alive! Let Christians Sing”, #389
Text: Brian Wren (1936) Tune: TRURO

TRURO is an anonymous tune, first published in Thomas Williams's Psalmodia Evangelica, (1789) as a setting for Isaac Watts' "Now to the Lord a noble song." Virtually nothing is known about this eighteenth-century British editor of the two-volume Psalmodia Evangelica, a collection of three-part psalm and hymn tunes for "Churches, Chapels, and Dissenting Meetings in England, Scotland, and Ireland." The tune is named for an ancient city in Cornwall, England, famous for its cathedral and for its pottery.

Brian A. Wren wrote the text during April of 1968. Wren writes:

It was written for Easter Sunday, two weeks after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. I could not let Easter go by without speaking of this tragic event which was on all our minds. . . . The hymn tries to see God's love winning over tragedy and suffering in the world. . . . There is tension and tragedy in these words, not just Easter rejoicing.”

"Christ Is Alive" is a joyful celebration of Christ's resurrection (st. 1) and of his personal rule in a human world in which pain, war, and injustice abound (st. 2-4). Christ’s transcendent and immanent reign is empowered by the Holy Spirit and will ultimately bring about a new creation (st. 5).

First published in the British supplement New Church Praise (1975), the text was revised by Wren several times - in 1978, 1989 and 1993. The text found in the ELW is the most recent version.

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Dear members of God’s family at Resurrection Church,

Unlike the community in our First Reading today, we cannot share direct fellowship nor the “breaking of bread” this Sunday. But we can share the “apostles’ teaching”—which is the scripture—and we can share the prayers! If you are able, do read and pray these materials together with our whole community on Sunday, May 3, at 10am. If you wish, Pastor Linman’s sermon is available to be read or to be watched. Music from Barbara Verdile is also available to listen to, to pray by, or to help you sing. All of these can be found on the church website, in the RELC news email you received, or on the YouTube channel you can access through any of those means. Some of you receive these materials by post. If you do not but would like to so receive them, do contact our church administrator, Monika Carney, at the church office. Easter continues. Christ is risen. Alleluia!

 

Worship material for May 3, 2020

And don't forget:

Spark Family Sunday SchoolSpark Family Sunday School has lessons for today about "Early Believers"

The following have been posted to YouTube; here is the YouTube Playlist for May 3, 2020:

  • Barbara Verdile: Psalm 23:1-6
  • Pastor Linman's recorded sermon
  • Hymn #782, "My Shepherd, You Supply My Need"
  • Choral Piece, "Loving Shepherd" with Elizabeth Schoen and Barbara Verdile (flutes) and Lee Ann Konstantinov (soprano)
  • Hymn #780, "Shepherd Me, O God"
  • Organ Piece, "The King of Love My Shepherd Is" from St. Columba by Kenneth Leighton

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Dear members of God’s family at Resurrection Church,

Again this Sunday we are at home, sequestered away from others, not only that we might be safe but especially that other vulnerable people might be protected. But the Gospel for this day tells of Christ coming to such a home and being recognized there as risen. If you are able, join with all of us of Resurrection Church by pray- ing together with these materials and with the sermon and the music available on- line. We can do so in common at 10 am on Sunday, April 26.

 

Worship material for April 26, 2020

And don't forget:

Spark Family Sunday SchoolSpark Family Sunday School has lessons for today about "The Road to Emmaus"

The following have been posted to YouTube; here is the YouTube Playlist for April 26, 2020:

Dear members of God’s family at Resurrection Church,

Easter now continues for 50 days—for seven more Sundays. Still, we mostly r main at home. But Christ is risen! And, by the Spirit, Christ holds us together as one and turns us toward our neighbors. If you are able, join other members of the congregation in reading the scripture, praying, listening to our pastor, and singing with Barbara at 10am on Sunday. Make your gift to the church by US Mail or by the link on the website home page. And look for yet other ways that you can help in this painful time, if only by the depth of your prayer. Christ is risen indeed. Alleluia!

 

Worship material for April 19, 2020

pdfHome Worship Bulletin for April 19, 2020

pdfChildren's Bulletin for April 19, 2020

pdfPastor Linman's Sermon for April 19, 2020

And don't forget:

Spark Family Sunday SchoolSpark Family Sunday School has lessons for today about "Doubting Thomas"

The following have been posted to YouTube; here is the YouTube Playlist for Easter Sunday:

 

Dear members of God’s family at Resurrection Church,

This is a difficult Easter, perhaps the most difficult in modern memory. Many people throughout the world are suffering and dying, and the very best way most of us can help is by “social distancing.” We cannot be together in church. But the resurrection of Jesus Christ also holds our hard times. You will notice that some of these prayers and songs are marked by lament; others by profound thanksgiving. And at 10 am on Easter Sunday morning we can read and hear the scriptures and we can pray and sing these hymns together. Against all sorrow and fear, Christ is risen. Alleluia!

 

Worship material for Easter Sunday:

pdfHome Worship Bulletin for Easter Sunday, April 12, 2020

pdfChildren's Bulletin for Easter Sunday, April 12, 2020

pdfPastor Linman's Sermon for Easter Sunday, April 12, 2020

 The following have been posted to YouTube; here is the YouTube Playlist for Easter Sunday:

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Musical Reflection
Sarabande for an Easter Morning, Herbert Howells

Sarabande for an Easter Morning was composed during May 1940. It was issued in 1953 as the second number in ‘Six Pieces for Organ’. The entire volume was dedicated to the organist and composer Herbert Sumsion. Howells wrote that “In 1940, after a severe illness, I found a new way of making use of convalescence. In those days and in that time, in sheer affection and admiration of Dr. Herbert Sumsion of Gloucester, I wrote this set of six pieces.” The Sarabande for an Easter Morning is written in the form of a Baroque stylized sarabande. All the ancient dance’s characteristics are present, including the slow majestic triple meter, accented first and second beats, regular four bar phrases and a melody characterized by considerable written out ornamentation. The chords are dense, giving the work a power and strength. Enjoy!

 

Hymn Of The Day
"I Know That My Redeemer Lives!" #619
Text: Samuel Medley (1738-1799) Tune: Duke Street, attr. John Hatton (1710-1793)

First published anonymously in Henry Boyd's Select Collection of Psalm and Hymn Tunes in 1793, DUKE STREET was credited to John Hatton in William Dixon's Euphonia (1805). Virtually nothing is known about Hatton, its composer, other than that he lived on Duke Street in St. Helen's and that his funeral was conducted at the Presbyterian chapel there. A sturdy and much loved tune, DUKE STREET has a generic resemblance to TRURO and to the African American gospel-style doxology.

Samuel Medley's hymn texts have been very popular in his own Baptist denomination, particularly among the more Calvinistic churches. Their charm consists less in their poetry than in the warmth and occasional pathos with which they give expression to Christian experience. This text is found in G. Whitefield's Psalms & Hymns 1775, in 9 stanzas of 4 lines, and in De Courcy's Collection, 1793, but in each case without signature. Medley included it in the London edition of his Hymns, 1800. In an abbreviated form it is in somewhat extensive use, and is easily known by the frequent repetition of the words "He lives!" The cento, "The Saviour lives, no more to die," is also popular; but that in the American Baptist Praise Book, 1871, "He lives, my kind, wise, heavenly Friend," is limited in use. Both forms of the text are in common use in Great Britain and America.

Musical Reflection
Rockingham (When I Survey the Wondrous Cross)
Rosalie Bonighton (1946-2011)

Edward Miller (1735-1807) composed the tune, ROCKINGHAM, adapting it from an earlier tune published in 1780. ROCKINGHAM has long associations in Great Britain and North America with Isaac Watts' "When I Survey the Wondrous Cross.” The tune title refers to a friend and patron of Edward Miller, the Marquis of Rockingham, who served twice as Great Britain's prime minister. Miller was active in the musical life of the Doncaster region and composed keyboard sonatas and church music. ROCKINGHAM (or ROCKINGHAM OLD) is one of the finest long-meter tunes in the history of church music and is much loved by those who sing in harmony.

Born in Ballarat, Australia, Rosalie Bonighton was raised among organs as her parents ran an organ technician business. Bonighton's compositions consistently display a strong academic foundation and dedicated craftsmanship. Her musical style shows influences of plainchant modes, British and Celtic folk song, the richness and complexity of late German Romanticism, and more recently, the harmonies and rhythms of jazz.

 

Hymn of the Day
“There in God’s Garden”, #342
Text: Pécseli Király Imre, Translator: Eric Routley (1917-1982) Tune: Shades Mountain, K. Lee Scott (1950)

“There in God’s Garden stands the tree of Wisdom, whose leaves hold forth the healing of the nations.” Kiraly Imre von Pecselyi wrote these words sometime in the early 1600’s. Erik Routley translated them into English in 1976, and in 1987 K. Lee Scott put them to music in hymn #342. In this brief sentence we are taken from the Garden of Eden through the entire Bible to the book of Revelations. The tree of Wisdom which was temptation to Adam and Eve has been transformed by the life, death and resurrection of Jesus into life and healing for all nations. The story of God with us is full of grace from the beginning into eternity.

K. Lee Scott is an internationally known teacher, musician, conductor and composer of sacred music, choral music and hymns, and resides in Birmingham, Alabama. Scott has been recognized, during the past twenty plus years, as one of America's foremost composers of music for the church. His hymns are published in eight hymnals. He has published over 300 compositions including anthems, hymns, works for solo voice, organ, brass, and major works.

Erik Reginald Routley was an English Congregational minister, composer and musicologist. He was educated at Lancing College and Magdalen and Mansfield Colleges in Oxford. He held positions in England as chaplain and minister before becoming Professor of Church Music at Westminster Choir College, Princeton, New Jersey in 1975.

His publications include critical and historical works on hymnody, church music and carols. Routley also wrote hymn texts, including the translation "There in God's garden stands the Tree of Wisdom” from the Hungarian hymn ‘Paradicsomnak te szép élö Fája’ (‘You beautiful living tree of Paradise’) by Pécselyi Király Imre (c.1585-c.1641). It was at that time, in Routley’s own words, ‘just about all that is yet available from Hungarian Protestantism’ (A Panorama of Christian Hymnody, 1979, p. 216). Routley translated this hymn, which is entitled ‘The Tree of Life’ as part of his editorial work on Cantate Domino, the World Council of Churches’ hymnal.

Organ Piece
"Calvary" (from Seven Reflections on African American Spirituals), Richard Billingham

Often sung as a somber processional for the Good Friday Service, the hymn “Calvary“ is effective in helping sustain a reflective meditative mood. That is, unless, you are hearing today’s organ setting with its slightly jazzy overtones.

Richard Billington (1934) worked for many years as Associate Professor of Music at the University of Illinois and Organist at the First Methodist Church, Chicago.

HYMN OF THE DAY Great God, Your Love Has Called Us #358
Text: Brian Wren (1936) Tune: Ryburn, Norman Cocker (1889-1953)

Brian Wren has been a strong proponent of the view that hymns are poetry and theology, instead of simply music. He has stated, "a hymn is a poem, and a poem is a visual art form. The act of reading a hymn aloud helps to recover its poetry and its power to move us—the power of language, image, metaphor, and faith-expression.” It is through this power that he defined theology, in his book Praying Twice: The Music and Words of Congregational Song, as "done when anyone attempts, by artistic skill and creativity, the interplay of intellect and imagination, and/or the methods of reasoned enquiry, to grasp, know and understand the meaning of God’s creating, self-disclosing and liberating activity centered and uniquely focused in Jesus Christ.” A major part of Wren's work has been with inclusive language as well. In 1978, he began to look more closely at "he-man language" and began using language inclusive of women and oppressed or subordinate groups in his hymns. He has since sought to challenge the church to adopt this inclusive mindset. He writes that the vocation of a poet in the church is to not only "to write poems of faith which people will pick up and sing," but to also "speak truth by stepping beyond the church's limits of comfort and convention".

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