Ministering to the Northeast Area of San Antonio for over 50 years
 


OPPORTUNITIES

May 18, 2020


 
UPCOMING EVENTS
 
This week's Events… 
  • EFM via Zoom - 7 p.m. - Monday May 4
  • Online Bible Study of 1 & 2 Timothy & Titus (The Pastoral Letters) - 10:00 a.m. - Thursday May 7
  • Online Worship - 9:00 a.m. - Sunday, May 10.
 
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ANNOUNCEMENTS

IN PERSON WORSHIP COMING SOON. Bishop Reed has extended the restrictions concerning in person worship through May 24. As of now, congregations are allowed to reopen for public worship after that. There will be some restrictions on the number of people who can atttend and everyone will be expected to wear a mask. We will live stream the service for those who are not able to or don't feel comfortable attending. We have not settled on an opening date yet. 

FR. CHRIS IS CONTINUING TO WORK FROM HOME.  Fr. Chris is limiting his in-person visiting to pastoral emergencies and other situations that require his presence. He will only be at the office to collect the mail, listen to messages and and check the facilities. He is available by phone, text, or email, if you need him for any reason. His cell number is 210-268-6290 and email address is rector@church-resurrection.org.

PLEASE CONTINUE YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS  As we spend this time in isolation, we are still capable of small acts of generosity.  Please continue your contributions to the Church as they enable larger acts in your name. You can either donate online via the Church website http://www.church-resurrection.org/give-with-us OR you can drop a check in the mail - The church address is 5909 Walzem Rd. Windcrest TX 78218. Thank you for your continued support - Dorcas Sampson, Sr. Warden.
ARTICLES AND ITEMS OF INTEREST
If you have an article or item of interest you would like published
in "Opportunities" please send it to office@church-resurrection.org


THURSDAY BIBLE STUDY - MAY  21 AT 10:00 AM VIA ZOOM

We are studying The Pastoral Letters (1 and 2 Timothy and Titus) at our Thursday morning bible study. This week we will be looking in depth at 1 Timothy 4:1-16. Here are some discussion questions that will guide our conversation.
  1. How does Paul describe those who are stirring up trouble in the church? What is false and hypocritical about their teaching?
  2. How do you identify hypocrisy versus human imperfection?
  3. How would you explain being "godly"? How is this lifestyle different than the one taught by the false teachers?
  4. What one or two pieces of advice would you offer to a new Christian? a leader in the church? an non-Christian?
  5. Why is age a non-factor in being a strong influence for the Gospel? Regardless of age what can every believer do?
  6. What disciplines should be part of a "spiritual growth workout?" Which do you want to work on?

Join us next Thursday (May 5) at 10:00 a.m. Here is the link you will need: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83322341114. You can also call  in: (346) 248- 7799     Meeting ID: 833 2234 1114
 

WHAT IS WORSHIP?
Cheryl Sanders

As we go into a longer period of doing worship unlike we’ve been doing it before, it’s easy for us to be critical and unsatisfied. It makes me ask “ what attracts us to worship? “ How can we best worship an unchanging God in such a time of change?

I think the answer lies exactly in the fact that God is unchanging. When much in our life is different, God revives us with his steadfastness. But again, how do we hold onto this when much of the outward expression of worship doesn’t seem like it’s going to be the same again. Our connection with a steadfast God is most easily sensed in our Liturgy. Our liturgy has evolved over the centuries but the core follows God’s charge to “ worship in spirit and truth”. The word literally means “ work of the people”. Our liturgy gives strength exactly because it has evolved but remained the same in spirit. Change did not come without great thought, prayer and debate. It also made us uneasy for a while . In my late teens, we at times, bitterly, debated changing one word in the Creed. I thought we’d never get past it when I was 18. Some are still hanging onto the 1928 prayer book while some welcome change for its promise of new insight. Change can seem to rip us from the foundation at times.

Here’s the comfort. Wherever we are and whatever our needs as individuals, having a set liturgy holds it all together. And our set liturgy is lovely, deep and compelling! Rite I has some of the most beautiful language ever written and Rite II is just modern enough to not be trite. Liturgy is order and a way to seek truth when all is uncertain.

I asked some folks what they treasured about worship and have so far gotten great answers. One person put it best, ”... the sameness of our BCP. It is comforting when when the world is upside down.“  It is comforting (and meet and right so to do), and no matter where we sit, what we read from, or if we wear a mask, it remains steadfast. Our liturgy leads us to experience the steadfastness of God. It is a great tool of worship. As we start back at the building with changes, liturgy remains the same. Come. Let us worship.

If you’d like to share what helps you to worship, please email or call me. I’d like to share your thoughts.
BIRTHDAYS

Chris Cranford (5/17), Robabel Frasier (5/17), Robert Giddings (5/18), Cynthia Johnson (5/19),
Craig Sutton (5/19), Sue Noriega (5/22)
 
Watch over your children, O Lord, as their days increase; bless and guide them wherever they may be. Strengthen them when they stand; comfort them when discouraged or sorrowful; raise them up if they fall; and in their hearts may your peace which passes understanding abide all the days of their lives; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


ANNIVERSARIES

None this week.
 
O God, you have so consecrated the covenant of marriage that in it is represented the spiritual unity between Christ and his Church: Send therefore your blessing upon these your servants, that they may so love, honor, and cherish each other in faithfulness and patience, in wisdom and true godliness, that their home may be a haven of blessing and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
 
 
PRAYER LIST ADDITIONS
 
All those infected with COVID-19, Rosalie, Ron, Rebecca, Lynn, Hank, Byron
 
Almighty God, giver of life and health: Send your blessing on all who are in trouble, sorrow, need, sickness or any other adversity, and upon those who minister to them, that all weakness may be vanquished by the triumph of the risen Christ; who lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen.
 
Prayer requests are kept in this list and in the prayers of the people until the end of any given month unless otherwise requested. 
 
POINTS OF CONTACT
 
If you are interested in joining any of the following groups, please email the point of contact. All of our ministries are open groups and anyone can join. Some ministries require training. If you're not sure where you're being called to serve, Fr. Chris is available to talk with you about it.
 
Worship Leaders: Fr. Chris: (rector@church-resurrection.org)
Music: Cheryl Sanders (
cheryl.sanders3@me.com)
Vestry: Dorcas Sampson (tante_d@att,net)                                            
Altar Guild: Gera Chestnutt (
gerachestnutt@yahoo.com)     
Daughters of the King: Andrea Knight (aknight1959@hotmail.com)
Boy Scouts: Kathy Cranford (
Purple2005Lady@gmail.com)
EfM: Larry Morgan (larry-marie-morgan@sbcglobal.net)
Foreign/Domestic Missions: Ferol Senter (bobferol@sbcglobal.net)
Godly Play: Misty Whitney (aandm10@att.net) 
Pastoral Care Team: Alan Whitney (aandm10@att.net)

Mission to the Neighborhood: Jay Buzzini (buzzini@sbcglobal.net)
Our mailing address is:
5909 Walzem Rd
Windcrest, TX 78218
Phone: 210-655-5484
Email:
office@church-resurrection.org
www.church-resurrection.org


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