Yes, Jesus Loves Me

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Sometimes, I get overwhelmed. Frankly, it’s not all that hard to do. Life is demanding—work and relationships, goals and gardening, world events and neighborhood picnics. There is a lot going on everywhere and sometimes it just seems too much. At times, it is hard to understand my place in it all. Am I measuring up? Will everything be ok? What’s going to happen?

I take refuge in my theology, in what I know to be true. In the end, my theology is pretty simple; it comes down to a kindergarten Sunday school song by Anna B. Warner:

Jesus loves me, this I know,

For the Bible tells me so.

Little ones to Him belong,

They are weak, but He is strong.

 

Yes, Jesus loves me!

Yes, Jesus loves me!

Yes, Jesus loves me!

The Bible tells me so.

 

-Hilary Dawson

Jesus is a Dangerous Idea

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Each Sunday during our liturgy, we collectively recite the Nicene Creed. Many of us recite it from memory, giving little thought or consideration to the words we are saying. But consider what we are saying; these are words of treason to our world. These words are dangerous.

Journalist Peter Hitches shared this thought while speaking on a panel at the Festival for Dangerous Ideas in 2014, “The most dangerous idea in human history and philosophy remains the belief that Jesus Christ was the Son of God and rose from the dead and that is the most dangerous idea you will ever encounter.”

When the moderator pushed back, Hitchens responded:

Because it alters the whole of human behavior and all our responsibilities. It turns the universe from a meaningless chaos into a designed place in which there is justice and there is hope and, therefore, we all have a duty to discover the nature of that justice and work towards that hope. It alters us all. If we reject it, it alters us all as well. It is incredibly dangerous. It’s why so many people turn against it.

This story is detailed by Carolyn Moore. Moore agrees that Jesus is a dangerous idea and refers to reciting the creeds as a subversive act. She goes on to say:

This thing we believe? It is a dangerous idea. So how dare we stand up casually on a Sunday morning and lazily roll through the creed as if we’re scrolling through the credits at the end of the movie. How dare we treat them with such routine indifference that they no longer mean anything even to the ones reciting them week after week. How dare we allow anyone to speak the creeds without some sense that they are participating in the welcome and advance of the Kingdom of God, and indeed have that responsibility if they utter those words as if they are real.

This is powerful stuff. These words are dynamite. What we believe is dangerous and controversial and upsetting (as Jesus said it would be). Read Moore’s article here:

http://artofholiness.com/2017/06/17/jesus-is-a-dangerous-idea-or-why-reciting-the-apostles-creed-is-a-subversive-act/

And just a reminder of the dangerous thing we believe:We believe in one God,
the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made,
of one Being with the Father.
Through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation
he came down from heaven:
by the power of the Holy Spirit
he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary,
and was made man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again
in accordance with the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son.
With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified.
He has spoken through the Prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come.
Amen.

 Hilary Dawson

What a Friend We Have in Jesus

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What a Friend we have in Jesus,
All our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry
Everything to God in prayer!
O what peace we often forfeit,
O what needless pain we bear,
All because we do not carry
Everything to God in prayer!

Have we trials and temptations?
Is there trouble anywhere?
We should never be discouraged,
Take it to the Lord in prayer.
Can we find a friend so faithful
Who will all our sorrows share?
Jesus knows our every weakness,
Take it to the Lord in prayer.

Are we weak and heavy-laden,
Cumbered with a load of care?
Precious Savior, still our refuge—
Take it to the Lord in prayer;
Do thy friends despise, forsake thee?
Take it to the Lord in prayer;
In His arms He’ll take and shield thee,
Thou wilt find a solace there.

lyrics by Joseph Scriven

Pray for the RSM Team in Guatemala

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As the Resurrection Student Ministries team works in Guatemala, please keep them in your prayers.

The prayer below for the poor and neglected from the Book of Common Prayer may be a helpful starting point as we pray for those whom the team is serving. It is also a fitting prayer as we work to love and serve others in our community here in Flower Mound.

Almighty and most merciful God, we remember before you
all poor and neglected persons whom it would be easy for us
to forget: the homeless and the destitute, the old and the sick,
and all who have none to care for them. Help us to heal those
who are broken in body or spirit, and to turn their sorrow
into joy. Grant this, Father, for the love of your Son, who for
our sake became poor, Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

 

Events & Announcements

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As many of you know, Rachel and Adam Jamison will be moving to Paris this summer to begin language training for future work in West Africa. Join us for a Going Away Party at the Tuckers’ home in Argyle on Saturday, July 8th. Come and go as you please between 10am and 4pm. There will be light snacks and drinks and the pool will be open.

 Throughout the summer, Resurrection will have a single Sunday service. Service will begin at 10am. Resurrection Children’s Ministry and nursery will be provided at this service.

Open Harvest is a food pantry serving neighbors in need in Denton County. Church of the Resurrection has long been involved with this ministry. To learn more about this ministry and opportunities to get involved, please contact Chris Gregory at chris@doconomics.com.

Church of the Resurrection has a mid-week prayer service? Join us in the Sanctuary at noon on Wednesdays.

Gluten-free communion wafers are available during Communion? Simply ask the celebrant for the wafer when you reach the front of the line?

Did you know…during our time of communion in the service, a prayer team is available to meet and pray with you? Exit the sanctuary through the back door near the kitchen and classrooms.

 Other events and activities can be found on the Community Calendar.

 

 

 

 

 

A Prayer for the Nation- from the Book of Common Prayer

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Lord God Almighty, who hast made all the peoples of the earth
for thy glory, to serve thee in freedom and in peace: Give to
the people of our country a zeal for justice and the strength
of forbearance, that we may use our liberty in accordance
with thy gracious will; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who
liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God,
for ever and ever.

Amen.

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