Keep the Feast: I Belong to Jesus

From the very beginning the church has paired baptism with Easter, baptizing new Christians on Easter Day. But even if it has been years since your baptism, Easter is the perfect opportunity to explore what baptism means and why it is cause for celebration. Worship scholar Robert Webber wrote in his book Ancient-Future Time: Forming Read the full article →

Keep the Feast: 50 Days of Easter

In the Anglican church we speak of Easter as a season and not just a day. The Easter season, or Eastertide, lasts for 50 days and takes us from Jesus’ resurrection to his ascension to the right hand of the Father and then concludes with the sending of the Holy Spirit to the Church the Read the full article →

How We Remember

I’m sure there are a few important dates that remain on your calendar year after year. There are happy days like birthdays, wedding anniversaries, and reminders of major life changes. And there may be a few sad days as well, like the anniversary of the death of a loved one that likely is not marked Read the full article →

When Lent Becomes Boring

A few weeks ago I reflected on my personal blog about the realities of Lenten devotion. The inconvenience of sacrifice brought pain that spiritual endorphins pre-Lent had blinded me to.  I expected to feel holy, but I just felt frustrated. As it turns out, practicing Lent is more difficult than thinking about it before hand. Now, though, the pendulum has swung Read the full article →

What Kind of Fast Does the Lord Choose?

Today is the first day of Lent and the beginning of a 40 day season of preparation to restore and renew us for the joy of the resurrection when we reach Easter on April 16. Anglicans follow three disciplines during the Lenten season: prayer, fasting, and giving to those in need. These three practices are Read the full article →

Lent with Kids

It feels like we just wrapped up Christmas, but Ash Wednesday is only 2 weeks away! In addition to preparing children for Ash Wednesday, and explaining the purpose behind Lent, here are a few ideas for how to incorporate Lent into daily life at home and weekly parish life. Life at Home: Pray. If you don’t pray as a family, Read the full article →

Trial and error when writing a Rule of Life

I can’t say exactly when over the past several years I first heard about creating a rule of life but I was instantly attracted to the idea. I am by nature a rule follower:  I stick to the speed limit, I carefully weigh and measure my ingredients when cooking, and I read the directions before Read the full article →

Sermon Bonus: 2.12.17 – Becoming Present to His Presence

On Sunday, we talked about how we need to develop the holy habits of the church in our daily lives.  This is easy to picture when we talk about being devoted to the Bible or to fellowship, but it gets a little murkier when we talk about sacraments.  Communion and Baptism are sort of the Read the full article →

We Welcome Refugees

Restoration is deeply committed to welcoming refugees. We say this because we believe that God has always called his people to welcome refugees. All of scripture puts the radical hospitality of God on display, from his command to the Israelites that “the foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself” Read the full article →

The Ties that Bind

TIE groups are starting at Restoration.  Hopefully that isn’t news to you—we’ve tried not to be subtle.  If you haven’t heard, TIE stands for Three Is Enough, and it’s our version of small discipleship groups. I’ve known probably every type of small group; I’ve been a part of plenty over the years.  But this month Read the full article →

Advent is for Love

During each week of Advent, Restoration Church has been focusing on a specific theme. In the sermons preached and the Tom Wright devotional, Advent for Everyone, we have both heard and read about waiting, repentance and healing. This week we are looking at the theme concerning love. Love is a word that is loosely thrown around Read the full article →

Repent:  The Big Turn

During Advent, we are reading Tom Wright’s devotional, Advent For Everyone.  This week the readings emphasize not only the nature of repentance, but its significance in this time especially. If you’ve heard a sermon or two on repentance, then you’ve likely heard that the word means “to turn around.”  This of course easily applies to Read the full article →

Watch: It is always Advent

This week our sermon text and readings from the Advent for Everyone devotional have all been Jesus’ teachings about his second coming. These scripture passages may seem far from the familiar nativity narrative about angels and shepherds but they are a call for the Church to watch for the return of Jesus. This article about Read the full article →

New Season at Restoration

If you are anything like me, you sometimes realize that your life is stuck in a rut. Day after day of following the same routine, eating the same food, and thinking the same thoughts makes life boring. It also eventually will cause your life to become unbalanced. The same thing can happen in our common life Read the full article →

Could a Rule of Life help you?

In my years of ministry, I constantly find people who are adrift in their spiritual life, work life, and personal life. Though churches try guide them through life, I feel we’ve become more of a reactionary culture than a culture of intentional action. I know I certainly tend to be more reactionary than I would Read the full article →

How are you Celebrating Easter?

How are you celebrating Easter? This should be the corollary question in the life of every Christian to What are you giving up for Lent? It feels holy to deny ourselves and give up something during the Lenten season but now that we have prepared our hearts and Resurrection Sunday has arrived we need to Read the full article →

Praying the Daily Office – Erin

Note:  During Lent, we will feature guest blog posts from members of Restoration who are exploring the Daily Office in the Book of Common Prayer. Hopefully, these reflections will be an encouragement to you in your own prayer life during this season. Thanks to Erin Turner for this contribution that was first published on her blog. When Read the full article →

Praying the Daily Office – Nobie

Note:  During Lent, we will feature guest blog posts from members of Restoration who are exploring the Daily Office in the Book of Common Prayer. Hopefully, these reflections will be an encouragement to you in your own prayer life during this season. Thanks to Nobie Hendricks for this contribution. Much of our Christian life is one of inwardness Read the full article →

Praying the Daily Office – Brian

Note:  During Lent, we will feature guest blog posts from members of Restoration who are exploring the Daily Office in the Book of Common Prayer. Hopefully, these reflections will be an encouragement to you in your own prayer life during this season. Thanks to Brian Prewitt for this contribution. Receiving from the Lord: 1 Corinthians Read the full article →