On the Tuesday after Easter, the pastors and elders of Resurrection Brooklyn gathered together and heard one another’s reports about the various Holy Week and Easter worship services held across our network. While every congregation celebrated in a way that reflected their own unique community—one had a children’s choir and another had their first ever children’s sermon; one broke fast with champagne and cake while another brewed special Easter beer—the point is that everyone celebrated the Resurrection of Jesus.
On April 8th, the Resurrection Brooklyn arts community hosted their debut gallery exhibition, Via Dolorosa, or the Twelve Stations of the Cross, at our common space in the Jay St.-MetroTech area. The artwork displayed was created exclusively by resurrection artists and featured performance art, pastry art, embroidery, as well as traditional photography and painting techniques.
The event also doubled as a silent auction with proceeds benefiting Resurrection Brookyln’s Arts Ministry and Mercy Team funds. The arts ministry considered the event a huge success with more than 100 people in attendance and generous donations for nearly every painting. Not only were we pleased to launch our first gallery event, but we also loved kicking off Holy Week by meditating on the stations of the cross together.
By Matt Brown
If you’re like me, then Lenten observance begins to feel onerous by the fourth week. When Lent begins, I am glad for the interruption of my regular routines, the opportunity to assess my spiritual growth over the last year and the call to follow Jesus with greater faithfulness. Towards the end of Lent, I get discouraged because I miss my routines, have assessed my growth and found it to be negligible and haven’t spent as much time listening to Jesus as I intended. Lent feels like yet another failure.
Joint Good Friday Service with Old First Reformed Church and Greenwood Baptist Church: 7 p.m. at Old First Reformed Church (729 Carroll St, Brooklyn, NY 11215)
Joint Easter Vigil Service with Old First Reformed Church and All Saints’ Episcopal Church: Saturday April 15th, 7 p.m. at All Saints’ Episcopal Church (286 7th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215)
Easter Sunday – usual time and place. Congregation Beth Elohim at 10:30 a.m.
Information coming soon.
Please sign up for the e-newsletter and also pay attention to the website for forthcoming details of our Holy Week events. We will celebrate Palm Sunday with a palm processional; observe Maundy Thursday personally or as community groups; join the Church of St. Luke and St. Matthew for a Good Friday service at 7PM; then celebrate with our own festivities on Easter Sunday: after a celebratory Easter worship service, we will move to the fellowship room next door at the Temple for our annual potluck (f)Easter party.
Resurrection Sheepshead Bay and Homecrest Presbytery Church will have a joint Good Friday service at 7:00 p.m. at Homecrest Presbyterian (1413 Avenue T, Brooklyn, NY 11229)
DO NOT MISS THE HEART FOR ART BENEFIT GIFT SALE – SUNDAY, MAY 7, NOON – 1:30 PM, RESURRECTION PARK SLOPE
Works of art, photography, pottery, jewelry, culinary delights both sweet and savory created by members and friends of Resurrection Brooklyn will be on sale or auction. Gifts priced from $3 – $50+ for mom, dad, friends, home or office – all proceeds to benefit the Resurrection Adoption Fund and the Ethiopia ACT project. Cash, checks, Visa, Mastercard accepted.
CALLING ALL ARTISTS! If you would like to contribute your original works of art for the sale contact Beverly Sloan for culinary arts or Judy Hilkey for contributions of arts and crafts.