Since September, 14 parishioners from the five Resurrection Brooklyn congregations have been meeting Monday nights to explore the fullness of the Gospel and its implications for all parts of life. We started the year by considering how the Gospel renews individuals. Then we looked at how it renews friendships and communities. We’re finishing the year by examining how it renews our work and culture at large. While a hallmark of the program is intentional study (the diverse reading list includes 14 books and numerous articles), it is not the main activity.
Thanks to all those who participated in our annual Heart for Art benefit sale. We raised $3,020.50 for our Ethiopia missions fund and our Resurrection Adoption fund.
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.