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Pray for Ray Wu

November 14, 2016

Update 11/24:

It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of our brother Ray Wu this morning.

Almighty God, we remember before you today your faithful servant Ray; and we pray that, having opened to him the gates of larger life, you will receive him more and more into your joyful service, that, with all who have faithfully served you in the past, he may share in the eternal victory of Jesus Christ our Lord; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Details about a memorial service will be posted soon.

Update 11/23:

Ray continues to be unresponsive in the hospital. Please hold his parents and his brother in prayer as they sit with Ray and wait on the Lord. 

Update 11/14:

On behalf of the pastoral staff and clergy of Church of the Resurrection, we invite your special intercessions, and fasting as you feel called, for Ray today (11/14). He is undergoing tests this morning that are pivotal to his final diagnosis.

Pray for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon Ray's body and soul, and for wisdom and grace for his family members a this critical juncture in his life.

From the Ministrations to the Sick from the Common Book of Prayer:

Heavenly Father, grant to Ray the inward anointing of the Holy Spirit. Of Your great mercy, forgive all his sins, release him from suffering, and restore him to wholeness and strength. Deliver Ray from all evil, preserve him in all goodness, and bring him to everlasting life: through Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Almighty Lord, who is a strong tower to all who put their trust in him, to whom all things in heaven and earth, and under the earth bow and obey: Be now and evermore Ray's defense, and make him know and feel that the only Name under heaven given for health and salvation is the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Original letter:

Beloved Resurrection,

We are asking you to rally in prayer around Ray Wu. Ray is an longtime Resurrection artist who has partnered with us in creating many of the pieces that shape our weekly worship, including the Resurrected Christ banner and the beautiful wooden doors that will one day grace the entrance to our sanctuary.

Last week, Ray was unexpectedly diagnosed with aggressive brain tumor. After undergoing an intensive surgery on Friday, he had a series of strokes and became unresponsive. The outlook for Ray is very uncertain, and the next few days are critical. He is in urgent need of prayer as his family and close friends work with Ray's doctors to discern how best to care for him.

We ask that you share this with anyone you know who loves Ray. Ray's parents are with him and are encouraging all to visit Ray at the ICU at Central DuPage Hospital.

In addition to the urgent need for prayer, there are also some practical needs affiliated with the situation, including providing rides for Ray's parents to and from the hospital. Please email meghan@churchrez.org if you're able to help in any tangible way.

Heavenly Father, giver of life and health: Comfort and relieve your sick servant Ray, and give your power of healing to those who minister to Ray's needs, that Ray may be strengthened in his weakness and have confidence in your loving care; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

-Resurrection's Pastoral Staff

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Partnership with Nigeria

November 07, 2016

In April 2015, Church of the Resurrection's incredibly generous Good Friday offering was dedicated to help build up the Christian Institute in Jos, Nigeria. This training center equips young men and women to rebuild the church in northeast Nigeria by sending pastors, evangelists, church planters, and rural health care workers into an area ravaged by tribal warfare, persecution and terrorism, largely instigated by Boko Haram.

Last September, Pastor Matt Woodley brought our Good Friday gift and presented it to Archbishop Kwashi. The Archbishop expressed enormous gratitude to our church family, saying, "I know that even a gift of one dollar means that your people had to give up something else, and that means something to us. We are so grateful to God for your people—not just for your money, but for your love and our partnership in the gospel of Jesus Christ."

Now the Archbishop has asked Bishop Stewart and Pastor Matt to return to Jos so they can bless the Christian Institute’s newest dorm building for students—Church of the Resurrection Hall. Based on past experiences in the Diocese of Jos, Bishop Stewart and Pastor Matt will also have plenty of opportunities to preach and teach, build friendships and strengthen our mutual partnership, and eat lots of Moi-Moi and pounded yam.