February 09, 2015
It's been almost a year and half since I first walked through the doors of Rez. I was a bit nervous about what to expect, but doing so began an incredible journey of growth and a rekindled spirit within my soul. Yes, a transformation! My embittered heart of three years in resistance to God was opened to a renewed perspective on what a church was intended to be....what Rez is!
I don't receive gifts very easily. I'd rather give. But, during this past year and half of coming to Rez and becoming more active in the life of the church, I have been renewed by receiving the gifts of love, trust, and faith from a body that really does what they say. I received the Holy Spirit and learned more about myself and about true giving than ever before in my life. I received new friends, new perspective, new excitement, and much needed new growth in my walk of faith.
So, I want to thank everyone who serves at Rez for their individual gifts and roles that reach out to people who have so many challenges, so many needs. But truly, thank you for reaching me where I was and for showing me by example in word and deed."
For more stories of God's work in 2014, check out our Stories of Transformation piece here.
February 08, 2015
On Sunday, 2/8, at our RezTeam Gathering, Bishop Stewart shared from Matthew 9:35-38. As we have spent this Sabbath year in prayer and discernment, this passage has become a significant one for us. Please join us in prayer as God leads us into a new season of ministry at Resurrection.
35 And Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction.36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 37 Then he said to his disciples, "The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; 38 therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest."
Stewart lists four areas of ministry drawn from verses 36-38: