October 28, 2015
The biography of Jesus Christ is the literature of the Christian calling. Jesus told us, "Whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these." (John 14:12, NIV) During Jesus' time on earth, he lived a life of sacrifice and devotion that moves us to love and transform the world.
Here at Resurrection, we are moved by Jesus to equip everyone for transformation and plant churches for revival. When Resurrection was given by God a new home for worship and mission, we were inspired by the practice of most cathedrals to create great central doors. We wanted doors that welcomed people into worship and sent them forth into the world in mission.
Three Resurrection artists—Laura Tabbut, Janice Skivington Wood, and Ray Wu—worked collaboratively to chronicle our Lord's life and ministry here on earth. Theologically guided by our priests and worship pastor, they designed the biblical scenes that will be carved into the wooden doors.
We were able to begin the carving process in February of 2015. Skilled artisans working with native woods in Indonesia are currently carving the doors. The process can take up to nine months, and even after completion, significant resources will still be needed for construction on the main entrance of the sanctuary. As additional funds are committed, we hope the doors will become a reality in the next year or two.
We recently received more early images of the doors in process in Indonesia:
Below are the sketches created by our Resurrection artists.
The Center Arch: the center of our faith
The center arch above the doors shows the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, our church's name feast. Adam and Eve, representing all men and women, are being raised from the dead:
The Doors When Closed: how Jesus saves us from sin and death
The left door displays Maundy Thursday—Christ in anguished prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane, as the angel of the Lord holds out to him the cup of suffering:
The right door depicts Good Friday—Christ hanging on the cross for our salvation:
Together, the left door, right door, and center arch display the Three Great Days of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter.
The Doors When Open: welcome into the Holy Church
Together, the left door, right door, and center arch display the 7 great feasts of the church.
The left door displays (from top to bottom) the feasts of the Epiphany, Christmas Day, and All Saints' Day:
As seen above, the center arch displays the feast of Easter.
If you start at Christmas Day (left door, center panel), and move clockwise, the feasts appear in their order in the Christian year.
Psalm 118:19—“Open for me the gates of the righteous; I will enter and give thanks to the Lord."
March 04, 2015
I will never forget the very first Sunday that I worshiped at Church of the Rez: I felt like I had somehow re-discovered a part of my soul—a part that was jaded by pomp and circumstance and pulsing lights and passive participation. I had stumbled upon exactly what I had been yearning for —a safe haven, a place of restoration, a place where God is worshiped in purity and simplicity. I said to friends and family, “It was the most meaningful church service I have experienced in a long time."
The past months have been some of the most formative of my spiritual life, as I have moved from being a guest at Rez to being an integrated, invested member. I never knew it was possible to genuinely anticipate going to church on Sunday. I never knew it was possible for the beauty of tradition and liturgy to be seamlessly melded with the invocation and exaltation of the Holy Spirit—rather than existing as two irreconcilable “styles" of worship.
I have been molded by the sacredness of the Eucharist as I open my hands each week to receive with thanks-giving and joy. In professing the creed, I have been reminded of the great cloud of witnesses that has gone before me, and I have been reminded of who God has always been and will always be. In sitting under the sound teaching of Spirit-anointed ministers, I have been convicted and encouraged and accepted for what I am somehow all at the same time. And of course the music! The sweet language of the soul. Never before have I been moved to tears by the Doxology and a pure trumpet melody, and never before have I been able to lift my voice with such freedom and singular focus to the only One who is worthy of my praise.
Every day I am thankful for this special church that is truly like no other, and I pray I never take it for granted. Here, for the first time, I am finding the heart of true, surrendered worship. Week by week I am being softened and made whole in His holy presence within this Sanctuary of Transformation.
For more stories of God's work in 2014, check out our Stories of Transformation piece here.