December 21, 2016
Beloved Brothers and Sisters,
What do you think of when you hear the phrase “a culture of life”? That phrase, made most famous by Pope John Paul II, implies creating a world where we cherish the lives of the most vulnerable among us and then help them to thrive. At Resurrection, we believe that a culture of life starts with defending unborn children and their mothers and fathers. But it cannot stop there. To be pro-life—to create a culture of life as opposed to a culture of death—also compels us to put our convictions into action.
During this Advent season, we have highlighted one way we create a culture of life—by supporting the fathers and mothers of our church’s Replanted ministry. They have heroically responded to God’s call to adopt or to serve as adoptive or foster parents.It’s not too late to show our your love and appreciation by choosing a gift of love for these parents: you can do so here.
Following our Advent season, we will be focusing on the unborn. January 15 will be our Sanctity of Life Sunday, and Pastor Matt Woodley will be preaching on “The High Call of Radical Hospitality,” which I believe is a key component of creating a culture of life. I would also encourage you to mark your calendars now for some very special events this January:
People from all walks of life and all across the Midwest will march together in downtown Chicago. Join with thousands of others as we march to defend and protect human life. A chartered bus will depart from the church at 12:30pm. For more information and to reserve a seat, visit the event page.
If you or someone you love has lost an infant—perhaps through a miscarriage, a stillbirth, or an abortion—come or invite your friend to this service. We want to acknowledge the depth of these losses by providing a safe place to grieve and find renewed hope. This service will be open to the public.
I pray that all of us will respond to Jesus’ call to love the helpless in this new year. May Christ, who first came to us as an infant, fill you with his joy and peace.
Bishop Stewart Ruch III
February 22, 2016
Every Wednesday and Saturday mornings at 8 AM a few people from Church of the Resurrection go to the Aanchor abortion clinic in Glen Ellyn to pray, try to talk to the women going in, and tell them about other options including CareNet (right across the street). One of the members of the Sanctity of Life Team recently wrote, "Praying outside the abortion clinic means we can be there to help if a mom has a last minute change of heart (a Carenet clinic is open across the parking lot during times the clinic is open). Sometimes seeing people praying outside the clinic can be a deterrent from customers going in. And finally, when I am there, it stops abortion from being abstract in my mind. I see these desperate, confused moms, and I think about the tiny baby growing inside their wombs and I know I can't become discouraged. I need to keep praying for these moms and babies, and our government, until abortion is illegal and all women know there are other choices."
Church of the Resurrection member Darcie Dezell wrote the following reflection after her first time praying outside the clinic:
"Krista Scheidt and I went to the Aanchor abortion clinic early on a Saturday morning. We bundled up, got some tea, and parked in front of a business a few doors down from the clinic. I really wasn't sure what to expect. What I found was around 15 people quietly standing on the parkway in front of the clinic. They were entirely respectful of the men and women coming to the clinic, and simply called out to the women with a message of care, love, and resources, encouraging them to keep their babies.
I was surprised by how 'not weird' it all felt. We simply stood there praying for the women, the babies, the doctors, the boyfriends and husbands. I felt a strong sense of witnessing; that my standing in front of this clinic was a way to give witness of God's love and purpose in the world, and a way to honor the humanity of these babies. I also knew that I was, in many ways, a witness to evil. And simply my presence in the face of evil was God-honoring and powerful. It was a moving experience and, I pray, an effective and worshipping one."