All are welcome to worship at Resurrection. Holy Communion is offered to all baptized Christians. However, it may be important to know what Lutherans teach concerning the Sacrament, namely that "the body and blood of Christ are truly present and are distributed to those who eat the Lord's Supper" (Augsburg Confession, Article X). While the unbaptized are not communed, they are invited to participate by receiving a blessing.
A Nursery is provided for infants and very young children. Its paid staff is professionally trained.
Resurrection is handicapped accessible. Entry from Potomac Street eliminates stairs and provides easy access to an elevator.
Resurrection Evangelical Lutheran Church held its first worship service on Palm Sunday in 1939 in a rented vacant store front on Wilson Boulevard. Officially organized in February, 1940, the "Church Of The Lighted Steeple" has stood at its current location but has undergone numerous expansions and renovations ever since, including a sanctuary, parish hall, education building, and parsonage. RELC has continued to serve the needs of the community and the world ever since through the generosity of the time and talents of the congregation.
Music stands with the Word in proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ, and plays a central role in our liturgical life, both in congregational song and in offering appropriate choral and organ works by composers of all historical periods and representing various cultures. Our adult choir and quartet of professional soloists/section leaders are central to this role, supported by organ, grand piano, harpsichord, and other instruments. The choir rehearses on Sunday mornings at 9:30 am and sings at the 11:00 am service weekly, September through June. Several times each year larger choral works are presented as a part of worship. A special music series, Music at Resurrection, presents a variety of musical offerings to the public and as a part of worship.
On Wednesdays during Lent there is an evening program that runs from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, beginning with a light supper. A program and service of Evening Prayer follow.
It is a traditional practice to postpone baptisms and weddings until after Easter.
Holy Week begins on the Sunday of the Passion and progresses toward the sacred Three Days, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and the Vigil of Easter when there are services each night at 7:30 pm.
Advent is the first season of the church year comprising the four weeks before Christmas. During Advent the church waits expectantly and hopefully for the coming of the world's Redeemer. He comes as a baby born at Bethlehem; he comes to us now through Word and Sacrament; and we expect him to come at history's end and conclusion as the world's ultimate Judge and Savior.
Christmas celebrates the Nativity of Our Lord, when "the Word became flesh and lived among us" (John 1:14). As we get closer to Christmas we begin to celebrate the season a little early, toward the end of the Advent season. At Christmas we are always happy to see many visitors and extended family of our members. We hope you will be among them!
There is a very large population of Ethiopian immigrants in the Washington Metropolitan area in general, and in Northern Virginia in particular. Since the majority of the non-Orthodox Christian population in Ethiopia is Lutheran (the Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus is one of the larger member churches in the Lutheran World Federation), there is a need for Lutheran-sponsored worship opportunities among that population. There is also a population of Eritreans in the area, who though Christian are not necessarily Lutheran (Mekane Yesus), who may be attracted to such a ministry. During his time at Resurrection, Pastor Anteneh has been making and cultivating many Ethiopian contacts, who have expressed interest in an Amharic worship service. Pastor Anteneh also has discovered that many of these Ethiopians are worshipping in non-Lutheran churches, highlighting the need for established Lutheran congregations to become more active in reaching out to these fellow Lutherans.
RELC now hosts an Amharic worship service each Sunday at 9:30am, led by Pastor Anteneh.