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Monthly Message from Father Niko – July 2020

“In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. – John 1:4-5

Beloved brothers and sisters in the Lord,

My family and I live near the top of a hill in Castro Valley, and because of our proximity to the trees, have seen occasional power outages earlier this year. When this occurs, we use the few flashlights and candles we have around the house in order to see. Even the tiniest bit of light can make a world of difference between seeing and stumbling, for light cuts through even the deepest black. 

Similarly, our church has now reopened, albeit in a limited capacity, and provides a ray of light through the darkness of isolation. Glory to God! Between outages, pandemics, and other such events, we can safely say that 2020 has certainly been an eventful year! 

I read an author recently who said that “no amount of darkness in the world can suppress the light of a candle.” We take this to heart as Orthodox Christians because we know the role of our Lord is the same – to shine through the darkness. Each year we read at Pascha the words of St. John the Theologian about the darkness not comprehending the light. This powerful image of shining through darkness, effectively eliminating its power over us, is a mere glimpse of the power of God at work in the world. The Lord provides us with rays of hope, which shine through the dark patches we must walk through at times in life. This light is always available to us, we need to merely take hold of it, like a candle in darkness, and let it lead us through. 

The theme for this month, “silver linings,” is a beautiful theme which evokes the same feelings in us of the light shining in darkness. Let us remember that hope truly springs eternal in Jesus Christ, and whatever darkness we face in our lives can not “comprehend it.” 

I look forward to seeing you once again in church in the weeks and months to come.
Much love, and God bless!

With love in Christ,     
Father Niko Bekris

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Latest Updates

The July Digital Bulletin is now available for your reading pleasure. This edition contains stories about the “Rays of Sunshine and Silver Linings” in our midst. Those special people who bring warmth and happiness into the lives of others.

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Registration for attending in-person Divine Services is now open for Resurrection Parishioners.

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Watch as Father Niko Bekris explains what we’re doing to Reopen Resurrection on Sunday, June 28, 2020. Thanks be to God!

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Are you buzzing with news of babies being born, wedding engagements, retirements, or other milestone events being celebrated? We want to showcase your story in the July 2020 Digital Monthly Bulletin!

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Beloved brothers and sisters in the Lord, I wanted to take a moment to briefly greet all of you and say a few words about the civic unrest that we currently find ourselves in, and what we can think and pray about in this short video.

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The June Monthly bulletin is available for your reading pleasure! This month’s edition is all about “The Beauty of Creation” and what our parish family has been doing to pass the time during the pandemic.

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We are cautiously optimistic that we will be able to resume in-person Divine Services at Resurrection in the near future; however the health and safety of parishioners and all people in our community continues to be our primary concern.

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We are beginning to prepare for a return to in-person services at our beloved Resurrection, while following local public health regulations to protect the health and safety of all.

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Join us in celebrating our parish feast day of the Resurrection (Apodosis of Pascha) along with the feast day of the Holy Ascension.

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What have you been doing to the pass the time while quarantined? Where have you found God’s beauty the past few months? We’d love to showcase your stories in a new column we’re calling Pandemic Pastimes.

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As mentioned by Father Niko at the end of this morning’s Divine Liturgy, here’s what’s happening TODAY!

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The San Francisco Metropolis Church Music Federation Ministry’s Church Music Development team has been working on ways to Build Up The Body of Christ and make the hymnology of our church readily available to parishes – educating in both musical and spiritual ways.

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From the Fathers

Spiritual Sayings

God was the reason of true faith and good behavior and of the knowledge of technology among people. While people continually felt God above them, before them, and around them, in the same way air and light is felt, they attributed and dedicated all their technological works and handiwork to Him, their Lord and Creator.

Do not say, “this happened by chance, while this came to be of itself.” In all that exists there is nothing disorderly, nothing indefinite, nothing without purpose, nothing by chance … How many hairs are on your head? God will not forget one of them. Do you see how nothing, even the smallest thing, escapes the gaze of God?

Our soul, as a spiritual, active being, cannot remain idle; it either does good or evil, one of the two; either wheat grows in it or tares. But as every good comes from God, and as the means of obtaining every good from God is prayer, those who pray fervently, sincerely, from the depths of their hearts, obtain from the Lord grace to do good, and, before all, the grace of faith; whilst those who do not pray, naturally remain without these spiritual gifts, voluntarily depriving themselves of them by their own negligence and spiritual coldness.

It is only necessary to seek one thing: to be with Jesus. The man who remains with Jesus is rich, even if he is poor with regard to material things. Who ever desires the earthly more than the heavenly loses both the earthly and the heavenly. But whoever seeks the heavenly is Lord of the whole world.

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