Dear Resurrection Family,
I’m really excited about this weekend in worship! We’ll conclude our series of sermons on Christianity and World Religions.
We’ll begin with a Super Bowl commercial many of you messaged me about during the game. I’ll summarize Christianity as I have each of the other major world religions over the last few weeks. I’ll end by sharing with you both what we can and should value in the other faiths we’ve studied, and why, having studied them, I continue to be a Christian. To summarize the Christian faith, I’ll unpack the best known verse in the New Testament, from a verse that Martin Luther called “the gospel in miniature”: John 3:16.
This would be a great weekend to invite a friend!
Last weekend we kicked off our Souper Bowl food drive. This is our largest food drive of the year, and an important way to stock our shelves for spring deliveries.
In addition, any monetary donations will be used to purchase food in the summer months when shelves run low but pantry demand is high because children are out of school and home all day. If you didn’t pick up a bag last week I encourage you to pick up a bag on your way out of worship this weekend and return it by Sunday 2/18, filled with non-perishables. In addition to taking bags and shopping for the food drive, this year we’ll offer an opportunity for you to purchase food in bulk at cost – thank you David Ball for making this possible.
Check out the displays in the Narthex this weekend if you are interested in buying in bulk for the food drive – by the case or by the pallet! You can also donate to sack hunger year-round. Stop by the Souper Bowl display in Bldg. A for more information or click here.
I’m also excited that this weekend at Resurrection Leawood, following each worship service, you’ll have the chance to tour the construction zone in our old sanctuary, to see the progress and to sign your name and prayers on the back of the last of the sheetrock before it is installed.
You’ll see the location of the café and indoor kids play area, the classrooms, Matthew’s Ministry spaces and kitchen, and the large Foundry Hall which will be our fellowship hall as well as our alternative worship spaces on Sunday mornings. Don’t miss this chance to see the progress and sign the walls!
If you are considering becoming a member of the Church of the Resurrection, join me and our other pastors for Coffee with the Pastors this Sunday, February 11, at 2–4 pm in the Leawood Student Center (Building C). This is a great opportunity to learn more about the church and membership expectations. You will also meet our Congregational Care pastors and have a chance to talk with them.
For those who decide to join, there will be a brief joining ceremony at the end of the gathering. Childcare is provided. Register online here. I hope to see you there.
As our sermon series concludes this weekend with the topic of Christianity, we want to offer a follow up opportunity for you to learn more about what we believe as Christians. We are offering a special 6-week session of Alpha in a 90-minute format which will begin Sunday evening at 6:30, February 18 in room C144.
Alpha has helped thousands of non-religious and nominally religious people at Resurrection over the past 18 years develop a deeper understanding and experience of the Christian faith. Alpha will include a time for group discussion and an opportunity to ask questions. We hope you will join us for this special session of Alpha. For more information or to register, please visit our Alpha page.
The Season of Lent begins Wednesday, Feb. 14, with our Ash Wednesday worship service at 7 pm in the Leawood Sanctuary. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of a time when we prepare our hearts for Easter and to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. This worship service includes music, prayer, a message and the opportunity for personal reflection and confession. The service offers a special, meaningful experience for the start of Lent, our most important Christian season. Join us for this meaningful time of worship.
Each of our campuses, Resurrection West, Downtown and Blue Springs, will also have Ash Wednesday services at 7 pm on Wednesday, February 14.
This Lent, I’ll preach through the Gospel of Mark, covering the major themes of the gospel and helping us together to meet Jesus through Mark’s gospel. I’ll challenge each of you to read the Gospel of Mark as a part of your Lenten journey. Giving up a favorite food for Lent is great, but even better is giving up ten minutes a day to read through the Gospel.
You’ve heard me mention before that every Christian should read through at least one gospel each year. Reading half a chapter a day will get you through the Gospel before Easter. Join me in this Lenten journey.
I’ll preach the first two sermons in our Lenten series from the Holy Land. This Monday I depart with forty-five young adults for the Holy Land where we’ll walk in the footsteps of Jesus.
My aim in leading this trip is to mentor, encourage and raise up young adult leaders in our congregation. As part of this trip, I’ll preach two sermons from the Holy Land. The first week I’ll take you to Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found, as well as the Jordan River where Jesus was baptized and the Wilderness where he was tempted. The second week I’ll take you to Galilee and will preach half the sermon from the town of Capernaum, which was Jesus’ home town, and then I’ll take you out on a boat onto the Sea of Galilee, and I’ll finish the sermon in the middle of the Sea of Galilee.
It’s not every day that you hear a sermon preached from a boat in the middle of the Sea of Galilee, but I believe you’ll be moved by the experience!
Enjoy the talents of Resurrection and guest musicians each Wednesday during Lent from 12:15-12:45 pm in the Leawood Narthex. On Feb. 14, hear a Piano Quartet featuring Ray Smith, Charles Tsui, Eleanor Hill and Barbara Eichenberger in the Sanctuary. Lunch is available for purchase from the Spring Cafe before or after the concert.
Here is a list of the concerts for the remaining weeks of Lent:
It’s hard to believe that this coming week we begin the season of Lent. Lent is intended to be a 40-day journey with Jesus that prepares us for Lent’s climax: Good Friday when we remember Christ’s crucifixion and Easter as we celebrate his resurrection.
I want to encourage you to join us for worship each weekend during Lent (in person or online), to read the Gospel of Mark, and to fast something during the season as a means of identifying with Christ’s own fast at the beginning of his ministry and with his sacrifice on the cross.
See you in worship!
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