Dear Resurrection Family,
I’m writing this note from the Israeli side of the Dead Sea. We arrived in Israel on Monday night and on Tuesday we began filming four sermons for our new sermon series: David: Shepherd, Warrior, Poet and King. It has been an exhausting and exhilarating week. We’ve completed two sermons and are filming parts of another today. As we’ve explored the story of King David, we’ve gone places I have never been before.
I’ve been preaching these sermons with Art Nemitoff, Senior Rabbi of Congregation B’nai Jehudah, Kansas City’s oldest and largest synagogue. The messages are part preaching, part teaching, and part exploration of biblical lands.
This weekend Rabbi Nemitoff and I will focus on David, the Shepherd God chose to be a king. You’ll meet a Bedouin shepherd named Omar – I spent the day with him on Tuesday driving 130 goats through the wilderness and sharing coffee and tea with him under an acacia tree, surrounded by these goats. He and his tribe shepherd thousands of sheep and goats in the desert outside of Bethlehem, doing so in much the same way David did 3,000 years ago. My interview with him will help you know David in a deeper way. We’ll also visit a place called "the Valley of the Shadow of Death" in the Judean wilderness. Click here to see a picture of Omar with his sheep as we were driving them to find grass. We’ll look at the beautiful story in 1 Samuel 16 of God’s choosing David, and we’ll end the sermon with Psalm 23. We’ll also be giving out a copy of Psalm 23 on a card to take home and memorize. It is one of the most loved and recited passages in all the Bible, and I hope it will mean even more to you after this weekend’s sermon.
I enjoy preparing messages where I can take you as a congregation to biblical locations in the hope of helping you read, hear and see the stories in the light of the land where these stories took place. In each of these sermons you’ll see things most people never see and hear from interesting people who will shed light on the biblical stories. I hope you enjoy these messages as much as I enjoy preparing them. I am learning things and gaining fresh insights as I do. It’s been a joy doing this with Rabbi Nemitoff, sharing conversations about stories we both love. This series has the added benefit of building bridges with our Jewish neighbors, for whom David is a pivotal figure. Here’s a teaser video of the series that I hope you will share with your friends and invite them to join you this weekend.
On a side note: someone asked me on Twitter who pays for these trips to film sermons and small group resources on biblical characters. The church pays nothing for the travel and expenses related to the trip. Educational Opportunities (EO) serves as our partners sponsoring the trips. Abingdon provides funds for staff time as the videos we create are used in small group resources they produce. EO hopes that people using these resources in churches across the US will want to travel to the Holy Land and use their services. As a church, your investment is my time, ten days during which we will produce four sermons of a type that no other church has likely been able to offer. I am grateful for this partnership and hope you feel it is worthwhile too.
We’re currently seeking applicants and nominations to serve on our leadership teams next year. Are you interested in serving? Do you know someone who would be excellent in these roles?
Every year our Nominations Committee recommends a slate of candidates to serve on our key leadership teams: Staff Parish, Trustees, Finance, our Foundation Board, and others.
Here’s what I’d like to ask - if you know someone you think we should contact about serving on a committee, or if you are willing to be personally considered, please go to cor.org/committees to let us know. Please note that you must be a member for at least two years prior to serving in a preparatory role, or three years before serving as a full voting member on a committee.
If you have questions about the process, please contact Jim Oliver, our church's Lay Leader, at email@example.com or (913) 397-6771.
The second music video from the Resurrection Music Collective - worship leaders and volunteers from each of our campuses at Resurrection – was posted last night. You can check out this original piece of worship music at this site.
This collaborative project, which has additional music videos in the works, was born out of a desire by our talented musicians to worship in community and write original music.
We have several opportunities for you to join with your church family for some fun, family-friendly community events this weekend.
Ten years ago, BBM was restructured into what it is today, a place where moms with kids of all ages come together, build lifelong friendships, grow in faith, serve others and become even more amazing moms. The ministry includes a thriving National Program with churches all over the country joining the BBM family. To honor this milestone anniversary, BBM is throwing a party, Wednesday, Oct. 10, from 7-9:30 pm for both current and alumni members at The Lodge at Ironwoods (14701 Mission Road). If you have ever been a part of BBM, you are invited to join them for a fun night with wonderful fellowship. You can register here.
I’m looking forward to worshiping with you from the Holy Land this weekend!
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