Dear Resurrection Family,
It always seems a challenge to keep a focus on thanksgiving at Thanksgiving! There’s food to prepare, football games on the TV, children running around and a dog or two also. And each year there’s some adversity somewhere in the family, a death, illness, surgery or other challenge.
It would be very easy to quickly offer the requisite mealtime blessing (or even skip it) and dig in to our meal. I’d like to encourage you to pause – and help your family pause – to give thanks tomorrow. I’ve encouraged you to pause five times a day to give thanks (when you awaken, before each meal and at bedtime). And at your mealtime, consider inviting each person to write down or share something they are grateful for, or give them fifteen seconds of silence in your mealtime prayer encouraging them to give thanks in silence.
If you are looking for a meaningful Thanksgiving Day meal blessing, you can find several excellent ones by clicking here.
This weekend we kick off the season of Advent! I love this season – the four weeks leading up to Christmas when we sing hymns and carols, light the Advent candles, and reflect upon the scriptures that point us towards Christmas. This week our sanctuaries at each campus had the greenery hung, the Christmas trees erected and the lights strung.
This week I’ll kick off our Advent sermon series called The Birth of the King. Each sermon will look at one or two passages from the biblical prophets foretelling the coming of a special King – passages written centuries before the birth of Jesus. Then we’ll turn to the gospel stories surrounding the birth of Jesus to see how early Christians saw the prophetic words fulfilled in Jesus.
This weekend’s message will look at the prophetic word that God would send a messenger to prepare the way for the Lord. Isaiah famously notes, “A voice cries, ‘In the wilderness, prepare the way for the Lord.’” Jesus and the gospel writers all understood this passage to be pointing to John the Baptist who came preaching and baptizing just before Jesus began his ministry. We’ll look to these passages to see what they tell us about preparing the way in our own lives for the Lord and we’ll explore the message of John the Baptist recorded in the gospels. This week’s sermon is called, Preparing the Way for the King.
If you are going to the Chiefs game Sunday afternoon, join us Saturday night or Sunday morning for worship. I’d like to encourage you to not miss worship during the four weekends of Advent!
Tomorrow at 11:30 am we’ll be sharing a Thanksgiving meal for those who don’t have Thanksgiving plans or family to share the meal with. Pastor Cheryl Bell will be hosting this annual meal in the Foundry Hall, and I’ll be stopping by for a bit to say hello. This is a wonderful turkey dinner and a chance to fellowship with others from the church. Click here to sign up. We have 100 spots left as of the time of this writing.
I have lost track of how many thousand people you will be providing a Thanksgiving meal to this year – I’ll share that number next week in my enote. I simply wanted to say thank you to all who purchased groceries for others, who prepared meals and delivered them to the church to serve elderly and low-income people, and for all who are serving tomorrow. I’m so very proud of you and grateful for your heart of compassion and service.
Christmas is a perfect time to invite someone to join you at Resurrection. I recorded a brief invitation to Advent worship that you can use to invite someone you know who doesn’t have a church. Here’s the link.
We also created a promo video for the Advent series, The King is Born. If you were in worship this past weekend, this was the video the congregation liked the most. Here is the link. You can click on this link to go right to the Facebook page so you can like/love, comment and/or share it on social media. If you do this, it will help boost the promo so even more people will see it!
During Advent, we will be sharing a simple activity each day in December for families to use to help focus on the meaning of the season. There will be a variety of ideas for things to do, ways to serve others, and topics to discuss that are appropriate for families of all ages. Ideas will be posted on social media and included in the daily GPS guide.
During the season of Advent, we’ll have two special studies on Wednesday nights. Join us for a community meal at 5:30 pm and then classes and children’s activities at 6:15 pm. Childcare is available with registration. Click here to register.
All of our campuses will have a special opportunity to experience the anticipation of Christmas by joining the COR Worship Collective in a night of Advent worship at 6:30 pm at Resurrection Downtown, 1601 Grand Ave. The Worship Collective is a collaboration of musicians from all of our campuses. In addition to singing traditional Christmas hymns, they will be performing original music from their forthcoming Advent album. This will be an evening full of music, liturgy, Psalms and a special message from Pastor Matt Bisel.
Parking is free. Childcare is available for children 4 and under, please register children here.
This weekend we’ll have opportunities for Christmas projects. Stop by the JOY tables in the Narthex after worship, or sign up here. This week’s projects:
I’ve got to run, but I want to wish you and your family a blessed Thanksgiving Day!
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