Adam Hamilton

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We Are People Who Reflect the Light

Posted Jul 5, 2019

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Dear Resurrection Family,

I hope your 4th of July celebrations were meaningful. My day began by praying for our nation and our leaders, spending time reading and study, then, in the afternoon making strawberry ice cream with Stella, and finally a cookout with friends and watching fireworks.

This weekend in worship, we kick off our July sermon series Resurrection Life. Scott Chrostek, our Executive Pastor who oversees our campuses and Downtown Campus Pastor, will be preaching. The sermon series will focus on embodying the Good News – how do we share light, live as the light, reflect light in our world that can seem so dark at times? If you are in town, you won’t want to miss this series, and if you are out of town join me in worshiping online.

This month, as you know, I’m on study leave and vacation. I’m at the Lake of the Ozarks much of the month, surrounded by 20+ commentaries on the Ten Commandments as I prepare the fall sermons and write the first draft of a book focused on how the Ten Commandments speak to us today. I’ll also be hosting our senior staff retreat next week, heading to Chicago for meetings convened by some of our bishops about the future of the UMC, and heading to Nashville later this month to film the videos for a small group study.

I’m grateful for this time away which also includes long walks in conversation with God, sitting on the dock watching the sunset and time to recharge and renew. Thank you for allowing this time away. It is a huge blessing.

Just a quick word about upcoming events:

  • Next Thursday at 6:30 pm, Pastor Wendy Lyons Chrostek, our Senior Director of Congregational Care, is teaching a class called Tidying Up – Making Room for Meaning in Your Life. You can find out more here.
  • Our Pet Ministry will welcome the Leawood Police’s K-9 department Wednesday, July 17, in the parlor of the Leawood Campus where they will discuss their work and answer questions. Families and children welcome, but please, no pets. To register, email Kathy O’Dowd.
  • Resurrection Leawood’s Chancel Choir and Orchestra are presenting the River of Light Oratorio capturing the message of the Resurrection Stained Glass Window through music. The concert is free in our Leawood sanctuary July 18 at 8 pm.
  • The Annual UMW Rummage Sale is taking place July 19 and 20. We have people who come in from across the country to visit KC that weekend every year just to shop at the Rummage Sale – the largest church rummage sale that I am aware of anywhere in the US. There’s great stuff to buy, a lot of fun volunteering, and it all raises money for sustainable ministries benefiting women, children and youth. Last year the sale raised over $90,000. Click here to find out how and what you can donate, how you can volunteer and more.

Finally, I wanted to let you know that Rev. Chris Abel, who serves as our Pastor of Students and Young Adults, has recently been asked by Bishop Bob Farr of Missouri to serve as the Senior Pastor of First United Methodist Church of Blue Springs. This is a loss for our team as Chris has been a tremendous blessing to our staff. At the same time I’m excited both for Chris, for whom this is a huge opportunity, and for the congregation of First UMC Blue Springs.

Chris will be with us through September, and during this next month our team will be focused on next steps for our student ministries staff. I’m grateful for Chris and hope you’ll take the time to let him know of your appreciation and offer your encouragement as he prepares for this next chapter in his life and ministry.

I’m getting back to work – commentaries on the Ten Commandments are calling!

In Christ’s Love,


Adam Hamilton

Adam Hamilton

Reverend Adam Hamilton is the senior pastor of Church of the Resurrection and the author of 22 books. He has been married to LaVon since 1982, and she has been a critical partner in every dimension of Adam’s work. They have two daughters and one granddaughter.

Adam's writings are known for helping readers make sense of challenging theological questions, exploring the significance of the biblical stories, and equipping Christian leaders to be more effective in their work. He earned his MDiv from Perkins School of Theology and graduated with honors from Oral Roberts University with a degree in Pastoral Ministry.