Adam Hamilton

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Taking Hold of the Life that Really is Life

Posted Nov 20, 2020

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Dear Resurrection Family,

Just a reminder at the start of this note: We have suspended in-person worship and most in-person programming due to the recent rise in COVID cases. You did a great job of observing the protocols, and we had no known cases of spread at Resurrection, but we’ve seen an increasing number of people in the community with COVID, including members and staff of Resurrection. Fortunately, most have mild to moderate symptoms, but we’ve also seen a dramatic increase in daily deaths of persons with COVID in the United States.

We’ve heard from a number of health care leaders in Kansas City thanking us for making this call.

This Weekend in Worship: Taking Hold of the Life that Really is Life

Join us this weekend online or on TV for a powerful service of worship. With Thanksgiving approaching next week, our theme will focus on gratitude, generosity and joy.

In the sermon Taking Hold of the Life that Really is Life, we’ll look at how gratitude, generosity and joy are closely linked in scripture, and I’ll share with you three moving stories demonstrating the connection. We’ll end with the story of Resurrection member Jeff Hanson, a local artist, whose life and art demonstrate the connection between gratitude, generosity and joy!

Invite a friend to join us online at cor.org/live tomorrow night at 5 pm, Sunday at 7:30 am, 9:15 am, 11 am or 5 pm or on KMCI Channel 38 Sunday at 8 am or 11 am. For a listing of where KMCI is found on various cable providers, click here.

Commitment Weekend in Annual Stewardship Campaign

This weekend as we close the worship service we’ll be inviting you to make your annual commitment – your pledge – for what you will commit to give to God through Church of the Resurrection in the coming year.

Your generosity is what makes every bit of ministry that happens at Resurrection possible. LaVon and I will make our commitment online this year at the close of the sermon. Join us then, or now if you prefer, by going pledge.cor.org. Scroll down the page to see the impact your generosity has had through the life of our church and to watch short video testimonies concerning generosity.

Here’s my ask of you:

The pandemic has left some of our members unemployed or financially struggling, and they will not be able to give at the same level they did last year. I’m hoping those of you whose income is stable would take a step forward in generosity this year – increasing your giving towards tithing (giving your first tenth to God) - and consider increasing your 2021 giving by an additional 1% or 2% of your income this coming year. In doing this I believe you will find your own life blessed as you invest in the ministry of this church.

Each household that makes a pledge will receive our new 2021 Coffee Mug with our Love Your Neighbor logo as a small token of our thanks. Every child and teen who makes a commitment will receive their own mug as well!

We’ll be handing out mugs this Sunday and the next from 12:30 to 2:30 pm at each of our campuses – you’ll be able to drive up and pick yours up. I’ll be at Resurrection Leawood by the circular drive near the sanctuary (we’ll have multiple pick-up points to move traffic through quickly).

Uncommonly Generous Blood Drive! 782 Units Given!

Just a quick word to thank all of you who gave blood this week at Leawood (and who will give blood this coming week at West!). When I arrived Monday morning every seat at the intake was taken – it was exciting.

This was the second largest blood drive we’ve ever had. I’m so grateful for your selfless giving at an important time!

175 Adults and Children Joined Resurrection Last Weekend

Last Sunday we had our second online Coffee with the Pastors, and it was exciting to welcome 175 new adults and children, 93 households, into the membership of our church family.

By the way, 35 of those new members are people joining from out of town but who worship with us each week online. It was such a blessing to welcome each of our new members!

Virtual Christmas At Resurrection Online This Year!

Join us for a "virtual" Christmas at Resurrection this year as we revisit some of the most popular performances of the past three years. This year's production will be webcast December 10-13.

You won't want to miss this "must see" event that includes all the musical groups of the church in the holiday songs that you love. You'll also have a chance to relive the biblical story of Christmas when Jesus came to Earth as our Savior.

Join us for this great family holiday tradition as we celebrate Christmas at Resurrection! Online broadcast will be at cor.org/live on these dates and times:

  • December 10 and 11: 7:30 pm
  • December 12: 10:30 am and 7:30 pm
  • December 13: 1:30 pm

Traditional Option for Online Worship Begins December 5/6

For the last eight months we’ve offered one style of worship for online that sought to blend worship styles and elements from across our campuses. I’ve been so proud of our worship teams and find myself moved every week.

We’re working now to develop a second online worship service which will lean more traditional for those who have been missing our traditional worship. Both services will have some crossover – traditional hymns at the service that leans modern and some new hymns and special music at the service that leans traditional.

Watch for more details in next week’s enote.

Experience Advent while Worshiping at Home – Advent Wreath, Kids Kit

Advent begins a week from this Sunday – on November 29. It is the four weeks leading up to Christmas when we prepare to celebrate Christ’s coming and ready ourselves for his return. I love this season!

Since we’re worshipping and having Sunday School online, we wanted to have a way to bring Advent to your house. We’ve prepared Advent wreaths with the three purple candles, the pink candle and the Christ candle for you to have in your home to use each week and on Christmas Eve. We’ll be providing additional candles for candlelight Christmas Eve for you. We’ve got an amazing kit of children’s crafts, activities and devotions for families, too.

The Advent wreath is $5, the kids kit is free. We have 1,000 Advent wreath kits still available, but only 41 Family Advent Experience Kits as of this morning. Click here to order the wreath and/or the Family Advent Experience Kit.

If we run out of the Family kids, you can download the materials and print them as well as watching special Advent videos by going to cor.org/Christmas beginning this Sunday. If you are making your own Advent wreath you can download the devotional that comes with our wreath for free here.

If you ordered a kit, we’ll have drive through pick up at each of our locations on the next two Sundays, November 22 and 29, between 12:30 and 2:30 pm at the same time we are distributing the stewardship coffee mugs.

Would you consider being a small group leader in 2021?

One of the things we have learned through the COVID pandemic is how important it is to stay connected with others – even when we can’t gather in person.

Small groups are one way to continue to grow in your faith and develop Christian friendships. In January we are planning some exciting opportunities for you, wherever you are located around the country, to form new small groups. Some groups may be connected to a specific campus, but through virtual tools, groups could include people from across the city and country!

To do this, we need people to step up and say, "I would be willing to facilitate a group." We’ll provide training and resources over the next few months. If you are willing to take this next step, or if you just want to learn more, you can go to this webpage or contact Melanie.Hill@cor.org.

Tuesday Night Vespers This Week: Thanksgiving Reflections

Join me on Facebook Live this Tuesday night at 7:30 pm as I offer a Thanksgiving reflections and lead you in a time of prayer giving thanks. If you follow or like my page, you’ll be notified automatically as I go live.

I’ll be coming to you from our home in Stilwell, offering a devotion from scriptures and leading you in guided prayer.

Loving our Neighbors: Winter Warmth Donations Saturday

Our November donation drop-off drives will be to supply our partners with new or gently used winter warmth items: blankets, sleeping bags, outerwear (coats, hats, scarves, gloves) and clothing (pants tops, shoes, underwear and socks). You can drop off your items tomorrow, Saturday, November 21, between 9 and 11 am at our Leawood, Downtown, Overland Park, and West locations or at Blue Springs on Sunday, Nov. 22 between 12-2 pm.

I’d end with a Thanksgiving suggestion:

Often at Thanksgiving we have a quick prayer just before we sit down to eat. I’d like to encourage you, in this pandemic year, marked by political division and racial injustice, to take a little more time before sharing your meal to consider the blessings in the midst of the adversity. There are so many. If you are sharing Thanksgiving with others, invite each to name those blessings, and to consider how your lives have changed for the better this year.

I’m not suggesting that we ignore the pain, but that we take the time to see how and where God has worked in the midst of this difficult season, and to see the beauty and goodness all around us, and to earnestly give thanks. The first Thanksgiving followed a year in which half of the pilgrims died.

Our pictures of that first Thanksgiving often miss the reality for both the Pilgrims and the Native Americans of that time – life was hard and filled with adversity, but in the midst of it, there was a recognition of blessings and expressions of gratitude for it.

See you in worship this weekend as we reflect upon gratitude, generosity and joy!

Adam Hamilton

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.

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