I hope you had a great 4th of July! I am heading back to Kansas City as I type, and I'm excited to get back.
For the past several days I've had a chance to spend time with my family, watch Freddy grow up playing in the water, throwing rocks, hiking, kayaking, fishing and launching water rockets. It had been quite some time since Wendy and I had gotten away for sabbath rest, and it felt great. It will also be great to get back into town and return to what has become our regular rhythm of life. That said, while we were away, we realized that we hit the ten year mark for living in Kansas City.
Ten years ago this weekend, we began our life in ministry in Kansas City and it's crazy trying to reflect over all that has happened in that time. God is constantly making his presence known to us, but for the past ten years that has been most clearly evident through all of you, and your continued willingness to respond to God's call to,"go and do likewise, to love one another selflessly, sacrificially, the way that God first loves us."
When we love like this, by the grace of God, we are able to build Christian community that becomes like an ever-extending family full of the most amazing, diverse and loving people. I am grateful and humbled to be your pastor! Thank you for being the best versions of the people God is calling you to be over these past ten years.
This past week, very appropriately, you all were featured as part of an article published by IN Kansas City. It shares a bit about what's been going on in the heart of this city as it pertains to religious life. If you haven't seen it, be sure to Click Here and take a look. Also, please share it with others if you feel so inclined.
This weekend, I'm excited as I'll have the opportunity to preach and lead us in worship by focusing on a sermon series called The Resurrection Life. Saint Athanasius, an ancient church father, was known for saying, "God became man, that man might become like God." We’re going to be talking about what it means to actually become the living body of Christ, to live lives that preach the good news of Jesus Christ always and everywhere.
This weekend we'll be focusing specifically on worship, our daily lives and how we are called to Transcend the Trending Topics of the day by elevating the discourse and remembering who we are! I hope you'll join me for the kick-off to this series!
Also, given our surge in small group interest and participation, we are looking for more individuals or couples who might be willing to step up as leaders for the upcoming fall semester. Being a small group leader is a great way to grow in your own faith, while helping others grow closer to God as well. If you're interested, or have any questions, please reach out to Pastor Matt.Bisel@cor.org!
Lastly, I want to invite all of our guys, RezDads and all of your guy friends to join me for a night on Monday, July 15, as we go deeper in a discussion on what it means to embody the Good News! All RezDowntown guys and friends are welcome to join me for a conversation that will not only dive deeper into this topic, but focus us on growing our Men's Ministry into the future, with some very exciting plans. Join me on Monday, July 15, at 6:30 pm at 1522 McGee.
I am excited to be back in worship this weekend and I hope you have had a great time celebrating July 4th weekend!
With Grace, Peace and God's Holy Adventure,
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