I am grateful to be back in Kansas City after having a Spirit-filled weekend leading and teaching in Michigan last weekend. In addition to what was a great gathering of men (leaders from the church), I had the privilege of celebrating the baptism of my 15-month-old niece, Belle Sonoma, as well as connecting with my grandpa, who is 93-years-old (and was present at Belle's baptism). After taking some time to reflect over that gathering of the generations, it was awesome to think of the impact and the legacies we leave.
A couple of days ago we celebrated Halloween, which is always greatly celebrated, but yesterday was All Saints Day, a day when we are called to remember and honor the saints who have gone before us... the people whose legacies shape us today. I'm excited to think about my niece's future and the way the world will be different because of her, just as I am grateful for how my 93-year-old grandfather (still living) and his wife (my coffee-loving grandma Dorothy) influenced and changed my life. Who are you grateful for? Who do you want to remember and celebrate? How are you different/better because of them? What do you want your legacy to be?
I love serving this congregation, because your commitment to this community is literally transforming the city. By your service, commitment and willingness to live out your faith in this eclectic community, you are writing a new story that will (by the grace of God) shape KC for generations to come. What an awesome legacy, made possible by having the courage to give, live and serve sacrificially and generously! Thank you!
This week we begin a new series of sermons called The Fruitful Life. Pastor Adam will lead us through the vineyard (literally), and the frequent use of vineyard imagery in Scripture, as a way of shaping how we ought to live our lives as good stewards. I hope you'll join us for worship, invite friends and help us kick off this series with great momentum! Also, don’t forget, Daylight Saving Time ends this Sunday, Nov. 4!
For those of you who have been clamoring for our worship music to be shared more broadly, I want to invite you to check out the latest release from Glory Revival and the COR Worship Collective, "'Tis So Sweet," at theholyordinary.com. Please watch, listen and share!
Lastly, please consider bringing us your coats for Project Warmth THIS WEEKEND! At all services, we’ll collect coats, blankets, hats, gloves and scarves to go to Project Warmth. Please bring your new and gently used (clean) items to worship with you this weekend for this city-wide coat and blanket drive! Also, don't forget to return your filled Thanksgiving Meal Bags for Avenue of Life to the church by Nov. 11. Look for more opportunities to give back at the JOY in Serving table next weekend (Nov. 10 and 11), or visit cor.org/downtown/joy for more details.
Have a great Friday and I'll see you this weekend in worship!
With Grace, Peace and God's Holy Adventure,
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