Adam Hamilton

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The Lord's Prayer, a Part of Who We Are

Posted Sep 14, 2018

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Dear Resurrection Family,

This is going to be a meaningful weekend in worship as we turn our focus to that part of the Lord’s Prayer where we pray, “Lead us, not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.” Earlier this year Pope Francis told Christians that we often pray the Lord’s Prayer wrong when we come to this phrase. He noted that we don’t have to ask God not to lead us into temptation, for God doesn’t lead us to be tempted (see James 1:13-15). He was right. This is why, for years, we’ve prayed the Lord’s Prayer at Resurrection with a comma following the “Lead us,” as if to say, “Lead us, not into temptation (as we tend to lead ourselves), but deliver us from evil.”

This weekend’s message will focus on temptation and how we resist it, and we will talk about what precisely Jesus had in mind when he asked us to pray for God to deliver us from evil. I struggle with temptation, and so do you. Even Jesus was tempted. Join us this weekend in worship as we discover the power and importance of this part of the Lord’s Prayer.

Have you prayed the Lord’s Prayer yet today? I invite you to stop and do so now. I’ve challenged you to pray the prayer every day and I’m grateful that so many of you have been doing so.

Worship for Those with Dementia and Alzheimer’s

While I’m typing this email I can hear worship taking place in Leawood’s Wesley Chapel. I love these services, led by our Silverlink Ministry, for those whose memory is being lost to dementia or Alzheimer’s. Area care centers bring their residents over twice a month for a special service with familiar hymns, beautiful music a message and the Lord’s Prayer.

In light of our current sermon series I wanted to mention this. Often those who can no longer remember their own names will still join in as the Lord’s Prayer is recited. This prayer has become such a part of who they are, and the reciting is a part of their neural pathways that even dementia struggles to break.

I’m so grateful for our members and staff who bless those who attend these special services.

Egypt Trip: Walking in the Footsteps of Moses

In 2016, I took our congregation through the life of Moses. At that time I mentioned that we were planning a trip to Egypt to retrace Moses’ life for Resurrection members and visitors. I’ll lead that trip October 2-13, 2019. This is a once-in-a-lifetime kind of trip and it will be remarkable.

We’ll follow the route of the Exodus, traveling begin in Cairo under the Suez Canal, not far from where the Israelites crossed the “Red Sea” (or Reed Sea). We’ll travel to Mt. Sinai, enjoying an amazing supper with the Bedouin, then wake early the next morning to hike Mt. Sinai, remembering Moses’ reception of the Law and the Ten Commandments. We’ll spend a day on the coast enjoying the Red Sea before heading to Luxor where we’ll visit the tombs of the pharaohs in the Valley of the Kings. We’ll also visit the Karnak and Luxor temples. We’ll then board a river cruise ship and travel for three nights south on the Nile, stopping by various archaeological sites along the way. We’ll end back in Cairo, visiting the Pyramids of Giza.

The trip is limited to 250. Click here to see the brochure. You will not be able to sign up until next Friday morning. The link will be in my enote and will be sent out at 9 am next Friday. There has been great interest in this trip and we anticipate it selling out very quickly.

2018 Neighborhood Food Drive begins this weekend!

Pick up a bag at the church beginning this weekend to fill with non-perishables to help those in Kansas City who are food insecure. You can take extra bags to pass out to your neighbors and friends so they can do the same! Bags are due back by October 1. Each bag will have a list of the food that is needed at the various food banks we support with this drive.

Don't have time to shop? During the Food Drive (Sept 15 - Oct 1), you can also donate by cash or check if you stop by our food display. You can also donate year-round by dropping an envelope labeled "Hunger" in the offering plate. Thanks for your support.

Interested in helping us behind the scenes handing out bags or sorting food? Click here to volunteer.

Don’t Miss tomorrow morning’s Blessing of the Pets

Bring your "best friend" for a special blessing this Saturday, Sept. 15, 10 am – noon, in the courtyard outside of Bldg. A. Please have pets on leashes or in crates or carriers. There will be a photographer available to take a photo with you and your pet. We're also accepting donations of bags of dry cat and dog food for Angel Hearts Rescue.

Welcome Methodist Women’s Annual Meeting

This weekend, the Great Plains' United Methodist Women's Annual Meeting is being held at Church of the Resurrection Leawood. We’re excited to be hosting this gathering of United Methodist Women from across Kansas and Nebraska (and a few of our women from Missouri too!).

Tomorrow morning at 9 am I will join Harriett Olson, the national CEO of United Methodist Women, for a conversation about the future of the United Methodist Church and the bishops’ proposal for a way forward for our denomination regarding same-gender marriage.

While registration is closed for the event, any of our women are welcome to join us for the 9 am conversation in the Leawood Foundry.

FLOURISH – Furnishing Homes With Hope

Our Furnishings Ministry, now called Flourish Furnishings, will celebrate the opening of their new warehouse on Saturday, September 29, 9 am to noon, at 11971 Grandview Road, Grandview, MO 64030.

Through 100% volunteer resources and 100% donated goods, Flourish provides quality furniture and household goods to families and individuals transitioning out of homelessness and poverty. They are excited to open this new warehouse in Grandview and welcome you to join in the vision to change lives and transform our community. All are welcome at the Grand Opening!

Concerned about caring for the environment?

Resurrection’s EarthCOR Ministry is sponsoring an important conversation this Monday Night, Sept. 17, at 6:30 pm in Leawood Room B152. You will hear from two experts in the field: Dr. Les Lampe, who is a civil engineer and former VP and Director of Water Resources at Black and Veatch, and Dawn Buehler, who is the Kansas River Keeper, Watershed Management and holds degrees in natural resources and business administration.

This discussion will cover the United Methodist Church’s social principles and resolutions regarding the stewardship of water, the most important element in our physical and spiritual lives. Come away with concrete actions to better love and honor God more deeply and love your neighbors as yourselves.

For more information or to register click here.

Groundbreaking for the New Resurrection Memorial Garden.

Next weekend, September 23, following the 11 am worship service, we’ll have a groundbreaking and dedicatory prayer for the new Resurrection Memorial Garden, located just outside of the Leawood Sanctuary, below the stained-glass window. Construction will begin for the first 900 niches.

Anyone is welcome for this groundbreaking, but I thought it might be particularly meaningful for the nearly 500 of you who have already purchased niches in the garden. To find out more about the memorial garden, or to indicate your interest in a niche, click here.

Hurricane Assistance

As Hurricane Florence continues to pound the East Coast, many are asking what the church can do. First, pause now and pray for hope and resilience for those being impacted by Florence. Pray for strength and endurance for those offering help in the midst of this disaster and pray for safety and courage for those who are Emergency Responders.

As a church, we are currently receiving financial contributions that will allow us to partner with some of the United Methodist Churches in the hardest hit areas, providing financial grants to be used to aid those most impacted by Florence. This anchors our relief efforts with local churches that can provide ongoing pastoral care while addressing the physical needs of their neighbors in these affected communities. You can contribute to this effort online. (Click on the “Giving Type” arrow on the right and select “Disaster Response.”)

Through our Disaster Response ministry, we will continue to explore opportunities for teams to assist with relief and rebuilding in the aftermath of the storm.

Join us for Sacred Steps 5K next Saturday, September 22!

Join LaVon and me and about 1,000 others for a great morning of fellowship and fun as we walk/run and raise money to provide clean drinking water for our brothers and sisters in Malawi! Click here for more information or to register.

In Closing

I want to end by mentioning that, as a delegate to February’s General Conference of the United Methodist Church I receive frequent emails from laity, and some clergy, telling me their views on same-sex marriage (the focus of the upcoming special called session of General Conference). Today’s was from a woman in western Kansas who was clear that same-sex marriage is sinful and that for the church to embrace married gay and lesbian people would be sinful as well.

Underlying her assumptions are scriptures—six passages in particular—that express that some form of same-sex relationships are sinful. She reads these passages as reflecting God’s will. Others, myself included, read these texts in the same way we read the 200+ verses of the Bible that allow for slavery including the beating of slaves, or the hundred verses that condone what today we would call genocide, or the verses that require women to keep silent in the church, to pray with their heads covered as a sign of submission, and to submit to their husbands. These verses, and others on similar topics, reflect the cultural norms and hermeneutics (ways of reading and interpreting the Bible) of ancient Judaism, but today we recognize that slavery is wrong, and that women should have a voice and be permitted leadership in the church. We reject the slaughter of an enemies’ children as immoral, as we do the use of the death penalty for crimes for which the Bible proscribes it. In my book, Making Sense of the Bible, I have tried to help readers to understand the nature of scripture, how God speaks through it, and why it is right to at times question “clear teachings of scripture” (as Jesus and the apostles did).

I’ve just started reading a book by Vicky Beeching called Undivided, which is about her story. (Thanks to one of our members for passing it on to me!) Vicky was one of the leading worship leaders and songwriters in contemporary Christian music. You would recognize some of her songs. Her book describes her own life story and may be of interest to those of you seeking to make sense of the questions related to same-gender attraction. I’m only a short way into it, but I’ve already found it moving.

I’m grateful for you, Church of the Resurrection. Thank you for being an outward-focused, thought-provoking, bridge-building, and hope-radiating kind of church!


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.