Adam Hamilton

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Worship, Study and Serve in Community at Resurrection

Posted Aug 27, 2021

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Dear Resurrection Family,

I mentioned on Facebook last night the blend of sorrow, grief, sadness and anger that I, and I suspect all of you, felt in watching the news coverage of the suicide bombings yesterday in Kabul. Please join me, as you are reading this, in praying once more for the victims and their families – the 13 US service members who were killed and 15 injured while courageously staying at their posts trying to help those seeking to flee Afghanistan, and the 157 Afghan men, women and children who were killed and the 200 wounded as they sought to flee, many of whom had worked with the US the last twenty years.

This week, our missions team has been in contact with some of our ministry partners, both local and global, who are supporting Afghan refugees who have fled their country. We anticipate that some of the refugees may be relocated in the Kansas City area, and we are exploring ways our church can help them to rebuild their lives. I’ll be able to share more information next week, but know that we see this as a tangible way to live out Jesus’ command to love our neighbor.

Suffering, Hope and the Christian

Don’t miss this weekend’s worship – the music will be powerful, and the message comes from one of the most loved and important chapters in all of scripture – Romans 8. In this chapter Paul addresses suffering, how we face it, and the importance of the Holy Spirit’s work in our lives. You likely know some of the verses in this amazing chapter: “There is no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus,” “The suffering of this present time are not worth comparing to the glory to be revealed in us,” “In all things God works for good for those who love him,” “We are more than conquerors through him who loved us,” and “Nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Don’t forget our memory verse for this past week: “God shows his love for us because while we were still sinners Christ died for us.”

I know none of us loves masks, but I want to encourage you to wear your mask if you are worshiping in person - they are not required but are encouraged. (They are required at our Downtown location in KCMO). Last week, KC area hospitals reported the highest number of ICU beds in use since the pandemic began. My granddaughter, Stella, is already quarantined from her school due to an adult at the school who tested positive with COVID. We have lost several active church members recently to COVID. I am grateful to be back to in-person worship, and believe Resurrection is as safe a place as you can come in KC (based on the number of people who have been vaccinated and our protocols). Masking is a minor nuisance, but if it helps reduce the transmission of the virus, it is worth wearing a mask to me.

Keep Reading and Studying Romans

In addition to the weekend message, we’re inviting you to read the Book of Romans on your own, study it with others, and memorize a scripture verse each week.

  • Our daily GPS (Grow, Pray, Study) guide provides an email each morning with the day’s scripture and some reflection questions to guide you. If you not receiving this great tool, you can sign up for it here.
  • You can join one of our church-wide studies at one of our locations or online. Here’s the link to sign up.
  • We have created screen savers with each week’s verse that you can download to you phone to help you remember. Here’s the link.

Interested in Membership with Resurrection?

If you have been worshipping with us and think that you may want to take the next step to become a member, I’d like to invite you to join me and our other pastors for Coffee with the Pastors online this Sunday, August 29, from 2-4 pm. It is an inspiring event.

Grab something to drink and and join us on a Zoom call. I’ll be coming to you from my study at the Leawood campus and look forward to seeing you on the call. We’ll share a bit more about the church’s story, what we believe, and what it means to be a member. You’ll also have a chance to get to know others when, at the end, we break up into small groups for a few minutes to get to know our other pastors and staff to hear about opportunities to serve, connect and grow!

Register Now →

Disciple Bible Studies Launch in September

If you’ve been reading Romans along with us and have thought that maybe you’d like to do more Bible study, check out Disciple Bible Study. It is, in my opinion, the very best Bible study I know of. Disciple is a series of classes designed to guide you through a study of Scripture with a small group. As you study, reflect and pray together, you’ll learn more about the Bible, grow deeper in faith, and develop deep, lasting friendships. Disciple 1, the first class, provides a foundational overview of the Bible, from Genesis through Revelation. It offers something similar to a first year seminary course on the Bible, but designed for lay people. After completing Disciple 1, you can continue by choosing one of five great studies. Classes are offered online and at all locations on a variety of days and times.

Details about Disciple Bible Study here →

Impact the Future through our Partner School Ministry

One of the visions for our church is to help close the opportunity gap in our community. Education is a vital part of breaking the cycle of poverty. Our Partner School ministry supports students and staffs in the surrounding communities through a variety of ways – like providing school supplies. There are other ways you can support the schools, including mentoring and tutoring, helping on the bookmobile and writing notes of encouragement. You can learn more about our Partner School ministry on the website.

On Wednesday, September 15, we’ll be hosting information meetings at our locations where you can meet one of our partner school liaisons and learn about opportunities to get involved in supporting the Partner Schools Ministry.

Learn more and register online →

Pro-Retirement Seminar Online

September 14

If you are over 50 and planning to retire in a few years or you are newly retired, you are invited to an online seminar could be life-changing on September 14 at 6:30 pm. We call this the “Pro-Retirement” because we believe retirement should be an exciting time of life, filled with new opportunities. The seminar provides guidance and preparation for your next chapter, focusing on how to live with energy, purpose, and joy through four areas of holistic living: wellness, leaving a legacy, relationships, and spirituality.

Learn more and sign up now →

Tuesday Night Vespers

Join me this Tuesday night for Vespers and bring your Bible as I share more material that I didn’t get to include in my sermon this weekend. I’ll be coming to you live from my back porch in Stilwell as I share a few insights from Romans 7-9. You can join me at 7:30 pm Central Time on my Facebook page: Pastor Adam Hamilton on Facebook.

Resurrection Car Show

September 11

If you’re a car guy like me, or if you just enjoy a fun, family-friendly outdoor event, you don’t want to miss our 19th Annual Resurrection Car Show on September 11, from 9 am – 1 pm, in the Resurrection Leawood parking lots on the west side (5009 W. 137th Street). This free event includes lots of great cars – street rods, custom, stock and muscle – plus food trucks and fun for everyone. Proceeds benefit Resurrection’s Hunger Relief and Car Repair ministries.

If you have a car to show, here’s the link to register your vehicle. I’m going to be entering my 2013 Mustang GT/CS and I just learned that my friend, Bishop Bob Farr, the UM Bishop of Missouri, will be entering his classic car, a 1965 Ford. Registration is 7-9 am, with judging at 10:30 am and awards at 1 pm.

If you are interested in being a sponsor for the car show, click here to learn more and sign up. We also need volunteers, and there’s a role for everyone! Register here to volunteer.

Golf Tournament Early Bird Deadline

August 3

Just a quick reminder, if you a planning to participate in the 2021 Silver Anniversary Resurrection Golf Classic on October 18, the deadline for the early bird registration is Tuesday, August 31. We’ll be playing at the Country Club of Leawood. I’m excited to be playing. Proceeds from this 2021 golf fundraiser will help launch our new mobile food pantry.

Register today as a golfer, sponsor or volunteer →

I want to end by thanking all of you who gave blood this week and all who gave to the special offering for Haiti relief. I am grateful to pastor a congregation that sees the pain and brokenness in the world and asks, “what can we do?” See you in worship this weekend.

In Christ’s Love,

Adam

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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