Dear Resurrection Family,
We’re heading into the final days of a very polarizing national election season. Some are worried about what will happen after the election. I will be sharing the final message on Jesus’ command to “Love Your Neighbor” this weekend. My sermon is titled, Jesus, Politics and Religion. Yesterday I invited you to take a short survey in preparation for this weekend’s message. 7,000 of you took the survey, a poll of sorts. 97% of you agreed our country has become too polarized. 91% said you would like to personally do something about it. This weekend we’ll consider how our faith impacts our politics and what role we might play in healing our nation after the election.
As part of the sermon I’ll be sharing examples of people who are working to reshape politics in a positive way. I’ll also share with you part of a Zoom conversation I had this week with former Senator and US Ambassador to the UN, Jack Danforth and Jesuit Priest Matt Malone (Matt edits a weekly Catholic magazine called America) about a simple idea in which Christians might live out the words of Jesus following the election. They recently wrote an op-ed piece in the Wall Street Journal about politics and Jesus’ call to “love your enemy” that you can read here.
Think about those people you love and care about, but with whom you don’t agree about politics. How awesome would it be to invite them to worship with you this weekend? Invite them 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.
We are continuing to offer in-person worship at each of our campuses on Sundays, along with nurseries and Sunday School for children and students and some adult classes. To keep everyone safe, we are maintaining physical distancing and wearing masks. We are also asking that you register in advance for both worship and programs. You can click here to find the links.
Don’t forget to set you clocks back one hour Saturday night. Enjoy that extra hour of sleep and then join us for worship either online, on television or in person.
This Sunday, November 1, is All Saints’ Day, a day that Christians have traditionally set aside to give thanks to God for the lives of loved ones in heaven. You are invited to participate in a moving All Saints Day Service to honor the memory of those we have loved and lost within the Resurrection Community during the past 12 months on Sunday at 2 pm in Wesley Covenant Chapel (Building C on the Leawood Campus). For those unable to attend in-person, the service may also be viewed online at www.cor.org/memorialsonline. The service will begin streaming approximately 10 minutes before the service. For those attending in-person, please follow our safety protocols and register here.
In our poll we found that 73% of respondents had already voted, and 26% planned to vote on or before Tuesday. If you have not yet voted, I encourage you to do so. Your vote matters. Special thanks to all of you who are serving as volunteers in the election offices. I also want to say thank you to those of you who are or have run for office this year. LaVon voted by mail, I voted in advance, in person. I want to encourage you to join us in voting.
Tuesday night I’ll be sharing a very brief vespers on Facebook Live to invite you to pray for our nation, voters and those who will be giving victory and concession speeches that night. We’ll spend no more than 15 minutes together as I lead you in prayer, then I’ll let you get back to watching election night coverage. Join me on Facebook Live on Tuesday. If you follow or like my page, you’ll be notified automatically as I go live. Join me in praying for our nation this Tuesday night at 7:30 pm.
We’re beginning a new online class Wednesday night that I think many will find helpful. In the midst of uncertainties including a pandemic, global recession and the strain of national elections, God is with us – calling us to live with courage and hope. Psychiatrist Dr. Kelly Bisel and pastor/songwriter Matt Bisel will lead a new class: No Fear: Confronting Fear and Anxiety. Kelly and Matt will share practical lessons that unite science and faith in this three-week class. The class is begins November 4 at 6:30 pm, and you can register to participate either online or in person at the Leawood location using this link. Special music throughout the class will be provided by COR Worship Collective.
If you are interested in participating in a smaller class setting, check out the other classes offered through Zoom on Wednesday nights beginning November 4. Register online here.
In response to some questions we have received, I want you to know that our leadership team is closely monitoring the COVID cases in our community. None of us know what the future looks like, and we are prepared to make adjustments as needed to protect the health of our congregation and community. At this time, our buildings are still not open to the public during the week, the majority of our staff are working off-site, and we are not having on-site programs or events where we do not feel we can safely follow protocols that include maintaining physical distancing and wearing masks.
Candlelight Christmas Eve is our biggest service(s) of the year with overflow crowds and standing room only at many services. We’ve been asking how we share these services without compromising the health of our members and visitors. This year instead of asking people to come to our buildings to receive the light of Christ, we’re going to bring the light of Christ to you. We’re planning beautiful candlelight services for online and television with plans for you to have your own Advent wreaths, Christ candle and candles to light on Christmas Eve with family and friends here in Kansas City and across the world. The music will be beautiful, the carols familiar, the message inspiring and the candle lighting powerful as we take Candlelight Christmas Eve out of the building and into the community. We have some exciting plans in the works, stay tuned for more details!
Thank you to those of you who helped spread the #LoveYourNeighbor message through the community by putting out yard signs. We have a few signs left that can be picked up this weekend in Building B of the Leawood Campus. The exterior doors in Building B (East, North and South) will be unlocked, and the signs are in the vestibule between the exterior and interior doors. Stop by and help yourself!
See You in Worship!
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