Adam Hamilton

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Joy in Conflict

Posted Sep 11, 2020

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Dear Resurrection Family,

As you read this note, I’d like to invite you to pause for a moment to remember the events that unfolded 19 years ago today, those who died, those who were injured, and the trauma and pain that occurred on 9/11 and in its aftermath. Pause to pray for the family members of those who died, and all survivors who continue to be directly affected by these events all these years later.

This Weekend: Unlocking Joy in the Face of Conflict

This weekend in worship, we’ll focus on Finding Joy in the Face of Conflict as we turn to Philippians chapter two and one of the most important passages in the New Testament on how to address conflict.

The early church struggled with conflict. We see it in every book of the New Testament. Conflict can be good, an essential part of life by which ideas are perfected and grievances aired. LaVon and I have minor conflicts regularly, places where we disagree or rub one another the wrong way. Usually these conflicts serve to strengthen our relationship and lead to greater understanding. This happens because our conflicts are tempered by mercy, grace and love.

But when conflicts are not tempered by these, in our personal lives and in society, conflict can tear us apart. Yesterday, I was reading an editorial in the Casper, Wyoming Star-Tribune about the polarization in Wyoming where they noted that Republicans are tearing apart Republicans and, within the same party, those who don’t share the same views on this or that issue are now considered traitors. The editorial board rightly noted that the polarization “threatens the very nature of who we are.”

It’s hard to imagine a time we’ve been more conflicted as Americans. We’re conflicted over race, over politics, even over the coronavirus and wearing masks. This conflict will either tear us apart, threatening our humanity, or we’ll find ways to address it that are tempered by mercy, grace humility and love. Don’t miss worship this weekend as we focus on Finding Joy in the Face of Conflict.

You likely know someone who needs this weekend’s message. Invite them to join us online at cor.org/live Saturday at 5 pm, Sunday at 7:30 am, 9:15 am, 11 am or 5 pm, or, if they live in the Kansas City area they can also join us on KMCI, broadcast Channel 38 at 8 am or 11 am. For a listing of where KMCI is found on various cable providers, click here. Please register your attendance at cor.org/here. This helps us know who is staying connected and active in this time when we can't see your smiling faces. :)

Order Your 2020 Resurrection #LoveYourNeighbor T-Shirt Today

Don’t forget you need to order your 30th Anniversary T-shirts by September 16 to have them delivered in time for our Anniversary Celebration. Here’s the link where you can see the t-shirt design and go to the order form.

We’re planning celebration kick-off events at each of our locations on October 3 where you can pick up your t-shirts, or you can pay a little extra to have them shipped to your home. We’re also planning to have matching yard signs with this message that you can pick up at the kick-off events

Back to School Drive-Thru Blessings Sunday

If you have children or grandchildren, I hope you’ll bring them to share our special drive-thru blessing events at one of our locations in the Kansas City area.

As you drive through the parking lots, our pastors and staff will greet each family individually and offer a blessing for your children. We’ll also have special gifts from our Children and Student Ministries, as well as some fun at-home activities. If you are in the Kansas City area and have been worshipping with us online, here’s a great opportunity to check out a location near you. The times and locations are on our website at cor.org/next.

Vespers and Prayer in Leawood Sanctuary Tuesday Nights

On Tuesday nights during the month of September I’m sharing some additional insights from Paul’s letter to the Philippians at a Vespers service from 7:30 to 8 pm live from the Leawood sanctuary. You are welcome to join me in person in the sanctuary or on Facebook Live at my Pastor Adam Hamilton page (click here and follow, then you’ll be notified when I go live).

The sanctuary is open from 6 to 7:30 pm for prayer on Tuesdays, and from 7:30 to 8 pm for vespers. Masks are required and because of limited seating we would ask you to register by clicking here. This month we’ll begin each week with a couple of hymn or worship songs, then I’ll be walk verse-by-verse through the chapter of Philippians I preached from over the weekend, looking for insights I was not able include in the weekend sermon. We close with an additional song and prayer. Join me on Facebook or in person.

Interested in Membership at Resurrection?

If you consider Resurrection your church family but you haven't officially joined yet, or if you've been worshipping with us online for a little while and would like to know more about the history and mission of our church and what it means to be a member of the Church, join me next Sunday, September 20, at 2 pm for a virtual Coffee with the Pastors Zoom call. At this informal session, you’ll learn more about our beliefs, our mission and vision, as well as ways to serve, connect and grow in your faith. After a break, you’ll have the opportunity to join Resurrection. Here’s the link to learn more and register.

Ready to Lead?

If you’re a church member who is passionate about our church’s mission I’d like to invite you to consider serving on one of the church’s committees next year. People sometimes ask me how the church operates behind the scenes, and I love to tell them about the lay leaders who help steer this church and make certain the church operates with wisdom and according to high ethical standards. I’m grateful for these leaders and how they shape the character and decisions of this congregation. We also want to make certain the church’s committees represent the breadth of our congregation, with both young and mature leaders from diverse backgrounds, ages, races, genders and campus involvement who are committed to this congregation and engaged in the five essential practices of the Christian life: worship, study, serve, give and share.

Our Nominations Committee is receiving nominations at this time to for the following committees in 2021: Staff Parish Relations Committee, The Board of Trustees, Finance Committee, our Foundation Board of Directors, Nominations, Church Council, and Lay Delegates to Annual Conference. You can read more about these committees and indicate your interest at cor.org/committees by October 12. Please note you must be a member for at least two years prior to serving in a preparatory role, or three years before serving as a full voting member on a committee.

Invitation to Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur Services

Our friends at B’nai Jehudah synagogue will be observing Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur later this month. All services will be online and the congregation. If you’ve ever wanted to experience the Jewish high holy day services, this is a great opportunity. Rosh Hashana is the Jewish New Year festival and begins the ten days of penitence culminating in Yom Kippur. Yom Kippur, also known as the Day of Atonement, is the holiest day of the year in Judaism. You can join any of the services live at either of these links: Facebook or Vimeo. Here are the service schedules:

  • Rosh Hashanah Eve Service - Friday, September 18 - 7:30 pm (35-40 minutes)
  • Rosh Hashanah Morning Service - Saturday, September 19 - 10:30 am (50-55 minutes)
  • Yom Kippur Eve Service - Sunday, September 27 - 7:30 pm (35-40 minutes)
  • Yom Kippur Morning Service - Monday, September 28 - 10:30 am (50-55 minutes)
  • Yom Kippur Concluding Service - Monday, September 28 - 5:00 pm (45 minutes)

I might mention that virtual services were a new endeavor for Congregation B’nai Jehudah, and I’m grateful for our video team who stepped up to assist our friends with their production. I value my friendship with Rabbi Nemitoff and the congregation and love the opportunity we have to learn more about Judaism from him and the congregation.

In-Person Worship Returning October 4

In case you missed my announcement last week, we are planning the re-launch of in-person worship for Sunday, October 4. This is the same weekend, thirty years ago, that we held our first worship service at Church of the Resurrection. Here is a webpage where you can review the safety protocols we will have in place. We will be requiring reservations for those returning to in-person worship so we can maintain safe distancing.

Our plan is to begin adding back other in-person programs later in the month. We will be watching case numbers and other criteria very carefully. If we move into the fall and see increasing infection rates, or a surge in illnesses or hospitalizations, we’ll quickly reevaluate.

I’m excited about this weekend’s worship and hope to see you online or on KMCI!

In Christ’s love,

Adam Hamilton

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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