Dear Resurrection Family,
This weekend, as we celebrate the third weekend of Advent, we’ll turn to two of the most important passages in all the prophets foreshadowing the birth of Jesus. One (Isaiah 7) holds the key to overcoming fear, the other (Isaiah 53) the key to finding forgiveness. Overcoming fear and finding forgiveness are two of the great existential needs every one of us faces. These are two of the gifts of Christmas. Invite a friend and join us in worship for a meaningful message connecting the dots between the prophets, Christmas in Matthew and Luke, and our daily lives.
Last night was opening night for this year’s Christmas at Resurrection in the Leawood Sanctuary. It was AWESOME! The first act draws from many of the most loved Christmas movies: Miracle on 34th to White Christmas, Charlie Brown Christmas and A Christmas Carol, and even Home Alone and Polar Express. It was amazing. Then the second act took us to Bethlehem to relive the first Christmas.
We had multiple tour buses last night with groups that had travelled hours to come, and I hopped on a couple of their buses to say hello and I heard the same thing from Salina and Bartlesville, Oklahoma: IT WAS AWESOME! Tomorrow's Saturday matinee is nearly sold out. We still have some tickets left to tonight’s performance (7:30), Saturday night’s performance (7:30) and Sunday matinee (1:30). You’ll be glad you did! Purchase tickets here.
I want to take a moment to recognize my executive assistant, Sue Thompson. Sue will be retiring the end of this month after serving as my assistant for 23 1/2 years. We celebrated her retirement yesterday at staff chapel.
Sue’s ministry has had an impact on every ministry in this church, as well as every person who experienced the ministry of this church. It was my privilege to serve with her all of these years. I’m excited for her as she heads into retirement. You’ll still see her around as she’ll be doing some part-time projects with me over the next few months.
If you get a chance to see her, or reach out to her by email, let her know how grateful you are for her. She’s been a partner in ministry who has made it possible for me to do what I do, and has also blessed thousands of people directly by her ministry with them. Here’s a picture of Sue and me with her family at yesterday’s celebration.
This year we will have 29 different Candlelight Christmas Eve services at five different campus locations. We have an opportunity to share the Christmas message of hope with tens of thousands of people throughout the city!
As we prepare for Candlelight Christmas Eve, I have two questions for you:
Christmas Eve is a perfect time to invite someone who doesn’t have a church to join you at Resurrection. There are a variety of tools available for you to use to invite a friend. We have invitation postcards available to pick up at church, your campus pastors and I have recorded video invitations you can share (Here’s the link to the one I recorded) and you can follow Resurrection on Facebook and Instagram and share the invitations posted there.
We rely on volunteers to welcome our guests to worship on Christmas Eve. This is a great opportunity for you and/or your family to serve together. Check your campus website or pastor's enote to see what the needs are on your campus.
Did you know that this year the number of adult Millennials surpassed the number of Baby Boomers? This month we are surveying Millennials and members of Gen Z to solicit your feedback for my January sermon series. We’re planning on looking at the fears, concerns or issues that Millennials and those in Gen Z are most concerned about as it relates to their lives and the world. About 3,000 of our members are Millennials and another 2,000 are a part of Gen Z. I’ve been reading national surveys of young adults, but I’m really interested in what our younger Resurrection members think.
We’ve prepared a two-minute survey to give you a chance to share with the rest of our congregation what keeps you up at night. We’ll choose the top four responses to focus on in our sermons in January. With each, we’ll ask in what way the Bible and the Christian faith speak to these issues. Then we’ll look to see how we can work across generations to address these concerns as an act of faith. Both of my daughters are Millennials, and I know those of us who are Boomers or Gen-Xers have got to listen to this generation, and to come alongside them in addressing the critical issues of our time.
If you are a part of the Millennial or Gen Z generations, would you please give two minutes to take the survey? Click here to take the survey. If you have a child or grandchild who is a Millennial or Gen-Zer, please share the survey link with them. I am grateful for your input.
If you’ve yet to return your 2020 annual stewardship commitment card, please take a moment to do this online by clicking here.
I’d end by noting that LaVon and I and our small group were working at the church’s mission warehouse this week sorting and checking packages of food and gifts that you had purchased and donated for low-income families. I was so proud of the careful ways you had purchased your gifts and the groceries. It was clear you were thoughtful, generous and you really wanted to bless these families. I just kept thinking how much I love our members who went to such lengths to bless these families. Thank you!
Looking forward to seeing you in worship this weekend!
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