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Weekly Update from Pastor Adam - June 23, 2023

June 23, 2023
June 23, 2023 
Dear Resurrection Family,
I hope you have had a terrific week. This week, I spent time each morning on long prayer walks. I read and wrote an endorsement for a new book on the 12 Steps. I spent a bit of time working on our Summer Revival sermon series for July. I enjoyed sharing vespers from the lake this last Tuesday night (if you missed it, check it out here on YouTube – I think you’ll find it inspirational). And yesterday, I completed the final revisions to a book I’ve been working on called, Wrestling with Doubt, Finding Faith – it is a short book aimed at addressing many of the doubts common to most people. With Juneteenth in mind, I’ve also been listening to the Audible version of The Autobiography of Malcolm X, and I just started reading Geraldine Brooks novel, Horse. This weekend we’re celebrating LaVon’s birthday with our kids here at the lake.

I’m grateful for this time away in the summer – part vacation, part study, part outlining sermons and writing, along with time to pray, worship, read, fill up my idea banks, and to dream. I’ll be back in the pulpit for our summer revival in a couple of weeks.


This weekend, we’ll continue our sermon series called Becoming Better by focusing on the spiritual practice of generosity, not only toward God, but cultivating the rhythm of generosity in our daily lives. Generosity and giving are mentioned over 1,000 times in the Bible. Some of these passages focus on God’s generosity to us. While other passages reflect God’s call to be generous toward the poor. Some speak of giving to God, and others speak to the generosity we show to each other. Generosity was an important part of Jesus’ teaching and is one of the spiritual practices that has the power to transform our lives and draw us near to God. Pastor Scott Chrostek will be preaching at Leawood, Online and on TV, and each of our location pastors will be preaching in person at their locations. If you’re in town, please join them. 

If you’re traveling this summer, you can find all the ways and times to worship with us online at

By the way, if you have missed church the last few weeks, you’ve missed out on meaningful worship and some terrific sermons. You can find the sermons from the Becoming Better series here.


It’s that time of year! Gather your donations, sign up to volunteer, and get ready for the ultimate summer shopping experience – the Resurrection Rummage Sale is July 13 – 14 from 9 am to 6 pm in the Resurrection Leawood Foundry (5001 W. 137th St.). We need volunteers to work shifts between July 9 and 15, helping sort, tag, and sell. And, we need donations – specifically: furniture, children’s clothing, framed art, lamps, patio/outdoor furniture, and bicycles. Proceeds from the sale, a project of United Women of Faith, go to support Resurrection’s Foster Adopt Ministry. Here is the link to learn more.


If you’re a young adult or college student, we’d like to invite you to make plans to join us on July 22 from 6 – 9 pm at Resurrection West (24000 W. Valley Pkwy., Olathe, KS) for a Young Adult and College Gathering. Speakers include Pastor Bill Gepford, Resurrection West’s location pastor, and keynote speaker Wayne Simien, Assistant Athletic Director at KU, and former KU basketball player. This is a fantastic opportunity to gather with other young adults and college students for a night of worship, community and fun. You’ll enjoy ice cream sundaes, s’mores and an inspiring message. Cost is $20, and you can find out more here.


The St. James UMC and Resurrection Juneteenth Celebration, presented by the Allies for Racial Justice, is this Saturday, June 24, at 5 pm at St. James UMC, 5540 Wayne Ave., KCMO. Doors open at 4:30 pm for this joyful and inspiring free event that is family-friendly and open to all members of the community. The event will be filled with music, art, poetry, and dancing, all in celebration of the rich African American culture. Registration is not required, but we’d appreciate it if you let us know you’re coming. Here’s the link.


You can still register to join us for the Enneagram workshop this weekend with Suzanne Stabile, a well-known Enneagram expert and author. The workshop will be in our Leawood Sanctuary as well as online, with sessions Friday, June 23, 6 – 9 pm (with optional dinner from 5 – 6 pm) and Saturday, June 24, 9 am – 4 pm. This is an opportunity to learn more about the nine Enneagram types and how you can use that knowledge to have healthier relationships and a more fulfilling life. Here’s the link to learn more and register. When you register, you’ll receive the instructions for joining online.


There will be no vespers this coming Tuesday night as LaVon and I are taking a two-day road trip. The following Tuesday is the 4th of July, and we’ll be enjoying a cookout and fireworks with friends. Vespers will return on July 11!

As always, I’m so very proud and grateful to be your senior pastor!


Adam Hamilton

Resurrection Senior Pastor

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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