In-person worship services will be held as scheduled this Sunday. Please use discretion when determining whether roads are safe for your personal travel.
If you are unable to travel, consider joining worship online HERE at 7:30, 9, 11 or 5pm, on-demand at Resurrection’s YouTube channel, or on TV at KMCI 38 at 8am or 11am.
We are watching the weather and at this time the Car Show is still on as scheduled for the public, open from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm. We will keep you updated as conditions change.
We’ve got a fun and exciting weekend planned at Resurrection! It’s Joy weekend, and who doesn’t need more joy in their lives?! I’ll tell you about it in just a minute. First, an important stewardship update.
As you know, each November we ask those of you who consider Resurrection your church family to indicate your financial commitment to God through Resurrection for the coming year. This allows us to have a good sense of what the offerings will be in the coming year which helps us plan for ministry for the year ahead and set a realistic budget based on what you’ve told us you hope to do. Your commitments and gifts make everything this church does possible.
Here’s the latest news on our annual stewardship campaign: so far, the average commitment is up about 8% which is terrific – I’m so proud of and grateful for you. But on the downside, the total number of commitment cards received is down by several hundred commitments from where it was this time last year.
Typically, that means people have forgotten to return them. In January, I send follow-up notes to remind those who haven’t, to return their commitment card. But I encourage you to make your commitment online today. You can do so by clicking here. Your giving matters to God and is essential to making ministry happen here at Resurrection. Thank you so much!
This weekend is the third Sunday of Advent when we light the rose-colored candle representing Joy. It will be a fun, inspiring and joyful service. We’re inviting those who have them to wear your ugly Christmas sweaters – I’ll have mine on! We’ll be singing carols of joy. And, my message will continue our Advent series focused on the real Christmas story through the lens of classic Christmas movies. This week I’ll be sharing clips from the 2003 film, ELF starring Will Ferrell, James Caan, Zoey Deschanel, Bob Newhart, Peter Dinklage, Ed Asner, and Mary Steenburgen. I’ll be sharing clips from the film as we look at its story of finding joy. Then, we’ll look to see what scripture teaches about joy, and where we see it in the gospel story of the birth of Jesus. It’s going to be a great, fun and inspiring weekend for the whole family!
Invite a friend to join you this weekend for an inspirational message of hope! Click hereto send them the sermon series trailer.
Last night was the first performance of Christmas at Resurrection 2022, and it was incredible! I met people who had come to town from across the Midwest just for the show. After a two-year hiatus for COVID it was great to have our annual Christmas musical back. The first act features music from the great Christmas films with scenes from them on screen or performed by actors (the Grinch even shows up!). The second act tells the Christmas story, taking you to Bethlehem. The show includes old favorites like the Little Drummer Boy and beautiful new songs. There are still some tickets available for the performances tonight at 7:30 pm, Saturday afternoon at 1:30 pm, Saturday night at 7:30 pm, and Sunday at 1:30 pm. Here’s the link for the tickets. I guarantee it will get you into the Christmas spirit! If you can’t afford a ticket, email usand we’ll be glad to provide tickets for you. Don’t miss Christmas at Resurrection at our Leawood location!
In my sermon last weekend, I shared that we have resources on our website (here’s the link) if you or a loved one are struggling with suicidal thoughts. I neglected to mention the number 988 has been designated as the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. This number is answered 24 hours a day. We had this on our website, but I mentioned 911 instead of 988 during the sermon. There is help and hope. If you or someone you know is struggling with suicidal thoughts, call 988 and visit our website where we have important resources.
Candlelight Christmas Eve is coming! This is my very favorite time of the year. With Candlelight Christmas Eve Services at six locations, online and on television, we have a time and place for everyone and look forward to welcoming thousands of people this year. We have a Christmas website, cor.org/Christmas, with all the details you can share with your friends, but I want to give you the complete list of service dates and times here.
RESURRECTION KANSAS CITY LOCATIONS
(Childcare is available for children 4 and under at all services and locations except 9 and 11 pm at Leawood)
Online @ cor.org/live
TV: Kansas City
This Christmas Eve we were invited to broadcast our Candlelight Service on television in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The service will be on the NBC affiliate KJRH on Christmas Eve at 6 pm and Christmas Day at noon. If you have friends or family in Tulsa, please let them know!
You can help us welcome the thousands of people who will worship at our locations this Christmas Eve. Here’s the link to sign up to serve at our Candlelight Christmas Eve services in the Kansas City area.
Through our Christmas Joy in Serving activities, you can help sponsor Christmas for a local family, purchase incentives for children at our partner schools, or support students in South Africa and Haiti with your donations. We have different opportunities each week. This week, you can provide school uniforms and supplies for our global partners. Visit cor.org/joy to learn more and donate!
Also, next Saturday is our monthly Serve Saturday in the community. If you want to serve with our partners throughout Kansas City, join us next Saturday, Dec. 17, at 9 am. Here’s the link to sign up.
(Guys: This would be a great Christmas gift for the special woman in your life!) Our annual Inspired for Life Women’s Conference is back February 3-4, 2023. Speakers will include award-winning faith leader CeCe Jones-Davis, poet-storyteller and inter-spiritual advocate Kaitlin Curtice, and New York Times bestselling author Dr. Kate Bowler. Participants will connect with other women, engage in powerful worship, and serve together throughout the conference, as well as have fun at a Friday night after-party! Registration opens January 1, but sign up today for an email reminder that might even contain a discount!
This month, Abingdon Press released a book I’ve been working on for the last year, based upon two sermon series I preached over the last four years on the Gospel of Luke. If you would like to purchase a signed copy as a gift or for yourself, you can do so through The Well Bookstore.
In Luke: Jesus and the Outsiders, Outcasts, and Outlaws, I focus on one of the major themes of Luke’s telling of Jesus’ story – his concern for the broken, the sinners, and the people religious folks often looked down upon. In every chapter of the gospel, and on nearly every page, you’ll find Jesus searching for people who were outsiders, outcasts, and outlaws. It was reading Luke when I was 14 and seeing this theme that led me to become a Christian.
To purchase a signed copy of Luke, use this link and order by December 15. Just leave a comment that you would like your book signed in the “Order Notes” section before you submit your order. Please be aware that orders being mailed are not guaranteed to be delivered by Christmas. You can also order a copy and pick the book up at our Leawood bookstore, the Well.
Join me on Tuesday at 7:30 pm CT on my Pastor Adam Hamilton Facebook page or check out the replay on YouTube after Tuesday. I’ll be sharing with you from chapter four of Prepare the Way of the Lord: Advent and the Message of John the Baptist. We’ll consider the end of John the Baptist’s life and how it speaks to our lives today.
Join us for worship this weekend as we see what an elf named Buddy can teach us about joy. It will be a great service, with beautiful Christmas music, because, as Buddy the Elf says, “The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.”
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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