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.
Dear Resurrection Family,
We have a couple of weeks left in our BE Campaign: Be Just, Kind and Humble from Micah 6:8. The aim, leading up to the elections, has been to focus on a set of biblical ideals that we’re all called to live, ideals Republicans, Democrats and Independents should agree are foundational for life and essential for effective politics – justice, kindness and humility. This weekend’s sermon will focus on where religion and politics meet.
This weekend, former United States Senator John (Jack) Danforth will be sharing a powerful message about Religion and Politics. Senator Danforth is uniquely qualified to share this message. He began his career in public service in 1968 as the Attorney General of Missouri and then served three terms as United States Senator from Missouri. In 2004, he was appointed to serve as United States Ambassador to the United Nations. In addition to being an attorney and politician, he is an ordained Episcopal priest who spent his life trying to live his faith in the area of politics.
Over the last few years, I’ve had multiple conversations with Rev. Jack Danforth on how the church might play a key part in reducing the polarization in our country and healing our land – the theme of our BE Campaign. I learned last night that he has just been diagnosed with COVID, but he did not want to miss sharing this message with you, so he’ll be sharing the message from his home in St. Louis via video.
Several years ago, Senator Danforth published a book called Faith and Politics, calling Christians to seek common ground and work together, rather than allowing their faith to be used to divide. A couple of years ago, he wrote a great op-ed piece for the Wall Street Journal, with Catholic priest Matt Malone, about this topic. You can read it here. You won’t want to miss the opportunity to hear the message from an inspiring leader who has devoted nearly sixty years of his life to connecting his faith and his politics. His message will be via video at all our locations, online and television; but join us in person, if you can, for inspiring music, scripture and prayer as we worship in community.
Speaking of amazing opportunities, if you want to really be inspired, join us on Monday, October 24 at 7 pm, in the Foundry at our Leawood location for “A Night at the Movies.” Matthew’s Ministry is celebrating the performing arts by hosting an evening of music, dancing and acting with performances by the Matthew’s Ministry Community Drama group, the Sonflower Drama group and the Sonflower Ringers.
Resurrection’s Matthew’s Ministry supports, empowers and encourages individuals of all abilities to become deeply committed Christians by knowing, loving and serving God. The ministry provides opportunities for children and adults and support for families. You can learn more about Matthew’s Ministry on our website.
One of my very favorite annual events is presenting a Bible of their very own to each of our third graders. On Sunday, Nov. 13, during worship services at all locations, our third graders will receive their Bibles before the entire church. This is a special milestone for which friends and family are encouraged to attend. Please register your children or grandchildren so we can have a Bible for them. Here’s the link.
Then, on the Friday, Nov. 18, we’ll have the Bible Adventure. Third graders along with their parents or grandparents can enjoy dinner, games, interactive Bible teachings and a scavenger hunt through the church. By the end of the night, the third graders (and their adults!) will know how the Bible is organized, how to look up verses, and why the Bible is important to their lifelong adventure. You can register for Bible Adventure here.
Get your trunks and costumes ready for Trunk or Treat next weekend. We’ll have yummy treats, a chance to win amazing prizes, some special guests, plus much more. This is one of our biggest community events of the year, and the perfect opportunity to invite your friends and neighbors to a fun, free, fall event. Trunk or Treat ison Oct. 29 or 30 across all Resurrection locations – including Resurrection Brookside. Times vary by location:
There are a few volunteer opportunities at this event so you can double down on fun and serving! We also are looking for volunteers to provide a decorated trunk and hand out candy, direct traffic, and welcome guests. If you are able to help us out click here.
For Resurrection Brookside, click here to volunteer.
If you ordered a t-shirt, pick it up during business hours of Sunday worship at The Well Bookstore at the Leawood location or in the office of other locations. More shirts are available at The Well bookstore while supplies last.
We still have yard signs available. You can pick up some signs after worship this weekend and put them out around the city in public spaces wherever you see candidate campaign signs.
Social media is another great way to spread the message of “Be Just, Kind, Humble”. The Resurrection social media pages have some great posts that you can share on your own social media.
Vespers will be back live this Tuesday. I’ll be coming to you live and sharing a few reflections on Jack Danforth’s message this week on faith and politics.
In Christ’s love,
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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