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.
Worship at every Resurrection location on Sunday, January 1, 2023 was a covenant renewal service, built around John Wesley’s Covenant prayer. This week’s GPS will lead us through the prayer phrase by phrase. You can hear “I Am Yours,” the COR Worship Collective song based on the Covenant Prayer, by clicking here.
You can study the prayer more deeply through Chris Folmsbee’s book The Wesley Prayer Challenge Participant Book, published by Abingdon Press. The book is available through the Well Bookstore (https://thewell.cor.org/), is also available in a Kindle version, and has resources for group as well as individual study.
5 So now, if you faithfully obey me and stay true to my covenant, you will be my most precious possession out of all the peoples, since the whole earth belongs to me. 6 You will be a kingdom of priests for me and a holy nation. These are the words you should say to the Israelites.”
1 Peter 2
5 You yourselves are being built like living stones into a spiritual temple. You are being made into a holy priesthood to offer up spiritual sacrifices that are acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 6 Thus it is written in scripture, Look! I am laying a cornerstone in Zion, chosen, valuable. The person who believes in him will never be shamed [Isaiah 28:16]. 7 So God honors you who believe. For those who refuse to believe, though, the stone the builders tossed aside has become the capstone.
9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people who are God’s own possession. You have become this people so that you may speak of the wonderful acts of the one who called you out of darkness into his amazing light. 10 Once you weren’t a people, but now you are God’s people. Once you hadn’t received mercy, but now you have received mercy.
The medieval church said church leaders, from priests to popes, were spiritually and legally superior to everyone else. The Reformation strongly disagreed, based on the Bible. “God gave the ‘precious keys’ for heaven itself, which was first received in baptism, to all believers…. Luther then referred to such forgiven sinners as ‘the priesthood of all believers,’ a holy priesthood (1 Peter 2:5) that was not reserved for a special class of people sacramentally ordained.” * All of us are God’s, not our own.
Lord God, I often fail you, yet you call me chosen, holy, a part of a royal priesthood. Help me each day as I seek to live into the amazing identity with which you honor me as your child. Amen.
At the start of 2019, just four short years ago, my husband and I began the journey of a lifetime, becoming licensed foster parents. For all of January and February, we waited for the phone to ring. We talked to many other foster parents who had waited just like us and their response was always the same: “Once the calls start coming, they will not stop, so try to enjoy this time of waiting.” We did okay with that, I think. And I will always be proud of the boundary we held when asked to take a child that we knew would not be a fit in our home. It was a time of deep discernment and prayer that yielded us having to say a difficult “no,” but it was right and taught us a lot about who we were called to be.
Eventually the call we had been waiting for came. We could pick up a newborn baby boy at the hospital, and his one-year-old sister and three-year-old brother needed a place, too. It was certainly the hardest introduction to parenthood we could have ever imagined. But every time I pray this part of the Wesleyan Covenant Prayer, I am reminded that God works with us when we set boundaries and say the “no’s” and “yes’s” we need to say. We could not wait to be put to doing as foster care parents. I cannot say we were exactly excited to suffer (which we absolutely did a fair amount of, especially when we had to say goodbye to those babes we had loved for sixteen months), but because of our faith in God, we knew our suffering was nothing compared to the love and safety the children needed to know.
Now, we are the proud parents of an adopted little girl. At the time of this publishing, her little brother will be just one day from his own adoption–by a different family. That was another hard “no” to say, but since I was pregnant when he was born, three children under 17 months was another “no” we had to pray over and eventually say. His mama is amazing, and we consider them family. In fact, she plans to have him baptized in the new year, a baptism I have been asked to perform. God has ranked me with the best of the best–all because when we yield our lives, wondrous things happen.
* Steven Paulson, Luther for Armchair Theologians. Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2004, p. 163.