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.
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35 Jesus traveled among all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, announcing the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and every sickness. 36 Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he had compassion for them because they were troubled and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 37 Then he said to his disciples, “The size of the harvest is bigger than you can imagine, but there are few workers. 38 Therefore, plead with the Lord of the harvest to send out workers for his harvest.”
1 Corinthians 12
24 God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the part with less honor 25 so that there won’t be division in the body and so the parts might have mutual concern for each other. 26 If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it; if one part gets the glory, all the parts celebrate with it. 27 You are the body of Christ and parts of each other.
Jesus worked tirelessly to restore people to physical, emotional and spiritual wholeness. He must have amazed the disciples by saying, ““The size of the harvest is bigger than you can imagine.” Resurrection’s congregational “DNA” springs from Jesus’ actions and teaching. Like him, we believe the harvest is plentiful—bigger than we can even imagine. God calls us to be Jesus’ “body” in the world—to continue the work that he did using the gifts that his Spirit places in our lives.
Lord Jesus, you didn’t give me gifts to make my resume more impressive or my ego bigger. Shape my life into a living testimony of your goodness and grace that makes the lives of others better. Amen.
When I explain that I left the professional theatre world to pursue ministry and go to seminary, I usually get a look of shock, followed by either, “Well, that’s a shift” or just a flat-out “Why?” My ego usually takes a hit, and then I try to explain that I still love theatre and still do it from time to time, followed by an account of my current ministry setting with youth and all the fun I’m having. The reality is that I heard a calling to pursue this path through seminary, to grow in my theological understanding, and to use my gifts to help students, no matter who they are, know how much God loves them.
But my ministry didn’t start when I started working at the Church of the Resurrection. It was happening a long time ago, in dressing rooms and backstage, rehearsal spaces and audition rooms. Just by being a kind, decent person who showed compassion and lent a listening ear. And I failed at that many times. I didn’t always use my gifts as a living testimony of God’s grace and love. I let ego override my calling to love people like Jesus, to love my neighbor as myself.
I’ve failed more times than I can count. And yet God keeps asking me to share the “good news” of God’s love and keep using gifts God has blessed me with in some crazy way to bless others. I may be finishing seminary and working at a church, but that has no bearing on whether God can use me as part of the “body of Christ.” If you work at a school, office, restaurant, post office, home with children, or any other place you find yourself, God is calling you to love well and be the ‘body of Christ.” That’s the cool part. We all have unique gifts and talents to offer in this world as agents of God’s love. We belong to one another beautifully and profoundly, regardless of where we are. Whether on the stage or behind the scenes, in a seminary or practice field, in your home or a cubicle, YOU MATTER to the whole. Your life and what you have to offer matters, and together, we can use our gifts to be living testimonies of God’s goodness, grace, and love for all.
* Hamilton, Adam. Creed: What Christians Believe and Why (p. 119). Abingdon Press. Kindle Edition.