• 24 Hours That Changed The World
    24 Hours That Changed The World

    No single event in human history has received more attention than the suffering and crucifixion of Jesus of Nazareth. Rev. Adam Hamilton  shares a series of messages that guide us through the last 24 hours of Jesus’ life. Each service is designed to help you experience and understand the significance of Jesus’ suffering and death in a way you have never done before. Look at the geographical and historical setting of the events on that fateful day and even see video footage of locations in Israel where these events unfolded. Whether you are a long-time Christian or simply curious about the story of Christ’s crucifixion, you'll find this 7-week Lenten sermon series powerful as we retrace – 24 Hours That Changed the World.  You will find here all the series resources that were produced, along with the weekly sermons.

  • A Church Divided: Sermon from General Conference
    A Church Divided: Sermon from General Conference

    In this sermon, Rev. Adam Hamilton considers the first major division in Christianity, recorded in Acts 15, over whether Gentile believers needed to be circumcised and obey the Law of Moses. He also shares about The United Methodist Church’s divide and our bishops’ proposal for the church going forward regarding same-sex marriage -- which, like the apostles’ solution in Acts 15, is a compromise that makes room for conservatives and progressives in the church. Adam also shares personal reflections on the proposal, both in light of scripture and the prevalence of conflict and division in the early church -- noting that nearly every book of the New Testament addresses conflict, and they all offer the same answer.

  • Advent in Boxes
    Advent in Boxes

    This resource contains images of a non-traditional Christmas tree worship space design created by Church of the Resurrection West using crates and bare bulbs. They bought used crates online, hung clear bulbs from each and coupled it all with bare lighted trees.

  • Baptism Resources
    Baptism Resources

    Here you'll find a booklet that guides and helps a family celebrate the faith passages in the their child's life - from Baptism through Confirmation - along with other information and requirements used for Baptism at Church of the Resurrection.

  • Bethlehem
    Bethlehem

    [This resource contains footage gathered during Church of the Resurrection tours of the Holy Land and used as sermon support and illustrations. These are made available for others to use for sermons, studies or other illustrative purposes. Please note that the soundtrack has not been removed from these clips, so you’ll want to mute the background noise and other sounds that are present.]

    Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus, is located six miles south of the Old City of Jerusalem, within the West Bank. King David was born and raised in Bethlehem. According to the Torah, Rachel, the favorite wife of Jacob, was buried on the outskirts.

    This resource includes footage from the Church of the Nativity. Attested to as the site of Jesus' birth from the early second century, it was originally constructed in 327 and rebuilt after a fire in 565. It is considered the oldest continuously used church building in the world.

    The Shepherd's Field is one of two rival locations for the exact site where the angel appeared to the shepherds on the night of Jesus' birth. One site is run by the Greek Orthodox, the other by Franciscans.

    Finally, Herod the Great built a fortress and palace - called the Herodion - between 23 and 15 BCE on a high hill south of Jerusalem and east of Bethlehem. It is the only structure Herod built to which he gave his own name, and his tomb was discovered there in 2007.

  • Biblical Perspectives on Suicide
    Biblical Perspectives on Suicide
    Audio recording of sermon on suicide preached by Rev. Adam Hamilton at The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection on June 13, 1999.
  • Capernaum
    Capernaum

    [This resource contains footage gathered during Church of the Resurrection tours of the Holy Land and used as sermon support and illustrations. These are made available for others to use for sermons, studies or other illustrative purposes. Please note that the soundtrack has not been removed from these clips, so you’ll want to mute the background noise and other sounds that are present.]

    Capernaum is where Jesus called his first disciples, taught, healed a man possessed by an evil spirit, and raised the daughter of the synagogue's leader from the dead. Peter's house is where Jesus healed Peter's mother-in-law. And, tradition says the synagogue whose foundation can still be seen was built by the centurion whose servant Jesus later healed.

  • Communion Training Videos
    Communion Training Videos
    These videos present the framework by which volunteers are trained and equipped to serve Communion at Church of the Resurrection. Though many of the logistical details are specific to Church of the Resurrection's facilities, they provide an example of how to prepare volunteers for these roles. This type of video can be used in a training situation or emailed to new or potential volunteers.
  • Creating an Artistic Culture: Modern and Youth Worship Bands
    Creating an Artistic Culture: Modern and Youth Worship Bands

    Resources from Cory Ryan's workshop "Creating an Artistic Culture: Modern and Youth Worship Bands" during Leadership Institute 2018 at the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection.

  • Finding Joy
    Finding Joy

    In real life, we’re not always dealt the perfect hand. Relationships, careers and finances can all complicate life, leaving us unsettled, frustrated, empty and exhausted. What if you could turn the life you have into the life you want? What if life could be more meaningful and filled with real joy? What if you could develop habits that would make every day of your life better?

  • Freed-2-Lead
    Freed-2-Lead

    The church needs leaders rooted in Christ, who have a vision for changing the world. Today’s young people have fearless hearts, vibrant ideas and a passion for ministry. Their talents should be nurtured to shape the church’s path into the future. The church must invite young people – including women and people of color the world over – into ministry, equip them to be effective leaders and be open to where they want to lead us. We also must strengthen lay persons, who are ministering at every level of the church.

  • Gospel of the Nobodies
    Gospel of the Nobodies

    Most of us have at some point felt like a nobody – insignificant, invisible, worthless. The Gospel of Luke is a first century portrait of Jesus with a particular focus on his ministry with those who were considered nobodies. For Lent, join us as we read through the Gospel of Luke together. Each week, we’ll turn our attention to specific stories that illustrate Jesus’ concern for those who were marginalized by society, and as we do, we’ll hear his word for our lives today. You will find here all the series resources that were produced, along with the weekly sermons. Use these resources to share “The Gospel of the Nobodies.”

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