Monday, January 21, 2013

Adam Hamilton to speak at the inaugural prayer service

1 Timothy 2:1-4 First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone, 2 for kings and all who are in high positions, so that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and dignity. 3 This is right and is acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, 4 who desires everyone to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.

Whatever our voting record, now it is time to pray for our national leaders -- the President, Congress, and courts.  The apostle Paul encourages us to do this "first of all", and for followers of Jesus, our political action should always begin with prayer.

Check out the story from The United Methodist Reporter:

The Rev. Adam Hamilton, pastor of the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kan., and an author of popular books on Christian faith, has been chosen to give the sermon at the Presidential Inaugural Prayer Service on Tuesday. Mr. Hamilton recently was named the Reporter’s 2012 United Methodist of the Year for his contributions as pastor, teacher, denominational leader and author.

Reached by email about his inaugural service invitation, Mr. Hamilton said: ”I was really surprised and humbled to be asked. Then for two nights I could not sleep thinking about preaching with the president and vice president on the front row and 2,000 of our nation’s leaders behind them.”

Mr. Hamilton said he got the invitation about two weeks ago, from Joshua DuBois, director of the Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships in the Obama White House.

He will have 15 minutes for the sermon. “My assistant says I can’t even introduce a sermon in 15 minutes, but I’ve timed the message, and if I stick to the script it will be exactly 15 minutes,” he said. Asked what he’ll preach, Mr. Hamilton said: ”In the light of the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation this month, I’m focusing on the Bible’s great emancipation story—the Exodus, and three leadership lessons from Moses. Keeping the rest under wraps!”

Mr. Hamilton said he is aware that he’ll be representing the UMC, which has about 7.6 million members in the United States and about 12 million worldwide.

Check out the full story! We have appreciated some of the teaching series of Rev. Adam Hamilton, both in past Lenten seasons for our dinner series and in Sunday School.

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