Episcopal Church
of the Resurrection
1433 NW R.D. Mize Road
Blue Springs, Missouri  64015
(816) 228-4220

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Church is open!  Only the 10:30 am service broadcast
Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Laborers in the Vineyard

Holy Eucharist Rite I at 8:00 am

Holy Eucharist Rite II at 10:30 am
   in-person and also broadcast on-line

Social distancing and masks required

Virtual Coffee Hour at Noon on Zoom
Click Here to Join          Meeting ID:  983 6979 4971       Password:   536310

From Fr. David+
David Lynch _

Thank you 
I want to give a shout out to all who made the "re-opening" of our church possible last Sunday. This has been a tremendous effort and it has and will NOT go unnoticed. Because of COVID and the required safety guidelines, we have all had to modify our practices and behaviors. I am grateful to all parishioners who come willingly knowing that safety guidelines need to be followed. I was very pleased to see the number of folks at both services as we experienced 12 people at 8:00 and roughly 30 at the 10:30 service. We are blessed to have the space to socially distance appropriately knowing that we also have the undercroft available for live streaming (in real time) for those who desire even more space to spread out. We are also blessed to be able to broadcast our services. The ability to reach people across the country and around the world is pretty extraordinary. Members and friends of Brenda and Chuck Sprofera's were able to tune into the funeral service on Saturday and it was a true blessing. Many thanks need to be expressed to our Music Director, Vaughn Scarcliff as he has had to learn the process of recording and broadcasting our services. In addition to his music preparation and performance Vaughn has had to accommodate these new tasks. We are also grateful for the assistance and dedication of Bill Carle, Gary Zumwalt and Steven Flaigle who have learned to run the A/V equipment to free up Vaughn from having to juggle playing the organ and managing the broadcasts each week. The Altar Guild and building and grounds teams are busy preparing the building for our services by disinfecting the nave pews, doorknobs, bathrooms and all other commonly touched surfaces. These activities are likely to continue for the foreseeable future.

MIchigan next week    
I will once again go to Michigan to spend time with my brother Bill, who now is being treated for lymphoma in his lungs and chest. I am grateful to you all for your prayers. and am most grateful to Fr. Doug Johnson who will celebrate services in my absence. This also means that Daily Office broadcasts will be suspended until I return at the end of the month. To be with family at difficult times is so important. Thanks for making that possible for me and my family.

Men's group meetings suspended until further notice       
Until we can all feel more comfortable meeting as a group. I have suggested to the Senior Warden, that we postpone future Resurrection Men's Fellowship for the foreseeable future in light of COVID guidelines. Thanks for your understanding.

Lay liturgical ministers still needed
We are looking to grow our ministry of broadcasting the daily office by using liturgical leaders who would be willing to lead Morning, Noon Day and Evening Prayer.  If you are interested in serving in this ministry and learning the logistics, I am gladly willing to develop you into that ministry. Please contact me if you are interested in serving!
Thank You
Flower ministry restart   
Everyone who would like to participate in the church flower ministry is encouraged to contact Elaine Gilligan to sign up. If you attend church in person, you may sign-up on the flower chart on the bulletin board in the narthex.  Write-in your name and a dedication on the date your desire.  The cost for altar flowers is $35 per week. 

Thanks from St. Michael's
We recently sent $925 in donations to St. Michael's Episcopal Church in Independence in support of the Necessity Pantry.  In return we received this nice thank you message!  Resurrection Outreach touches many in need.  THANK YOU!.

Terri and Bob Smith settled in
We received a nice card from the Smith's, who are now settled into their new home in North Carolina.  Their address is:  2749 Bartlett Lane, Clemmons, NC 27012.  We miss you guys!

Outdoor clean-up day September 26
Join us for a parish outdoor clean-up day beginning at 9:00 am on Saturday, September 26.

Heartland Cursillo Zoom Ultreya is October 9
Click here for information.

Parish Bonfire Party and Cookout on October 17
Join fellow parishioners at the home of John and Joyce Biggs, 30404 Pink Hill Rd; Grain Valley, on 
Saturday, October 17, 2020 at 5:30 pm for a bonfire picnic and cookout.  Enjoy hot dogs, s'mores and hot drinks!  Please bring lawn chairs, flashlights and blankets.  Sign-up in the Narthex or contact Janet Woodward 816-564-4000.
Monday Matters - RenewalWorks
Take up your cross

Renewal Works
The historian Eusebius (you all remember him, right?), in his Life of Constantine, tells how the emperor ordered the building of a complex in Jerusalem "on a scale of imperial magnificence," to set forth as "an object of attraction and veneration to all, the blessed place of our Savior's resurrection." Constantine's shrine included a large basilica for the Liturgy of the Word and a circular church, known as "The Resurrection" for the Liturgy of the Table. Toward one side of the courtyard separating the two buildings, through which worshippers had to pass on their way from Word to Sacrament, the top of Calvary's hill was visible. In that courtyard, the solemn veneration of the cross took place on Good Friday. The dedication of the buildings was completed on September 14, 335. 1,685 years later, we celebrate the Feast of the Holy Cross on this day, with prayers and scripture readings taking us to the foot of the cross.

In the Collect for the day (see above), we ask for grace to take up our cross. I'm wondering this Monday morning what that means to you. People often talk about crosses they have to bear, sometimes revealing an unattractive teeth-gritting Christianity tinged with victimhood. Their crosses? A crabby relative, an irascible co-worker, any number of challenging life circumstances. We all have these forces in our lives, as suffering is the promise life always keeps. But I have a sense that taking up one's cross means something different.

As often happens when I puzzle about a phrase that may be familiar but elusive in depth of meaning, I turn to wiser colleagues. In this case I found a homily by Sam Candler, Dean of St. Philip's Cathedral in Atlanta. A great priest and preacher (and accomplished jazz musician), he preached a few years ago on this phrase "Take up your cross." Here's an excerpt:
Are we supposed to follow Jesus so literally that we give up our lives, willingly, to the religious and political authorities of our day, who will then put us to death by execution? That's what Jesus did. Are we supposed to carry an instrument of torture on our backs to the place of our suffering? Again, that's what Jesus did.

What was Jesus doing during his last days, that we might be called to follow? One way to consider "the cross" is as a sign of weakness. When Jesus took up his cross, he was acknowledging vulnerability. He was admitting weakness, submitting to power that would take away his life. The cross, for Jesus, represented his exposure to pain and suffering. The cross was his vulnerability.

If so, I suggest that "taking up our cross"means picking up and acknowledging our vulnerability. Most of us spend our lives doing just the opposite. We prepare to go out into the world by building up our strengths. We train and go to school and make money and surround ourselves with good company. We even do good and great things in the world with the strengths that we have worked at.

To "take up our cross," however, means to lay our strengths aside. It means to lay our "ego strength" aside...Something quite powerful occurs when we do this. Jesus said it like this: "Those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it."(Mark 8:35).

In spiritual circles, we often talk about this as surrender, a word I admit I have resisted. It can make me think I am called to be a doormat for Christ. It can tap into that heretical religious tradition that denigrates our worth as children of God. But there is a life giving aspect to this dynamic of surrender. Once, while I was struggling with what it means to surrender, I providentially opened a book by Thomas Merton. He wrote: "Our real journey in life is interior: it is a matter of growth, deepening, and of an ever greater surrender to the creative action of love and grace in our hearts."

What does that surrender look like? It unfolds in ways great and small. Wearing a mask in time of pandemic, uncomfortable and annoying as they might be. Setting aside our own agenda, even when we have really important things to do. Honoring another family member, beginning each day asking how I can be of service. Taking a costly stand for justice and peace in a season when injustice is there for all to see. Giving sacrificially to meet the needs of our neighbors.

On this feast day, and in days that follow, might we think about taking up the cross as doing whatever it takes to surrender to the creative action of love and grace in our hearts, and to find new life, resurrected life in the process.
In-person worship guidelines

Reopening the Church
The logistics and requirements we must follow as we worship in church together are as follows:
  • Upon entry, ushers will ask if you have any symptoms of illness including fever, chills, coughing and any history of recent illness. It is very important that you DO NOT attend church if you feel ill or know that you have been exposed to COVID or any other serious illness.
  • Ushers will check your name against a directory roster and newcomers and visitors will be asked to provide their names and phone numbers upon entry. There will be no guest book or prayer sheet to sign.
  • Masks will be required at all times while in the church building.
  • Hand sanitizer, facial tissue and some masks will be provided.
  • Seating will be in every other pew and social distancing at least 6 feet apart. Families may sit together. Additional seating is available in the undercroft where an overflow of congregates can watch lthe service broadcast live. The priest will go to the undercroft to offer communion to those gathered there.
  • Congregational singing will not be allowed (but you may hum with your mask on!)
  • There will be no hymnals in the pews for use.
  • Those who have their own Books of Common Prayer or can access it on their electronic devices are encouraged to bring them to church for personal use.
  • Prayer books will be provided and will be located in the back pews. After the service, prayer books should be placed in the big basket located in the narthex when leaving.
  • Bulletins will not be recycled. Please take them home or deposit them in the trash.
  • Communion of both kinds will be available in individual chalices and distributed by the priest.  Please discard these used chalice packets in the trash when leaving.
  • Thank you for your offering. Please leave your gift in the offering plate at the back of the nave.
  • Go in peace to love and serve the Lord!!
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