of the Resurrection
1433 NW R.D. Mize Road
Blue Springs, Missouri 64015
HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE
All Holy Week services start at 7:00 pm
EASTER SUNDAY, April 21, 2019
One Service only at 10:30 am
Fellowship and Coffee and Easter Egg hunt following the service
(please bring finger food to share if able)
A MESSAGE FROM FR. DAVID +
Continuing with Fr. Jay Sidebotham's blog, I share with you his message for Holy Week and the n
Following Easter Sunday, Debbie and I will be taking two weeks to rejuvenate and enjoy some
time together. Fr. Ron Keel and Fr. Mark McGuire will officiate services in my absence. Mr. Jeff
Chapman will lead Evening Prayer at the 5:30 Sunday services on April 28 and May 5.
May we all have a blessed Easter as we celebrate our Savior Jesus Christ and the namesake of
Fr. David +
The first Christians were not called Christians. They were called people of the way. I wonder if we might not be better off if that name had stuck. No prospect of the frozen chosen with a name like that.
What do I like about the name? It presumes movement, growth and transformation. We hear
about it as our Presiding Bishop talks about our church as the Episcopal branch of the Jesus
movement. We're part of a movement, folks. We don't stay put. Pope Francis preached a
sermon in which he said that there was no such thing as a stationary Christian, that a Christian
is meant to walk or move. That movement is actually part of our healthy identity. We see it in
our liturgy as the gospel, the story of Jesus is moved to the center of the people, and as we are
moved to come forward to say yes to the bread and wine.
Jesus himself said: "I am the way."
So which way do we go? That is in many ways the question of Holy Week. The prayer crafted for
the Monday in Holy Week, asks that we may find that the way of the cross is the way of life and
Think with me as we engage this Holy Week about what the way of the
cross looks like, and how it could possibly also be the way of life and peace.
The way of the cross includes the journey that went from that raucous Palm Sunday procession,
with Jesus' high approval ratings helping him make his way through Jerusalem streets. As we
read Sunday, that festive parade soon becomes a crowd pressing for prosecution and execution.
On Maundy Thursday, Jesus makes his way from the head of the table to kneel at the feet of
disciples. Jesus washes those feet. A big move. Jesus makes his way to the garden where he
prays for deliverance from what is to come. In a lesson for me about my prayers, Jesus finds that
his prayer is not answered in the way he might have wanted. He makes his way to the hard
wood of the cross, where he hangs between heaven and earth, stretching out arms of love to
draw us all into his saving embrace. Do you see how the whole week involves movement, from
life to death to life?
So what do we make of the way of the cross? How do we walk in that way? Is it a way of
humility? Is it a way of service? Is it a way that moves toward confrontation with religious and
political power of the day? Is it a way that knows grief and loss, that does not hide from the pain
of the world? Is it a way of compassion and sacrifice? Is it a way that extends forgiveness, even
and especially to those who don't deserve it or even ask for it? Is it a way of life and peace?
However you observe Holy Week (and I urge you to dive into as many liturgies as you can. It'll
just deepen the joy of Easter), think about the way of the cross as a way of life. You do have
other choices, the gospels tell us. You can choose the way of Pilate, entitled indifference. You
can choose the way of Peter, bluster giving way to cowardly denial. You can choose the way of
Judas, grasping at your own agenda. You can choose the way of most of the disciples, and just
check out, hopping on the first Greyhound out of Jerusalem.
Or we can ask: What does the way of the cross mean for us in this Holy Week? What does that
mean in the weeks that follow? May God's grace allow us to see it as a way of life and peace.
Apparently our world stands in need of that kind of way.
- Jay Sidebotham