The Episcopal Church
of the Resurrection
1433 NW R.D. Mize Road, Blue Springs, MO
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Saturday, April 24, 2021
Fourth Sunday
of Easter
Sunday, April 25, 2021

Holy Eucharist Rite I at 8:00 am
Holy Eucharist Rite II at 10:30 am


Resurrection will host in-person services. COVID precautions will be observed with a face mask required. All services also live-streamed.

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FEASIBILITY STUDY FOR BUILDING ADDITION

We want and need information only you can provide.

Based on the success of our past capital campaigns, the Vestry is evaluating a plan to enlarge the Narthex, which would allow for the relocation of the inside stairway and construction of a wheelchair lift between floors. Please help us discern the direction God is leading us!

We are conducting a Feasibility Survey in order to determine the level of support for the proposed plan, which is outlined in a Case Statement that was mailed to your home April 6.

Please complete the paper survey included with the Case Statement and return it to the Church asap or you may scan and e-mail it to treasurer@episcopal-bluesprings.org
Cooks needed for Uplift
ONCE EVERY 4 TO 6 WEEKS

During the pandemic two church volunteers have cooked a meal twice a month on Mondays in the church's kitchen for 60 homeless people as part of the Uplift mission. The Scotts have then delivered the prepared meals to Uplift in downtown Kansas City by 4:30 pm.

We have the recipes and will help you get started if you are interested in helping. It takes about 3 hours and you can be reimbursed for the food you buy.

If you have questions or would like to volunteer, please contact Rich Conn or Annie Scott. 
From Fr. David+
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THE MEANING OF EASTER

Sometimes it is just fun to read what makes us ponder what Eastertide means in our world today. Enjoy these inspiring and motivating Easter quotations and scriptures:

"If Easter says anything to us today, it says this: You can put truth in a grave, but it won't stay there." -Clarence W. Hall

"Christ the Lord is risen today, sons of men and angels say. Raise your joys and triumphs high; Sing, ye heavens and earth reply." -Charles Wesley

"For I remember it is Easter Morn and life and love and peace are all newborn." -Alice Freeman Palmer

"The very first Easter taught us this: that life never ends and love never dies." -Kate McGahan

All of heaven is interested in the cross of Christ, hell afraid of it, while men are the only ones to ignore its meaning. – By Oswald Chambers

And all that is therein; Invisible and visible, their notes let all things blend, For Christ, the Lord is risen. Our joy that hath no end. – By Saint John of Damascus

And he departed from our sight that we might return to our heart, and there find Him. He departed, and behold, He is here. – By St. Augustine

During this Easter and from now on, forgive someone, tell someone you love them and let your light shine. – Unknown

Easter is love. Easter is the love of Christ and God our Father. Easter is the time to show appreciation to all those who mean the most. Thank You and Happy Easter – Unknown

John 11:25-26: "Jesus said to her, 'I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?'"

Peter 1:3: "Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead."

Corinthians 15:21: "For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man."

Philippians 3:10: "I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death."

Luke 24:6-7: "He is not here; he has risen!"

Philippians 2:8: "And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross!"

Romans 6:9: "We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him." (Happy Easter Quotes)

Romans 6:8-11:"The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus."

Romans 6:8-11: "Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him." (Happy Easter Quotes)

Acts 3:15: "You killed the author of life, but God raised him from the dead."

Corinthians 5:17: "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!"

Luke 24:2-3: "They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus."

Acts 4:33: "With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And God's grace was so powerfully at work in them all."

Ephesians 1:20: "He exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms." (Happy Easter Quotes)

Mark 16:5-6: "As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed. 'Don’t be alarmed,' he said. 'You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him.”

O God, who by the glorious resurrection of thy Son Jesus
Christ didst destroy death and brought life and immortality to
light: Grant that we, who have been raised with him, may
abide in his presence and rejoice in the hope of eternal glory;
through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with thee
and the Holy Spirit, be dominion and praise for ever and
ever. Amen. (Book of Common Prayer)
Renewal Works
TO BEGIN IN MAY

We will begin the RenewalWorks program at Church of the Resurrection in May.

Through an anonymous online evaluation of each parishioner, and a series of workshop discussions, the RenewalWorks process helps churches (and the individuals in them) refocus on spiritual growth and identify ways that God is calling them to grow.

Check out the web site for Renewal Works at https://renewalworks.org/

Almighty and eternal God, so draw our hearts to you, so guide our minds, so fill our imaginations, so control our wills, that we may be wholly yours, utterly dedicated to you; and then use us, we pray, as you will, and always to your glory and the welfare of your people; through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.
Lectors and Acolytes Needed
Acolytes
PLEASE SIGN-UP TODAY

As more people are vaccinated and we continue to follow COVID health guidelines, we are asking for volunteers to read scripture and serve at the altar. 
        
If you are currently a lector and/or eucharistic minister and would like to return to reading, please contact Diane Gerlach at 816-896-2875.

If you would like to be an acolyte, please contact Lisa Twitty at 913-485-7150
Monday Matters (April 19, 2021)
BY FR. JAY SIDEBOTHAM +

For I know that my Redeemer lives, and that at the last he will stand upon the earth. -Job 19:25

Now if Christ is proclaimed as raised from the dead, how can some of you say there is no resurrection of the dead? If there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ has not been raised; and if Christ has not been raised, then our proclamation has been in vain and your faith has been in vain…But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have died. For since death came through a human being, the resurrection of the dead has also come through a human being; for as all die in Adam, so all will be made alive in Christ.
-I Corinthians 15:12-14, 20-22

So if you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. -Colossians 3:1,2

The resurrection completes the inauguration of God’s kingdom. . . . It is the decisive event demonstrating that God’s kingdom really has been launched on earth as it is in heaven. The message of Easter is that God’s new world has been unveiled in Jesus Christ and that you’re now invited to belong to it. -N. T. Wright

It is such a letdown to rise from the dead and have your friends not recognize you. -Rob Bell, Velvet Elvis: Repainting the Christian Faith

Ordinary Resurrection
Each year as we make our way through the Easter season, I’m reminded of a powerful book by Jonathan Kozol, educator and advocate for children, especially children who have been pushed to the margins, children who contend with what he calls savage inequalities. The book I have in mind is entitled Ordinary Resurrections. It describes Dr. Kozol’s relationship with a group of children, students who attended school in one of the poorest parts of the Bronx and also those who participated in an after-school program at a local Episcopal Church (St. Ann’s). It’s a loving account of his relationship with these young people, and a hopeful testimony to their resilience.

It’s from this book that I first learned of the etymology of the word resurrection. It really means to stand again, which strikes me as a beautiful way to think about this season.

As we move through this season (It’s more than just one day), we certainly focus on the events of the first Easter morning which brought the amazing news that Jesus, Lord of the dance had indeed been knocked down but he leapt up high. He stood again after confronting the worst that his world could dish out. But Jonathan Kozol reminded me that stories of resurrection unfold in all kinds of places.

For those of us in the Christian tradition, we hear the word that because Christ has been raised, we also can be raised. As we reflect on what the past year has brought to us, to our individual lives, to our church, to our nation, we can safely say that we have been knocked down. The promise of the Easter season is that by grace, we can stand again. The longings and losses of the past year are not the final word.

So maybe you feel like you have been knocked down. Maybe your loved ones are having that experience. If that’s the case, imagine ordinary resurrections. Embrace the Easter promise that we can start again. We can stand again.

Maybe your faith has been knocked down, by the inexplicable pain of the world, or the failures of the church, or the appropriation of Jesus’ teaching for political advantage. If that’s the case, imagine ordinary resurrections. What would that look like in the course of your spiritual journey?

Maybe your church feels like it’s been knocked down. Many churches lived on the edge prior to pandemic. The challenges of the past year only deepened the anxiety. If that’s the case, imagine ordinary resurrections. What would that look like for your faith community?

Maybe you live in a community that has been particularly hard hit, knocked down in one way or another. Recent waves of gun violence and racial division provide examples of this. If that’s the case, imagine ordinary resurrections. That may not be easy to do. But Jonathan Kozol reminds us that they can happen, through amazing grace (the title of another of his books). Perhaps the first step is simply believing it’s possible.