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

The original message was sent with the incorrect date for the parish-wide ZOOM meeting in the heading.  The correct date and time is tomorrow, Sunday, November 22 at 2 pm. 

Weekly E-mail (corrected)

Saturday, November 21, 2020

Christ the King Sunday: on-line only
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2020
Christ the King Sunday
Last Sunday after Pentecost
Parable of the Judgment Scene

Holy Eucharist Rite I at 8:00 am
Holy Eucharist Rite II at 10:30 am
- Both services broadcast on-line on FaceBook Live or YouTube

Due to COVID, our Parish has returned to only on-line services.  No in-person services until further notice. 

Faith Filled Generosity - please pledge
PARISH-WIDE ZOOM MEETING THIS SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 22 AT 2:00 PM.
Faith Filled Generosity

Please join the Vestry for a special parish-wide ZOOM Meeting this Sunday, November 22 at 2:00 pm.  We'll discuss our stewardship campaign, review where we have come in 2020 and our plans for 2021.


Meeting ID: 965 3196 8220      Passcode: 767260 

None of us could have known what this year would be like with the COVID pandemic.  We have faced disruptions, losses, and anxieties individually and together.  And although the pandemic has tested our resolve, it has not tested our faith. This year's stewardship campaign has shifted to a virtual setting, just as our regular services have shifted to a video offering.  You can access our stewardship information on Resurrection's website and also make your pledge on-line.  If you like, you can also print a pledge card and return it to the church by mail.



This year's campaign is titled Faith Filled Generosity.  Generosity is inspired by our faith and how we are formed and led into relationship with each other.  It determines how we share our gifts with the world.

How will you discover and use the gifts you have been given to help our church? How will you hear the Gospel call to seek and serve Christ in all people?  We are the stewards of God's manifold grace because we give to the world from what we have received.

Note: Your 2020 contribution statement will be provided in January, 2021.  If you would like to know where your current giving stands for 2020 and/or your 2020 pledge amount, please  e-mail the Treasurer.
Blue Springs CSL Christmas Outreach
COLLECTING GIFT CARDS.
Due to COVID, Resurrection will not have our Christmas gift tree this year to benefit the Blue CSL Springs Community Services League (CSL).  Instead, we will be collecting only gift cards and money to contribute to the CSL Christmas event.  CSL will then distribute the gift cards to parents so they may pick out appropriate gifts safely.

If you wish to donate money, please indicate on the memo line of your check or offering envelope the amount you designate as "CSL Christmas gift".  We will use those funds to buy gift cards.  If you would prefer to buy your own gift cards, CSL is requesting them in increments of $10, $20 and $25 from Walmart, Target, Old Navy, or Kohls only.

You can place your gift of money or gift cards in the offering plate or drop it in the black locked pledge box outside the downstairs entrance or simply mail it to the church.   We must receive your gifts by December 7.    Thank you for your support of this worthy Christmas event!  
From Father David Lynch+
CHRIST THE KING SUNDAY.
Fr. David Lynch_
This Sunday we will celebrate "Christ the King". This will be the last Sunday before Advent begins. As we anticipate all that Advent calls us to celebrate and digest, I encourage you to take this Advent season as time for reflection on your life during these strange times. I would ask that you consider spending mini silent retreats in a place where you can find silence and safety; a place where you can open your heart, mind and being to hearing God, and conversing with God. I will provide a selection of resources to assist in Advent meditations and during the season offer a ZOOM online mini retreat to help us focus on the advent of Jesus Christ. I hold all of you in my prayers as we enter into these holidays. I am saddened by our circumstances and sorely miss not having fellowship with you in person. I am grateful for the technology that does allow us to celebrate together, but you do know it is just not the same. I ask your prayers for my family as we discern traveling once again to be with my brother Bill.
 
Almighty and ever-loving God, ruler of all things in heaven and earth, hear our prayers for this parish family. Strengthen the faithful, arouse the careless, and restore the penitent.
Grant us all things necessary for our common life, and bring us all to be of one heart and mind within your holy Church; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


BACK TO ON-LINE SERVICES ONLY.

We will be returning to on-line services only for the 8:00 am and 10:30 am services beginning this Sunday, November 22.  As we approach the Christmas celebrations, we will revisit the possibilities to open the doors. This is a frustrating time for all of us and especially for pastors of churches. I pray that all will follow the guidelines to protect themselves and one another as we enter this infectious time. As you celebrate Thanksgiving and other holiday events, please, please be careful and take the precautions necessary.


IAN AND JOYCE McINTOSH UPDATE.

Both Joyce and Ian are suffering with the Covid virus.  They are well into the risk category and need our prayers.  I spoke with Joyce's family this week and both are in the same care facility but still separated from each other.  Ian is improving and will most likely have to go to a long-term convalescent center.  Joyce is still very sick, dehydrated and only beginning to take nourishment.  Please pray for them and if able, send them your best wishes.   Their address is: 441 Stageline Road, Apt. 272;  Hudson, WI  54016.


RESTARTING WEEKLY BIBLE STUDY.

Bible Study
As it is possible to meet, either in person following COVID guidelines, or by ZOOM, I am trying to determine the best time and what day to reopen bible study. I would like to do this so the study can continue in my absence when I must miss a session.  Please contact me with your interest.
Nominations for Vestry open
THREE TO BE ELECTED IN JANUARY.
Vestry
Vestry members exercise leadership by example and participation both in the business and spiritual life of the parish. Persons standing for election to Vestry should regularly attend worship services and demonstrate faithful stewardship.  Vestry members must be committed to attend monthly Vestry meetings, participate in a Vestry retreat during the year and complete the Safeguarding God's Church training course on-line.

Please contact Gabe Conn, Dr. Tess Garcia or David Hensen for information or to express your willingness to serve.
Monday Matters - RenewalWorks
FROM REV. JAY SIDEBOTHAM +.
We remember 10% of what we read, 20% of what we hear, 30% of what we see, 50% of what we see and hear, 70% of what we discuss with others, 80% of what we personally experience, 95% or what we teach others.   -Edgar Dale
 
Renewal Works
Blessed Lord, who caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning: Grant us so to hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that we may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life, which you have given us in our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.  -The Book of Common Prayer, page 236
 
Your word is a lantern to my feet, and a light upon my path.   -Psalm 119:105
 
But be doers of the word, and not merely hearers who deceive themselves. For if any are hearers of the word and not doers, they are like those who look at themselves in a mirror; for they look at themselves and, on going away, immediately forget what they were like. But those who look into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and persevere, being not hearers who forget but doers who act-they will be blessed in their doing.   -James 1:22-25
 
Jesus said: You search the scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that testify on my behalf.  -John 5:39
 
Know the word.  Love the word.  Live the word.  Give the word.  -attributed to Mother Teresa


Why read the Bible?

I was reminded last week of the story of Karl Barth, prolific Swiss theologian of the 20th century, one of the greats. Let's just say he never had an unexpressed written thought. He offered volumes upon volumes of dense writing (that often made me feel dense) on all kinds of subjects. At one point, a smart-ass seminarian asked if the good doctor could sum that all up in one sentence. Kind of a gotcha question. Dr. Barth said he could do so and he did so with the following sentence: "Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so."

If that story is not true, it ought to be, for what it reveals is the role the Bible plays in the Christian faith journey. In the work we do with congregations, we've learned that a key factor in spiritual vitality in churches is engagement with scripture. Understatement alert: In the Episcopal world, that can mean different things to different folks. But a distinctive element, in the words of Will Willimon in his book Shaped by the Bible, is that a Christian congregation is one that is confronted by and shaped by the Bible. How does that happen?

Yesterday in church, we heard a prayer that comes up once a year (included above.) It's about scripture, asking God's help in engagement with scripture, delineating a process that involves five steps. In the prayer. we ask for grace to:

1. Hear: We are meant simply to be open, to pay attention, to decide that the words of scripture are worth listening to. Jesus would often tell the crowds that he offered his teaching for those who had ears to hear. We often decide what we will hear. Spouses and children and students and clergy often engage in selective hearing. We all have a lot we can listen to, and we all face lots of distractions. How will we choose?

2. Read: Find out what the Bible says, for yourself. Do the work. As one pastor said to his congregation, perhaps in frustration: "I can't read the Bible for you." It's a discipline, and so we often suggest some kind of daily ritual, a morning quiet time, participation in the Daily Office (so chock full of scripture), devotional guides like Forward Day by Day. We encourage a set bit of time each day, even if it's just a few minutes. We encourage a sacred place in your home, a quiet place, a particular chair, maybe marked by a candle or a closed door or a sound machine to help keep focus.

3. Mark: The method of Bible study known as the African model asks a couple questions. It begins by asking what word or phrase strikes you. It then asks where the passage intersects with your life. That's a good place to start in marking scripture. Don't be afraid to underline. Keep a journal that includes your most honest and irreverent questions. Pray those questions, or take them to someone you trust for spiritual counsel.

4. Learn: It's what disciples do. A disciple is a learner, a student. That means, among other things being prepared for something new, something different, to admit that you don't know what you don't know. True learning comes with putting what you hear, read, and mark to work, to be doers of the word, not only hearers, to quote the New Testament letter of James.

5. Inwardly digest: Let it become part of you. We sometimes hear, as Episcopalians dive more deeply into scripture, that they are amazed how much of the Bible comes from the Book of Common Prayer. It actually happened the other way around. Those who shaped our guide for worship had inwardly digested the words of scripture. Those words were deeply integrated. It shows.

Why do any of this? Yesterday's collect tells us it is not in order to be holier or smarter than thou. It is for the sake of hope, hope of everlasting life given to us in Jesus. That everlasting life is not pie in the sky but is underway right now. We get to experience it more and more each day. And as Dr. Barth indicated, that hope is anchored in the love God for us, a love from which we can never be separated (eternally). The Bible in all its complexity, in the parts we like and don't, in the parts we understand and don't, is at its core a story of that ongoing relationship, a story of love that will not let us go.

So hear, read, mark, learn and inwardly digest. Because we can all use more hope.
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