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

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Thursday, November 5, 2020

Worship in-person or on-line
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2020
Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost
Wise and Foolish Virgins
Foolish Virgins from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library.

Holy Eucharist Rite I at 8:00 am
- Service in-person

Holy Eucharist Rite II at 10:30 am
- Service in-person and also broadcast
on-line on FaceBook Live or YouTube

Social distancing and masks required


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

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+
PRAYERS FOR OUR COUNTRY.
Fr. David Lynch_
Prayers continue for our country as we live into the work of government and the future.  Some say it will soon be over and we will not have to listen to, watch or be reminded of who to vote for, and deal with all the hyperbole that exists around elections.  It is unfortunate that much of the fight to win from either side of the aisle becomes contentious and laden with slander.  If we learn anything from what has taken place through these days and years, it should be to unite as a people to be willing to listen, hear, understand and work together for common answers and solutions for all that ails us and all that needs reform and growth.  Our country was founded on the ideals of being a government for the people and by the people.  I interpret that to mean that we are all in this together. Regardless of our political leanings, we are all people of these United States, with common issues that need common solutions and answers. In the throws of determining our next leaders, I commend to all of us to find refuge in the goodness of this country, and despite our early past history as a new nation and the culture of that time, we can focus on what the future can and should be for all of us. Through the course of the Daily Offices broadcast on Facebook this week I have included collects from our Prayer Book that focus on the nation and the people of leadership. Please take the time to pray through these prayers that begin on page 814. These may stimulate in us a consciousness of where God is in the midst of us during these times. Let me close with one of these profound collects:

O Lord our Governor, bless the leaders of our land, that we may be a people at peace among ourselves and a blessing to other nations of the earth.  Lord, keep this nation under your care.

To the President and members of the Cabinet, to Governors of States, Mayors of Cities, and to all in administrative authority, grant wisdom and grace in the exercise of their duties.  Give grace to your servants, O Lord.

To Senators and Representatives, and those who make our laws in States, Cities, and Towns, give courage, wisdom, and foresight to provide for the needs of all our people, and to fulfill our obligations in the community of nations.  Give grace to your servants, O Lord.

To the Judges and officers of our Courts give understanding and integrity, that human rights may be safeguarded and justice served. Give grace to your servants, O Lord.

And finally, teach our people to rely on your strength and to accept their responsibilities to their fellow citizens, that they may elect trustworthy leaders and make wise decisions for the well-being of our society; that we may serve you faithfully in our generation and honor your holy Name. For yours is the kingdom, O Lord, and you are exalted as head above all. Amen.


VIRTUAL DIOCESAN CONVENTION SATURDAY.

This will be the last diocesan convention for our current bishop, +Marty Field. From this convention forward the diocese will do the work of calling a new bishop. For the immediate future, a provisional bishop will be sought as the diocese takes the time to discern what kind of person is needed to help and lead our diocese for the years to come.

Despite varying popularity of Bishop Marty, he has been good to our parish and me. Serving as a Dean for the Central Deanery, I have come to see a different side of diocesan functions. Our diocese is working smartly to address issues of division and animosity. It will take all the clergy and lay to come together to be the diocese that Christ is calling us to be as One Church for the Body of Christ. I encourage all of us to access the diocesan website and check out what all is happening around us and for us. The website is: https://www.diowestmo.org/.

Please take the time to inform yourselves about who we are as a diocese and what is going on in the communities around us. Visitors do need to register to watch the convention which begins at 10:00 am on the live website: https://spirit.diowestmo.org/live/

Below are resolutions sent for convention review. You can access the information for each resolution by accessing the respective website links.

Links to the resolutions:


LAY LITURGICAL MINISTERS STILL NEEDED.

I am 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, please contact me!  
 

ALTAR FLOWERS.    
Altar Flowers

You may sign-up for altar flowers on the flower chart located on the bulletin board in the Narthex.  Write-in your name and a dedication on the date you desire.  Contact Elaine Gilligan if you are attending church virtually and would like to contribute. The cost for altar flowers is $35 per week.
Annual giving campaign begins
FAITH-FILLED GENEROSITY.
Faith Filled Generosity
We will be hearing messages of Faith-Filled Generosity as we move through the weeks of this year's stewardship season.

The Gospel is rich with examples of how our faith kindles our love for each other and our Christian responsibility to share our love with the world. We invite you and your household to pray and learn, taking these weeks to consider how your generous response to God's call has been shaped by this community and the friends who gather with you.

Thank you for being a part of the Church of the Resurrection and for your faithful, faith-filled gift to our annual campaign.

Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received.
    - 1 Peter 4:10
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 see Fr. David or Senior Warden John Biggs for information or to express your willingness to serve.
Monday Matters - RenewalWorks
FROM REV. JAY SIDEBOTHAM +.
Renewal Works
In the morning, when I rise, in the morning, when I rise, in the morning, when I rise, give me Jesus. And when I am alone, and when I am alone, and when I am alone, give me Jesus. 
And when I come to die, and when I come to die, and when I come to die, give me Jesus.  Give me Jesus, give me Jesus. You can have all this world but give me Jesus. For the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve.  -Mark 10:45

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the sake of the joy that was set before him endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of God.  -Hebrews 12:1,

Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited,but emptied himself,taking the form of a slave,being born in human likeness.  And being found in human form,he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.    -Philippians 2:5-8

Give me Jesus

Last week, I had a conversation with a rector who'd been at her church for only a short time. It was long enough for parishioners to notice that "things were different." After church one day, a member of the parish approached the rector and said, "You know, you're doing something really interesting in your preaching." The rector braced herself for whatever that was. She said that when you're new, you never really know what folks are going to say. (Actually, that's true when you've been at a place for a long time.) The rector asked him what it was. He said, "You're talking about Jesus." She tried to cloak her surprise, and said something like, "Well, yea. That's my job!"

That reminded me of another story I heard a few years ago from a friend, a rector, who had a parishioner make an appointment with her on the Monday morning after her first Easter. This congregant had grown up in the parish. She said she was very concerned about the new rector's Easter sermon. It contained "too much Jesus" in it. My friend laughed, thinking she was joking. The parishioner assured my friend she was serious. My friend asked what a person would preach on Easter if not Jesus. She said: "Perhaps something from Buddha."

I'm graced to be able to take a morning prayer walk listening to the rhythm of Atlantic waves. I have a list of loved ones for whom I pray, those facing deep and varied challenges. Of late I've been praying for our broken world, as we contend with considerable coincident crises. On these walks in recent days, a song has kept coming into my head: "Give me Jesus." The text is above.

I'm not exactly sure why that song has come to me so persistently. What does Jesus have to do with this season of our lives? As I pray about health crisis, economic crisis, racial divide, polarized electorate, kids in cages, creation crying out, I wonder if the prayer "Give me Jesus" might be overly pious or naïve or escapist or irrelevant. Is it sufficient to meet the tasks at hand?

Maybe it is. Give me the Jesus who turned tables over in the temple. Who wasn't afraid to label leaders whited sepulchers. Who touched lepers when no one else would. Who healed wherever he went. Who broke religious rules so he could heal on the Sabbath. Who hung out with a Samaritan woman of ill-repute and with tax collectors everyone hated. Who found power in service. Who wept at his friend's grave. Who stretched out arms of love on the hard wood of the cross between two low-lifes who had the audacity to mock him. Who gave his life. Who brought new life.

So let me add a few stanzas:
  • When I'm fretting over election results, give me Jesus.
  • When I'm irked by people who disagree with me, give me Jesus.
  • When I'm bummed about people who disappoint me, give me Jesus.
  • When it's hard to forgive, give me Jesus.
  • When it's hard to believe I'm forgivable, give me Jesus.
  • When religion seems too flawed, give me Jesus.
  • When I feel too flawed, give me Jesus.
  • When the world's pain seems too great, give me Jesus.
  • When I see my part in causing pain, give me Jesus.
What stanzas would you add?

Four decades ago, good and saintly friends lost their 9-year old daughter to cancer. In his eulogy, the priest who pastored the family described the young girl's final moments. The last thing she did was to take the sacrament of bread and wine. She then said to her parents: I need Jesus. She turned into her natural sleeping position, one she had not been able to find for weeks, and slept, and died. The priest proclaimed that this young girl had reached the most profound, mature status of life, which is needing Jesus.

On the night before he died, Jesus said to his friends: Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid. (John 14:27)  Are we talking too much about Jesus?  Maybe not enough. If ever we needed the Lord before, we sure do need him now.
In-person worship guidelines
SOCIAL DISTANCING REQUIRED.
  • Ushers will ask if you have any symptoms or recent history of illness. Please do not COVID Guidelinesattend church if you feel ill or know you have been exposed to COVID or any other serious illness.
  • Newcomers and visitors will be asked to provide their names and phone numbers upon entry for possible contact tracing.
  • There will be no guest book or prayer sheet
  • Masks will be required while in the church
  • Seating will be in every other pew with required social distancing
  • No congregational singing allowed.
  • Prayer books will be provided in the back pews for pick-up and use. After the service, return the prayer books in the basket located in the Narthex.
  • Bulletins will not be reused
  • Communion will be available in individual chalices distributed by the priest.  Please discard these used packets in the trash when leaving.
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