Episcopal Church
of the Resurrection
1433 NW R.D. Mize Road
Blue Springs, Missouri  64015
 
(816) 228-4220
Thursday, April 12, 2018

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WEEKLY BIBLE STUDY EVERY WEDNESDAY AT 1:00 PM  

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Lectors
LECTOR TRAINING    
This Saturday, April 14, 9:30 am
 
Everyone interested in serving as a scripture reader (Lector) for either the 8:00 am or 10:30 am service is asked to attend a preparation and training class on Saturday, April 14, from 9:30-10:30 am.  Current Lectors are welcome to attend as a refresher.  Click here for more information.
INTERESTED IN OUR CHURCH HISTORY? Church History
Meeting this Sunday, April 15, at 9:10 am
 
Do you have a desire to identify the gifts given to our parish and celebrate the myriad of pictures and archives that make Resurrection Church what it has been from the beginning?
 
Please attend a meeting between the services this Sunday, April 15, starting at 9:10 am.
EASTER WEEK    From Fr. David

Like the period that is celebrated after Christmas, we celebrate Easter for roughly 7 weeks, or 50 days. Eastertide is the period of fifty days from Easter  Sunday to Pentecost Sunday. It is celebrated as a single joyful feast, indeed as the "great Lord's Day". Each Sunday of the season is treated as a Sunday of Easter, and, after the Sunday of the Resurrection , they are named Second Sunday of Easter, Third Sunday of Easter, etc. up to the Seventh Sunday of Easter, while the whole fifty-day period concludes with Pentecost Sunday. There is a lot to rejoice about during this time as we hear the stories from the Apostles and learn about the growth of the Christian faith.
 
When the Anglican and Lutheran churches implemented their own calendar and lectionary reforms in 1976, they adopted the same shortened definition of the Easter season as the Roman Catholic Church had promulgated six years earlier. In the Church of England , the Easter season begins with the Easter Vigil and ends after Evening Prayer (or Night Prayer ) on the Day of Pentecost. Some Anglican provinces continue to label the Sundays between Easter and the Ascension "Sundays After Easter" rather than "Sundays of Easter"; others, such as the Church of England and ECUSA , use the term "Sundays of Easter".
 
In the Liturgy we bring back the Alleluias, and the joyous Gloria; saying confession corporately after the Prayers of the People is omitted until after Pentecost. The Eucharistic colors in the robes worn by the ministers and the paraments on the altar and lectern are white and coronation. The color white represents "joy" and celebration.
 
We invite all to stand during the Eucharistic Prayers as we celebrate Christ's resurrection and ascension, even though people may still sit and kneel as they desire. It is no longer a "penitential" time, even though reconciliation and forgiveness will always be a big part of fellowship and worship in all Christian churches.
 
In the first century, these were times of both great joy and severe despair as Christians (or people of the "Way") celebrated the truth about Jesus resurrection and tried to avoid the persecution from the Romans and those Jews (not all Jews) who would seek out Christ's followers to try and destroy the truth.
 
Jesus lives! thy terrors now can, O death, no more appal us; Jesus lives! by this we know thou, O grave, canst not enthral us. Alleluia.
 
Jesus lives! henceforth is death but the gate of life immortal: this shall calm our trembling breath, when we pass its gloomy portal. Alleluia.
 
Jesus lives! for us he died; then, alone to Jesus living, pure in heart may we abide, glory to our Saviour giving. Alleluia.
 
Jesus lives! our hearts know well naught from us his love shall sever; life nor death nor powers of hell tear us from his keeping ever. Alleluia.
 
Jesus lives! to him the throne over all the world is given: may we go where he is gone, rest and reign with him in heaven. Alleluia.
 
Hymnal 194
 
Blessings to All for this glorious Eastertide!  ALLELUIA, ALLELUIA, ALLELUIA... CHRIST IS RISEN.  THE LORD HAS RISEN INDEED... ALLELUIA!
BOOK CLUB  The Great Alone
Monday, May 7, 2018 at 7:00 pm
  
The Finding Faith Through Fiction Book Club will meet next at 7:00 pm on Monday, May 7 in the undercroft.   This month's selection is "The Great Alone"  by Kristin Hanna.
 
The Great Alone tells the story of The Allbright Family.  Ernt Allbright was an Army Veteran in the Vietnam War. The war changed who he was. He struggled to keep a job. He began having bouts of paranoia and aggression. He became an alcoholic, and he could no longer keep a job. When a friend leaves him a cabin in the wilderness of Alaska, Ernt makes the decision to move his family there, where they will live off the grid.
 
EUCHARISTIC MINISTER TRAINING  Eucharistic Minister Training    
Saturday, May 12, 9:30 am
 
The Rev. Deacon Donna Stanford will conduct a Eucharistic Minister Training session at the Church of the Resurrection. on Saturday, May 12 beginning at 9:30 am.

RSVP by calling Episcopal Church of the Resurrection at 816-228-4220.
 
For more information or questions please feel free to call the parish phone number, e-mail Rev. David Lynch at drlynch2012@gmail.com  or  click here.
BASEBALL CAPS AND BANDANAS Baseball Cap   
Please donate for Blessing Bags
 
Do you have any baseball type caps or bandanas that are cluttering up your closet?
 
The Outreach Committee would appreciate you donating them for placement in our Blessing Bags for the homeless this summer. Please leave donations in the Outreach Room.  If you have questions please call Pat Carle or Annie Scott.
BISHOP FIELD TO VISIT WITH VESTRY APR. 18  Bp. Martin Field
6:30 pm at the Church

 

Bishop Martin Field will visit with the Vestry and parish ministry leaders at 6:30 pm on Wednesday, April 18.  This is part of the Bishop's annual visitations with churches in the Diocese.  On alternating years the Bishop leads the congregation in Sunday worship and visits with parishioners.  Other years he discusses church life with leadership on a weekday.  


Mark Your Calendars
COMING UP 
Important events and dates
See the  on-line calendar  for updates 

Saturday, April 14:  Lector Training at 9:30 am at the Church
Monday, April 16: Nourish KC Kitchen 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Wednesday, April 18:  Bishop's Visitation at 6:30 pm
Monday, May 7:  Finding Faith Trough Fiction Book Club at 7:00 pm
Saturday, May 12:  Eucharistic Minister Training at 9:30 am