of the Resurrection
1433 NW R.D. Mize Road
Blue Springs, Missouri 64015
SUNDAY OF THE PASSION and
LITURGY OF THE PALMS
Services at 8:00 am and 10:30 am
Holy Week, the climax of the penitential season of Lent, begins tomorrow with Palm Sunday, April 14, when we will experience the journey from Jesus' triumphant entry into Jerusalem through his betrayal, persecution and death.
Hosanna! Hosanna! Crucify him! Crucify him!
PALM SUNDAY AND HOLY WEEEK SCHEDULE
PALM SUNDAY, April 14
The Sunday of the Passion and Liturgy of the Palms at 8:00 am and 10:30 am
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 Sidebothom's "Monday Matters" articles, here his latest discusses the Holiness of Holy Week. ...enjoy!
Fr. David +
What makes Holy Week holy?
In just a few days, we'll begin our journey through the week at the heart of the Christian faith. We call this week holy, and the question I want to pose this morning: What makes it so?
We talk about holy places, thin spaces where the distance between heaven and earth diminishes. That can often be churches, or particular corners of churches. A yoga mat can prove to be sacred, set apart. A walk in the woods or on the beach can be holy. A certain chair in a home may be holy.
There are public places that convey holiness. For me, the Lincoln Memorial is one of those, as the gracious, wise, healing words of Lincoln's second inaugural address are carved into stone. My recent visit to the motel/museum where Martin Luther King lost his life filled me with a sense of holiness. As visitors filed by the small motel room, conversation stopped. We were on holy ground.
We talk about holy times. Next week for instance. In my experience, that sense of holiness only comes as I pay attention to it, which includes preparing for it. I grew up in a tradition that made a big deal about Easter, but didn't do a whole lot to observe the days leading up to Easter. My migration to the Episcopal Church taught me that the Easter experience, the power of the message of resurrection, is deepened by observance of the week that precedes. I get glimmers of why that week gets set apart, why it's holy.
During that week, it's not like everything else stops (though that's a tempting approach). It means that on some level, varying from year to year, I attend to the reason for the season, attend to the message of the various liturgies that unfold during this rich week, in ways great and small.
There's Palm Sunday, with the spiritual whiplash that begins with the grand Jerusalem parade echoing with hosannas. That grand procession turns quickly to Jesus' arrest and trial, torture and execution, a reminder that public opinion can shift pretty quickly. We are nothing if not fickle.
There are the first three days of the week, each with their thematic contribution to the story. Check out those stories we read each year. Why do you think we read them?
There is Maundy Thursday, with takes its name from the commandment (mandatum) to show love, to be of service, reflected in the institution of the eucharist and the washing of the disciples' feet. What does that holy night teach us about putting faith to work in the world?
There is Good Friday, which always poses the question of why we call this Friday good.
There is Holy Saturday, a day to note that grief often calls simply for silence.
All of that gets us ready for Easter beginning with the Great Vigil of Easter, arguably the most awesome liturgy in our Prayer Book. All of it can be holy, set apart.
And all of it offers a window into the wholly holy mystery of God's love at work in the world, God's love overcoming the worst that the world can dish out. All of it points to the mystery that in the face of human denial, betrayal, violence, abuse, duplicity, cowardice, callousness, in the face of all of that (a gracious plenty), love wins.
That's what we celebrate in Holy Week. So how might you and I prepare for this week? I can't say what that will be for you. I'm not sure this year what it will be for me. But God knows. So maybe we can use this last week of Lent to ask God to help us each to experience this holy week as holy.
Please contact Fr. David +
Recent members of Resurrection who have come from other faith traditions are invited to consider being received or confirmed into the Episcopal tradition.
Please note this is an "invitation" and not a request to conform to become Episcopalian.
Fr. David would like to meet with anyone interested in participating on
May 19 and
May 28 (between the Sunday morning services) to prepare
for this blessing and sacramental action to be held on June 1 at St. Mary's Episcopal Church in downtown Kansas City. Please contact Fr. David if you have questions or want additional information.
SUNDAY EVENING PRAYER
Sundays at 5:30 pm
Mr. Jeff Chapman will be officiating the 5:30 pm Sunday evening services on April 28 and May 5 while Fr. David and Debbie take some vacation time after Easter Sunday. Jeff is a relatively new member who is also discerning Holy Orders through our diocese. Please come and enjoy our Episcopal tradition and Daily Office of Evening Prayer.
Ecumenical Lenten Program Series concludes
Thanks to all who participated in preparing and serving the Lenten Dinner at Church of the Resurrection for our five church-alliance. There were roughly 90 attendees and the offering brought over $500 to contribute to the Community Services League. We are richly blessed when we work to follow the commandments of Jesus to love and serve our neighbors.
Necessity Pantry donations needed
Needed items include disposable razors, toothpaste and brushes, men's and women's deodorant, canned soup, cereals, feminine depends and pads S-M-L sizes and seasonal clothing. Monetary gifts are also gratefully accepted. This year Church of the Resurrection has donated $856 in cash to the Pantry!
Save Best Choice labels and Boxtops for Education
Please clip and save Best Choice brand UPC labels and the Boxtops for Education for Resurrection. Collection containers are located in the narthex.
Save items for our Summer Garage Sale
We are planning a large Church Garage Sale on June 14-15.. Please save your items now for donation no earlier than June 8. Contact Rich Conn if you need items picked up.
Easter Egg Hunt Supplies Needed
Donations of candy (no peanut candy due to allergies) and plastic eggs are appreciated on Palm Sunday for our Easter Egg Hunt on Easter Sunday. We will be s
tuffing eggs after services tomorrow. Thank you!