The Episcopal Church
of the Resurrection
1433 NW R.D. Mize Road, Blue Springs, MO
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March 20, 2021
Fifth Sunday in Lent
Fifth Sunday in Lent
March 21, 2021

Holy Eucharist Rite I at 8:00 am

Holy Eucharist Rite II at 10:30 am
Resurrection will host in-person services this Sunday. COVID precautions will be observed with a face mask required. All services also live-streamed.

Holy Week & Easter Services

Service Schedule
(all services in-person and live streamed)

Palm Sunday and Blessing of the Palms: 8:00 and 10:30 am
Holy Monday: Morning Prayer online only at 10:00 am
Holy Tuesday: Morning Prayer online only at 10:00 am
Holy Wednesday: Tenebrae at 7:00 pm
Maundy Thursday: Service only at 7:00 pm (no agape meal)
Good Friday: Stations of the Cross at 12:00 pm Noon
Veneration of the cross and Holy Communion at 7:00 pm
Holy Saturday: The Great Vigil of Easter at 7:00 pm
Easter Sunday: ONE SERVICE ONLY at 9:30 am

No fellowship hour following services due to COVID.
The Diocese of West Missouri will offer live-stream services from the Cathedral visit for times and schedule.
Easter Flowers

Help decorate and beautify our worship space by contributing to the Easter Flower Fund.

Please note Easter Flowers on the memo line of your check or on an envelope with your donation. Your name will be included in the bulletin on Easter Day!
Everything Holy
Everything Holy

Everything Holy comes from the belief that everyday life experience provides us with ample opportunity to transform seemingly mundane moments - like grocery shopping, studying, gardening or working - into something more. Inviting God into these experiences is formational; moments can become holy. With the understanding that this is nothing short of a lifelong process, a Everything Holy monthly offering has been created to reach out to West Missouri households of all shapes and sizes in a tangible, experiential way.

Each month participants receive a packet containing unique elements of formation – liturgy, service, education and fellowship - woven together through a subtle theme and keeping multiple learning styles in mind. Additional tangible supplies will often be included that tie it all together.

Opt-in by the 15th of each month to receive a Welcome Box through the mail containing materials to create Sacred Space at home along with your first months packet. You will continue to receive a packet full of formational content to your home within the first week of each month. In order to make formation a priority this offering is currently supported by the diocese at no cost to those attending churches in West Missouri.

For more information on Everything Holy please contact:

Final Ecumenical Lenten Service

Attend in-person at:
The First Christian Church
701 NW 15 St.
Blue Springs, MO 64015

or watch on-line with FaceBook Live, YouTube or Zoom

The theme this year is

"The Benefit of Community"

6:00 pm  Share supper together at home as a family
6:45 pm  Log-in to Facebook, YouTube, or ZOOM
7:00 pm  Service starts, live streaming begins  

Message by Pastor Andrew Florio; Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church

Click here for Zoom  Meeting ID: 968 0661 8122    Passcode: 895606
Renewal Works - Monday Matters
Column dated March 15, 2021

Who am I? by Dietrich Bonhoeffer in “Letters & Papers from Prison”

Who am I? They often tell me I stepped from my cell’s confinement
Calmly, cheerfully, firmly, Like a Squire from his country house.

Who am I? They often tell me I used to speak to my warders
Freely and friendly and clearly, As though it were mine to command.

Who am I? They also tell me I bore the days of misfortune
Equably, smilingly, proudly, like one accustomed to win.

Am I then really that which other men tell of? Or am I only what I myself know of myself?
Restless and longing and sick, like a bird in a cage,
Struggling for breath, as though hands were compressing my throat,
Yearning for colors, for flowers, for the voices of birds,
Thirsting for words of kindness, for neighborliness,
Tossing in expectations of great events,
Powerlessly trembling for friends at an infinite distance,
Weary and empty at praying, at thinking, at making,
Faint, and ready to say farewell to it all.

Who am I? This or the Other?
Am I one person today and tomorrow another?
Am I both at once? A hypocrite before others,
And before myself a contemptible woebegone weakling?
Or is something within me still like a beaten army
Fleeing in disorder from victory already achieved?

Who am I? They mock me, these lonely questions of mine.
Whoever I am, Thou knowest, O God, I am thine!

What are you doing here?

I’ve been thinking about one of my favorite Bible stories. Elijah, great prophet of the Hebrew Scriptures, is coming off a dramatic victory, winning a public contest with opponents. Evil King Ahab and Queen-of-mean Jezebel aren’t pleased. They vow revenge. Elijah freaks. He heads out to the wilderness where he has a major pity party, thinking he’s all alone in the cause of righteousness. (Sound familiar, clergy?) He’s ready to give up. Ready to give up life actually. He heads to Mt. Horeb, the mountain where revelations of God’s presence happen. In that holy place, the voice of God comes to Elijah in the form of a question repeated a couple times: What are you doing here? Whenever this story comes up in church, I’m struck with its relevance. I listen for where lectors place the emphasis: WHAT are you doing here? What ARE you doing here? What are YOU doing here? What are you DOING here? What are you doing HERE? We could spend a lifetime answering the questions. (Read the whole story in I Kings 19.)

Lent offers time to ask those kinds of questions. It’s a season for self-examination, a process underscored by our year-long experience of Lent brought on by Covid-19. It’s given us all a chance to think about who we are and where we are and where we’re headed. What are we doing in the place where we find ourselves?

For me, in Lent, in Covid-tide, asking these questions has brought a sense of both gratitude and wistfulness, recognizing extraordinary blessings that have come my way which exist side by side with regret, resentment and rethinking of ways I have been spouse, child, parent, priest, citizen. All of this has raised the challenge of acceptance. Accepting where I’ve been, where I am, where I’m headed.

To navigate that, I believe I have been graced with four statements that help me in my reflection on life, statements that reflect confession and contentment. Here are the four:
  • I am who I am
  • I am what I am
  • I am where I am
  • I am why I am

Several things occur to me in response to these statements.

First, like looking in a mirror, these statements are an honest assessment of the current situation, where I find myself these days. The good and the bad are encompassed in that view of self (as reflected in the poem by Dietrich Bonhoeffer in the column on the left, a poem written in prison, where he might have asked: “What am I doing here?”). There’s much for which to be grateful in terms of where I find myself, for sure. But there are also things that call for repentance. It’s a mix, just like life.

Second, thinking about who, what, where and why I am brings me back to a focus on grace. However the questions are answered, the bottom line is that I am part of God’s good and blessed creation, that I am held in the arms of a loving, liberating, life-giving God, and there is nothing that can separate me from that.

Take this season to ask these questions. Hear God speak to you as he did to Elijah as he asks: What are you doing here? Ask the question that Dietrich Bonhoeffer asked of himself in the poem: Who am I? Consider the stewardship question: What am I doing with what I’ve been given? And allow all this self-examination to take place in the context of a love that will not let you go.