of the Resurrection
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Blue Springs, Missouri 64015
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Morning Prayer at 10:00 am
Noonday Prayer at 12:00 noon
Evening Prayer at 7:00 pm
Sunday: Holy Eucharist at 10:30 am with Virtual Coffee Hour on Zoom at Noon
Adult Ed w/Bill Stancil this Sunday at 9:30
A SPIRITUAL JOURNEY WITH ST. IGNATIUS.
St. Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits), lived in the 16th century. He developed a type of spirituality based on his meditations known as the Spiritual Exercises. Still widely used today, the exercises teach us how to hear the voice of God in our daily lives. Though written centuries ago, the Spiritual Exercises offer timeless truth for the Christian journey.
Join us on Zoom for a spiritual journey with St. Ignatius on the following Sundays. Each session is from 9:30-10:15 AM and will be led by Bill Stancil.
Discovering God in All Things
April 26: Hearing the Call to Ongoing Conversion
May 3: Praying with Imagination
March 10: Finding a Balance in Life
EXERCISING OUR FAITH SACRAMENTALLY.
Here is the second of the conversations regarding spiritually exercising our faith sacramentally. These are being offered as contemplation of what it means to be in Eucharist during this time of virtual experiences. We are not experiencing a Eucharistic desert. But we are challenged to understand how our sacraments transcend the temporal and mystical. Enjoy the read. Fr. David +
On the Eucharist During This Time of Pandemic
I invite you, under the conditions of quarantine, to think on these things. I certainly am
thinking on them myself. They are offered especially for Anglicans, Episcopalians in
particular, Episcopal clergy, and leaders of a church that has been
thirsty for the "innovative" of late, and are therefore ready to leap into all manner of
peculiar practices to get the Eucharistic elements to people, especially eager to do so
as COVID-19 puts a hold on gathering together in shared space.
1. I am a great proponent of the Eucharistic recovery of the 20th century liturgical
movement. No one is more supportive of the Eucharistic center of the Lord's Day than I
am. No one. My own spirituality, Incarnational to the core, is eucharistically centered. I
lean to the Catholic end of "Catholic and Reformed." That said... the Anglican
commitment to Christ's presence to us in Word and Sacrament is worth pondering in
this moment. The Eucharist is Word and Sacrament. Let me say that again. The
Eucharist is Word and Sacrament. WORD. And Sacrament. Beware the fetishization of
the Sacrament. Must we suddenly violate all principles of sacramental theology or
canonical and rubrical order to make the Sacrament available to everyone in peculiar
ways under quarantine? Are we wholly deprived because the Word alone is available to
us for a time? I think you know the answer. (For those of you who are really liturgical
nerds, imagine applying the doctrine of concomitance, in which we affirm the full
presence of Christ in either bread or wine, to the Eucharist itself, in which the full
presence of Christ is available in both Word and Sacrament....)
2. The sacrament is crucially a gathering of the social assembly, bodily, around material
things. We priests do not consecrate the Eucharist alone. Nor is Eucharist consecrated
or received virtually. The loss of the Eucharistic assembly for a time is a real loss to all
of us. Imagine the celebration when we can gather again! But... do we serve the
sacrament by gathering two or three people to fulfill the letter of the law as others watch
online? (Yes, "where two or three are gathered" but that's not the point here.) Or by
distributing that consecrated bread and wine to be consumed privately by an individual
or a family unit? (Remembering that the family constituted by the celebration of the
sacrament is not the biological family....) Might the Offices, not to mention many other
devotional and meditative practices, suffice for a time? Are we suddenly not ourselves,
the Body of Christ, because we cannot receive the Body of Christ in the sacrament? (I
do believe we are still baptized, still the Body of Christ....)
3. Related to the foregoing. God's converting work in us, as Augustine and Gregory
Nyssen and many others knew, is the conversion and reorientation of our desires. Might
we embrace our Eucharistic desire, during this period under quarantine when we cannot
gather, as a motivation for our prayer, an incitement of our longing for God? Might this
opportunity to cultivate our longing for God be a gain that emerges from the loss of the
Sacrament for a time? Might we sit with that longing, meet God in that longing? (In the
ancient wisdom: that which we are seeking is causing us to seek...) Sounds
suspiciously like the work of a God who's always in the business of bringing resurrection
out of death.... But maybe I'm wrong.
4. The eminent Robert Taft, S.J., Byzantine Rite Roman Catholic Archimandrite, of
blessed memory, one of my mentors, I paraphrase as follows. Because I am on an
airplane and don't have the book in front of me. (All is not lost: I have a delicious
beverage - speculate as you will - and a bottle of hand sanitizer.) Taft: The point of the
Eucharist is not the changing of bread and wine but the changing of you and me. Is God
unable to change us WITHOUT the bread and wine? Might God be able to work in us
through a period of sacramental deprivation? Even through it? (See #3.)
5. For years I have tried to teach students that you do not understand the sacraments if
you cannot think BOTH/AND. The Eucharistic table is a table like no other table. AND
the Eucharistic table is like every other table. The Eucharistic elements are special and
singular in that there above all other places and times, we see what God is doing in ALL
places and times. Here's the question, then: do you think if we do not gather at the
Eucharistic table like no other table that God is no longer at present at all other tables,
i.e., at all other places and times? Is it not the case that God's presence to all places
and times is the non-binary anchor of this non-binary relationship between the
Eucharistic table and every other table, actual and metaphorical?
(Hint. Revelation 21:21-23 [
And the twelve gates are twelve pearls, each of the gates
is a single pearl, and the street of the city is pure gold, transparent as glass.
I saw no
temple in the city, for its temple is the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb.
city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God is its light, and its
lamp is the Lamb.]
. Another hint: Meister Eckhart's prayer, "Oh God, deliver me from
Think on these things. May we gather again around the Holy Table very soon. In the
meantime, look for the Tables around you and among you. God is still at the Table that
is spread among us in our hearts, in our prayers, in our service. Welcome to the Feast
that does not end, the love of God from which and from whom we are never separated,
even without the Sacrament.
Since 2012, the Reverend James W. Farwell, Ph.D. is Professor of Theology and Liturgy at Virginia Theological Seminary.
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more.....PLEASE take the time to clip the Best Choice UPC labels and the Boxtops for Education and save them for when we are together again.
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FREE, REUSABLE PROTECTION FROM COVID.
Thank you to Joyce Biggs for her time and talents in making cloth, reusable, face masks for protection against droplet contagions. Thank you also to Elaine Marshall, Maura Zumwalt and Diane Gerlach for joining the cause as our team of "Angels of Protection" in this Covid-19 era
If you want a mask, please e-mail Fr. David or call the office. Fr. David will either deliver them to you or make arrangements for you to get them from the church.
FOR THE MOST SUSCEPTIBLE.
Please pray daily for our nurses, physicians, First Responders, and all care givers who by the nature of their vocation are on the "front lines" of this disaster. Reach out to those you know who serve in these capacities, thank them and let them know how much you care for their commitments and safety.
We also raise up in prayer all who continue to work to keep our lives normal, especially grocery store personnel, truck drivers, sanitary-trash collection personnel, postal workers and all the service people who keep the stores filled with the necessities we need every day.
We are finding new and unconventional ways to reach out to those in need and those who are doing the work are our modern day saints and heroes. May God bless them with safety, courage and fortitude that they may know they are appreciated, loved and needed.
In Christ we lift up our prayers...
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Margaret E. "Peggie" Long 1929-2020
MOTHER OF DEBBIE LYNCH
Margaret Elaine "Peggie" Long, 90, of Jonesville, Michigan, passed away peacefully on April 23, 2020 at Hillsdale Hospital after contracting COVID-19.
Peggie was born in Detroit, Michigan on December 13, 1929, the youngest of three children born to Elmer and Anna Mertz. She started school in a one-room country schoolhouse and went on to graduate from Mackenzie High School, the largest high school in Detroit, at age 16. During her senior year, she took the bus to downtown Detroit for her first office job. She held other secretarial positions at Hillsdale Steel Products, the First United Methodist Church, and at Hillsdale College in the English Department.
Peggie always wanted to attend college to become a teacher, but didn't have the opportunity until her children were in school. It took her nine long years of attending classes and working part-time until she graduated from Hillsdale College in 1970. She went on to earn her Master's degree at Sienna Heights University in Adrian, Michigan in 1980. She was a member of Epsilon Delta Alpha (college scholastic honor society) and Lambda Iota Tau (national literary fraternity). She taught for one year at the Hillsdale County Youth Home, and spent the next eighteen years teaching fifth and sixth grade at Waldron Area Schools. After retiring from teaching, Peggie worked as the volunteer coordinator for Hospice of Hillsdale County.
Peggie married Norman Long, the love of her life, on March 13, 1949. They were married for 47 years before Norman preceded her in death in 1996. They enjoyed square dancing and were active in the F.I.S.H. (Faith In Serving Humanity) organization. They enjoyed traveling in the United States and took several memorable trips to Europe.
Peggie was a master at cross stitch and won several ribbons at the Hillsdale County Fair. She was always reading a book and kept up with all the latest publications. She started the library at the First United Methodist church in Hillsdale and served as librarian there for many years. She loved cats and had many special furry companions through the years.
Peggie is survived by her daughters Debbie Lynch (and husband David) of Blue Springs, MO and Lori Heinowski (and husband Rick) of Holland, MI; grandchildren Matthew Heinowski (and wife Emily) of Chicago, IL, Kristin Hock (and husband Max) of Mason, OH, and Chistopher Lynch (and wife Anahis) of Glendale, CA; great-grandchildren Joey and Jack Heinowski; niece Nancy Sprow of Coldwater, MI.
There will be a graveside service with immediate family only and interment at Maplewood Cemetery in Reading, MI. Arrangements are entrusted to VanHorn-Eagle Funeral Home in Hillsdale. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Hillsdale County or the Greater Hillsdale Humane Society.nd friends in their time of loss.