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

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Friday, December 18, 2020

Sunday Services on-line only
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2020.
Fourth Sunday of Advent
Fourth Sunday of Advent

Holy Eucharist Rite I at 8:00 am
Holy Eucharist Rite II at 10:30 am

- Both services broadcast on-line on

Due to COVID, our Parish has returned to only on-line services until further notice. 
Christmas Eve Services
4:30 PM and 10:00 PM ON DECEMBER 24.
In-person and on-line!
Christmas Eve

Resurrection will host in-person services at 4:30 pm and 10:00 pm on Christmas Eve, December 24.   Both services will also be broadcast on FaceBook and YouTube. 

There will be no services on Christmas Day.
 
In order to provide adequate social distancing, we request those planning to come to either of the Christmas Eve services to RSVP how many in your family will be attending.

Christmas Flowers
DECORATE THE CHURCH WITH YOUR GIFT.
Christmas Flowers
Help decorate and beautify our Nave and worship space by contributing to the Christmas Flower Fund. Poinsettias and other seasonal flowers will grace our worship space during the Christmas season.

Please place cash in an envelope with your name on it and identify it for Christmas flowers or note it on the memo line of your check. Thank you!
From Father David Lynch+
EACH OF US IS CALLED.
Fr. David Lynch_
This week I am sharing with you a reflection for this 3rd week of Advent. I spend a good bit of time reading from various avenues available through books and the internet. This message is from a Roman priest that I feel captures what can be God's callings for many of us. I encourage you to follow the below link to read the complete article. For now, here is an excerpt.  Click Here
 
Each of us is called to be "more than a prophet," "more than a precursor," more than someone who points to Jesus. We are called to be greater than a prophet, greater than John the Baptist, in our mission. We're supposed to become Jesus' voice, Jesus' hands, Jesus' feet, Jesus' heart. As St. Teresa of Avila would say, "Christ has no body on earth now but yours. No hands, no feet on earth but yours. Yours are the eyes through which Christ's compassion is to look out to the earth. Yours are the feet by which He is to go about doing good and yours are the hands by which He is to bless us now." (Fr. Antony Kadavil).

THEMES OF THE ADVENT SEASON.
Celebrating Advent

HOPE * LOVE * JOY * PEACE  These are the themes of the season as we wait for the feast of the coming of the Lord. Our new liturgical year began with the First Sunday of Advent. This year follows the lectionary cycle "B" which focuses on the Gospel of Mark for many of our gospel lessons this year


PRAYERS WORK MIRACLES.

The prayer list located on our webpage and the listing of names in our church directory serve as great resources for praying for all our parishioners. The most up-to-date parish prayer list appears on the parish website at https://www.episcopal-bluesprings.org/prayer-request
Prayer Requests

Please call the church office at 816-228-4220, e-mail the rector or ECORPrayers@att.net
 to share your prayers of thanksgiving, notify us that you have a loved one serving in the military, to share someone you love is suffering, or to tell us that someone has died. 

We usually leave names on the list for several weeks. We would very much appreciate you letting us know when names can be removed.
We need your financial support
PLEASE COMPLETE YOUR PLEDGE.
Reminder
Our stewardship campaign officially ended but we are still missing several pledges.  Are you one of them?  We need your financial support for our parish in 2021.
 
You can submit your pledge to support the ministry of the Church of the Resurrection in 2021 in two ways:
  1. Complete a pledge card (print one by clicking here) and return it to Resurrection by mail; or
  2. Use Resurrection's online pledge tool.
Faith Filled Generosity

Advent Retreat Day tomorrow
AT 10:00 AM ON ZOOM.

Advent Retreat Fr. David will present an Advent retreat via ZOOM with prayer and Advent themes tomorrow, Saturday, December 19 from 10:00 am to Noon, ending with Noon Day prayer.

This will be a time to contemplate the readiness for coming of Christ, the intention of Advent for all personally and a time of prayer.  Materials will be shared in the presentation.  Please invite others!
 
Click here to join on ZOOM
 
Meeting ID: 960 1845 5927
Passcode: 361117
Vestry nominations still open
THREE WILL 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 contact Gabe Conn, Dr. Tess Garcia or David Hensen for information or to express your willingness to serve.
Outreach opportunity
GIVE TO THE SALVATION ARMY.
Did the COVID quarantine prevent you from passing by a Salvation Army kettle this year?

Salvation Army The Heart of America Barbershop Chorus Caroling Caravan performs every year at Christmas time for retirement homes in the Kansas City area and each year has been fortunate to raise over $25,000 for the Salvation Army.   Ron McIntire, a long-time parishioner, is a member of the Heart of America Chorus and is a former singer in the Harmony Handful, which has performed many times at the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection.  Because of the pandemic, the chorus elected to perform only on YouTube this year and have appealed for fans to donate to the Salvation Army on-line.

Click the video on the right side of the screen for the Caroling Caravan.

Monday Matters - RenewalWorks
FROM REV. JAY SIDEBOTHAM +.
Renewal Works
Monday Matters Column dated December 14, 2020

Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.  -Matthew 5:16

'Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?' And the king will answer them, 'Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.'   -Matthew 25:37-40

He must increase, but I must decrease.  -John the Baptist, speaking of Jesus, John 3:30
 
Sometimes our light goes out, but is blown again into instant flame by an encounter with another human being. Each of us owes the deepest thanks to those who have rekindled this inner light.  -Albert Schweitzer
 
Turn to the light.  -Scott Carlton


Trash talk

My daily routine involves an early morning walk, time for quiet, orientation to the day, and some prayer. It's a privilege that part of that daily walk can take place on the beach, thanking God as the sun rises again, thanking God for the gift of another day. As it's gotten colder, the number of people on the beach is reduced. A couple weeks ago I was walking on the beach and I saw only one other person. A tall young man in a wetsuit with a surfboard emerged from the dunes and headed across the wide beach to the ocean.

Our paths came close to intersection as he reached the shore. I was close enough to see that he put down his surfboard. He leaned over and picked up a couple pieces of trash on his pathway on the beach. He stood up and looked around. He saw that a good couple hundred yards away there was a trash can. He left his board and walked all that way to deposit the trash. I thought of how easy it would have been to leave the trash where it was. It wasn't a lot. I realized that I too often have just passed by litter (literally and figuratively). It has caused me to begin to carry a plastic bag in my pocket on these morning walks, ready to pick up any trash I see. I began to shift the way I behaved because of what I saw this young man do. He was a witness to me.

(I should say that my wife, who is more spiritually evolved than I am, has been picking up trash on our beach walks forever. We have teased her for it. Funny how we sometimes we don't let those people closest to us to be our teachers. That's probably a topic for another column. Sorry, honey.)

This beach encounter, perhaps another Advent parable, made me think about witness. This young man didn't notice that I noticed. We spoke no words. I doubt he was thinking: "I've got to convince this guy to pick up trash." Chances are slim that he's a subscriber to Monday Matters, able to read this story. He just was doing what he thought was right, just doing good, for no reason except goodness. There was no one except me around to pat him on the back.

In case you haven't noticed, in our world these days, there is ample opportunity to do good. St. Francis said we should preach the gospel at all times and use words if necessary. That doesn't get us off the hook from speaking of our faith, being able to explain why it is in fact good news. But it does recognize that the ways we live in the world, the ways we treat each other, the ways we treat God's creation, speak volumes. The ways we live in the world have the potential to bring change.

On Sundays in Advent, we've been hearing about John the Baptist. His whole life and ministry was a matter of witness, pointing beyond himself to Christ, to love breaking into the world. He obviously didn't care what people thought of him. He was all about pointing to the light. We heard yesterday in church that John was not the light but came to bear witness to the light. And we read about him because in all of his eccentricity (and he gives new meaning to the word "eccentric"), he models what it means to be a witness.

Goodness surrounds us. Where do you see it? Are you noticing, watching, expecting, staying alert to it, even if it's just a faint glimmer, a small effort? That's sort of the deal with Advent. Who are the people that have been a witness to you, showing you how to live in the world? How have you been changed by their witness? Think of a moment when you saw someone do good. Maybe thank that person for the moment. At least, thank God for that person. Then consider opportunities before you to be a witness on this day, December 14. Someone might just notice. Or not. But ask the Holy One to place before you this day that chance to do good.

Advent calls us to watch, to be alert. For Jesus' sake, how can you be on the lookout for goodness?
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