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

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Saturday, January 23, 2021

Third Sunday after the Epiphany
SUNDAY, JANUARY 24, 2021.
Services at 8:00 am and 10:30 am (both live streamed)

Resurrection will host in-person services this Sunday.  COVID precautions will be observed with a face mask required. 
Annual Meeting
SUNDAY, JANUARY 31.
Annual Meeting
The Annual Meeting will be held on Sunday, January 31 beginning at 11:00 am and following only one Sunday morning service that begins at 9:30 AM.

The meeting will be held in-person and virtual on ZOOM (meeting information will be sent later.)

Ballots for Vestry election have been mailed to member homes and were due January 15.  Ballots will NOT be accepted at the Annual Meeting.
From Father David+
EPIPHANY:THE LIGHT SHINES IN THE DARKNESS!
Fr. David Lynch_

"Rise up in splendor, Jerusalem! Your light has come, the glory of the Lord shines upon you!"

As we continue in this illuminating season of Epiphany let us appreciate how important this "post-Christmas season really is.

The meaning of this glorious feast, Epiphany, literally is "to shine upon."  In the Biblical usage, it refers specifically to being physically visible, observable to the senses.

As we celebrate the Feast, the Gospel makes clear that the Star is to be seen in just that way, i.e. a visible manifestation of God's Presence that draws attention to the great Mystery being unfolded, visibly, before the eyes of all who chose to see: Mary, Joseph, the Shepherds, and the Magi. It is a manifestation that transcends earthly limits-it is for rich and for poor, and, of particular significance for us, it is for Jew and Gentile alike.  The King of Kings and Lord of Lords is born for us; and, to use Pope Francis' wonderful expression, the Face of the Father's mercy has now been made visible to us!

But as with all the invitations we are given to deeper union with the Lord Jesus, it is an invitation that can be refused, as Herod catastrophically manifests in ordering the massacre of the Innocents. We choose to say yes to the invitation, yes to deeper union with the Lord Jesus, yes to an increase of the flow of His grace into our lives.

What does that mean for us?  This Feast has, as a very particular focus of its grace, the character of being the Light that shines in the darkness, the Light that enlightens all people, the true Light that has come into the world. As we yield to the grace of the Epiphany, His Light shines more brightly in our lives. The purpose for this is always two-fold.  First, to bring us into deeper union with the Lord Jesus ourselves and second, to be the Light that is made visible, made manifest for those around us-we are meant to be a Light that leads others to the true Light, both as individuals and as a parish. This is the constant call on the life of every disciple of the Lord Jesus, as He Himself points out when He calls us the Light of the world.

How do we do that? A crucial answer to that question is given to us in I Cor. 12:7, when we are told that to each one is given a manifestation of the Spirit. The Greek word for "manifestation" used in that verse is the same Greek root from which we get the word "Epiphany." It means something visible, observable for all to see-in other words, each of us is given the power of the Holy Spirit in a way that is to be visible to those around us, that they too may be drawn to the Light, the Light that shines on the Face of the Lord Jesus.

We are called to be a light that will reach others, enabling them to see more clearly that the true Light that enlightens all truly shines in the darkness. He has called us to be that Light, to be an inviting, welcoming People of God, joyfully worshiping the King of Kings in the power of the Holy Spirit.  So, let your light shine! 
 

Parish Announcements
LOOKING FORWARD.
THE RETURN OF BIBLE STUDY
Bible study will restart on Wednesday, February 3, at 1:00 pm both at church and via ZOOM. We look forward to this fellowship as we continue to observe COVID guidelines and gather via electronic means.

PREPARATIONS FOR LENT
As we approach the season of Lent, we will plan on how to celebrate Ash Wednesday and the offerings during Holy Week. With support from the Diocese, We hope to have ideas and resources to make our experiences meaningful in this time of pandemic. More information to come in the following weeks.
Altar Flowers sign-up
DONATION OF $35 PER WEEK REQUESTED.
Altar Flowers
If you would like to contribute to the beauty of our worship space this new year by contributing altar flowers, please e-mail Elaine Gilligan with the Sunday date(s) you would like to give flowers and any dedication, honor, or memory you would like included.  Giving a flower donation for the Glory of God is always appropriate.  You can also sign-up in the Narthex. 
Monday Matters - RenewalWorks
FROM REV. JAY SIDEBOTHAM +.
Monday Matters Column dated January 18, 2021 (MLK Day)

The Rev. Jay Sidebotham _
Holy Sense

Recently, the church calendar introduced me to the life and witness of Harriet Bedell. (Apparently, I skipped the class that taught about her.) After studying at the New York Training School for Deaconesses, she became a missionary-teacher among the Cheyenne in Oklahoma. In 1916, she was sent to Alaska, ending up serving as a teacher and nurse at St. John's in the Wilderness at Allakaket, 40 miles south of the Arctic Circle, sometimes traveling by dogsled to remote villages. In 1932, hearing about the plight of the Seminoles in Florida, Bedell used her own money to reopen a mission among the Mikasuki Indians. She worked to revive their traditional crafts. The arts and crafts store they established greatly bolstered the local economy. Bedell continued her ministry of health care, education, and economic empowerment until 1960 when Hurricane Donna wiped out her mission.

That's what caught my attention. Writing from coastal North Carolina, I occasionally hear folks refer to hurricanes as acts of God. I dislike the term. I thought about this woman, about the devoted labor that went into her decades of ministry, wiped out in a day by a storm. How did she keep going? How does one make holy sense of such a thing?

Another story: A family friend was a theology student, proficient in languages, including biblical Greek. A few decades ago, after studies were completed, she answered a call to go to the Sudan. She spent 13 years working there in a remote village with a group of people that had never had access to the Christian scriptures. She learned their language. Painstakingly over those 13 years, she translated all of the New Testament. She was forced to flee in a time of political upheaval. All her translation work was destroyed. No flash drive. No cloud. Gone. How does one make holy sense of that?

Malcolm Muggeridge, the British journalist, spent time in Calcutta with Mother Teresa, reporting on her work. After wrapping his mind about what the work entailed, he wondered how she could continue. The depth of poverty in Calcutta was overwhelming. Her efforts, noble as they were, seemed insignificant. Muggeridge asked: How do you keep going? How could one make holy sense out of what she was doing?

Mother Teresa answered: God calls me to be faithful, not necessarily successful.

On this day when we remember Martin Luther King, we might ask how he kept going. How easy it would have been for him to stay in the pulpit in his prominent church, remaining at home with family. It might seem that all his work was swept away in a second on the balcony of that Memphis hotel. How do we make holy sense of that? How did he keep going? Maybe there's an answer in the story excerpt above.

These days, we face a mountain of coincident crises: record pandemic deaths, economic challenge, scandalous inequality, racial divide centuries old, political upheaval, political and religious leadership fails, democratic values under attack. On top of that, in each of our own lives, we know that suffering is the promise life always keeps. A friend speaks of personal tsunamis. How do we keep going? How do we make holy sense?

Perhaps this morning, on this particular holiday, in this new year, we can focus on what it means in our own lives to simply be faithful, even if it doesn't mean being successful. Where is that a challenge? Where might there be an opportunity? Can we faithfully remember that God is with us in that experience?

Maybe that can help us make some holy sense of crazy days.
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