The Episcopal Church
of the Resurrection
1433 NW R.D. Mize Road, Blue Springs, MO
Weekly e-mail (April 10, 2021)
He is Risen
Second Sunday of Easter
Sunday, April 11, 2021

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

Resurrection will host in-person services. COVID precautions will be observed with a face mask required. All services also live-streamed.

From Fr. David+
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Many blessings to all for this glorious Eastertide!

Debbie and I muttered through estate issues in Michigan this week and look forward to getting all matters reconciled. My thanks to all of you for prayers and best wishes during these times.

Our Easter celebrations were over the top for me because of all our time together in worship and fellowship. May God continue the Easter Joy in our hearts and lives as we all welcome better times ahead. Joy, Peace and Love to all.
Lectors and Acolytes Still Needed
Acolytes
As more people are vaccinated and we are able to follow COVID health guidelines, we are calling volunteers who are willing and able to read scripture and serve at the altar to schedule times for upcoming Sundays and special services. 
        
If you are a lector and/or eucharistic minister and desire to return to reading, please contact Diane Gerlach: 816-896-2875.

If you desire to participate as an acolyte, please contact Lisa Twitty:at 913-485-7150
Everything Holy
Everything Holy
A DIOCESAN SPIRITUAL FORMATION PROGRAM

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:
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Renewal Works - Monday Matters
FROM FR. JAY SIDEBOTHAM +
Column dated April 5, 2021

The prayer closing Martin Luther King’s sermon: The Questions Easter Answers

O God, our gracious Heavenly Father, we come on this Easter morning thanking Thee for revealing to us the ultimate meaning and the ultimate rationality of the universe. We thank you, this morning, for your Son, Jesus, who came by to let us know that love is the most durable power in the world, who came by to let us know that death can’t defeat us, to take the sting out of the grace and death and make it possible for all of us to have eternal life. We thank you, O God. And God grant that we will be grateful recipients of they eternal blessing. In the name and spirit of Jesus, we pray. Amen.
 
Love wins.
-Rob Bell

Alleluia, the 2021 version!
A parishioner once rather heatedly questioned my wisdom as rector because he believed that I had scheduled Easter during his son’s spring vacation. He was not happy. In response, I began by noting my appreciation for the ascription to me of such authority. I also conveyed my own frustration that Easter keeps moving around. Seasons shorten and lengthen depending on when Easter is scheduled. That presents challenges for type-A planners like me. Do you know any in the church?

But here we are. It is Easter, a season as well as a day. Why not look on the bright side? Led by the Spirit, changing dates can help us find new insights into the meaning of the day, the reason for the season.

For instance, when Easter falls on April 10, we are able to recall the witness of Dietrich Bonhoeffer who died on this day. He gave witness to Easter as he was led to execution, turning to his imprisoned congregation and saying: “For us this is the end. For me the beginning.”

When Easter falls on April 1 (April Fools’ Day), we can live into the wisdom of Esau McCaulley in his column in the New York Times on Friday, words about the unsettling news of Easter. He wrote: Christians, at their best, are the fools who dare believe in God’s power to call dead things to life. 

When Easter falls on April 15, we get to explore the question of rendering to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s and to God the things that are God’s. That can be a vision of a new, resurrected life.
When Easter falls on Earth day, we celebrate the beauty of the earth, which teaches us all the time about death and resurrection, seeds going underground and dying to produce growth.

And as Easter falls on April 4, as it did yesterday, that collision of calendars offers opportunity to give thanks for the life and ministry of Martin Luther King. His life ended on April 4 on a balcony at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis. The Sunday before Dr. King died, he preached a sermon in which he seemed to know what was coming. He spoke about the promised land, a hopeful vision which he knew that he himself may not see but to which he had led a movement. That sermon had Easter promise written all over it.

In 1957, he preached an Easter Sermon entitled “Questions that Easter Answers.

He said: “As I look over the world, as I look at America, I can see Easter coming in race relations. I can see it coming on every hand. I see it coming in Montgomery. Man’s extremity is God’s opportunity. What stops us does not stop God and that miracle is as much a part of the end as of the beginning. Above all, Easter provides answers to the deepest queries of the human spirit.”

All of this says to me that our observance of Easter obviously happens year after year with dreams unfulfilled. In 1957, Dr. King claimed that he could see Easter coming in terms of race relations. I can’t imagine he would have imagined that in Holy Week 2021 we’d all be watching footage of the end of George Floyd’s life. And while we may see Easter coming after a year of COVID, we still contend with the great losses that come from this health and economic crisis.

The new life that is promised in Easter does not mean that all difficulties of life dissipate. It does mean that week in and week out we affirm that love wins. We join with Dr. King in claiming this as the Easter message: “Love is the most durable power in the world…Through the love that God revealed through Jesus Christ, things move on.” As he said, what stops us does not stop God.

May we this day, this week, this Easter season tap into that durable power. Where will you start this morning?