of the Resurrection
1433 NW R.D. Mize Road
Blue Springs, Missouri 64015
ACOLYTE TRAINING TOMORROW
Sunday, February 23 at 11:45 am
Current Acolytes and anyone wishing to become an Acolyte should plan to attend a training session tomorrow,
Sunday, February 23
following the 10:30 am service.
SHROVE TUESDAY PANCAKE SUPPER
Next Tuesday, Feb. 25 at 6:00 pm
As we leave the season of Epiphany this Sunday, we prepare for the season of Lent!
We will celebrate all that is sweet with our
Shrove Tuesday celebration and the burning of the Palms. We will then share our liturgy of the
Imposition of Ashes on Wednesday February 26 with services at 12:15 and 7:00 pm in the nave.
Please bring last year's palms to church tomorrow or on Shrove Tuesday. Many thanks to our Sunday Breakfast crews who will be cooking and presenting the meal for our enjoyment!
- Ash Wednesday, February 26, services at 12:15 and 7:00 pm
- Stations of the Cross and Praying the Rosary every Friday in Lent at 12:15 pm
- Ecumenical dinner and services every Wednesday on March 4, 11, 18, 25 and April 1
- Tenebrae, Wednesday, April 8, 7:00 pm
- Maundy Thursday, April 9, 7:00 pm followed by all night Vigil and preceded by Agape meal at 6:00 pm
- Holy Friday, April 10, 7:00 pm, Veneration of the Cross and Holy Eucharist
- The Great Vigil of Easter, Saturday, April 11, 7:00 pm followed by a reception
- EASTER SUNDAY, April 12, one service only at 10:30 am, Easter Egg hunt following the service
Located in the narthex
It's been suggested we provide an easy means for parishioners to make suggestions and ask questions that can be addressed by the Rector, Vestry or other lay leadership of the parish.
So, to accommodate this request, we now have a
box in the narthex, where anyone can suggest or ask questions.
Thank you to Rich Conn for providing the box and his wood-creations and to David Hensen for the idea to have this communication tool incorporated in our parish life.
Any suggestions or questions will be addressed in the best manner possible, including at Vestry meetings or directly from the Rector or other ministry leaders.
FROM FR. DAVID +
"What is the meaning and importance of the transfiguration?"
About a week after Jesus plainly told His disciples that He would suffer, be killed, and be raised to life (
), He took Peter, James, and John up a mountain to pray. While praying, His personal appearance was changed into a glorified form, and His clothing became dazzling white. Moses and Elijah appeared and talked with Jesus about His death that would soon take place. Peter, not knowing what he was saying and being very fearful, offered to put up three shelters for them. This is undoubtedly a reference to the booths that were used to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles, when the Israelites dwelt in booths for 7 days (
). Peter was expressing a wish to stay in that place. When a cloud enveloped them, a voice said, "This is My Son, whom I have chosen, whom I love; listen to Him!" The cloud lifted, Moses and Elijah had disappeared, and Jesus was alone with His disciples who were still very much afraid. Jesus warned them not to tell anyone what they had seen until after His resurrection. The three accounts of this event are found in
Undoubtedly, the purpose of the transfiguration of Christ into at least a part of His heavenly glory was so that the "inner circle" of His disciples could gain a greater understanding of who Jesus was. Christ underwent a dramatic change in appearance in order that the disciples could behold Him in His glory. The disciples, who had only known Him in His human body, now had a greater realization of the deity of Christ, though they could not fully comprehend it. That gave them the reassurance they needed after hearing the shocking news of His coming death.
Symbolically, the appearance of Moses and Elijah represented the Law and the Prophets. But God's voice from heaven - "Listen to Him!" - clearly showed that the Law and the Prophets must give way to Jesus. The One who is the new and living way is replacing the old - He is the fulfillment of the Law and the countless prophecies in the Old Testament. Also, in His glorified form they saw a preview of His coming glorification and enthronement as King of kings and Lord of lords.
The disciples never forgot what happened that day on the mountain and no doubt this was intended. John wrote in his gospel, "We have seen His glory, the glory of the one and only" (
). Peter also wrote of it, "We did not follow cleverly invented stories when we told you about the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of His majesty. For He received honor and glory from God the Father when the voice came to Him from the Majestic Glory, saying, 'This is my Son, whom I love; with Him I am well pleased.' We ourselves heard this voice that came from heaven when we were with Him on the sacred mountain" (
2 Peter 1:16-18
). Those who witnessed the transfiguration bore witness to it to the other disciples and to countless millions down through the centuries.
This Sunday, 2/23 is the last Sunday of Epiphany and marks the transition of the enlightenment of the identity and mystery of Jesus from his birth to the beginning of his ministry. We celebrate the Transfiguration to prepare us for the season of Lent, a season of reflection for answering why did Jesus have to come into our worldly way of life. As we prepare for this period of reflection, I encourage all of us to spend more time with Jesus in prayer and study for the nourishment of our spirit and soul. Blessings to all....
Fr. David +
It's time to clean out your closets! And invite your friends and family to clean theirs out too. In conjunction with All Saints Lutheran Church, footwear of
will be collected from February 26 (Ash Wednesday) through March 29.
Soles4Souls will distribute the shoes to those in need in all 50 states and/or in 127 countries around the world. Look for the collection boxes in the Narthex and Undercroft.
BOOK CLUB MONTHLY MEETING
Monday, March 2 at 7:00 pm
Please join the Book Club on
Monday, March 2 at
7:00 pm in the Undercroft to read this month's book:
In This Moment by Karen Kingsbury. All are welcome!
From #1 New York Times
bestselling author Karen Kingsbury comes a brand-new Baxter Family novel about a beloved high school principal who starts a Bible Study to improve the lives of his struggling students, only to become the national focus of a controversial lawsuit.
Saturday, March 7 at 9:00 am
Fr. David will present a CPR/AED course for all who would like to learn these life saving skills on
Saturday, March 7 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.
A donation of $20.00 is requested to cover the cost of books and supplies. This course will be an American Heart Association Family and Friends course. All AHA courses are recommended to be repeated on a two year cycle to help maintain knowledge and skill retention. So, if you haven't ever taken a CPR class or its been longer than two years, it's time to take one! A sign-up sheet is located in the narthex.
EDUCATION FOR MINISTRY (EfM) IS COMING
Groups forming soon
EfM stand for "Education for Ministry" and is offered through the University of the South at Sewanee Tennessee's School of Theology.
It began in 1975 and is a staple for Episcopal lay people for formation and living into our individual ministries. It is not for ordination - it was designed for the laity. The fact is that all baptized Christians are called to be active participants in the church's total ministry.
Registration will begin this spring and end in July. Seminar meetings will begin in September. There are four total years of study comprised of 36 weekly meetings per year. Year 1 concentrates on the Old Testament, year 2 on the New Testament, year 3 focus is on church history, and the fourth year is theology. There are no grades.
One yearly fee pays for books and enrollment. It takes 6 to 12 persons to make up an EfM group. Most Episcopal EfM groups have been operating for decades. If you have done Bible study in the past you will be amazed at how much more you can learn!
We will be part of a growing movement of Christians living into their baptism who are able to think theologically and apply our education in our daily lives. Please feel free to ask Fr. David or Jeff Chapman about EfM. For more information
Sunday, February 23 following the 10:30 am service.
Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper: Tuesday, February 25 at 6:00 pm. Bring your palms from last year's Palm Sunday services. They will be burned and blessed for ashes on Ash Wednesday.
Book Club: Monday, March 2 at 7:00 pm; this month's read is In the Moment by Karen Kingsbury.
CPR/AED Training: Saturday, March 7 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
New Theatre & Restaurant: Dinner and show on Thursday, March 26 6:30 pm. See Meg Swant for tickets and information.
Please save "Best Choice" brand UPC labels and "Boxtops for Education"
and put them in the collection containers in the narthex. Funds raised support the Necessity Pantry.
Bible Study every Wednesday afternoon at 1 pm in the Undercroft