The Episcopal Church
of the Resurrection
1433 NW R.D. Mize Road, Blue Springs, MO
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April 17, 2021
Third Sunday of Easter
Sunday, April 18, 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.

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FEASIBILITY STUDY FOR BUILDING ADDITION

Spring is here and summer is soon approaching. Based on the success of our past capital campaigns, the Vestry is proposing a plan to enlarge the Narthex and make badly needed improvements to our entryways.
We know the Holy Spirit moves throughout our faith community; please help us discern the direction God's spirit is now leading us. We are conducting a Feasibility Survey in order to determine the level of support for the proposed plan outlined in the Case Statement. We want and need information that only you can provide.
A cover letter, Case Statement, and Survey was mailed to your home April 6th. Please complete the paper survey (Feasibility Study) and return it to the Church no later than April 23 or you may scan and e-mail it to treasurer@episcopal-bluesprings.org
From Fr. David+
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FINDING HOPE IN THE EASTER SEASON

In this season of Easter, the messages are about hope and new life; joy and living in Jesus. But how do we live a life of joy and hope when our own lives aren’t all we want them to be? 

Even the best family goes through challenging times and the happiest marriage has ups and downs. Illnesses strike those we love and watching them suffer is a terrible weight to bear. For many of us, life is full of burdens and disappointment. What are our lives really about? Where is the meaning in them? Where is the Easter joy?

Stop. Take a deep breath. Pause from life. Abide in me as I will abide in you.
Each one of us has an invitation from Jesus to live in him, to settle our lives firmly in his presence and love. We are called to be in the care of this loving healer and friend and to carry that love with us as we live out our lives. 

The first step for finding hope in this Easter season is to stop and reflect on the love that is being offered to us every second of our lives. We need to become aware of it again. When we feel overwhelmed and fearful, we can take just a few minute’s break and remind ourselves that Jesus is with us, right now, in our pain.

Become aware of Jesus loving us and calling our names. You who are heavily burdened, I will give you rest.
We hear each word of that and remember his warm and endless love for us. We hear Jesus call us by name. Now we can tell Jesus, our friend, about our lives and the hardships we find in them. Given new courage and strength from Jesus, we look with new light and hope on our problems. 

When Thomas saw Jesus after the resurrection, he was invited to put his fingers into the wounds of Jesus’ hands and “bring your hand and put it into my side.”  It is a startling and graphic image, of placing our hands into a deep wound. But Jesus invites us to do that because we really don’t enter into someone else’s life until we can enter into their wounds. 

In John’s gospel, Jesus offers Thomas, and each of us, an invitation to open our hearts and believe: Do not be unbelieving, but believe.
That is the hope of Easter, that we can take our joy and belief and ask Jesus for healing for ourselves so that we are better able to cope with the worries we find in our everyday lives. 

We thank you, heavenly Father, that you have delivered us from the dominion of sin and death and brought us into the kingdom of your Son; and we pray that, as by his death he has recalled us to life, so by his love he may raise us to eternal joys; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
Renewal Works
TO BEGIN IN MAY

Well, enough talk and promise Renewal Works will start in May!

Thanks to Elaine Marshall for assisting Fr. David in getting us started in a program to grow our spirituality as a parish. Please check out the website for Renewal Works and all that it entails.

And please, please don’t be put off by completing another survey. This survey will be particularly important to outline how Resurrection parish can meet the spiritual needs for you personally and for us as a congregation.

Here is the website: https://renewalworks.org/
Lectors and Acolytes Needed
Acolytes
PLEASE SIGN-UP TODAY

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 at 816-896-2875.

If you would like to be an acolyte, please contact Lisa Twitty: at 913-485-7150
Monday Matters (April 12, 2021)
BY FR. JAY SIDEBOTHAM +

C.S.Lewis reflects on his conversion:
Really, a young atheist cannot guard his faith too carefully. Dangers lie in wait for him on every side.

You must picture me alone in that room at Magdalen, night after night, feeling, whenever my mind lifted even for a second from my work, the steady, unrelenting approach of Him whom I so earnestly desired not to meet. That which I greatly feared had at last come upon me. In the Trinity Term of 1929, I gave in, and admitted that God was God, and knelt and prayed: perhaps, that night, the most dejected and reluctant convert in all England.
(Surprised by Joy, ch. 14)

Lewis explained that on November 12, he and his brother Warren traveled to Whipsnade Zoo. “When we set out,” Lewis wrote, “I did not believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God; and when we reached the zoo, I did.”

What makes you believe?
For Mary Magdalene in the garden on Easter morning, it was Jesus saying her name. For Thomas of doubting fame, it was seeing the wounds of Jesus. For the disciples on the road to Emmaus, it was the breaking of the bread. For Peter, it was Jesus’ help with the disciples’ abysmal skills as fishermen. The stories of Easter offer all kinds of reasons why people came to believe. There were many ways that their eyes and hearts were opened.

So this morning, I’m wondering: How did that happen for you? What made you a believer, to whatever extent you consider yourself a believer? What compels you, or at least prompts you to identify with faith, even if that faith is small as a mustard seed, even if it wavers?

A lot of it has to do with the way we look at things. Einstein said that there were two ways to look at the world. One, as if nothing is miracle. Two, as if everything is miracle. I’m guessing that some of those disciples simply thought resurrection was not possible. They were blocked by limits of their own imaginations. That kind of thing (i.e., resurrection) didn’t happen, even when Jesus had given them hints it was coming. That may be true for us as well.

Abraham Lincoln said that he was driven to his knees in prayer because he had nowhere else to go. Many people come to faith out of a sense of their own brokenness, their need for help from a power greater than themselves. They’ve tried everything else.

Many people come to faith because of the witness of someone else, making the point that faith is more often caught than taught. The early church apparently grew exponentially because people outside the church looked at this new community and said, “See how they love one another.” I wonder if folks would say that about the church today.

And then we have to admit that growth in faith is a mystery. Lots of Jesus’ parables suggest that. He talks about seeds planted, some taking root and some not. When Jesus spoke with Nicodemus about being born from above, being born anew, being born again, Jesus said that it’s as mysterious as the wind blowing where it wills, not knowing where it came from or where it’s headed. I sometimes feel that way about my faith. It’s a come and a go.

I’m grateful for the ways that the gospels tell the Easter story. As we read these stories over 50 days, we see again and again that the first disciples doubted and feared and wondered. They are us. In our world there are plenty of reasons to throw in the towel on belief. The most religious people may well be the ones who make it most difficult for us to believe.

So how about this for an Easter project? Spend some time thinking about your own spiritual growth, perhaps even about your own conversion experience, for some a singular transformative event, for others a lifelong process moving from exploring to deepening to centering on a life with God. If belief feels thin this morning, say a prayer for eyes to be opened in some new way to God’s presence. If belief feels strong, give thanks. If you know someone who seems to have a powerful faith, ask that person about how that came about. And maybe as an observance of Easter, share a story with someone about how faith took root in your life and how you hope it will continue to blossom.