Episcopal Church
of the Resurrection
1433 NW R.D. Mize Road
Blue Springs, Missouri  64015
 
(816) 228-4220
Thursday, June 7, 2018 Pentecost

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WEEKLY BIBLE STUDY EVERY WEDNESDAY AT 1:00 PM  

CHURCH IN THE PARK  Church in the Park
This Sunday at 10:30 am
8:00 am Service still at Church
  
Join us this Sunday, June 10 at 10:30 am with our friends from All Saints Lutheran Church for Church in the Park.
 
The event will take place at Blue Springs Park, located at 19th and McArthur Streets.  A potluck will follow the service.  The 8:00 service will continue to be held at the Church.
 
In the event of inclement weather, the service in the park will be rescheduled to a later date.  Check the Church Website (www.episcopal-bluesprings.org) for late announcements. 
WHAT DOES IT MEAN THAT A "HOUSE DIVIDED CANNOT STAND"?
Reflection  by Father David Lynch +

There are three accounts in the Gospels in which Jesus states that a kingdom divided against itself is laid waste or a house divided cannot stand (Luke 11:17; Mark 3:25; Matthew 12:25). All three instances of this statement are spoken in response to the Pharisees' accusation that Jesus was casting out demons by the power of Satan-a blasphemy that Jesus said would not be forgiven them.

Jesus' argument to the Pharisees was logical: a kingdom that is at cross-purposes with itself will fall. Any household riven by infighting will tear itself apart. Jesus was obviously casting demons out of people. If Jesus was in league with Satan, or if Satan was somehow working through Jesus, it is unlikely that exorcisms would be a priority, because why would Satan cast himself out? Satan has more practical wisdom than to allow his demonic underlings to group themselves into warring factions.

By saying that a house divided cannot stand, Jesus is illustrating the fact that success relies on congruency. This is something we see in daily life all the time. Whether it is a machine, a sports team, a government party, or one's own mind, things have to work together if anything is to be accomplished. The Bible says that a double-minded man is unstable in all his ways (James 1:8), and Paul appeals to the churches that there be no divisions among the believers (1 Corinthians 1:10). In fact, churches should be unified in their purpose and judgment, avoiding people who cause divisions and create obstacles contrary to sound doctrine (Romans 16:17). Christians are not to quarrel but to be unified around a common understanding of truth. "How good and pleasant it is when God's people live together in unity!" (Psalm 133:1).

God commands unity among believers because, once conflict enters the midst of any assembly or entity, productivity and usefulness inevitably grind to a halt and the whole organization is weakened and becomes vulnerable to attack. As Jesus said, "Any kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and a house divided against itself will fall." A fruit of the Spirit is peace (Galatians 5:22). Christians are, as followers of the Prince of Peace, peaceful people (Matthew 5:9). We are called to live in harmony with one another (Romans 12:16) and, as far as it depends on us, to be at peace with everyone (Hebrews 12:14)
 
" What does it mean that a house divided cannot stand? ," Got Questions Ministries, accessed February 15, 2017, [https://www.gotquestions.org/what does it mean that a house divided cannot stand.html] 

TRANSPORTATION NEEDED Need a Ride To Church_   
For others needing rides to Church
  
We have a few individuals who need a ride to/from Resurrection to attend a Sunday service and/or other event because they cannot drive or lack transportation.  We are looking for a few folks who may be willing to drive people to church on a case by case basis.
 
The idea would be to schedule rides in advance and match the geography of those needing rides with folks who have transportation that live in the same general area.  This is a much needed ministry that can make a big difference for those who are missing the fellowship of church and cannot afford a taxi or Uber type service.
 
If you are willing to participate in this ministry please contact Fr. David at the office 816:228:4220 or email rector@episcopal-bluesprings.org
COMMUNION ALWAYS AVAILABLE          
If you are unable to attend Church Home Communion Kit
  
Resurrection will soon begin scheduling Eucharistic Visitors on Sundays to take communion and words from the worship service to those desiring communion but cannot come to church for any reason.
 
It is intended to happen only on Sunday after services.  Members may receive communion at home, in the hospital, in rehab or in other facility.
 
Fr. Lynch is very willing and able to schedule time during the week to visit and share communion with anyone who wishes to receive the sacrament of communion on a day other than Sunday.
DOK GRACE CHAPTER ANNUAL LUNCHEON         
Saturday, July 28 at 11:00 am

Kansas to KenyaThe Daughters of the King - Grace Chapter is hosting its annual Deacon Jim Cumminsluncheon on Saturday, July 28 at 11:00 am at the Church.   The luncheon is open to all ladies and their friends - please sign-up on the bulletin board by July 14.  Attendees are asked to bring a can food/dry good for donation.   Gentleman who would like to hear the speaker are invited to attend at 1:00 pm.
 
Speaker:   Deacon Jim Cummins - K2K Director
Chicago STARLIGHT PLANNED FOR SEPTEMBER           
We are planning a trip to Starlight to see "Chicago" the musical in September. Watch for more information on the bulletin board and in the weekly newsletter in the near future!
SUMMER FEEDING PROGRAM CANCELLED BY BLUE SPRINGS SCHOOL DISTRICT              
 
For those of you who helped in the past with delivering food for Summer Feeding Programkids to Autumn Place Apartments, the Blue Springs School District did not receive funding for that program this year. Therefore we will not be delivering food there this year.  We will continue with BackSnacks during summer school and hope to start providing food to seniors once a month.  Stay tuned!
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COMING UP 
Important events and dates
See the  on-line calendar  for updates 

Sunday, June 10:  Church in the Park with All Saints Lutheran at Blue Springs Park 10:30 am
Monday, June 11:  Uplift meal preparation at Noon
Wednesday, June 13:  Vestry meeting at 7:00 pm
Thursday, June 14:  Bridge Club at 7:00 pm
Saturday, June 16:  Deanery meeting at St. Matthew's, Raytown at 10:00 am
Sunday, June 17:  Necessity Pantry Ingathering
Saturday, July 28:  DOK Luncheon at 11:00 am; Speaker at 1:00 pm