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

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Saturday, February 20, 2021

First Sunday in Lent
Holy Eucharist Rite I at 8:00 am (live streamed)
Holy Eucharist Rite II at 10:30 am (live streamed)

Resurrection will host in-person services this Sunday.
COVID precautions will be observed with a face mask required. 
Ecumenical Lenten services
We will again share Lent in fellowship with other local churches every Wednesdays in Lent, beginning next week on February 24. 

However, the services will be virtual only and broadcast from the First Christian Church.  Our theme this year is "The Benefit of Community". Each participating church will share the message on one given Wednesday. The schedule is as follows:

6:00 pm  Share supper together at home as a family. Lenten Services

6:45 pm  Log-in to Facebook, YouTube, or ZOOM

7:00 pm  Live streaming begins

  • 2/24  Pastor Cliff Caton: First Christian
  • 3/3    Father David Lynch: Resurrection Episcopal
  • 3/10  Pastor Sarah Pierce: All Saints Lutheran
  • 3/17  Good Shepherd Disciples of Christ
  • 3/24  Pastor Andrew Florio: Chapel Hill Presbyterian
From Fr. David+
The Rev. David Lynch_
As we know, Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and ends before the celebration of the Mass of the Lord's Supper on Holy Thursday. The season of Lent has a twofold character: baptism and penance. Focus is to be made of our baptismal covenant and the rites of penance and reconciliation. The practice of penance (confession) should be fostered in ways that are possible in our own times and in different regions, and according to the circumstances of the faithful. In our Episcopal tradition, even though corporate confession is offered as part of Eucharistic services, individual confessions are also encouraged with the parish priest.

Traditionally, the forty days of fasting before Easter includes every day of Lent except Sundays, beginning on Ash Wednesday and ending on Holy Saturday, inclusive. Thus, there are forty-six days of Lent (including Good Friday and Holy Saturday), but only forty fast days since Sundays are excluded. When fasting, a person is permitted to eat one full meal, as well as two smaller meals that together are not equal to a full meal. Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are universal days of both fasting and abstinence from eating meat. Abstinence is also observed on all Fridays of Lent. Christians age 14 and older are bound to observe abstinence regulations except for serious reasons; Those of age 18 and older are bound to observe fasting regulations except for serious reasons. For all other weekdays of Lent, the Church encourages fasting, either in the traditional sense or through some other form of self-denial determined by conscience. Other devotions, such as the Stations of the Cross, the rosary, scripture study, participation in the Daily Office and/or Mass, and service to those in need, are strongly recommended. Year I weekday readings are proclaimed, and Sunday lectionary readings follow the Revised Common Lectionary Year A.

"Remember that you are dust and to dust you shall return" (echoing the text of Genesis 3:19). A call to humility better understood in times of pandemic. However, this is not a time for self-pity, for discouragement. The call to conversion in Lent is also - and perhaps even more so in times of pandemic - a call to the responsibility we all have to ensure the quality of the world in which we live. Fragility encourages us to solidarity, mutual support, and even self-giving, as evidenced by so many health workers around the world.
Fr. David+ invitation 
As your priest, you should know and feel comfortable requesting a time to meet to share in personal confession. The Rite is called "Reconciliation of a Penitent" and the liturgy is found on page 446 in the Book of Common Prayer. You can schedule a time to share together this liturgy by contacting Confession Stained Glass Window me personally. The liturgy is done in the church following COVID recommendations. If not with me, another priest with whom you feel more comfortable can be your options. I commend to you the article written below as a prompt to hear a personal experience for choosing confession. Confession is a personal act, something I do with another priest several times throughout the year. If not with a priest, consider sharing your confession with a close mentor that you trust and know will be confidential using the liturgy from the Prayer Book. Please know, it is God who absolves a penitent, not the priest. The priest provides the sacrament and the interpersonal opportunity.
Please read this writing from a priest of our tradition: https://melaniesmusingsweb.wordpress.com/2017/03/05/all-may-none-must-some-should/

Congratulations to Fr. David and Debbie on the purchase of their new home in Lee's Summit.  The Lynch's new address is 608 SW Benjamin Place; Lee's Summit, MO  64081.

Bible Study
There will be two opportunities for Bible Study. One primarily for youth and young adults on Tuesdays at 7:00 pm and one at 1:00 pm on Wednesdays. Both sessions will be held in the undercroft while observing COVID guidelines. Please contact Fr. David with your interests.

Join us for bible study every Wednesday at 1:00 pm both in-person at church and via ZOOM.

Meeting ID: 976 6873 2072     Passcode: 794043 

As a friendly reminder, in this cold weather the exterior doors (parking lot door and upstairs office door) stick when closed. Please be sure to push the doors closed and that they are locked when leaving and entering the building.

  • Upon entry, ushers will ask if you have any symptoms of illness including fever, chills, coughing and any history of recent illness. It is very important that you DO NOT attend church if you feel ill or know that you have been exposed to COVID or any other serious illness.
  • Ushers will check your name against a directory roster and newcomers and visitors will be asked to provide their names and phone numbers upon entry. There will be no guest book or prayer sheet to sign.
  • Masks will be required at all times while in the church building.
  • Hand sanitizer, facial tissue and some masks will be provided.
  • Seating will be in every other pew and social distancing at least 6 feet apart. Families may sit together.
  • Congregational singing will not be allowed.  There will be no hymnals in the pews for use.
  • Prayer books will be provided and will be located in the back pews. After the service, prayer books should be placed in the big basket located in the Narthex when leaving.
  • Communion of both kinds will be available in individual chalices and distributed by the priest.  Please discard these used chalice packets in the trash when leaving.
From the Safety Team:  IF you have received your COVID vaccine, the question is whether to wear a mask or not.  The answer is yes!  No vaccine is 100% effective and vaccines don't provide immediate protection. COVID vaccines may not prevent you from spreading the disease and continued wearing of a mask will protect people with compromised immune systems.  Masks also protect against any mutation of the coronavirus.  The best hope for ending the pandemic isn't to choose between masks, physical distancing, and vaccines, but to combine them.
In the coming weeks we will engage in the program of Renewal Works. This program begins with a parish spiritual survey conducted by the Episcopal Church Foundation (ECF). The survey is intended to seek the views of parishioners on spirituality, including what is working, lacking and needs improving. The survey is conducted on-line and anonymously. The results of the survey are then published back to the parish and feedback is supported by the ECF.

Episcopal churches across the country are being asked to participate in this program and the Diocese has paid the cost for all the churches in our Diocese.  Accommodations will be made for anyone unable to complete the survey on-line.

The greatest value of our participation is to learn how Resurrection can better meet the "spiritual needs" for you - the parishioner. To know about Renewal Works and what it means for us as a parish, please log onto the Renewal Works website at:   https://renewalworks.org/

Monday Matters Column dated  February 15, 2021

The Rev. Jay Sidebotham _
Deep peace of the running wave to you.
Deep peace of the flowing air to you.

Deep peace of the quiet earth to you.

Deep peace of the shining stars to you.

Deep peace of the Son of peace to you.

-Iona Community


I watched too much news last week, specifically video of the attack on the Capitol. It played over and over. I watched over and over. Too many times, I confess. I came to a place where I thought to myself: We need peace. Maybe you feel that way, too. Not just because of the insurrection, but because the pandemic, related economic struggles, partisan and racial divisions around the nation and around the dinner table all conspire to rob us of peace. So what do we know about peace?

What I was hungry for was more than just the absence of conflict, as important as that may be right now. We need more than truce or stand-off. We need to do more than just move on.

I started thinking about the Hebrew word for peace, shalom (שׁלום). I'm told it's derived from a root denoting wholeness or completeness. It's not limited to the political or social domain. It's more than the absence of war and enmity, the absence of quarrel and strife. It's been described as a moral value, a cosmic principle, a divine attribute. It's about healing. Three things occurred to me about the healing process. See what you think of them.

First, it is work for each of us. When Jesus said: "Blessed are the peacemakers," in the Sermon on the Mount, he described it as something we are called to do, as part of the Jesus movement, as part of the kingdom come. Desmond Tutu, who knew something about the need for peace, wholeness, completeness, said: "If you want peace, you don't talk to your friends. You talk to your enemies." So let me ask on this Monday morning, what work of peacemaking lies before you? How might that work suggest not only an absence of conflict, but also a move toward wholeness suggested in the meaning of shalom? And let me ask, since we begin a week that includes Ash Wednesday, how have we each stood in the way of peace? How have we participated in unholy disruption, in thought, word or deed? How can we turn from that (i.e., repent)?

Second, with Desmond Tutu's comment in mind, we admit that it can be hard work. On a Sunday recently, a clergy colleague preached a fine sermon in which he referenced the Epiphany hymn about the call of the disciples, a hymn with text by William Alexander Percy. The first stanzas describe the cost of discipleship, the challenges facing the first disciples. The final stanza describes the hard work of peacemaking. It goes like this: "The peace of God, it is no peace, but strife closed in the sod. Yet let us pray for but one thing the marvelous peace of God." Have you ever had to exchange the peace on a Sunday with someone who drives you nuts, or someone who has hurt you? At times, it seems to me to be highly inconvenient and even annoying that the peace is embedded in the liturgy. You can't move forward without it. I don't always want to do that work, thank you very much. But we're not given the option of only exchanging the peace with our best buddies. So let me ask on this Monday morning, where is peacemaking hardest for you? In your family? In your church? In your workplace? In your role as national or global citizen?

Finally, on some level, it's God's work in which we participate. Among the many fruits of the Spirit listed in Paul's letter to the Galatians (3:23ff) he includes peace. When I do my best to console a family who has suffered great loss, I pray that they will be granted the peace that passes understanding. So we join with St. Francis asking to be made an instrument of God's peace. Not our own, but God's. We say "The peace of the Lord be with you." Not our own, but God's. And we pray for that one thing, the marvelous peace of God. So let me ask on this Monday morning, and as Lent begins, how will you invite God's grace and power into your peacemaking "work?"

If it all feels overwhelming, or out of reach, if the news of the day makes peace seem unimaginable, take to heart what Jesus said to his best friends on the night before he was tortured and executed. On a night when peace might be hard to come by, he said: "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid."
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