The Episcopal Church
of the Resurrection
1433 NW R.D. Mize Road, Blue Springs, MO
Weekly e-mail
April 2, 2021
The Great Vigil of Easter
The Great Vigil of Easter
Saturday, April 3, 2021

Holy Eucharist Rite II at 7:00 pm

Easter Day
Sunday, April 4, 2021

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.

Holy Week Schedule
(all services in-person and live streamed)

Maundy Thursday:
Service only at 7:00 pm (no agape meal)

Good Friday:
Stations of the Cross at 12:00 pm Noon
Veneration of the cross and Holy Communion at 7:00 pm

Holy Saturday: The Great Vigil of Easter at 7:00 pm

Easter Sunday: ONE SERVICE ONLY at 10:30 am (NEW TIME)

No fellowship hour following services due to COVID.
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The Diocese of West Missouri will offer live-stream services from the Cathedral visit https://www.diowestmo.org/ for times and schedule.
From Fr. David+
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HOW HOLY IS THIS WEEK FOR US?

Lent is now officially over, and we are making the journey with Jesus to the cross. The plans and practices we have put in place and experienced to prepare for this week have hopefully challenged us to put into perspective our own lives in the midst of all things occurring around us. Our suffering and pain experienced through the trials and turmoil of worldly events only complicates our abilities to soak in our faith and what this week means for all of us. As it may be harder and harder to experience spirituality in the midst of pandemic and the multiple other distractions from media and politics, it is so very important that we consciously take the time to ponder how our faith brings us from frustration and pain to joy and wellbeing. We know the scriptures. We know why Christ had to die on the cross. We remember the biblical stories that have brought us to this week. Now, we need to trust our faith and truly feel the power of Christ in our lives and put aside the distractions that keep us from focusing on the Easter story.

This Holy Week affords us numerous opportunities to “tune back in” to our spiritual center through fellowship and worship each evening from Wednesday through Saturday. May we be moved enough to participate in the Tenebrae and Triduum offerings of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and the Great Vigil. Consider coming to the altar of repose and wait with Christ in the church on Thursday evening-night. Search your faith for what God is speaking to you in prayer and scripture.

Then to come together and celebrate the pinnacle of our faith on Easter.

O God, who for our redemption didst give thine
only-begotten Son to the death of the cross, and by his
glorious resurrection hast delivered us from the power of
our enemy: Grant us so to die daily to sin, that we may
evermore live with him in the joy of his resurrection; through
the same thy Son Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth
with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
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 March 29, 2021

The Collect for Today: The Monday of Holy Week
Almighty God, whose most dear Son went not up to joy but first he suffered pain, and entered not into glory before he was crucified: Mercifully grant that we, walking in the way of the cross, may find it none other than the way of life and peace; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. 
 
Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. And being found in human form, he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death—even death on a cross. Therefore God also highly exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father. -Philippians 2:5-11
 
Wanderer, your footsteps are the road, and nothing more; wanderer, there is no road, the road is made by walking. By walking one makes the road, and upon glancing behind one sees the path that never will be trod again. Wanderer, there is no road– Only wakes upon the sea. -Antonio Machado, Campos de Castilla

 
We make our way by walking
So here’s the question that occurs to me as I read the prayer for today, included above: How do we find that the way of the cross is the way of life and peace? It’s about walking. In RenewalWorks lingo, it is about getting people moving. It is about the journey, the process, the experience of the way of the cross. As we begin this Holy Week, what does that way of the cross mean to you? Here are some thoughts on what it means to me. Use this morning’s reflection to think about what that way of the cross means to you.

It means walking in a spirit of kenosis, that Greek word which suggests emptying, noted in particular in a reading you may have heard yesterday in church, a reading also printed above. As we remember Jesus, his whole experience among us, but especially his journey through Holy Week, was about self-emptying, not grasping at prerogatives or entitlement. How can we do that this week?

It means meeting the pain of the world. I often think that the greatest miracle of Holy Week is that Jesus didn’t catch the first bus out of Jerusalem, which would have been my response. There were times earlier in his life when he eluded those trying to kill him, those who wanted to throw him off a cliff, those who wanted to stone him to death. But this week was to be his hour of glory, the moment when his holy nature is revealed. How can we boldly meet the pain of the world this week? (We don’t have to look far.)

It means stepping into service. This week, we will travel to Maundy Thursday, where Jesus gets up from the table and washes the disciples gnarly feet. That action echoes what he had tried to teach ambitious, thick-headed disciples, that true greatness is manifested in service. How might we be imaginative this week in terms of service?

It means always moving forward with an attitude of gratitude. On the same night that he washed disciples feet, Jesus instituted the eucharist, a word which really means thanksgiving. What frame of mind allowed him to focus on gratitude when he seemed to know what was coming? His witness indicates that gratitude finds expression without much regard for circumstances. Is there a way we can walk that way this week? What makes your heart grateful in crazy crisis times?

It means following a path of forgiveness. As his journey took him to the cross, his reaction was not defensiveness, resentment, or self-justification. It was not the kind of martyrdom that draws attention to the victim. It was an expression of forgiveness for those who were doing the worst, the unimaginable to him. In that way, the forgiveness seems to know no limit. I’m not good at that kind of practice, but I wonder how this week we might walk that way, even in baby steps.

It means walking a pathway marked by hope. Gospel accounts seem to vary on how much Jesus knew about how all this would end, but again and again he seemed to express the idea that he would be lifted up, not just on the hard wood of the cross, but lifted up by God’s glorious and gracious power. The cross was not a dead-end but a threshold. Jesus seemed to move forward knowing that.

There’s a lot to walk into this week, called holy because it is set apart. As we take next steps, may we do so in the spirit of Paul’s letter to the Philippians which calls us to have the mind of Christ.
Parking Lot Safety
Parking Lot Safety
Due to the increase in the number of people using our church and an increase in crime activity in the city, we offer these suggestions to ensure your safety in our parking lot.

  • Lock your car.
  • Never leave valuables in an exposed position.
  • Park as close to the front doors of the church are you are able.
  • When leaving check inside the vehicle before you enter it.
  • If you require assistance when going to your vehicle please ask an usher to assist you.
  • If you are coming to the church during an "off time" please let someone know when you will be there.
  • If it is dark when you leave have a companion with you.

You are always welcome at our church but always keep safety on your mind.