The Episcopal Church
of the Resurrection
1433 NW R.D. Mize Road, Blue Springs, MO
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Saturday, June 5, 2021
Second Sunday after Pentecost
Sunday, June 6, 2021

One Service Only
Holy Eucharist Rite II at 10:30 am
The Rev. Doug Johnson, Guest Celebrant

Zumwalt 50th Anniversary Open House
TODAY, SATURDAY, JUNE 5, 1:00 - 4:00 PM

Parish members and friends are invited to celebrate Gary and Maura Zumwalt's 50th wedding anniversary today, Saturday June 5 anytime between 1:00 - 4:00 pm in the church undercroft.

Snacks and refreshments will be served! 
Bible Study re-starts June 16

With more people getting vaccinated and the drop in COVID cases, it’s time to gather again for Bible Study on Wednesdays at 1:00 pm. There is plenty of room to social distance and follow safety guideline. Please join us!
Volunteers Urgently Needed

We are finally approaching normal at church! We now need volunteers to be ushers at both the 8:00 and 10:30 am services.

Ushers will no longer be asked to provide security, which will be handled separately. Please contact John Biggs to volunteer.


We are seeking volunteers for a once a month commitment to help with preparing a meal for Uplift. Meal prep usually starts between 10:30 - 11:00 am and is finished around 1:30 pm.  

Donations still needed for CSL

We are continuing to collect for families in need. Special wants include pasta, pasta sauce, canned tomato products, rice side dishes, cereal, Jiffy Corn mix, Jello and cake mixes. Please bring your donation to the church and the Outreach Committee will deliver to CSL.
Next from Renewal Works

As we receive our results from the survey there will be scheduled workshops to help our parish with “what’s next”. These workshops will be on the ZOOM format so parishioners can watch from home or at church. Stay tuned for the dates coming later in June.
Monday Matters (from May 31, 2021)

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

What do you think?

I came across a verse last week which I’d never noticed before: “Turn my eyes from watching what is worthless; give me life in your ways.” (Psalm 119:37) Centuries ago, I don’t know what the psalmist had in mind when writing about what was worthless to watch. Maybe the psalmist was predicting contemporary entertainment, social media, 24/7 news channels. Your guess is as good as mine.

The verse caught my eye because there’s a lot floating around which is available to watch, but that is probably not worth watching. There’s a lot floating around that is not edifying, to borrow a New Testament phrase. It may be okay, but it doesn’t build up. It’s not constructive. What we watch, what we pay attention to, what we think about shapes who we are. Don’t just take my word for it. Consider various scriptures.

Proverbs 23:7 for instance: “For as (a person) thinketh in his heart, so is he.” Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount put it this way: “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:21) St. Paul coached the early church to think about what they think about: “Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”

Those truths have been picked up by others. Ralph Waldo Emerson said: “You are what you think all day long.” William James said: “A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices.” Jean Yves Leloup, writing about monkey-mind as part of his discussion of the spiritual dynamic between Buddhism and Christianity wrote: “The ego is like a clever monkey, which can co-opt anything, even the most spiritual practices, so as to expand itself.” Even Winnie the Pooh got into the act: “Did you ever stop to think and forget to start again?”

Think about what you think about. Think about what you watch. Is it worth it? Is it worthwhile? How is that shaping you? Maybe our culture’s focus on mindfulness has to do with setting an intention about where we give our interior life. We all have to decide what’s going to occupy our thinking. It’s easy to let that interior life be a place where resentments and grievances incubate. It’s easy to let anxiety dominate our thought waves. It’s easy to give into images that are not healthy or holy, let alone satiable. Toxicity abounds these days, easily accessible, at our fingertips. But we are not without options.

As St. Paul invited early Christians to focus on what is pure, pleasing, commendable, excellent, we can always turn our thoughts to praise. Worship is really a matter of worth-ship. We can always turn our thoughts to thanksgiving, finding the healing power of an attitude of gratitude. We can always turn our thoughts to good intention towards others, even those who’ve done us dirt. Maybe St. Paul told us to pray without ceasing as an alternative to plotting revenge on the jerk who just cut us off in traffic. In all of life, we have the chance to turn our attention to the mind of Christ (see above). We have agency in this. And if we feel like we need help in this, we’re told that such help is available as well.

In Psalm 51, the psalmist asks God to create a clean heart, to renew a right spirit within us. As Jesus addressed the anxiety which comes our way, he reminded us to consider the lilies, the birds of the air, in other words, pay attention to something worth watching. (Matthew 6) As St. Paul contemplated the grace of God, he invited early Christians to a renewing of their minds.

Think about what you think about this week.