of the Resurrection
1433 NW R.D. Mize Road
Blue Springs, Missouri 64015
Healing/Eucharist services this Sunday at 8:00 and 10:30 am
Bible Study this Wednesday at 1:00 pm
From Fr. David +
The Power of Prayer
This Sunday we will take the time to ask God for healing, healing for ourselves, our families and friends, our communities , our country and the whole world. Our prayers will join with many others who seek God and God's healing grace. When all seems lost and there seems to be no answers, prayer may seem like an empty voice to an unknown entity. We know by faith, that God is with us and hears us where ever we may be in our lives. Our prayers for others join a great cloud of witnesses who constantly prayer on our behalf. We just have to believe. The short exerpt from "allaboutprayer.org" helps to remind us just how powerful prayer can be. There is no magic, no voodoo, no mysterious psychosomatic action that happens when we talkd to God. There is a mystic relationship that begins and continues as we engage Christ-Father-Son and Holy Spirit in our daily lives. This relationship is guided through prayer. Come and experience with others the power of prayer and healing as we worship together in Holy Communion.
Power Of Prayer - How powerful is it?
The power of prayer should not be underestimated.
declares, "...The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective. Elijah was a man just like us. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops." God most definitely listens to prayers, answers prayers, and moves in response to prayers.
Jesus taught, "...I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you" (
2 Corinthians 10:4-5
tells us, "The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ." The Bible urges us, "And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints" (
Power Of Prayer - How do I tap into it?
The power of prayer is not the result of the person praying. Rather, the power resides in the God who is being prayed to.
1 John 5:14-15
tells us, "This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us - whatever we ask - we know that we have what we asked of him." No matter the person praying, the passion behind the prayer, or the purpose of the prayer - God answers prayers that are in agreement with His will. His answers are not always yes, but are always in our best interest. When our desires line up with His will, we will come to understand that in time. When we pray passionately and purposefully, according to God's will, God responds powerfully!
We cannot access powerful prayer by using "magic formulas." Our prayers being answered is not based on the eloquence of our prayers. We don't have to use certain words or phrases to get God to answer our prayers. In fact, Jesus rebukes those who pray using repetitions, "And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him" (
). Prayer is communicating with God. All you have to do is ask God for His help.
reminds us, "Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble, and he brought them out of their distress. He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed. They were glad when it grew calm, and he guided them to their desired haven." There is power in prayer!
Power Of Prayer - For what kind of things should I pray?
God's help through the power of prayer is available for all kinds of requests and issues.
tells us, "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." If you need an example of a prayer, read
. These verses are known as the Lord's prayer. The Lord's prayer is not a prayer we are supposed to memorize and simply recite to God. It is only an example of how to pray and the things that should go into a prayer - worship, trust in God, requests, confession, protection, etc. Pray for these kinds of things, but speak to God using your own words.
The Word of God is full of accounts describing the power of prayer in various situations. The power of prayer has overcome enemies (
), conquered death (
2 Kings 4:3-36
), brought healing (
), and defeated demons (
). God, through prayer, opens eyes, changes hearts, heals wounds, and grants wisdom (
). The power of prayer should never be underestimated because it draws on the glory and might of the infinitely powerful God of the universe!
proclaims, "All the peoples of the earth are regarded as nothing. He does as he pleases with the powers of heaven and the peoples of the earth. No one can hold back his hand or say to him: 'What have you done?'
Fr. David +
NEW ORGAN GIVING CAMPAIGN
On Sunday, July 15, a presentation was held between services to discuss the proposed purchase of a new Johannus Ecclesia organ to replace our current 30+ year old Rodgers electronic organ. The instrument was selected by a committee of experts considering value, price, quality and sound.
Click Here to See the Presentation
The Vestry has endorsed a campaign to raise $60,000 to purchase the new organ that will last the parish for the next 30 - 40 years. IF funds are raised, the organ will be ordered and delivered in 2019 by Easter. Currently the congregation has contributed $28,135, or 47% of the necessary funds to purchase the organ. If you would like to make a pledge, please email the Treasurer with your contribution!
FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT AT CHURCH
Friday, August 3 at 7:00 pm
Join us on
Friday, August 3 at 7:00 pm in the Undercroft to watch the movie "
Family and friends invited. Please bring a snack to share.
Michael Spurlock decides to trade in his corporate sales career to become a pastor. Unfortunately, his first assignment is to close a country church and sell the prime piece of land where it sits. He soon has a change of heart when the church starts to welcome refugees from Burma. Spurlock now finds
himself working with the refugees to turn the land into a working farm to pay the church's bills.
CSL SCHOOL SUPPLY COLLECTION
Crate in Narthex for donations
We will be collecting school supplies for the
Community Service League
again this year. CSL is expecting an increased need.
There will be a crate in the Narthex for donations with
a list of requested school supplies on a clipboard. Please take a copy and help those in our community. The collection dates will be
July 22 and
CSL also needs volunteers on August 4 at 9 am to take collected supplies from CSL to the United Methodist Church.
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
FAITH THROUGH FICTION BOOK CLUB
Monday, August 6, at 7:00 pm
Join the Faith Through Fiction Book Club on Monday, August 6 at 7:00 pm to discuss the book "The Great Alone" by Kristin Hanna.
Following a shattering tour in the Vietnam War, Ernt Allbright attempts a fresh start by moving his family to Alaska, where they encounter old demons and new challenges on the last American frontier.
Wednesday, August 15 at 7:05 pm
How about a night out at the ballgame in an air-conditioned suite for $15 per ticket? We can do this with a minimum of 20 purchased tickets.
Please sign up TODAY in the narthex or let John Biggs know so we can reserve the suite. Family and friends are welcome!! We will plan to carpool from the church.
- The Outreach committee is in the process of arranging a meal delivery to the persons living at Woods Chapel Lodge. This is a residence for the aging community of Blue Springs who are on a fixed income. We will begin with our first meal in August. We will need cooking staff, serving staff and clean up staff. Young and old are encouraged to contact Rich Conn or Annie Scott for details.
- The Necessity Pantry at St. Michael's; Independence is asking for help the second Tuesday of each month, from 4-6 p.m. and the third Saturday from 10:00 am -12 Noon.
Photos to be taken on Sept. 7 and 8
We have contracted with Lifetouch to create a new pictorial directory for our parish!
Portraits will be taken on Friday, September 7 from 2 pm to 9 pm and on Saturday, September 8 from 10 am to 5 pm.
Each single/family will receive a free 8 x 10 portrait and a pictorial directory. We want everyone's picture in our directory. Save the date!!
STARLIGHT THEATER IN SEPTEMBER
Sign-up now in the narthex
We have 20 tickets for the 8 pm, Sunday, September 16 performance of the Broadway musical "Chicago". The tickets are in Level 6 and cost $29 each.
Please sign-up in the narthex if you would like to go and make your payment to the Church for the tickets.
Important events and dates
Sunday, July 29: Healing service at both 8:00 am and 10:30 am services
Wednesday, August 1: Bible Studay at 1:00 pm
Friday, August 3: Family Movie Night at 7:00 pm
Monday, August 6: Faith through Fiction Book Club at 7:00 pm
Sunday, September 16: Starlight Theater