Episcopal Church
of the Resurrection
1433 NW R.D. Mize Road
Blue Springs, Missouri  64015
 
(816) 228-4220
Saturday, September 7, 2019 Pentecost
Prayer Request                                                      
CONFIRMATION AND RECEPTION INFO MEETING
This Sunday after both services

There will be an informational meeting this Sunday, September 8 after both services for those who would like to be received or confirmed in the Episcopal Church and/or know more about the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection.

Bishop Field will be confirming and receiving individuals on Saturday, November 2 at St. Matthews Episcopal Church in Raytown beginning at 4 pm.
FROM FR. DAVID + Fr. David

As Labor Day has come and gone, the understanding of that day lingers. I am grateful for all the hard work that goes on in our world and community that allows all of us to live our lives as we choose. Our work and labor are tied to our need for rest and relaxation as well as to provide for the fruits of life we most enjoy. In his blog for last Monday, Fr. Jay gives us more words to ponder in regards to our work and its relation to love. Please enjoy!     Fr. David +
 
St. Paul and Sigmund Freud: Love and work
Labor Day, one of the few national/secular holidays that has crept its way into the church calendar. So somebody somewhere sometime thought that Labor Day has something to do with our faith. What might that something be?
 
Each year, this holiday (a.k.a., holy day) asks people of faith to think about the work we are given to do, why and how we do it. There are prayers and readings chosen for the day.

Almighty God, you have so linked our lives one with another that all we do affects, for good or ill, all other lives: So guide us in the work we do, that we may do it not for self alone, but for the common good; and, as we seek a proper return for our own labor, make us mindful of the rightful aspirations of other workers, and arouse our concern for those who are out of work; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Note how it indicates that in our work we are interconnected with others, whatever that work may be
 
The readings chosen for the day have a lot to say about work. You might want to look them up. I've noted citations in the column on the left as well. A reading from Ecclesiasticus points to the variety of work we do. In the gospel passage, an excerpt from the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus challenges disciples to think about why they are working, and what they treasure. (Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.)
 
And then there's a brief passage from St. Paul's letter to the church in Corinth. He wrote to this community, an unruly group, often squabbling with each other the way church folks still squabble. Nothing new under the sun. As the apostle coaches them, he talks about the work they've been given to do. For him, that work in its great variety is a matter of building on a foundation. It brings to mind what Sigmund Freud said about work and love. He said: "Love and work are the cornerstones of our humanness."
 
All of which makes me think about our foundations. On what are we building our lives? Freud said that love and work are the foundations, the cornerstones. St. Paul takes it a step further, asking us to consider where love and work find their foundation in the construction of our lives. On what are love and work based?
 
For those of us swimming in the stream of the Jesus movement, we need to recognize not only that our lives are built on love and work, relationships and effort. In St. Paul's words, we need to see that our love and work, our relationships and efforts are based on a person we commit to follow. To riff on a favorite hymn: Christ is made the sure foundation, Christ the head and cornerstone.
 
So take some time to think about your own life, about your relationships and about where you apply effort. Think about how love and work provide a cornerstone, a foundation for you. And think about what it means to have Jesus as foundation for love and work. In my early Monday morning meandering, here are a few answers: Christ as foundation means we build our lives on grace. It means we build our lives on service. It means we build our lives on humility. It means we seek to be a peacemaker. It means we attend to the outsider. It means we practice forgiveness, and I do mean practice, because at least in my case, I need to get better at it. It means that we see that love of God is inseparable from love of neighbor. It means a new way of life.
 
Newsflash: There are other foundations on which we can build our lives. Hear what Jesus is saying: Where our treasure is, there will our heart be also.        - Jay Sidebotham
CPR _ AED
CPR/AED CLASS 
Saturday, September 14 at 9:00 am

 

This class will provide certification from the American Heart Association and will teach life saving skills for infants, children and adults and how to use our Automated External Defibrillator (AED).  The class size is limited to 16 people.  The sign-up sheet is in the narthex.

Please Note

Vestry Meeting this Wednesday, September 11 at 7:00 pm.

 

Lunch Bunch will meet Thursday, September 12 at 11:30 am at Salvatore's, 12801 E US Hwy 40 in Independence.


Chili Cookoff and Dessert Auction on Saturday, September 28 at 5:30 pm.

Garden Angels needed to help maintain our flower garden and grounds. Please contact Gabe Conn to assist.
Necessity Pantry: Needed items include disposable razors, toothpaste and brushes, men's and Put This on Your Calendar women's deodorant, canned soup, cereals, feminine depends and pads S-M-L sizes and seasonal clothing.  Monetary gifts are also gratefully accepted.   The pantry is also looking for volunteers on the 2nd Tuesday (4-6 pm) and the 3rd Saturday (10 am - noon) of each month.  Call Pat Carle to help.

Save Best Choice labels and Boxtops for Education
Please clip and save Best Choice brand UPC labels and the Boxtops for Education for Resurrection.  Collection containers are located in the Narthex.

Bible Study every Wednesday afternoon at 1 pm in the Undercroft.