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

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Friday, October 16, 2020

Come to Church this Sunday
Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost
Parable of the Great Banquet
Brunswick Monogrammist. Parable of the Great Banquet, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville TN

Holy Eucharist Rite I at 8:00 am
- Service in-person only (not broadcast)

Holy Eucharist Rite II at 10:30 am
- Service in-person and also broadcast on-line on FaceBook Live or YouTube

Social distancing and masks required

Virtual Coffee Hour at Noon on Zoom
Click Here to Join          Meeting ID:  983 6979 4971       Password:   536310

Bonfire party and cookout October 17
Join fellow parishioners at the home of John and Joyce Biggs at 30404 Pink Hill Road in Grain Valley this Saturday, October 17, 2020 at 5:30 pm for an old fashioned bonfire with a picnic and cookout of hot dogs and s'mores.  Hot drinks will also be available.

Please bring your own lawn chairs, flashlights and blankets to keep warm.

Please contact Janet Woodward if you plan to attend and did not pre-register at 816-564-4000.
Trunk or Treat returns
Trunk or Treat
Join us in the church parking lot with your trunk decorated for Halloween on Saturday, October 31, from 4:00 - 6:00 pm.

Feel free to dress for the occasion and please bring a few bags of candy to hand out to the kids. There will be a gift card giveaway for the BEST decorated trunk. Let's grow our church community with this FUN outreach event! Invite children from your family and neighborhood.

Contact Sarah States with any questions 816-787-8214.  Let Sarah know you will participate with a decorated trunk. Please click here to RSVP.
From Fr. David +
After services this coming Sunday, I will once again travel to Michigan to be with and care for my brother Bill, who is suffering from end stages of COPD, emphysema and lymphoma.  Debbie and I so appreciate your prayers and best wishes.

This means that while I am gone, the Daily Office broadcasts on Facebook will be postponed until my return on Friday October 30.  As I have asked in previous newsletters, I am willing to coach others to lead these services and when I return will invite you to attend these broadcast services in person, for those interested in this ministry.  

Please pray for Father Doug Johnson as he will serve in my place on Sunday the 25th.  I am very grateful for his support and willingness to serve.  God's blessings and thanks,     Fr. David
Parish News
DOK to induct new members this Sunday
We will celebrate the induction of three new members to our parish's Daughters of the King (DOK) order this Sunday at the 10:30 am service. Ms. Carol Middleton, Ms. Nancy Linthicum and Ms.Marilyn Owen will be recognized in a joyous celebration.

Submit names for All Saints Sunday now
Because of our COVID limitations, collecting names for the acknowledgement of loved ones on All Saints Sunday, November 1, is more difficult this year.  Please e-mail or call Elaine Gilligan with your request or submit your names on our website using this link.

The work that never ends
Many thanks to the building and grounds workers who have been helping Jr. Warden Les Woodward and Gardening Angel's leader Gabe Conn for all the behind the scenes and prominent work being done outside and inside our parish.  Our ministries continue even in this pandemic.

Soccer team supports Resurrection
The group of trainers who have created the young peoples soccer program that meets at Resurrection regularly in the church yard, has given the parish a $3,000 gift from the proceeds of their recent golf fundraiser!  We are very grateful and appreciative for their support.
Nominations for Vestry open
Vestry members exercise leadership by example and participation both in the business and spiritual life of the parish. Persons standing for election to Vestry should regularly attend worship services and demonstrate faithful stewardship.  Vestry members must be committed to attend monthly Vestry meetings, participate in a Vestry retreat during the year and complete the Safeguarding God's Church training course on-line.

Please see Fr. David or Senior Warden John Biggs for information or to express your willingness to serve.
Monday Matters - RenewalWorks
Renewal Works
Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!   -Psalm 27:14

I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope; my soul waits for the Lord more than those who watch for the morning, 
-Psalm 130:5,6
Waiting is essential to the spiritual life. But waiting as a disciple of Jesus is not an empty waiting. It is a waiting with a promise in our hearts that makes already present what we are waiting for. We wait during Advent for the birth of Jesus. We wait after Easter for the coming of the Spirit, and after the ascension of Jesus we wait for his coming again in glory. We are always waiting, but it is a waiting in the conviction that we have already seen God's footsteps.  Waiting for God is an active, alert - yes, joyful - waiting. As we wait we remember him for whom we are waiting, and as we remember him we create a community ready to welcome him when he comes.   -Henri Nouwen

Patience       O Lord, give me patience and give it to me now.

I confess that has sometimes been the gist of my prayer (a variation on Augustine's prayer: Give me chastity, but not yet). Patience has been on my mind lately. Maybe yours as well.

These days, each morning I'm reading through the book of the Acts of the Apostles. I noticed this throw-away line. Towards the end of the book, Paul has been arrested in Jerusalem. He awaits a hearing, first with the local authorities and ultimately with Caesar in Rome. He has a hearing with one guy, who listens for a bit, seems to get bored and sends Paul away. It says Paul was sent away to prison for two years before the second hearing was held. Two years. How did he deal with that time of waiting? Didn't God realize there was important missionary work to be done?

The story of Moses in the book of Exodus tells us that after Moses had to flee Egypt, he went into the wilderness where he became a shepherd. A throw-away line tells us that he did that for forty years. I find myself wondering what Moses was thinking. What am I doing with this ancient near eastern ivy league education, hanging out for forty years, looking after livestock? Then one day he turned aside to converse with a burning bush. But not until the time was right.

Early in the gospel of Luke, we meet Simeon and Anna, two senior citizens who spent their lives in the temple, waiting to see the Messiah, waiting to see how God would act. Faithfully waiting. It sounds like they would have waited forever.

Waiting is a spiritual discipline. Patience is a spiritual virtue. We're talking fruits of the Spirit. To put it mildly, these days I need more of that virtue to live out that discipline. I suspect we all know about waiting. Waiting for a vaccine. Waiting for covid restrictions to lift. Waiting to get a call back after an interview. Waiting in line to vote. Waiting for a doctor's report. Waiting for an election season to pass. Waiting for a paycheck. Waiting for things to stop changing. Waiting for things to start changing.

So what does holy waiting look like? Henri Nouwen indicates that such waiting is not passive, but rather active (see quote above).

So what is that activity? I'll name five ideas, five that I work on. You can add others. I'd love to hear what they are:
  1. Gratitude: A recognition, a mindfulness of the goodness that is part of the present. Some people make daily lists of those things for which they are grateful. Maybe one thing. Maybe 5. Maybe 100. Some people write daily notes to people to whom they owe a debt of gratitude. There are a lot of ways to do that. When in doubt, recite the General Thanksgiving daily (p. 101 in the Prayer Book).
  2. Trust: an ability to live in the confidence that all will be well, that in the end all will be okay and if it's not okay it's not the end.
  3. Confession: Admit the pain of waiting is tough. If you need language for that, God gave us the psalms.
  4. Service: Why do we call a server in a restaurant a waiter?I'm not sure where that comes from but to me one of the ways to navigate my own impatience is to consider opportunities to be of help to someone, to be of service. Those opportunities surround us.
  5. Prayer: The discipline of waiting, the virtue of patience may only be realized with God's help. Fruits of the Spirit, not fruits of my own spiritual evolution or magnificence. The confession that the anxiety is getting to us, that we're not sure how to manage it, can open the door to deeper patience.
Waiting can be hard. We all have to do it. Thank God for God's help, claiming the wisdom of Isaiah who promised that those who wait on the Lord will renew their strength. They shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint. (Isaiah 40:13) Phew.
In-person worship guidelines
  • Ushers will ask if you have any symptoms or recent history of illness. Don't attend church if you feel ill or know you have been exposed to COVID or any other serious illness.
  • Newcomers and visitors will be asked to provide their names and phone numbers upon entry for possible contact tracing. There will be no guest book or prayer sheet to sign.
  • Masks will be required while in the church building.
  • Seating will be in every other pew with required social distancing at least 6 feet apart. COVID Guidelines
  • No congregational singing allowed.
  • Prayer books will be provided in the back pews for pick-up and use. After the service, return the prayer books in the big basket located in the Narthex.
  • Bulletins will not be recycled.
  • Communion of both kinds will be available in individual chalices distributed by the priest.  Please discard these used chalice packets in the trash when leaving.
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