The Episcopal Church
of the Resurrection
1433 NW R.D. Mize Road, Blue Springs, MO
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March 27, 2021
Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday
March 28, 2021

Holy Eucharist Rite I at 8:00 am

Holy Eucharist Rite II at 10:30 am
Resurrection will host in-person services this Sunday. COVID precautions will be observed with a face mask required. All services also live-streamed.

Live streaming participants please have some greenery to be virtually blessed in place of palm branches. Blessed palms will also be available for pick-up after the 8:00 am Palm Sunday service outside the parking lot door.


Holy Week Schedule












(all services in-person and live streamed)

Palm Sunday and Blessing of the Palms: 8:00 and 10:30 am
Holy Monday: Morning Prayer online only at 10:00 am
Holy Tuesday: Morning Prayer online only at 10:00 am
Holy Wednesday: Tenebrae at 7:00 pm
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.
Lectors and Acolytes 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

We also need volunteers during Holy Week on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings beginning at 6:30 pm and Easter morning beginning at 10:00 am for all ministry positions: torch bearers, crucifers, banner carriers, thurifers and readers.
Easter Flowers
BEAUTIFY OUR WORSHIP SPACE

Help decorate and beautify our worship space by contributing to the Easter Flower Fund.

Please note Easter Flowers on the memo line of your check or on an envelope with your donation. Your name will be included in the bulletin on Easter Day!
 
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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From Fr. David+
Fr. David Lynch picture
THE FIFTH WEEK OF LENT

Through this week, we come into the end of Lent. We ask more and more deeply to be with and like Jesus. We desire to celebrate the approaching mystery of our salvation with greater freedom and greater joy.

Each day's gospel will now be from the Gospel according to John. We cannot avoid the feeling of being in a court room for a grand trial. There are "witnesses" and "testimony." It is a battle between the forces of Darkness and the Light. The opposition to Jesus mounts. It is inevitable that he will be killed. But, we know that the ultimate Judgment in the trial is against Sin and Death. We grow in gratitude and grace as we experience more deeply that this is all "for us."

What if I'm at the this point of Lent and not much is going on?
I began with the best of intentions, but I am not sure what I'm doing or what I want to be doing. Can my Lent be 'rescued"? Can a six-week journey be completed in the remaining next two or three weeks - waiting for my heart to be open? Of course, the answer is “yes.” It doesn't take long for God, when we are ready.

How to begin again
The first step to beginning again has already begun if I have the desire for something real during Lent. A therapist once said that "we get better when we get tired of not being better." This isn't the same as "guilt." Feeling guilty for not doing much about Lent won't get us very far. What we need is a real desire - a real sense of expectation that God has something for me to hear, to learn, to change, and I want to be ready to listen.
This desire can co-exist with fear, with resistance, with bad habits that have been obstacles in the past. God doesn't need much of an opening to begin to free us and show us a transforming love.

A little desire is enough to shape deeper desires.
Once we can say we want to make something of these precious days remaining in Lent, then we can start naming some more specific desires.

For some of us, it is obvious. There is a big, glaring self-defeating pattern staring us in the face. Most of the time, however, it takes a little reflection, a bit of honest examination of conscience to really see what is getting in the way of my being a follower of Jesus.
After some reflection, I might admit that there is a streak of stubbornness or impatience or harshness that keeps putting me at odds with people. Perhaps there is an old wound or a fresh experience of hurt or loss that has turned into a festering anger that robs me of simple joys and sorrows or compassion for suffering of others. Maybe I am obsessed with how I look - how others see me - and my choices each day are guided by what will make other people like me, and my mood each day goes up and down depending upon people's response to me. I might somehow know that I'm compensating for some emptiness or loneliness or sadness or insecurity by trying to fill in what is missing with quite temporary satisfaction. Perhaps I know that my conflicts with other people cause me to feel insecure, angry, spiteful and even hateful. And, maybe a homily or something I read recently made me realize that I really have not paid attention to the needs of the poor - and perhaps I've even taken stands against issues and people who stand on the side of the poor. After some reflection, I may just realize I'm not very grateful for what has been given me, and therefore, I'm just not very happy, generous or free.

Lent continues when I can say "Help me Lord!"
Now I can turn to the Lord, with some real, concrete desires. Now I can practice waking up each morning and naming a desire - while I'm putting on my slippers or taking a shower or getting dressed: "Lord, it feels so good to be honest with myself before you. Let me know your presence today. Help me face the challenges that will be there today. Give me some more freedom to make different choices, and act on the graces you are giving me, to refrain from escaping, but rather to give myself to loving, as you have loved me." Imagine all the different prayers like that - one minute long - that would shape our day! With these desires to let God's grace transform me, then I can pause before going to bed each night, and look back through the day to thank God for the places I felt God's presence and God’s help.

Focusing Lent with a Plan
If we have a plan, we are more likely to follow it. That plan can have the following elements, which will give real purpose in vitality to our Lenten experience.

What am I going to give up or take on each day?
  • This is something I need to fast from, abstain from every day. For most of us it means that whenever we feel the temptation to do something that is a bad pattern, we will recognize it quickly and refrain from doing it. It is basically training in self-discipline, for the purpose of letting God’s grace have a chance to work in us. So, if being crabby or impatient with various people throughout my day is my struggle, then each morning I can ask for the grace to give that up today. And I can practice some response that will replace it. Perhaps I will try to see the other person the way God sees him/her. Perhaps I will imagine some pain or struggle or insecurity that could be the reason that they are annoying me. Perhaps I just need to say something affirming or complementary to the person. Or, if I’m tempted to escape in fantasy throughout the day, I can ask for the grace each morning to live with and embrace the real human beings I live with today. I can even take on new things to relate to God whether it be in reading scripture, engaging a devotional, or just taking the time to be quiet and listen to God.

How can I be generous today?
  • Alms giving has been such an important part of Lent. For most of us it involves being more generous to the poor. For some of us, it will mean giving money to the poor for the first time. For others, this may be the time for me to prepare food for a meal program in my city. For some of us, it could mean deciding some simplifying of our food patterns or entertainment and giving that amount of money saved each week to the poor. It is again, all about, de-selfishing ourselves, so that God can free us to be more comfortable with the graces of gratitude and generosity. Giving money is not the only thing that we can do to be generous. Giving of yourself may be more wonderfully received as you make a personal contribution to relationships, fellowship and jut being a friend, a smiling face a bearer of some hospitality.

Let’s give Lent a new perspective in the days ahead. God is offering us more than we can ask or imagine.
Renewal Works - Monday Matters
FROM FR. JAY SIDEBOTHAM +
Column dated March 22, 2021

Matthew 1:18-20, 24
Now the birth of Jesus the Messiah took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. Her husband Joseph, being a righteous man and unwilling to expose her to public disgrace, planned to dismiss her quietly. But just when he had resolved to do this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, for the child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. …
When Joseph awoke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him; he took her as his wife.
 
Luke 1:26-38
In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. And he came to her and said, “Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you.” But she was much perplexed by his words and pondered what sort of greeting this might be. The angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And now, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you will name him Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his ancestor David. He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.” Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I am a virgin?” The angel said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be holy; he will be called Son of God. And now, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son; and this is the sixth month for her who was said to be barren. For nothing will be impossible with God.” Then Mary said, “Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.”

Fa la la la la la la la Lent
We’re almost at Holy Week. We’re nearing the end of the journey through Lent. Covid persists. So what do we do now? We talk about Christmas.

Today we are halfway between two important feasts having to do with Jesus’ birth. Last Friday, we observed the feast of St. Joseph, when an angel informs Joseph that his betrothed will have a son. This coming Thursday, we observe the feast of the Annunciation, when an angel tells Mary she is with child. What do stories of the beginning of Jesus’ life have to do with Lent? How do they inform our understanding of Jesus’ last days? What do Joseph and Mary have to teach us that applies to our lives in this week at the end of March?

I often think of Joseph as the person for whom they crafted the saying: Life is what happens instead of what we plan. He was going to marry Mary. Change of plans. He had to travel to Bethlehem. Change of plans. He needed a hotel room. Change of plans. He had to flee Bethlehem. Change of plans. Again and again, Joseph said yes, even though it meant shame in his community, snickering and gossip, even though it meant taking his family into exile, eluding terrors of a tyrant, even though it meant giving up his plans. It was not the path of least resistance. No one would have blamed him if he had dismissed Mary quietly and gone back to his table-saw.

When I think of Mary, I wonder if she had a choice. I wonder if the angel asked other young girls before the angel got to Mary’s house. Mary said yes, even though it may have scandalized her family and friends, even though Simeon warned that a sword would go through her heart. It was not the path of least resistance. No one would have blamed her if she had told the angel “Thanks but no thanks.”

Yesterday in church, we read from John’s gospel. Jesus seems to know what is coming with his imminent arrest, abandonment, torture and execution. He prays that the events we observe in Holy Week might be avoided. But then he chose the way of the cross and transformed it into a way of life. It was not the path of least resistance.

What do Mary and Joseph have for us in the closing days of Lent? They give us a hint of what is coming in the story of Jesus. They let us know that saying yes to God is not the easy path. As Jesus told his disciples: If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.” (Mark 8:34). The story of Jesus, from birth to death reflects the cost of discipleship. The story of the Bible, from Genesis to the book of Revelation, reflects the cost of faithfulness.

Have you had any experiences that reflect this dynamic? Has your faith journey been relatively cost-free? Has it cost a lot? What do you think Jesus meant when he told followers to take up their cross? What would that mean in your life this week?

Holy Week offers an annual opportunity to see the way of the cross as the way of life. It’s an opportunity that came with Jesus’ birth and continued until those hours when he stretched out arms of love on the hard wood of the cross to draw us all into his saving embrace. Ask God this week in preparation for these holy days to show you how best to travel that way.

Emergency Preparedness
Severe Weather Awareness
SEVERE WEATHER REMINDERS

Please be conscious and aware of warnings for severe weather. If you do not have a weather radio or your phone doesn't have a weather app, you should consider getting one. The recent tornado outbreak is a good reminder that we all need to be prepared for weather emergencies. Visit www.ready.gov for in-depth planning and resource information.

Do you know there are two weather radios in the church and where they are located?
Do you know the church has an AED and First kits?
Do you know there are designated sheltering areas in the undercroft?
Do you know where all the fire extinguishers are located in the church?
Do you know where the exits are and how to evacuate from any area in the church?

All of the answers to these questions can be identified in several ways:
1.     Check out the parish Emergency Plan found on the parish webpage under the top menu bar labeled “connect” then “forms and documents”. Here you will find our plans for dealing with emergencies and inclement weather OR Click Here.
2.     Take a field trip around the church with your family and find the items listed above. Knowledge is power to help you when you “need to know”, especially during an emergency.
3.     Ask a Vestry member or Fr. David