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

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Thursday, February 4, 2021

Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2021.
One service only at 10:30 am (live streamed)
The Rev. Doug Johnson, Guest Celebrant


Resurrection will host in-person services this Sunday.
COVID precautions will be observed with a face mask required. 
Annual Meeting held last Sunday
NEW VESTRY MEMBERS ELECTED.
Annual Meeting
The Annual Meeting was held on Sunday, January 31.

Congratulations to Diane Gerlach, Joe Owen and Jan Pahlas, who will join the Vestry immediately, and replace retiring members John Biggs, Arla Simpson, and Elaine Marshall (who filled the remainder of Jim Whitaker's term.)  Bill Carle was named Senior Warden by Fr. Lynch, replacing John Biggs.

Many thanks to all for your service to the Church!  

Condolences
WILLIAM ("BILL") F. LYNCH, JR. 
William F. Lynch Jr. (Bill), brother of our Rector, Fr. David Lynch+, passed into God's loving care on January 21, 2021.  One of three siblings born to William F. Lynch Sr. and Olive Jean Lynch of Flint MI, Bill follows both his parents and older brother James Oliver Lynch in death.  Bill is also preceded in death by his wife Sharon of 39 years. Those remaining in his legacy are his younger William Lynch_ Jr. brother, David Lynch of Lee's Summit, MO. and his daughter Anna Jean Lynch and grandchildren, William, Daniel, David and Thomas.  Bill celebrated his life with his wife who had two children, Grant and Roxanne Osterman, with grandchildren Tyra, Taylor, Bristine and Victoria, James and Vince respectively.  Bill graduated from Flint Northern High School and completed 2 years of college at Flint Junior College.  He worked for General Motors for 43 years. With his family, he enjoyed camping and fishing and other outdoor activities.  Bill was a gun enthusiast and enjoyed large game hunting.  Bill and Sharon spent most of their retirement days traveling to Florida and taking time to experience several cruises. He enjoyed motorcycles and sports cars and enjoyed working on them. Bill was a kind and generous person and always willing to help someone who needed the assistance he could provide. Both people of God, Bill came to his faith with Sharon. May his soul and all the departed rest in peace.


DAVID G. JOHNSON.
David G. Johnson, age 72, of Jefferson City, MO, brother of Father Doug Johnson+, passed away on February, 2, 2021.  He is survived by his wife Janie; his siblings, five children, grandchildren, great-grandchild Knox; and extended family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Grace Episcopal Church in Jefferson City or Compassus Hospice and Palliative Care.
Announcements
LOOKING FORWARD.

FR. DAVID+ AND DEBBIE MOVE TO NEW HOME
Congratulations to Fr. David and Debbie on the purchase of their new home in Lee's Summit.  The Lynch's new address is 608 SW Benjamin Place; Lee's Summit, MO  64081.

THE RETURN OF BIBLE STUDY
Bible Study Bible study will now restart on Wednesday, February 10, at 1:00 pm both at church and via ZOOM due to Fr. David being absent this week due to the death of his brother.. We look forward to this fellowship as we continue to observe COVID guidelines and gather via electronic means.


Meeting ID: 976 6873 2072     Passcode: 794043 

PREPARATIONS FOR LENT
As we approach the season of Lent, we will plan on how to celebrate Ash Wednesday and the offerings during Holy Week. With support from the Diocese, We hope to have ideas and resources to make our experiences meaningful in this time of pandemic. More information to come in the following weeks.

COVID IN-PERSON GUIDELINES
  • Upon entry, ushers will ask if you have any symptoms of illness including fever, chills, coughing and any history of recent illness. It is very important that you DO NOT attend church if you feel ill or know that you have been exposed to COVID or any other serious illness.
  • Ushers will check your name against a directory roster and newcomers and visitors will be asked to provide their names and phone numbers upon entry. There will be no guest book or prayer sheet to sign.
  • Masks will be required at all times while in the church building.
  • Hand sanitizer, facial tissue and some masks will be provided.
  • Seating will be in every other pew and social distancing at least 6 feet apart. Families may sit together.
  • Congregational singing will not be allowed.  There will be no hymnals in the pews for use.
  • Prayer books will be provided and will be located in the back pews. After the service, prayer books should be placed in the big basket located in the narthex when leaving.
  • Communion of both kinds will be available in individual chalices and distributed by the priest.  Please discard these used chalice packets in the trash when leaving.
Altar Flowers sign-up
DONATION OF $35 PER WEEK REQUESTED.
Altar Flowers
If you would like to contribute to the beauty of our worship space this new year by contributing altar flowers, please e-mail Elaine Gilligan with the Sunday date(s) you would like to give flowers and any dedication, honor, or memory you would like included.

Giving a flower donation for the Glory of God is always appropriate.  You can also sign-up in the Narthex. 
Monday Matters - RenewalWorks
FROM REV. JAY SIDEBOTHAM +.
Monday Matters Column dated  February 1, 2021

We have not loved you with our whole heart...-from the Confession
 
The Rev. Jay Sidebotham _
Purity of heart is to will one thing.  -Soren Kierkegaard
 
Philippians 3:10-14
I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the sharing of his sufferings by becoming like him in his death, if somehow I may attain the resurrection from the dead. Not that I have already obtained this or have already reached the goal; but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. Beloved I do not consider that I have made it my own but this one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus. 
 
Psalm 139:1-6
O Lord, you have searched me and known me.
You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from far away.
You search out my path and my lying down, and are acquainted with all my ways.
Even before a word is on my tongue, O Lord, you know it completely.
You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is so high that I cannot attain it.

Create in me a clean heart

I've been blessed over the years, in service in churches, to follow clergy who provided great foundation for work I felt called to do. Even after they left, they continued to be my teachers. There was always the challenge of big shoes to fill, but always a gift to follow folks who knew what they were doing. At the church where I served in the diocese of Chicago, I followed two folks who went on to be bishops (bless their hearts). Two fine people. Two faithful priests. Two gifted leaders.

George Councell went on to be Bishop of New Jersey. He left a great legacy, including this wonderful line applied when he was raising money for a new neighboring Hispanic community. He told the congregation; "The good news is we have the money. The bad news is, it's still in your pockets." He knew the tensions we all live with, God and mammon tugging at us. I've used that line shamelessly. Feel free to borrow it if you need it.

Alan Gates followed George, and went on to become Bishop of Massachusetts. He left this bit of teaching, passed on by many in the congregation. He repeatedly told groups: "I never met a motive that wasn't mixed." I've used that shamelessly as well, not only in official capacity but in reflection on my own spiritual journey.

I thought of mixed motive when I recently read Psalm 51, which we'll hear in a couple weeks as part of the Ash Wednesday liturgy. The verse that struck me and prompted me to remember Alan Gates' line comes from that psalm: Create in me a clean heart and renew a right spirit within me.

That psalm is by tradition attributed to King David, simultaneously faithful king and sketchy creep. He's not alone in scripture in that complex portrait. Abraham and Sarah, parents of faith, had shining moments of faithfulness but also engaged in duplicitous motives less than pure. St. Paul wrote letters speaking of his own embrace of grace. But if you read between the lines, it's hard not to get the impression that he thought he was something kind of special. Jesus spoke to Pharisees and said: "This people honors me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me." For me, one of the most stirring biblical examples of this dynamic is the nameless man described in the gospels (see Mark 9) whose son is in need of Jesus' healing power. Jesus asks if the man believes. The man responds: "Lord I believe. Help my unbelief." Ever feel like that?

In the history of the church, Augustine (famous for his ambivalent prayer: Give me chastity but not yet.) spoke of the church as corpus per mixtum. Wheat and weeds living side by side. That may be true of the church. That may be true of our hearts. Maybe that's what Martin Luther had in mind when he said that we are saints and sinners at the same time. You get the picture. So what do we do about it?

Contending with mixed motives, we begin by admitting they are there, as if we could pretend otherwise.

Then we decide that purity of heart is a worthwhile objective. It's entirely possible we are happy to live with the ambivalence. My own heart is a smorgasbord of motives, love and resentment and retribution and people-pleasing and assorted visions of success.

Recognizing all that, a movement toward purity of heart (a work in progress) is captured in the call to love God with all of our being and to love neighbor as self. While there's not a day in my life that I do that fully, my prayer is that I can move in the direction, with aspiration for love as my sole guide.

So we ask for a clean heart. We can't do this on our own. A movement toward purity of heart is something God does in us. If it ever happens, it will indeed be a miracle, a grace. If it ever happens, maybe that will be heaven. Maybe this week, you can take a step in that direction.

Jesus said in the Sermon on the Mount: Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
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