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

Friday, September 11, 2020

* In-person services at 8:00 and 10:30 am
* Only the 10:30 am service will be broadcast

Sunday, September 13, 2020
Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Madonna of Mercy
Madonna of Mercy

Holy Eucharist Rite I at 8:00 am in-person
Holy Eucharist Rite II at 10:30 am in-person or on-line

Social distancing and masks required.

Virtual Coffee Hour at Noon on Zoom
Meeting ID:  983 6979 4971
Password:   536310


Reopening the Church
The logistics and requirements that we must follow as we worship in church together again are as follows:
  • 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. Additional seating is available in the undercroft where an overflow of congregates can watch lthe service broadcast live. The priest will go to the undercroft to offer communion to those gathered there.
  • Congregational singing will not be allowed (but you may hum with your mask on!)
  • There will be no hymnals in the pews for use.
  • Those who have their own Books of Common Prayer or can access it on their electronic devices are encouraged to bring them to church for personal 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.
  • Bulletins will not be recycled. Please take them home or deposit them in the trash.
  • 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.
  • Thank you for your offering. Please leave your gift in the offering plate at the back of the nave.
  • Go in peace to love and serve the Lord!!
From Fr. David+
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Baptism of Sawyer Gray Conn
Saturday, September 12 will be a day of celebration for our parish as we provide a liturgy of baptism for Sawyer Gray Conn, granddaughter to Gabe and Rich Conn in a family service beginning at 2:00 pm.  In order to follow the pandemic guidelines, this service will be for the Conn family only and will be presented outside if the weather cooperates. I ask your prayers for Sawyer and her family as she makes the decision to be baptized into the Christian faith.

Remembering Cosmo "Chuck" Sprofera on Saturday, Sept. 12
Cosmo On Saturday, September 12, at 4:00 pm we will offer a "Celebration of Life" liturgy. The church will open and all precautions will be taken to protect parishioners, family and friends as we pay our respects and give thanks for Cosmo's life and legacies. In order to maintain safety, social distancing, the wearing of masks, and the use of the undercroft for overflow congregating will take place. Unfortunately, there will be no visitation or parish fellowship before or after this celebration of life service. Your prayers are requested for Brenda and all of Cosmo's family as they mourn Chuck's death. The service is open to all parishioners who feel comfortable attending in-person worship.

Lay Liturgical Ministers Needed
We are looking to grow our ministry of broadcasting the daily office by using liturgical leaders who would be willing to lead Morning, Noon Day and Evening Prayer.  If you are interested in serving in this ministry and learning the logistics, I am gladly willing to develop you into that ministry. Please contact me if you are interested in serving!
We will never forget.

Today is the 19th year of remembrance of the tragedies of September 11, 2001. Most us who were of age to comprehend the magnitude of that day will never forget it. It is important for us to remember events in our lives that changed the world, especially in such ways as these horrific events. 

We take the time to remember and honor the nearly 3,000 people who were killed. We join with people across the globe in remembering the victims of 9/11. Those who were lost will never be forgotten. We continue to pray for guidance, wisdom, and protection for the men and women in uniform who fight each day to guard the world against terrorism, and we pray for the families whose loved ones were lost nineteen years ago.

Loving God, you inspire us with love for all creation. Give us today the strength and courage to transform the compassion of our hearts into acts of peace, mercy, and justice. Forgive us for the arrogance that leads to moral blindness, for desires for vengeance and retaliation and for willingness to sacrifice others for our own security.

Empower us to shape a world marked by ways of life that lead to justice and peace. Fashion in us a people who are more ready to grow in understanding than eager to judge those who are different from us. Form us, a people determined to heal wounds rather than inflict them. We ask all of this in the name of Jesus who came among us to show us the way.  Amen
Monday Matters - RenewalWorks
Remembering Labor Day

Renewal Works
Labor Day is one of the few secular holidays finding its way into the liturgical calendar (along with Independence Day and Thanksgiving). Prayers and readings have been chosen to help us think about our labor, our efforts, our work, our ministry in the place to which God has brought us.
We often say that praying shapes our believing. What we pray molds our attitudes. Prayers also guide our actions. In this time of considerable coincident crises, contending with threats to health, a depleted economy and urgent racial reckoning, the collect for Labor Day, included above, has a lot to say. We ask for guidance in the work we do. We ask to be made mindful of the rightful aspirations of other workers and to arouse our concern for those who are out of work. It says we're in this together.

A political season can trigger (heated) debate about best ways to respond to the challenges we face. But the fact that Labor Day is a feast of the church, finding its place in the liturgical calendar, means that this is not simply a matter of politics. It's something we do as part of the Jesus movement, part of the way of love. It's something we do as people of faith, as disciples. That prompts a few questions to think about in the spare time provided on this holiday (not to mention time provided by sheltering in place).

First, the prayer notes that our lives are linked one with another. Whatever work we're given to do, for pay or as volunteers, is meant for the common good. So let me ask: In what way do you see your life linked to all those who might be struggling these days, with issues of health or economics or race relations? Spend some quiet time asking God to show you that linkage. How will your efforts be dedicated to the common good?

Second, on this day, we hear a portion of a letter from St. Paul (again included above), writing to the Corinthian church. He compares their lives, as individuals and as a community, to a construction project. He talks about their labor in building. He asks them to think about the foundation on which they build. So let me ask: As you think about the life you are building, what's the foundation? What does it mean to you to build on the foundation that is Jesus Christ? What about Jesus is foundational for you?

Finally, on this day, we're invited to read an excerpt from the Sermon on the Mount (again, see above). Jesus challenges his listeners to think about what they value, what they treasure. In words that always make me stop and think, words we hear on Ash Wednesday, he tells them: Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. That verse prompted one of the desert fathers to issue this related challenge: Do not give your heart to that which does not satisfy your heart. So let me ask: Where are you giving your heart these days? In the quiet of this Labor Day, think about what it is you treasure. What are the ways that we can treasure, we can value and honor the common good, the whole human family?

The times in which we live can drive us into isolated corners. The politics of the day encourage tribalism and division. It's often hard to see the common good. Jesus calls us to another way, the way of love. How do you hear that call on this holiday, this holy day?

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