Episcopal Church
of the Resurrection
1433 NW R.D. Mize Road
Blue Springs, Missouri  64015
(816) 228-4220
Saturday, September 21, 2019 St. Matthew
Prayer Request                                                      
Fr. Mark McGuire _

We welcome Fr. Mark to Resurrection this Sunday while Fr. Lynch attends Cursillo.
Next Saturday, September 28 at 5:30 pm

Chil Cook Off
Please join us next  Saturday, September 28 at
Pie Auction
5:30 pm  for a parish Chili Cook Off and Pie (baked goods) Auction.   Everyone who attends will be able to vote on their favorite chili with money  and the winner will get a prize The pies and baked goods will be auctioned off and the money given to the church.

Fr. David Lynch _
Remembering our Apostle Matthew
At the time that Jesus summoned him to follow Him, Matthew was a publican, that is, a tax-collector for the Romans. His profession was hateful to the Jews because it reminded them of their subjection; the publican, also, was regarded by the Pharisees as the typical sinner. St. Matthew is known to us principally as an Evangelist. He was the first to put down in writing our Lord's teaching and the account of His life. His Gospel was written in Aramaic, the language that our Lord Himself spoke.

No one was more shunned by the Jews than a publican, who was a Jew working for the Roman enemy by robbing his own people and making a large personal profit. Publicans were not allowed to trade, eat, or even pray with others Jews. One day, while seated at his table of books and money, Jesus looked at Matthew and said two words: "Follow me." This was all that was needed to make Matthew rise, leaving his pieces of silver to follow Christ. His original name, "Levi," in Hebrew signifies "Adhesion" while his new name in Christ, Matthew, means "Gift of God." The only other  outstanding mention of Matthew in the Gospels is the dinner party for Christ and His companions to which he invited his fellow tax-collectors. The Jews were surprised to see Jesus with a publican, but Jesus explained that he had come "not to call the just, but sinners."
St. Matthew is known to us principally as an Evangelist, with his Gospel being the first in the New Testament. His Gospel was written in Aramaic, the language that our Lord Himself spoke and was written to convince the Jews that their anticipated Messiah had come in the person of Jesus.
Not much else is known about Matthew. According to tradition, he preached in Egypt and Ethiopia and further places East. Some legends say he lived until his nineties, dying a peaceful death, others say he died a martyr's death.

In the traditional symbolization of the evangelists, based on Ezech. 1:5-10 and Rev. 4:6-7, the image of the winged man is accorded to Matthew because his Gospel begins with the human genealogy of Christ.

O God, who with untold mercy were pleased to choose as an Apostle Saint Matthew, the tax collector, grant that, sustained by his example and intercession, we may merit to hold firm in following you. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Blessing of the Animals
Saturday, October 5 at 10:00 am

Celebrate the Blessing of the Animals starting at 10:00 am in the church parking lot on Saturday, October 5.

This celebration has a long tradition in our church and follows the actions of St. Francis of Assisi.   Any pet is appropriate for blessings, from spiders to horses and all creatures in between.  Even a child's "stuffed pet" is welcome for blessings.  This event will also recognize the loss of a pet companion who is remembered and missed.

Furry Kids' Refuge, a local no-kill rescue organization, will be on hand to help us celebrate the day.  In support of this organization, attendees are encouraged to donate an item from their "wish list" ( click here to see).

This wonderful event is meant to be shared with our community.  Please invite others via Facebook and other social media. 
Classes presented after the 10:30 am service

Classes will continue on September 29 to learn more about the Episcopal Church, its tradition and history. Everyone is welcome.

Classes are presented in the Children's Sunday School room after the 10:30 service (12:00 pm). Sessions last approximately an hour and half until 1:30 pm.
Sept. 15                                  Introductions and Church History
Sept 29                                   Holy Scriptures / Holy Sacraments
Oct. 6                                      Book of Common Prayer/Episcopal Tradition
Oct 13                                     Liturgy and Worship and Music
Oct 20                                     Prayer and Meditation
Oct 27                                     Church Structure and Wrap Up
These classes are intended for all to participate.  Children ages 16 and above will be eligible for Confirmation following these classes.   Adults seeking to be confirmed or received will be eligible following these classes   Questions will be encouraged and discussion expected.   Hand out materials will be provided and taking notes is encouraged.  Refreshments will be provided
Confirmation/Reception is on  November 2, 2019 at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church in Raytown at 4:00 pm.
CAN SOMEONE HELP? can you help_
Special Request from a parishioner

Hi, Fr. David:
On Saturday of Labor Day weekend, my car's timing belt broke. And the radiator developed a small leak. And...well, that car is dead in the water. Actually, in a coma at my mechanic's parking lot. I'm looking at possible options to . . . keep my position as a . . .  I've been working in this position since last summer. I drive all over the Northland and even up to Maryville. The repairs will amount to nearly $3,000 so that's not my first option. It's not off the table, though, since the car is still viable otherwise.

Here's my request. Would you be willing to  . . .see if anyone might have a second or third car they would loan, lease or sell? I'm not sure how much I could pay but I'd be happy to negotiate if there's an able and willing car owner available. I'm throwing out my net and hoping a car will come up in it. 

. . . I thought that the more people could know, that one person might match up with what I'm trying to do. Anyone may call any time.

Please contact Fr. David if you can help.
Chili Cook-off and Dessert Auction  on Saturday, September 28 at 5:30 pm.

Blessing of the Animals on Saturday, October 5 at 10:00 am.

Garden Angels needed to help maintain our flower garden and grounds. Please contact Gabe Conn to assist.
Resurrection Outreach and Servant Ministry   pages are in the narthex. Please take time to take a sheet and identify a ministry that appeals to you and become a servant minister.

Necessity Pantry:    CANNED GOODS ARE NEEDED, including veggies such as corn, green beans and peas as well as fruits.   Put This on Your CalendarMonetary gifts are also gratefully accepted.   Last week Resurrection members donated $190. 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.