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

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Thursday, December 3, 2020

Sunday Services on-line only
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2020
Second Sunday of Advent
Second Sunday of Advent

Holy Eucharist Rite I at 8:00 am
Holy Eucharist Rite II at 10:30 am

- Both services broadcast on-line on

Due to COVID, our Parish has returned to only
on-line services until further notice. 
From Father David Lynch+
IN THANKSGIVING.
Fr. David Lynch_
Dear Friends in Christ,

My prayer for all of you is that you were aware of your blessings on Thanksgiving and knew the presence of God in your life even while we are doing things differently and living in ways we are not used to living them. I really missed the traditional Thanksgiving Day festivities, and the expectation of many beautiful, crowded worship services to come through the holiday season of Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany. However, many things have changed, plan to keep many things on your calendar in 2020 and 2021.

Traditional Episcopal worship with your parish family at Resurrection this year still includes:

Taking care of families in need in our community.
The lighting of candles on the Advent Wreath.
Special services offering Advent Lessons and Carols.
Receiving Holy Eucharist at Resurrection on Christmas Eve.
The service of Christmas Lessons and Carols.
Music offered by the musicians of the parish.
The beauty of our worship space and the holiness of the season.
Sharing our abundance with the hungry through the Community Services League and pantries.
 
While we are on the one hand concerned with our own traditions, spiritual nurture, and location of worship, we have even more with which to consume ourselves this holiday season. Due to the extraordinary circumstances in the world with a spreading virus and pressures on the economy, many people are without their basic necessities. So, on the other hand, the compassion of Christ incarnate in each of us calls us to do what we can for people who are hungry and in need. As you consider your resources and giving impulses at the end of the year, please hold in your prayers and foremost in your thoughts, the needs of others.


HOPE - LOVE - JOY - PEACE.

Celebrating Advent These are the themes of the season as we wait for the feast of the coming of the Lord. Our new liturgical year began last weekend with the First Sunday of Advent (Hope). This year follows the lectionary cycle "B" which focuses on the Gospel of Mark for many of our gospel lessons this year


PRAYER LISTS AND THE NEW YEAR.

As we begin a new year, we make use of our season of hope believing that our prayers have borne good fruit. The prayer list located on our webpage and the listing of names in our church directory serve as great resources for praying for all our parishioners. We also take this opportunity to refresh your memory about our parish prayer list. The most up-to-date parish prayer list appears on the parish website at https://www.episcopal-bluesprings.org/prayer-request

Prayer Requests All members of our community are asked to pray for everyone on our prayer list. Please call 816-228-422 or e-mail the rector@episcopal-bluesprings.org or ECORPrayers@att.net to share your prayers of thanksgiving (births, weddings, new jobs, anniversaries, etc.), to notify us that you have a loved one serving in the military, to share that someone you love is suffering, or to tell us that someone has died. The congregation longs to stand with you in your grief and offer support.

Note that we usually leave names on these lists for several weeks. We would very much appreciate your help with notice when names can be moved from prayers for the sick and suffering to prayers for thanksgiving [for healing]. You may also email your pastoral joys and concerns to Fr. David.  Please pray for our parish, for spiritual journey, and for our shared ministry to share the love of God with the world.


THANK YOU AND REMEMBER YOUR PLEDGE.

Thanks to all of you who have returned your estimates of giving for 2021. We are so grateful for your generosity! If you haven't returned your completed pledge yet, you are invited to do so and we will receive it with tremendous gratitude. Completing your 2020 pledge is important too. Thanks for the way you show your love for the church, the people of Resurrection, and for God!!
Pledge cards due this Sunday, December 6
STEWARDSHIP CAMPAIGN ENDS SOON.
Faith Filled Generosity


This year's campaign is titled Faith Filled Generosity.  Generosity is inspired by our faith and how we are formed and led into relationship with each other.  It determines how we share our gifts with the world.

How will you discover and use the gifts you have been given to help our church? How will you hear the Gospel call to seek and serve Christ in all people?  We are the stewards of God's manifold grace because we give to the world from what we have received.

Note: Your 2020 contribution statement will be provided in January, 2021.  If you would like to know where your current giving stands for 2020 and/or your 2020 pledge amount, please  e-mail the Treasurer.
Movie Night
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 11 AT 7:00 PM
Movie Night
Extraordinary times calls for extraordinary planning and sharing. Because of COVID-19 restrictions and the need to be out of contact with others, we will celebrate a movie night together via ZOOM on Friday, December 11 at 7:00 pm. The address to log in to this ZOOM gathering is:

Meeting ID: 935 7381 6039
Passcode: 677345
Advent Retreat Day
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 19.
Advent Retreat Fr. David will present an Advent retreat time with prayer and Advent themes on Saturday, December 19 from 10:00 am to Noon, ending with Noon Day prayer via ZOOM.

This will be a time to contemplate the readiness for coming of Christ, the intention of Advent for all personally and a time of prayer.  Materials will be shared in the presentation.  Please invite others!
 
Meeting ID: 960 1845 5927
Passcode: 361117
CSL Outreach
LAST CALL FOR GIFT CARDS.
Due to COVID, Resurrection will not have our Christmas gift tree this year to benefit the Blue CSL Springs Community Services League (CSL).  Instead, we will be collecting only gift cards and money to contribute to the CSL Christmas event.  CSL will then distribute the gift cards to parents so they may pick out appropriate gifts safely.

If you wish to donate money, please indicate on the memo line of your check or offering envelope the amount you designate as "CSL Christmas gift".  We will use those funds to buy gift cards.  If you would prefer to buy your own gift cards, CSL is requesting them in increments of $10, $20 and $25 from Walmart, Target, Old Navy, or Kohls only.

You can place your gift of money or gift cards in the offering plate or drop it in the black locked pledge box outside the downstairs entrance or simply mail it to the church.   We must receive your gifts by December 7.    Thank you for your support of this worthy Christmas event!  
Nominations for Vestry open
THREE TO BE ELECTED IN JANUARY.
Vestry
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 contact Gabe Conn, Dr. Tess Garcia or David Hensen for information or to express your willingness to serve.
Monday Matters - RenewalWorks
FROM REV. JAY SIDEBOTHAM +.
Renewal Works
The Collect for the First Sunday in Advent:  Almighty God, give us grace to cast away the works of darkness, and put on the armor of light, now in the time of this mortal life in which your Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; that in the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious majesty to judge both the living and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal; through him who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
 
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.  -Romans 15:13 New Revised Standard Version
 
Oh! May the God of green hope fill you up with joy, fill you up with peace, so that your believing lives, filled with the life-giving energy of the Holy Spirit, will brim over with hope!  -Romans 15:13  The Message
 
But I know, somehow, that only when it is dark enough can you see the stars.  - Martin Luther King, Jr.
 
The very least you can do in your life is figure out what you hope for. And the most you can do is live inside that hope. Not admire it from a distance but live right in it, under its roof.  - Barbara Kingsolver
 
Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, whispering 'it will be happier'.  - Alfred Lord Tennyson


Hope

When I was in seminary, our New Testament professor gave us this assignment: Write a parable. Sound simple? Try it some time. It's harder than you might think. As if we needed it, it helps us recognize Jesus' genius. I wrote a few really bad ones. I wrote one about Advent, which I often bring out at this time of year. Actually, like many good stories, it sort of wrote itself. Sorry if you've heard it before. It goes like this.

The experience of Advent is like unto that season in my life when I commuted from the suburbs into Manhattan. That daily trek involved a train ride, on tracks that ran along the Hudson River. In winter, commuting took place in darkness. Seasoned commuters gathered on the platform, clustered in precise intervals, knowing exactly where the doors on the train would open. It seemed to be a law of the universe that the colder and windier the morning, the longer the train was delayed. Delay happened often. Sometimes the train didn't show up at all, which led to a scramble for other ways to get to work. One could never predict. So standing in our clusters on those dark, chilly mornings, anxiety could be high. We would look up the train track, craning to see far into the distance. And waiting.

And then one could see the tiniest bit of light on the track. So very faint. But that first, little bit of light changed everything. For me, there was a sigh of relief. Don't get me wrong. I was still cold. The wind penetrated. I was not yet on the train. But I knew that soon and very soon it would arrive. That bit of light, perhaps comparable to the first candle lit on an Advent wreath, changed everything. It changed not only my expectation of the future, but also the way I navigated the present dark, anxious, chilly moment until the train arrived.

I'm wondering how you might see that parable at work in the world. Maybe we witness it now, with the promise of a COVID vaccine. It's not here yet, but as leaders have told us, there is light at the end of the tunnel. That small glimmer, yet unrealized, changes how we act now. I don't know about you, but it has diminished my Corona-fatigue. It's also encouraged me to keep doing the things (as annoying as they are) that mitigate spread. It's made me take to heart the admonitions that what we do now is an expression of love of neighbor. The medical hope for the future changes how I live now.

That is the deal with Advent, as far as I can tell. It is a season focused on hope. That doesn't mean we just sit around in a holding pattern. It means we conduct our lives right now, this Monday, confident in the promises of Christ's coming, signified in that manger, but also arriving in each of our hearts, in each of our encounters, in each of our responses to a world in need, in our communities, in our big and beautiful and broken world.

At the church where I am presently privileged to serve, our focus this season is on everyday hope. We're asking folks to consider ways that hope can shape our thoughts, words and deeds right now, in the midst of considerable coincident crises. Wherever you find yourself as Advent begins, you might want to consider the ways that you can hold on to hope. And as you're doing all that, play the 1965 Curtis Mayfield hit, a great Advent hymn, which has this refrain:

People get ready. There's a train a-coming. You don't need no baggage. You just get on board. All you need is faith. To hear the diesels humming. You don't need no ticket. You just thank the Lord. So people get ready.
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