of the Resurrection
1433 NW R.D. Mize Road
Blue Springs, Missouri 64015
HEALING SERVICE WITH HOLY EUCHARIST THIS SUNDAY, MARCH 31, AT ALL THREE SERVICES
(8:00, 10:30 and 5:30)
ADULT FORUM WITH DR. BILL STANCIL
Continues this Sunday at 9:15 am
Join us this Sunday, March 31 for the conclusion of a special Lenten Adult Forum featuring
Dr. Bill Stancil
professor of theology and religious studies at Rockhurst University in Kansas City.
The forum will begin at 9:15 am in the undercroft. We will discuss the Gospel of John and the "I am" statements of Jesus.
A MESSAGE FROM FR. DAVID +
I give to you this message from Fr. Jay. I relate to this story, when as a seminarian trying to understand my call to ministry, I learned how to say "yes". Enjoy his perspective as it may relate to your journey this Lent.
Fr. David +
This morning, I'm thinking of a wonderful elderly parishioner, member of a church in which I served early in my ministry. A wordsmith, her wise insights were made all the more engaging because they were delivered with a beautiful Virginia accent. That woman could stretch out a simple word into a rich, melodic series of syllables. We talked often about liturgy and literature, but what I remember most was what she would say at the communion rail as she received the wafer in outstretched hands. Instead of saying "Amen" as many do, she simply said "Yes." But that sweet yes went on for a long time. "Yay-yeh-esssss" or something like that.
Mary, the mother of Jesus, said yes. We celebrated on Monday 3/25th the Feast of the Annunciation, recalling the story of the angel who visited the young girl who would become the mother of our Lord, theotokos, God bearer. The story from Luke's gospel is printed in the column on the left. While I rarely remember sermons (including my own), I do remember a sermon preached on the fourth Sunday of Advent years ago. The preacher posited that maybe the angel visited a few other Galilean homes, approached a few other Nazareth girls with invitation to participate in the special work of the Holy Spirit. Maybe those other young ladies said "No thanks" or "Not me" or "This call is definitely a wrong number" or "I don't see this as my career path."
Mary, the mother of Jesus, said yes. It was not without posing the most logical of questions: "How can this be?" Yet in short order, Mary responds: "Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word." In other words, she said yes. With that answer she changed history. She changed your life and mine.
On the third Sunday of Lent, we read about the call that came to Moses via the burning bush. Along with the story of the Annunciation, this story seems to be a key point in scripture, perhaps in the narrative of human history. Moses in the wilderness (We all know about wilderness, don't we?) is tending his flock, minding his business, when the call comes to him through that burning bush. Scripture tells us that Moses said "I must turn aside and see what this is all about." That turning aside is huge. What if Moses saw this thing and said: "What was in that soup I had?" or "Have I been out in the sun too long?" or "I need to consult a doctor or a therapist" or "I can't be bothered." Instead, Moses approaches that holy presence and says "Here am I." With that answer he changed history. He changed your life and mine.
Again and again in scripture, God calls ordinary human beings who often say: "This call must be a wrong number." Often they seem to try to clue God in on why the Holy One is a terrible recruiter: "I'm too young. I'm no public speaker. I'm a sinful human being." By way of contrast, each in his or her way, Moses and Mary say yes, again to great consequence.
We each have vocation. God calls each one of us. Think today about where and how the call might be coming to you. Are we listening for that call? Are we listening to it? Do we need to turn aside, or do we just keep going? Do we ask "How can this be?" and let it end there? Or are we willing to say yes?
The yes can be a simple action. It may make no discernible shift in world history. It could be a turning aside from daily routine to share God's love. It could be outstretched hands at the communion rail. It could be the prayer: "Be it unto me according to your will." It could have consequences we'll never see in our lifetime.
But it begins with yes, to the God who in Christ says yes to us. Let this Lent be about saying yes.
- Jay Sidebotham
BIBLE STUDY DURING LENT
Every Wednesday at 1:00 pm
Join us in the undercroft for Bible Study every Wednesday at 1 pm. We are currently studying Paul's letter to the Romans.
Please note there is NO Wednesday evening bible study until after Easter.
LENTEN AND EASTER SCHEDULE
Stations of the Cross and Praying the Rosary every Friday in Lent at 12:15 pm in the Nave
HOLY WEEK Schedule:
All Holy Week services start at 7:00 pm
- Monday, April 15, Rite I spoken Eucharist with hymns
- Tuesday, April 16, Rite I spoken Eucharist with hymns
- Wednesday, April 17, Tenebrae
- Thursday, April 18, Maundy Thursday and all night Vigil preceded by Agape meal at 6:00 pm in the Undercroft
- Friday, April 19, Holy Friday - Veneration of the Cross and Holy Eucharist
- Saturday, April 20, The Great Vigil of Easter followed by a reception
Easter Sunday. April 21, 2019, one Service only at 10:30 am
Easter Egg hunt following the service
SUNDAY EVENING SERVICE
Sundays at 5:30 pm
Please join us for our Sunday evening service
at 5:30 pm. Worship consists of liturgy of the word with music and Eucharist following the
Enriching Our Worship
settings. Candlelight, icons, occasional incense and a casual setting are highlights of this new service. A light reception follows with relevant scripture discussions.
Nourish KC, Monday, April 1
Contact Annie Scott if you can help.
Ecumenical Lenten Program Series hosted by Resurrection next Wednesday
Five churches in Blue Springs, including Resurrection, share every Wednesday during Lent a common meal beginning at 6:00 pm followed by a 6:40 pm Lenten worship service. This year's theme is "Becoming". Offerings will support the Blue Springs Community Services League.
Wednesday, April 3:
Host - Episcopal Church of the Resurrection, 1433 NW R.D. Mize Road. Message by the Rev. Andrew Florio
Wednesday, April 10: Host - All Saints Lutheran Church, 421 SW 19th Street. Message by the Rev. Cliff Caton
Outdoor Church Cleanup, Saturday, April 6 at 9:00 am
Mark your calendar and plan to join in on the fellowship, fresh air and helping hands to clean-up the outside of the Church on Saturday, April 6, beginning at 9:00 am.
LunchBunch, Tuesday, April 9 at 11:30 am
The LunchBunch will meet at Cafe Verona, 206 West Lexington, Independence to enjoy fellowship and lunch together. Everyone is welcome!
Altar Guild Meet and Clean, Saturday, April 13 at 9:00 am
The Altar Guild will gather on Saturday morning, April 13 to clean.
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.
Save items for our Summer Garage Sale
We are planning a large Church Garage Sale on June 14-15.. Please save your items now for donation later this year!