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

Weekly e-mail  -   Wednesday, October 30, 2019

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All Saints_ Day
12:15 Holy Eucharist

Join us this Friday, All Saints' Day, at 12:15 pm for Holy Eucharist in the Nave. This Sunday we will celebrate All Saints' Sunday at 8:00 and 10:30 am.
Submit names using link below
Rembering the Faithful Departed
We will remember our loved ones and friends who have entered into eternal life this Sunday, November 3.

Please send names directly to Fr. David at the Church office or click here to submit a name on-line.
This Saturday, November 2 at St. Matthew's in Raytown
We will celebrate the rites of Confirmation and related affirmations with other parishes from the diocese at a service this Saturday, November 2, at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church in Raytown.

The parish is requested to participate  by attending and jointly celebrating with our members who will be involved in this wonderful reception into the Episcopal tradition. 

Please pray for those who will be participating as we raise up: Angela and Cobina Lartson, John and Sarah States, and Jim and Nancy Newman.  

We will also have a reception to honor the confirmands following the 10:30 am service this Sunday!
Reflections for your week 

We have quoted the writings of the Rev. Jay Sidebotham in the Weekly e-mail for several weeks.  

Father Jay is the Director of RenewalWorks. He also serves as Associate Rector of St. James' Parish in Wilmington, NC. Sidebotham comes to this work out of his experience as Rector of Church of the Holy Spirit in Lake Forest, IL, where he led the congregation through a period of sustained focus on spiritual growth and renewal. Before coming to Church of the Holy Spirit, he served at St. Bart's, New York City; St. Columba's, Washington, DC; St. Luke's, Durham, NC; and St. Martin's, Providence, RI. He is well known for his cartoons about church life and his animation work on the television series Schoolhouse Rock!

Click Here to Read his column Monday Matters.
A message from Father David +

Fr. Lynch _
As we remember all our loved ones, friends and family who have died and gone on before us to be with other faithfully departed, it is important to remember the victory of Jesus Christ over death and His promise to us of that same victory. This Sunday we will remember such as these in our Festival of All Saints rather than on the true day of All Souls, November 2. I invite you to read the brief history and explanation for this important day in the Christian Church Traditions below.

The Christian celebration of All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day stems from a belief that there is a powerful spiritual bond between those in heaven (the " Church triumphant"), and the living (the "Church militant"). In Catholic theology, the day commemorates all those who have attained the beatific vision in Heaven. In Methodist theology, All Saints Day revolves around "giving God solemn thanks for the lives and deaths of his saints", including those who are "famous or obscure". As such, individuals throughout the Church Universal are honored, such as Paul the Apostle, Augustine of Hippo and John Wesley, in addition to individuals who have personally led one to faith in Jesus, such as one's grandmother or friend.

A November festival of all the saints was already widely celebrated on 1 November in the days of Charlemagne. It was made a day of obligation throughout the Frankish empire in 835, by a decree of Louis the Pious, issued "at the instance of Pope Gregory IV and with the assent of all the bishops", which confirmed its celebration on 1 November. The octave was added by Pope Sixtus IV (1471-1484).

The festival was retained after the Reformation in the calendar of the Anglican Church and in many Lutheran churches. In the Lutheran churches, such as the Church of Sweden, it assumes a role of general commemoration of the dead. In the Swedish calendar, the observance takes place on the Saturday between 31 October and 6 November. In many Lutheran Churches, it is moved to the first Sunday of November. In the Church of England, mother church of the Anglican Communion, it is a Principal Feast and may be celebrated either on 1 November or on the Sunday between 30 October and 5 November. It is also celebrated by other Protestants of the English tradition, such as the United Church of Canada, the Methodist churches and the Wesleyan Church.

Protestants generally commemorate all Christians, living and deceased, on All Saints' Day; if they observe All Saints Day at all, they use it to remember all Christians both past and present. In the United Methodist Church, All Saints' Day is celebrated on the first Sunday in November. It is held, not only to remember Saints, but also to remember all those who have died who were members of the local church congregation. In some congregations, a candle is lit by the Acolyte as each person's name is called out by the clergy. Prayers and responsive readings may accompany the event. Often, the names of those who have died in the past year are affixed to a memorial plaque.

In many Lutheran churches, All Saints' Day is celebrated the Sunday after Reformation is celebrated (the date for Reformation is 31 October, so Reformation Sunday is celebrated on or before 31 October). In most congregations, the festival is marked as an occasion to remember the dead. The names of those who have died from the congregation within the last year are read during worship and a bell is tolled, a chime is played or a candle is lit for each name read. While the dead are solemnly remembered during worship on All Saints' Sunday, the festival is ultimately a celebration of Christ's victory over death.

In English-speaking countries, services often include the singing of the traditional hymn "For All the Saints" by Walsham. The most familiar tune for this hymn is Sine Nomine by Ralph Vaughan Williams. Other hymns that are popularly sung during corporate worship on this day are "I Sing a Song of the Saints of God" and "Ye Watchers and Ye Holy Ones". (Wikipedia)
Almighty God, you have knit together your elect in one communion and fellowship in the mystical body of your Son Christ our Lord: Give us grace so to follow your blessed saints
in all virtuous and godly living, that we may come to those ineffable joys that you have prepared for those who truly love you; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.
Commitment Sunday is November 17
Shining our Light
This year's stewardship theme is "Shining Our Light".  During this pledge season, we'll be hearing stories of how we shine our light here at the Church of the Resurrection.  

You can make your pledge on-line at any time by Clicking Here

Commitment Sunday is November 17, when we will bless all the pledges received in Thanksgiving to God and for your generous contribution to the mission of our parish!

Oh God, in your infinite generosity you have created a world with resources to sustain all of your children with abundance of food, work and recreation. Help us to let our light shine so brightly the whole world can witness your glory. In the name of Jesus, we pray.

In the Undercroft between services
Advent Wreath
Advent begins our new liturgical year. This year it begins on December 1.

We will have Advent Wreaths and candles available in the Undercroft between services until Advent begins. Also available is a printed script for prayer for the season. It is designed for home use and the readings can be shared by the entire family.

Donations will be gratefully accepted to recover expenses. 
Program sheets available in the Narthex

get involved
There are many ways to serve Christ's church through our outreach programs and internal parish programs. Please take a program sheet from the round table in the Narthex and identify if there are ministries and programs that speak to you. The program leader and vestry liaisons are listed with each program for you to inquire about how to get involved. Being involved is about stewardship. 

The gifts and talents that God has bestowed on us are meant to be shared with others. When we exercise our gifts and talents, we give back to God. 
Finding Faith through Fiction Book Club meets Monday, November 4 at 7:00 pm.  This month's read is The Christmas Wedding by James Patterson.

Lunch Bunch will meet on Thursday, November 7 at 11:30 am at Sam's Southern Eatery, 800 SW Clark in Blue Springs.

Acolyte Training on Saturday November 30 at 9 am.

Necessity Pantry:     The pantry is 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.
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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.