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

Saturday, July 18, 2020

8:00 and 10:30 am Sunday services on-line
Sunday, July 19, 2020

Holy Eucharist Rite I at 8:00 am on-line   Worship Online

Holy Eucharist Rite II at 10:30 am  on-line

Virtual Fellowship at 12:30 pm
Meeting ID:  962 0769 2755
Password:  321143
Happening now
Pour a glass or cup of your favorite libation, log on to your electronic device and share in Zoom fellowship with your Resurrection friends at 12:30 pm this Sunday. ZOOM

We are now capable of broadcasting to both our parish Facebook page AND YouTube. To access  Resurrection's You Tube channel you can type in Episcopal Church of Blue Springs, MO in the "search" box on the You Tube site and it will take you directly to the channel. Once on the channel you must "subscribe" to get live video. 

Ian McIntosh, husband of Joyce McIntosh, and both long time and well-loved members of Resurrection, will celebrate his 90th birthday on July 22. Ian has Alzheimer's and coupled with the stay-in-place recommendations and the inability to venture to most anywhere, both Ian and Joyce are quite secluded. How wonderful it could be if we surprised Ian with a deluge of birthday cards?  Please consider sending Ian your birthday wishes at  441 Stageline Road, Apt. 272;  Hudson, WI  54016.

In our recent Vestry meeting we agreed to set a tentative date of Sunday September 13th to reopen the church for services.   Because we plan to continue broadcasting, we plan to only broadcast the 10:30 R-II service. The 8:00am service will be available for those who desire not to be part of the broadcast as a parishioner.   Safety remains our utmost priority in all of our planning. Please stay tuned. 

The re-opening planning team is interested in your suggestions and concerns that you would  like addressed before you decide to come back to the church building for services. Please email  Richard Conn at  randgconn@sbcglobal.net  with your comments and ideas.

For those interested in participating, the Episcopal Church is offering a racial reconciliation program to anyone who would like to participate.  Click here for information.
Monday Matters repeated
Just about every time I say the Confession, I stop at the lines that admit that I have not loved God with whole heart or loved neighbor as self. There's not a day in my life when that is not true. Some days, I can get discouraged that I don't make more progress on this front. Other days, I'm relieved that I don't need to be perfect. I can look at this as something to work on, something to strive for, something to pray about, something of a growth opportunity.
Renewal Works This weekly column comes as part of the RenewalWorks ministry, an effort to focus on spiritual growth opportunities, to make those opportunities the priority in our congregations. As that work has unfolded over the past 7 years, we've often been asked what we mean by spiritual growth. How would you answer that?

Our working answer: spiritual growth is about love, about growing in love of God and neighbor, following Jesus' instruction that this kind of love is the path to his abundant, endless life. We believe we grow in love by deepening the relationship  with God and neighbor, engaging in spiritual practices that help us know God better, being of service to those around us, spending time in God's presence, in conversation with God and neighbor. It seems to me those are ways that love grows.
So this morning, as preacher preaches to himself, I wanted to share some thoughts about love from sources wiser, deeper, holier, lovelier. Carry these thoughts with you and see if you can discover the ways that loves wins. 

Love wins.
Love wins. But don't take my word for it. Hear from these folks this Monday morning.    Jesus (in the Sermon on the Mount, Matthew 5)

You have heard that it was said, 'Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven.    St. Paul (Romans 8)

In all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.    St. Augustine

To fall in love with God is the greatest romance; to seek him the greatest adventure; to find him, the greatest human achievement.    Martin Luther King, Jr.

Everybody can be great...because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.   William Sloane Coffin

May God give you grace never to sell yourself short, grace to risk something big for something good, and grace to remember that the world is too dangerous for anything but truth and too small for anything but love.    Presiding Bishop Michael Curry (from his homily at the royal wedding)

O God, who can turn our worries into wings of joys and our sorrows into songs of thanks, let not our hearts be so troubled by the tragedies of this life's moment that we lose sight of the eternal life in your kingdom...Strengthen our resolve to replace hatred with love, tension with trust, and selfishness with caring and community. Heal, O God, all our children so that those who hate and those who are hated, those who hurt and those who are hurt, may grow up in an America and in a world of peace, opportunity, and justice. Amen   Prayer written by  Marian Wright Edelman, President of the Children's Defense Fund

By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.    Jesus (John 13:35)
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