Episcopal Church
of the Resurrection
1433 NW R.D. Mize Road
Blue Springs, Missouri  64015
 
(816) 228-4220
Friday, March 8, 2019
Lent
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ACOLYTE TRAINING
Acolyte Training
Tomorrow, Saturday, March 9 at 9:00 am

Anyone interested in being an acolyte is asked to come to a training session on Saturday, March 9, beginning at 9:00 am and ending by noon.  Refreshments and lunch will be provided.

Training will be in the nave.  All youth current acolytes are asked to attend.  Please see Fr. David if you have questions.
DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME BEGINS THIS SUNDAY
Daylight Saving Time Begins
Set your clocks forward one hour at bedtime

Don't be late for church this Sunday!  Daylight Saving TIme begins  this  Sunday, March 10, at 2:00 am. Remember to "spring forward" and set your clocks ahead one hour (losing one hour of time.)


FIRST SUNDAY BREAKFAST
Pancakes
This Sunday at 9:15 am

Last Sunday didn't work because of the weather so we are trying again this Sunday.  Come to Church and enjoy free food and fellowship as part of our First Sunday breakfast tradition.  Eggs, sausage, bacon and pancakes to feed your body with fellowship and Holy Eucharist to feed your soul.  See you Sunday!

LENTEN AND EASTER SCHEDULE

LENT Schedule: Lent Schedule

  • Every Friday: Stations of the Cross and Rosary at 12:15 pm in the nave
  • Holy Week services Monday through Friday, all starting at 7:00 pm
    • Monday and Tuesday-Rite I spoken Holy Eucharist with hymns
    • Wednesday - Tenebrae
    • Maundy Thursday and all night Vigil with Agape meal at 6:00 pm in the Undercroft
    • Holy Friday-Veneration of the Cross and Eucharist
    • Saturday evening Great Vigil of Easter with reception following
Easter Sunday:
    • One service at 10:30 am
    • NO Sunday evening service
A MESSAGE FROM FR. DAVID+

As we prepare for Lent, let us consider our perspective of what Christ means for us in regards to the new Covenant as he is the fulfillment of the Law and the Prophets.   I have included this weeks Monday Matters blog from Fr. Jay Sidebotham at RenewalWorks through the Forward Movement Foundation.  Here he references these verses from Paul's second letter to the Corinthians:
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2 Corinthians 5:17-6:2  (NIV)
17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!  18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation:  19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people's sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.  20 We are therefore Christ's ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ's behalf: Be reconciled to God.  21 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
6 As God's co-workers we urge you not to receive God's grace in vain.  For he says,
"In the time of my favor I heard you,  and in the day of salvation I helped you."   I tell you, now is the time of God's favor, now is the day of salvation.

Last week, I was coming home late on a Saturday night, eager (okay, anxious) to get back for Sunday morning. Our plane took off from Charlotte. As we approached destination (the Wilmington airport), fog precluded landing. We returned to Charlotte, hoping we might try again. Then that flight was canceled. I took my place on a long line at the customer service desk to see if I could get on another flight that night. Experience told me I'd be on that customer line for a while. I imagined I might be spending the night in the airport. That's happened before. Fun.

As I stood near the end of that long line, an airline employee approached out of the blue. She asked a few of us to follow her. We passed several gates to arrive at her desk where she managed to get me on a flight home that night. She didn't need to do that. She was not on duty at customer service desk, the front lines where angry anxiety gets directed at airline employees. She could have minded her own business, kept her head down, not dealt with us cranky passengers like me.
 But she didn't. She chose to be of service, not because I was worthy, or because I had status, or because I was different from anyone else. It was truly a random act of kindness. It was grace. Interesting enough, her grace, mercy and kindness made me a bit more gentle with the other angry, anxious folks in the terminal. And there were a few of them.

Grace stands at the heart of our faith. But I find that when I try to describe grace, theological categories seem thin compared to stories of grace, e.g., an airline parable like I've told. Examples. Anecdotes. Maybe that's why Jesus told parables. The prodigal son. The good Samaritan. The lost sheep. The lost coin. Workers who get paid a full day's wage even though they worked only five minutes. Maybe that's why Jesus came to live among us, full of grace and truth. We know grace when we see it.

What are your stories of grace? When have you known grace? When have you shown grace?

We come this week to the season of Lent. I don't know what words you associate with the season. Often people describe it as forty days to feel more miserable than thou. We are dust. We are worms. We are wretched. We are unworthy. May I suggest an alternative approach? Think about what Lent has to do with grace.

A favorite verse that you may hear on Ash Wednesday comes from Paul's second letter to the Corinthians. He calls that community to reconciliation. He celebrates the possibility of new creation. And he tells the Corinthians: Don't accept the grace of God in vain. That verse always catches me up short. A part of me wonders why anyone would take the grace of God in vain. Why would I?

Then I remember a sociology experiment conducted a few years ago on a busy Manhattan corner. A guy got a bunch of $20 bills and tried to hand them out. Just give them away. No condition. No obligation. He was stunned to find out how many people would not accept them. There must be a hitch.

Part of the broken human condition is that there is something inside of us that acts that way. It's a part that refuses to accept God's gifts, either because we take it as a sign of weakness, or we can't believe we're worth it, or because we're too busy. 

Grace is at the heart of our faith, so it must be at the heart of the season of Lent. As you make this journey over the coming weeks, think about ways you can open your heart to the grace of God. Explore those ways in which you resist it, or take it in vain, or take it for granted. And if you can think about the ways grace has come to you, see how you might show it and share it in a world starved, I mean starved for grace.

Here's the text from one of my favorite hymns that also highlights Christ's message of grace:

There's a wideness in God's Mercy, like the wideness of the sea.
There's a kindness in God's Justice, which is more than liberty.

There is no place where earth's sorrows are more felt than up in heaven.
There is no place where earth's failings have such kindly judgment given.
 
For the love of God is broader than the measures of the mind.
And the heart of the Eternal is most wonderfully kind.

If our love were but more faithful, we would gladly trust God's Word,
and our lives reflect thanksgiving for the goodness of our Lord.
 
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Many prayers ascend for our journey into Lent and a chance to inspect how God's grace is working in our lives.     

Blessings,      Fr. David +
SUNDAY EVENING 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. Candle light, Icons, occasional incense and a casual setting are highlights of this new service. A light reception follows with relevant scripture discussions.
What_s Happeninng
Girl Scout Recognition this Sunday, March 10
(postponed from March 3)
We will welcome two of the Girl Scout troops that hold their meetings at our Church during the 10:30 am service only.

Confirmation Class begins this Sunday, March 10 
(postponed from March 3)
Immediately following the 10:30 am service.

Ecumenical Lenten Program Series 
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, March 13:  Host - First Christian Church of Blue Springs; 701 NW 15th Street.  Message by the Rev. David Lynch

Wednesday,  March 20:   Host - Good Shepherd Christian Church, 111 SW Woods Chapel Road.  Message by Mr. Jim McDonald

Wednesday, March 27:  Host - Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church, 3108 SW US Hwy 40.  Message by the Rev. Virginia Pych

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

Weekly Bible Study
Join us every Wednesday at 1:00 pm.  Wednesday evening Bible Study on hiatus until after Easter.

Stations of the Cross/Rosary every Friday during Lent
Every Friday during Lent at 12:15 pm, March 8 - April 19.

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!
COMING UP 
Important events and dates

Saturday, March 9:  Acolyte Training from 9 am to Noon for anyone 8 years old and up; refreshments and lunch provided

Sunday, March 10:  Confirmation class begins; Girl Scout Recognition Sunday (both postponed from Sunday, March 3)

Tuesday, March 12:  LunchBunch at Los Cabos at 11:30 am

Wednesday, March 13:  Blue Springs Ecumenical Lenten Program Series begins

Thursday, March 14:  Vestry meeting at 7:00 pm (note change in date due to Lenten Series)

Sunday, March 17:  Presentation on St. Francis Program by Arla Witte-Simpson after 8 am and 10:30 am services

Sunday, March 24:  Lenten Adult Forum Part I with Dr. Bill Stancil

Sunday, March 31:  Lenten Adult Forum Part II with Dr. Bill Stancil