Schedule of Services:
8:00 a.m. Sunday, Holy Eucharist, Rite I
9:00 a.m. Sunday, The Rite Place Liturgy (Contemporary Eucharist in the Chapel)
10:30 a.m. Sunday, Holy Eucharist, Rite II
5:00 p.m. Sundays in Lent, "Dinner Church" Eucharist in Parish Hall
5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Holy Eucharist and Healing

Small Groups & Studies

Sundays, 9:15 a.m. Adult Forum
Tuesdays 8:30 a.m. Bible Study
Second Tuesdays 7:00 p.m. Theology on Tap
First Wednesdays 6:15 p.m. Calvary Dreams dinner discussion
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KC Power and Light!

A big group of Calvary parishioners and friends traveled to Kansas City to participate in “The Awakening of the Spirit in West Missouri”.  Presiding Bishop Michael Curry was the keynote preacher.  Bishop Curry encouraged us to join in the movement Jesus started long ago, to bring love, hope, healing, justice, and reconciliation to the world around us.  What a hope-filled theme as we approach the Day of Pentecost, and as we hear the Gospel reading that, if we believe, we will do great things in Jesus’ Name.  Amen.  Come Lord Jesus!

Virtually anything worth doing requires sacrifice of some kind.  Being in a relationship; raising children; honing a talent or skill; participating in an athletic event.  Life can be costly, and we certainly all know that forgiveness is.  It cost Jesus everything.  But Jesus’ willingness to give himself for us secured our eternal salvation.

That is a truth this coming Sunday’s Epistle highlights.  But the Epistle also poses a question: are we–are you–living in a way that honors the preciousness of the sacrifice that Christ made?

The better we understand what Jesus has done for us, the more we will want to live for him–at least if we are people of honor, and integrity.

This Sunday’s Epistle is a frank reminder that Christianity is more than a feeling; it is a manner of life, stemming from the fact that Jesus gave his life for us.  The first Christians simply called it “the Way”.  Grounded in love, it seeks to grow in personal and communal holiness, as we pattern our lives more and more after the example of Jesus.

Easter Gives us New Hope!

One of the challenges in today’s world is to find hope.  There are so many reasons to be discouraged.  But none of the reasons is stronger than challenge the first Christians faced on the first Good Friday.  Their hope seemed to die with Jesus himself.  Their hopes seemed forsaken on the Cross, and buried with Jesus, in the cold tomb.

But wait!  Death and despair could not have the last word.  Not as long as God was in control.  The good news of Easter is that God who raised Jesus is still in control, regardless of how things might appear at any given moment.

I love this beautiful Easter Prayer.  Perhaps you, too, will find it comforting, and hope-giving.  I think it applies, not just to the Church, but to the whole world, for whom Christ died:

O GOD of unchangeable power and eternal might: Look favorably upon thy whole Church, that wonderful and sacred mystery; by the effectual working of thy providence, carry out in tranquility the plan of salvation; let the whole world see and know that things which were cast down are being raised up, and things which had grown old are being made new, and that all things are being brought to their perfection by him through whom all things were made, thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord; who liveth and reigneth with thee in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

  Amen.

 

Please Join us in Worship on Easter Morning!

We offer three worship services to celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  Please join us in worship, and we renew our faith and hope.

Resurrection Sunday, Easter Morning, April 16
7:30 am: Holy Eucharist, Rite I
9:00 am: Holy Eucharist, Rite II, Flowering of Cross
11:00 am: Holy Eucharist, Rite II, Cambridge Adult Choir and Instrumental ensemble

 

Special Presentation this Sunday

A representative from Catholic Refugee and Resettlement services will join us this Sunday, March 26, after the 10:30 worship service, to introduce herself, and to talk about the work she does helping to resettle refugee families.

Catholic Refugee and Resettlement Services is a partner with the United States Government in helping to resettle refugees from around the world.

Catholic Charities is currently aware of a family that Calvary might be interested in helping to sponsor.  To keep the process moving, Fr. Knute wants us to have an opportunity to get to know  more about what sponsorship entails.

We hope you will attend.  The presentation will be from Noon until 12:45, in the chapel, upstairs.

 

We are in the liturgical season of Lent.  Lent began long ago as a time to prepare candidates for Holy Baptism.  It continues now as a time when all Christians are invited to renew and deepen their faith, turning away from things that are keeping us from God, who continually reaches out to us in Jesus.  At Calvary, we also offer special programming to help us further our mission to “Build Community in the Spirit of Jesus.”  To do that, we need to understand the needs and hopes of people around us.  This year’s Inquirers Class helps us renew our faith, and serves as preparation for Baptism and Confirmation.  This year’s Sunday evening Lenten program helps us build community.  A highlight for us this Lent will be our Bishop’s visit on Palm Sunday.

Sundays in Lent from Noon-1:00 pm: Inquirers Class and Confirmation Class for Adults and Teens 16 years and older.  This class is also open to all and any who seek to refresh their faith, and understand the Episcopal way of following Jesus Christ better.

Sundays in Lent at 6:30 pm: Lenten Program and Light Refreshments. “Building Community, Celebrating Diversity, Understanding Ourselves and our Neighbors.”

Palm Sunday: Bishop Smith’s Annual Visitation, and Confirmation

A thought-provoking reflection from the Forward Movement Press

Dear friends in Christ,
Sometimes it seems that our world is spinning out of control. Whatever your political persuasion or nationality, we can all agree that conflict is on the rise. Those of us on social media might feel that we’re witnessing daily stress and angst increase by the minute. And the nonstop pulse of news cycles leaves us breathless, with little room for contemplation.
 
When something terrible happens in our world, we often hear a response of “thoughts and prayers.” This inevitably leads to a conversation about whether prayer is enough. I’d like to suggest that prayer and contemplation are essential, but that when we pray fervently, we’ll often be led to other kinds of actions. The key is making space for prayer in the first place, something increasingly difficult in the chaos of the present time.
 
Habits of daily prayer and reflection are absolutely essential for followers of Jesus. The harder this seems for us, the more important it is. Prayer is our anchor. Prayer is the thing that keeps us grounded and focused.
 
Praying for our enemies will help us to follow Jesus’ commandment to love them. Praying for a decrease in violence will push us to work for peace. Praying for God’s strength when we are afraid will help us live as Jesus told us when he said again and again, “Be not afraid.”
 
It’s just a month until Lent, thanks be to God. Soon enough we’ll be in the midst of a whole season devoted to helping us follow Jesus every day. I hope you’ll find ways, during Lent or before, to join me in focusing on our lives of daily prayer.
 
Yours faithfully, 
 
Scott Gunn
Executive Director
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May we suggest a movie?

 

I went and saw the movie Hidden Figures this past Monday evening.  I found it powerful and moving.  Not because it was subtle: it wasn’t.  Its power came from the way it helped me relive some of my own history, and the history of our country, in a new way.  It helped me see things differently.

Given the fact that we follow One who was continually calling us to “see”, and who spent much time “opening the eyes of the blind”, I think Hidden Figures is a gem all of us might appreciate.

The movie won’t be in theaters much longer, so, if you want to go, go soon.  Children will appreciate it as much as adults.

Calvary is planning on holding a discussion of the movie for those who have seen it, and would like a chance to talk about it.  Stay tuned for more information!

Blessings.

Fr. Knute

Psalm 15, and the Way of Trust

Many of our recent Scripture lessons have reminded us that God’s ways frequently differ from the ways of those who do not trust in God, or God’s provision.  St. Paul tells us that Christian preaching often seems foolishness to unbelievers, but nevertheless reveals both the wisdom, and the power of God.  If the Season of Epiphany is meant to remind us that God’s wisdom helps banish the world’s darkness, then Psalm 15 can be seen as a practical manual for applying God’s wisdom to our daily lives.

Imagine how the world would be different if everyone alive took the teaching of Psalm 15 to heart.  Certainly, you and I who have trusted our lives to Jesus should take it to heart, if we seek to claim the abundant life Jesus offers (John 10.10).  Psalm 15 tells us how the Christian believer will act:
She will walk blamelessly;
He will speak truth;
He will not gossip or slander;
She will not offer or take bribes;
She will do right;
He will keep his word;
We will do no evil.

All of us together will be righteous in God’s eyes, because we choose the way of the Cross.

 

Annual Meeting Sunday, January 29

Calvary parish will hold its annual meeting from 9:00-10:15 a.m. on Sunday, January 29.  At the meeting, we will hear reports from parish leaders, elect our new Vestry class and representatives to diocesan convention, and dream together about our future.

Bagels and coffee will be provided.  There will be activities for children, so parents can attend.  All are welcome to attend, but only members of Calvary may vote in the elections.  Come learn about the ministries of Calvary Episcopal Church!