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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Sunday, November 5

Jesus was different.
Jesus calls his followers to be different.
It is challenging to really follow Jesus.
Saints are people who try to follow.
Some follow more faithfully than others.
All need God’s love, God’s help, God’s guidance,
and God’s forgiveness.

We admire especially those great saints who have followed especially faithfully, and those who are following faithfully now.
They give us examples to follow.

We are thankful for all the saints who have tried,
in their own way,
to be faithful.
And we remember the impact that they,
particularly those who have been close to us,
have had on our lives.

We join this Sunday, November 5, in worship to remember and praise God for them, and to pray that, with them, we too may someday enter into God’s nearer presence, surrounded by people who, from every family, language, people, and nation, have responded to Jesus’ persistent call:
Come, follow me!

Calvary Connections

Last call to sign up for Calvary Connections!!

 

What is “Calvary Connections”?
It’s an opportunity to meet and get to know other parishioners in small groups, centered around FOOD!  Groups typically meet once a month according to a schedule the group sets, to share dinner and enjoy fellowship.  It’s fun! People tend to really enjoy their participation in Calvary Connections.
Click here to download the form, and bring or send it to church: Sign Up Form

A Morning Resolve to Love God, our Neighbor, and Ourselves

The Gospel Lesson for Sunday, October 29 is the Great Commandment to love God, and to love our neighbor.

As you seek to love God, your neighbor, and yourself, you may find this prayer a helpful way to start your day:

I will try this day to live a simple, sincere and serene life, repelling promptly every thought of discontent, anxiety, discouragement, impurity, and self-seeking; cultivating cheerfulness, magnanimity, charity, and the habit of holy silence; exercising economy in expenditure, generosity in giving, carefulness in conversation, diligence in appointed service, fidelity to every trust, and a childlike faith in God.

In particular I will try to be faithful in those habits of prayer, work, study, physical exercise, eating, and sleep which I believe the Holy Spirit has shown me to be right.

And as I cannot in my own strength do this, nor even with a hope of success attempt it, I look to thee, O Lord God my Father, in Jesus my Savior, and ask for the gift of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
 
For other prayers from the Episcopal Church Forward Movement, visit:

Calvary to Host Climate Forums, September 24&25

We need volunteers to help test a pilot program on Climate Choices, and how people in a democracy can work together to meet the challenges of a warming planet.
Two MU researchers will be coming to Calvary on September 24th and 25th to lead two focus groups.
The purpose of the groups is to gather opinions from a variety of perspectives; they particularly welcome people who may have questions about climate change, and policies intended to address it.
We need volunteers!
The two opportunities are:
Sunday, September 24, from 11:45-2:00 p.m.
Monday, September 25, from 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Lunch will be served Sunday, and a dinner Monday. Please phone the parish office to RSVP: 449-3194

The Commemoration of the Holy Cross, September 14

The Cross, and what it stands for, is absolutely central to Christian Faith.  Jesus once said, “If I be lifted up, I will draw the whole world to myself” (John 12:32).  He was speaking of his death on the Cross.  St. Paul calls the Cross the “wisdom of God” (1Corinthians 1:24).

Wednesday, September 14, is the Feast of the Holy Cross.  It commemorates the power and meaning of the Cross.  In the Gospel assigned for September 14 (John 3:13-17), Jesus expresses his hope that the whole world will be saved through him.

What does the Cross symbolize?  Self-sacrifice.  Forgiveness.  Love.  Given for the sake of others, to bring peace, unity, and wholeness.

In a world where many leaders are doing their best (worst?) to divide us one from another, the Cross of Christ provides a powerful counter-example.

“O Savior of the world, who by thy cross and precious blood hast redeemed us: Save us and help us, we humbly beseech thee, O Lord.”  (Book of Common Prayer, page. 282).

I heard an anecdote about John Wesley years ago.  Asked how he could afford the time to begin each morning in prayer, he replied, “I get so much more done if I take time to pray.”  I can’t vouch for the authenticity of that quote, but I agree with the principle it expresses.

I myself don’t begin every day with prayer.  But I do begin most days by spending time with God.  Sometimes I read set prayers.  Sometimes I pray for you all and my work at Calvary.  Sometimes I sit and write in my journal, to try to gain perspective on my life and my work.  I find the time I spend helps me center myself, and live in a better way than I might otherwise live.

Prayer is not always easy.  But it doesn’t have to be hard.  Romans 8:26-27 assures us that, if we take time to at least go through the motions, the Spirit will assist us in our efforts.  I also much like the saying, “Pray as you can; not as you think you must”.  It helps to see God as an advocate, a counselor, and a friend.

Faithful Jews in Jesus day began their day with the Shema: “Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God is One, and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your mind, and all your strength.”  Jesus added, “And you shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

If you have time for nothing else, may I suggest repeating those phrases first thing each morning?  I bet it will change your life.

All the best,

Fr. Knute

August 27th–Save the Date!


People have had questions about tomorrow’s church picnic at Cosmo Park, Burford Shelter.

All three church services will be held at church, at their normal times.  There will NOT be a church service at the picnic.

People who attend the 8:00 or 9:00 a.m. services may arrive as early as 11:30 for the picnic.  People coming from the 10:30 service will likely arrive about 11:45.  Food will be served until 2:00 p.m.

We hope to see you at Cosmo Park tomorrow!  It will be a good opportunity for us all to reconnect after the summer months.  The church will provide meat and drinks.  Bring a dish to pass, if you’d like.  Also, musicians please feel free to bring your instruments for a jam session!  Frisbees, bean bag tosses, and face paint are also welcome.

Feel free to wear picnic clothes to church!!

Fr. Knute

 

Calvary Hosts Breakfast Cafe

Saturday Morning Café will be at Calvary every Saturday in July, August and September
Items listed below are needed for our Free Store (a collection basket will be in the narthex on Sundays):
  • Disposable razors
  • Small shaving cream
  • Travel sized deodorant
  • Small soaps
  • Small shampoos
  • White socks
  • Wash cloths – a new request

We begin cooking at 7:00 am and start serving at 8:00 am. If you are interested in volunteering or have any questions, please contact the parish office, 449-3194.  You are also welcome to come and have breakfast any Saturday with our guests.

Summer Music Notes

Again this July we continue our summer tradition of inviting parishioners to help us ring hand bells during the Psalms.  We choose the bells in such a way that there are no wrong notes!  All are welcome to step forward during the Psalms and help ring.  Make a joyful noise to the Lord!

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!