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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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

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!

Come hear Presiding Bishop Curry in Kansas City!

Saturday, May 6th is fast approaching for the first Episcopal Revival in Kansas City!  Calvary has chartered a bus. Bishop Curry will be talking about the Christianity as a “movement”.  He describes the movement as, “A way of life that is not self-centered.  A way of love grounded in compassion, and goodness, and justice, and forgiveness.  That is the way of Jesus, that way of love will set you free!”  Please join Calvary in awakening our Christian spirit to share our love of God. For further information, contact the parish office: 449-3194.
 

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.

 

 
Maundy Thursday, April 13
6:00 pm: Agape Meal in Parish Hall

7:00 pm: Holy Eucharist II and Stripping of the Altar

Good Friday, April 14
Noon: Good Friday Liturgy and Communion from Reserve Sacrament

7:00 pm: Good Friday Liturgy and Gathering around the Cross

Holy Saturday, April 15

7:30 pm: Great Vigil of Easter

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

 

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