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April 5, 2020, The Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday

+ The Holy Eucharist, 10 a.m., Rite II
+ Fr. Ben Hankinson officiating on Facebook Live
The Liturgy of the Palms
+Matthew 21:1-11
When Jesus and his disciples had come near Jerusalem and had reached Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, "Go into the village ahead of you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her; untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you, just say this, `The Lord needs them.' And he will send them immediately." This took place to fulfill what had been spoken through the prophet, saying,

"Tell the daughter of Zion,
Look, your king is coming to you,
humble, and mounted on a donkey,
and on a colt, the foal of a donkey."

The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them; they brought the donkey and the colt, and put their cloaks on them, and he sat on them. A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds that went ahead of him and that followed were shouting,

"Hosanna to the Son of David!
Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!
Hosanna in the highest heaven!

"When he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was in turmoil, asking, "Who is this?" The crowds were saying, "This is the prophet Jesus from Nazareth in Galilee."
+Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29
1 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; *
his mercy endures for ever.
2 Let Israel now proclaim, *
"His mercy endures for ever."
19 Open for me the gates of righteousness; *
I will enter them;
I will offer thanks to the Lord.
20 "This is the gate of the Lord; *
he who is righteous may enter."
21 I will give thanks to you, for you answered me *
and have become my salvation.
22 The same stone which the builders rejected *
has become the chief cornerstone.
23 This is the Lord's doing, *
and it is marvelous in our eyes.
24 On this day the Lord has acted; *
we will rejoice and be glad in it.
25 Hosannah, Lord, hosannah! *
Lord, send us now success.
26 Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord; *
we bless you from the house of the Lord.
27 God is the Lord; he has shined upon us; *
form a procession with branches up to the horns of the altar.
28 "You are my God, and I will thank you; *
you are my God, and I will exalt you."
29 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; *
his mercy endures for ever.
The Liturgy of the Word
+The Collect
Almighty and everliving God, in your tender love for the human race you sent your Son our Savior Jesus Christ to take upon him our nature, and to suffer death upon the cross, giving us the example of his great humility: Mercifully grant that we may walk in the way of his suffering, and also share in his resurrection; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen
+Lesson I - Old Testament | I saiah 50:4-9a
The Lord God has given me the tongue of a teacher, that I may know how to sustain the weary with a word. Morning by morning he wakens--wakens my ear to listen as those who are taught. The Lord God has opened my ear,
and I was not rebellious, I did not turn backward. I gave my back to those who struck me, and my cheeks to those who pulled out the beard; I did not hide my face from insult and spitting. The Lord God helps me; therefore I have not been disgraced; therefore I have set my face like flint, and I know that I shall not be put to shame; he who vindicates me is near. Who will contend with me? Let us stand up together. Who are my adversaries? Let them confront me. It is the Lord God who helps me; who will declare me guilty?
+The Epistle | Philippians 2:5-11

Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. And being found in human form, he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death--even death on a cross. Therefore God also highly exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
+The Passion Gospel | Matthew 26: 14- 27: 66

One of the twelve, who was called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said, “What will you give me if I betray him to you?” They paid him thirty pieces of silver. And from that moment he began to look for an opportunity to betray him.

On the first day of Unleavened Bread the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Where do you want us to make the preparations for you to eat the Passover?” He said, “Go into the city to a certain man, and say to him, ‘The Teacher says, My time is near; I will keep the Passover at your house with my disciples.’” So the disciples did as Jesus had directed them, and they prepared the Passover meal.

When it was evening, he took his place with the twelve; and while they were eating, he said, “Truly I tell you, one of you will betray me.” And they became greatly distressed and began to say to him one after another, “Surely not I, Lord?” He answered, “The one who has dipped his hand into the bowl with me will betray me. The Son of Man goes as it is written of him, but woe to that one by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been better for that one not to have been born.” Judas, who betrayed him, said, “Surely not I, Rabbi?” He replied, “You have said so.”

While they were eating, Jesus took a loaf of bread, and after blessing it he broke it, gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is my body.” Then he took a cup, and after giving thanks he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you; for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. I tell you, I will never again drink of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.” Continued...
+Psalm 31: 9-16
9 Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I am in trouble; *
my eye is consumed with sorrow, and also my throat and my belly.
10 For my life is wasted with grief, and my years with sighing; *
my strength fails me because of affliction, and my bones are consumed.
11 I have become a reproach to all my enemies and even to my neighbors,
a dismay to those of my acquaintance; *
when they see me in the street they avoid me.
12 I am forgotten like a dead man, out of mind; *
I am as useless as a broken pot.
13 For I have heard the whispering of the crowd; fear is all around; *
they put their heads together against me; they plot to take my life.
14 But as for me, I have trusted in you, O Lord. *
I have said, "You are my God.
15 My times are in your hand; *
rescue me from the hand of my enemies, and from those who persecute me.
16 Make your face to shine upon your servant, *
and in your loving-kindness save me."
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Palms for Palm Sunday?!?

Those who were able to join us for the midweek class on Palm Sunday may remember that for much of the church’s history, palms were a rare commodity and a little hard to come by for most congregations. Prior to the era of Amazon, things like palms weren’t considered a necessity for commemorations like the Triumphal Entry of Jesus into Jerusalem. Instead, local churchgoers would procure greenery from whatever local source they could find.

Fast forward to the modern day and getting palms has never been easier. . . except in 2020. Keeping in mind the readily available palms that we have at church, the historic practices of the church, and the present need to keep a safe distance, let me suggest a few thoughts as we move into the Palm Sunday weekend.

1.     Consider going outside and finding a branch or other bit of greenery in or around your house and put it out on your front door or porch or in a window. Let it be sign of your observance to your neighbors and of solidarity with fellow Christians who are worshiping in similar circumstances.

2.    Speaking of worship, incorporate that greenery or another piece into online participation in the Liturgy of the Palms during the Sunday liturgy. Wave it around as we say, “Hosanna” and as we sing, “All Glory, Laud, and Honor.”

3.    If you’d like a blessed palm from the service itself, come by the church Sunday afternoon and on the back porch there will be the blessed palms. They will be out until Wednesday afternoon. Please be sure to take all necessary precautions:
  • Wash your hands before and after and use hand sanitizer.
  • Observe the 6-foot rule if you run in to someone at the church at the same time. Sadly, this is not the time/place to visit with one another. Instead, give them a phone call when you get home to catch up.
  • Don’t handle more palms than necessary for you and your household, but also take what you grab rather than returning any to the box or container.
We’ll need to be flexible and creative during this year’s Holy Week observance, and there will be more ideas and encouragement to come as we go through the days ahead, but so long as we offer the best of ourselves and our efforts to the Lord wherever we are, the week will be holy indeed. 
-Fr. Ben

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“It’s Not Your Grandmother’s Altar Guild” (Part II)

We can only speculate about the reasons for the adoption of the elaborate organizational structure described last week. Had the Altar Guild been lax in the performance of its duties, which seemed to indicate the need for tight, prescriptive control? Was it an effort to off-load from the parish budget some liturgical expenses by tapping the purses of Altar Guild women? Was Fr. Ralph Milligan, St. Andrew’s rector from 1939 to 1941, simply a “control freak?” We can’t know. The best we can do is to try to glean some information about the Guild’s operation from the minutes of its monthly meetings.

Those meetings were typically held at the homes of members or at the rectory in the presence of the Rector as its ex-officio president. At the September 1941 gathering, the Rector’s proposal that the Guild craft a mitre to present to Bishop White in commemoration of his 50 th year as a priest and his 75 th birthday was discussed, although no decision was recorded. The minutes of the January 1941 meeting contain a cryptic reference to a decision made to circulate an apron among the members of the parish. “Donations to be sewn under a patch.”

Most meetings, however, were given over to discussing the purchase of supplies—furnishings, candles, linens, communion wafers (40 cents per 100 and 2 cents each for “priest hosts,” supplied by the Altar Bread Department of the Orphanage of the Holy Child in Springfield), and sacramental wine. While the variety and quality of wine used in the Eucharist are of course theologically irrelevant, parish oenophiles might raise eyebrows at their choice–muscatel from Cox Sons & Vining of New York.

The minutes of this tightly structured Altar Guild of 1940 end with the meeting of November 1941, and there is no surviving evidence of its continuation. Why was it apparently consigned to the trash can of St. Andrew’s history? This piece ends as it began–with speculation.

Maybe it had been Fr. Milligan’s creation and did not long survive his replacement by a less controlling Fr. Becker. Could it have fallen victim to a rebellion by the Guild women, or the distractions of World War II? Or might it have been that our parishioners couldn’t forgive it for that muscatel?

 -Jim Weingartner 
Glen-Ed Pantry is Mobilizing to Help

St. Andrew’s helped establish the Glen-Ed Pantry in 1980 and our church has supported it through the Outreach Committee.
A recent Glen-Ed Pantry website notice encourages moving from in-kind to monetary donations in the face of COVID-19.

“Thank you for the great outpouring of donations from our community! We are asking for monetary donations at this time. We can use bulk buying power to purchase exactly what we need at better prices to make funds go further, and it will be easier and more efficient to stock large amounts of the same item.

“You can send a check directly to us at --
Glen-Ed Pantry, 125 5th Avenue, Edwardsville Illinois 62025.”

Residents of the area served by District 7 schools are invited call 656-7506 to make an appointment so that workers can prepare their order. Those who arrive without calling will be given a prepackaged bag of basics.

Glen-Ed Pantry Hours
Monday and Wednesday: 3:00—5:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday: 9:00—11:30 a.m.

Curbside service only.
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Diocese of Springfield:  episcopalspringfield.org
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