Holy Eucharist Rite II, Sunday, July 12
Live-streamed at 10 a.m.
Art: Fra Angelico's depiction of the angel of the Annunciation--St. Gabriel, a print
which hangs on the landing wall between the main and LL at St. Andrew's.
Holy Eucharist Rite I, Sunday, July 12
Open to thirty-five Parishioners (no registration required)
Worship Notes

  • July 12, Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

  • The Holy Eucharist, 8 a.m, Rite I, open to 35 worshippers in the church
  • The Holy Eucharist, 10 a.m., Rite II, live streamed via Facebook

The Reverend David Wells, officiating
Kevin Babb, Eucharistic Minister
Henry H. Evans, Organist


  • Communion will not be distributed following the 10 a.m. service.

  • The Reverend Christopher Ashmore will be supplying on Sunday, July 19.
Worship Information: Sixth Sunday of Pentecost
  • Isaiah 55:10-13
  • Psalm 65: (1-8), 9-14
  • Romans 8:1-11
  • Matthew 13:1-9,18-23
The Holy Gospel |
Matthew 13:1-9,18-23

Jesus went out of the house and sat beside the sea. Such great crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat there, while the whole crowd stood on the beach. And he told them many things in parables, saying: “Listen! A sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seeds fell on the path, and the birds came and ate them up. Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where they did not have much soil, and they sprang up quickly, since they had no depth of soil. But when the sun rose, they were scorched; and since they had no root, they withered away. Other seeds fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them. Other seeds fell on good soil and brought forth grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. Let anyone with ears listen!”

“Hear then the parable of the sower. When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what is sown in the heart; this is what was sown on the path. As for what was sown on rocky ground, this is the one who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; yet such a person has no root, but endures only for a while, and when trouble or persecution arises on account of the word, that person immediately falls away. As for what was sown among thorns, this is the one who hears the word, but the cares of the world and the lure of wealth choke the word, and it yields nothing. But as for what was sown on good soil, this is the one who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and yields, in one case a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty.”

Art by Carmel avivi-green – Own work, CC0,  Wikimedia Commons
Weekday Schedule for the week of July 12

  • Daily Morning and Evening Prayers, Midday Moments, and Chat with the Rector are suspended during Fr. Ben's vacation, July 5 - 20.
Notes from Fr. Ben's July 3 letter:
  • Fr. Ben will be away from July 5 through 20.
  • Two supply priests will be officiating while Fr. Ben is gone: The Rev. David Wells on the 12th and The Rev. Christopher Ashmore on the 19th.
  • The Sunday 8 a.m. service is an open service but no advance registration is necessary. Up to 35 worshippers may attend wearing masks and observing social distance.
  • The Sunday 10 a.m. service will be live streamed from Facebook but there will be no distribution of communion following the 10 a.m. service.
  • The pattern of week day services will change upon Fr. Ben's return as in-person services will be expanding.
  • Bishop Martins may be visiting on Sunday, August 2.
Summer Book Sale, August 6-7-8

The Summer Books Fair will be held Covid-style with the number of patrons at any given time limited to fifteen shoppers. Reserve your shopping time now at www.signupgenius.com/go/9040548afa92aa4fa7-standrews !

Sale hours will be 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on August 6 - 7 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on August 8. Entrance will be from the back of the church at the lower level with exit through the lower level entrance door.

More than 20,000 books will be available. Shoppers will pay by cash or checks only. Masks will be required and social distancing observed. 
A Librarian’s Librarian

The opening of SIUE brought new blood to Edwardsville and surrounding communities. Some of that blood was transfused into St. Andrew’s. Significant numbers of university employees, many from places far removed from Edwardsville, would join St. Andrew’s and contribute their perspectives and resources. One of them was John C. Abbott.

Born in 1922 in Auburn, Maine, Abbot graduated from Bowdoin College and, like many men of his generation, served in World War II, he in the Army Air Forces. After the war and undoubtedly taking advantage of the GI Bill, he completed a master’s degree in history at Syracuse University, and a master’s and doctorate in library science at the University of Michigan. Employment at the Library of Congress and Trinity University, a Presbyterian school in San Antonio, followed.
Abbott’s signal professional accomplishment was the creation of a library for the infant SIUE. Hired for that purpose in 1960, long before the first buildings of the Edwardsville campus were constructed and working from an old farmhouse on Bluff Road and part of the former N.O. Nelson plant, he began the task of assembling the necessary staff and materials that would bring the future Lovejoy Library (whose name he was proud to have chosen) to life in 1965.

Abbott served Lovejoy Library for 21 years. By the time he retired as its director in 1981, the library had gathered over 700,000 books, 100,000 maps, 15,000 phonograph recordings 400,000 government documents, and 400,000 microform items. Abbot had built a library that, according to SIUE President Earl Lazerson, had the “quality and quantity of university libraries over 100 years old.” Of course, Abbott had not been personally responsible for acquiring the entirety of the collection. Faculty members were encouraged to request the acquisition of specific items in their fields of specialization, and most did. Nevertheless, John Abbott had presided over and guided an impressive achievement.

In retirement, Abbott retained an active interest in Lovejoy Library and contributed to its collection of rare books and manuscripts, as well as to the preservation of artifacts inspired by architect Louis Sullivan, widely regarded as the father of modern American architecture and of the skyscraper, and mentor to Frank Lloyd Wright. His interests included local history as well. He was instrumental in saving Edwardsville’s Weir House, built in 1836 and the second-oldest house in Edwardsville, which became the Madison County Historical Society’s museum.

He and his family were active St. Andrew’s parishioners, he as a member of the vestry, while two of his sons served as acolytes. As Abbott was no longer a resident of Edwardsville at the time of his death in 2005, a St. Andrew’s requiem mass did not cap his association with our church. Nevertheless, St. Andrew’s was fortunate to have counted him for many years as one of its own.
 -Jim Weingartner
School Supply Drive
Benefits Area Children

The Glen-Ed Pantry’s annual school supply drive will end July 20 when volunteers pack donated supplies into backpacks. If you want to participate, please take action soon.

District 7 schools are scheduled to begin August 13, pending COVID-19 status. Whether attending in person or via computer, students will need supplies. Many families are struggling to afford them.

To help, please write a check directly to the Glen-Ed Pantry to enable staff to purchase supplies. Alternatively, you can purchase supplies yourself and bring them to Pearson Hall by mid July.

Checks should be made out to “Glen-Ed Pantry” and mailed to Glen-Ed Pantry c/o Amy Poos, 125 Fifth Avenue, Edwardsville, Illinois 62025. Please write “from St. Andrew’s” in the memo line.
PRAYER: GIVE US HOPE
When evil darkens our world, give us light. When despair numbs our souls, give us hope. When we stumble and fall, lift us up. When doubts assail us, give us faith. When nothing seems sure, give us trust. When ideals fade, give us vision. When we lose our way, be our guide! That we may find serenity in Your presence, and purpose in doing Your will.
John D. Rayner
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Diocese of Springfield:  episcopalspringfield.org
The Episcopal Church:  episcopalchurch.org
Living Church:  livingchurch.org
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