Holy Eucharist Rite II, Sunday, July 19
Live-streamed at 10 a.m.
Holy Eucharist Rite I, Sunday, July 19
Open to thirty-five Parishioners (no registration required)
Worship Notes

  • July 19, Seventh 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 Christopher Ashmore, officiating
Kevin Babb, Eucharistic Minister
Henry H. Evans, Organist

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

  • Father Ben returns from vacation on Tuesday, July 21.
Worship Information: Seventh Sunday of Pentecost
  • Isaiah 44:6-8
  • Psalm 86:11-17
  • Romans 8:12-25
  • Matthew 13:24-30,36-43
The Holy Gospel |
Matthew 13:24-30,36-43

Jesus put before the crowd another parable: “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to someone who sowed good seed in his field; but while everybody was asleep, an enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and then went away. So when the plants came up and bore grain, then the weeds appeared as well. And the slaves of the householder came and said to him, ‘Master, did you not sow good seed in your field? Where, then, did these weeds come from?’ He answered, ‘An enemy has done this.’ The slaves said to him, ‘Then do you want us to go and gather them?’ But he replied, ‘No; for in gathering the weeds you would uproot the wheat along with them. Let both of them grow together until the harvest; and at harvest time I will tell the reapers, Collect the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my barn.’”

Then he left the crowds and went into the house. And his disciples approached him, saying, “Explain to us the parable of the weeds of the field.” He answered, “The one who sows the good seed is the Son of Man; the field is the world, and the good seed are the children of the kingdom; the weeds are the children of the evil one, and the enemy who sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are angels. Just as the weeds are collected and burned up with fire, so will it be at the end of the age. The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will collect out of his kingdom all causes of sin and all evildoers, and they will throw them into the furnace of fire, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Let anyone with ears listen!”

Art: Tacuina Sanitatis, 14th century
Weekday Schedule for the week of July 19

  • Deadline for school supply gifts to the Pantry, Monday, July 20.
  • Daily Morning and Evening Prayer with Fr. Ben may not occur this week.
  • Vestry Meeting, Thursday, 6:30 p.m. Email from Fr. Ben will provide details.
Notes from Fr. Ben's July 3 letter:
  • Fr. Ben will be away from July 5 through 20.
  • 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.
In the News: July 23 Fire at
Saint Paul's, Alton

A June 23 fire ravaged St. Paul's office building and left the church building with significant smoke damage. In the recent Diocese newsletter, Mother Cyndi Sever shared that the parish is worshiping in the church garden. The church proper has two types of asbestos in the air and toxic residue is all over everything. Her note indicated that "Every organ pipe must be removed from the building and specially cleaned. Everything salvageable with fabric has been removed, cleaned, and stored off site." It is estimated that the parish may move back into the building with a new office in six to nine months. Mother Cyndi asks that we keep St. Paul's in our prayers.
Summer Book Sale, August 6-7-8

The Summer Book Fair will be held Covid-style with the number of patrons at any given time limited to fifteen shoppers. Reserve your shopping time now by clicking here .

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. 
Flagging a Fantasy

Perhaps the most potent symbol of the oppression of African Americans is the Civil War Confederate battle flag, under which an army fought a long and bloody war to perpetuate Black slavery. It has finally been removed from the flag of Mississippi, the last state banner to have included it. Although only one of several flags adopted by the Confederacy, it has survived as the definitive insignia of a discredited “lost cause.”
Some of its die-hard devotees, one of them writing recently in the Post-Dispatch, have attempted to rehabilitate the flag with its white-bordered and star-studded blue diagonal cross on a red field by investing it with Christian significance. It has been claimed that the red of the field represents the blood of Christ, while the diagonal cross which dominates the flag is allegedly the cross of St. Andrew. In fact, by stretching one’s imagination, it is possible to see a slight resemblance between the Confederate flag and the much later emblem of the Episcopal Church.

A letter dated August 27, 1861 from William Porcher Miles, the flag’s designer, to Confederate General P.G.T. Beauregard, refutes these notions. The colors—red, white and blue—were chosen for aesthetic reasons and because they were familiar. And far from carrying religious symbolism, the diagonal cross or “saltire” was chosen with the express purpose of avoiding obvious Christian associations, which were seen as a problem with an earlier design that had incorporated an upright cross. “It avoided the religious objections about the cross (from the Jews and many Protestant sects); … besides, in the form I proposed, the cross was more heraldic than ecclesiastical, it being the saltire of heraldry and significant of strength and progress….”

St. Andrew is the patron saint of many countries, including Scotland and Russia. The Confederate States of America was not among them.

-Jim Weingartner
The Episcopal Church
Racial Reconciliation Resources Available Online

If you are interested in recent work by The Episcopal Church related to racial justice, members of the Presiding Bishop’s staff have curated a list of resources for racial justice and reconciliation that are available at this link:
episcopalchurch.org/racial-reconciliation/resources . In addition, an essay by Presiding Bishop Curry titled "When the Cameras Are Gone We Will Still Be Here" is also online and can be found here .
 The St. Andrew's Week-End Update , a weekly emailed newsletter, is designed to update parishioners on church activities. Please send news items to Jane Weingartner
by 11 a.m. on Tuesday to have them appear in the following Friday's newsletter.
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St. Andrew's website:  standrews-edwardsville.com
Diocese of Springfield:  episcopalspringfield.org
The Episcopal Church:  episcopalchurch.org
Living Church:  livingchurch.org
Episcopal News Service:  episcopalnewsservice.org