Holy Eucharist Rite II, Sunday, August 2
Live-streamed at 10 a.m.
Holy Eucharist Rite I, Sunday, August 2
In person worship at 8 a.m.
Open to thirty-five Parishioners (no registration required)
Worship Notes

  • August 2, Ninth Sunday after Pentecost

The Right Reverend Daniel Hayden Martins,
Bishop of the Diocese of Springfield, officiating
Fr. Ben Hankinson, assisting
Kevin Babb, Eucharistic Minister
Henry H. Evans, Organist

  • Communion will be distributed on the back lawn of the church following the 10 a.m. service.
Worship Information: Ninth Sunday of Pentecost
  • Old Testament: Isaiah 55:1-5
  • Psalm 145: 8-9, 15-22
  • The Epistle: Romans 9:1-5
  • The Holy Gospel: Matthew 14:13-21
The Holy Gospel |
Matthew 14:13-21 

Jesus withdrew in a boat to a deserted place by himself. But when the crowds heard it, they followed him on foot from the towns. When he went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them and cured their sick. When it was evening, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a deserted place, and the hour is now late; send the crowds away so that they may go into the villages and buy food for themselves.” Jesus said to them, “They need not go away; you give them something to eat.” They replied, “We have nothing here but five loaves and two fish.” And he said, “Bring them here to me.” Then he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven, and blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. And all ate and were filled; and they took up what was left over of the broken pieces, twelve baskets full. And those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children.
Schedule for the Week of August 2

  • Register now for the summer book sale, August 6-7-8!
  • Zoom chat with the Rector, Thursday, 10 a.m. (Watch for email.)
  • Book Fair, Thursday and Friday, 3:45 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Book Fair, Saturday, 8:45 a.m. to 3 p.m.

This Sunday, Bishop Martins will be making an Episcopal Visitation to St. Andrew's, rescheduled after the shutdown of services earlier this year. While it is a nice occasion to welcome a bishop, it is more than just a casual visit.

Bishops are required by the church's canons to make regular visits to the congregations under their charge. We might wonder why that is. Well despite the titles and privileges which clergy in charge of congregations may have (e.g. rectors), they are all in a sense vicars, vicarious representatives in the local church. Representatives of whom? The bishop.

A diocesan bishop, as a successor to the apostles, is chief pastor and priest not only of the diocese as a whole but also of each individual congregation. Thus, the bishop is the true rector of each church in the diocese, and as the rector of St. Andrew's, Edwardsville, Bishop Martins comes to check in on our life together. More than that, he comes to participate directly in that life by leading us in worship and teaching us according to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

His episcopal charge is to ensure that that we, and every congregation under his care, continue in the life of the faith once delivered. In his visit, he comes to ensure that we are faithfully devoting ourselves like the early church to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers (Acts 2:42).

And so, we welcome the bishop for his visit, not so much as a guest, but rather welcoming him home here at St. Andrew's.

-- Fr. Ben Hankinson
Book Fair, August 6-7-8:
Volunteers Needed

The upcoming book sale has been set up to have no more than 15 customers at a time. Father Ben was asked this week to reduce the number of customer slots from 15 to 10 if they are not already filled in case Illinois goes back to Phase 3. If that would occur, the last people who signed up will be asked to move to another time slot so there are no more than 10 customers at a time.

Volunteers and customers must wear masks and are asked to socially distance. Hand sanitizer will be available as they enter and leave. Customers will enter through the back side-door (directly into the undercroft) and leave through either the front door or the door at the back near the children’s chapel.

A plexiglass screen will separate the cashier from customers. Counters will be distanced from contact with customers. Customers with exact change can just drop their payment into a box with no contact with a cashier. 

The majority of registrations for the sale have filled up and the good news is that several book dealers have signed up for multiple slots which will result in good sales.

Parishioners have really stepped up to the plate and nearly all volunteer slots are covered. The slots below still need to be filled. Please contact Cindy at cy nreinhardt@gmail.com if you can help.

  • Gatekeeper: One needed; This person will sit outside in the shade and will check the reservation list to confirm that people have appointments. They will check the customer off the list, then remind them to socially distance while shopping.

  • Monitors: Two needed. These two will direct customers to the location of different genres and take books from dealers (large orders only) to a separate room for counting orders.

  • Cashiers/Counters: Three needed. One will count large orders in the Sunday School classroom; the other two will work the usual cash office (Choir room) tallying smaller orders and taking payment.
Dick Norrish

Richard “Dick” Norrish had been a member of St. Andrew’s for 40 years when he died in 2003. A life-long bachelor, he had led a remarkably full life, of which St. Andrew’s had been an important part.

Born in St. Louis in 1933, Dick served in the U.S. Navy and graduated from the liberal and innovative Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio. In 1962, he joined the staff of the Edwardsville Intelligencer and soon distinguished himself as a reporter. One colleague at another newspaper recalled that she had “never known a better, more accurate reporter than Dick was. He was totally honest, a marvelous person.” Another remembered him as “the byproduct of old-school journalism – seek out the story, pursue it with passion, and tell it in such a way that the reader had little or no trouble understanding it…. Dick knew the English language and he understood how to use it.”
He came to be highly regarded in the Edwardsville community. When in the late 1960s he interrupted his journalistic career for two years of service with the Peace Corps teaching English in Brazil, Edwardsville’s mayor accompanied him to Lambert airport to wish him bon voyage. Dick remembered those two years as among the most rewarding experiences in his life.

Dick was active in many local volunteer organizations, of which St. Andrew’s may have been the most meaningful to him. He was an industrious and perhaps overly-optimistic junior warden. In 1976, he proclaimed triumphantly that he, with the assistance of Les Buhrmester, had likely solved the problem of water seeping into the undercroft. Ha!

Click here to continue Dick Norrish.
Two Ways to Support Relay for Life

With all four Relay for Life fundraisers canceled by the coronavirus, the only way to support St. Andrew’s team is through a donation.

You can click here to donate directly to the American Cancer Society. You can choose to donate to the team as a whole, or you can select a team member who will then get credit for your donation.

If you are not comfortable donating online, you can write a check made out to the American Cancer Society and mail to Elizabeth Donald, 922 Holyoake Road, Edwardsville, Illinois 62025. Be aware that the ACS office is still closed, so it may be some time before the check would be cashed.

All of us know someone who has fought or is fighting cancer. As always, our relay team appreciates your continued support.
–Elizabeth Donald
UTO Ingathering:
August 9 to 16

The United Thank Offering fall ingathering will take place from August 9 to August 16.

The United Thank Offering Mission Statement calls us to action: “Put gifts into the Blue Box with thanksgiving, prayer and generosity. Take Blessings out of the Box for grants serving the church’s mission.”

Blue Boxes are available now in the narthex. Gifts may also be donated online here .

The Blue Box Prayer
Almighty God, I give you praise
for blessing me in many ways.

Create in me a grateful heart
and with this gift a blessing

Episcopal News Service
Thousands Join Three-part Becoming Beloved Community NOW Webinars on Racial Justice!

The Episcopal Church’s Becoming Beloved Community NOW, a  three-part series of webinars  on different aspects of the church’s racial reconciliation work, was overwhelmed by interest in the Zoom sessions this week, both in registrations and in replay of the videos on Facebook.

The webinars were hosted July 28-30 by a church committee known as the Presiding Officers’ Advisory Group on Beloved Community Implementation, which sought to harness the momentum across the church generated by recent nationwide protests against racial injustice and police brutality. The webinars’ views indicate that momentum hasn’t subsided.

Nearly 1,700 people registered for the July 28 webinar, which explored the theme “Truth,” and of those registrants, 1,293 people logged in through Zoom. It also was livestreamed on Facebook to accommodate more people. One way to put those numbers in context: If the “Truth” webinar were a congregation, its attendance topped the official average Sunday attendance of all but four congregations across the whole Episcopal Church.

More than 2,500 people have viewed a minute or more of the Facebook video of that first webinar, which featured remarks by Presiding Bishop Michael Curry. The Rev. Gay Clark Jennings, president of the House of Deputies, appeared July 29 during the second session, on “Justice,” which drew about 1,150 participants and more than 800 Facebook views of a minute or more. And more than 900 logged into Zoom for the third session, on “Healing,” generating 600 Facebook views of at least a minute.

“Jesus came into the world to testify to the truth,” Curry said, setting the tone for the first discussion. He invoked Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s to paraphrase his words on the subject.

“Truth-telling and healing our history is the only way to save our country, to save our world. It’s the only way to do it,” Curry said. “And yet truth-telling is not the goal. It is a means to the goal. Like any nonviolent approach, it is the means, not the end, and it is important to keep the end in mind.”

Continued here .
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