Holy Eucharist Rite II, Sunday, July 5
Live-streamed at 10 a.m.
Holy Eucharist Rite I, Sunday, July 5
Open to thirty-five Parishioners (no registration required)
Worship Notes

  • July 5, Fifth 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
Fr. Ben Hankinson officiating
Kevin Babb, Eucharistic Minister
Henry H. Evans, Organist

  • Distribution of communion consecrated at the 10 a.m. service, from 12 to 12:30 p.m., back lawn of the church. Receiving sacrament at this time is considered an extension of the 10 a.m. service. Please attend the livestream or recorded service before receiving the sacrament per Fr. Ben's letter of June 5.
Worship Information: Fifth Sunday of Pentecost
  • Zechariah 9:9-12
  • Psalm 145:8-15
  • Romans 7:15-25a
  • Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30
The Holy Gospel |
Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30

Jesus said to the crowd, “To what will I compare this generation? It is like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling to one another,
‘We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we wailed, and you did not mourn.’

For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon’; the Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look, a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ Yet wisdom is vindicated by her deeds.”

At that time Jesus said, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and the intelligent and have revealed them to infants; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will. All things have been handed over to me by my Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.

“Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
Weekday Schedule for the week of July 5

  • Daily Morning and Evening Prayers, Midday Moments, and Chat with the Rector are suspended during Fr. Ben's vacation, July 5 (afternoon) - 20.
Greetings St. Andrew’s,

As we move into a new month, I wanted to provide an update on a few things in our life together.

First, I will be taking some time off this month, beginning after services this Sunday, July 5. I will be away from the 5 th through the 20 th . While I am away, services will continue as they have in recent weeks with the current set of precautions in place. The exception is that there will not be distribution of Communion following the 10 a.m. service. (Supply priests are scheduled for August 12 and 19.)

Speaking of the 10 a.m. service, it will continue to be available only by livestream and recording for the time being. Unlike the 8 a.m., the use of music at 10 a.m. leads to an extra set of considerations for those gathering at this time. When I return, we will evaluate the situation in light of both our particular circumstances and the wider communities of the Diocese and of Edwardsville.

Upon my return, I will begin pulling back on the number of midweek services which are posted on the church’s Facebook and website. As we reopen and expand our in-person offerings, online resources will be reduced but not eliminated. This will apply mostly to the Daily Offices and will not impact Sundays and Feast Days for the foreseeable future.

Finally, we are tentatively scheduled to have Bishop Martins with us on Sunday, August 2 . This would be a makeup for his regular visitation which was cancelled in May. Like the rest of our schedule, this is contingent on continued improvement of the state of things with respect to Coronavirus. We hope that will be the case so that we may welcome some new members who wish to be received on the next episcopal visit.

May God continue to be with us and bless us as we press on through this season together. 

In Christ,
Fr. Ben 
Celebrate the 4th of July!

Enjoy an online concert from Washington National Cathedral at 10 a.m. CDT. This year’s online concert features “The President’s Own” United States Marine Orchestra, gospel artist Michael W. Smith, opera sensation Denyce Graves, former Senator Elizabeth Dole and so much more. Go to cathedral.org/july4 /. The concert can be viewed live or recorded.

From the Archives: Neighbors

St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church and St. Boniface Roman Catholic Church have been neighbors for about a century-and-a-half. St. Boniface towers over St. Andrew’s and seems poised to engulf it. Once, it almost did. In 1882, as noted in an earlier article, St. Andrew’s was staggering on the brink of extinction from what was probably the worst of its periodic fiscal crises. It was on the verge of being devoured by “the Roman Catholics,” almost certainly St. Boniface, when it was rescued by Bishop George Seymour, first Episcopal Bishop of Springfield, who redeemed a mortgage that was within a few days of default.

World War I was a difficult time for St. Boniface. It had been established for Edwardsville’s German Roman Catholics, and the saint for whom it’s named is credited with having brought Christianity to the Germans in the 8 th century. Once the United States entered the war in April 1917, everything German became anathema. St. Boniface’s vulnerability was greatly enhanced by the fact that its priest, Fr. Joseph Metzler, was German-born.

By 1918, anti-German sentiment had reached a murderous level, and led to the lynching of a German immigrant in Collinsville. Fr. Metzler was threatened as well, and was advised to leave town by the Madison County Council of Defense, whose president was a pillar of St. Andrews, Louis D. Lawnin. The 67-year-old priest took their advice, never to return. We can hope that Lawnin and other St. Andrewsians had the decency and courage to at least express sympathy for the hapless Fr. Metzler.

A more inspiring example of interaction between the two parishes
was to occur 50 years later with the sudden death in St. Andrew’s rectory of Fr. James Pearson. In the absence of another Episcopal priest, St.  Boniface’s Fr. Ralph Guido was summoned to perform the last rites, an example of ecumenism which
Fr. Jeffrey Goeckner, St. Boniface’s current pastor, has used in one of his homilies. 

Cordial relations between both churches increased significantly in the new century. St. Boniface’s pastor, Fr.
John Corredato, attended the dedication of St. Andrew’s addition in 2001. Two years later, St. Andrew’s Mother Virginia Bennett reciprocated with her presence at the dedication of St. Boniface’s expansion. A week later, she preached there at a vespers service attended by members of both congregations. A combined outdoor lighting of Paschal candles for the Great Vigil of Easter and a joint Taizé service occurred subsequently. The 2016 synod of the Episcopal Diocese of Springfield, which St. Andrew’s hosted during Fr. Ralph McMichael’s tenure, held its business meetings and had its meals at St. Boniface. It was warmly welcomed by Fr. Goeckner.

These and other examples of ecumenism exemplify the ability of the two denominations to transcend doctrinal differences. In the current climate of galloping secularism and indifference if not actual hostility to Christianity, those differences should be outweighed by fundamental interdenominational common-alities. The martyred Thomas More and Thomas Cranmer might not approve, but they are long gone. God rest their souls. -Jim Weingartner
July 3 Outdoor Book Sale Raises $1400!
Thanks to Cindy and Mike Reinhardt, as well as St. Andrew's volunteers, for a successful outdoor book sale this morning! Among the volunteers was Fr. Ben who helped set up, cashier, and close up, as well as chat with visitors at the sale. Cindy indicated today that the inventory of children's books was so large that several hundred books were taken to a low-income elementary school after today's sale as they are not needed for upcoming sales.

A full-scale sale will occur on August 6, 7, 8 in the undercroft and related areas. Shoppers and volunteers will be required to wear masks and observe social distance. Also, shoppers must reserve their shopping time online in order to control the number in the building at one time. Advance registration for shopping time can be reserved now on the parish web site book sale page: standrews-edwardsville.com/summer-book-sales.
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.
Mobile Covid-19 Testing for Madison County on
July 7, Glen Carbon

Covid-19 testing will be available on Tuesday, July 7, from 10 a.m. to
2 p.m. in the Glen Carbon Village Hall at 151 North Main Street. To participate in testing, bring a photo ID and health insurance card if you have one. No appointment is needed. This opportunity is open to the public, adults and children over six months of age. There is no charge for testing.

Testing is done using a shallow nose swab and this is a walk-up testing site, not a drive through testing site. Masks are required. Questions: 618-296-6079. Sponsors: SIUE School of Nursing, SIHF Healthcare, SIU School of Medicine, Madison County Health Department.
St. Andrew’s Relay for Life runs four major fundraisers each year: the May chili lunch and author fair, the Relay event itself, the ACS Cardinals game, and the October book fair at Leclaire Parkfest. Thanks to our good friend coronavirus, all four have been canceled. (A virtual Cardinals event is being planned; we will let you know when details are released.)

That means our only venue to raise money for the American Cancer Society this year is direct donations. If you were planning to support us, the St. Andrew’s page is open at http://main.acsevents.org/goto/standrews-edwardsville , and you can go there 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. (Team members: If you have not already signed up, please do so and share your personal link!)

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.

Please share the link around, encourage people to donate and help us fight cancer! It is my sincere hope that we can resume our fundraisers in the near future, especially since I have lost two more friends in the last four months to cancer and another just began treatment - and I know all of you have someone in your lives who has fought or is fighting cancer. As always, our relay team appreciates your continued support.
-Elizabeth Donald
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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