Holy Eucharist Rite II, Sunday, June 21
Live-streamed at 10 a.m.
Holy Eucharist Rite I, Sunday, June 21
Open to Ten Pre-Registered Parishioners
Worship Notes

  • June 21, Third Sunday after Pentecost

  • The Holy Eucharist, 8 a.m, Rite I, open to ten pre-registered parishioners
  • 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: Third Sunday of Pentecost
  • Jeremiah 20:7-13
  • Psalm 69: 8-11, (12-17), 18-20
  • Romans 6:1b-11
  • Matthew 10:24-39
The Holy Gospel |
Matthew 10: 24-39
Jesus said to the twelve disciples, “A disciple is not above the teacher, nor a slave above the master; it is enough for the disciple to be like the teacher, and the slave like the master. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebul, how much more will they malign those of his household!

“So have no fear of them; for nothing is covered up that will not be uncovered, and nothing secret that will not become known. What I say to you in the dark, tell in the light; and what you hear whispered, proclaim from the housetops. Do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell. Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. And even the hairs of your head are all counted. So do not be afraid; you are of more value than many sparrows.

“Everyone therefore who acknowledges me before others, I also will acknowledge before my Father in heaven; but whoever denies me before others, I also will deny before my Father in heaven.
“Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth; I have not come to bring peace, but a sword.

For I have come to set a man against his father,
and a daughter against her mother,
and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law;
and one’s foes will be members of one’s own household.

Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; and whoever does not take up the cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Those who find their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it.”
Weekday Schedule for the week of June 21

  • Morning Prayer, 9 a.m. daily via livestream
  • Midday Moments, 12 Noon daily via livestream
  • Compline/Evening Prayer, 7 p.m. daily via livestream
  • Nativity of St. John the Baptist, 7 p.m. via livestream
  • Chat with Fr. Ben via Zoom, Thursday at 10 a.m. (Link via email.)
Highlights of the June 18 Vestry Meeting

The June 18 vestry meeting was held via Zoom with Fr. Ben presiding and all members participating. These are the highlights of the meeting:
  • Fr. Ben reported that ten worshippers attended the first open 8 a.m. service. Also, he will be away July 6-19.
  • Junior Warden Walter Bohn reported the elevator inspection was completed and the new dishwasher installed.
  • Treasurer Riley Atwood provided his monthly report and indicated that checks from Church Insurance and the U.S. Treasury had been received. The federal check is in response to the Payroll Protection Program application he recently filed for St. Andrew's.
  • Donna Ireland made a brief report for the Altar Guild regarding the 8 a.m. services coming up.
  • Brian Pezza confirmed he had canceled the earlier picnic reservation with the township and would seek availability for September 20.
  • The vestry approved providing a debit card to Walter Bohn for buying supplies and other as Junior Warden.
  • Marian Smithson provided an updated version of the parish alcohol use policy which was approved. It will now be added to the facilities use policy drafted by Jane Weingartner in 2018 and reviewed as one document at the next meeting of the vestry.
  • Mary Bohn joined the meeting briefly to indicated the school supply drive would be done again this year but parishioners would be asked to send checks directly to the Pantry. More detail will be furnished shortly.
  • The meeting was adjourned at 7:30 p.m.
St. Andrew’s and the Politics
of Racial Justice

As we’ve recently witnessed, the brutal killing on May 25 th of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer unleashed a national wave of protest demonstrations. Sadly, there have been many precedents, and one in particular stands out. On April 14, 1968 the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Memphis by a radical white supremacist resulted in mass expressions of black outrage across the country. St. Andrew’s was tangentially involved in the Episcopal Church’s response.
In 1969, for the first time in its history, St. Andrew’s hosted the synod of the Episcopal Diocese of Springfield, with business meetings held at SIUE. An item on its agenda that attracted media attention was a decision of the national church to give $200,000 (the equivalent of $1,400,000 today) to be used for black economic development. (Photo: Glen Pearcy, Library of Congress)

This was in response to a radical “Black Manifesto,” written by civil rights activist James Forman and adopted by “The Black Economic Conference” that had met in Detroit in April. The conference had been sponsored by the Interreligious Foundation for Community Organization, the Episcopal Church, and the National Council of Churches.In May, Forman had commandeered the pulpit at New York City’s Riverside Church during Sunday services to deliver the Manifesto, while the church’s organist attempted to drown him out with Riverside’s huge 207 rank Aeolian-Skinner organ. In the same month, he had met with the Rt. Rev. John Hines, Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, for the same purpose.

Identifying Christianity as one of the tools used to enslave blacks, and white churches and synagogues as part of “the most vicious racist system in the world,” the Manifesto demanded $500 million ($3.5 billion in 2020 dollars) from their “tremendous wealth” as a “modest” first installment in a process of securing reparations for the injustices white churches had inflicted on African-Americans. The Episcopal Church’s share of this sum was to be $60,000,000 ($420,000,000 today) plus an annual “donation” of 60% of the “profits” of the church’s assets. In addition, a complete accounting of the assets of each diocese was required.

The Manifesto hinted at the possible use of force to achieve its ends. In that respect, as well as in its hostility to Christianity, it represented a decisive rejection of the non-violent Christian message of the recently martyred Dr. King.

By September, cooler heads had prevailed, and the sum demanded of the Episcopal Church had been reduced to an immediate payment of $200,000, to which the national church assented.
Although that relatively modest levy was opposed by Springfield Bishop Albert Chambers on the grounds that the Manifesto was “Marxist, anti-capitalist and anti-Semitic,” the Edwardsville Intelligencer reported that the synod hosted by St. Andrew’s had voted to support the national church’s initiative by a 2/3 majority.
That was a half-century ago. How the current campaign for racial justice and the Church’s response to it will evolve remains for the future to reveal. -Jim Weingartner 
Holding a Book Sale
in the COVID Era

The St. Andrew’s Book Fair will hold an outdoor book sale on July 3 from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the lawn and parking lot at the back of the church located at 406 Hillsboro Avenue in Edwardsville. In addition to the books outdoors, there will also be books in Pearson Hall. This limited book sale will include thousands of titles in the categories of mass market paperbacks fiction, children’s, cookbooks, and gardening. Rain date for the sale is July 4.

Holding a book sale in the COVID era is a challenge, but all tables will be socially distanced and both customers and volunteers will be required to wear masks. Hand sanitizer and wipes will be available. To limit exposure, all books available for sale will be priced at 50 cents each for quick check outs. Customers with exact change can drop payment into a box so no interaction with a cashier is needed.

It has been a difficult spring for the St. Andrew’s Book Fair. In addition to the cancellation of the Spring Book Fair due to COVID, a broken water pipe in the book room on April 30 resulted in the loss of hundreds of books being prepared for sale. Despite that loss, there is no shortage of books for the July sale.

Thousands of books have arrived since the Winter Book Fair in February, so the church has scheduled the outdoor sale to reduce inventory. Normally, there are many local non-profits where over-stock can be donated, but with everyone closed due to COVID, those options are not available.

The regular Summer Book Fair will be held as previously scheduled on August 7-8, but with COVID considerations it will look very different. Since the sale is indoors, it will be by appointment only with details released after the July sale. Volunteers will be needed for this sale. 

Due to exceptionally high inventory, St. Andrew’s is unable to accept additional book donations until after August 15.
A Prayer for Difficult Times:
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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Important links:
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