Holy Eucharist Rite II, Sunday, June 28
Live-streamed at 10 a.m.
Holy Eucharist Rite I, Sunday, June 28
Open to thirty-five Parishioners
Worship Notes

  • June 28, Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

  • The Holy Eucharist, 8 a.m, Rite I, open to 35 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: Fourth Sunday of Pentecost

  • Old Testament: Jeremiah 28:5-9
  • Psalm 89:1-4,15-18
  • The Epistle: Romans 6:12-23
  • The Gospel: Matthew 10:40-42
The Holy Gospel |
Matthew 10:40-42

Jesus said, “Whoever welcomes you welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. Whoever welcomes a prophet in the name of a prophet will receive a prophet's reward; and whoever welcomes a righteous person in the name of a righteous person will receive the reward of the righteous; and whoever gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones in the name of a disciple-- truly I tell you, none of these will lose their reward.”
Weekday Schedule for the week of June 28

  • Morning Prayer, 9 a.m. daily via livestream
  • Midday Moments, 12 Noon daily via livestream
  • Compline/Evening Prayer, 7 p.m. daily via livestream
  • Service via livestream for Feast of St. Peter and Paul, Monday at 7 p.m.
  • Chat with Fr. Ben via Zoom, Thursday at 10 a.m. (Link via email.)
  • Service via livestream for Eve of Fourth of July , Friday at 7 p.m.
Updates from Fr. Ben:
  • The 8 a.m. Sunday service is now open to thirty-five worshippers per Phase Four of Restore Illinois guidelines. Advance registration does not appear to be necessary at this point. Wear your mask, observe social distance, bring your Prayer Book or print the bulletin, or follow the service on your smartphone/tablet. Prayer books will not be available in the pews.
  • Communion will again be offered on the back lawn from 12 to 12:30 p.m. on Sunday. Park your car, stay in your car until it is your turn, wear your mask. Fr. Ben will place the communion wafer in your hand. Remember to prepare to receive communion per Fr. Ben's earlier guidance.
  • The 10 a.m. service will continue to be livestreamed via Facebook until further notice.
Iconoclasm and an Episcopal Cross

We’re currently witnessing a campaign of defacing, destroying, and removing the statues of prominent persons associated with America’s racially troubled history. But its targets have been diffuse, ranging from Confederate leaders who fought to perpetuate slavery to others who fought to destroy it.

On Tuesday evening, the statue of an abolitionist who died fighting for the Union in the Civil War was pulled from its pedestal on the square surrounding Wisconsin’s Capitol in Madison, beheaded, and thrown into Lake Mendota. This wave of iconoclasm seems to be fueled by a mixture of passion for racial justice, ignorance of history, and what Kathleen Parker has termed “self-absorbed nihilism.” Who’s next?
Or what’s next? An article in a newsletter of last November’s From the Archives described the “Prayer Book Cross,” a 57 foot sandstone Celtic cross erected in 1894 on a now wooded hilltop in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. Its purpose is to commemorate the first use of The Book of " Common" Prayer in what became California and possibly anywhere in North America by Francis Fletcher, chaplain to Sir Francis Drake, when that English explorer and freebooter came ashore nearby in 1579. Local Episcopalians hold hikes to the cross for communion services. In 2019 the cross, situated in a remote area of the park, was described as a “hidden history treasure.”

But that was last year. To Richard White, a distinguished professor emeritus of history at Stanford, the cross is not a benign symbol of the planting of Anglicanism in North America, but a “monument to White supremacy.” Using as his source an “Anonymous Narrative” which “seems to be the only source left by a participant in the voyage,” he paints a grim picture of Drake’s depredations, which included “robbing, raping and murdering up the Pacific coast,” as well as carrying with him three Black slaves whom he had captured earlier in the Spanish colonies. The cross that commemorates Drake’s landing is, in the mind of Professor White, “an attempt to enshrine Anglo-Saxonism, which is a late 19 th -century variant of White supremacy.”

That is a heavy burden of guilt for the Prayer Book Cross to bear. If Professor White’s interpretation of the cross’s symbolism gains acceptance, its prospects for survival in the current climate seem bleak. -Jim Weingartner
Congratulations to Rowena McClinton on Retirement from SIUE!

Rowena McClinton holds the crystal vase presented to her by her colleagues in SIUE's Department of Historical Studies at the close of spring semester this year. Rowena (or Dr. McClinton) came to SIUE in 1993 and taught courses related to Native American life, as well as others. In recent years, she has been busy working on multiple manuscripts, one of which just headed to the publisher. She looks forward to time to be with friends and family once she is fully retired but, if she follows the pattern of earlier years, she will continue to be busy researching a variety of academic interests!
Attend the Book Sale, Friday, July 3!

Don’t miss the 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. 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 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 for quick check outs. Customers with exact change can drop payment into a box so no interaction with a cashier is needed.

Due to exceptionally high inventory, St. Andrew’s is unable to accept additional book donations until after August 15. Please Hold Book Donations until after August 15. Your help is greatly appreciated.
Did you know?
The St. Andrew's cross designed for St. Andrew's (pictured here) was developed during the time Fr. McMichael was with us. He and Marian Smithson worked with a local graphic artist from Cork Tree Creative who created this unique version of the cross, made up of four worshippers with outstretched hands surrounding a host.
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Newsletter Editor and Designer, Marian Smithson
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Diocese of Springfield:  episcopalspringfield.org
The Episcopal Church:  episcopalchurch.org
Living Church:  livingchurch.org
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