Holy Eucharist Rite II Sunday Live 10 a.m.
Worship Notes

  • June 7, Trinity Sunday | First Sunday after Pentecost

  • The Holy Eucharist, 10 a.m., Rite II Live via Facebook
Fr. Ben Hankinson officiating
Kevin Babb, Eucharistic Minister
Henry H. Evans, Organist


  • Distribution of the Sacrament of the Eucharist consecrated at the 10 a.m. service, 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: Sixth Sunday of Easter
  • Genesis 1:1-2:4a
  • Psalm 8
  • 2 Corinthians 13:11-13
  • Matthew 28:16-20
The Holy Gospel | Matthew 28: 16-20
The eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
Trinity Sunday, June 7

Celebration of Trinity Sunday was approved for the western church by Pope John XXII in 1334. This feast is associated with Thomas Becket (c. 1118-1170), who was consecrated bishop on Trinity Sunday, 1162. His martyrdom may have influenced the popularity of the feast in England and the custom of naming the remaining Sundays of the church year “Sundays after Trinity.”

The Sarum Missal and editions of the Prayer Book through the 1928 BCP named these Sundays the Sundays after Trinity. The 1979 BCP identifies this portion of the church year as the season after Pentecost, and names these Sundays the Sundays after Pentecost (see [1979] BCP, p. 32).

Source: The Episcopal Dictionary of The Church
Weekday Schedule for the week of June 7

  • Morning Prayer, 9 a.m. daily
  • Midday Moments, 12 Noon daily
  • Compline/Evening Prayer, 7 p.m. daily
  • Chat with Fr. Ben via Zoom, Thursday at 10 a.m. (Link via email.)
  • Midday Moments resume about three times a week.
A letter from Fr. Ben regarding worship at St. Andrew's in relation to Phase Three of Restore Illinois went out to the parish today. Please read the letter carefully as it outlines new developments beginning this Sunday.

These are some of the changes that will soon occur:
  • distribution of the Sacrament of the Eucharist from 12 to 12:30 on the back lawn of St. Andrew's as an extension of the 10 a.m. livestream service beginning this Sunday, June 7;
  • reopening of the 8 a.m. Holy Eucharist Rite I service on Sunday, June 14, with the attendance capped at 10 persons. Attendees are asked to register in advance at SignUpGenius link.

A link to Fr. Ben's letter is here . The linked document is the same as the one mailed to the parish today. Questions can be sent to rector@standrews-edwardsville.com
Patricia Sim, 1928 - 2020

St. Andrew's recently learned of the death of long term parishioner, Pat Sim, who died May 29 at age 91. Pat lived at Meridian Village in recent years and attended when her daughter, Shelley Dorssers, or other family came from out of town to visit. One of Pat's favorite visitors was Shelley's dog, Floyd. More information regarding Pat's memorial service will be available soon. Pat will be interred in St. Andrew's columbarium. Her husband Joe Sim is already interred in the columbarium. Pat contributed the startup funds for our parish columbarium at the time of Joe's death and served on the planning committee for the columbarium.
The Altar—A Question of Position

Recent articles have dealt with our pulpit and baptismal font and their shifting positions over time. Vestry minutes of March 1966 indicate that our altar has been mobile as well. Fr. James Pearson proposed that, in accordance with “a new liturgical movement,” the altar be moved away from the end of the church and brought down closer to the congregation, “to further the idea of ‘God’s Holy People gathered around his table.”

The “new liturgical movement” had been inspired by the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965). Among the changes promoted by the Council was the repositioning of the altar to permit the priest to face the congregation, a move adopted by many Episcopal churches, including St. Andrew’s.

One Episcopal priest who has rejected the repositioning is Fr. Jansen String, rector of St. George’s and St. Mathew’s Episcopal Church of Dandalk, Md. In an argument that can only be briefly summarized here, Fr. String asserts that the free-standing altar is a “novelty” profoundly harmful to the faith. With the altar against the wall and both priest and congregation facing it, the attention of all is necessarily directed towards God. “The priest leads the congregation in approaching God and, therefore, his back is turned to the congregation only incidentally as the leader of a delegation petitioning a king and pleading for clemency….”

“Why,” String asks, “have priests stopped offering the sacrifice to God and offered it instead to the people?” String attributes the decline in church attendance and the growth of atheism to the adoption by Roman Catholic and Episcopal churches of the free-standing altar. “The day that the church returns to an altar against the wall with the priest standing before it is the day that the advance of atheism will stop.” It will “transform this neo-pagan rabble of confused and sex-obsessed lost souls into a God-fearing civilization.”  Wow! Who knew? -Jim Weingartner
In the News
The Rev. Deon Kevin Johnson to be Ordained and Consecrated as the 11th Bishop to the Diocese of Missouri on June 13, 11 a.m., in Christ Church Cathedral

Information from the Diocese of Missouri's web site: Watch a live broadcast of the ordination service on the home page of  our website,  our  Facebook page  and our  YouTube page .
Stewardship: Online Giving
Happiness!
Grandma Velma and her grandsons at bedtime.
A rescued kitten!
(Liz Edwards)
May and June Birthdays
for Beckett & Phil!
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Diocese of Springfield:  episcopalspringfield.org
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Living Church:  livingchurch.org
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