Holy Eucharist Rite II Sunday Live 10 a.m.
Worship Notes
May 17, The Sixth Sunday of Easter
The Holy Eucharist, 10 a.m., Rite II Live via Facebook
The Holy Eucharist, 11:20 a.m., Rite II, recording of 10 a.m. service available
on Facebook or standrews-edwardsville.com
Fr. Ben Hankinson officiating
Kevin Babb, Eucharistic Minister ~~~ Henry H. Evans, Organist

Coffee Hour via Zoom following the service
Worship Information: Sixth Sunday of Easter
  • Acts 17:22-31
  • 1 Peter 3:13-22
  • John 14:15-21
  • Psalm 66:7-18
The Holy Gospel | John 14:15-21

Jesus said, ”If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you forever. This is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, because he abides with you, and he will be in you.

”I will not leave you orphaned; I am coming to you. In a little while the world will no longer see me, but you will see me; because I live, you also will live. On that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you. They who have my commandments and keep them are those who love me; and those who love me will be loved by my Father, and I will love them and reveal myself to them.”
Weekday Schedule for the week of May 17

  • Morning Prayer, 9 a.m. daily
  • Compline/Evening Prayer, 7 p.m. daily
  • Midday Moments, Monday, Tuesday Wednesday| Live service of the Liturgy of the Word for Rogation Days at 12 Noon
  • Chat with Fr. Ben via Zoom, Thursday at 10 a.m. (Link via email.)
  • Ascension Day, May 21, Holy Eucharist live on Facebook at 7 p.m.
  • Midday Moments for Friday, Saturday | Praying of the Ascensiontide Novena to the Holy Ghost
  • Regular Midday Moments resume in June with our return to Ordinary Time
Rogation Days and The Ascension, Week of May 17
 
We will celebrate the Principal Feast of the Ascension on this coming Thursday, May 21, with a sung celebration of the Holy Eucharist at 7:00 pm. In preparation for that celebration, the church has a long tradition of Rogation Days which are observed on the Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday before the Ascension of our Lord. We will mark those days with a Liturgy of the Word in lieu of the daily Midday Moment at 12 p.m. Make plans to join us for these and be on the lookout for more information on these days early next week. 
-Fr. Ben
This Sunday, May 17, we were to welcome Bishop Martins to St. Andrew's for his annual visitation. Sadly, just as the present circumstances prevent us from gathering together, they also do not permit such a visit.
 
We are not, however, left comfortless or orphaned to borrow from our Gospel lesson for this Sunday. Bishop Martins has sent words of greeting and of hope to the people of God at St. Andrew's, Edwardsville. I am grateful to the Bishop for sharing these words with us, a reminder of our shared faith in Jesus Christ and our call to be in intentional relationship with one another including our Bishop and the Diocese, now as much as ever. You may find his video greeting here .
 
I would also commend to you his sermon appointed for this Sunday. As I hope that you will each take the time to listen to the Bishop's message, I will be offering a briefer reflection during our Sunday morning celebration. You may find his sermon here.
 
While we do not yet know if/when the Bishop's visitation will be rescheduled, we thank him for holding us in his prayers, even as we hold him and our brothers and sisters in Christ throughout the Diocese of Springfield in ours. May the Lord bring us all back together soon.
 
In Christ,
Fr. Ben
Update on New Water Line and
Plumbing in Undercroft


In recent weeks, Parish Warden Walter Bohn has overseen major work done in the undercroft of the old church. Two projects were approved by the vestry and carried out by a local plumbing company:
  • following the recent flooding a new water line (about 100 feet) was put in the ceiling of the undercroft and the old water line in the floor of the book area was capped off; and
  • all fixtures in the old bathrooms and kitchen in the undercroft were pulled and capped off, drains were plugged, and a new six gallon water heater was installed.
The total for these two projects was $5,000+. Walt filed a report with Church Insurance related to the flooding and reimbursement will probably occur for the water damage to a portion of the book inventory and possibly other.

In addition to these expenses, new roofing will be installed on both the church and addition roofs this fall. At this point, it seems Church Ins urance will cover the cost of this work as the damage was caused by hail.

The parish budget for Repairs and Maintenance is about $6,000. It appears that this year's building expenses may exceed the budget. The vestry invites parishioners to consider making an additional gift for operating expenses in 2020 so that there are adequate funds for normal maintenance in addition to these special projects.
Our Pulpit

Pulpits have a long and sometimes contested history in the Christian church, and that history continues to unfold. In a recent article in Covenant, the weblog of The Living Church , Bishop Martins discusses the uncertain status of the pulpit. He addresses (disapprovingly) a phenomenon that we at St. Andrew’s have experienced in recent years–the abandonment of the pulpit as the preaching platform in favor of a less formal and more conversational homiletic style in which the sermon is delivered by the priest while standing or wandering in the aisle. At St. Andrew’s too, you may remember, we recently grappled with the question of whether lay readers were entitled to use the pulpit, a subject addressed in an earlier article.

St. Andrew’s pulpit has changed location over time. When Mother Bennett (1996-2013) arrived, she found the pulpit on the right or “epistle” side of the nave and mounted on the floor. She had it moved to the left or “gospel” side and elevated onto the chancel platform, which she considered liturgically correct. Mother Bennett believes that the structure of the pulpit indicates the relocation had restored it to its original location. She added a small crucifix to its face in 2002.
Our pulpit harmonizes in appearance with our altar but is, in fact, a much more recent acquisition. A letter found in our archives and dated March 11, 1965 is addressed to Mr. Paul Klingensmith, a St. Louis architect. Clerk of the vestry Samuel Lewis, the letter’s author, thanks Mr. Klingensmith for “the amazing change in our church” which he had wrought. Unfortunately, the only change specified in the letter is a new pulpit, to the dedication of which at the 10 a.m. service on March 14 the architect was invited.

Inside the pulpit is a brass plate reading “To the Glory of God in Memory of Leroy Hopkins,” indicating that the pulpit and perhaps other alterations had been financed as a memorial to Lucille Hopkins’ late husband, although a list of memorials in our archives indicates that the funds had been given in memory of several other parishioners as well.

The letter closes with a statement which deserves to be quoted in full:
“Father Pearson is most pleased with the new pulpit, and he exhibits it to guests endlessly in his delight. Standing in his place he looks out happily over the empty rows of pews, imagining the mighty sermons which are to be inspired by the splendid article of church furniture for which he has been hoping for so long.”

Whether or not they were inspired by our pulpit, we have over the years heard some profoundly inspiring sermons delivered from it. We may have heard a few mediocre efforts, too, but surely our handsome pulpit bears no responsibility for them! -Jim Weingartner



Thanks to everyone who has been praying for my brother, Carl. He has been in Minnesota for the past month in a rehab facility. He is making progress, but it will be an uphill battle. After three months, he is finally eating real food which has helped him tremendously! 
He is working very hard with his therapists and has some movement in his right leg. Nothing in the right arm or hand yet. Because of the virus, his wife cannot see him, but she visits everyday and sees him through his window and then calls to talk with him! It is very frustrating for both of them! Please keep the prayers coming. 
God bless, Mary Caspers

New Mini-Magazine Needs Your Pictures!

The next issue of In Touch will be published Wednesday, May 20. If your garden is blooming or you have started a garden for this year, please send a brief description and pictures of your plantings to Marian Smithson at info@standrews-edwardsville.com. Our overall theme for the next issue is "How does your garden grow?"
Pastoral Care Support

For those who need help getting groceries, medicines or other supplies, contact one of these members of the Pastoral Care Committee: Mary Caspers, Marianne Cavanaugh, Nancy Dickens, Julie Hamilton, Meg Solon, or Kay Werner. These volunteers will appreciate advance notice of your needs (24-48 hours) so that they can fit the delivery into their schedules.
Stewardship: Online Giving
standrews-edwardsville.com/stewardship/
Iris in "Velma's Garden"
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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