Holy Eucharist Rite II, Sunday, September 13
Live-streamed at 10 a.m.
Holy Eucharist Rite I, Sunday, September 13
In person worship at 8 a.m.
Open to twenty-five Parishioners (no registration required)
Worship Notes

  • September 13, Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Fr. Ben Hankinson, officiating
Kevin Babb, Eucharistic Minister
Henry H. Evans, Organist

  • Coffee Hour via Zoom, following the 10 a.m. service.

  • Communion will be distributed on the back lawn of the church from 12 noon to 12:30 p.m.
Worship Information:
Fifteenth Sunday After Pentecost

  • Old Testament: Genesis 50:15-21
  • Psalm 103:(1-7), 8-13
  • The Epistle: Romans 14:1-12
  • The Holy Gospel: Matthew 18:21-35
The Holy Gospel | Matthew 18:21-35
Peter came and said to Jesus, “Lord, if another member of the church sins against me, how often should I forgive? As many as seven times?” Jesus said to him, “Not seven times, but, I tell you, seventy-seven times.

“For this reason the kingdom of heaven may be
compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his slaves. When he began the reckoning, one who owed him ten thousand talents was brought to him; and, as he could not pay, his lord ordered him to be sold, together with his wife and children and all his possessions, and payment to be made. So the slave fell on his knees before him, saying, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you everything.’ And out of pity for him, the lord of that slave released him and forgave him the debt. But that same slave, as he went out, came upon one of his fellow slaves who owed him a hundred denarii; and seizing him by the throat, he said, ‘Pay what you owe.’ Then his fellow slave fell down and pleaded with him, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you.’ But he refused; then he went and threw him into prison until he would pay the debt. When his fellow slaves saw what had happened, they were greatly distressed, and they went and reported to their lord all that had taken place.

Then his lord summoned him and said to him, ‘You wicked slave! I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me. Should you not have had mercy on your fellow slave, as I had mercy on you?’ And in anger his lord handed him over to be tortured until he would pay his entire debt. So my heavenly Father will also do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother or sister from your heart.”
Make Your Offering

Schedule for the Week of September 13

  • Darrow Deanery Meeting at St. Thomas, Glen Carbon, Sunday, 3 p.m.
  • Evening Prayer, Sunday, 7 p.m.
  • Compline, Monday, 7 p.m.
  • Mass of the Holy Cross, 7 p.m., live on Facebook
  • Midday Moment: Noonday Prayer, Tuesday, 12:05 p.m.
  • Midday Moment: Noonday Prayer w/Reflection, Wednesday, 12:05 p.m.
  • Midday Moment: Noonday Prayer w/Reflection, Thursday, 12:05 p.m.
  • Friday, 9 a.m. - Morning Prayer with Great Litany
  • Saturday, 7 p.m. – Compline

Note: The private wedding of Adam Douglas and Shelby Vincent is tomorrow at 2 p.m. at St. Andrew's. Fr. Ben has posted the wedding program online. Click here to view it on the parish website sermons page.

Remembering 9/11 with "Sing My Tongue, The Glorious Battle"
As we commemorate the anniversary of 9/11, I think of that well-known image of the cross standing in the midst of the rubble at Ground Zero. With that image in view and as we approach the feast of the Holy Cross on Monday, one of my favorite hymns comes to mind. Best known for its use in Holy Week and in particular Good Friday, "Sing My Tongue, The Glorious Battle" set to the Pange lingua plays a powerful counterpart to Maundy Thursday's oft-used "Now, my tongue, the mystery telling".
These two hymns, often sung within 24 hours of each other and set to the same music, tie together the great mystery of the Lord's Supper and his Cross and Passion. In truth, though written separately, we might even consider them more of one hymn sung in two parts, sensing that connection each time we come before the Altar of the Lord.
The text of the Good Friday hymn, as found in our Hymnal, is below along with a link to a powerful contemporary rendition of it sung by the Concordia University A Capella Choir, setting by Megan Sparling. Let us pause to reflect on the words of this ancient hymn (text by Vanantius Honorius Fortunatus, 540?-600?) as we contemplate that tragic day 19 years ago and as we prepare for our celebration of the Holy Eucharist both on Sunday and in our observance of Holy Cross Day on Monday.

Today and always, may it call to mind the union of the Incarnate Lord with all who suffer by virtue of his own pain and death. And in our reflection, may our hearts and voices ever sing out the triumph of the Cross of Christ for our salvation and for the sake of the world.
Sing, my tongue, the glorious battle; of the mighty conflict sing;
tell the triumph of the victim, to his cross thy tribute bring.
Jesus Christ, the world's Redeemer from that cross now reigns as King.
Thirty years among us dwelling, his appointed time fulfilled,
born for this, he meets his passion, this the Savior freely willed:
on the cross the Lamb is lifted, where his precious blood is spilled.
He endures the nails, the spitting, vinegar, and spear, and reed;
from that holy body broken blood and water forth proceed:
earth, and stars, and sky, and ocean, by that flood from stain are freed.
Faithful cross! above all other, one and only noble tree!
None in foliage, none in blossom, none in fruit thy peer may be:
sweetest wood and sweetest iron! sweetest weight is hung on thee.
Bend thy boughs, O tree of glory! Thy relaxing sinews bend;
for awhile the ancient rigor that thy birth bestowed, suspend;
and the King of heavenly beauty gently on thine arms extend.
Praise and honor to the Father, praise and honor to the Son
praise and honor to the Spirit, ever Three and ever One:
one in might and one in glory while eternal ages run.
Feast of Holy Cross Day:
Monday, September 14

St. Andrew's will observe the Mass of the Holy Cross this coming Monday at 7 p.m. This major feast is observed in honor of Christ's self-offering on the cross for our salvation.

The collect for Holy Cross Day recalls that Christ "was lifted high upon the cross that he might draw the whole world unto himself," and prays that "we, who glory in the mystery of our redemption, may have grace to take up our cross and follow him" (BCP, p. 192).

Historically, the feast has been associated with the dedication on September 14, 335, of a complex of buildings built by the Emperor Constantine (c. 285-337) in Jerusalem on the sites of the crucifixion and Christ's tomb. This shrine included a large basilica and a circular church. Constantine's mother, Helena (c. 255- c. 330), supervised the construction of the shrine, and a relic believed to be the cross was discovered during the work of excavation. Although the authenticity of alleged relics of the cross may be questionable, Holy Cross Day provides an an opportunity for a joyous celebration of Christ's redeeming death on a cross. [Source: An Episcopal Dictionary of the Church]

Voting Faithfully

Early voting information from the Madison County Clerk's website at MadisonVotes.com:

  • Edwardsville - County Administration Building, 157 N. Main Street
  • Weekdays - September 24-25, 28-30, October 1-2, 5-9, 12-16
  • Hours: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

  • Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville
  • Weekdays - October 28-30 - Hours: Noon - 5:00 pm
  • Morris University Center, Willow Room

Note: Watch for our own JoAnn Nabe's columns regarding the upcoming election that appear in the Edwardsville Intelligencer.
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