Parable of the Vineyard Workers, Matthew 20, 1-16
Holy Eucharist Rite II, Sunday, September 20
Live-streamed at 10 a.m.
Holy Eucharist Rite I, Sunday, September 20
In person worship at 8 a.m.
Open to twenty-five Parishioners (no registration required)
Worship Notes

  • September 20, Sixteenth 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 (new link).

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

  • Old Testament: Jonah 3:10-4:11
  • Psalm 145:1-8 
  • The Epistle: Philippians 1:21-30
  • The Holy Gospel: Matthew 20:1-16
The Holy Gospel |
Matthew 20:1-16

Jesus said, “The kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard. After agreeing with the laborers for the usual daily wage, he sent them into his vineyard. When he went out about nine o’clock, he saw others standing idle in the marketplace; and he said to them, ‘You also go into the vineyard, and I will pay you whatever is right.’ So they went.

When he went out again about noon and about three o’clock, he did the same. And about five o’clock he went out and found others standing around; and he said to them, ‘Why are you standing here idle all day?’ They said to him, ‘Because no one has hired us.’ He said to them, ‘You also go into the vineyard.’ When evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his manager, ‘Call the laborers and give them their pay, beginning with the last and then going to the first.’ When those hired about five o’clock came, each of them received the usual daily wage.

Now when the first came, they thought they would receive more; but each of them also received the usual daily wage. And when they received it, they grumbled against the landowner, saying, ‘These last worked only one hour, and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the day and the scorching heat.’ But he replied to one of them, ‘Friend, I am doing you no wrong; did you not agree with me for the usual daily wage? Take what belongs to you and go; I choose to give to this last the same as I give to you. Am I not allowed to do what I choose with what belongs to me? Or are you envious because I am generous?’ So the last will be first, and the first will be last.
Make Your Offering

Schedule for the Week of September 20

  • Evening Prayer, Sunday, 7 p.m.
  • Mass of Saint Matthew, Holy Eucharist Rite I, Monday, 7 p.m.
  • 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

Coming Up
  • September 29, Mass of St. Michael and All Angels, 7 p.m.
  • October 3, Outdoor Book Sale, 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • October 3, Diocesan Synod via Zoom, 9 a.m.
  • October 4, Blessing of the Animals, time to be announced
Highlights of the September 17 Vestry Meeting

Fr. Ben called the Zoom meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. In attendance: Kevin Babb, Senior Warden; Walter Bohn, Parish Warden; Riley Atwood, Treasurer; Marty Cavanaugh, Vestry Clerk; and Vestry members Donna Ireland, Brian Pezza, Bill Schafer, Velma Schmidt, and Marian Smithson.

Fr. Ben indicated that a funeral will be held for Ruth Bolt on Saturday, February 19, at the request of family living in this area, discussion is underway regarding education for children and adult parishioners this fall, his new Dell laptop has arrived (!), and opening of the 10 a.m. Sunday service will not occur when the Governor’s mitigation plan for Metro East is still in effect. He is, however, considering an outdoor coffee hour or something similar.

Senior Warden, Kevin Babb, initiated discussion regarding plans for the parish October stewardship activities. Kevin is looking for four others to help with the stewardship drive. Riley Atwood and Marian Smithson agreed to serve, and contacts will be made with two others. The pledge form will be available online.

Junior Warden, Walter Bohn, indicated that the lighter gray shingles for the church roofs were chosen by vestry vote. Also, he indicated that, after further investigation with contractors, he no longer recommended consideration of insulation being installed under the shingles.

Treasurer Riley Atwood provided several financial reports, including a report of St. Andrew’s current assets that can be viewed here. He also commented that he had begun looking at the setup for the new fire alarm and security system.

Committee Reports
  • Audit – Kevin Babb and Marian Smithson reported on the recent internal audit of St. Andrew’s finances. The 2019 year was a difficult year as the contract with YCG Accounting ended May 31 and it took several months of work by Riley and Aplos software support staff to get our parish financial information entered and the software able to produce reports. The audit report going to the Diocese reflected this and included recommendations for recordkeeping going forward. The report was approved by the vestry.

  • Communications – Marian Smithson indicated that viewer activity on the parish website and Facebook pages continues at an above average rate. Also, parish communications sent via Constant Contact are opened about 70% of the time, a higher than usual rate for organization emails.
  • Columbarium – Once the forms submitted to the Illinois Office of the Comptroller and Department of State are approved, Marian Smithson will post a new web page with information about the columbarium.

  • Church School – Brian Pezza and Nichole DeWall are considering a combination of physical materials sent to students and a Zoom class for instruction. The class may be scheduled for a weekday.

Other parish issues were discussed including cleaning/sanitizing of the church for services. Riley indicated he would purchase appropriate sanitizing supplies to have on hand for parishioners. Also, vestry members indicated that at least two more cleanups in the church gardens will be needed before the growing season ends. Volunteers will be solicited to help but, if needed, there are funds available to hire help with garden maintenance.

The next vestry meeting will be October 14. The meeting was adjourned at 8:13 p.m.

Darrow Deanery Meeting
The Clergy and Delegates of the Darrow Deanery met last Sunday, September 13, for our annual meeting. Gathering at St. Thomas, Glen Carbon, were Fr. Ben and Kevin Babb from St. Andrew’s. Additionally, we were glad to welcome Fr. John Thorpe with us as he now serves as the interim priest at St. Michael’s, O’Fallon.
We were opened in prayer by our acting dean, the Rt. Rev. Tony Clavier, who took over last fall upon the move of the Rev. Ian Wetmore. After the appointment of a secretary, we took up the nomination of the Darrow Dean and clergy representative to Diocesan Council for the next two years. Fr. Ben was nominated and elected by the delegates and with the approval of the Bishop will take office following the adjournment of Synod on October 3.
Following the election, we moved on to the Diocesan Budget to be approved at Synod. No discussion occurred regarding the Budget. Continuing to look at Synod, a brief conversation was had regarding the virtual nature of this year’s gathering including some pointers on Zoom. The last topic relating to Synod was a proposed canonical change with respect to those eligible to election to the diocesan Standing Committee.
Moving on from the discussion of Synod, we each shared updates from our Eucharistic Communities. To find out more, check out the latest deanery reports found here.
Without any more business, we adjourned with a closing prayer and blessing from Bp. Tony. After the meeting, a brief time of conversations and fellowship were had in typical Episcopal fashion. The only thing missing was the coffee!
-Fr. Ben Hankinson
Episcopal News Service
Statement of Presiding Bishop on Death of Justice Ginsberg

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry issued the following statement on September 18 following the death of long-serving Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg: The late John Fitzgerald Kennedy once said, “while on earth God’s work must truly be our own.”

The sacred cause of liberty and justice, dignity and equality decreed by God and meant for all has been advanced because while on earth Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg made God’s work her own. Because of her the ancient words of the prophet Micah to do justice, love mercy and walk humbly with God have found fulfillment. May we follow in her footprints. May she rest in the arms of the God who is love and the author of true justice.

Rest In Peace, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Shalom.

The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry
Presiding Bishop and Primate
The Episcopal Church

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Voting Faithfully

2020 election information is available from the Madison County Clerk's website
A specimen ballot is now available by clicking here.

Early voting information:

  • 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
Weeders Needed!

Covid-19 conditions have made it difficult for parishioners to maintain the church gardens but at least two more cleanups need to occur before end of the season. The Vestry is seeking volunteers who can work alone or at appropriate social distance from others. If you can assist, please send an email to by Sunday, September 27. Thank you!
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