March 1, First Sunday in Lent

The Holy Eucharist, 8 a.m., Rite I
The Holy Eucharist, 10 a.m., Rite II

Fr. Ben Hankinson, officiating

Church School 10 a.m. | Child Care 9:45 a.m.
The Collect:
Almighty God, whose blessed Son was led by the Spirit to be tempted by Satan: Come quickly to help us who are assaulted by many temptations; and as you know the weaknesses of each of us, let each one find you mighty to save; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

This week’s lessons: Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7; Psalm 32; Romans 5:12-19; Matthew 4:1-11

“If because of the one man’s trespass, death exercised dominion through that one, much more surely will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness exercise dominion in life through the one man, Jesus Christ.” Romans 5:17
The Gospel |Matthew 4:1-11
Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. He fasted forty days and forty nights, and afterwards he was famished.

The tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.” But he answered, “It is written, ‘One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”

Then the devil took him to the holy city and placed him on the pinnacle of the temple, saying to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down; for it is written,
‘He will command his angels concerning you,’ and ‘On their hands they will bear you up,
so that you will not dash your foot against a stone.’”

Jesus said to him, “Again it is written, ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’”

Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor; and he said to him, “All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me.” Jesus said to him, “Away with you, Satan! for it is written,
‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve only him.’”

Then the devil left him, and suddenly angels came and waited on him.
Schedule for the week of March 1

Tuesday, 10:00 a.m., Healing Eucharist
Tuesday, 10:30 a.m., Julian of Norwich Prayer Group
Wednesday, 1:00 p.m., Noonday Prayer and Lenten Study
Wednesday, 6:00 p.m., Lenten Study and Evening Prayer
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4 p.m., Fabric Art and Quilt Show
Thursday, 7:00 p.m., Girl Scout Troop 816

Online parish calendar:
The Season of Lent

+Weekly Lenten Studies Begin March 4
Fr. Ben will lead a Lenten Study Series centered around our Holy Week journey from Palm Sunday to Easter, focusing on the liturgy and symbolism of what we do and why. The classes will be on Wednesdays, beginning March 4.

Classes at 1 and 6 p.m. will cover identical material and last 45 minutes. The 1 p.m. class will begin with Noonday prayer, ending by 2 p.m.. The 6 p.m. class will conclude with Evening Prayer, ending at 7 p.m.

+ECW Women's Retreat March 14
ECW will hold a Women's Lenten Retreat, Saturday, March 14, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. The speaker is Sarah Price. The theme is "Practicing Your Call: Realizing Your Purpose and Vocation." Parish women are asked RSVP to Mary Jane Helsel if you will be attending. Also, let Mary Jane know what dish you are bringing to share No admission charge.

+Reconciliation of a Penitent
Have you considered Reconciliation of a Penitent, aka Confession, as we begin Lent? If you would like to discuss Reconciliation, see some preparatory materials, or schedule a Confession, please contact Fr. Ben.
From the Rector : The Sound of Silence

The Lord is in his holy temple; let all the earth keep silence before him. - Habakkuk 2:20
The “noise” of the world grows on a regular basis, coming to us in various shapes and forms to touch almost every aspect of our lives. As we enter into the season of Lent, I offer an exhortation to all of us, myself included. In the time before, during, and after our worship, let us make room for silence and quiet.

Lent, in particular, helps us to focus that goal as our worship takes on a different tone. The Ash Wednesday liturgy indicates as much as we enter and leave the service in silence, and our Sunday liturgies will reflect this theme as well.

One way is by the omission of preludes . Silence prior to the processional hymn offers a chance to quiet our minds from the noise and busyness of the world as we prepare for the worship before us. Additionally, in those places in the liturgy where silence is commended, such as prior to confession, those moments will be a bit longer that we might reflect rather than rush. And at the end of our liturgy, we will be using quiet, solemn postludes, allowing for a final moment of prayer before setting out into the mission field.

Fr. Ben's column continues here . The continuation includes links to recent news coverage of Fr. Ben's installation.
Thank you, Fr. George!

Sadly, we will say goodbye to Fr. George Pence on Sunday, March 15, when he will be celebrating and preaching for the last time at St. Andrew's. He is heading to Florida. We thank him for his many years of support to our parish and wish him well in his new home. A reception will be held in the parish hall after the 10 o'clock service.

Fr. George was born in Milwaukee and grew up in Chicago. He has lived in the Edwardsville area a total of 28+ years (ten years in the 60s and 17 years recently). His wife of many years, Ione, died recently.

Fr. George is a late vocation priest, coming to the Priesthood at age 40, after a career as a university professor and administrator. He has served parishes in Texas, Florida, Wisconsin, and Illinois and his last two assignments were as Rector, St. John's, Kewanee, and as Canon Administrator and Treasurer, Diocese of Quincy in Illinois. He has also served in an interim role at St. Paul's Alton and a Lutheran Church in Godfrey.
$500 Grant from the Diocese to Support the Scarf Project

St. Andrew’s received a $500 grant from the Episcopal Diocese of Springfield in support of an Outreach program through the Edwardsville Public Library that provides gloves, mittens, scarves and blankets for people needing those items in our community.

In December, Liz Edwards, then Senior Warden, closed the application to the Diocese, “The bright lights along Main Street give the illusion that all is well, but we seek out those for whom all is not well and help them through this difficult season of cold, cruel weather.”

Upon learning of the award, Scarf Project coordinator Diane Dudding wrote: “This grant provides us more ability to provide comfort by way of blankets, hats, gloves, and scarves to those in need. We are so grateful to be able to help lessen the discomfort and, we hope, raise the spirits of those suffering from harsh weather. Thank you very much, Diocese of Springfield, for this help for our passion and mission. Bless you.”

As Fr. Ralph Milligan, St. Andrew’s priest from 1939 to 1941, was preparing to leave for a parish in New York City, he wrote in our Service Book a terse valedictory message: “The organization of the parish is in good condition,” wrote Milligan, “and the people as a whole are faithful. Father Becker is being given a hearty welcome. May God continue to bless St. Andrew’s in their work for the building up of God’s kingdom on Earth and may the Holy Gospel bear its fruit here.”

The same Fr. Michael Becker who succeeded Milligan at the age of 25 (and who had been ordained at St. Andrew’s during Milligan’s tenure) left behind his own more richly theological farewell statement about a year later as he was about to leave for service as a naval chaplain in World War II: “I wish to commend St. Andrew’s Church and congregation to the pastoral care of the Rev. Fr. William Hay…. May the Holy Mother of God, Blessed Michael, Peter and Paul, and all Saints watch over and increase with their supplications the spiritual welfare of this parish, that the good work which it has pleased God to begin here may soon be brought to perfection, and that the Catholic Faith may be devoutly practiced to the glorification of Almighty God before all men.”

Jim Weingartner's column continues here .
Thanks to the Men of St. Andrew's! The Shrove Tuesday pancakes were delicious!
Pezza and Son Pancake Pros above. Additional photos here.
Link to Edwardsville Intelligencer photos here.
ECW Meeting This Sunday
Mary Jane Helsel, ECW President, asks the women of the parish to meet with her following the ten o'clock service this Sunday to discuss preparations for several upcoming events, including the ECW Women's Retreat on March 14.

World Day of Prayer March 6
Pat Rudloff will be representing St. Andrew’s at the Church Women United World Day of Prayer, Friday, March 6, 9 a.m., at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Glen Carbon, and invites others in the parish to attend.

Sign up to Donate Flowers
The 2020 Flower Guild schedule is now posted on the bulletin board at the rear entrance of Pearson Hall. Anyone who missed signing up at the Annual Meeting is welcome to sign up there. More than one person can sponsor the flowers each Sunday. If another parishioner has already chosen a date important to your family, just add your name to theirs. The
Flower Guild suggests a $25 donation.

Coffee Hour
Thanks to Deane and Dave Thomas for volunteering to do Coffee Hour on March 15. Volunteers are still needed March 22 and 29.
2019 Contribution Statements
Don't forget to pick up your 2019 contribution statement from the glass case in the parish hall. Treasurer Riley Atwood put them out recently but a few still remain.

Holy Laughter
The Alton Little Theatre on 2450 North Henry Street in Alton is presenting Holy Laughter , at 7:30 p.m. March 20, 21 and 23 and at 2 p.m. March 22 and 29. "All communities have their eccentricities, but none more hilarious than St. Michael’s Church. A young female Episcopal priest and her congregation manage to find joy amidst the strife of daily life and the struggling congregation finds new comic heights when they embrace the changing waves of faith.” Tickets are $20 and may be purchased online. Pat Rudloff is going Sunday, March 22, and invites others to join her.

Prayer Request
Mary Caspers, Coordinator of our Pastoral Care Ministry, has been gone since mid-January for her usual winter break in Florida. She recently learned that her brother had a major stroke and she has flown to be with him in Arizona. She asks parishioners to remember him in their prayers.
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