February 8, Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany

The Holy Eucharist, 8 a.m., Rite I
Inquirer's Class with Fr. Joel, 9 a.m.
The Holy Eucharist, 10 a.m., Rite II

Church School 10 a.m. | Child Care 9:45 a.m.
Worship notes

The Collect:
Set us free, O God, from the bondage of our sins, and give us the liberty of that abundant life which you have made known to us in your Son our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. A men.

This week’s lessons: Isaiah 6:1-8; Psalm 138; 1 Corinthians 15:1-11; Luke 5:1-11

Epistle
“For I handed on to you as of first importance what I in turn had received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the scriptures, and that he was buried, and that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve.”
1 Corinthians 15:3-5
The Gospel | Luke 5:1-11

Once while Jesus was standing beside the lake of Gennesaret, and the crowd was pressing in on him to hear the word of God, he saw two boats there at the shore of the lake; the fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets. He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little way from the shore. Then he sat down and taught the crowds from the boat. When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, "Put out into the deep water and let down your nets for a catch." Simon answered, "Master, we have worked all night long but have caught nothing. Yet if you say so, I will let down the nets."

When they had done this, they caught so many fish that their nets were beginning to break. So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both boats, so that they began to sink. But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus' knees, saying, "Go away from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man!" For he and all who were with him were amazed at the catch of fish that they had taken; and so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. Then Jesus said to Simon, "Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching people." When they had brought their boats to shore, they left everything and followed him.
The Week of February 10

Tuesday, 10:00 a.m., Julian of Norwich Prayer Group
Tuesday, 11:30 a.m., Charlie’s Lunch Bunch, Sugo’s
Wednesday, 8 a.m., Holy Eucharist, Rite II
Wednesday, 7 p.m., Mission Leadership Team
Saturday, 11 a.m., Installation of Fr. Morsch as St. Andrew's Rector

Rector’s office hours, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 11 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Bible Study Begins Tuesday, February 19

The Rector’s Bible study will begin on Tuesday, February 19. There will be two sessions on that day: a 1 p.m. class ending at 1:45 p.m. promptly and an evening class from 7 to 7:45 p.m. covering the same material.

We will be studying Paul’s Letter to the Galatians and using the English Standard Version (ESV) Bible. If you don’t have that version it can be purchased from Christian Book Distributors online for $3.99 plus shipping. Or, you can find the text online at Bible Gateway at no cost.

Our Bible study works much better for everyone when we all use Bibles with the same style of translation. The ESV is a Formal Equivalence translation. This translation philosophy places a premium on word-for-word translation - preserving as much syntactical structure from the original languages as much as possible.

Inquirers’ Class Begins February 10

Fr. Joel will be hosting an Inquirers’ Class beginning on Sunday, February 10, in the Parish Hall immediately following the early service and ending before the 10 a.m. service. This class will be for candidates for confirmation, reception and reaffirmation and is also open to parishioners looking for a refresher on Christianity who would welcome adult formation on Sundays.
Winter Book Fair: Highest Sale Total Ever!

Mike and Cindy Reinhardt would like to thank everyone who helped make Winter Book Fair sales the best recorded to date. Total sales for Friday and Saturday (plus a few after church on Sunday and one on Monday) totaled $4,205.11. Thank you to those who worked before, during and after the sale as well as to those who either donated or purchased books. We need you all to make it work!
A Love Song

As you may remember, Father James Pearson was St. Andrew’s rector from 1964 to 1968. He clearly enjoyed writing and wrote well. His commentaries on civil unrest and the visit of a kitten one Sunday morning have been noted in earlier articles. The last of his literary efforts appeared posthumously in the Springfield Churchman . It is entitled simply “Love Song.”

In it, Pearson wrote eloquently, even lyrically, of the many things he loved about the Episcopal Church. Some examples:

  • “I love her doctrine, her emphasis on sound learning, her devotion to Scripture and Tradition, and the glorious Elizabethan periods of her language. But I love too the freedom which she grants her children, her openness to the new, her breadth of humanity.”
  • “I love the hands of young and old reverently raised to receive the Sacrament. And the dusty, dry tracts in church vestibules offering earnest advice that nobody wants.”
  • “I love the bright young families proudly ranged in their pews on Sunday morning, and the sparse little congregations on week-days whose hushed devotion to their Lord is an almost palpable radiance.”
  •  “I love the stone and brick Victorian stateliness of her old city parishes…. And her tatty little small-town churches that smell faintly of mice and damp, kept going somehow in the face of great difficulty by devoted, self-giving souls” [ St. Andrew’s in the 1960s?].
  • “I know the dangers of ‘denominational pride.’ "But it happens that I love the Episcopal Church and, in spite of the desirability of the onrushing ecumenism, perhaps I secretly hope that I may die in her arms…. I am sworn to her, forsaking all others.”

Father Pearson died suddenly at the age of 44 of a heart attack in what was then St. Andrew’s rectory. His body lay in state in our nave prior to a requiem mass celebrated by Bishop of Springfield Albert Chambers. Our “Pearson Hall” keeps him with us. But given his somewhat grudging acceptance of ecumenism, it is paradoxical that he departed this life fortified with last rites performed by a Roman Catholic priest summoned from St. Boniface when an Episcopal priest could not be found. Ecumenism had embraced him , even if he had not embraced it . -Jim Weingartner
Happy February Birthday!
February 7, Ally Douglas
February 8, Lynn Bury
February 9, Pat Bury
February 12, Mike Smithson
February 21, Sharon Hoffman, Samantha McKenney
February 26, Sandy Cooper
February 27, Drew Berger, Allison Funk, LaVernn Wilson
Announcements

Mission Leadership Team Meeting February 13
The new Mission Leadership Team meets on Wednesday, February 13, at 7 p.m.

Volunteers Needed for the 2019 Quilt Show
Volunteers are needed to work two-hour shifts at the Quilt Show on the following days:
  • Friday, March 1, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 2, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 3, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
To enter a quilt or other piece of fabric art in the 2019 Quilt Show, complete the registration form found on St. Andrew’s website or the Quilt Guild’s Facebook page. The registration deadline is February 18. Please see Elizabeth Edwards or LaVernn Wilson if you have questions or would like to sign up for a shift.

Order Your St. Louis Cardinals Tickets for Relay for Life
Relay for Life will once again be selling Cardinals tickets to raise money for the American Cancer Society. The Relay Day at the Ballpark will be Sunday, August 25, as the Cardinals face the Colorado Rockies. Tickets are $20 each and should be ordered through Elizabeth Donald.
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Your ticket includes a voucher for a free hot dog and soda, as well as admission to pre-game activities such as dugout tours and player autographs. Please do NOT go to the ACS website to order; you will get a ticket, but St. Andrew’s won’t get credit towards our goal! Contact Elizabeth at elizabethdonald@yahoo.com or find her at Coffee Hour to reserve your ticket. Go Cards!
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