Sunday, February 9
The Fifth Sunday After the Epiphany

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

Fr. Benjamin Hankinson officiating

Choir Rehearsal, 9 a.m.
Childcare, 9:45 a.m.
Church School, 10 a.m. .

Pictured: Jesus the King and Light of the World, 19th century stained glass in St. John's Anglican church, Sydney, Australia 

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, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

This week’s lessons: Isaiah 58:1-9a, [9b-12]; Psalm 112:1-9; 1 Corinthians 2:1-12; Matthew 5:13-20

Epistle
“What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the human heart conceived, what God has prepared for those who love him”—these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit; for the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God.” 1 Corinthians 2:9b-10
The Gospel | Matthew 5:13-20

Jesus said, “You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything, but is thrown out and trampled under foot.
You are the light of the world . A city built on a hill cannot be hid. No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.

“Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets; I have come not to abolish but to fulfill. For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth pass away, not one letter, not one stroke of a letter, will pass from the law until all is accomplished. Therefore, whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, will be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”
The Week of February 9
  • Tuesday, Julian of Norwich Prayer Group, 10:00 a.m.
  • Tuesday, Charlie’s Lunch Bunch, 11:30 a.m.
  • Wednesday, Vestry Meeting, 6:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, Installation of Father Benjamin Hankinson by Bishop Daniel Martins,  11:00 a.m.

Looking Ahead
  • Tuesday, February 25, Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper
  • Wednesday, February 26, Ash Wednesday, Lent begins
  • Friday, February 28, deadline for registering 2020 Quilt Show entries
  • Thursday through Saturday, March 5, 6, and 7, Quilt and Fabric Arts Show
  • Saturday, March 14, ECW Lenten Retreat
Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper:
February 25 from 5 to 7 p.m.

Come and enjoy pancakes and sausage prepared and served in the Parish Hall by the Men of St. Andrew's. Take outs are also available.

Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for children and can be picked up at Coffee Hour in Pearson Hall on Sundays or at the door on the 25th.

Volunteers are needed for the following:
  • Setup - 3 to 5 p.m.
  • Bussing Tables - 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Cooking - 3 to 7 p.m.
  • Cleanup - 7:30 p.m. to ?

Contact Walter Bohn, Lance Greve, or Ken Kelley with questions or to volunteer. Come and bring friends. We look forward to seeing all of you there!
From the Archives: Our Processional Cross

One of the most visible artifacts at St. Andrew’s is our processional cross. Over six feet of polished brass, in the hands of the crucifer it leads the procession that opens and closes each mass. Most of us bow as it passes. When not in procession, it stands in the front of the nave clearly visible to parishioners.

A processional cross has deep roots in the English church from which we Episcopalians spring. Late in the 6 th century Pope Gregory the Great appointed Augustine,* prior of the Benedictine Abbey of St. Andrew in Rome, to lead a mission to carry Roman Christianity to England. On their arrival, his missionaries were reported to have carried a cross “like a standard” before them.

The processional cross that we see every Sunday has been with us for 78 years. A tiny inscription on the knob or “node” beneath the meeting point of cross and shaft reads
In Memoriam
Tyne A. Hirsch

Parishioner Tyne Hirsch had died of heart disease in 1937. In early 1942, the cross was given to St. Andrew’s in her memory by her husband, Dr. Joseph Hirsch, a prominent Edwardsville physician. He acquired it in the nick of time. Brass, an alloy of copper and zinc, was vital in the production of ammunition and was tightly rationed during World War II. The new cross probably replaced the much more modest wooden-shafted cross that hangs in the vesting room.

A close look at the elaborately wrought cross reveals a number of symbols. At the intersection of the cross’s beams on one side is a lamb bearing a banner, symbolic of the crucified Christ. At the same point on the other side is the Christogram “IHS,” which represents the first three letters of Jesus’ name in Greek (IHΣ). The remainder of the cross is adorned with stylized roses, lilies, and fleurs de lis (also lilies), all symbolizing the Virgin Mary, although the three-leaved fleur can also represent the Trinity.

I suspect that the Hirsch processional cross will continue to be carried in procession at St. Andrew’s for as long as St. Andrew’s has parishioners to carry it. -Jim Weingartner 

*Not to be confused with St. Augustine of Hippo, this St. Augustine is recognized as the first Archbishop of Canterbury. He would be followed by 104 more.
Election of a New Bishop

After the October 2019 Synod meeting, Bishop Daniel Martins called for the election of a new bishop for the Diocese as he would be retiring in June of 2021. The Standing Committee of the Diocese, responsible for holding the election, recently published a letter explaining the process to elect the XIIth Bishop of Springfield which was sent to St. Andrew's parishioners in mid-January. Fr. Ben Hankinson and Kevin Babb both serve on the Standing Committee. We have been asked to keep this election in our own prayers and to include appropriate prayers for the election each Sunday from Prayers of the People in The Book of Common Prayer.
Contribution Statements Available by Mid-February
Treasurer Riley Atwood indicates 2019 contribution statements will be available mid-February. Parishioners needing their statements earlier may request them by emailing him at jrileyatwood@gmail.com.

School District Nurses Thank Parishioners for Angel Tree Gifts
“Thank you for offering your assistance, time and resources to help our District nurses carry out our annual Christmas assistance programs this year. It is a pleasure having the opportunity to work with you on this valuable project. We appreciate your willingness to take the time out of your busy schedules at this time of year. We look forward to working with you again in 2020."

The Nurses of Edwardsville District #7”
Fabric Art and Quilt Show:
March 5, 6 and 7
St. Andrew’s will host the beautiful Fabric Art and Quilt Show from Thursday, March 5, through Saturday, March 7. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

Presentation of Quilts of Valor to local veterans will occur at 1 p.m. on Saturday .

Volunteers are needed to staff the ticket counter and help visitors in the exhibit area. Please see LaVernn Wilson or Liz Edwards to sign up.

Souper Bowl Victory!
Thanks to all who participated in the Souper Bowl collection. 108 cans of soup, stew, chicken, and ham were delivered to the Glen Ed Pantry. That is 52.9 pounds of canned goods to help feed families in need. Way to score St Andrew’s!
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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
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S t. Andrew's Episcopal Church
406 Hillsboro Avenue Edwardsville, Illinois
618-656-129