Christ with Nathaniel and Philip, beneath the fig tree. Wales, 1899
Sunday, January 17
The Third Sunday after Christmas
Masks and social distancing required for all services.
Holy Eucharist Rite I, 8 a.m.
In-person attendance for up to 10 worshippers
Please sign up in advance here.
Facebook Live audio also available.
Holy Eucharist Rite II, 10 a.m.
In-person attendance for up to 10 worshippers
Please sign up in advance here.
Also live-streamed at 10 a.m.
Worship Notes, Sunday, January 17, 10 a.m.
Fr. Ben Hankinson, officiating, Henry H. Evans, Organist

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

Communion station at 12 p.m. on the rear church lawn.
Readings for January 17
  • Old Testament- 1 Samuel 3:1-10(11-20)
  • Psalm 139:1-5, 12-17
  • The Epistle - 1 Corinthians 6:12-20
  • The Holy Gospel - John 1:43-51
The Holy Gospel | John 1:43-51

Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, “Follow me.” Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found him about whom Moses in the law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus son of Joseph from Nazareth.” Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.”

When Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him, he said of him, “Here is truly an Israelite in whom there is no deceit!” Nathanael asked him, “Where did you get to know me?” Jesus answered, “I saw you under the fig tree before Philip called you.” Nathanael replied, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!” Jesus answered, “Do you believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than these.” And he said to him, “Very truly, I tell you, you will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.”
Make Your Offering!
Schedule for the Week of January 17

  • Evening Prayer, Sunday, 7 p.m.+
  • Martin Luther King Day, Monday
  • Holy Eucharist, Feast of the Confession of St. Peter, Monday, 7 p.m.+
  • Noonday Prayer, Tuesday, 12:05 p.m.+
  • Morning Prayer, Wednesday, 9:00 a.m.+
  • Inauguration Day 2021, service at 11 a.m. in Washington D.C.
  • Noonday Prayer, Thursday, 12:05 p.m.+
  • Vestry meeting, Thursday, January 21, 6:30 p.m. via Zoom
  • Morning Prayer, Friday, 9: a.m. +
  • Week-End Update Newsletter, Saturday, delivered midday
  • Compline, Saturday, 7 p.m. +
+ Designates a Facebook Livestream service
Looking Ahead
  • Deadline for submission of 2020 Parish Reports, Sunday, January 31
  • Annual Meeting, first or second Sunday in May (tbd)
[Episcopal Church website/Government Relations] "As we prepare for Inauguration Day, The Episcopal Church looks forward to working with the new administration and the 117th Congress to address the challenges our nation, and the world, face. This change in government takes place at a time of potential political violence and a devastating pandemic." This page lists a number of resources and happenings related to the Inauguration. A few are listed below.

Three Days of Prayer and Action, January 17, 19, and 20
  • Join in with Christians from all across the country - from across denominations and traditions - to pray and act. This will include a non-partisan, ecumenical Christian prayer vigil on Tuesday, January 19, 7:00-8:30 p.m. ET, featuring Presiding Bishop Michael Curry. 

Washington National Cathedral, Sunday, January 17, 4:30 p.m.
  • The cathedral will host a webinar on the history and cultural and religious significance of the inaugural address, a long-standing American tradition. Congregation member Claire Jerry, a curator of political history at the National Museum of American History, will present the session.

MLK Moral Monday Worship Service, Monday, January 18, 1 p.m. ET
  • Join Presiding Bishop Curry, and the National leaders of the Poor People's Campaign in The National Interfaith Service of Love, Light, and Leadership will bring the nation together in prayer to build the beloved community with Love tied to Justice, Light grounded in Truth, Leadership rooted in a Moral Agenda for the Nation. Watch on Facebook or stream at the Poor People's Campaign website.

It is a busy time, so this week’s column will include a few different topics that can be explored further at your pleasure in the days ahead.

First, the annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity kicks off on Monday, January 18. Churches around the world will be spending time praying for fellow Christians across denominational boundaries. Each day in the week, we will offer special prayers or reflections to mark the observance as we seek to grow into the hope that we all may be one.

Monday is also the observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Mt. Joy Church here in Edwardsville will be presenting a program on Dr. King. It will be available on Zoom (Meeting ID: 853 1811 1313; Passcode: 305757).

In observance of the Inauguration on Wednesday, we will offer Morning Prayer at 9 a.m. in lieu of our regularly scheduled Noonday Prayer. Wednesday’s prayers will offer special petitions for the nation as well as the Great Litany in anticipation of the inaugural ceremonies to occur later in the day.

Finally, if you haven’t listened in on Wednesday’s Noonday Prayer, I offered a reflection on the manner in which we are called to engage with others as Christians in difficult times. How we speak is often as important as the substance of what we say, and this is particularly true as we so often find ourselves these days at the intersection of social media and heightened stress and emotions. I encourage us to stop, wait, and listen as we seek to dialogue with others. You can find the full text of that reflection here.

I hope you’ll join in on one or more of the happenings in the week ahead, beginning with our Sunday celebrations tomorrow morning. God bless!

-Fr. Ben
Helping Neighbors
in Need
Outreach will not collect soup and canned meat for the Pantry this year for "Souper Bowl" Sunday.

To help those in need, please send a check directly to the Glen-Ed Pantry to enable staff to purchase supplies.

Checks should be made out to “Glen-Ed Pantry” and mailed to
  • Glen-Ed Pantry c/o Amy Poos 125 Fifth Avenue, Edwardsville, Illinois 62025.

Please write “from St. Andrew’s” in the memo line of your check.
Covid-19 Information
for Madison County
If you are a resident of Madison County and interested in receiving the vaccine, complete the Madison County survey available at this link.
Currently, vaccinations are being given to individuals in Phase 1A:
  • healthcare personnel, and
  • long term facility personnel.
Submit 2020 Annual Reports by January 31!

Parish ministry leaders and vestry officers should submit their annual reports by Sunday, January 31, to The reports will be distributed via email in early February. Questions should be sent to
2021 Book Fair Dates!

Mark your calendar for the 2021 Book Fairs in May, August, and November. Due to Covid-19, all dates at this point are tentative per Cindy Reinhardt, but the February book sale will not be held this year.

Book sales will be held Covid-style until limitations are no longer needed. Dates: May 7, 8; August 6, 7; November 5, 6
Grant, O God, that your holy and life-giving Spirit
may so move every human heart
[and especially the hearts of the people of this land],
that barriers which divide us may crumble,
suspicions disappear, and hatreds cease;
that our divisions being healed,
we may live in justice and peace;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
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