January 19, Second Sunday after Epiphany

The Holy Eucharist, 8 a.m., Rite I
The Holy Eucharist, 10 a.m., Rite II
Fr. David Boase, officiating
Brunch, Parish Annual Meeting, 11:15 a.m.

Choir Rehearsal, 9 a.m.
Childcare, 9:45 a.m.

Mosaic tile from a chapel in Turin, Italy. 17th C. Unkown artist.
Worship notes The Collect:

Almighty God, whose Son our Savior Jesus Christ is the light of the world: Grant that your people, illumined by your Word and Sacraments, may shine with the radiance of Christ's glory, that he may be known, worshipped, and obeyed to the ends of the earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

This week’s lessons: Isaiah 49:1-7; Psalm 40:1-6; 1 Corinthians 1:1-9; John 1:29-42

“I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that has been given you in Christ Jesus, for in every way you have been enriched in him, in speech and knowledge of every kind-- just as the testimony of Christ has been strengthened among you-- so that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Corinthians 1:4-7
The Gospel | John 1:29-42

John saw Jesus coming toward him and declared, “Here is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! This is he of whom I said, ‘After me comes a man who ranks ahead of me because he was before me.’ I myself did not know him; but I came baptizing with water for this reason, that he might be revealed to Israel.” And John testified, “I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it remained on him. I myself did not know him, but the one who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘He on whom you see the Spirit descend and remain is the one who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’ And I myself have seen and have testified that this is the Son of God.”

The next day John again was standing with two of his disciples, and as he watched Jesus walk by, he exclaimed, “Look, here is the Lamb of God!” The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus. When Jesus turned and saw them following, he said to them, “What are you looking for?” They said to him, “Rabbi” (which translated means Teacher), “where are you staying?” He said to them, “Come and see.” They came and saw where he was staying, and they remained with him that day. It was about four o’clock in the afternoon. One of the two who heard John speak and followed him was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. He first found his brother Simon and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which is translated Anointed). He brought Simon to Jesus, who looked at him and said, “You are Simon son of John. You are to be called Cephas” (which is translated Peter).
The week of January 19
  • Tuesday, 10:00 a.m. Julian of Norwich Prayer Group

Looking Ahead
  • Sunday, February 2, Fr. Hankinson, our new rector, officiates for the first time
  • Saturday, February 15, Installation of Fr. Hankinson by Bishop Martins
  • Tuesday, February 25, Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper
  • Wednesday, February 26, Ash Wednesday
  • Friday, February 28, deadline for registering 2020 Quilt Show entries
January 19 Annual Meeting, Brunch, Elections, Reports
Plan to attend St. Andrew's Annual Meeting! Important parish business will include the election of Vestry members as well as Synod and Deanery delegates and alternates. Nominees for the vestry slots are Kevin Babb, Donna Ireland, Brian Pezza, and Velma Schmidt (above).

Parishioners also will approve the 2020 budget and receive written reports from ministry heads and parish officers.

Worship services will be held as usual at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. Brunch and the Annual Meeting will follow the 10 a.m. service. Child care will be provided.
From the Archives: An Episcopal Heretic?

An item in our archives notes that the 1966 synod of the Episcopal Diocese of Springfield authorized Bishop Albert Chambers to join a group of bishops intent on putting Bishop James A. Pike of California on trial for heresy. Mention of a heresy trial brings to mind images of the Spanish Inquisition and burnings at the stake. What was going on?

Bishop Pike’s life followed a meandering path that would lead to his bizarre demise at the age of 56. Born in Oklahoma City in 1913 and raised a Roman Catholic, he served as an altar boy and briefly considered becoming a Roman Catholic priest. At the age of 19, however, he proclaimed himself an Episcopalian and shortly thereafter, an agnostic. Educated in the law at the University of Southern California and Yale, he worked as an attorney for the Security and Exchange Commission before serving as a naval intelligence officer during World War II.

After the war, Pike returned to the Episcopal Church with the intention of becoming a priest. He studied at Union Theological Seminary, where he interacted with theological giants Reinhold Niebuhr and Paul Tillich, and at the General Theological Seminary, which prepared him for his priestly ordination in November 1946. A number of prestigious appointments in the East followed, while a weekly television program in which he starred allegedly became more popular than that of the charismatic Roman Catholic Bishop Fulton J. Sheen. The election of this Episcopal celebrity as fifth Bishop of California followed in 1958.

Although initially a theological conservative, he had already questioned such fundamentals as the virgin birth, salvation by grace and the Trinity, dismissing the latter as “excess baggage.” His drinking and sexual excesses were also drawing unfavorable attention. A biographer reports that he had in his office a dedicated phone line for communication with his love interest of the moment.

An article in The New York Times commented on Pike’s inability to respect the opinions of others and on his efforts to protect himself from what he didn’t want to hear by incessant talking. This led on one occasion to a confrontation with an Archbishop of Canterbury, most likely Michael Ramsay, in which the provoked prelate reportedly blasted the babbling bishop with “Shut up! Will you be quiet!” (Click here to continue.)
Souper Bowl Sundays Coming Up!

The Outreach Committee is kicking off the annual Souper Bowl collection. We will collect canned soups, tuna, stews and pasta for the next three Sundays:
  • January 19,
  • January 26, and
  • February 2.

All donations will be delivered to the Glen Ed Pantry. Many retailers have these items on sale at this time. Please be generous. Hunger has no season.

–JoAnn Nabe
Save the Date!
Pancake Supper on February 25

Please mark your calendars for the Pancake Supper Tuesday, February 25, 5-7 p.m. in the parish hall.

Ticket prices will be forthcoming but are expected to be unchanged from last year.

–Ken Kelley
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