Sunday, June 30, Third Sunday after Pentecost

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

Child Care 9:45 a.m. | No Rector's Class
Church School and Choir in summer recess
(Green is the liturgical color for Pentecost.)
The Collect:
Almighty God, you have built your Church upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief cornerstone: Grant us so to be joined together in unity of spirit by their teaching, that we may be made a holy temple acceptable to you; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. A men.

This week’s lessons:
I Kings 19:15-16, 19-21; Psalm 16:1-6; Galatians 5:1, 13-25; Luke 9:51-62

“For you were called to freedom, brothers and sisters; only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for self-indulgence, but through love become slaves to one another. For the whole law is summed up in a single commandment, You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Galatians 5:13-14

Rector’s office hours Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 11:00 a.m. -3:00 p.m.
The Gospel | Luke 9:51-62
The Journey to Jerusalem: Follow me!

When the days drew near for Jesus to be taken up, he set his face to go to Jerusalem. And he sent messengers ahead of him. On their way they entered a village of the Samaritans to make ready for him; but they did not receive him, because his face was set toward Jerusalem. When his disciples James and John saw it, they said, "Lord, do you want us to command fire to come down from heaven and consume them?" But he turned and rebuked them. Then they went on to another village.

As they were going along the road, someone said to him, "I will follow you wherever you go." And Jesus said to him, "Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head." To another he said, "Follow me." But he said, "Lord, first let me go and bury my father." But Jesus said to him, "Let the dead bury their own dead; but as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God." Another said, "I will follow you, Lord; but let me first say farewell to those at my home." Jesus said to him, "No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God."
Schedule for the week of June 30
Tuesday, 10:00 a.m., Julian of Norwich Prayer Group
Tuesday, 12:00 p.m., Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with anointing for healing
Tuesday, 1:00 p.m., Bible Study
Tuesday, 7:00 p.m., Bible Study
Wednesday, 11:00 a.m., Funeral Eucharist for Ione Pence
Wednesday, 12:15 p.m., luncheon following Funeral Eucharist in the parish hall.
Thursday Independence Day, office closed

Rector’s office hours: Tuesday and Friday, 11:00 a.m. -3:00 p.m. Office closed July 4.
Getting to Know YOU!

The Joplins , Janice, Alison, and Lesley, started attending St. Andrew's in 1997, where both Alison and Lesley were baptized and confirmed by Mother Bennett. In 2001 they moved to El Paso, Texas, and Janice moved back to SIUE in 2006 and has regularly participated in the flower guild since then. Alison, Anthony, and their girls, Bryn and Blair, live in Seattle. (Picture: Lesley and Zara are 2nd on the left and Janice is on the far right.)

Janice is Associate Dean of the SIUE Business School, earning her Bachelor's degree from University of Maryland and PhD from University of Texas Arlington. She has worked as a business professor at SIUE, UTEP, and again SIUE with extensive teaching abroad in Europe and Asia. Janice also lived in Italy, England, and Scotland.

Lesley graduated from Smith College and recently completed her MLIS from University of Illinois. She interned at the Smithsonian Institution and Longwood Gardens, worked at Missouri Botanical Gardens, and is currently at Forest Park Forever.

Zara, Lesley's daughter, was born last May, and enjoys all of the music and prayers during service, and occasionally interjects her opinion during the Homily. The Joplin ladies enjoy gardening, stroller walks (only one of three gets to participate in the riding portion of this activity), reading, textile arts, and traveling. They are converted Pirates fans due to a family connection. Zara will be baptized on July 7th and looks forward to celebrating with her church family. 
From the Archives: Divorce and Remarriage

The immediate occasion for the formal separation of the English church from the Roman Catholic Church was the unwillingness of Pope Clement VII to grant Henry VIII an annulment of his marriage to Catherine of Aragon in order to marry Anne Boleyn. Thomas Cranmer, Henry’s Archbishop of Canterbury, was more accommodating, initiating a turbulent marital history summarized in these verses:
H enry VIII, to six wives he was wedded, one died, one survived, two divorced, two beheaded.
B oleyn and Howard lost their heads, Anne of Cleves he would not bed,
J ane Seymour gave him a son – but died before the week was done,
A ragon he did divorce, which just left Catherine Parr, of course!

The Episcopal Church has occasionally tried to make use of Henry’s serial marriages as a recruiting tool. A poster created in 1986 that bears the Episcopal shield shows an imposing Henry as depicted in one of Hans Holbein’s portraits with the statement, “In the church started by a man who had six wives, forgiveness goes without saying.” The website of the Christian History Institute describes a similar poster featuring a picture of Henry with the message, “The Episcopal Church welcomes divorced people.”

The subject of Henry VIII’s marriages came to mind when I found in our archives an article in the June 23, 1916 issue of The Edwardsville Intelligencer describing a report to be made by a “Joint Commission on Holy Matrimony” to the upcoming 45 th General Convention of the Episcopal Church in St. Louis that October. Should the report’s recommendations be adopted, the article noted, “…Episcopal clergymen will be forbidden to officiate at ‘any marriage after divorce during the lifetime of the other party to the original marriage.’” The proposed policy would alter the then current Canon 40 allowing a priest to consecrate the remarriage of “the innocent party” to a divorce granted on the grounds of adultery.

According to the article, the reasoning of the commission was based on both scriptural and practical grounds. It argued that it was “doubtful” that Jesus had ever made the statement attributed to him in Matthew 5:32, which seems to condone the remarriage of someone who had been granted a divorce on the grounds of the infidelity of the spouse (“the Matthean exception”). Moreover, “The extreme difficulty of determining the innocence of either party…make[s] it clear, in the judgment of the commission, that the wise course of action is to refuse the church’s rites of benediction upon any marriage after divorce during the lifetime of the other party….”

The Journal of the 45 th General Convention does not indicate that this recommendation was adopted, but a “Timeline of Marriage Canons in the Episcopal Church” reveals how tangled Church policy on marriage has been over the past two centuries. I suspect it was much simpler for a 16 th century king who was “supreme head” of his church and whose wishes were backed by the headsman’s axe. -Jim Weingartner.

Note: The image above is a facsimile of the original poster created by M. Smithson for this article.
Coffee Hour Announcement:
Volunteers are needed for the following dates: July 21 and 28, August 18 and 25.
-Pat Rudloff
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