May 26, Sixth Sunday of Easter

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

Rector's Class, 9 a.m. | Choir rehearsal, 9:30 a.m.
Church School in recess| Child Care 9:45 a.m.
The Collect:
O God, you have prepared for those who love you such good things as surpass our understanding: Pour into our hearts such love towards you, that we, loving you in all things and above all things, may obtain your promises, which exceed all that we can desire; 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: Acts 16:9-15; Psalm 67:1-6; Revelation 21:10, 22 – 22:5; John 14:23-29

Psalm 67:1-2
May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face to shine upon us, that your way may be known upon the earth, your saving power among all nations.
The Gospel | John 14:23-29

Jesus said to Judas (not Iscariot), "Those who love me will keep my word, and my Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. Whoever does not love me does not keep my words; and the word that you hear is not mine, but is from the Father who sent me.

"I have said these things to you while I am still with you. But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid. You heard me say to you, `I am going away, and I am coming to you.' If you loved me, you would rejoice that I am going to the Father, because the Father is greater than I. And now I have told you this before it occurs, so that when it does occur, you may believe."
Schedule for the week of May 26

Tuesday, 10:00 a.m., Julian of Norwich Prayer Group
Tuesday, 12:00 p.m., Holy Eucharist
Tuesday, 1:00 p.m., Bible Study
Tuesday, 7:00 p.m., Bible Study

Rector’s office hours Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 11:00 a.m. -3:00 p.m

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Intercessory Prayer at St. Andrew’s

New Members are always welcome in the St. Julian of Norwich Prayer Group, which meets each Tuesday at 10 a.m. in the library next to the rector’s office. After a short liturgy, the group prays aloud for the church, the world, our country, and for the concerns of the parish. The prayer list is kept confidential within the group.

Please consider contributing to this important ministry. To add a concern to the prayer list, complete a card from the box on the display case at the entrance to Pearson Hall, or speak with Jeannene Goodman.

For a completely confidential request for prayer, contact Father Joel, who keeps his own personal prayer notebook.

To include someone in the Prayers of the People offered during Sunday services, please write their name in the Thanksgiving and Petitions binder at the prayer desk in the Narthex.
Exit Tudor!

We last encountered Fr. Henry Tudor, formerly Henry Myers Meakin, as he returned to Greenville from a mysterious and in part fanciful trip to England. That trip may have been related to his next venture, the opening of The Tudor Mercantile Company, in Iola, Kansas, in 1898. “The Tudor” seems to have been a quasi-modern department store, offering a wide variety of goods, and depending heavily on dramatic newspaper advertisements to drum up business. “This month,” a July 1898 ad proclaimed, “we have given away more in Rebate and Premium than many stores have sold…No Fakir here! No tricks of trade—only the Cheapest and Best….!”

Tudor had also revived his law practice, and was admitted to the Kansas bar in January 1899. In support of his petition for admission, he had produced, according to The Iola Register , “credentials of 27 years of unimpeachable standing in the Court of Queen’s Bench in England.” It was a lie. He had begun the practice of law in England in 1871 as a solicitor and come to the United States in 1878. Moreover, since he had been adjudged bankrupt prior to having abandoned his wife and child and fleeing to the United States, his standing had hardly been “unimpeachable.” The “credentials” he had submitted were obvious forgeries.

Tudor had not abandoned his clerical identity. He preached in Iola and nearby communities, no doubt exhorting his listeners, as he had done at St. Andrew’s two years earlier, to lead lives of moral rectitude. But his law practice found few clients, and the Tudor Mercantile Company went bankrupt in June 1899. Tudor fled in the dead of night to Kansas City, leading the Register to express the fear that he had “wandered away in a moment of mental aberration.” That may have been a charitable interpretation.

Whatever the case, Tudor returned to Iola, was deposed from holy orders (on what grounds are not clear, but there was no shortage of possibilities) and took a job with the Missouri Pacific Railroad’s freight claim department in St. Louis, settling with his family in a house in Shrewsbury, which he named Camelot, a reflection of his fantasies of royalty. He had given his children the middle name of Plantagenet, the English royal dynasty that had been supplanted by the Tudor dynasty in 1485.

In 1905 Tudor published a 100-page volume of poetry, leading to his acclamation in some circles as St. Louis’s poet laureate. Clearly, this was no ordinary con-man, but possibly one who had come to regret the life choices he had made. A verse from his De Profundis (“Out of the Depths”) carries a note of bleak resignation:
  • “Such is our life! A narrow ray the fortune from the past dividing, space for a moment’s bright abiding, ere to the shades we pass away.”

For Henry Tudor, that passing came on August 3, 1913, sixteen years after this gifted but deeply flawed man had come our way and become a small part of St. Andrew’s history. He is buried in Greenville’s Montrose Cemetery. -Jim Weingartner

Spring Cleaning
The ECW will again hold a White Elephant Boutique in the fall. Please start saving glassware, china, pottery, silver, jewelry, seasonal items, purses, collectibles, fine linens, and the like for the sale. With the proceeds from our last sale, we were able to purchase new blinds for Father Joel’s office.

Summer, Fall Coffee Hour Dates Available
The signup sheet for Sundays in the spring and fall is posted on the bulletin board by the restrooms near the entrance to Pearson Hall. Thanks to everyone who has volunteered this year. –Pat Rudloff