November 24, Last Sunday after Pentecost: Christ the King

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

Choir Rehearsal 9 a.m. | Child Care 9:45 a.m.
Church School Pageant Rehearsal 10 a.m.
Pictured: Christ the King stained glass, St. Joseph's Seminary, NY
The Collect:
Almighty and everlasting God, whose will it is to restore all things in your well-beloved Son, the King of kings and Lord of lords: Mercifully grant that the peoples of the earth, divided and enslaved by sin, may be freed and brought together under his most gracious rule; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, One God, now and for ever. Amen .

This week’s lessons: Jeremiah 23:1-6; Psalm 46; Colossians 1:11-20; Luke 23:33-43

Epistle
May you be made strong with all the strength that comes from his glorious power, and may you be prepared to endure everything with patience, while joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has enabled you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the light. He has rescued us from the power of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. Colossians 1:11-13
The Gospel |Luke 23:33-43

When they came to the place that is called The Skull, they crucified Jesus there with the criminals, one on his right and one on his left. Then Jesus said, "Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing." And they cast lots to divide his clothing. The people stood by, watching Jesus on the cross; but the leaders scoffed at him, saying, "He saved others; let him save himself if he is the Messiah of God, his chosen one!" The soldiers also mocked him, coming up and offering him sour wine, and saying, "If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself!" There was also an inscription over him, "This is the King of the Jews."

One of the criminals who were hanged there kept deriding him and saying, "Are you not the Messiah? Save yourself and us!" But the other rebuked him, saying, "Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? And we indeed have been condemned justly, for we are getting what we deserve for our deeds, but this man has done nothing wrong." Then he said, "Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom." He replied, "Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in Paradise."
Schedule for November 24 - 30

Sunday, Church School Christmas Pageant Rehearsal, 10 a.m.
Tuesday, 10:00 a.m., Julian of Norwich Prayer Group
Thursday, Thanksgiving Day
Saturday, The Feast of Saint Andrew

Looking Ahead
Sunday, December 1, Advent I
Sunday, December 8, Lessons and Carols, 5 p.m.
Tuesday, December 24, Christmas Eve Services at 4 and 10 p.m.
Angel Tree Gifts Bring a Brighter Christmas

It’s hard to believe, but it is Angel Tree time again! The tree will be in the Parish Hall on Sunday, November 24. Please choose an Angel (or more than one), purchase the requested gift, and bring the gift wrapped with the Angel taped to the front of the package by or on December 8. Hopefully, we can bring a smile to some families again this Christmas. The Outreach Committee appreciates everyone's support for this annual project.
Christmas Pageant Rehearsals Underway!

Rehearsals are underway for this year's Christmas pageant, to be held Sunday, December 22, after the 10 a.m. service. If you would like your child to participate in the pageant, please make sure that they attend church school in November and December so that parts can be assigned appropriately. Questions about the pageant can be sent to Liz McKenney or Nichole DeWall .
Advent Lessons and Carols, Sunday, December 8

The beautiful service of Lessons and Carols will be held at 5 p.m. on Sunday, December 8. It includes readings, hymns and anthems sung by St. Andrew’s Choir to celebrate the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. A reception in Pearson Hall follows the service. ECW will provide sandwiches, and the parish is asked to bring appetizers, desserts or finger foods.
Balance

While an apparent majority of parishioners found Fr. David Gable (1991-1995) unsatisfactory as St. Andrew’s rector (See St. Andrew’s Newsletter, August 23, 2019), it is important to note that negative opinion was by no means unanimous. To some, he was a warm and outgoing cleric who spent much of his time ministering beyond the walls of his church as a priest should do and was pilloried and eventually forced to resign by those who were obsessed with administrative superficialities and liturgical formalities. Fr. Gable is also remembered by some as a brilliant teacher, attendance at whose classes was a life-changing experience.

It appears that Fr. Gable’s supporters and detractors judged him by dissimilar standards and as a result arrived at different conclusions as to his suitability as St. Andrew’s rector. That led to a rancorous and divisive atmosphere unprecedented in St. Andrew’s history which, some members believed, was a threat to its survival. “Divorce,” to which Fr. Gable publicly likened his resignation, may well have been the only solution. Privately, Gable was less restrained in his assessment, expressing to another priest his opinion that some of St. Andrew’s parishioners were “crazy.” The same priest was advised not to accept a call from “a very sick parish.”

Although Fr. Gable’s bitterness is understandable, he misjudged St. Andrew’s. A huge search committee of 19 parishioners, comprising supporters and critics of the embattled priest, came together to choose his successor, whose selection was approved by a large majority of the congregation. Under her leadership, St. Andrew’s quickly recovered from its alleged illness and went on to impressive achievements. - Jim Weingartner
Do You Have the Latest Parish Directories?

The October 26 issue of the newsletter included links to the new Parish and Parish Friends Directories. If you haven't downloaded these updated documents yet, here are the links:

  • Parish Directory; and
  • Friends of the Parish Directory

The two documents consist of 1) active parishioners and 2) friends of the parish (e.g. prior members who have moved recently, former clergy, and other). 

Don't forget to save a copy to your PC desktop and an appropriate mobile phone app (e.g. Apple ibooks) for later reference. These directories are produced from the parish database maintained in Realm software. Please report updates to Marian Smithson who is the database administrator.
Happy Thanksgiving!

As you celebrate Thanksgiving with friends and family this year, remember to give thanks for the many blessings you receive daily and ask that others who are less fortunate may have a warm meal and shelter on this special day.

Scrip Purchases Support
St. Andrew’s, Outreach

Please think about doing your grocery, gas, and holiday gift shopping with the scrip program. Either JoAnn or Fredna is usually at the scrip table after Sunday services. 

Many local businesses participate: 
Walgreen's, Panera, Starbuck’s, Kohl’s and more. Circle K cards are now available to use at the former Shell stations around Edwardsville and other places.

Another alternative is to purchase Scrip cards online. You will get your cash back or frequent flier miles and still help St. Andrew’s. Using your credit card will require enrolling online. For information and instructions, go to ShopWithScrip.com/CreditCard.

–Fredna Scroggins
Food Donations Needed at
Glen Ed Pantry!

Food and toiletries are critically low at the pantry right now. Some items needed are listed below. You may drop them off at the Pantry, 125 Fifth Avenue in Edwardsville, or put them in the basket by the back exit from Pearson Hall.

  • Rice, oatmeal, noodles
  • Canned fruit, applesauce
  • Canned vegetables, chili beans
  • Boxed potatoes, stuffing mix
  • Soups, chicken broth
  • Cranberry sauce, pumpkin, pie filling
  • Pancake mix, syrup
  • Beef stew, chicken and dumplings
  • Pasta sauce, spaghetti
  • Laundry detergent, dish soap
  • Paper towels
  • Coffee, tea
  • Deodorant, hand soap, body wash, shampoo, conditioner, shave cream

Donate Gloves and Scarves to the
Scarf Project!

With the unusually cold weather, please remember that donations are needed for the Scarf Project at the downtown library!
A collection box for donations is in the coat closet across from the elevator on the first floor.
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Important links:
St. Andrew's website: standrews-edwardsville.com
Diocese of Springfield: episcopalspringfield.org
The Episcopal Church: episcopalchurch.org
Living Church: livingchurch.org
Episcopal News Service: episcopalnewsservice.org
St. Andrew's Episcopal Church
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618-656-129