October 27, Twentieth Sunday
after Pentecost

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

Church School 10 a.m. | Child Care 9:45 a.m.
Choir Rehearsal 9 a.m.

Pictured: Saint Luke
Worship notes

The Collect:
Almighty God, increase in us the gifts of faith, hope, and charity; and, that we may obtain what you promise, make us love what you command; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. .

This week’s lessons: Jeremiah 14: 7-10, 19-22; Psalm 84:1-6; 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18; Luke 18:9-14

Epistle:
“The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and save me for his heavenly kingdom. To him be the glory forever and ever.” 2 Timothy 4:18
The Gospel |Luke 18:9-14

Jesus told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and regarded others with contempt: "Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee, standing by himself, was praying thus, `God, I thank you that I am not like other people: thieves, rogues, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give a tenth of all my income.' But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even look up to heaven, but was beating his breast and saying, `God, be merciful to me, a sinner!' I tell you, this man went down to his home justified rather than the other; for all who exalt themselves will be humbled, but all who humble themselves will be exalted."
Schedule for Week of October 27

Sunday, October 27, return 2020 pledge forms
Tuesday, 10:00 a.m., Julian of Norwich Prayer Group
Friday, 5:00 p.m., Book Fair
Saturday, 9:00 a.m., Book Fair | 9:00 a.m. Gardening Angels work day start time

Looking Ahead
Sunday, November 3, Harvest Potluck following ten o'clock service
Sunday, December 1, Advent I
The Gifts of God for the People of God:
Pledge Cards to be Blessed Sunday, November 3

Pledge cards will be blessed at the altar on All Saints Day, November 3, along with the names of individuals we recalled for their importance in deepening our faith.

We hope you will return your pledge card this Sunday, October 27. Alternatively, you may mail it to the church office to the attention of the Stewardship Committee or complete the online form on the church website. Click here for a link to the online form. As of today, 14 pledges totaling $53,620 have been submitted.

We will celebrate the offering of time, talent, and treasure at a Harvest Potluck on Sunday, November 3. Please bring a dish to share (salad, vegetable, dessert or other). Volunteers are needed to help in the kitchen and for cleanup. Please email msmiths@siue.edu if you can help.

The Stewardship Committee
Andy Mills, Marian Smithson, Lynley Atwood, Larry Reader, and Jane Weingartner
St. Andrew’s Welcomes New Acolytes-in-Training

As Acolyte Master I’m pleased to announce that we have two new acolytes in training. Helen Pezza and Ivy Dickens have begun training to serve as candle bearers. Please encourage them and thank them for stepping forward to answer the calling to serve the church. They are learning at an incredible rate and will be ready to serve soon.

–Jim Gillentine
New Parish Directory and Friends Listing - Available Now!

Follow this link to the new parish directory with information on 135 parishioners and this link to the updated parish friends listing. 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). This information will be shared with parishioners only. The newsletter text that will be posted on our parish website will not include these documents. Consider saving these documents on your PC desktop or in your cell phone (e.g. use Apple ibooks app) for quick access to the information!
A Question of Position

In our archives is a booklet published in 1986 by the Goshen Preservation Alliance entitled Church Architecture in Edwardsville. In the section on St. Andrew’s, described as “a smallish Gothic building,” is the statement that “Lessons are read by the priest or a lay reader standing behind the altar rail.” Our experience at St. Andrew’s in recent decades, with one exception now reversed, has been that lay readers deliver the scriptural lessons from the pulpit, rather than from a lectern, which is standard practice in larger churches. I thought it might be interesting, with our recent experience fresh in mind, to query Fr. Stephen Weissman and Mother Virginia Bennet, our rectors for over 30 years, on this subject.

Fr. Weissman writes: “I never objected to lay readers’ standing in the pulpit, although I don’t recall their having stood there often” Fr. Gable apparently didn’t object either, as Mother Bennett, when she arrived at St. Andrew’s, “wondered about all the readings being read from the pulpit, but left it as it was because of the small size of the church.” She thought “adding a lectern would just add another piece of furniture, making things too crowded and not absolutely necessary.”

Frs. McMichael, Hoffman and Pence lived with the practice, two of them standing the norm on its head by preaching from a lectern while lay readers held forth from the pulpit. If our bishops were disturbed by seeing lay readers in the pulpit, which they observed often on their visitations, they kept it to themselves.

I haven’t been able to find an Episcopal canon or policy that is relevant to this subject, although one may exist. Wikipedia (admittedly not a definitive source) notes that “The pulpit is generally reserved for the clergy. This is mandated in the regulations of the Roman Catholic Church and several others (although not always strictly observed).”
At worst, it seems, we have been guilty of a mild but convenient irregularity that, in practice, our priests have normally been willing and free to accept.

-Jim Weingartner
Announcements

Come to St. Andrew's Book Fair Next weekend, November 1-2!
There’s so much to love at the Book Fair: wonderful books, DVDs, CDs and LPs at a bargain prices and a friendly and knowledgeable staff to help you. Book Sale hours are Friday, November. 1, 5 to 8 p.m. and Saturday, November 2, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Gardening Angels to Meet November 2, 9 a.m.
We all know the adage “many hands make light work.” On November 2, Gardening Angels will meet at 9 a.m. to trim bushes, cut back dead foliage and take on simple tasks on the church grounds. A light cleanup is planned. No knowledge of plants or horticulture is needed—just willing hands. All are welcome. -- Ken and Christa Kelley

The Scarf Project
These cooler temperatures remind me that I will shortly open up our rack at the Edwardsville Public Library where those in need can choose hats, scarves, and gloves and other items to help survive winter. If you have gently used, clean items to donate, our collection box is on the shelf in the cloak room near the elevator on the first floor. We accept hats, gloves, mittens, scarves, shawls, throws, afghans, blankets, and socks.

We also gratefully accept new items, and fleece yardage. You can also write a check to St. Andrew’s with “Scarf Project” in the memo section so that we can purchase items listed here. We don’t take coats and jackets since there are other organizations providing those, and we have limited space at the library. –Diane Dudding
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