November 3, All Saints' Sunday

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.

Worship notes

The Collect:
Almighty God, you have knit together your elect in one communion and fellowship in the mystical body of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord: Give us grace so to follow your blessed saints in all virtuous and godly living, that we may come to those ineffable joys that you have prepared for those who truly love you; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen

This week’s lessons: Daniel 7:1-3, 15-18; Psalm 149; Ephesians 1:11-23; Luke 6:20-31

Epistle:
“I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation as you come to know him, so that with the eyes of your heart enlightened, you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance among the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power for us who believe according to the working of his great power.” Ephesians 1:17-19
The Gospel |Luke 6: 20-31

Jesus looked up at his disciples and said:
“Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.
“Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you will be filled.
“Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh.
“Blessed are you when people hate you, and when they exclude you, revile you, and defame you on account of the Son of Man. Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, for surely your reward is great in heaven; for that is what their ancestors did to the prophets."
"But woe to you who are rich, for you have received your consolation.
"Woe to you who are full now, for you will be hungry.
"Woe to you who are laughing now, for you will mourn and weep.
"Woe to you when all speak well of you, for that is what their ancestors did to the false prophets.
"But I say to you that listen, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. If anyone strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also; and from anyone who takes away your coat do not withhold even your shirt. Give to everyone who begs from you; and if anyone takes away your goods, do not ask for them again. Do to others as you would have them do to you.
Schedule for November 1 - 9

Friday, November 1, and Saturday, November 2, Fall Book Sale
Sunday, November 3, return 2020 pledge forms
Sunday, November 3, Harvest Potluck following ten o'clock service
Tuesday, 10:00 a.m., Julian of Norwich Prayer Group
Thursday, 7:00 p.m., Girl Scout Troop 816

Looking Ahead
Sunday, December 1, Advent I
The Gifts of God for the People of God:
Pledge Cards to be Blessed Sunday, November 3

Over the past few weeks, the Stewardship Committee has asked you to make a pledge to give in the year to come. A pledge is a plan to grow in love for God through the regular practice of giving. A pledge made to St. Andrew's this year is one way to deepen our trust in God in the months ahead, and to open our family to the joy, hope, and reconciliation of God's Spirit in our community.

If you have not submitted your pledge yet, please be ready to place it in the collection plate this Sunday so it will be blessed with all of our parish offerings. We are grateful for those who have already responded to this year's campaign.

The Stewardship Committee
Andy Mills, Marian Smithson, Lynley Atwood, Larry Reader, and Jane Weingartner
St. Andrew’s Welcomes Opera Edwardsville Rehearsals!

In preparation for their December 20 concert at The Wildey Theater, Opera Edwardsville performers under the supervision of Chase Hopkins will be rehearsing at St. Andrew's per the schedule below that was approved by Father Morsch earlier this year. Liz Edwards, Senior Warden, should be notified as soon as possible if any of these times are in conflict with activities planned to occur at St. Andrew's.

  • December 9 and 10, Penelope coaching | Time to be determined.

  • December 9 to 11: Chess Hall of Fame Rehearsal | Time: Before 2 p.m.

  • December 15: Singers and Quartet | Time: 2 to 5 p.m.

  • December 18: Full Group Rehearsal | Time: 2:30-8 p.m
Sunday, November 3 - Daylight Saving Time Ends

Remember when local daylight time is about to reach 2 a.m. Sunday morning, clocks are turned back one hour to 1 a.m.

Sunrise/sunset will be about one hour earlier on November 3.

Trials of an Organist

Given the rich musical tradition that frames the liturgical structure of the Episcopal Church, organists play a key role in its life. St. Andrew’s has had many organists throughout its long history. They have parted company with us for a variety of reasons, among them advanced age, friction with the rector and in one case a fatal heart attack between Sunday morning services.

In most instances, information on the reasons for the separation is sparse, if it exists at all. But in our archives is a long letter of more than a half- century ago that provides a detailed narrative of the grievances that led to the resignation of one of them.

The letter of resignation was sent to the vestry and parish in January of 1964, early in the rectorship of Fr. James Pearson. Our organist explained that she had made an earlier effort to resign but had agreed to remain until a replacement could be found. A promising candidate had been identified, but had withdrawn his candidacy after inspecting St. Andrew’s organ. She had bravely soldiered on, only to be informed on January 10 that the vestry had voted to reduce her stipend of $15 per week (the equivalent of $122 today) by nearly 50%, on the alleged grounds of financial exigency.

Understandably outraged, she protested that although she, a parishioner, had been hired in 1960 at the behest of the rector as an organist only, she had also served voluntarily as choir director and secretary. In addition, she had incurred major personal expenses in the course of her service, including $125 ($1034 today) for organ music and $180 ($1463 today) for choir music, cottas and cassocks for the choir. To this had been added the indignity of trying to play an organ “so poor as to be completely nerve-wracking, frustrating and embarrassing to the organist.”

Of course, we have only the organist’s side of the story, but it seems clear that an important factor in this unpleasantness was the presence of an unsatisfactory organ. Her resignation may have helped to provide the necessary impetus for its replacement. In November 1965, the Wicks organ so masterfully played by Henry Evans today was dedicated in a recital by John Harvey of the University of Wisconsin’s music faculty. Organists have since come and gone, but that organ, expanded in 1992 to 13 ranks, remains a joy to our ears and a balm to our souls. -Jim Weingartner
Announcements

Come to St. Andrew's Book Fair Today and Tomorrow 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.

Coffee Hour Hosts Needed for November 24
Volunteers are needed to host Coffee Hour on Sunday, Nov. 24th. Once this slot is filled, the 2019 calendar will be complete. A signup sheet for 2020 will be posted on December 1.
On behalf of all who have enjoyed and valued having a Coffee Hour this year, I extend our thanks to all who have stepped up to the plate in 2019. Thank you! -PatRudloff

The Scarf Project
Our rack at the Edwardsville Public Library helps those in need stay warm as temperatures drop. If you have gently used, clean items such as hats, scarves, gloves, mittens, shawls, throws, afghans, blankets and/or socks to donate, our collection box is on the shelf in the cloak room near the elevator on the first floor.

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

Change of Phone Number for Father Pence
Father Pence reports that he recently changed to a cell phone. His new number is posted on the hallway bulletin board and will appear in the next directory.
The St. Andrew's Week-End Update , a weekly emailed newsletter, is designed to keep parishioners up to date on church activities. Please send news items to Editors Marianne Cavanaugh and Jane Weingartner by 11 a.m. on Tuesday to have them appear in the following Friday's newsletter.

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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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