"Whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it."
Mark 10: 13-16 | Jacques Jordaens (1593-1678), St. Louis Museum of Art, Alamy
Weekly Sunday service information and parish news.
Fr. Ben Hankinson, Rector
Celebrant for all services.

In light of the recent State of Illinois indoor mask mandate, all worshippers are asked to wear masks when attending church, including those who are fully vaccinated. We pray that through compassionate fidelity to the common good, we will see the present surge subside.
October 3, Nineteenth Sunday After Pentecost

Religious Study
Sunday Forum for Adults - 9:15 in Pearson Hall
Church School for Children - 9:15 in the church garden

Holy Eucharist | Rite I, 8 a.m. | Rite II 10 a.m. (Sung)
In-person attendance for up to 75 worshippers | Masks required.
Facebook Live at 10 a.m.
Coffee hour following the 10 a.m. service.
Readings for Sunday, September 26

  • Genesis 2:18-24
  • Psalm 8
  • Hebrews 1:1-4; 2:5-12
  • Mark 10:2-16
Make Your Offering!
Mail: Send your check to St. Andrew's Treasurer, at 406 Hillsboro Avenue, Edwardsville 62025.
The Week of October 3

  • Blessing of the Animals, Church Garden, Sunday, 5:30 p.m.
  • Feast Day of St. Francis observed Sunday, 5:30 p.m.
  • Evening Prayer, Sunday via Facebook Live, 5:30 p.m.
  • Study Class with Fr. Ben via Zoom, Wednesday, 6 p.m.

Future Dates
  • Quilt Guild work meeting, Wednesday, October 6, 10 a.m.
  • Springfield Diocese Annual Synod meeting, October 15
  • Springfield Diocese Nominating Synod meeting, October 16
  • First Sunday of Advent, November 2
Blessing of the Animals, Sunday, October 3

Monday, October 4 is the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi. At St. Andrew’s, we will remember him on the evening before at 5:30. Bring your favorite furry friend to the church garden for a blessing by Fr. Ben!
Singing the Gloria in Excelsis
The Gloria in Excelsis “Glory to God in the highest,” is a canticle of adoration of the Holy Trinity. The opening is based on the angels’ declamation to the shepherds, which announces Jesus' nativity, Luke 2:14. As early as the fourth century, it was a song of praise for the morning office in the Apostolic Constitutions and is still used in that spot by Eastern Orthodox congregations. Eventually, it becomes a part of the entrance rite of the Roman Catholic mass and in some liturgies was used as a post-communion song.
Today, we sing it in preparation for the Liturgy of the Word in the Holy Eucharist: Rites I and II of the Book of Common Prayer. It is often sung (but not always) from the Christmas season through Epiphany, from Easter through the Sundays after Pentecost. It is replaced by an appropriate canticle in the penitential seasons of Advent and Lent. This Sunday, October 3, St. Andrew’s is going to sing a new musical setting of the Gloria in Excelsis. 

Arranged by the American composer, Richard Proulx, its tune is striking and modern, reminiscent of Ralph Vaughan Williams unique style. It is part of Proulx’s Community Mass, of which we currently sing the Sanctus and Angus Dei. The text and music can be found on cards in the hymnal racks of the pews. This musical setting is easy to sing and a wonderful addition to our liturgy! 

Henry Evans
Parish Organist and Choirmaster
Count Your Blessings and Share Them with Others!

Through a partnership of Faith Coalition Edwardsville and the Glen Ed Pantry, plans are in place to deliver over 200 Thanksgiving baskets to needy families who regularly rely on the pantry to make ends meet. Each basket costs about $30. You can help by sending a $30 check to this address:
  • Faith Coalition Edwardsville, P.O. Box 84, Edwardsville, IL 62025.
Please send your check by mid-November or earlier!

"For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat." Matthew 25:35
Bishop Election
Follow the Process for the Election of a New Bishop!

  • Information on the nominees - Link

  • Election Discussion Guide (NEW) - Link

  • Diocesan profile (information for candidates) - Link

  • Timeline for the election process - Link

  • The altar flowers this Sunday are in honor of the wedding anniversary of Meg and Bart Solon. The candles are donated by Cindy Yelverton in honor of Ron Yelverton.

  • Fr. Ben's fall study class began on Wednesday, September 22, and continues on fall Wednesdays at 6 p.m. The topic is the Timeline of the Bible. Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/5094879945

  • The Current, the Springfield Diocese newsletter for Petertide, was recently published. Interesting happenings at other parishes in the diocese are featured, including a Free Library at Christ the King, a Blessing Box at St. Mark's, a Pet Food Pantry at Alton, and stained glass window restoration at Trinity, Jacksonville. Link to the full issue.

  • Fr. Shane Spellmeyer, who was an SIUE student attending services at our parish a few years ago, initially served a parish in the Upper Penninsula of Michigan after seminary but is now the Rector at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Kankakee.
St. Andrew's Communications
Communications Coordinator and Newsletter Editor-in-Chief, Marian Smithson
Newsletter Editor, Jane Weingartner | Newsletter Editor, Marianne Cavanaugh