My Dear Parishioners,
Today being the Corporate Communion Sunday for the Brotherhood of St. Andrew, (St. George’s Chapter) as promised , we print some information about this Parish organization. It is hoped that this will not only inform you about the Brotherhood but also be a means of encouraging men and boys in the Parish to join the group whose President or Chapter Director, as it is termed in Brotherhood parlance, is Mr. Kenneth Rawlins.
What is the Brotherhood of St. Andrew? It is an International Ministry of men and boys within the Anglican/Episcopal Communion with corporate offices in Ambridge, Pennsylvania, USA. It was incorporated by an Act of the US Congress, signed on 30th May, 1908 by President Theodore Roosevelt. That Act states, “The sole object of the said Corporation shall be the spread of Christ’s Kingdom among men.”
There are three basic aims or objects of the Brotherhood which are termed disciplines. The DISCIPLINE OF PRAYER is to pray daily for the spread of Christ’s kingdom, especially among men and youth, and for God’s blessings upon the labours of the Brotherhood. The DISCIPLINE OF STUDY is to study the Holy Scriptures regularly and the teachings of the Church, to attain a better understanding of how to follow Christ and being others into his kingdom. The DISCIPLINE OF SERVICE is to make continuous efforts, week by week, to bring others nearer to Christ through his Church. Through these media members of the Brotherhood recognize their commitment to keep faithfully their disciplines of daily prayer, regular study and continuous service for the spread of Christ’s kingdom among men and youth both within the Church, and in the world.
The Brotherhood Collect: It is customary for the Brothers Andrew to recite together the collect for the Feast of St. Andrew (30th November) at all gatherings of the Brotherhood -
Almighty God, who gave such grace to your apostle Andrew that he readily obeyed the call of your Son Jesus Christ, and brought his brother with him: Give us, who are called by your Holy Word, grace to follow him without delay, and to bring those near to us into his gracious presence; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy spirit, one God , now and for ever. Amen.
Where as the Mothers’ Union and the AYPA have branches in various parishes, the brother-hood has Chapters. Their famous Brotherhood Hymn with its unique tune begins: “Jesus calls us; o’er the tumult/ Of our life’s wild, restless sea,/ Day by day his clear voice soundeth,/ Saying, “Christian, follow me.”
That is the clear clarion call for the Brothers Andrew to follow the example of St. Andrew
the first apostle to be called by Jesus. In John 1:40-42 we read: “One of the two who heard John speak and followed him was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. He first found his brother Simon and said to him, “We have found the Messiah.” He brought Simon to Jesus…….
When the disciples were wondering how to get food for a hungry crowd, it was Andrew who said, “There’s a lad here who has five barley loaves and two small fish; but what is that among so many?” Andrew knew about the lunch because he must have made friends with the lad. On another occasion, some Greeks asked the apostle Philip about Jesus. Philip went to Andrew for advice, and Andrew along with Philip took the Greeks to Jesus (John 12:22).Why did Philip turn to Andrew? Probably, by this time, Andrew as reputed to have a keenness for introducing people to the Lord. So each time the name Andrew appears in the New Testament, we find him introducing someone to Jesus - a true witness for the Lord.
So the Brotherhood of St. Andrew can teach all of us as Christians to introduce others to the Lord Jesus. May we all in our earthly pilgrimage follow the example of St. Andrew.
With all good wishes and prayers Archdeacon Emeritus