Announcements for Sunday, April 25, 2010

April 25, 2010
Sunday of the Paralytic
Holy Apostle and Evangelist Mark
In the miracle of the healing of the paralytic at the pool of Bethesda, we see the Son’s power over life and sin, power which becomes fully evident in the Resurrection. The paralytic is a man crippled in body and spirit, for, even as He heals the body, Jesus warns against results of further sin. Christ frees us from our bodies of corruption and grants us flesh glorified in Him; He also frees us from the power of sin and grants us perfection in His Spirit. As the man at the pool accepted God’s grace and found life, so let us walk in His light and come into His presence.
I Peter 5:6-14: In today’s Epistle reading we are reminded that humility is the foundation of virtue, and that it is learned through submission and obedience to godly elders. We are also reminded that the devil and his angels explore us individually, looking for our weaknesses. Thus we must always be alert for his many-faceted attacks, ready to resist him at every turn.
John 5:1-15: Jesus demonstrates His lordship over creation and the Sabbath when He heals a sick man at the pool of Bethsaida.
Troparion of the Resurrection: Let the heavens rejoice and the earth be glad; for the Lord hath done a mighty act with his own arm. He hath trampled down death and become the First-born from the dead. He hath delivered us from the depths of hades, granting the world the Great Mercy.
Troparion for St. Mark: O holy Apostle and Evangelist Mark, intercede with the merciful God to grant unto our souls forgiveness of offenses.
Troparion of the Chains of St. Peter: O Holy Apostle, Peter, thou dost preside over the Apostles by the precious chains which thou didst bear. We venerate them with faith and beseech thee that by thine intercessions we be granted the great mercy.
Kontakion of Pascha: When Thou didst descend into the grave, O Immortal, Thou didst destroy the power of hades. In victory didst Thou arise, O Christ God, proclaiming “Rejoice” to the myrrh-bearing women, granting peace to Thine apostles and bestowing resurrection on the fallen.
Sunday, April 25 (Sunday of the Paralytic; Apostle and Evangelist Mark)8:50 a.m.– Orthros
9:00 a.m.– Christian Education
10:00 a.m.– Divine Liturgy
11:30 a.m.– Ladies of St. Peter (during Coffee Hour)
5:30 p.m.– Youth Group
Monday, April 26
Office Closed– Father John’s Day Off
Tuesday, April 27
6:00 a.m.– Daily Orthros of Paschal Season
Wednesday, April 28
5:00 p.m.– Catechism Class
6:30 p.m.– Daily Vespers of Paschal Season
Thursday, April 29
6:00 a.m.– Daily Orthros of Paschal Season
Friday, April 30
6:00 a.m.– Daily Orthros of Paschal Season
Saturday, May 1
4:00 p.m.– Choir Practice
5:00 p.m.– Catechism Class
5:45 p.m.– Ninth Hour followed by Great Vespers
Sunday, May 2 (Sunday of the Samaritan Woman; St. Athanasios the Great)
8:50 a.m.– Orthros
9:00 a.m.– Christian Education
10:00 a.m.– Divine Liturgy
5:30 p.m.– Young Adults
Eucharist Bread: …was offered by the Milnors for the Divine Liturgy today.
Please be very careful with the Blessed Bread when you take after communion or at the end of the liturgy. Because this bread has been blessed, we should take care not to let crumbs fall on the floor. Parents, especially, please help your children to choose a small piece and treat it carefully.
Please be reminded that Orthros begins at 8:50 a.m. and the Divine Liturgy around 10:00 on Sundays. Habitual late arrivals are a distraction from our worship of the Holy Trinity. One should not partake of communion when arriving after the reading of the Epistle.
Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:
                                          Eucharist Bread                                  Coffee Hour
April 25                             Milnors                                                    Dansereaus
May 2                                Meadows                                               POT LUCK meal
May 9                               Joanna Meadows                                  Strains
May 12 (Wed. p.m.)        D. Roots                                                 Charlotte Wood (Feast of the Ascension)
May 16                             Dansereaus                                           Jones/Stewarts
May 22 (Sat. a.m.)          Freundts                                                 Meadows(Saturday of the Souls)
May 23 (Pentecost)        Fahmys                                                   Kh. Be’Be’ Schelver
May 30                             Bakers                                                    R. Roots
Schedule for Epistle Readers – Page numbers refer to the Apostolos (book of the Epistles) located on the front pew. Please be sure to use this book when you read.
                                            Reader                                                Reading                                               Page #
April 25                               Kh. Sharon Meadows                        I Pet. 5:6-14                                          379
May 2                                 Mildred Morris                                     Heb. 13:7-16                                         365
May 9                                 Sh. Charlotte Algood                          Acts 16:16-34                                       58
May 12 (Wed. p.m.)         Brenda Baker                                      Acts 1:1-12                                            63
May 16                              Tom Willingham                                   Acts 20:16-18, 28-36                           66
May 22 (Sat. a.m.)           Kh. Sharon Meadows                         Acts 28:1-31                                          72
May 23                              Tom Skirtech                                       Acts 2:1-11                                             77
May 30                              Walt Wood                                          Heb. 11:33 – 12:2                                   84
Please remember the following in your prayers: The Longa and Dn. Sidney Elliott families from St. John’s in Memphis; Fr. Donald Lloyd; Sh. Charlotte Algood, Deacon Terry and their family; Fr. James and Kh. Linda Ellison; Bobby and Sue Webb (Deborah Finley’s parents); Tom Skirtech, Amy and Brantley Oliver; Reader Basil’s family; Aidan Milnor, the Milnor family; Jared and Stacy Autrey and their daughter Olivia Kate (St. Ignatius in Franklin).
Please continue to pray for the health of His Grace, Bishop ANTOUN.
The Esther Elliott Longa Memorial Fund has been established to help pay the medical expenses, which were very significant. If you are interested in participating, make your check out to St. Peter’s and specify that it is for her memorial fund on the memo line. We will be sending a check early in May.
Our monthly Sunday Pot Luck Meal will resume next Sunday, May 2nd.
Calling everyone (especially Men): We need more help in cleaning up following Coffee Hour and meals at the Church (especially the monthly Pot Luck meals). Since the cooking and set up are usually done by the women, this is a terrific time for the men in our parish to also serve. Please remember that those hosting coffee would always appreciate a little help in setting things back right afterwards. The more hands, the quicker the work.
Fasting Discipline for April/May
Traditional fasting (no meat, poultry, fish eggs, dairy, wine and oil) is observed on Wednesdays and Fridays of April and May, apart from the week following the Feast of Pentecost on Sunday, May 23rd, during which there is no fasting. The Apostle’s Fast this year extends from May 31st until the Feast of the Apostles Peter and Paul on Tuesday, June 29th.
Major Commemorations During May
May 2 Athanasios the Great (transfer of relics)
May 8 Apostle John the Tehologian
May 10 Apostle Simon the Zealot
May 21 Sts. Constantine and Helen
May 25 The Forerunner (3rd discovery)
Calendar Items:
*Special Services to be held during the month of May:
Wednesday, May 12 – Orthros/Divine Liturgy (Feast of Ascension)
Saturday, May 22 – Orthros/Divine Liturgy (Saturday of the Souls)
*As is our custom, we will holding the Kneeling Vespers of Pentecost on Sunday evening, May 23rd, beginning at 6:30 p.m.
*The Fast of the Apostles will begin Monday, May 31st.
*Our next time to serve a meal at the Stewpot will be on October 30th .
If you are the last to leave the building, please make sure that the heating and cooling unit in the Fellowship Hall is set to the optimum temperature for the building when unoccupied.
Weekly Quote:  “The goal of reading is the application, in our lives, of what we read. Not to learn it by heart, but to take it to heart. Not to practice using our tongues, but to be able to receive the tongues of fire and to live the mysteries of God. If one studies a great deal in order to acquire knowledge and to teach others, without living the things he teaches, he does not more than fill his head with hot air. At most, he will manage to ascend to the moon using machines. The goal of the Christian is to rise to God without machines.”
    – Elder Paisios the Athonite
WORSHIP:Sunday, May 2, 2010 (Sunday of the Samaritan Woman; Translation of the Relics of St. Athanasios the Great)
Scriptures: Hebrews 13:7-16 (St. Athanasios); John 4:5-42 (Samaritan Woman)
Celebrant: Father John
Epistle Reader: Mildred Morris
Prosphora: Meadows
Coffee Hour: POT LUCK MEAL

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