January 31, 2016
Thirty-second Sunday after Pentecost
I Timothy 4:9-15: From our reading in St Paul’s first letter to Timothy, we hear him exhort
Timothy to teach concerning God, the Savior of all men, and by his conduct to be an example of godliness to unbelievers.
Luke 19:1-10: In the story of Zaccheus we are reminded of why the Only-begotten Son of the
Father became incarnate: to save mankind from our sin and its consequences.
Troparion of the Resurrection: When thou, O immortal Life, didst humble thyself unto death, then didst thou destroy death by the brightness of thy Godhead; and when thou didst raise the bowels of the earth, then all the heavenly powers exclaimed, O Christ, thou art the Giver of life! Glory to thee, O our God!
Troparion of Sts. Cyrus and John: Since Thou hast given us the miracles of Thy Martyrs, Cyrus and John, as an invincible battlement, by their entreaties scatter the counsels of the heathen, O Christ our God, and strengthen the faith of Orthodox Christians, since Thou art good and the Lover of mankind.
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 the Presentation: Thou, O Christ God, who by your Birth, didst sanctify the Virgin’s womb, and as is meet, didst bless Simeon’s arms, and didst also come to save us, preserve thy fold in wars, and confirm them whom thou didst love; for thou alone art the Lover of mankind.
Sunday, January 31 (Thirty-second Sunday after Pentecost)
8:50 a.m. — Orthros
9:00 a.m. — Christian Education
10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy
Monday, February 1
Office Closed — Father John’s Day Off
6:30 p.m. — Great Vespers with Litia and Artoklasia
Tuesday, February 2 (Presentation of our Lord in the Temple)
Many years before the coming of Christ there lived a very pious and saintly man called Simeon. He was one of the most intelligent Jewish scholars of his day. Simeon prayed for the day that the Saviour would come and deliver all Israel (and the world) from sin. One evening while kneeling in prayer, Simeon heard the voice of God saying to him that he would not die until he had seen the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Holy Tradition tells us that Simeon waited many long years. Some Holy Fathers inform us that Simeon was over 150 years old when the Promise of God was fulfilled. The Holy Scriptures tell us that 40 days after the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ the Virgin Mary brought the Christ Child to the Temple for Presentation. It was a law that the first born son of a family should be offered to God and His service, as soon as a period of purification was past. It was here that Simeon waited patiently that day, as he had done for so many years. The Spirit of the Lord brought him to the baby Jesus. Simeon took the infant Child in his trembling hands and recited the following beautiful prayer which is recited in the Orthodox Church every evening during Vesper services:
“Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word.
For mine eyes have seen Thy Salvation which thou hast prepared before the
face of all peoples. A Light to enlighten the Gentiles and to be the glory of
thy people Israel.”
Thus the promise to the aged Simeon was finally fulfilled. The next day Simeon died in peace, thankful to Almighty God that he was honored to see the coming of Christ.
This custom has continued down to our own day for both male and female children, and every mother who brings her new-born child to Church on the fortieth day is remembering the Great Feast of the Presentation of our Lord Jesus Christ in the Temple.
6:00 a.m. — Festal Orthros
Wednesday, February 3 (Simeon the God-receiver)
6:30 p.m. — Daily Vespers
7:15 p.m. — Choir Practice
Thursday, February 4
6:00 a.m. — Daily Orthros
11:30 a.m. — Men’s Lunch
Friday, February 5
Saturday, February 6
8:30 a.m. — Father-Son Prayer Breakfast
5:45 p.m. — Ninth Hour followed by Great Vespers
Sunday, February 7 (Sunday after the Presentation)
8:50 a.m. — Orthros
9:00 a.m. — Christian Education
10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy
Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Davises for the Divine Liturgy this morning.
Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:
Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour
January 31 Davis Schelver/Lavric/Turner
February 1 (Mon. p.m.) D. Root (Artoklasia Bread)
Feast of the Presentation of our Lord in the Temple
February 7 Karam Henderson/Baker/Lockhart
February 14 Brock POT LUCK MEAL
February 21 Fahmy Ellis/Zouboukos/Fahmy
February 28 Baker Pigott/Strain/Osborne
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#
January 31 Mildred Morris I Tim. 4:9-15 252
February 7 Phillip Lasseter II Cor. 6:1-10 168
February 14 Kh. Be’Be’ Schelver II Cor. 6:16-7:1 173
February 21 Brenda Baker II Tim. 3:10-15 258
February 28 David Turner I Cor. 6:12-20 265
Please be reminded that the Sacristy/Vestry which is adjacent to and behind the altar in our church is considered by the Orthodox Church to be part of the Sanctuary (Altar area) and should not be entered without the blessing of the priest for a specific purpose. If you need to speak with a member of the clergy while they are in the Sanctuary, please ask them to come to you in the nave.
Please be reminded of the following:
Be very careful with the Blessed Bread when you take it after communion. 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.
Also, at the end of the liturgy, maintain a prayerful disposition during the veneration of the cross as the prayers of thanksgiving after communion are still underway. Please exchange your greetings with each other in the Fellowship Hall during Coffee Hour.
Please continue to pray for the health of His Grace, Bishop ANTOUN.
Continue to pray for Metropolitan Paul (who is also the brother of our Patriarch) and the Syriac Archbishop John of Aleppo who were abducted while on a humanitarian mission in Syria.
Please remember Fr. Joseph and Kh. Joanna Bittle, and their daughter Abigail, in your prayers.
Please remember the following in your prayers: Steve, Sheryl and Stephen Chamblee; Amy and Brantley Oliver; Aidan Milnor, the Milnor family; Sam and Lamia Dabit and Sammie; Georgia Buchanan, George Johns (Georgia’s grandson) and his family; Mary Greene (Lee and Kh. Sharon’s sister); Fr. Stephen Tewfik; Sh. Gail Shannon; Dn. Sidney and Sh. Mary Elliot;
Walt and Charlotte Wood and their family; Tom and Jennifer Skirtech and their family; Tom and Kathy Willingham; Athena and Anthony Zouboukos and their family; Elias and Olga Karam (Simon’s parents) as well as Simon and Rola Karam; Lynda Costas.
To insure that each family has access to the weekly bulletins, please pick up only 1 bulletin per family. We’ve run short recently and want to be sure that everyone has access to the church bulletins.
Camping Registration and Scholarships: We have received the scholarship forms for the Archdiocese camps. If you need assistance, please contact Fr. John. We have also received word that registration is NOW open for Camp St. Thekla. If your children plan to attend one of their sessions, it will be important to register as soon as possible to be sure that there is room for them.
House Blessings! A sign-up sheet is available in the Fellowship Hall to sign up for your house blessing. You may also e-mail Father John at frjohnc with 3 dates for your blessing. Please schedule these as soon as possible. Everyone should have their home blessed. However, the responsibility for scheduling lies with individuals and not with Father John. No house blessings will be done once Great Lent starts (March 14th this year).
* The Men of the parish meet for lunch and fellowship on the first Thursday of the month.
* The Ladies of St. Peter will meet at 10:00 a.m. on the second Saturday of the month to pray the Akathist to the Mother of God, Nurturer of Children. Those who are able will go out for lunch and fellowship afterwards.
* The men of the parish will meet at the church once each quarter for a Saturday morning Father-Son Prayer Breakfast. The next Breakfast will be February 6th.
* We will celebrate the Feast of the Presentation of our Lord in the Temple with Great Vespers with Liltia and Artoklasia TOMORROW evening, beginning at 6:30 p.m.
* The Deanery Youth Retreat is scheduled for February 12-14, 2016 at Camp Hopewell, outside of Oxford. More information TBA.
* Fr. John Oliver will be our Pre-Lenten speaker March 1-3. Mark your calendars now!
* On the second Saturday of March (12th), the Ladies of St. Peter will have a simple soup meal following the monthly Akathist at 10:00 a.m. They will also spend time putting together packets for I.O.C.C.
* On the first Saturday of April (2nd), the Ladies will hold a garage sale to raise money for their charitable projects. More information will be available in the near future.
Father John will be out the following dates:
January 29-31 in Murphreeboro, TN for the Blessing of the new building for St. Elizabeth the New Martyr Orthodox Church and for the Elevation of their pastor, Fr. John Oliver, to Archpriest; and
February 22-29 for a pilgrimage to the Monastery of St. John the Forerunner in Essesx, England.
If you need a priest during these times, please contact Fr. Leo or Fr. James.
Pledge Letters have been mailed. Please return these as soon as possible so that we can make plans for the coming year. If you did not receive one, please let Kh. Sharon know.
Bethany Christian Services is a new medical clinic opening across the street from the abortion clinic in Jackson. Their mission is to provide medical services and options for women who choose to not have an abortion. They are looking for volunteers to help with the tasks of running the clinic. They are especially interested in volunteers who have some medical training. If you have some time and would like to help with this worthy cause, please contact Barbara Beavers at 601-366-4282.
Pre-Lenten Speaker: Very Rev. Fr. John Oliver, pastor of St. Elizabeth the New Martyr Antiochian Orthodox Church in Murphreesboro, TN, will be peaking at St. Peter March 1-3, 2016. His topic will be “Our Dark Emotions in the Light of Christ.” Be sure to mark your calendars now.
Supper Clubs: A Sign-up sheet has been placed on the table in the Fellowship Hall for anyone wishing to participate in Supper Club this year.
Fasting Discipline for February
The traditional fasting (no meat, dairy, eggs, fish, wine or oil) is observed on all Wednesdays and Fridays of the month.
Major Commemorations for February
February 2 Presentation of our Lord in the Temple
February 3 Simeon the God-receiver
February 10 Hieromartyr Haralampos
February 11 Blaise, Bishop of Sebaste
February 21 Sunday of the Pharisee and the Publican
February 24 The Forerunner (1st and 2nd Discoveries)
February 28 Sunday of the Prodigal Son
Thermostats in the Fellowship Hall: There are two thermostats in the Fellowship Hall—one in the main room to control the air in the main room, and a second one in the Nursery room that controls the air in all four of the Sunday School rooms. Please be sure when you leave the building that both thermostats are set to 80 degrees in warm weather or 60 degrees in cold weather.
Quotable: “The return journey from this remote and inhospitable land is not an easy one, and there is no hunger more fearful than that of a heart laid waste by sin. Those in whom the heart is full of the consolation of incorruptible grace can endure all external deprivations and afflictions, transforming them into a feast of spiritual joy; but the famine in a hardened heart lacking divine consolation is a comfortless torment. There is no greater misfortune than that of an insensible and petrified heart that is unable to distinguish between the luminous Way of God’s Providence and the gloomy confusion of the ways of this world. On the other hand, throughout history there have been men whose hearts were filled with grace. These chosen vessels were enlightened by the spirit of prophecy, and were therefore able to distinguish between Divine Light and the darkness of this world.”
The Hidden Man of the Heart
by Archimandrite Zacharias
Worship: Sunday, February 31, 2016 (Sunday after the Presentation)
Scripture: II Corinthians 6:1-10; Matthew 25:14-30
Celebrant: Father John
Epistle Reader: Phillip Lasseter
Coffee Hour: Henderson/Baker/Lockhart