February 21, 2016
Sunday of the Pharisee and the Publican
Yes, it is that time again. Lent begins on Monday, March 14th, but we begin the preparations for the journey of “bright-sadness” by especially dealing with our hearts and our spiritual condition. In her wisdom the Church is a great aid to us, for the four Sundays before Lent carry special themes that enable us to examine ourselves.
The theme of the fourth Sunday before Lent is HUMILITY and the Gospel lesson of the Publican and the Pharisee (Luke 18:10-14) is read. Here we are taught to avoid the arrogant thoughts of the Pharisee and to emulate the humble prayer of the Publican “God be merciful to me a sinner.”
II Timothy 3:10-15: In St Paul’s second letter to Timothy we are reminded that godliness will bring persecutions; and we are encouraged to continue doing those things that we have been taught so as to gain the wisdom that leads to salvation in Christ.
Luke 18:10-14: In the parable of the Pharisee and the tax-gatherer, Jesus teaches us that justification does not come to those who are proud and arrogant, but rather to those who are humble and repentant.
Troparion of the Resurrection: Let us believers praise and worship the Word, co-eternal with the Father and the Spirit, born of the Virgin for our salvation; for he took pleasure in ascending the Cross in the flesh, to suffer death, and to raise the dead by his glorious Resurrection.
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 Pharisee and the Publican: Let us flee from the boasting of the Pharisee and learn the heights of humility from the publican’s words. Let us cry out in repentance: O Savior of the World, be gracious to thy servants.
Sunday, February 21 (Sunday of the Pharisee and the Publican)
8:50 a.m. — Orthros
9:00 a.m. — Christian Education
10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy
Monday, February 22
FASTING THIS WEEK]
Office Closed — Father John’s Day Off
Tuesday, February 23
NO Daily Orthros
11:30 a.m. — Ladies Lunch
Wednesday, February 24 (The Forerunner – 1st and 2nd Discoveries)
6:30 p.m. — Daily Vespers
7:15 p.m. — Choir Practice
Thursday, February 25
NO Daily Orthros
Friday, February 26
Saturday, February 27
5:45 p.m. — Ninth Hour followed by Great Vespers
Sunday, February 28 (Sunday of the Prodigal Son)
8:50 a.m. — Orthros
9:00 a.m. — Christian Education
10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy
Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Fahmys for the Divine Liturgy this morning.
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.
Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:
Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour
February 21 Fahmy Ellis/Zouboukos/Fahmy
February 28 Baker Pigott/Strain/Osborne
March 5 (Sat. a.m.) Wood Lou Turner/Natalia Alaeetawi
(Saturday of the Souls Koliva: Stewarts)
March 6 R. Root Skirtech/Skirtech/Parker
March 13 Henderson TEEN’S FUNDRAISER MEAL
March 20 Algood Algood/Lasseter
March 24 (Thur. p.m.) Katool Christina Katool
(Feast of the Annunciation)
March 27 Schelver R. Root/Habeeb
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#
February 21 Brenda Baker II Tim. 3:10-15 258
February 28 David Turner I Cor. 6:12-20 265
March 5 (Sat. a.m.) Sh. Charlotte Algood I Cor. 10:23-26 271-272
March 6 Walt Wood I Cor. 8:8-9:2 273
March 13 Warren Strain Rom. 13:11-14:4 279
March 20 Mildred Morris Heb. 11:24-26, 32-40 281
March 24 (Thur. p.m.) Kh. Sharon Meadows Heb. 2:11-18 376
March 27 Phillip Lasseter Heb. 1:10-2:3 283
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.
Please remember Fr. Joseph and Kh. Joanna Bittle, and their daughter Abigail, in your prayers.
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 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.
Oliver Yeatts has transferred his membership to Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church.
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).
St. Nicholas Offering: This year the money raised for the St. Nicholas Offering was supplemented by the church and distributed to Bethany Christian Services ($1,000) and for Tornado Relief in the state ($1,000).
Father John will be out February 22-29 for a pilgrimage to the Monastery of St. John the Forerunner in Essex, England. If you need a priest during this time, 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.
* 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.
* 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 emergency 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.
* His Grace, Bishop THOMAS will be with us August 12-15th. Be sure to mark your calendars now.
Bethany Christian Services is a new medical clinic that has opened 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 speaking at St. Peter March 1-3, beginning at 7:00 p.m. each evening. (Daily Vespers will be cancelled on Wednesday, March 2nd.) Fr. John’s topic will be “Our Dark Emotions in the Light of Christ.” Be sure to mark your calendars now.
Father John is planning a Symposium on End of Life issues to be held at the church on March 9th and 10th, beginning at 7:00 p.m. Daily Vespers would be cancelled on the 9th. The first night would present the Orthodox view of death and the second night, practical issues involved.
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. There is no fasting during the week following the Sunday of the Pharisee and the Publican (February 21st).
Major Commemorations for February
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: “From the few thoughts we have mentioned, we now begin to see how precious it is to stand before God with our whole heart as we pour it out before Him. We also begin to understand how vital is the task of discovering the heart, because this allows us to talk to God and our Father from the heart and to be heard by Him, and to give Him the right to perfect the work of our renewal and restoration to the original honour we enjoyed as His sons.”
The Hidden Man of the Heart
by Archimandrite Zacharias
Worship: Sunday, February 28, 2016 (Sunday of the Prodigal Son)
Scripture: I Corinthians 6:12-20; Luke 15:11-32
Celebrant: Father John
Epistle Reader: David Turner
Coffee Hour: Pigott/Strain/Osborne