May 22, 2016
Sunday of the Paralytic
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.
Acts 9:32-42: Empowered by the Holy Spirit, St Peter heals a paralyzed man and raises a woman from the dead; both acts lead to many people believing in the Lord.
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 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 ARejoice@ to the myrrh-bearing women, granting peace to Thine apostles and bestowing resurrection on the fallen.
Sunday, May 22 (Sunday of the Paralytic)
8:50 a.m. — Orthros
10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy
Monday, May 23
Office Closed — Father John’s Day Off
Tuesday, May 24
6:00 a.m. — Daily Orthros
11:30 a.m. — Ladies Lunch
Wednesday, May 25 (The Forerunner – Third Discovery)
6:30 p.m. — Daily Vespers
7:15 p.m. — Choir Practice
7:30 p.m. — Parish Council Meeting
Thursday, May 26
6:00 a.m. — Daily Orthros
Friday, May 27
Saturday, May 28 (Constantine and Helen)
5:45 p.m. — Ninth Hour followed by Great Vespers
Sunday, May 29 (Sunday of the Samaritan Woman)
8:50 a.m. — Orthros
10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy
Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Dn. Richard Roots 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
May 22 R. Root D. Root/Dansereau
May 29 Henderson Algood/Lasseter
June 5 Algood R. Root/Habeeb
June 8 (Wed. p.m.) Katool Mary Guy Lockhart
June 12 Schelver Schelver/Lavric/Turner
June 19 Morris Kh. Be’Be’ Schelver
June 26 Jones Henderson/Baker/Lockhart
June 28 (Tues. p.m.) Meadows Karen Cooper
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#
May 15 Phillip Lasseter Acts 6:1-7 38
May 29 Brenda Baker Acts 11:33-12:2 52
June 5 David Turner Acts 16:16-34 58
June 8 (Wed. p.m.) Sh. Charlotte Algood Acts 1:1-8 63
June 12 Walt Wood Acts 20:16-18, 28-36 66
June 19 Warren Strain Acts 2:1-11 77
June 26 Mildred Morris Heb. 11:33-12:2 84
June 28 (Tues. p.m.) Kh. Sharon Meadows II Cor. 11:21-33, 12:6-9 389
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.
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; 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; Walt and Charlotte Wood and their family; Lynda Costas; Kevin and Angelina Speier; Tom and Kathy Willingham; Demitrius Zouboukos; Effie Johnson (Kh. Susan Cushman’s mother).
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.
Fasting Discipline for May
Following Bright Week, the traditional fasting discipline (no meat, dairy, eggs, fish, wine or oil) is observed on all remaining Wednesdays and Fridays of the month.
Major Commemorations for May
May 22 Sunday of the Paralytic
May 25 The Forerunner (3rd Discovery)
May 29 Sunday of the Samaritan Woman
* 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.
* The men of the parish will meet at the church once each quarter for a Saturday morning Father-Son Prayer Breakfast. The next meeting is Saturday, May 21st.
* The remaining dates for serving at the Stewpot Ministries this year are September 17th and November 26th.
* His Grace, Bishop THOMAS will be with us August 12-15th. Be sure to mark your calendars now.
Parish Life Conference: This year’s PLC will be hosted by St. Andrew the Apostle in Pensacola, FL, from June 15-18. Registration and information about the hotel is available on the Antiochian website. Please make plans to support our sister parish in their efforts.
Burial Plots at Natchez Trace Cemetery: There is a sign-up sheet in the Fellowship Hall for anyone interested in a group of burial plots set aside for St. Peter at the Natchez Trace Cemetery on Highway 51 in Madison. There is a letter detailing a special offer for members of St. Peter for burial plots and funeral arrangements. For those interested we will have a meeting within the next couple of weeks to discuss this further.
Quotable: “In the early stages of repentance, the believer carries the small cross that God’s Providence, in His discernment and love for mankind, has foreseen in the life of each of us. Our personal cross is shaped according to our specific need to be liberated from every form of passionate attachment, and unless we carry it we will never be able to love God our Creator and Benefactor with a free heart and run His course faithfully and steadily. In other words, we take up our cross in response to the commandment to repent, and it becomes the key to our entry into the great and eternal inheritance, which Christ gained for us through His Cross and Resurrection. ”
The Hidden Man of the Heart
by Archimandrite Zacharias
Worship: Sunday, May 29, 2016 (Sunday of the Samaritan Woman)
Scripture: Acts 11:19-30; John 4:5-42
Celebrant: Father John
Epistle Reader: Brenda Baker
Coffee Hour: Algood/Lasseter