May 29, 2016
Sunday of the Samaritan Woman
This Sunday concludes the week which includes mid-Pentecost. The scriptures for that day make reference to the great and final feast and the Lord’s words concerning fountains of living water and the nourishment of the spirit. The episode of the Samaritan woman at Jacob’s Well and Jesus’s further description of Himself as living water continue this theme. There are innumerable nuances to the message of this episode, ranging from the allusion to the patriarch Joseph to the faith of those who believe without seeing, but let us concentrate on the woman who comes into the presence of her God. Christ asks service of her, asks her to ignore their traditional enmity, confuses her with parables, confronts her with her sins, and claims to be her Messiah and Lord. She enters the scene with skepticism, but she does not let circumstances blind her, for the words of the man before her ring with unmistakable authority and truth. Whether she wants to or not, she must believe herself to be in the presence of the Son of God; she not only believes, but she quickly bears witness to the others of her town. We join her in her faith, and we, too, partake of the Water of Life.
Acts 11:19-30: Reading in Acts, we see the establishment of the first predominately Gentile church in Antioch under the leading of Barnabas and Saul.
John 4:5-42: In Jesus’ encounter with the Samaritan woman we see our Lord’s concern with the truth, both in our dealings with others and in our worship of God. We also see that spreading the eternal gospel of the Kingdom is a corporate action and not that of just one or two.
Troparion of the Resurrection: Having learned the joyful message of the Resurrection from the angel, the women Disciples cast from them their parental condemnation, and proudly broke the news to the Disciples, saying, Death has been spoiled. Christ God is risen, granting the world Great Mercy.
Troparion for mid-Pentecost: In the midst of this Feast, O Saviour, give my thirsty soul to drink of the waters of true worship; for thou didst call out to all, saying, Whosoever is thirsty, let him come unto me and drink. Wherefore, O Christ our God, Fountain of life, glory to thee.
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 29 (Sunday of the Samaritan Woman)
8:50 a.m. — Orthros
10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy
Monday, May 30
Office Closed — Father John’s Day Off
Tuesday, May 31
6:00 a.m. — Daily Orthros
Wednesday, June 1 (Justyn Martyr)
6:30 p.m. — Daily Vespers
7:15 p.m. — Choir Practice
7:30 p.m. — Parish Council meeting
Thursday, June 2
6:00 a.m. — Daily Orthros
11:30 a.m. — Men’s Lunch
Friday, June 3
Saturday, June 4 (Metrophanes of Constantinople)
5:45 p.m. — Ninth Hour followed by Great Vespers
Sunday, May 22 (Sunday of the Blindman)
8:50 a.m. — Orthros
10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy
Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Hendersons 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 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 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.
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.
Our condolences go to Kh. Susan Cushman of St. John’s in Memphis on the falling asleep of her mother, Effie Johnson, last Sunday. May her memory be eternal! Please keep Fr. Basil, Kh. Susan and their family in your prayers.
Fr. John will be having knee surgery on Friday, June 3rd. For the first few days afterwards, please call Fr. Leo or Fr. James if you need a priest.
* 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 Leave-taking of Pascha will be celebrated with Paschal vespers on Tuesday evening, June 7th, beginning at 6:30 p.m
* The Feast of the Ascension will be celebrated with Orthros followed by Divine Liturgy on Wednesday evening, June 8th, beginning at 6:00 p.m.
* 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.
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.
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.
Pentecost Feast: We will have a set menu (Southern lunch) pot luck following the Divine Liturgy on Sunday, June 19th. There is a sign-up sheet in the Fellowship Hall. Anyone wanting to bring outdoor games is encouraged to do so!
Fasting Discipline for June
The traditional fasting discipline (no meat, dairy, eggs, fish, wine or oil) is observed on all Wednesdays and Fridays prior to Pentecost (June 19th). There will be no fasting of any kind during the week following Pentecost. The Apostles fast will begin on June 27th and run through June 29th this year.
Major Commemorations for June
June 1 Justyn Martyr
June 4 Metrophanes of Constantinople
June 5 Sunday of the Blindman
June 8 Theodore the General (transfer of relics)
June 9 Feast of the Ascension
June 12 Sunday of the Holy Fathers of Nicea
June 19 Feast of Pentecost
June 24 Nativity of the Forerunner
June 26 Sunday of All Saints
June 29 Chief Apostles Peter and Paul
June 30 Synaxis of the Twelve Apostles
Quotable: “But there are no limits to man’s repentance. The highest form of repentance for which God bestows an exceptional measure of grace is when man who offers up a cry of repentance for the whole human race and, like another Adam, perceives the cosmic consequences of his own fallen state. We see examples of this kind of repentance in the three Holy Children in Babylon, in the great Apostle Paul, in the humble intercession of all the saints, and last but not least in St. Silouan’s prayer for the whole world: ‘I pray Thee O merciful Lord for all the peoples of the earth, that they may come to know Thee by Thy Holy Spirit.’ The depth of this deceptively simple prayer can be discerned in Adam’s Lament, his personal portrait of universal repentance. ”
The Hidden Man of the Heart
by Archimandrite Zacharias
Worship: Sunday, June 5, 2016 (Sunday of the Blindman)
Scripture: Acts 16:16-34; John 9:1-38
Celebrant: Father John
Epistle Reader: David Turner
Coffee Hour: R. Root/Habeeb