July 3, 2016
Second Sunday after Pentecost
Romans 2:10-16: In our reading from Romans we hear St Paul tell us that the Gentiles who obey the Law of God and yet are unbelievers do so out of knowledge of the Law written in their hearts and will be judged by the Lord.
Matthew 4:18-23: In the reading from Matthew we see our Lord begin His public ministry by settling in the region of Galilee and calling His first four disciples.
Troparion of the Resurrection: The stone being sealed by the Jews, and thy pure body being guarded by the soldiers, thou didst arise on the third day, O Saviour, granting life to the world. Wherefore, the heavenly powers acclaimed thee, O Giver of life, crying, Glory to thy Resurrection, O Christ! Glory to thy kingdom! Glory to thy gracious providence, O only 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 Theotokos: O undisputed intercessor of Christians, O mediatrix, who is unrejected by the Creator, turn not away from the voice of our petitions though we be sinners; come to us in time, who cry to thee in faith, for thou art good. Hasten to us with intercessions, O Theotokos, who didst ever intercede for those who honor thee.
Sunday, July 3 (Second Sunday after Pentecost)
8:50 a.m. — Orthros
10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy
Monday, July 4
Office Closed — Father John’s Day Off
Tuesday, July 5 (Athanasios of Athos)
6:00 a.m. — Daily Orthros
Wednesday, July 6
6:30 p.m. — Daily Vespers
7:15 p.m. — Choir Practice
Thursday, July 7
6:00 a.m. — Daily Orthros
11:30 a.m. — Men’s Lunch
Friday, July 8
Saturday, July 9
10:00 a.m. — Ladies meet for Akathist
5:45 p.m. — Ninth Hour followed by Great Vespers
Sunday, July 10 (Third Sunday after Pentecost)
8:50 a.m. — Orthros
10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy
12:00 p.m. — Pot Luck Meal
Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Meadows for the Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul this past Tuesday evening and by the Davises 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
July 3 Davis Karam/Stewart/Meadows
July 10 Karam POT LUCK MEAL
July 17 Brock Pigott/Strain/Osborne
July 24 Fahmy Skirtech/Skirtech/Parker
July 31 Baker Algood/Lasseter
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#
July 3 Walt Wood Rom. 2:10-16 90
July 10 Kh. Be’Be’ Schelver II Tim. 2:1-10 328
July 17 Brenda Baker Titus 3:8-15 322
July 24 David Turner Rom. 10:1-10 108
July 31 Phillip Lasseter Rom. 12:6-14 113
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 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; Fr. James and Kh. Sharon and their family.
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 keep Phillip, Nikki and Titus Lasseter in your prayers as Phillip is seeking the Metropolitan’s blessing to attend seminary in the fall.
* 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.
* Mother Christophora of Holy Transfiguration Monastery will be speaking at Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church in Clinton Tuesday through Thursday, July 12-14, beginning at 7:00 p.m. Her topic will be “Spiritual Healing: Working through the Bumps and Bruises of Human Failings and Hurts”.
* Vacation Church School will be held July 14th – 16th.
* 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.
* The MS Valley Deanery Clergy Retreat will be held at St. Peter October 24-26th.
Burial Plots at Natchez Trace Cemetery: Mr. Michael Hudgins, the Director of the Natchez Trace Funeral Home has made a very generous offer to the members of St. Peter who wish to purchase a burial plot and pre-arrange their funeral needs. The offer will expire at the end of 2016. Copies of Mr. Hudgins letter may be found on the information table in the Fellowship Hall. If you are interested in this offer, please contact Mr. Hudgins for an appointment. (We will not have another meeting of the parish as previously announced.)
Supper Club!! Supper Club is not dead—merely delayed. If you wish to participate, please sign the list located on the information table in the hallway.
Father John will be out July 15-22nd for the Clergy Symposium at the Antiochian Village. If you need a priest during this time, please contact Fr. Leo or Fr. James.
Fasting Discipline for July
In July the traditional fasting discipline (no meat, dairy, eggs, fish, wine or oil) is observed on all Wednesdays and Fridays of the month.
Major Commemorations for July
July 5 Athanasios of Athos
July 11 Euphemia the all-praised
July 17 Great-martyr Marina
July 20 Prophet Elias
July 25 Dormition of Righteous Anna
July 27 Great-martyr Panteleimon
Quotable: “A Christian’s . . . duty is to ‘take up his cross.’ The word ‘cross’ means sufferings, sorrows, and adversities. To take up one’s cross means to bear without grumbling everything unpleasant, painful, sad, difficult, and oppressive that may happen to us in life . . . without expecting any earthly reward in return, but to bear it all with love, with joy, and with courageous strength.”
Saint Innocent of Alaska
Worship: Sunday, July 10, 2016 (Third Sunday after Pentecost)
Scripture: II Timothy 2:1-10; Matthew 6:22-33
Celebrant: Father John
Epistle Reader: Kh. Be’Be’ Schelver
Coffee Hour: POT LUCK MEAL
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