June 19, 2016
In several senses, Pentecost marks for us the end of many months of anticipation, commemoration, and celebration and the beginning of the fullness of the life and faith we share. It is a day bringing our focus on the Holy Spirit, the embodiment of divine grace, the supreme gift, the ongoing presence of God in our lives; yet, it is a day directing us to the praise of the Trinity, the three divine persons, and the historical and spatial relationship God’s people have with Him. For the disciples, the day marks their spiritual maturity. Their faith began in their nationality, for they were of the nation that God the Father chose to glorify Him. The faith was completed in their confrontation with God the Son, through His presence and the nourishment He gave. The fullness of the faith came with the coming in power of God the Spirit. The disciples had grown in spirit and were ready for their work; the birth of the Church was imminent; the Bride was to be made ready. In the cycle of the calendar, we now stand ready to do likewise, and all weeks from now until our preparation for Advent are the weeks of Pentecost. In the picture of the birth of the Church there are symbols beyond mention here; the unity in the common tongue, the Light that shines brighter than day, the bold proclamation to all men of the Gospel. We look forward from this day to weeks without special celebrations, to days without reference to past days of enormous import–to normal, uneventful days. But these are not uneventful days; they are the days for which we have prepared, the days of the Church, the days of our maturity and growth, the days when, through the guidance and power of the Holy Spirit, we run the good race and cross the finish to bring praise and glory to our glorious God, the eternal Trinity.
Acts 2:1-11: In the reading from Acts we see the pouring out of God’s Spirit on the apostles, the fulfillment of Joel’s prophecy, and the beginning of the Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church.
John 7:37-52, 8:12: Our Lord calls those thirsting for righteousness to Himself, promising to eternally quench their thirst by the gift of the Holy Spirit. The Pharisees, however, view Jesus as a threat to their authority and seek for ways to undermine His authority.
Troparion of Pentecost: Blessed art thou, O Christ our God, who hast revealed the fishermen as most wise, having sent upon them the Holy Spirit, and through them thou hast fished the universe, O Lover of mankind, glory to thee.
Kontakion of Pentecost: When the high One descended, confusing tongues, he divided the nations. And when he distributed the fiery tongues he called all to one unity. Wherefore, in unison we glorify the most Holy Spirit.
Sunday, June 19 (Pentecost)
8:50 a.m. — Orthros
10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy
12:00 p.m. — Pot Luck Feast
6:30 p.m. — Kneeling Vespers
Monday, June 20
Office Closed — Father John’s Day Off
Tuesday, June 21
6:00 a.m. — Daily Orthros
Wednesday, June 22
6:30 p.m. — Daily Vespers
7:15 p.m. — Choir Practice
7:30 p.m. — Parish Council Meeting
Thursday, June 23
6:00 a.m. — Daily Orthros
Friday, June 24 (Nativity of the Forerunner)
Saturday, June 25
5:45 p.m. — Ninth Hour followed by Great Vespers
Sunday, June 26 (Sunday of All Saints)
8:50 a.m. — Orthros
10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy
Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Morrises for the Divine Liturgy this morning.
Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:
Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour
June 19 Morris POT LUCK MEAL
(Feast of Pentecost) Set-up: Kh. Be’Be’ Schelver
June 26 Jones Henderson/Baker/Lockhart
June 28 (Tues. p.m.) Meadows Karen Cooper
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#
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
July 3 Phillip Lasseter 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 Walt Wood 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 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 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.
* We will celebrate the Feast of Pentecost today with a Pot Luck Meal following the Divine Liturgy. We will also celebrate with Kneeling Vespers this evening, beginning at 6:30 p.m.
* This year the Fast of the Apostles will only be Monday and Tuesday, June 27th and 28th.
* The Feast of the Chief Apostles Peter and Paul will be celebrated with Orthros followed by the Divine Liturgy, beginning at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday evening, June 28th.
* 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.
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.
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 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: “The heart is now purified by the grace of God, and the mind can establish itself there with ease, through the invocation of the Name of Christ. Whereupon the heart, quite naturally, begins to cry unceasingly with ‘groanings which cannot be uttered’ (Rom. 8:26). From this time forth, the Lord is ever present, dwelling in our heart, and being ‘taught of God’ (cf. John 6:45), we learn to discern which thoughts are in harmony with His presence and which ones hinder His coming and abiding in us. In other words, we are initiated into the prophetic life. The heart is instructed to indite good matters (cf. Ps. 45:1), to understand the language of God and with holy determination to cry ceaselessly, ‘My heart is ready, O God, my heart is ready: I will sing and give praise’ to my Redeemer (Ps. 56:7 Lxx). We are taught how to become signs of the Spirit, witnessing to the truth of Him Who has come to save us and Who will come again to judge the world with justice and goodness. With all our strength, and in all our endeavours, we try to meet the expectations of our Lord, knowing that ‘the Lord loves holy hearts, and all blameless persons are acceptable with him’ (Prov. 22:11 Lxx).
I have not said much, but I hope it is clear that man’s principal work, which alone gives worth to his life, is the effort of discovering and purifying his ‘deep heart’, that it may be blessed with the indescribable contemplation of our God, Who is Holy.”
The Hidden Man of the Heart
by Archimandrite Zacharias
Worship: Sunday, June 26, 2016 (Sunday of All Saints; First Sunday after Pentecost)
Scripture: Hebrews 11:33-12:2; Matthew 10:32-33, 37-38; 19:27-30
Celebrant: Father John
Epistle Reader: Mildred Morris
Coffee Hour: Henderson/Baker/Lockhart