Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost
I Corinthians 9:2-12: In our reading from I Corinthians, we hear St Paul respond to those in who questioned his apostleship and his lifestyle as such.
Matthew 18:23-35: The Lord Jesus uses a parable to teach that forgiveness is an action to be performed by all who follow Him as well as a gift to be received from God.
Troparion of the Resurrection: When thou, O immortal Life, didst humble thyself unto death, then didst thou destroy death by the brightness of thy Godhead; and when thou didst raise the bowels of the earth, then all the heavenly powers exclaimed, O Christ, thou art the Giver of life! Glory to thee, O our God!
Troparion of St. Babylas of Antioch: By choosing the Apostles’ way of life, thou hast succeeded to their throne. Inspired of God, thou didst find the way to divine contemplation through the practice of virtue. After teaching the Word of Truth without error, thou didst defend the Faith to the very shedding of thy blood, O Hieromartyr Babylas. Entreat the Lord our God to save our souls.
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 Nativity of the Theotokos: By thy holy birth-giving, O pure one, Joachim and Anne were delivered from the reproach of barrenness; and Adam and Eve were delivered from the corruption of death; thy people do celebrate it, having been saved from the stain of iniquity, crying unto thee, The barren doth give birth to the Theotokos, who nourisheth our life.
Sunday, September 4 (Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost)
8:50 a.m. — Orthros
10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy
Monday, September 5
Office Closed — Father John’s Day Off
Tuesday, September 6 (Miracle of the Archangel Michael)
6:00 a.m. — Daily Orthros
Wednesday, September 7
6:30 p.m. — Great Vespers with Litia and Artoklasia
7:15 p.m. — Choir Practice
Thursday, September 8 (Nativity of the Theotokos)
6:00 a.m. — Festal Orthros
Friday, September 9 (Righteous Joachim and Anna)
Saturday, September 10
10:30 a.m. — Evan Root Baptism
5:45 p.m. — Ninth Hour followed by Great Vespers
Sunday, September 11 (Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost)
8:50 a.m. — Orthros
9:00 a.m. — Christian Education
10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy
Eucharist Bread …was offered by Morrises for the Divine Liturgy this morning.
Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:
Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour
September 4 Morris Ellis/Zouboukos/Fahmy
September 7 (Wed. p.m.) Meadows (Artoklasia Bread)
Feast of the Nativity of the Theotokos
September 11 Davis POT LUCK MEAL
September 13 Karam Karen Cooper
(Feast of the Elevation of the Holy Cross)
September 18 Brock Skirtech/Skirtech/Parker
September 25 Fahmy Algood/Lasseter/Dansereau
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.
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#
September 4 Kh. Be’Be’ Schelver I Cor. 9:2-12 141
September 11 David Turner Gal. 6:11-18 198
September 13 (Tue. p.m.) Sh. Charlotte Algood I Cor. 1:18-24 311-312
September 18 Walt Wood Gal. 2:16-20 193
September 25 Warren Strain II Cor. 1:21-2:4 158
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 continue to keep Dr. David Morris, son of Glenn and Mildred, in your prayers as he is recovering from quadruple bypass surgery. Please also keep his wife, Ming, and their two small sons, David and James William, in your prayers as well as Glenn and Mildred and the rest of their family.
Please continue to keep Clay Stewart, Cliff’s younger brother, in your prayers as he is recovering from surgery to remove a cancerous growth.
Please remember Kh. Cheryl Morris, wife of Fr. John Morris from St. George in Vicksburg, in your prayers. She is at Baptist Hospital being treated for an issue with her foot.
Please remember Tatyana Rukhlina, a member of Holy Resurrection who has visited our church in the past months. She has been diagnosed with cancer and is staying with the Greaves at the moment. We will taking up a fund to help with some of her medicines. If you would like to contribute, please make a note of her name on your check.
Evan Root will be baptized on Saturday morning, September 10th, beginning at 10:30 a.m. Please keep him in your prayers.
* 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 the Nativity of the Theotokos with Great Vespers with Litia and Artoklasia on Wednesday evening, September 7th, beginning at 6:30 p.m.
* Evan Root will be baptized on Saturday morning, September 10th, beginning at 10:30 a.m.
* The Feast of the Elevation of the Holy Cross will be celebrated with Orthros followed by Divine Liturgy on Tuesday evening, September 13th, beginning at 6:00 p.m.
* The remaining dates for serving at the Stewpot Ministries this year are September 17th and November 26th.
* The MS Valley Deanery Clergy Retreat will be held at St. Peter October 24-26th.
* The MS Valley Deanery will hold its annual Teen Retreat February 3-5, 2017 at Camp Hopewell in Oxford, MS. Fr. Daniel Bethancourt, Retreat Master this year, will be addressing issues related to self-esteem. Please mark your calendars now.
Tithes and Donations: We have had several unexpected expenses this summer (new a/c unit for the nave, etc.) and have used some of our financial buffer. If you are behind on your contributions, please catch them up as soon as you are able, so that we can rebuild our buffer.
Fasting Discipline for September
In September the traditional fasting discipline (no meat, dairy, eggs, fish, wine or oil) is observed on all Wednesdays and Fridays of the month. September 14th is also a strict fast day inremembrance of the Feast of the Elevation of the Holy Cross.
Major Commemorations for September
September 6 Miracle of the Archangel Michael
September 8 Nativity of the Theotokos
September 9 Righteous Joachim and Anna
September 13 Dedication of the Church of the Anastasis
September 14 Elevation of the Precious Cross
September 23 Conception of the Forerunner
September 24 Proto-martyr Thekla
September 26 Apostle John the Theologian (repose)
September 28 Venerable Chariton
Acolyte Schedule: The new Acolyte Schedules are located on the table in the hallway. Acolytes, please pick one up!
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.)
Quotable: “This sensibility is produced by the grace of mindfulness of death and in its most acute form all history and world events seem like a mirage, a wicked mockery of man in that true life in God has no past in them, and the dominion of death is everywhere. But when man is enlightened and sees his spiritual state, he also knows that he is bereft of God’s living eternity. He is convinced that when he dies, everything that his consciousness has embraced until then—even God—will cease to be. Man has a deep sense that he was made to live eternally with his Creator, and now he sees that the pre-eternal divine Will remains unfulfilled.”
The Hidden Man of the Heart by Archimandrite Zacharias
Worship: Sunday, September 11, 2016 (Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost; Sunday before
the Elevation of the Holy Cross)
Scripture: Galatians 6:11-18; John 3:13-17
Celebrant: Father John
Epistle Reader: David Turner
Coffee Hour: POT LUCK MEAL