Monthly Archives: June 2017

7/2 announcements

July 2, 2017

Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

The Placing of the Theotokos’ Robe in Blachernae

Hebrews 9:1-7: In our reading from Hebrews, we hear the Apostle describe the composition of the two tabernacles, the sanctuary and the Holy of Holies, into which only the high priest could enter, and that but once a year.

Matthew 8:5-13: Jesus shows His great mercy to those who have faith in Him when He heals the servant of a centurion.

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 Theotokos: O Ever-Virgin Theotokos, shelter of mankind, thou hast bestowed upon thy people a mighty investure, even thine immaculate body’s raiment and sash, which by thy seedless childbirth have remained incorrupt; for in thee, nature and time are made new. Wherefore, we implore thee to grant peace to the world, and Great Mercy to 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 Theotokos: O godly shelter that dost cover all mankind, the sacred robe that covered thy sacred body hast thou bestowed on all the faithful graciously, O pure Virgin, as a robe of divine incorruption. As we celebrate its august deposition, we cry to thee with faith, O graced of God: Rejoice, O Lady, thou boast of the Christian race.

CALENDAR

Sunday, July 2 (Fourth Sunday after Pentecost)

8:50 a.m. — Orthros

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy

Monday, July 3

Office Closed — Father John’s Day Off

Tuesday, July 4

6:00 a.m. — Daily Orthros

Wednesday, July 5 (Athanasios of Athos)

6:30 p.m. — Daily Vespers

7:15 p.m. — Choir Practice

7:30 p.m. — Parish Council Meeting (Please note change of date for this month only)

Thursday, July 6

6:00 a.m. — Daily Orthros

11:30 a.m. — Men’s Lunch

Friday, July 7

Saturday, July 8

8:30 a.m. — Workday at the Church

5:45 p.m. — Ninth Hour followed by Great Vespers

Sunday, July 9 (Fifth Sunday after Pentecost)

8:50 a.m. — Orthros

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy

12:00 p.m. — POT LUCK MEAL

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Davises for the Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul this past Wednesday evening and by the Daniel Roots for the Divine Liturgy this morning.

Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:

Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour

July 2 D. Root R. Root/Habeeb/Pacurari

July 9 Karam POT LUCK MEAL

Set –up: Schelver/Lavric/Karam

July 16 Brock Henderson/Baker/Lockhart

July 23 Baker Stewart/Turner/Waites

July 30 R. Root Ellis/Zouboukos

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 2 Walt Wood Heb. 9:1-7 337

July 9 Sh. Charlotte Algood Rom. 10:1-10 108

July 16 Warren Strain Titus 3:8-15 322

July 23 Kh. Sharon Meadows Rom. 15:1-7 119

July 30 Mildred Morris I Cor. 1:10-17 124

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 remember the following in your prayers: Steve, Sheryl Chamblee; Aidan Milnor, the Milnor family; Sam and Lamia Dabit and Sammie; Georgia Buchanan, George and Michael Johns (Georgia’s grandsons) and their family; Mary Greene (Lee and Kh. Sharon’s sister); Fr. Stephen Tewfik; Sue Thayer (Charlotte Wood’s mother), Walt and Charlotte and their family; Lynda Costas; Fr. Nicholas, Kh. Jan and Angelina Speier; Tom and Kathy Willingham and Tom’s stepdaughter, Marica, who has been diagnosed with MS; Peggy (David Turner’s paternal aunt) who is suffering from cancer and related complications; Alexa (Lou Turner’s very close friend) who sustained multiple injuries in a serious car wreck; and George (Dorothea and Daniel Staursky’s uncle) who sustained injuries in a bad fall.

His Grace, Bp. ANTOUN will retire this summer. He has continuing health problems, so please keep him in your prayers. We thank God for all that he has done for us. We are especially thankful for his role in bringing us into canonical Orthodoxy. Many Years to you, Master!

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 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.

Christina Smith and Matt Hood will be married on Saturday, July 15th. Please keep them in your prayers as they prepare for this holy sacrament.

Hazel Dansereau will be baptized on Saturday morning, July 22nd. Please keep Hazel, her godparents and her parents in your prayers.

Congratulations to Reader Basil and Brenda (and to Beth and Noah) on the birth of their newest grandchild, Marina Penelope Papas on Wednesday, June 14th (8 lbs, 3oz.). Mother and baby are doing well.

Calendar Items:

* 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 first Saturday in July to pray the Akathist to the Mother of God, Nurturer of Children.

* The Ladies of the parish meet for lunch and fellowship on the last Tuesday of the month, beginning in September. They will still meet for lunch on the fourth Tuesday in July and August.

* Our next time to serve a meal at the Stewpot will be November 18th.

Fasting Discipline for July

The traditional fasting discipline (no meat, dairy, eggs, fish, wine or oil) is observed on all Wednesdays and Fridays in July.

Major Commemorations for July

July 2 Deposition of the Robe of the Theotokos

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

Parents of Young Children: Please make sure that your children are supervised if they are in the Nursery during Coffee Hour, just as they are supervised if out on the Playground. The Nursery is being left in a mess on Sunday mornings following Coffee Hour and the clean-up is falling on the same people (i.e. those who teach Sunday School classes in that room). If you leave and there are still children using the room, please make sure that your children pick up the things with which they have been playing.

If you are the last to leave, please make sure that the doors in the Fellowship Hall, the kitchen and the hallway are all locked.

Quotable: “The fruit of prayer is the concentration of attention in the heart accompanied by a feeling of warmth. This is the natural effect. Everyone can achieve it. And everyone, not only monks but laymen as well, can perform prayer of such a kind.

This sort of work is simple, and not on a high level. The Jesus Prayer is not itself miraculous, but like any other short prayer it is oral and consequently external. Yet it can become the prayer of mind-in-heart in a wholly natural way. As for what comes from grace, on the other hand, this we must simply await; no kind of technique can lay hold on it by force.”

St. Theophan the Recluse, The Art of Prayer

Worship: Sunday, July 9, 2017 (Fifth Sunday after Pentecost)

Scripture: Romans 10:1-10; Matthew 8:28-9:1

Celebrant: Father John

Epistle Reader: Sh. Charlotte Algood

Prosphora: Karam

Coffee Hour: POT LUCK MEAL

Set-up: Schelver/Lavric/Karam

6/25 announcements

June 25, 2017

Third Sunday after Pentecost

Leave-taking of the Nativity of the Forerunner

Romans 5:1-11: In his letter to the Romans, St Paul establishes that our standing before God is the result of faith whereby we are justified and thus receive the benefits of His salvation.

Matthew 6:22-33: Our Lord teaches us that striving for the things of God rather than the things of the world will enable us to be at peace about what we need to live in this world.

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 the Nativity of the Forerunner: O Prophet and Forerunner of God’s coming to us, all we who with longing now extol thee are at a loss to honor thee worthily. For thy mother’s barrenness and father’s long silence, by thy hallowed birth were both ended, and the Incarnation of the Son of God is preached unto all the world.

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.

CALENDAR

Sunday, June 25 (Third Sunday after Pentecost)

8:50 a.m. — Orthros

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy

Monday, June 26

Office Closed — Father John’s Day Off

Tuesday, June 27

6:00 a.m. — Daily Orthros

11:30 a.m. — Ladies Lunch

Wednesday, June 28

6:00 p.m. — Orthros followed by Divine Liturgy

Thursday, June 29 (Chief Apostles Peter and Paul)

NO Daily Orthros

Friday, June 30 (Synaxis of the Twelve Apostles)

Saturday, July 1

10:00 a.m. — Ladies meet for Akathist (Please note change of date for this month only)

5:45 p.m. — Ninth Hour followed by Great Vespers

Sunday, July 2 (Fourth Sunday after Pentecost)

8:50 a.m. — Orthros

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Morrises for the Divine Liturgy this morning.

Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:

Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour

June 25 Morris Algood/Jones/Strain/Dabit

June 28 (Wed. p.m.) Davis Karen Cooper

(Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul)

July 2 D. Root R. Root/Habeeb/Pacurari

July 9 Karam POT LUCK MEAL

Set –up: Schelver/Lavric/Karam

July 16 Brock Henderson/Baker/Lockhart

July 23 Baker Stewart/Turner/Waites

July 30 R. Root Ellis/Zouboukos

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 25 David Turner Rom. 6:22-33 96

June 28 (Wed. p.m.) Brenda Baker II Cor. 11:21-33, 12:6-9 389

July 2 Walt Wood Heb. 9:1-7 337

July 9 Sh. Charlotte Algood Rom. 10:1-10 108

July 16 Warren Strain Titus 3:8-15 322

July 23 Kh. Sharon Meadows Rom. 15:1-7 119

July 30 Mildred Morris I Cor. 1:10-17 124

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 remember the following in your prayers: Steve, Sheryl Chamblee; Aidan Milnor, the Milnor family; Sam and Lamia Dabit and Sammie; Georgia Buchanan, George and Michael Johns (Georgia’s grandsons) and their family; Mary Greene (Lee and Kh. Sharon’s sister); Fr. Stephen Tewfik; Sue Thayer (Charlotte Wood’s mother), Walt and Charlotte and their family; Lynda Costas; Fr. Nicholas, Kh. Jan and Angelina Speier; Tom and Kathy Willingham and Tom’s stepdaughter, Marica, who has been diagnosed with MS; Peggy (David Turner’s paternal aunt) who is suffering from cancer and related complications; Alexa (Lou Turner’s very close friend) who sustained multiple injuries in a serious car wreck; and George (Dorothea and Daniel Staursky’s uncle) who sustained injuries in a bad fall.

His Grace, Bp. ANTOUN will retire this summer. He has continuing health problems, so please keep him in your prayers. We thank God for all that he has done for us. We are especially thankful for his role in bringing us into canonical Orthodoxy. Many Years to you, Master!

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 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.

Medical Update:

* Jay Davis is still recovering from back surgery and is improving daily. Please keep him and Joanna in your prayers.

* Jill Weatherly is recovering from hip-replacement surgery. Please keep her and Jack in your prayers.

* Sh. Charlotte Algood had eye surgery two weeks ago. Please keep her and Dn. Terry in your prayers.

* Luke Habeeb is recovering from surgery this past Monday and doing very well. Please keep him and his family in your prayers.

Christina Smith and Matt Hood will be married on Saturday, July 15th. Please keep them in your prayers as they prepare for this holy sacrament.

Hazel Dansereau will be baptized on Saturday morning, July 22nd. Please keep Hazel, her godparents and her parents in your prayers.

Calendar Items:

* 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 first Saturday in July to pray the Akathist to the Mother of God, Nurturer of Children.

* The Ladies of the parish meet for lunch and fellowship on the last Tuesday of the month, beginning in September. They will still meet for lunch on the fourth Tuesday in July and August.

* The Fast of the Apostles will run through June 28th.

* We will celebrate the feast of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul with Orthros followed by Divine Liturgy on Wednesday evening, June 28th, beginning at 6:00 p.m.

* Our next time to serve a meal at the Stewpot will be November 18th.

Fasting Discipline for June/July

The Apostles fast will begin on June 12th and run through June 29th. The traditional fasting discipline (no meat, dairy, eggs, fish, wine or oil) is observed on all days of the week during this time. The traditional fasting discipline is observed on all Wednesdays and Fridays in July.

Major Commemorations for June/July

June 29 Chief Apostles Peter and Paul

June 30 Synaxis of the Twelve Apostles

July 1 Cosmas and Damian of Rome

July 2 Deposition of the Robe of the Theotokos

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

Parents of Young Children: Please make sure that your children are supervised if they are in the Nursery during Coffee Hour, just as they are supervised if out on the Playground. The Nursery is being left in a mess on Sunday mornings following Coffee Hour and the clean-up is falling on the same people (i.e. those who teach Sunday School classes in that room). If you leave and there are still children using the room, please make sure that your children pick up the things with which they have been playing.

If you are the last to leave, please make sure that the doors in the Fellowship Hall, the kitchen and the hallway are all locked.

Quotable: “Prayer of the heart never comes prematurely. With its advent God begins to work within us; as it becomes increasingly established in the heart this work is brought more and more to its fullness. This prayer must be sought with no scant effort; then God, seeing our travail, will give us what we seek. True prayer will not be achieved by human efforts; it is a gift of God. Seek and you will find.”

St. Theophan the Recluse, The Art of Prayer

Worship: Sunday, July 2, 2017 (Fourth Sunday after Pentecost; Deposition of the Robe of the Theotokos)

Scripture: Hebrews 9:1-7; Matthew 8:5-13

Celebrant: Father John

Epistle Reader: Walt Wood

Prosphora: D. Root

Coffee Hour: R. Root/Habeeb/Pacurari

6/18 announcements

June 18, 2017

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.

CALENDAR

Sunday, June 18 (Second Sunday after Pentecost)

8:50 a.m. — Orthros

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy

Monday, June 19

Office Closed — Father John’s Day Off

Tuesday, June 20

NO Daily Orthros

Wednesday, June 21

6:30 p.m. — Daily Vespers

7:15 p.m. — Choir Practice

Thursday, June 22

NO Daily Orthros

Friday, June 23

Saturday, June 24 (Nativity of the Forerunner)

5:45 p.m. — Ninth Hour followed by Great Vespers

Sunday, June 25 (Third Sunday after Pentecost)

8:50 a.m. — Orthros

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Joneses for the Divine Liturgy this morning.

Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:

Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour

June 18 Jones D. Root/Davis

June 25 Morris Algood/Jones/Strain/Dabit

June 28 (Wed. p.m.) Davis Karen Cooper

Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul)

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 18 Kh. Be’Be’ Schelver Rom. 2:10-16 90

June 25 David Turner Rom. 6:22-33 96

June 28 (Wed. p.m.) Brenda Baker 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.

Please remember the following in your prayers: Steve, Sheryl Chamblee; Aidan Milnor, the Milnor family; Sam and Lamia Dabit and Sammie; Georgia Buchanan, George and Michael Johns (Georgia’s grandsons) and their family; Mary Greene (Lee and Kh. Sharon’s sister); Fr. Stephen Tewfik; Sue Thayer (Charlotte Wood’s mother), Walt and Charlotte and their family; Lynda Costas; Fr. Nicholas, Kh. Jan and Angelina Speier; Tom and Kathy Willingham and Tom’s stepdaughter, Marica, who has been diagnosed with MS; Peggy (David Turner’s paternal aunt) who is suffering from cancer and related complications; Alexa (Lou Turner’s very close friend) who sustained multiple injuries in a serious car wreck; and George (Dorothea and Daniel Staursky’s uncle) who sustained injuries in a bad fall.

His Grace, Bp. ANTOUN will retire this summer. He has continuing health problems, so please keep him in your prayers. We thank God for all that he has done for us. We are especially thankful for his role in bringing us into canonical Orthodoxy. Many Years to you, Master!

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 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.

Fr. John will be out of town June 16-18 for the Parish Life Conference and June 19-24 for a family vacation. If you need a priest during this time, please call Fr. Leo.

Medical Update:

* Jay Davis is still recovering from back surgery and is improving daily. Please keep him and Joanna in your prayers.

* Jill Weatherly is recovering from hip-replacement surgery. Please keep her and Jack in your prayers.

* Sh. Charlotte Algood had eye surgery last week. Please keep her and Dn. Terry in your prayers.

* Luke Habeeb is recovering from surgery this past Monday and doing very well. Please keep him and his family in your prayers.

Congratulations to Phillip Lasseter on his acceptance into Seminary at Holy Cross Seminary. He and Nikki and their sons will be moving to the Boston area before seminary begins in the fall. Please keep them in your prayers.

Christina Smith and Matt Hood will be married on Saturday, July 15th. Please keep them in your prayers as they prepare for this holy sacrament.

Hazel Dansereau will be baptized on Saturday morning, July 22nd. Please keep Hazel, her godparents and her parents in your prayers.

Parents of Young Children: Please make sure that your children are supervised if they are in the Nursery during Coffee Hour, just as they are supervised if out on the Playground. The Nursery is being left in a mess on Sunday mornings following Coffee Hour and the clean-up is falling on the same people (i.e. those who teach Sunday School classes in that room). If you leave and there are still children using the room, please make sure that your children pick up the things with which they have been playing.

If you are the last to leave, please make sure that the doors in the Fellowship Hall, the kitchen and the hallway are all locked.

Calendar Items:

* 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 first Saturday of July to pray the Akathist to the Mother of God, Nurturer of Children.

* The Ladies of the parish meet for lunch and fellowship on the last Tuesday of the month, beginning in September. They will still meet for lunch on the fourth Tuesday in July and August.

* The Fast of the Apostles will run through June 28th.

* We will celebrate the feast of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul with Orthros followed by Divine Liturgy on Wednesday evening, June 28th, beginning at 6:00 p.m.

* Our next time to serve a meal at the Stewpot will be November 18th.

Fasting Discipline for June

The Apostles fast will begin on June 12th and run through June 29th. The traditional fasting discipline (no meat, dairy, eggs, fish, wine or oil) is observed on all days of the week during this time.

Major Commemorations for June

June 24 Nativity of the Forerunner

June 29 Chief Apostles Peter and Paul

June 30 Synaxis of the Twelve Apostles

Quotable: “You should know that attention must never leave the heart. Work in the heart, however, is sometimes only mental, performed by the mind, whereas sometimes it is not only in but of the heart, in other words, it is begun and continued with warm feeling. This law applies not just to hermits but to all Christians, to all who would stand before God in purityof heart and work before His Face. If the mind becomes exhausted by saying the words of the prayer, then pray without words, bowing down before the Lord inwardly in your heart and giving yourself to Him. This is true prayer. Words are only prayer’s expression and are always weaker in God’s eyes than prayer itself.”

St. Theophan the Recluse, The Art of Prayer

Worship: Sunday, June 25, 2017 (Third Sunday after Pentecost)

Scripture: Romans 5:1-10; Matthew 6:22-33

Celebrant: Father John

Epistle Reader: David Turner

Prosphora: Morris

Coffee Hour: Algood/Jones/Strain/Dabit