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.
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
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.
* 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.
* 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
Coffee Hour: Algood/Jones/Strain/Dabit