August 20, 2017
Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost
After-feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos
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 the Dormition: In thy birth-giving, O Theotokos, thou didst keep and preserve virginity; and in thy falling-asleep thou hast not forsaken the world; for living thou wast translated, being the Mother of Life. Wherefore, by thine intercessions, deliver our souls from death.
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 Dormition: Verily, the Theotokos, who is ever watchful in intercessions, who is never rejected, neither tomb nor death could control. But being the Mother of Life, he who dwelt in her ever-virgin womb didst translate her to life.
Sunday, August 20 (Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost)
8:50 a.m. — Orthros
10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy
Monday, August 21
Office Closed — Father John’s Day Off
Tuesday, August 22
6:00 p.m. — Daily Orthros
11:30 a.m. — Ladies’ Lunch
Wednesday, August 23
6:30 p.m. — Daily Vespers
7:15 p.m. — Choir Practice
Thursday, August 24
6:00 a.m. — Daily Orthros
Friday, August 25 (Apostles Bartholomew and Titus)
Saturday, August 26
5:45 p.m. — Ninth Hour followed by Great Vespers
Sunday, August 27 (Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost)
8:50 a.m. — Orthros
10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy
Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Katools for the feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos this past Monday evening and by the Schelvers for the Divine Liturgy this morning.
Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:
Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour
August 20 Schelver Skirtech/Parker
August 27 Morris D. Root/Dansereau/Davis
September 3 Jones R. Root/Habeeb/Pacurari
September 7 (Thur. p.m.) Meadows (Artoklasia) NO Meal
(Feast of the Nativity of the Theotokos)
September 10 Davis POT LUCK MEAL
September 13 (Wed. p.m.) D. Root Kh. Sharon Meadows
(Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross)
September 17 Brock Schelver/Meadows
September 24 Baker Pigott/Alaeetawi
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#
August 20 Sam Habeeb I Cor. 9:2-12 141
August 27 David Turner I Cor. 15:1-11 146
September 3 Walt Wood I Cor. 16:13-24 152
September 10 Sh. Charlotte Algood Gal. 6:11-18 198
September 13 (Wed. p.m.) Kh. Sharon Meadows I Cor. 1:18-24 311
September 17 Warren Strain Gal. 2:16-20 193
September 24 Mildred Morris II Tim. 3:10-15 258
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.
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 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 keep Lamia Dabit in your prayers. She has been having some cardiac problems and is currently having to wear an outpatient monitor and undergo a series of tests to evaluate her condition.
Please remember Fr. Joseph and Kh. Joanna Bittle, and their daughter Abigail, in your prayers.
Update on the health of Caroline Halley . . .Anna has sent a letter to the church giving an update on Caroline’s health (she was diagnosed with Lewy Bodies Dementia last November and has experienced a marked decline). Copies of the letter are available in the foyer. Please keep Caroline and all of her family in your prayers.
Please keep Fr. John Morris and Kh. Cheryl in your prayers. Fr. John has been ill and was hospitalized this past week. He is home now but is still ill. Kh. Cheryl has also been ill.
His Grace, Bishop ANTOUN has officially retired and Metropolitan JOSEPH has appointed His Grace, Bishop NICHOLAS to oversee the Diocese of Miami and the Southeast. Father John has invited him to visit us soon and he has expressed a wish to do so. More information on His Grace is to be found in the Metropolitan’s letter which is posted on the Bulletin Board in the Fellowship Hall. Please keep him in your prayers.
Nimr Fahmy has a new cell phone number: 615-635-2223.
Indicition of the Ecclesiastical Year: We will have the Prayers for the Indicition of the Ecclesiastical Year (September 1) at the end of the Divine Liturgy on Sunday morning September 3rd.
Christian Education will resume on Sunday mornings at 9:00 a.m., beginning Sunday, September 10th.
Fasting Discipline for August
After the 15th, the traditional fasting discipline (no meat, dairy, eggs, fish, wine or oil) is observed on the remaining Wednesdays and Fridays of the month. August 29th is also a strict fast day in remembrance of the beheading of the Forerunner.
Major Commemorations for August
August 25 Apostles Bartholomew and Titus
August 29 Beheading of the Forerunner
August 31 Deposition of the Belt of the Theotokos
* 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 August.
* Tuesday, August 29th is a strict fast day for the feast of the Beheading of the Forerunner.
* The Indicition of the Ecclesiastical Year is September 1st. We will have the prayers for the Indiction at the end of the Divine Liturgy on Sunday, September 3rd.
* As is our parish custom, we will celebrate the Feast of the Nativity of the Theotokos with Great Vespers with Litia and Artoklasia on Thursday evening, September 7th, beginning at 6:30 p.m.
* Christian Education resumes on Sunday mornings, beginning September 10th.
* We will celebrate the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross with Orthros followed by Divine Liturgy on Wednesday evening, September 13th, beginning at 6:00 p.m.
* Our next time to serve a meal at the Stewpot will be November 18th.
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.
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.
Quotable: “The call of grace and man’s free choice
At the first call and beckoning of grace, at the first entering within, the spiritual realm opens before us, and we are granted the vision of another world, independently of whether we desire it or not. But afterwards this vision, together with the power to dwell constantly within, are left to man’s free choice and we must work to attain them.”
St. Theophan the Recluse, The Art of Prayer
Worship: Sunday, August 27, 2017 (Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost)
Scripture: I Corinthians 15:1-11; Matthew 19:26-26
Celebrant: Father John
Epistle Reader: David Turner
Coffee Hour: D. Root/Dansereau/Davis