October 22, 2017
Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost
Galatians 1:11-19: St. Paul defends his ministry in his letter to the Galatians, telling them of how his former way of life was changed by a direct revelation from the Lord, and of his actions immediately afterwards.
Luke 8:26-39: From the reading in St Luke, we see Jesus heal a man possessed by demons; in doing so, Jesus demonstrates His authority over His creation, even when it rebels against Him.
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 St. Averkios: Thy works of justice did reveal thee to thy community as a canon of faith, the likeness of humility, and teacher of abstinence, O Father Bishop Averkios. Wherefore, by humility thou hast achieved exaltation, and by thy meekness wealth. Intercede, therefore, with Christ God to save our souls.
Troparion of the Seven Ephesian Youths: Thy Martyrs, O Lord, in their courageous contest for Thee received as the prize the crowns of incorruption and life from Thee, our immortal God. For since they possessed Thy strength, they cast down the tyrants and wholly destroyed the demons’ strengthless presumption. O Christ God, by their prayers, save our souls, since Thou art merciful.
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, October 22
8:50 a.m. — Orthros
9:00 a.m. — Christian Education
10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy
Monday, October 23 (Apostle James, Brother of the Lord)
Office Closed — Father John’s Day Off
Tuesday, October 24
6:00 a.m. — Daily Orthros
Wednesday, October 25
6:30 p.m. — Daily Vespers
7:15 p.m. — Choir Practice
7:30 p.m. — Parish Council Meeting
Thursday, October 26 (Great-martyr Demetrios)
6:00 a.m. — Festal Orthros
Friday, October 27
Saturday, October 28
4:00 p.m. — Fall Festival at the Church
[No Ninth Hour or Great Vespers]
Sunday, October 29 (Twenty-first 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 the Algoods for the Divine Liturgy this morning.
Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:
Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour
October 22 Algood Algood/Dansreau/Pacurari
October 29 Schelver Schelver/Meadows
November 4 (Sat. a.m.) Morris Rebecca Dansereau/Kh. Sharon
(Feast of St. Raphael of Brooklyn)
November 5 Jones Henderson/Lockhart
November 12 Meadows POT LUCK MEAL
November 19 Davis Ellis/Zouboukos
November 20 (Mon. p.m.) D. Roots (Artoklasia Bread)
(Feast of the Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple)
November 26 Brock 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#
October 22 Walt Wood Gal. 1:11-19 188
October 29 Sh. Charlotte Algood Gal. 2:16-20 193
November 4 (Sat. a.m.) Kh. Sharon Meadows Heb. 7:26-8:2 334
November 5 Warren Strain Gal. 6:11-18 198
November 12 Mildred Morris II Cor. 9:6-11 178
November 19 Kh. Be’Be’ Schelver Eph. 2:14-22 207
November 26 Sam Habeeb Eph. 4:1-7 212
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 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.
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 remember the following in your prayers: Steve, Sheryl Chamblee; Aidan Milnor, the Milnor family; Sam and Lamia Dabit and Sammie; 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; Peggy (David Turner’s paternal aunt) who is suffering from cancer and related complications; and George (Dorothea and Daniel Staursky’s uncle) who sustained injuries in a bad fall; David Morris and his family.
Please keep Fr. John Morris and Kh. Cheryl in your prayers. Fr. John has been ill and was recently hospitalized. He is home now but is still ill. Kh. Cheryl has also been ill.
We mourn the passing of His Grace, Bishop ANTOUN. Each and every one of us owes him a debt of gratitude for his role in establishing St. Peter Church as a canonical Orthodox Church back in 1987. During his many visits here, he always expressed his love for each of us and his firm belief that we would continue to grow and fulfill our mission to this community in which God had planted this church. He expressed to me many times that he loved to come here. Let us honor his memory by taking up our cross and following our Lord Jesus Christ and faithfully doing our part to make St. Peter’s a beacon for any and all who might come this way seeking the Kingdom of God. May our dear Bishop ANTOUN’s memory be eternal! — Fr. John
We are establishing a Seminary Fund for Phillip Lasseter. If you would like to make a contribution, please make a note on your check that it is for the Seminary Fund.
Fall Festival: We will hold our annual Fall Festival on Saturday afternoon, October 28th. Anna Kathryn Stewart will once again head up this activity. (As in the past, we will not have Ninth Hour and Great Vespers that day.) More information will be available at a later date.
Beginning soon, Father John will meet with the Teens on a regular basis. More information on dates and times are still to be determined.
Many Thanks! to Reader Basil, the Choir, Dn. Richard and all who contributed for getting our new Chanters Stand which is beautiful!
Phillip and Nikki Lasseter’s new address is 50 Goddard Avenue
Brookline, MA 02445
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 second Saturday of the month 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.
* Fall Festival – Next Saturday, beginning at 4:00 p.m. (No Ninth Hour or Great Vespers)
* November 4th — Annual Orthodox Women’s Retreat at Holy Trinity/St. John the Theologian Greek Orthodox Church in Jackson.
* We will celebrate the feast of St. Raphael, Bishop of Brooklyn on Saturday, November 4th with Orthros followed by Divine Liturgy, beginning at 9:00 a.m.
* Our next time to serve a meal at the Stewpot will be November 18th.
Fasting Discipline for October
The traditional fasting discipline (no meat, dairy, eggs, fish, wine or oil) is observed on all Wednesdays and Fridays of the month.
Major Commemorations for October
October 23 Apostle James, Brother-of-the-Lord
October 26 Great-martyr Demetrios
The 3rd Annual Orthodox Women’s Retreat will take place Saturday, November 4, 2017 at Holy Trinity/St. John the Theologian Greek Orthodox Church in Jackson. Father Barnabas Powell of Sts. Raphael, Nicholas and Irene Greek Orthodox Church in Cummings, GA will be our speaker. Registration forms are available in the foyer. The fee will be $25.00. As in the past their will be scholarships available. Any questions. . .see Christina Katool or Mary Guy Lockhart.
Father Barnabas Powell will also be speaking at the Greek church on Friday evening, from 7:00-8:00 p.m. He will be signing books and answering questions from 8:00-9:00 p.m. This event is separate from the Women’s retreat and is open to the public.
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: “In the Gospel of St. Luke we are told that the prodigal son ‘came to himself’ and said, ‘I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven and before thee, and am no more worthy to be called thy son’ (Luke 15:18-19). This is a wondrous moment, a momentous event in the spiritual world. Suffering, affliction, and the menacing famine of the ‘far country’ compel a man to look within himself. But a single movement of divine grace is enough to convert the energy of his misfortune into great boldness, and he is enabled to see his heart and all the deadness from which he is suffering.”
Archmandrite Zacharias, The Hidden Man of the Heart
Worship: Sunday, October 29, 2017 (Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost)
Scripture: Galatians 2:16-20; Luke 8:41-56
Celebrant: Father John
Epistle Reader: Sh. Charlotte Algood
Coffee Hour: Schelver/Meadows