October 29, 2017
Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost
Galatians 2:16-20: We hear from St Paul’s letter to the Galatians that we are justified by faith in Christ, not by works of the Law; and that we now live our lives by faith in the Son of God.
Luke 8:41-56: From the Gospel of Luke we hear of Jesus healing a woman with a hemorrhage and raising a young girl from death; showing His desire to heal suffering and to respond to the faith of those who come to Him.
Troparion of the Resurrection: Having learned the joyful message of the Resurrection from the angel, the women Disciples cast from them their parental condemnation, and proudly broke the news to the Disciples, saying, Death has been spoiled. Christ God is risen, granting the world Great Mercy.
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 29 (Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost)
8:50 a.m. — Orthros
9:00 a.m. — Christian Education
10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy
Monday, October 30
Office Closed — Father John’s Day Off
Tuesday, October 31
6:00 a.m. — Daily Orthros
Wednesday, November 1 (Cosmas and Damian of Asia)
6:30 p.m. — Daily Vespers
7:15 p.m. — Choir Practice
7:30 p.m. — Parish Council Meeting
Thursday, November 2
6:00 a.m. — Daily Orthros
Friday, November 3 (Dedication of the Church of St. George)
Saturday, November 4 (Raphael, Bishop of Brooklyn)
9:00 a.m. — Orthros followed by Divine Liturgy
9:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m. — Women’s Retreat at the Greek Church
5:45p.m. — Ninth Hour followed by Great Vespers
Sunday, November 5 (Twenty-second 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 Schelvers for the Divine Liturgy this morning.
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.
Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:
Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour
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 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 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.
Many Thanks! to Anna Kathryn Stewart and to all who helped make our annual Fall Festival such a wonderful event!
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.
* 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 November
In November the traditional fasting discipline (no meat, dairy, eggs, fish, wine or oil) is observed on all Wednesdays and Fridays until the 15th of the month, when the Fast of the Nativity begins. During this fast the traditional fasting discipline is observed each day of the week. Note, however, through December 19th there is a katlysis on Tuesdays and Thursdays when wine and oil are permitted, and on Saturdays and Sundays when fish, wine and oil are permitted.
Major Commemorations for November
November 1 Cosmas and Damian of Asia
November 3 Dedication of the Church of St. George
November 4 Raphael, Bishop of Brooklyn
November 8 Archangels Michael and Gabriel
November 9 Nektarios of Pentapolis
November 13 John Chrysostom (repose)
November 16 Apostle and Evangelist Matthew
November 21 Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple
November 25 Great-martyrs Catherine and Mercurios
November 30 Apostle Andrew the First-called
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: “When man falls into sin his mind moves in an outward direction and loses itself in created things, but when, conscious of his perdition, he comes to himself seeking salvation, he then moves inward as he searches for the way back to the heart. Finally, when all his being is gathered in the unity of his mind and heart, there is a third kind of movement in which he turns his whole being over to God the Father. Man’s spirit must pass through this threefold circular motion in order to reach perfection.”
Archmandrite Zacharias, The Hidden Man of the Heart
Worship: Sunday, November 5, 2017 (Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost)
Scripture: Galatians 6:11-18; Luke 16:19-31
Celebrant: Father John
Epistle Reader: Warren Strain
Coffee Hour: Henderson/Lockhart