December 3, 2017
Twenty-sixth Sunday after Pentecost
Ephesians 5:8-19: St Paul exhorts us to walk as wise men by doing the will of God and avoiding the deeds of darkness.
Luke 18:35-43: In our reading from Luke we see the Lord’s mercy toward those who have faith as He restores the sight of a blind man on the road to Jericho.
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 Preparatory for Nativity: Today the Virgin comes unto the cave to give birth in an ineffable manner to the Word before the ages. Rejoice, therefore, O universe, when you hear, and glorify with the angels and the shepherds him who shall appear by his own will as a new babe, being God before the ages.
Sunday, December 3 (Twenty-sixth Sunday after Pentecost)
8:50 a.m. — Orthros
9:00 a.m. — Christian Education
10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy
12:00 p.m. — Presentation by the Nuns from the Convent of St. Elizabeth
Monday, December 4 (Great-martyr Barbara and John of Damascus)
Office Closed — Father John’s Day Off
Tuesday, December 5 (Sava the Sanctified)
6:00 a.m. — Festal Orthros
6:30 p.m. — Great Vespers with Litia and Artoklasia
Wednesday, December 6 (Nicholas the Wonder-worker of Myra)
6:30 p.m. — Advent Paraklesis
Thursday, December 7
6:00 a.m. — Daily Orthros
11:30 a.m. — Men’s Lunch
Friday, December 8
Saturday, December 9 (Conception of the Theotokos)
10:00 a.m. — Ladies meet for the Akathist
5:45p.m. — Ninth Hour followed by Great Vespers
Sunday, December 10 (Twenty-seventh 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 Dn. Richard Roots 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
December 3 R. Root Skirtech/Parker
December 5 (Tue. p.m.) Henderson (Artoklasia Bread)
December 10 Algood D. Root/Dansereau/Davis
December 17 Katool Algood/Jones/Strain/Dabit
December 24 (Sun. a.m.) Schelver R. Root/Habeeb/Pacurari
December 24 (Sun. p.m.) Morris Ellis/Zouboukos
December 31 (Sun. a.m.) Jones Schelver/Meadows
December 31 (Sun. p.m.) Meadows (Artoklasia Bread)
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#
December 3 Brenda Baker Eph. 5:8-19 217
December 10 David Turner Eph. 6:10-17 223
December 17 Walt Wood Col. 3:4-11 233
December 24 (Sun. a.m.) Sh. Charlotte Algood Heb. 11:9-10, 32-40 348
December 24 (Sun. p.m.) Warren Strain Gal. 4:4-7 351
December 31 Kh. Sharon Meadows II Tim. 4:5-8 354
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 Kh. Lynn Wilson, her husband Fr. Wayne and their family in your prayers. Kh. Lynn is suffering from cancer and has become critically weak and ill.
Please keep Fr. John Morris and Kh. Cheryl in your prayers. They have both been ill recently.
We have established 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.
* 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.
* The Nativity Fast began on Wednesday, November 15th and continues through December 24th. During this time, as is our parish custom, we will pray the Advent Paraklesis Service on Wednesday evenings in place of Daily Vespers, beginning at 6:30 p.m.
* We will celebrate the Feast of St. Nicholas with Great Vespers with Litia and Artoklasia on Tuesday evening, December 5th, beginning at 6:30 p.m.
* The Children’s Nativity Play will be performed on Sunday, December 17th during Coffee Hour.
* The feast of the Nativity of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will be celebrated with Royal Hours on Saturday, December 23rd, beginning at 7:00 a.m. and with Orthros followed by Divine Liturgy on Sunday evening, December 24th, beginning at 10:30 p.m.
* As is our custom we will celebrate the feast of the Circumcision of our Lord and the feast of St. Basil the Great with Great Vespers with Litia and Artoklasia on Sunday evening, December 31st, beginning at 6:30 p.m.
* The Blessing of the Waters at the Reservoir will be held at Cock of the Walk on Sunday afternoon, January 7th, beginning at 4:00 p.m.
* Bishop NICHOLAS will be making his first arch-pastoral visit to St. Peter the weekend of March 2nd-5th. Please mark your calendars now.
Sisters from the Convent of St. Elizabeth in Minsk, Belarus are visiting us today and will be doing a presentation on their ministries during Coffee Hour. The sisters have an extensive ministry to those in need, including several hospitals, boarding homes for children and for adults with special needs, rehabilitation centers for men and for women that minister to the homeless, ex-prisoners, addicts and the less able. In the rehabilitation centers individuals are given work to do and the opportunity to change their lives. The convent is also associated with the Convents of Martha and Mary in Russia, founded by Grand Duchess Elizabeth (St. Elizabeth the New Martyr) and the Convent of St. John the Baptist in Essex, UK, founded by Archimandrite Sophrony. More information on the sisters and their ministries is available at http://obitel-minsk.by/en/convent/#social-ministry.
His Grace, Bishop NICHOLAS will be making his first Arch-pastoral visit to St. Peter the week-end of March 2-5, 2018. We look forward to spending this time with His Grace! More will be forthcoming in the future about his specific schedule and meetings he would like to schedule while he is here.
The Outdoor Blessing of the Waters at the Ross Barnett Reservoir will be held beside Cock of the Walk Restaurant on Sunday afternoon, January 7th, beginning at 4:00 p.m. We are very grateful to the ownership of Cock of the Walk for allowing us to conduct this service on their property! There will be a room reserved at the restaurant for those who want to remain afterwards and partake of a meal together. We are looking forward to this time of fellowship with our sister churches in the area.
Fasting Discipline for December
During the Fast of the Nativity the traditional fasting discipline (no meat, dairy, eggs, fish, wine or oil) 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. There is no fasting of any kind from December 25th through January 4th.
Major Commemorations for December
December 4 Great-martyr Barbara and Venerable Father John of Damascus
December 5 Sava the Sanctified
December 6 Nicholas the Wonder-worker of Myra
December 9 Conception of the Theotokos
December 12 Spyridon the Wonder-worker
December 13 Herman of Alaska
December 15 Hieromartyr Eleutherios
December 20 God-bearer Ignatius of Antioch
December 25 Nativity of our Lord
December 26 Synaxis of the Theotokos
December 27 Protomartyr Stephen
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: “In the Name of Jehovah Moses led the still primitive Israelites out of their captivity in Egypt. During their wanderings in the desert, however, he discovered that his people were far from ready, despite the many miracles they had witnessed, to receive the sublime revelation of the Eternal. This became particularly clear as they approached the borders of the Promised Land. Their faintheartedness and lack of faith caused the Lord to declare that none of those impregnated with the spirit of Egypt should see the ‘good land’ (Deut. 1.32, 35, 38). They would leave their bones in the wilderness, and Moses would encourage and prepare a new generation capable of apprehending God—Invisible but holding all things in the palm of His hand.”
Archimandrite Sophrony, His Life Is Mine
Worship: Sunday, December 10, 2017 (Twenty-seventh Sunday after Pentecost)
Scripture: Ephesians 6:10-17; Luke 13:10-17
Celebrant: Father John
Epistle Reader: David Turner
Coffee Hour: D. Root/Dansereau/Davis