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April 29, 2018

Sunday of the Paralytic

In the miracle of the healing of the paralytic at the pool of Bethesda, we see the Son’s power over life and sin, power which becomes fully evident in the Resurrection. The paralytic is a man crippled in body and spirit, for, even as He heals the body, Jesus warns against results of further sin. Christ frees us from our bodies of corruption and grants us flesh glorified in Him; He also frees us from the power of sin and grants us perfection in His Spirit. As the man at the pool accepted God’s grace and found life, so let us walk in His light and come into His presence.

Acts 9:32-42: Empowered by the Holy Spirit, St Peter heals a paralyzed man and raises a woman from the dead; both acts lead to many people believing in the Lord.

John 5:1-15: Jesus demonstrates His lordship over creation and the Sabbath when He heals a sick man at the pool of Bethsaida.

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 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 Pascha: When Thou didst descend into the grave, O Immortal, Thou didst destroy the power of Hades. In victory didst Thou arise, O Christ God, proclaiming ARejoice@ to the myrrh-bearing women, granting peace to Thine apostles and bestowing resurrection on the fallen.

CALENDAR

Sunday, April 29 (Sunday of the Paralytic)

8:50 a.m. — Orthros

9:00 a.m. — Christian Education

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy

Monday, April 30

Father John’s Day Off

Tuesday, May 1

6:00 a.m. — Daily Orthros

Wednesday, May 2 (Athanasios the Great)

6:30 p.m. — Daily Vespers

7:15 p.m. — Choir Practice

Thursday, May 3

6:00 a.m. — Daily Orthros

11:30 a.m. — Men’s Lunch

Friday, May 4

Saturday, May 5

5:45 p.m. — Ninth Hour followed by Great Vespers

Sunday, May 6 (Sunday of the Samaritan Woman)

8:50 a.m. — Orthros

9:00 a.m. — Christian Education

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy

12:00 p.m. — Coffee Hour honoring Nicholas Zouboukos

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Katools for the Divine Liturgy this morning.

Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:

Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour

April 29 Katool Algood/Jones/Strain/Dabit

May 6 Schelver R. Root/Habeeb/Pacurari

May 13 Morris Schelver/Meadows/Karam

May 16 (Wed. p.m.) Jones Mary Guy Lockhart

May 20 Meadows Henderson/Baker/Lockhart

May 27 D. Root PICNIC POT LUCK MEAL

(Set-up: Stewart/Turner/Waites)

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#

April 29 Brenda Baker Acts 9:32-42 45

May 6 Walt Wood Acts 11:19-30 52

May 13 Sh. Charlotte Algood Acts 16:16-34 58

May 16 (Wed. p.m.) Kh. Sharon Meadows Acts 1:1-12 63

May 20 Warren Strain Acts 20:16-18, 28-36 66

May 27 Mildred Morris Acts 2:1-11 77

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 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 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 remember Fr. Joseph and Kh. Joanna Bittle, and their daughter Abigail, in your prayers.

Please keep Fr. John Morris and Kh. Cheryl in your prayers. They have both been ill recently.

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; Lynda Costas; Fr. Nicholas, Kh. Jan and Angelina Speier; Peggy (David Turner’s paternal aunt) who is suffering from cancer and related complications; and David Morris and his family; Vernie Meadows, Fr. James and Kh. Sharon and their family; Walt and Charlotte Wood and their family; Dr. Herman (Tristan) Englehardt.

Please take Note that there have been several car burglaries in our neighborhood recently. These involved cars that had been left unlocked. Please be sure that your car is locked in the parking lot.

During Coffee Hour next Sunday we will honor Nicholas Zouboukos who will be graduating from high school this coming month. May God grant him Many Years!

Father John will be out from May 19-26 for family vacation. If you need a priest during this time, please contact Father Leo or Father James.

Calendar Items:

* 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.

* We will have Paschal Vespers for the Leave-taking of Pascha on Tuesday evening, May 15th, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

* We will celebrate Feast of the Ascension with Orthros followed by Divine Liturgy on Wednesday evening, May 16th, beginning at 6:00 p.m.

* We will not celebrate the Saturday of the Souls liturgy on Saturday morning as previously noted on the monthly calendar.

* Sunday, May 27th will be the last day of Church School for this year. It will resume in September.

* We will celebrate the Feast of Pentecost with a Picnic Pot Luck Meal following the Divine Liturgy on Sunday, May 27th. Later that evening we will have Kneeling Vespers, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

* The next date for serving meals at the Stewpot is November 10th.

Following the Picnic Pot Luck Meal on Sunday, May 27th, Father John and anyone who desires to participate will go to the Natchez Trace Cemetery to say the Trisagion Prayers for the Departed for our departed loved ones who are buried there.

Vacation Church School will be held July 19-21 this year. The theme will be “Feasts of the Theotokos”. Parents, please make a note of these dates. More information will be available soon.

Bookstore News: We have a new book in the bookstore! It is called Lantern of Grace by Protopresbyter Valery Lukianov. This book is about the life of St. John Maximovitch, also called St. John of San Francisco. He is an American saint, and if you don’t know much about him this book would be a wonderful opportunity to be inspired. If you do know about him, the book is beautiful and packed with stories about St. John and copies of his sermons and prayers. There are many color photographs throughout the book and it is a high quality edition.

Fasting Discipline for May

The Holy Synod of the Church of Antioch decided that there would be no fasting on Wednesdays and Fridays, not only during Bright Week but until the Feast of the Ascension (May 16th), for the whole forty days. Following Ascension, the traditional fasting discipline (no meat, dairy, eggs, fish, wine or oil) is observed on the remaining Wednesdays and Fridays of the month. There will also be no fasting during the week following the Feast of Pentecost (May 27th).

Major Commemorations for May

May 2 Athanasios the Great

May 6 Sunday of the Samaritan Woman

May 8 Apostle John the Theologian

May 10 Apostle Simon the Zealot

May 13 Sunday of the Blindman

May 15 Leave-taking of Pascha

May 17 Ascension

May 20 Sunday of the Holy Fathers of Nicea

May 21 Sts. Constantine and Helen

May 25 The Forerunner (3rd Discovery)

May 26 Saturday of the Souls

May 27 Pentecost

For Parents: Children in the nursery during Coffee Hour MUST be supervised just as they are on the playground. This room is used for Sunday School each week. Children who are unsupervised create disarray and use materials set aside for the teaching of Christian Education. This creates extra work for the Sunday School teachers who have to come in and set the room in order before class or who find supplies depleted unexpectedly. A parent must be in the room with their children at all times. Please help us with this! — Fr. John

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.

ead of ManHead of Maonasteries

Quotable: “The world knows nothing greater than the vocation of a Christian. But the higher the goal, the more difficult it is to reach.

Look at the magnificent picture that God reveals to us in the creation of the cosmos, in the creation of man in His image and after His likeness. What we are seeking for is not limited to our daily life; we seek to be with God and to acquire in ourselves life in all its fullness, created life and divine life.”

Archimandrite Sophrony, Words of Life

Worship: Sunday, May 6, 2018 (Sunday of the Samaritan Woman)

Scripture: Acts 11:19-30; John 4:5-42

Celebrant: Father John

Epistle Reader: Walt Wood

Prosphora: Schelver

Coffee Hour: R. Root/Habeeb/Pacurari