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August 26, 2018

Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost

I Corinthians 16:13-24: St Paul concludes his first letter to the church at Corinth with greetings

from the Christians in Asia, and encouragements to be strong in the faith and submit to their spiritual elders.

Matthew 21:33-42: From St Matthew we hear our Lord use the parable of the landowner to foretell His’ rejection by the Jews and the consequences to them for that rejection.

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 Martyrs Adrian and Natalie: Thou didst deem that faith which hath salvation to be riches never lost or plundered. Thou forsookest thy father=s impiety, and thou didst follow thy Master, becoming rich in His Divine gifts, O glorious Adrian. With the godly-minded Natalie, who emboldened thee, entreat Christ God, O Martyr, that our souls be saved.

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 Nativity of the Theotokos: By thy holy birth-giving, O pure one, Joachim and Anne were delivered from the reproach of barrenness; and Adam and Eve were delivered from the corruption of death; thy people do celebrate it, having been saved from the stain of iniquity, crying unto thee, The barren doth give birth to the Theotokos, who nourisheth our life.


Sunday, August 26 (Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost)

8:50 a.m. — Orthros

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy

Monday, August 27

Father John’s Day Off

Tuesday, August 28

6:00 a.m. — Daily Orthros

12:00 p.m. — Ladies Lunch

Wednesday, August 29 (Beheading of the Forerunner)

6:30 p.m. — Daily Vespers

7:15 p.m. — Choir Practice

7:30 p.m. — Parish Council

Thursday, August 30

6:00 a.m. — Daily Orthros

Friday, August 31 (Deposition of the Belt of the Theotokos)

Saturday, September 1 (Indicition of the Ecclesiastical Year)

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

Sunday, September 2 (Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost)

8:50 a.m. — Orthros

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy with the Chrismation of Davis Bourne


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

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.

Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:

Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour

August 26 Baker Katool/Davis/Staursky

September 2 R. Root Algood/Jones/Turner/Bowman

September 8 (Sat. a.m.) Henderson

(Feast of the Nativity of the Theotokos)

September 9 Algood POT LUCK MEAL

Set-up: Schelver/Karam/Lavric

September 13 (Thur. p.m.) Katool

(Feast of the Elevation of the Holy Cross)

September 16 Schelver Elli/Zouboukos/Waites

September 23 Morris R. Root/Habeeb/Cooper

September 30 Jones Henderson/Lockhart/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 26 Mildred Morris I Cor. 16:13-24 152

September 2 Kh. Sharon Meadows II Cor. 1:21-2:4 158

September 8 (Sat. a.m.) Brenda Baker Phil. 2:5-11 307

September 9 Kh. Be’Be’ Schelver Gal. 6:11-18 198

September 13 (Thur. p.m.) Sh. Charlotte Algood I Cor. 1:18-24 311

September 16 Sam Habeeb Gal. 2:1-20 193

September 23 Walt Wood Gal. 4:22:27 314

September 30 Warren Strain II Cor. 9:6-11 178

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; David Morris and his family; Vernie Meadows, Fr. James and Kh. Sharon and their family; Walt and Charlotte Wood and their family; Lou Turner’s cousin Amy and her husband John.

Davis Bourne will be chrismated during the Divine Liturgy on Sunday, September 2nd. Please keep him in your prayers as he prepares for this important step.

Our annual parish Fall Festival is scheduled for Saturday, October 27th. More information will be made available in the near future.

A Diocese of Miami and the Southeast Teen Retreat will be held in Atlanta (hosted by St. Elias Church) September 7-9th. If you are interested in going, please let Fr. John know as soon as possible. Registration forms are available at https://goo.gl/forms/SIYClotCEDFDnY823.

St. Peter will be hosting the Lower MS Valley Deanery Clergy Retreat October 22nd-24th.

Calendar Items:

* The Men of the parish meet for lunch and fellowship on the first Thursday of the month.

* The Ladies of St. Peter 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. However, we will not do this in September due to the liturgy for the Feast of the Nativity of the Theotokos and other conflicts later in the month.

* The Ladies of the parish meet for lunch and fellowship on the last Tuesday of the month.

* We will celebrate the Feast of the Nativity of the Theotokos with Orthros followed by Divine Liturgy on Saturday morning, September 8th, beginning at 9:00 a.m.

* The Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross will be celebrated with Orthos followed by Divine Liturgy on Thursday evening, September 13th, beginning at 6:00 p.m.

* Fall Festival is scheduled for Saturday, October 27th. More information soon.

* His Grace, Bishop NICHOLAS will be visiting St. Peter November 2-6. Please mark your calendars now.

* V. Rev. Fr. John Oliver, the pastor of St. Elizabeth the New Martyr Orthodox Church in Murfreesboro, TN, will be the speaker for the annual Women’s Retreat on Saturday, November 10th. More information will be available in the near future.

Fasting Discipline for August/September

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. In September, the traditional fasting discipline is observed on all Wednesdays and Fridays of the month.

Major Commemorations for August/September

August 29 Beheading of the Forerunner

August 31 Deposition of the Belt of the Theotokos

September 1 Indiction of the Ecclesiastical Year

September 6 Miracle of the Archangel Michael

September 8 Nativity of the Theotokos

September 9 Righteous Joachim and Anna

September 13 Dedication of the Church of the Anastasis

September 14 Elevation of the Precious Cross

September 23 Conception of the Forerunner

September 24 Proto-martyr Thekla

September 26 Apostle John the Theologian (repose)

September 28 Venerable Chariton

Unsupervised children in the Kitchen: For health and safety concerns children are not to be allowed in the kitchen unless accompanied by a parent. Please get ice for your children and do NOT allow them to use the icemaker themselves.

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.

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

Quotable: “‘We must have the same consciousness as Christ, who bears in Himself the whole world; this is what makes for the universality of the human person. The word of Christ does not stop; it is without limits.”
Archimandrite Sophrony, Words of Life

Worship: Sunday, September 2, 2018 (Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost)

Scripture: II Corinthians 1:21-2:4; Matthew 22:2-14

Celebrant: Father John

Epistle Reader: Kh. Sharon Meadows

Prosphora: R. Root

Coffee Hour: Algood/Jones/Turner/Bowman