May 26, 2019
Sunday of the Samaritan Woman
After-feast of Mid-Pentecost
This Sunday concludes the week which includes mid-Pentecost. The scriptures for that day make reference to the great and final feast and the Lord’s words concerning fountains of living water and the nourishment of the spirit. The episode of the Samaritan woman at Jacob’s Well and Jesus’ further description of Himself as living water continue this theme. There are innumerable nuances to the message of this episode, ranging from the allusion to the patriarch Joseph to the faith of those who believe without seeing, but let us concentrate on the woman who comes into the presence of her God. Christ asks service of her, asks her to ignore their traditional enmity, confuses her with parables, confronts her with her sins, and claims to be her Messiah and Lord. She enters the scene with skepticism, but she does not let circumstances blind her, for the words of the man before her ring with unmistakable authority and truth. Whether she wants to or not, she must believe herself to be in the presence of the Son of God; she not only believes, but she quickly bears witness to the others of her town. We join her in her faith, and we, too, partake of the Water of Life.
Acts 11:19-30: Reading in Acts, we see the establishment of the first predominately Gentile church in Antioch under the leading of Barnabas and Saul.
John 4:5-42: In Jesus’ encounter with the Samaritan woman we see our Lord’s concern with the truth, both in our dealings with others and in our worship of God. We also see that spreading the eternal gospel of the Kingdom is a corporate action and not that of just one or two.
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 for mid-Pentecost: In the midst of this Feast, O Saviour, give my thirsty soul to drink of the waters of true worship; for thou didst call out to all, saying, Whosoever is thirsty, let him come unto me and drink. Wherefore, O Christ our God, Fountain of life, glory to thee.
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.
Sunday, May 26 (Sunday of the Samaritan Woman)
8:50 a.m. — Orthros
10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy
12:00 p.m. — POT LUCK MEAL
6:25 p.m. — Reception of the Bishop
6:30 p.m. — Vespers followed by a Reception in the Fellowship Hall
Monday, May 27
Father John’s Day Off
12:00 p.m. — Ladies’ Lunch with the Bishop at a local restaurant
5:00 p.m. — Supper with Parish Council at a local restaurant
6:30 p.m. — Vespers following by meeting with Clergy and Wives
Tuesday, May 28 (Sts. Constantine and Helen)
6:00 a.m. — Daily Orthros
Wednesday, May 29
6:30 p.m. — Daily Vespers
7:15 p.m. — Choir Practice
Thursday, May 30
6:00 a.m. — Daily Orthros
Friday, May 31
Saturday, June 1 (Justyn Martyr)
5:45 p.m. — Ninth Hour followed by Great Vespers
Sunday, June 2 (Sunday of the Blind Man)
8:50 a.m. — Orthros
10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy
Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Bakers for the Divine Liturgy this morning and by the Dn. Richard roots for the liturgy last Sunday.
Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:
Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour
May 26 Baker POT LUCK MEAL
June 2 Henderson Meadows/Jones/Turner
June 5 (Wed. p.m.) Katool Mary Guy Lockhart
(Feast of the Ascension)
June 9 Schelver Ellis/Zuoboukos/Waites
June 16 Morris PICNIC POT LUCK MEAL
(Feast of Pentecost) Set-up: R. Root/Habeeb/Cooper
June 23 Jones Henderson/Lockhart/Alaeetawi
June 29 (Sat. a.m.) D. Root Marica Pacurari
(Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul)
June 30 Davis Pigott/Dabit/Strain/Lavric
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#
May 26 Mildred Morris Acts 11:19-30 52
June 2 Sam Habeeb Acts 16:16-34 58
June 5 (Wed. p.m.) Brenda Baker Acts 1:1-12 63
June 9 Walt Wood Acts 20:16-18, 28-36 66
June 16 Kh. Be’Be’ Schelver Acts 2:1-11 77
June 23 Warren Strain Heb. 11:33-12:2 84
June 29 (Sat. a.m.) Brenda Baker II Cor. 11:21-33; 12:6-9 389
June 30 Mildred Morris I Cor. 4:9-16 135
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.
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); 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; Noah and Beth Ann (Baker) Pappas, the Reader Basil and Brenda and all of the Baker family; Chris and Rebecca Dansereau and their daughters; Fr. Leo and Kh. Be’Be’ and their family.
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 keep Fr. John Morris and Kh. Cheryl in your prayers. They have both been ill recently.
His Grace, Bishop NICHOLAS will make his next arch-pastoral visit to St. Peter’s on May 26-27th (he will be leaving on Tuesday morning, May 28th).
For updates on Fr. Leo’s condition, please go to caringbridge.org/visit/leofredrichschelver.
Welcome Home for the summer to Dn. Herman and Sh. Emelia Lasseter and their sons Titus and Thatcher! We are glad to have you with us again!
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
Fasting Discipline for May/June
There will be no fasting on Wednesdays and Fridays until the Feast of the Ascension, for the whole forty days, as decided by the Holy Synod of the Church of Antioch in 1997. (This is a departure from what we have done in the past, but is what we have been directed to do by the Archdiocese.) There is no fasting the Week following Pentecost (June 16th). The Fast of the Apostles will run from June 24th through the 28th. During this time the traditional Fasting discipline (no meat, dairy, eggs, fish, wine or oil) is observed on all days.
Major Commemorations for May/June
May 26 Sunday of the Samaritan Woman
June 1 Justyn Martyr
June 2 Sunday of the Blind Man
June 4 Metrophanes of Constantinople
Leave-taking of Pascha
June 6 Feast of Ascension
June 8 Theodore the General (transfer of relics)
June 9 Sunday of the Holy Fathers of Nicea
June 11 Apostles Bartholomew and Barnabas
June 16 Feast of Pentecost
June 23 Feast of All Saints
June 24 Nativity of the Forerunner
June 29 Chief Apostles Peter and Paul
June 30 Synaxis of the Twelve Apostles
* 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.
* The Ladies of the parish meet for lunch and fellowship on the last Tuesday of the month.
* His Grace, Bishop NICHOLAS will be with us for a visit on May 26-27th.
* We will celebrate the Feast of the Ascension with Orthros followed by Divine Liturgy on Wednesday evening, June 5th, beginning at 6:00 p.m.
* The Parish Life Conference will be held in Raleigh NC, June 13-16.
* We will celebrate the Feast of Pentecost with a Picnic Pot Luck Meal following the Divine Liturgy on Sunday, June 16th.
* We will have the Kneeling Vespers of Pentecost on the evening of June 16th, beginning at 6:30 p.m.
* Vacation Church School will be held again this year in July on the 11th,12th, and 13th. More information will be available later.
* Our next date for serving at the Stewpot is Saturday, September 28th.
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.
ead of ManHead of Maonasteries
Quotable: “To those who already have the Spirit it is obviously appropriate to say: ‘Quench npt the Spirit’ (I Thess. v. 19). But how can one say to such people: ‘Be filled with the Spirit’ (Eph. v. 18)? The grace of the Holy Spirit is indeed given to all Christians, because such is the power of the Christian faith. But the Holy Spirit, living in Christians, does not effect their salvation by Himself, but works together with the free actions of each individual. In this sense the Christian can offend or extinguish the Spirit—or else he may contribute to the perceptible manifestation of the Spirit’s action within him. When this happens, the Christian feels himself to be in an extraordinary state which expresses itself in deep, sweet, and quiet joy, sometimes rising to the rejoicing of the spirit: this is spiritual exultation. Contrasting it with intoxication from wine, the Apostle says that we must not seek the exultation of wine, but the exultation which he calls ‘being filled with the Spirit’. Therefore the commandment to ‘be filled with the Spirit’ is simply an injunction to behave and act in such a manner as to cooperate with or allow free scope to the Holy Spirit, to make it possible for the Holy Spirit to manifest Himself by perceptibly touching the heart.”
St. Theophan the Recluse
Worship: Sunday, June 2, 2019 (Sunday of the Blind Man)
Scripture: Acts 16:16-34; John 9:1-38
Celebrant: Father John
Epistle Reader: Sam Habeeb
Coffee Hour: Meadows/Jones/Turner