July 28, 2019
Sixth Sunday after Pentecost
Romans 12:6-14: In the reading from Romans, St Paul encourages us to practice the use of the gifts which the Lord has given to us and to serve the Lord with diligence.
Matthew 9:1-8: Jesus demonstrates His authority by both healing the physical illness of a paralytic and by forgiving him of his sins.
Troparion of the Resurrection: Let us believers praise and worship the Word, co-eternal with the Father and the Spirit, born of the Virgin for our salvation; for he took pleasure in ascending the Cross in the flesh, to suffer death, and to raise the dead by his glorious Resurrection.
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 Transfiguration: Thou wast transfigured on the mount, and thy Disciples, in so far as they were able, beheld thy glory, O Christ our God; so that, when they should see thee crucified, they would remember that thy suffering was voluntary, and could declare to all the world that thou art truly the effulgent Splendor of the Father.
Sunday, July 28 (Sixth Sunday after Pentecost)
8:50 a.m. — Orthros
10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy
Monday, July 29
Father John’s Day Off
Tuesday, July 30
NO Daily Orthros
12:00 p.m. — Ladies’ Lunch
Wednesday, July 31
6:30 p.m. — Daily Vespers
7:15 p.m. — Choir Practice
Thursday, August 1 (Procession of the Holy Cross)
NO Daily Orthros
Friday, August 2
6:30 p.m. — Paraklesis Service
Saturday, August 3
5:45 p.m. — Ninth Hour followed by Great Vespers
Sunday, August 4 (Seventh Sunday after Pentecost)
8:50 a.m. — Orthros
10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy
Eucharist Bread …was offered by Brocks for the Divine Liturgy this morning.
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.
Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:
Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour
July 28 Brock Schelver/Karam/Pacurari
August 4 Henderson Habeeb/Jones/Turner
August 5 (Mon. p.m.) Katool
(Feast of the Transfiguration)
August 11 Schelver POT LUCK MEAL
August 14 (Wed. p.m.) Morris Christina Katool
(Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos)
August 18 Jones Henderson/Lockhart/Alaeetawi/Cooper
August 25 Meadows Stewart/Pigott
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#
July 28 Walt Wood Rom. 12:6-14 113
August 4 Warren Strain Rom. 15:1-7 119
August 5 (Mon. p.m.) Kh. Sharon Meadows II Pet. 1:10-19 401
August 11 Mildred Morris I Cor. 1:10-17 124
August 14 (Wed. p.m.) Brenda Baker Phil. 2:5-11 403
August 18 Sam Habeeb I Cor. 3:9-17 130
August 25 Walt Wood 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 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); 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; 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 refrain from wearing shorts or revealing clothes to the services of the church this summer. We realize that it is hot but the church frowns on attire that is that casual for its services.
Fr. John and Kh. Janet will be out of town July 21st through August 2nd, attending the Archdiocese Convention and taking a vacation. If you need a priest during this time, please contact Fr. James.
Baby Shower: This morning during Coffee Hour the ladies will have a Baby Shower honoring Sarah Miller.
There will be no Daily Orthros on weekdays until the fall. The date when these services will resume will be announced later.
* The Men of the parish meet for lunch and fellowship on the first Thursday of the month. However, they will meet on the third Thursday in July (only).
* 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.
* The Fast of the Dormition will begin on August 1st and run through August 15th. As is our parish custom, we will have the Paraklesis Service to the Theotokos on Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings (except for the 5th and 14th), beginning at 6:30 p.m.
* The Feast of the Transfiguration of our Lord will be celebrated with Orthros followed by Divine Liturgy on Monday evening, August 5th, beginning at 6:00 p.m.
* We will celebrate the Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos with Orthros followed by Divine Liturgy on Wednesday evening, August 14th, beginning at 6:00 p.m.
* There will be a Back to School Swim Party for the Christian Education classes following Coffee Hour on Sunday, August 25th at the home of Mike and Cheryl Pigott.
* The Diocese of Miami and the Southeast will hold its first Fall Retreat September 6-7 at St. Ignatius in Franklin, TN.
* Our next date for serving at the Stewpot is Saturday, September 28th.
* Our annual Fall Festival is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, October 19th.
* The Women’s Pan-Orthodox Retreat will be held at Holy Resurrection on Saturday, October 26th. Abbot Tryphon will be our speaker. More information will be available at a later date.
* Bishop NICHOLAS will make his next arch-pastoral visit to St. Peter on the weekend of November 8-10. Please mark your calendars now.
We will have a Back to School Swim Party for the Christian Education classes following Coffee Hour on Sunday, August 25th at the home of Mike and Cheryl Pigott. Please see Cheryl for directions.
If severe weather is in the area please check our website or facebook page for information on services. If it is ever necessary to cancel any of our services due to severe weather conditions, this will be posted on those sites.
The Diocese of Miami and the Southeast will hold its second Fall Retreat on September 6-7 at St. Ignatius in Franklin, TN. This will be strictly a spiritual retreat. There will be no business meetings of any kind. There is a $40 registration fee per person (to cover meals and snacks). Please see the flyer on the bulletin board for hotel information. (Reservations must be made by August 15th for the group rate.)
Our annual Fall Festival is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, October 19th. Many thanks to Anna Kathryn Stewart for coordinating this event for the last few years! We are looking for a volunteer who would be willing to take it on this year. If you would be willing to do so, please let Fr. John know.
Fasting Discipline for July/August
The traditional fasting discipline (no meat, dairy, eggs, fish, wine or oil) is observed on all Wednesdays and Fridays of the month. The Fast of the Dormition will begin on August 1st and run through the 15th. During this time the traditional fasting discipline will be observed on all days of the week. Following the 15th, the traditional fasting discipline will be observed on the remaining Wednesdays and Fridays of the month. The feastday of the Beheading of the Forerunner on August 29th is a strict fast day.
Major Commemorations for August
August 1 Procession of the Holy Cross
August 6 Feast of the Transfiguration of our Lord
August 15 Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos
August 29 Beheading of the Forerunner
August 31 Deposition of the Belt of the Thetokos
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
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: “As we have said above, in order to acquire God’s grace and to advance spiritually, every Orthodox Christian family and believer must attend church and participate conscientiously and not mechanically, in the worship life of our church.
It is conceivable to be an Orthodox Christian and not attend church and say, ‘I am a good man, I do good works or I do not harm anyone, I believe in God but I cannot attend church.’ Let us be careful my brethren because this is a temptation and a betrayal of salvation, for this reason man must struggle to heal this illness.
In Church when we attend liturgy, we should go as early as possible. Of course not only to ‘enjoy’ the chanting, as certain people say, to please our hearing—for this reason they always seek for good-sounding priests or chanters. While this is good, our main purpose must be our sanctification in the ground of the church and our communication with God in prayer—and then afterwards all other things.”
The Priest Michael, Practical Guide to Orthodoxy and Orthopraxia
Worship: Sunday, August 4, 2019 (Seventh Sunday after Pentecost; Sunday before the Transfiguration)
Scripture: Romans 15:1-7; Matthew 9:27-35
Celebrant: Father John
Epistle Reader: Warren Strain
Coffee Hour: Habeeb/Jones/Turner