August 4, 2019
Seventh Sunday after Pentecost
Romans 15:1-7: St Paul encourages us to deny ourselves on behalf of others for our own edification. He reminds us that the Lord has brought salvation to the Gentiles, thus giving hope to those who were lost.
Matthew 9:27-35: The Lord Jesus again demonstrates His mercy by healing two blind men and casting out a demon from a man possessed. We see that the Lord has compassion for all those who are oppressed by sin, death and Satan.
Troparion of the Resurrection: When Mary stood at thy grave looking for thy sacred body, angelic powers shone above thy revered tomb, and the soldiers who were to keep guard became as dead men. Thou led hades captive and wast not tempted thereby. Thou didst meet the Virgin and didst give life to the world; O thou who art risen from the dead! O Lord, 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 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, August 4 (Seventh Sunday after Pentecost)
8:50 a.m. — Orthros
10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy
Monday, August 5
Father John’s Day Off
6:00 p.m. — Orthros followed by Divine Liturgy
Tuesday, August 6 (Feast of the Transfiguration)
Before His Passion, Jesus ascended Mount Tabor with His disciples Peter, James and John, for the purpose of prayer. There the three disciples beheld Him transfigured and saw a vision in which Moses the Lawgiver (shown on the icon on the right holding the tablets of the Law) and Elijah the Prophet appeared and spoke with Him. “And He was transfigured before them, and His face shone like the sun, and His garments became white as light. And behold, there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, talking with Him” (Matt. 17:2-3). The fact that Moses and Elijah appeared at the Transfiguration is very significant in that these two men were the leading figures of the Old Testament – which confirms the fact that Jesus is the fulfillment of the Law and the Prophets (see Matthew 5:17). Their presence confirmed that Jesus was indeed the Christ, the Messiah whom the people of the Old Testament had been anticipating. The Gospel account also says that a voice from a bright cloud said “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased, listen to Him” (Matt. 17:5), further confirming the person of Jesus as the divine Messiah. When the three disciples saw and heard these things they fell on their faces and were filled with awe (this is shown on the icon by the way Peter, James and John are depicted at the foot of the mount). When they came down the mountain Jesus told His disciples to “tell no one the vision, until the Son of man is raised from the dead” (Matt. 17:9). Jesus did not want everyone to know what had happened until the time was right. The Kontakion of the feast gives understanding as to why Jesus allowed Peter, James and John to be present at His transfiguration: “On the mountain wast Thou transfigured, O Christ God, and Thy disciples beheld Thy glory as far as they could see it; so that when they would behold Thee crucified, they would understand that Thy suffering was voluntary, and would proclaim to the world that Thou art truly the Radiance of the Father.”
NO Daily Orthros
Wednesday, August 7
6:30 p.m. — Paraklesis Service
Thursday, August 8 (Procession of the Holy Cross)
NO Daily Orthros
Friday, August 9
6:30 p.m. — Paraklesis Service
Saturday, August 10
10:00 a.m. — Ladies meet for Akathist
5:45 p.m. — Ninth Hour followed by Great Vespers
Sunday, August 11 (Eighth Sunday after Pentecost)
8:50 a.m. — Orthros
10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy
12:00 p.m. — Pot Luck Meal
Eucharist Bread …was offered by Hendersons for the Divine Liturgy this morning.
Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:
Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour
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#
August 4 Mildred Morris Rom. 15:1-7 119
August 5 (Mon. p.m.) Kh. Sharon Meadows II Pet. 1:10-19 401
August 11 Warren Strain 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 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 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.
There will be no Daily Orthros on weekdays until the fall. The date when these services will resume will be announced later.
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.
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.
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.)
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 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 THIS 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.
Fasting Discipline for August
The Fast of the Dormition began on August 1st and runs through the 15th. During this time the traditional fasting discipline (no meat, dairy, eggs, fish, wine or oil) 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 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: “It would be holy for all Orthodox Christians, if possible, to be eager to serve whenever the Church and those who serve her ask some help in whatever form, because it is a great blessing to help and to serve the house of God with eagerness and joy, that is, with our heart. Then our service has greater value and our offering to God becomes acceptable, because ‘God loves a cheerful giver’ (II Cor. 9:7).”
The Priest Michael, Practical Guide to Orthodoxy and Orthopraxia
Worship: Sunday, August 11, 2019 (Eighth Sunday after Pentecost; Sunday after the Transfiguration)
Scripture: I Corinthians 1:10-17; Matthew 14:14-22
Celebrant: Father John
Epistle Reader: Warren Strain
Coffee Hour: POT LUCK MEAL