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September 22, 2019

Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost

II Corinthians 1:21-2:1-4: St Paul, writing in II Corinthians, reminds us that we are established in God from whom we have received the Holy Spirit as a pledge of what we shall receive in the fullness of God’s kingdom.

Luke 5:1-11: In the reading from the Gospel of St Luke we see Simon Peter, James, and John become disciples of our Lord.

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 Hieromartyr Phocas: By choosing the Apostles’ way of life, thou hast succeeded to their throne. Inspired by God, thou didst find the way to divine contemplation through the practice of virtue. After teaching the Word of Truth without error, thou didst defend the Faith to the very shedding of thy blood, O Holy Martyr among bishops Phocas. Entreat the Lord our God to save our souls.

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 Theotokos: O undisputed intercessor of Christians, O mediatrix, who is unrejected by the Creator, turn not away from the voice of our petitions though we be sinners; come to us in time, who cry to thee in faith, for thou art good. Hasten to us with intercessions, O Theotokos, who didst ever intercede for those who honor thee.


Sunday, September 22 (Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost)

8:50 a.m. — Orthros

9:00 a.m. — Christian Education

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy

Monday, September 23 (Conception of the Forerunner)

Father John’s Day Off

Tuesday, September 24 (Proto-martyr Thekla)

NO Daily Orthros

12:00 p.m. — Ladies’Lunch

Wednesday, September 25

6:30 p.m. — Daily Vespers

7:15 p.m. — Choir Practice

Thursday, September 26 (Apostle John the Theologian)

NO Daily Orthros

Friday, September 27

Saturday, September 28 (Venerable Chariton)

8:30 a.m. — Workday at the Church

11:30 a.m. — Serving at Stewpot Ministries

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

Sunday, September 29 (Sunday after the Elevation of the Cross)

8:50 a.m. — Orthros

9:00 a.m. — Christian Education

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy


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

Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:

Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour

September 22 Baker Schelver/Karam/Pacurari

September 29 Henderson Habeeb/Jones/Turner

October 6 Algood Ellis/Zouboukos/Waites

October 13 Katool POT LUCK MEAL

Set-up: Henderson/Lockhart/


October 20 Schelver Stewart/Meadows

October 27 Morris 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#

September 22 Brenda Baker II Cor. 1:21-2:4 158

September 29 Walt Wood II Cor. 4:6-15 163

October 6 Sh. Charlotte Algood II Cor. 6:1-10 168

October 13 Warren Strain Titus 3:8-15 322

October 20 Kh. Sharon Meadows II Cor. 9:6-11 178

October 27 Mildred Morris II Cor. 11:31-12:9 183

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; Dn. Noah and Sh. 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; Emad and Natalia Alaeetawi 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 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 Fast of the Nativity, which begins on November 15th.

Our annual Fall Festival is scheduled for Saturday, October 19th. Many thanks to Anna Kathryn Stewart for agreeing to coordinate this event again! Several people have agreed to help with this as well, but we need more volunteers, including men to help cook burgers and hotdogs, etc. We will have a sign–up sheet available shortly. As in past years, we will not have Ninth Hour or Great Vespers that evening.

Calendar Items:

* 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 banquet for Sunnybrook Children’s Home is Thursday, September 26th. Please see info below.

* Our next date for serving at the Stewpot is Saturday, September 28th.

* Our annual Fall Festival is scheduled for Saturday, October 19th.

* The Women’s Pan-Orthodox Retreat will be held at Holy Resurrection on Saturday, October 26th. Abbot Tryphon of All-Merciful Saviour Monastery, Vashon Island, Washington will be our speaker.

* Bishop NICHOLAS will make his next arch-pastoral visit to St. Peter on the weekend of November 8-10. Please mark your calendars now.

* Daily Orthros will resume with the Fast of the Nativity, which begins on November 15th.

The Sunnybrook “Champions for Children Dinner” will be held at the Jackson Country Club on Thursday, September 26th at 6:30 p.m. The Keynote Speaker will be First Lady Deborah Bryant. The cost of the banquet is $75 per person and the deadline for purchase is September 15th. Contact Dn. Terry if you would like to be included at a table(s) with others from St. Peter.

Fasting Discipline for September

In September, the traditional fasting discipline (no meat, dairy, eggs, fish, wine or oil) is observed on all Wednesdays and Fridays of the month.

Major Commemorations for September

September 23 Conception of the Forerunner

September 24 Proto-martyr Thekla

September 26 Apostle John the Theologian (repose)

September 28 Venerable Chariton

2019 Orthodox Women’s Retreat: Plans are underway for the fifth annual Orthodox Women’s Retreat on the last weekend of October at Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church in Clinton, Ms. We are honored to have Abbot Tryphon of All-Merciful Saviour Monastery, Vashon Island, Washington, as our speaker. The ladies of Holy Resurrection, Holy Trinity-St. John the Theologian, and St. Peter Orthodox Churches look forward to hosting you on October 26th. Flyers and registration forms are available in the hallway outside the nave.

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.

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: “But the Son of God, in His infinite lovingkindness, came ‘to dwell with those that had departed from his grace’, in order to renew the dialogue he had had with man in Paradise, but which had been severed by reason of Adam’s transgression. For Christ is a true Hypostasis, a perfect Divine Person, while man also bears within himself the hypostatic principle, since he is created in Christ’s image. Man’s extraordinary privilege, therefore, is that of working with God towards his perfection as a person restored. And this is undertaken through prayer, as he stands in the presence of the living God, receiving His creative energy for his renewal and perfection.”

Archimandrite Zacharias, The Hidden Man of the Heart

Worship: Sunday, September 29, 2019 (Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost)

Scripture: II Corinthians 4:6-15; Luke 6:31-36

Celebrant: Father John

Epistle Reader: Walt Wood

Prosphora: Henderson

Coffee Hour: Habeeb/Jones/Turner