September 29, 2019
Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost
II Corinthians 4:6-15: From our reading in II Corinthians we hear St Paul discuss how his and the other apostles’ sufferings have brought forth life in the people of God.
Luke 6:31-36: From St Luke’s account of the Sermon on the Mount we hear our Lord teach us to love our enemies, to be unselfish in our giving, and to have mercy upon those who do us wrong rather than condemning them.
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 St. Kyriakos of Palestine: Thou didst prove to be a citizen of the desert, an angel in the flesh, and a wonderworker, O Kyriakos, our God-bearing Father. By fasting, vigil, and prayer thou didst obtain heavenly gifts, and thou healest the sick and the souls of them that have recourse to thee with faith. Glory to Him that hath given thee strength; glory to Him that hath crowned thee; glory to Him that worketh healings for all through 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 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 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
Monday, September 30
Father John’s Day Off
Tuesday, October 1 (Protection of the Theotokos)
NO Daily Orthros
Wednesday, October 2
6:30 p.m. — Daily Vespers
7:15 p.m. — Choir Practice
Thursday, October 3
NO Daily Orthros
11:30 a.m. — Men’s Lunch
Friday, October 4
Family Reunion begins today in Arkansas]
Saturday, October 5
5:45 p.m. — Ninth Hour followed by Great Vespers
Sunday, October 6 (Apostle Thomas)
8:50 a.m. — Orthros
9:00 a.m. — Christian Education
10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy
Eucharist Bread …was offered by Hendersons for the Divine Liturgy this morning.
Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:
Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour
September 29 Henderson Habeeb/Jones/Turner
October 6 Algood Ellis/Zouboukos/Waites
October 13 Katool POT LUCK MEAL
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 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.
* 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.
* 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.
* We will celebrate the Feastday of St. Rapael, Bishop of Brooklyn with Orthros followed by Divine Liturgy on Saturday morning, November 2nd, beginning at 9:00 a.m.
* 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.
Fasting Discipline for October
In October, 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 October
October 1 Protection of the Theotokos
October 6 Apostle Thomas
October 9 Apostle James, Son of Alphaeus
October 18 Apostle Luke
October 23 Apostle James, Brother of the Lord
October 26 Great-martyr Demetrios
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: “Father Sophrony says that the first decisive step in the realm of prayer is made when man receives the grace of mindfulness of death. A strange inner sense lodges in his ‘deep heart’ and informs his spirit of the utter ‘futility of any and every acquisition on earth’. At the same time, the inner eyes of his soul are tormented by a vision of his absolute nothingness, in which his whole being is condemned to annihilation. Everything that his conscience has hitherto embraced , and all that has previously inspired him and given him joy now appears as meaningless, marked by vanity, given over to mortality. In other words, the whole created world proves to be utterly incapable of relieving the soul’s deep new-found longing for life eternal. The spirit of such a man somehow develops a certain contempt for things visible, and now longs for those things which are by their very nature invisible and eternal, so that even centuries of blissful living in this world hold no attraction whatever. If he now receives Christ ‘who has the everlasting Gospel’ (Rev. 14:6) with faith, then the grace of mindfulness of death will inspire him with prayer that conquers the passions and restores him to true life.”
Archimandrite Zacharias, The Hidden Man of the Heart
Worship: Sunday, October 6, 2019 (Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost)
Scripture: II Corinthians 6:1-104; Luke 7:11-16
Celebrant: Father John
Epistle Reader: Sh. Charlotte Algood
Coffee Hour: Ellis/Zouboukos/Waites