July 4, 2021
Second Sunday after Pentecost
Romans 2:10-16: In our reading from Romans we hear St Paul tell us that the Gentiles who obey the Law of God and yet are unbelievers do so out of knowledge of the Law written in their hearts and will be judged by the Lord.
Matthew 4:18-23: In the reading from Matthew we see our Lord begin His public ministry by settling in the region of Galilee and calling His first four disciples.
Troparion of the Resurrection: The stone being sealed by the Jews, and thy pure body being guarded by the soldiers, thou didst arise on the third day, O Saviour, granting life to the world. Wherefore, the heavenly powers acclaimed thee, O Giver of life, crying, Glory to thy Resurrection, O Christ! Glory to thy kingdom! Glory to thy gracious providence, O only Lover of mankind.
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.
ATTENTION: From Father John: There is no longer a need to call or text to reserve a place for the liturgies, since we are now set up to accommodate overflow into the fellowship hall. Masks and social distancing will still be in effect, both in the nave and in the fellowship hall. Seating in the nave will be on a first come, first serve basis.
UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE: All services listed on the calendar will be available through streaming and webcast.
Sunday, July 4 (Second Sunday after Pentecost)
8:50 a.m. — Orthros (webcast)
10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy (webcast)
Monday, July 5 (Athanasios of Athos)
Father John’s Day Off
Tuesday, July 6
Wednesday, July 7
6:30 p.m. — Daily Vespers
Thursday, July 8
10:00 a.m. — Ladies meet for Akathist
6:00 p.m. — Great Vespers (No Ninth Hour)
Sunday, July 11 (Third Sunday after Pentecost; Euphemia the all-praised)
8:50 a.m. — Orthros (webcast)
10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy (webcast)
The Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Dn. Richard Roots for the Liturgy for Sts. Peter and Paul this past Monday evening and by the Algoods for the Divine Liturgy this morning.
Eucharist Bread Schedule (MODIFIED Coffee Hour — Coffee only, no food**):
Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour
July 4 Algood Kh. Sharon, Cheryl Pigott
July 11 Katool Kh. Be’Be’, Anastasia
July 18 Schelver Kh. Janet, Kh. Sharon, Karen**
(** there will be a cake in honor of Breeze and Gabby, our graduates)
July 25 Meadows Elizabeth, Brenda
August 1 Davis Sh. Charlotte, Cheryl
August 5 (Thurs. p.m.) Jones NO Coffee Hour
(Feast of the Transfiguration)
August 8 D. Root Rebecca, Natalia
August 15 Karam Kh. Sharon, Kh. Be’Be’
August 22 Brock Elizabeth, Brenda
August 29 R. Root Kh. Janet, Anastasia
September 5 Henderson Kh. Sharon, Cheryl
September 7 (Tues, p.m.) Baker (Artoklasia Bread) NO Coffee Hour
(Feast of the Nativity of the Theotokos)
September 12 Algood Rebecca, Natalia
September 13 (Mon. p.m.) Katool NO Coffee Hour
September 19 Schelver Kh. Sharon, Christina
September 26 Jones Kh. Be’Be’, Sh. Charlotte
Coffee Hour Going Forward: We will continue to serve coffee (and juice for the children), but no food as yet, following the Divine Liturgy on Sunday mornings. We will also continue to use disposable cups and individual sweeteners and creamers. Coffee will be served inside the fellowship hall and people will be free to go outside or to sit inside with some distance. Those serving the coffee will still wear gloves and masks while serving. (The one exception to the no food rule will be Sunday, July 18th when a cake will be provided in honor of Gabby and Breeze.)
A listing of the Epistle Readers and the readings will be sent out shortly by Reader Basil.
Also, please remember that we still need your tithes and offerings which may be placed in the tithe box at the back of the nave or be mailed to: St. Peter Orthodox Church, P.O. Box 2084, Madison, MS 39130-2084.
Please remember the following in your prayers: Steve, Sheryl Chamblee; Aidan Milnor, the Milnor family; Sam and Lamia Dabit; Mary Greene (Lee and Kh. Sharon’s sister); Jay and Joanna; Fr. Leo and Kh. Be’Be’ and their family; Emad and Natalia Alaeetawi and their family; Tom and Kathy Willingham; Marilyn (Kyriake) Snell; Jack and Jill Weatherly; Darlene Amason and her 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.
Our condolences go to Jennifer Skirtech, along with Dane, Ben, Emily and their families on the death of Tom this past week-end. Please keep all of them in your prayers. The funeral expenses have been met. Many thanks to all those who made contributions.
Please keep Lottie Dabbs (Sh. Charlotte Algood’s mother) in your prayers as she recovers from a bad fall which resulted in a fractured pelvis. Please also remember Sh. Charlotte and their family as well.
Please remember Fr. Joseph and Kh. Joanna Bittle, and their daughter Abigail, in your prayers.
Maria Costas is currently at St. Catherine’s Village. Please keep her in your prayers as well.
If you get sick, especially with the Corona virus, please let Fr. John know.
Father John will be retiring as of August 1, 2021. Father Herman Lasseter will become the pastor at that time. We welcome Fr. Herman, Kh. Emelia (Nikki) and their family back from their service at St. Stephen’s Church in Hiram, GA. We look forward to his leadership and ministry. Please support his efforts to grow our church in every way.
Congratulations to our graduating High School Seniors, Gabby Alaeetawi and Breeze Johns!
May God grant them Many Years! We will honor them with a special Coffee Hour on Sunday, July 18th.
Fasting Discipline for July
In July 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 July
July 5 Athanasios of Athos
July 11 Euphemia the all-praised
July 17 Great-martyr Marina
July 20 Prophet Elias
July 25 Dormition of Righteous Anna
July 27 Great-martyr Panteleimon
Please continue to follow the CDC Guidelines to limit contagion and the spread of the COVID virus.
* Beginning Saturday, July 10th, the Ladies will resume meeting at the church at 10:00 a.m. to pray the Akathist to the Mother of God, Nurturer of Children on behalf of our children.
* A Special Coffee Hour is scheduled on Sunday, July 18th to honor Gabby Alaeetawi and Breeze Johns, our graduating high school seniors.
* The remaining Stewpot date for this year is November 6. More information will be available closer to time.
Instructions for streaming our services can be found on the parish website.
ead of ManHead of Maonasteries
Quotable: “Thus let us purify our heart! Let us throw out all the dusty trash that is stored there; let us scrub the dirty floor, wash the windows and open them, in order that light and air may come into the room we are preparing for a sanctuary for the Lord. Then let us put on clean garments, so that the old musty smell may not cling to us and we find ourselves thrust out (Luke 13:28).”
Tito Colliander, The Way of the Ascetics
Worship: Sunday, July 11, 2021 (Third Sunday after Pentecost; Great-martyr Euphemia)
Scripture: II Corinthians 6:1-10; Matthew 6:22-33
Celebrant: Father John
Coffee Hour: Kh. Be’Be’, Anastasia