Please note that the Women’s Retreat schduled for February 15 has been cancelled. It will be rescheduled .
Sunday, February 16, 2014
Sunday of the Prodigal Son
Martyr Pamphilos, priest of Caesarea in Palestine and his companions; Venerable Flavian the hermit; Venerable-martyr Romanos from Solovak of Carpenision
We extend a warm welcome to all visitors.
Nourishment of the Soul: “In his first eight years of ministry (1861-1869), St. Nicholas of Japan succeeded in baptizing only 12 people and receiving 25 catechumens. Yet, upon his return to Japan in 1871 and with the help of a lithograph, the translation of the Bible and other publications into Japanese, the establishment of a school for missionaries and teachers, and the beginning of the celebration of the Divine Liturgy in Japanese, the Church had grown to over 4000 baptized believers by 1878. Therefore, let us not judge the effectiveness of our ministry too quickly or solely on numbers. The good fruit often begins its growth in the shade before being exposed to the light of the sun. Only with patience can we see and enjoy the produce of our labors at the time of harvest.”
Communion: We invite you to receive the Holy Eucharist if you are an Orthodox Christian who has prepared yourself through fasting, prayer, and recent confession. If you are not Orthodox, or are Orthodox but have not prepared, we invite you to receive a piece of the blessed bread in the wooden bowls held by the altar servers at the front of the church.
Communion Line: The choir goes first in both lines so members may continue ministering through music during communion. Little Lambs follow. The ushers then assist each row from front to back. Those seated in the over-flow may follow an adjacent row.
Confession: Confessions are heard Wednesday and Saturday evenings half an hour before services or by appointment during the week.
Help us find you! Are you noticing that your birthday, anniversary, or name day is not being recognized in the weekly bulletin? Are you missing weekly e-mails or are not in the phone book?
Village at Home at St. George Indy: Antiochian Village staff will conduct a retreat on March 1st for Grades 3-12. Pre-register ($20 each participant). See the bulletin board or visit http:// stgindy.org. Information is on the opening page
Scholarship to Summer Camp at the Village: We will assign the scholarship dollars this week and have heard from one applicant; if you are seeking scholarship funds, please notify Marcia now.
Orthodoxy 101 continues on Wednesday evening around 7:00. Father Peter Jon’s topic: “Spirituality and the Spiritual Father.”
House Blessing Schedule is on a table in the hall. Sign up today before Great Lent begins!
Saturday of Souls is next Saturday: Please submit names of the departed by e-mail BEFORE SATURDAY MORNING to Father since he needs them as he prepares for the service and prays the proskomedia. Please indicate Orthodox and Non-Orthodox: all will be included in the service.
Next Sunday, March 23: The Myrrh Bearers will prepare and serve a meal for the parish during social hour. Please donate your dollars generously if you can, for this is one of the few ways the women’s group meets its charitable and administrative expenses. If you can’t stay, perhaps you could take a plate of food with you!
The Parish Council meets in Father Peter Jon’s office today after Charles Coats’ class.
Wednesday, February19: Vespers at 6:00; 0rthodoxy 101 at 7:00
Saturday, February 22: Saturday of the Souls Liturgy at 9:00
Saturday, February 22: Great Vespers at 5:00
Sunday, February 23: Matins at 8:50; Divine Liturgy at 10:00; Fundraiser Meal
The complete Lenten Vespers flyer is in the hall.
March 9: Sunday of Orthodoxy Vespers at Holy Trinity at 5 p.m.
March 23: Lenten Vespers at All Saints at 5 p.m. (We provide a fellowship meal.)
Happy Birthday: Alicia Barrett (16th); Ayris Finchum (18th); Abraham Leininger (18th); Sophia Rademacher (19th ); Marcia Baldwin (21st); Christian Gettelfinger (21st); Averi Vicion (22nd)
Memory Eternal: Infant Innocent Faith (Dec.); Archpriest James King (January 7th); Evelyn; Robert (Lydia’s uncle-January 14th); Dorothy (catechumen Aaron’s grandmother); Dolly (Feb.1st)
Prayer List: Vicki Gans; Alex (Albert) Alexander; Deacon Lawrence; Metropolitan Paul, Archbishop John, Mother Pelagia and her nuns and orphans, Danica D’Onofrio; Kh. Loretta Wilson; Chad & Connie; Beth; Jeffry Ellis; Lillian Miller; Dee; Julie; Roger; Stephanie; Virginia McCallister; Marilyn; Eric; Marna; Cheryl; Lori; Pam; Debbie; Natasha; Ioana; Geni Gritton; Michael & Shelley: Leanne; Jill Patterson; Gabriel; Mary; Alex; Doug; Janet; Kelly; Pete; Phillip; Patricia; Matushka Raisa; John C; Marty; John; Charles; Fr. John Koen; Archpriests Alexander and Roman; Eileen; Mary; Marvin, Alice; Katie; Bob R; Deborah; Ruth; Steve; Kevin; Romaine; Steven; Mary; Derek, Claire & Micah; Tim; Preston; Sharon; Sherri; Dianna; Victor; Aaron; Brent; Christy; Jennifer; Brigid; Caleb; Korene.
Today’s Epistle and Gospel Readings
Prokeimenon: “Let Thy mercy, O Lord, be upon us.”
Verse: “Rejoice in the Lord, O ye righteous.” Psalm 32:22, 1
Epistle: The Reading is from St. Paul’s First Epistle to the Corinthians. (6:12-20)
Brethren, all things are lawful for me, but not all things are expedient. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the authority of anything. Foods are for the belly, and the belly for foods; but God will destroy both it and them. Now the body is not for fornication, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body; and God both raised up the Lord, and will also raise us up through His power. Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I therefore take away the members of Christ, and make them members of a harlot? God forbid! Or, do you not know that he who is joined to a harlot is one body with her? For, “The two,” He says, “shall become one flesh.” But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit. Flee fornication! Every sin that a person commits is outside the body, but whoever commits fornication sins against his own body. Or, do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have received from God, and that you are not your own? For you were bought with a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.
Gospel: The Reading is from the Holy Gospel according St. Luke. (15:11-32)
The Lord spoke this parable: “There was a man who had two sons; and the younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the share of property that falls to me.’ And he divided his living between them. Not many days later, the younger son gathered all he had and took his journey into a far country, and there he squandered his property in loose living. And when he had spent everything, a great famine arose in that country, and he began to be in want. So he went and joined himself to one of the citizens of that country, who sent him into his fields to feed swine. And he would gladly have fed on the pods that the swine ate; and no one gave him anything. But when he came to himself he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have bread enough and to spare, but I perish here with hunger! I will arise and go to my father, and I will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son; treat me as one of your hired servants.”’ And he arose and came to his father. But while he was yet at a distance, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him. And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring quickly the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet; and bring the fatted calf and kill it, and let us eat and make merry; for this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.’ And they began to make merry. Now his elder son was in the field; and as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing. And he called one of the servants and asked what this meant. And he said to him, ‘Your brother has come, and your father has killed the fatted calf, because he has received him safe and sound.’ But he was angry and refused to go in. His father came out and entreated him, but he answered his father, ‘Lo, these many years I have served you, and I never disobeyed your command; yet you never gave me a kid that I might make merry with my friends. But when this son of yours came, who has devoured your living with harlots, you killed for him the fatted calf!’ And he said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours. It was fitting to make merry and be glad, for this your brother was dead, and is alive; he was lost, and is found.’”