Sunday, August 19, 2018
Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost
After-feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos
Holy Martyr Andrew the Commander and those with him;
Venerable Theophanes of Docheiariou monastery on Athos
It is our joy to welcome visitors to worship with us at all services.
Nourishment of the Soul: “Trust in God with all your heart, and do not exalt your own wisdom. In all your ways know wisdom, that she may cut a straight path for you; and your foot will not stumble.”
Parish Council meets today around noon.
Retirement Celebration: Subdeacon Daniel Barrett has officially retired! Today his family is hosting the coffee hour as we greet our friend and subdeacon with a congratulatory smile!
Food Pantry: Please continue to stock the shelves in Marcia’s office. Take a look, and see what you might add. A few paper products would be welcome. With grateful thanks from all who benefit…
Helping Our Teens Help Those in Need: SOYO (our teen group) is preparing bags of helpful items to be delivered to those in need. Please look at the following list of items and, if you are able to bring any of them to Church this Sunday, email Fr. Peter Jon at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can keep track of items needed.
SOYO needs 25 of each of the following: Toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, hand warmers, protein bars, small hand sanitizer bottles, hats, socks, rain ponchos, small bottles of water and Gatorade, foil blankets, individually-wrapped non-perishable snacks.
Receiving the Eucharist: 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.
Crowning: Daniel and Jennifer Rigsby warmly invite our parish family to the celebration of the Crowning of their marriage in the Church on Saturday, August 25 at 2:30p.m. A cake and coffee reception (hosted by the Myrrh Bearers) will follow at 3:30.
Wednesday, August 22: Daily Vespers at 6:00
Thursday, August 23: There is No Bible Study at Becky’s home this week.
Saturday, August 25: Crowning at 2:30 and reception at 3:30
Saturday, August 25: Great Vespers at 5:00 – SOYO 6:00- 8:00 – Outreach to the homeless
Sunday, August 26: Matins at 9:00; Divine Liturgy at 10:00 – Blessing our IU students – Myrrh Bearers meet.
…Next Sunday, the church will welcome and Fr. Peter Jon will bless IU students .
… Beginning Tuesday, September 4, 2018 Howard will be leading a Bible Study: God’s Kingdom – on Earth as it is in Heaven: The Gospel of John Chapters 11-21.” The Study will consist of 10 weekly sessions, from Sept. 4 – Nov. 6. It will meet at the Webb’s home, from 7:00 – 8:30 pm. Please invite anyone who may have an interest – the study is open to Orthodox Christians as well as those of other traditions. Please read John Chapter 1 for the first meeting and bring a Bible if you have one. Sorry, we cannot accommodate children. Howard and Rhonda Webb, 3960 E. Fenbrook Lane, Bloomington, IN 47401 314-313-4275 email@example.com.
…Our Annual Festival is scheduled for October 6th. Plan ahead to consider how you can be involved. Daniel Rigsby, this year’s coordinator, would like to hear from you.
PARISH HEALTH UPDATES
…Charles Coats is now at HOME!
…Alice Marie Piercefield has had two biopsies to help diagnose her condition. Alice and Marvin, are grateful for your love, prayers and support.
…Vicki Gans appreciates your prayers as she recovers from injuring her back.
Birthday Celebrations: Shannon R (22nd); Karen H (23rd)
Name Day Remembrance: John C (20th – St. Oswin); Aidan G (20th – Prophet Samuel)
Memory Eternal: Bill (July 12th); David (21st); Kevin (Ancient Faith Ministries) (8th)
Prayer List: Infant Nora (cystic fibrosis); Nyssa (catechumen); Alice & Marvin; Doris Finchum (James’s mother); Micah Finchum (James and Patricia’s son); Charles; Linda’s sister Dee; Mary Ann; Griggs family; Alexander family; Sharon Catherine; Lillian Purcell; Eileen; Leanne; Ashlee W; Kh. Kristina & Anthony; Vivian; Paul; Caden, Dylan & Maddie; Cathy; Sitto; Elias; Waded; Neva; Bill; Lonnie; Fr. George; Iva Lee & Jim; Adrian T; Nancy & Shalayna; Hannah & Ty; Seraphima; Lilly’s family; those suffering in the drug crisis in the USA; Those suffering in Syria and the Middle East; safety in public places and our schools; Metropolitan Paul; Archbishop John; our church and our nation
Today’s Epistle and Gospel Readings
Prokeimenon: “Sing praises to our God, sing praises.”
Verse: “Clap your hands, all ye nations.” (Psalm 46:6,1)
Epistle: The Reading is from St. Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians. (15:1-11)
Brethren, I would remind you in what terms I preached to you the Gospel, which you received, in which you stand, by which you are saved, if you hold it fast—unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that He was buried, that He rose on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, and that He appeared to Cephas, then to the Twelve. Then He appeared to more than five hundred brethren at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep. Then He appeared to James, then to all the Apostles. Last of all, as to one untimely born, He appeared also to me. For I am the least of the Apostles, unfit to be called an Apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God, which is with me. Whether then it was I or they, so we preach and so you believed.
Gospel: The Reading is from the Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew. (19:16-26)
At that time, a young man came up to Jesus, kneeling and saying, “Good Teacher, what good deed must I do, to have eternal life?” And He said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God. If you would enter life, keep the commandments.” He said to Him, “Which?” And Jesus said, “You shall not kill, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not bear false witness, honor your father and mother, and you shall love your neighbor as yourself.” The young man said to Him, “All these I have observed; what do I still lack?” Jesus said to him, “If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” When the young man heard this, he went away sorrowful; for he had great possessions. And Jesus said to his disciples, “Truly, I say to you, it will be hard for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” When the disciples heard this they were greatly astonished, saying, “Who then can be saved?” But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
Divine Liturgy Variables
Resurrectional Apolytikion – Tone 3
Let the heavens rejoice and the earth be glad, for the Lord hath done a mighty act with His own arm. He hath trampled down death by death, and become the first-born from the dead. He hath delivered us from the depths of Hades, granting the world the Great Mercy.
Apolytikion of the Dormition – Tone 1
In thy birth-giving, O Theotokos, thou didst keep and preserve virginity; and in thy falling-asleep thou hast not forsaken the world; for thou wast translated into life, being the Mother of Life. Wherefore, by thine intercessions, deliver our souls from death.
Kontakion of the Dormition – Tone 2
Verily, the Theotokos, who is ever watchful in intercessions, and whose prayers are never rejected, neither tomb nor death could control. But since she is the Mother of Life, He Who dwelt in her ever-virgin womb did translate her to life.