Reminder that August 23 Great Vespers is cancelled so Fr. Peter Jon can attend Sarah’s funeral in Louisville.
Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost
Hieromartyr Eutychios, disciple of John the Theologian; New- hieromartyr Cosmas Aitolos, equal-to-the-Apostles and evangelizer of Southern Albania; Recovery of the relics of Dionysios, Bishop of Zakinthos and of Peter, Metropolitan of Moscow.
Let us pray to the Lord: “For the suffering Christians of Syria, Palestine, Iraq, & all of the Middle East, and for those suffering in the Ukraine.”
Nourishment of the Soul: “If I ascend into heaven, You are there; if I make my bed in hell, behold You are there. If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there Your hand shall lead me, and Your right hand shall hold me.” Psalm 139:8-10 NKJ
Coffee Hour: Everyone is invited to the fellowship coffee hour after Divine Liturgy. The offerings on the table have been provided by our parishioners.
Today, following coffee hour, Dn. Lucian and Dnessa. Miriam Stant invite you to share refreshments and music as their daughter Marina prepares to go to the Country of Georgia to teach English. If you play instruments, you may want to join in with a number or two.
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 Sunday School follows. The ushers then assist each row from front to back. Those in the overflow behind the choir may follow adjacent rows.
Festival Committee meets today with Father.
Wednesday, August 27: Daily Vespers at 6:00
Thursday, August 28: Beheading of St. John the Forerunner – Vesperal Liturgy at 6:00
Saturday, August 30: Great Vespers at 5:00
Sunday, August 31: Matins at 8:50; Divine Liturgy at 10:00 – Memorial for Dr. Wm. Nassar
Sunday, August 31: Myrrh Bearers meet around noon.
- September 1: Beginning of the Liturgical New Year
- September 3: The fall series of Orthodoxy 101 resumes after Wednesday Vespers.
- September 4: OCF begins a series of On Campus Talks. Fr. Jerome Sanderson’s topic is “Prayer”. The place will be announced later. All are invited.
- September 11: SOYO Kick-Off at 6:00 here at the church – Compline at 7:30
- October 11: Annual Festival
Birthday Blessings: Subdeacon Daniel Barrett (29th); Kiya Crandall (29th); Allie Weber (29th)
Memory Eternal: Chieh-su; Susan; Ralph; Annamarie (Galina’s sister-in-law); Robin; Patty (Aaron’s aunt); Roy (Max’s uncle); Sarah Najjar (20th); Richard (Father’s friend in Alaska); Virginia (Lydia’s grandmother-18th)
Prayer List: Noah (Lisa Fuqua’s 11 year old son diagnosed with MD); Emily D; Paula Bissell;John & Mary Ann’s granddaughter Emma; Frank & Becky;Kim (Geni Gritton’s daughter);Barb; Eric (Martha Goodwin’s son);); Daniel & Gala M; Demetrios (Jim) Zaharako; Shirley; Nancy; Neal; Lyuda; Gregory family; Patricia; Bob R; Geni; Alex; Nicetas; John; Leanne; Metropolitan Paul, Archbishop John; Kh. Loretta; Chad & Connie; Beth; Jeffry Ellis; Lillian Miller; Julie; Roger; Virginia McCallister; Marilyn; Eric; Cheryl; Lori; Pam; Debbie; Natasha; Ioana; Michael & Shelley: Jill Patterson; Gabriel; Mary; Doug; Janet; Kelly; Matushka Raisa; John C; Marty; John; Charles; Fr. John Koen; Archpriest Roman; Eileen; Mary; Marvin, Alice; Katie; Deborah; Ruth; Steve; Kevin; Romaine; Derek, Claire & Micah; Tim; Preston; Sharon; Sherri; Dianna; Michael and Diane; Aaron; Brent; Jennifer; Brigid; Caleb; Korene; Dennis & Joyce; Ethan; Lena.
Today’s Epistle and Gospel Readings
Prokeimenon: “The Lord is my strength and my song.”
Verse: “With chastisement has the Lord chastened me!”
Epistle:The Reading from Saint Paul’s First Epistle to the Corinthians. (9:2-12)
BRETHREN, the seal of my apostleship are you in the Lord. My defense to those who would examine me is this: Do we have no authority regarding what to eat and what to drink? Do we have no authority to lead about a wife, who is a sister, as the rest of the apostles, even as the brethren of the Lord, and Cephas? Or is it only Barnabas and I who have no authority to refrain from working? Which soldier ever served at his own expense? who plants a vineyard and does not eat the fruit thereof? Or who shepherds a flock and does not eat from the milk of the flock?
Do I speak of these things according to human nature? Or does not the Law say the same also? For it is written in the Law of Moses: “Thou shalt not muzzle an ox which treads out the grain.” Is it for oxen that God cares, or does He say it altogether for our sakes? Indeed, for our sakes it was written: because he who plows ought to plow in hope, and he who threshes in hope, so that the same might partake in hope. If we have sown in you spiritual things, is it a great matter if we should reap your carnal things? If others are partakers of this authority over you, are we not even more? Nevertheless, we have not made use of this authority, but we endure all things, in order that we many cause no hindrance to the gospel of Christ.
Gospel:The Reading is from the Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew. (18:23-35)
The Lord spoke this parable:”The Kingdom of Heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his servants. When he began the reckoning, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents; and as he could not pay, his lord ordered him to be sold, with his wife and children and all that he had, and payment to be made. So the servant fell on his knees, imploring him, ‘Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay you everything.’ And out of pity for him the lord of that servant released him and forgave him the debt. But that same servant, as he went out, came upon one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii; and seizing him by the throat he said, ‘Pay what you owe.’ So his fellow servant fell down and besought him, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you.’ He refused and went and put him in prison until he should pay the debt. When his fellow servants saw what had taken place, they were greatly distressed, and they went and reported to their lord all that had taken place. Then his lord summoned him and said to him, ‘You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you besought me; and should not you have had mercy on your fellow servant, as I had mercy on you?’ And in anger his lord delivered him to the jailers, until he should pay all his debt. So also My Heavenly Father will do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother from your heart.”