Sunday, December 2, 2018
Twenty-Seventh Sunday after Pentecost
The Holy Prophet Habakkuk; Martyr Habib the New; Martyr Myrope of Chios; Venerable John, Heraclemon, Theophilos and Andrew of Egypt; Martyr Stephen Urosh, the Serbian king; Venerable Ioannikios of Devitch
Welcome to All Saints.
Nourishment of the Soul: “A good deed is never lost; he who sows courtesy, reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness, gathers love.” – St. Basil the Great
Coffee Hour: Scheduled contributors for today are those with last names beginning A-Ba.
Food Pantry: The shelves are well-filled…thanks: Your usual donations are welcome.
Help fill the gift bag with children’s hats, gloves, mittens, and scarves. Bags are in the hallway and in the narthax.
The Nativity Fast continues until Christmas Eve.
Monday, December 3: Evening Liturgy at 6:00 – Great martyr Barbara and Venerable John of Damascus
Tuesday, December 4: Father and his family will be away through December 10th
Wednesday, December 5: Reader Vespers at 6:00
Thursday, December 6: Bible Study at Becky’s 3:00-5:00
Saturday, December 8: Reader Vespers at 5:00 with SOYO and O101 at 6:00
Sunday, December 9: Matins at 9:00; Divine Liturgy at 10:00 : Father Gabriel Montforte will be our guest celebrant. Many of you remember his wife Laura Willms Montforte.
…O101 Topics in Coming Weeks: When We Say God, Part 2, God with Us, Our Ultimate Purpose, Salvation as Participation, Orthodox Worship, A Beautiful Hymn, The Journey Continues,.
…December 9th is Choir and Chanters Appreciation Day.
…Aunt Ruth’s Toffee for Christmas will be available soon in the bookstore.
…December 12: Evening Liturgy – St. Herman of Alaska
…December 15th: Dee Haney and April Blair are planning their annual Women’s Christmas open house. Arrive at 11:00 and enjoy fun, food, and games with these well-seasoned hostesses!
…Monthly Crafting Workshop: Everyone is welcome to bring projects, ideas to share, or willingness to learn. Meet in Fellowship Hall. Emily Wood is the coordinator. The Next meeting is January 12th at 3:00
An Opportunity to Serve: If you are available to help Alice and Marvin with laundry or other tasks, please contact Nina Rogers who is coordinating this benefit for these beloved family members.
Happy Birthday: Gregory Gillquist (2nd)
Memory Eternal: Archpriest Stephen Rhudy (Nov. 12)
Prayer List: Nancy Jones; Bruce; Joanna Zaharako; Impey and Tudorica families; Alice & Marvin; Charles; Vicki; Linda’s sister Dee; Mary Ann; Griggs family; Alexander family; Emilija with child (doing well on bed rest); Kristina (Weber) with child; Sharon Catherine; Lillian Purcell; Eileen; Leanne; Ashlee W; Kh. Kristina; Vivian; Paul; Cathy; Sitto; Elias; Waded; Neva; Bill; Lonnie; Fr. George; Fr. Basil; Iva Lee; Nancy & Shalayna; Ty & Hannah (with child); Seraphima; Lilly’s family; Jennifer D; those suffering in the drug crisis, with fire devastation, with flood damage or hurricane damage in the USA; Those suffering in Syria and the Middle East; safety in public places, in our schools and on our southern border; Metropolitan Paul; Archbishop John; our church and our nation.
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. Approach to the cup starts at the front rows; the choir and preschool go first.
Today’s Epistle and Gospel Readings
Prokeimenon: “The Lord is my strength and my song.”
Verse: “With chastisement hath the Lord chastened me.” Psalm 117:14,18
Epistle: The Reading is from St. Paul’s Letter the Ephesians. (6:10-17)
Brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we are not contending against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore, take the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand, therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the equipment of the gospel of peace; besides all these, taking the shield of faith, with which you can quench all the flaming darts of the evil one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
Gospel: The Reading is from the Holy Gospel according St. Luke(18:35-43)
At that time, when Jesus drew near to Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging; and hearing a multitude going by, he inquired what this meant. They told him, “Jesus of Nazareth is passing by.” And he cried, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” And those who were in front rebuked him, telling him to be silent; but he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” And Jesus stopped, and commanded him to be brought to him; and when he came near, Jesus asked him, “What do you want me to do for you?” He said, “Lord, let me receive my sight.” And Jesus said to him, “Receive your sight; your faith has made you well.” And immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus, glorifying God; and all the people, when they saw it, gave praise to God.
Divine Liturgy Variables
Resurrectional Apolytikion – Tone 2
When Thou didst submit Thyself unto death, O Thou deathless and immortal One, then Thou didst destroy hell with Thy Godly power. And when Thou didst raise the dead from beneath the earth, all the powers of Heaven did cry aloud unto Thee; O Christ, Thou giver of life, glory to Thee.
Kontakion of the Preparation of Christ’s Nativity – Tone 3
The Virgin cometh today to the cave to give birth to * God the Word ineffably, * Who was before all the ages. * Dance for joy, O earth, on hearing * the gladsome tidings; * with the Angels and the shepherds now glorify Him * Who is willing to be gazed on * as a young Child Who * before the ages is God.