Sunday of the Holy Fathers of Fourth Ecumenical Council
Synaxis of the Archangel Gabriel; Venerable Stephen of Mar Sabbas monastery and Heliophotos; Martyr Golinduch of Persia
Nourishment of the Soul: “If you believe in the Gospel what you like, and reject what you don’t like, it is not the Gospel you believe, but yourself.” — St. Augustine
We welcome back our youth from camp. Tell us about your two weeks!
The Parish Council meets today around Noon.
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.
Father Peter Jon will attend the Clergy Symposium at Antiochian Village this week. Consequently, there will be no services at the church until next Sunday.
The parking lot and drive will be seal-coated and unavailable for parking. If you must visit the church, please park on the grass near the road and walk in.
Wednesday, July 16: Christopher Banks Style Show and Tea at St. Mark’s Methodist at 2:00 (MCUM)
Sunday, July 20: Matins at 8:50; Divine Liturgy at 10:00
Happy Birthday: Abby Blair (14th); Cleo Stroguiludis (17th); James Tabbal (19th)
Name Day: Sadie Sremanak (Amma Sarah of the Desert – 13th); Marina Stant (St. Marina – 17th ); Linda Barrett (St. Seraphim – 19th) ; Leanne Bissell (St. Seraphim – 19th); Neumann Jones (St. Seraphim – 19th)
Memory Eternal: Terri (11th); Brian (28th); Bonnie (neighbor of Marvin and Alice-5th)
Prayer List: Howard & Dolores; Frank & Becky; The Gettelfinger family; Neal Bookwalter; Lyuda Neukomm; George Gregory family; Gritton family; Patricia; Bob R; Geni; Alex; Zane; 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.
Today’s Epistle and Gospel Readings
Prokeimenon: “Blessed art Thou, O Lord, the God of our Fathers.”
Verse: “For Thou art just in all that Thou hast done to us.” (Daniel 5:26, 7)
Epistle:The Reading is from St. Paul’s Epistle to Titus. (3:8-15)
MY CHILD TITUS, faithful is the saying, and concerning these things I desire you to affirm confidently, that those who have believed in God may be thoughtful of how to preside in honorable occupations. These things are good and profitable to men. But avoid foolish disputes, and genealogies, and contentions, and controversies about the Law; for they are unprofitable and vain. A man who is a heretic after the first and second admonition reject, knowing that such a one is subverted, and sins, being self-condemned.
When I send Artemas to you, or Tychicos give diligence to come to me to Nicopolis; for I have determined to winter there. Set forward Zenas the lawyer and Apollos on their journey diligently, that they may be lacking in nothing. And let our people also learn how to preside in honorable occupations, so as to help in cases of urgent need, that they should not be unfruitful. All who are with me salute you. Salute those who love us in the faith. Grace be with you all. Amen.
Gospel:The Reading is from the Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew. (5:14-19)
THE LORD SAID TO HIS DISCIPLES: “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hid. Nor do men light a lamp and put it under a bushel, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father Who is in heaven.
Think not that I have come to abolish the law and the prophets; I have come not to abolish them, but to fulfill them. For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the law until all is accomplished. Whoever then relaxes one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but he who does them and teaches them shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.”