Reminders: No Great Vespers on July 19th, but Sunday services will be prayed as usual…
Prophet Elias (Elijah) the Tishbite
Righteous Iliya Chavchavadze of Georgia
Nourishment of the Soul: “Perform every work attentively, no matter how unimportant it may seem, as if being done before the face of God. Remember that the Lord sees everything.”
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.
Missionary Support: Last Sunday the Parish Council voted to send monthly support to the Hoppe Family serving as missionaries in Albania. Two council members also indicated they would commit to a monthly missionary offering. If you would like to support this family that is proclaiming the Good News in a country rediscovering its Christian heritage, please indicate on the enclosed paper. Nathan Hoppe told Fr. Peter Jon recently that having dependable monthly support would benefit their mission work. We hope to send to OCMC each month a predictable amount, rather than an offering once a year.
Wednesday marks the 8th Anniversary for Fr. Peter Jon as our priest. Axios!
Wednesday, July 23: Evening Liturgy at 6:00 – St. Christina
Saturday, July 26: Great Vespers at 5:00
Sunday, July 27: Matins at 8:50; Divine Liturgy at 10:00
A Festival Meeting is being scheduled to plan the annual October event.
Volunteer Involvement material is being developed.
Happy Birthday: Neumann Jones (21st); Mallory Finchum (23rd)
Name Day: Alicia Barrett (St. Elias -20th ); Miriam Stant (St. Mary Magdalene – 22nd);
Kh. Kristina (St. Christina, Great Martyr of Tyre (24th); Kaylie Finchum (Righteous Anna– 25th); Ariana Vicion (Righteous Anna – 25th)
Memory Eternal: Terri (11th); Brian (28th); Bonnie (5th)
Prayer List: LuAnna; Shirley; Nancy; Neal Bookwalter; Lyuda Neukomm; George Gregory 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: “Thou art a priest forever, according to the order of Melchizedek.”
Verse: “The Lord said unto my Lord: ‘Sit Thou at my right hand, until I make Thine enemies the footstool of Thy feet!’” Psalm 109:4, 1
Epistle:The Reading is from the Catholic Epistle of Saint James. (5:10-20)
BRETHREN, take the prophets, who spoke in the Name of the Lord, for an example of enduring afflictions and of longsuffering. Behold, we beatify those who patiently endure. You have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the conclusion of the Lord; that the Lord is abundantly compassionate and tender in mercies. But above all things, my brethren, do not swear: neither by Heaven nor by earth nor by any other oath; but let your yes be yes and your no be no, that you may not fall under judgment.
Is any among you afflicted? Let him pray. Is any cheerful? Let him chant. Is any among you sick? Let him call upon the priests of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the Name of the Lord; and the prayer of faith will save the sick person, and the Lord will raise him up; and if he has committed sins, they will be forgiven him.
Therefore confess your faults to one another, and pray on behalf of each other, that you may be healed. The supplication of a righteous man avails much in its working. Elias was a man of like passions with us, and he prayed fervently that it might not rain, and it did not rain on the earth for the duration of three years and six months. Then he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit.
Brethren, if any one among you errs from the truth, and someone brings him back; let him know that whoever brings back a sinner from the error of his way will save a soul from death, and will conceal a multitude of sins.
Gospel:The Reading is from the Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew. (9:1-8)
AT THAT TIME, Jesus got into a boat, crossed over and came to His own city. And behold, they brought to Him a paralytic, lying on his bed; and when Jesus saw their faith He said to the paralytic, “Take heart, my son; your sins are forgiven.” And behold, some of the scribes said to themselves, “This man is blaspheming.” But Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said, “Why do you think evil in your hearts? For which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Rise and walk’? But that you may know that the Son of man has authority on earth to forgive sins”—He then said to the paralytic—“Rise, take up your bed and go home.” And he rose and went home. When the crowds saw it, they marveled, and they glorified God, Who had given such authority to men.
SUPPORTING The Hoppe Family in Albania
The Hoppes are active in a number of vital ministries that advance the Orthodox faith and make disciples in Albania where they have served for 16 years. These include training future church leaders at the Resurrection of Christ Theological Academy, directing the Central Children’s Office of the Orthodox Church of Albania, and ministry to University students. The Hoppes organize children’s camps in Kosovo each summer and coordinate OCMC short-term teams. Nathan also represents the Orthodox Church of Albania at several international dialogues and leads the OCMC missionary team in Albania.
Please indicate your intention.
___I will commit $___________________each month from August to December 2014.
___I will commit $___________________each month from August 2014 to December 2015.
___I will give a periodic gift to the mission fund, but am unable to commit to a monthly gift at this time.
Your Name if you are making a regular contribution to the Mission Fund.
Your contribution should be made to All Saints,
and the church will send one donation to OCMC for the Hoppes
each month, starting in August.
(Please give –or mail–this slip to Marcia or drop it in the basket on the memorial table.) Thanks for giving this matter your thoughtful attention.