Sunday, July 29, 2018
Ninth Sunday after Pentecost
Holy Martyr Kallinikos of Gangra in Asia Minor; Holy Virgin Martyr Theodota of Bithynia;
Pious Emperor Theodosios the Younger; Constantine III, patriarch of Constantinople;
Lupus the Confessor, bishop of Troyes; Martyr Serapia of Antioch
It is our joy to welcome visitors to worship with us at all services.
Nourishment of the Soul: “Do not ever succumb to the insane thought that God has abandoned you. God knows exactly how much one can endure and, according to that, measures the sufferings and pains of everyone.” St. Nikolaj Velimirovic
Coffee Hour: No one is scheduled for today. Please donate as you are able, and the Dormition fast begins in a couple of days!
Remember to give all announcements to Father Peter Jon before each Divine Liturgy.
Food Pantry: A few donors gave abundantly last week, but we could still use some paper goods and frozen foods as well as those foods listed last week. Thank you for your steadfast love for those struggling with hunger.
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.
Dumpster: You will note that our roof has been stripped and there is a large dumpster in the parking lot. Thank you for your patience as our roof is replaced. The work should be complete by next weekend.
There is a Festival Meeting today after Divine Liturgy.
We will assess previous festivals and start planning for the next one on October 6th. Please join Daniel Rigsby (Parish Council Chairman) who will be the festival coordinator this year.
The Dormition Fast begins on August 1st.
Wednesday, August 1: Daily Vespers at 6:00
Thursday, August 2: Bible Study at Becky’s home – 3:00-5:00
Friday, August 3: Paraklesis to the Mother of God at 6:00
Saturday, August 4: Great Vespers at 5:00
Sunday, August 5: Matins at 9:00; Divine Liturgy at 10:00; 40-Day Memorial; Blessing of K-12 students and their teachers (this includes homeschoolers)
…40-Day Memorial for Nicholas on August 5th. Memory Eternal!
…Sunday, August 5th: Blessing of the Children as they return to school in early August
…Sunday, August 5th: Sunday before the Transfiguration of Christ
…Tuesday, August 14: Evening Liturgy of the Dormition of the Theotokos
…Sunday, August 26: Welcoming returning University students with a blessing for the school semester
Anniversary Blessings: John & Lisa A (31st)
Birthday Celebrations: Aaron J (31st); Gala M (4th)
Name Day Remembrance: Nancy J (St. Lydia – 3rd); Lydia F (St. Lydia – 3rd)
Memory Eternal: Nicholas (June 29th); Bill (July 12th); David (21st)
Prayer List: Charles; Linda’s sister Dee; Mary Ann; Griggs family; Alexander family; Sharon Catherine; Lillian Purcell; Eileen; Leeanne; Ashlee W; Kh. Kristina & Anthony; Vivian; Paul; Caden, Dylan & Maddie; Marvin & Alice; 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; safety in public places; Metropolitan Paul; Archbishop John; our church and our nation
Today’s Epistle and Gospel Readings
Prokeimenon: “Make vows to the Lord thy God and perform them.”
Verse: “In Judah God is known; His Name is great in Israel.” (Psalm 75:11,1)
Epistle: The Reading is from St. Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians. (3:9-17)
Brethren, we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, God’s building. According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and another man is building upon it. Let each man take care how he builds upon it. For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if any one builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay or straw, each man’s work will become manifest; for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each one has done. If the work which any man has built on the foundation survives, he will receive a reward. If any man’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss, though he himself will be saved, but only as through fire. Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him; for God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple.
Gospel: The Reading is from the Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew. (14:22-34)
At that time, Jesus made the Disciples get into the boat and go before Him to the other side, while He dismissed the crowds. And after He had dismissed the crowds, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. When evening came, He was there alone, but the Disciples’ boat by this time was many furlongs distant from the land, beaten by the waves; for the wind was against them. And in the fourth watch of the night He came to them, walking on the sea. But when the Disciples saw Jesus walking on the sea, they were terrified, saying, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out for fear. But immediately He spoke to them, saying, “Take heart, it is I; have no fear.” And Peter answered Him, “Lord, if it is Thee, bid me come to Thee on the water.” He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus; but when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, “Lord, save me!” Jesus immediately reached out His hand and caught him, saying to him, “O man of little faith, why did you doubt?” And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. And those in the boat worshiped Him, saying, “Truly, Thou art the Son of God.” And when they had crossed over, they came to land at Gennesaret.
Divine Liturgy Variables
Resurrectional Apolytikion – Tone 8
From the heights Thou didst descend, O Compassionate One, and Thou didst submit to the three-day burial, that Thou might deliver us from passion; Thou art our life and our Resurrection, O Lord, glory to Thee.
Kontakion of the Transfiguration – Tone 7
Thou wast transfigured on the mount, and Thy Disciples, in so far as they were able, beheld Thy glory, O Christ our God; so that, when they should see Thee crucified, they would remember that all Thy suffering was voluntary, and could declare to all the world that Thou art truly the effulgent Splendor of the Father.