Sunday, September 24, 2023

Proto-martyr Thekla, equal-to-the-Apostles & First Sunday of Luke

Venerable Silouan of Athos 

Thought for Today“With fear and reverence may you stand in church, for our Christ is present invisibly with the holy angels. The attentive and reverent He fills to the full with grace and blessing; the heedless He censures as unworthy. –Elder Ephraim of Arizona- 


Resurrectional Apolytikion – Tone 7

Thou didst shatter death by Thy Cross, Thou didst open paradise to the thief; Thou didst turn the sadness of the ointment-bearing women into joy. And didst bid Thine Apostles proclaim a warning, that Thou hast risen O Christ, granting to the world the Great Mercy.

Apolytikionof St. Thekla the Proto-martyr – Tone 4

O glorious Thekla, companion of Paul the divine, thou wast enflamed with the love of thy Creator, by the teaching of the divine preacher. Thou didst despise the passing earthly pleasures, and offered thyself to God as an acceptable and pleasing sacrifice, disregarding all suffering. Intercede with Christ thy Groom to grant us His Great Mercy.

Ordinary Kontakion – Tone 2

O undisputed intercessor of Christians, the Mediatrix, who is unrejected by the Creator. Turn not away from the voice of our petitions, though we be sinners. Come to us with aid in time, who cry unto thee in faith, for thou art good. Hasten to us with intercessions, O Theotokos, who dost ever intercede for those who honor thee. 


The Epistle 

God is wondrous among His saints. Bless ye God in the congregations.

The Reading from the Second Epistle of St. Paul to St. Timothy. (3:10-15)

Timothy, my son, you have observed my teaching, my conduct, my aim in life, my faith, my patience, my love, my steadfastness, my persecutions, my sufferings, what befell me at Antioch, at Iconium, and at Lystra. What persecutions I endured!  Yet from them all, the Lord rescued me.  Indeed, all, who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, while evil men and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceivers and deceived.  But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to instruct you for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 

The Gospel 

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Luke. (5:1-11)

At that time, Jesus was standing by the lake of Gennesaret.  And He saw two boats by the lake; but the fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets.  Getting into one of the boats, which was Simon’s, Jesus asked him to put out a little from the land.  And He sat down and taught the people from the boat.  And when Jesus had finished speaking, He said to Simon, “Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.”  And Simon answered, “Master, we toiled all night and took nothing!  But at Thy word I will let down the nets.”  And when they had done this, they enclosed a great shoal of fish; and as their nets were breaking, they beckoned to their partners in the other boat to come and help them.  And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink.  But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord.”  For he was astonished, and all that were with him, at the catch of fish, which they had taken; and so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon.  And Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid; henceforth you will be catching men.”  And when they had brought their boats to land, they left everything and followed Him. 

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. 


All Saints Festival on Fairfax is Saturday, October 14, 11am-5pm. 

Yard signs are in the hallway – please take one home! Volunteers are needed to set up, to work various tasks during the festival, and to donate fresh baked goods. Please see the list on the bulletin board for specific area leaders, or Dan Rigsby, the festival chair.

Attention All Saints Men 18 years and older: The Men’s Group is planning an event on September 30. There will be an Informal meeting during coffee hour in the St. George Pavilion today (24 Sep) to discuss details.  Please reach out to Vasily (Glen Carter) if you have questions. 


Today, SundayMen’s group planning time.

Monday, September 256th Hour Prayers, at 12:00 noon.

Tuesday, September 26: Divine Liturgy at 9:00am; OCF dinner and discussion, 6:30pm at the Webb’s home.

Wednesday, September 276th Hour Prayers at 12:00 noon; Daily Vespers at 6:00pm (Followed by Orthodoxy 101).

Thursday, September 28: Divine Liturgy at 9:00am.

FridaySeptember 29: Divine Liturgy 9am; Akathist for the protection of the Theotokos.

Saturday, September 30: Bible Study at the Webb’s home, 9:00 am; Great Vespers at 5:00 pm (followed by Ask Abouna); Jr. SOYO at 3:30pm; SOYO at 6:30pm.

Sunday, October 1Matins at9:00amDivine Liturgy at 10:00am. Protection of the Most Holy Theotokos.


Names Day Celebration: Casey Barbarick Sergius (25th); Jonathan Blair, John Kozak John the Theologian (26th); Ross Caton Uriel (29th).

Anniversary CelebrationAlex and Sami Koutares (24th).

Memory Eternal: Archpriest Raphael, John, Mother Nektaria, Ron, Becky, Patricia, Stephen. John, Jonathan, Archpriest David, Metropolitan Daniel of Tokyo + All Japan, Johnny Sue.

Prayer ListMichael, Olga, Eileen, Soren, Kathy; Toni;Jan; Don and Dee; those suffering the war of Ukraine; Peace talks; our nation and all nations’ leaders; Earthquake victims and relief efforts in Syria and Turkey; schools: school children, youth and personnel across the nation; Mat. Raisa; Mary Ann; Emma (Mary Ann’s granddaughter); Bob & Bonnie Thelen;  Wes (infant with brittle bone disorder); Wes’s grandfather; Megan (lymphoma); Mark (CHF) and (caregiver) Barbara;Josiah; Vicki;Vicki’s granddaughter; Steve Crandall; Fr. Athanasius; Jack; Christopher; Fr. Jerome; Catherine; Wadia; Jayci; Patricia; Marvin; Alice; Kitsa; Apthrodite; Kim; Kristy; Dusty; Cari; Betsy; Josh; Allison; Andrew (Texas/military); Isaac (Germany/military); Leanne; Heather; Nancy; Sharon Catherine; Lexi, Ross and Vivian; Theo; Doug; Jeremy; Dn. Lawrence, Marcia; Elias; Waded; Seraphima; Lilly’s family; Jennifer; Christy; Megan; John; Stanley; Macrina; Emilia with child; Amanda with child; Anne; Allen; Linda; Marilyn; Mary Barger; Allison and children; Nino with child.  

Giving Opportunities:

Mission Donations: We send monthly support to two missionary units in Albania, the Hoppe family and Hannah Valentine. We welcome and encourage you to contribute to their ongoing support. 

Benevolence FundDonations may be made to this fund throughout the year, and are mainly used to support families in need of help with rent and utilities payments.

In-House Food Pantry: Non-perishable food items are always welcome! The Food Pantry is available to parish members as well as families and individuals in the greater Bloomington community. Thank you for your continued support. 

Coffee Hours:  We encourage everyone to take part in this ministry of hospitality on your designated week.  We are blessed to have many students and visitors joining us, and we hope to provide everyone a nice meal who stays to fellowship with us. Even if you don’t cook,
we welcome contributions of bakery goods, fruit, and other store-bought items. Place them on the serving table and we will arrange them.

Coffee Hour Host: Rhonda Webb with Parishioners S-Z.

Next week Host: Melissa Barbarick with Parishioners A-B.

Donations to the church are being made online at and by U.S mail.  Many thanks to all who continue supporting All Saints