Sunday, July 21, 2019
Fifth Sunday after Pentecost
Righteous Fathers John of Edessa in Mesopotamia and Simeon of Homs (Emesa),
the Fool-for-Christ; Parthenios, Bishop of Radovizlios; Martyr Victor of Marseilles
Welcome to All Saints!
Nourishment for the Soul: “We need to feel Christ as our friend. He confirms this Himself when He says: “You are my friends…” (John 15:14). We need to look at Him and approach Him as a friend. Do we fall? Do we sin? We should run to Him with feelings of familiarity, in love and trust; not in fear of punishment but in courage granted by the sense of friendship, and say to Him: “Lord, I did it, I fell, forgive me.”
St. Porphyrios the Kapsokalivite
SOYO’s Summer Outreach: Our teens make an effort to bring gift bags with helpful items to the homeless on a quarterly basis. The following items are needed for the summer bags: folding toothbrushes; small toothpaste tubes; deodorant; water bottles; Kind Bars or other convenient & non-perishable snacks; chap stick; mini-sunscreen tubes; sunglasses. They anticipate needing 50 of most items, but 100 snack bars. If you would like to contribute, please email Fr. Peter Jon at firstname.lastname@example.org with the item and quantity you intend to provide. Following your email, donations may be left on the round table in Father’s office.
- Dormition Fast begins August 1st. We will mark the beginning of this two-week fast with a procession of the Cross after Vespers on the evening of July 31st.
- Festival Meeting – August 4th
- Holy Transfiguration Evening Liturgy – Monday, August 5th at 6pm
- Holy Dormition Liturgy – Wednesday, August 14th at 6pm
- Door Opening of Saint Ananias Orthodox Mission, Saturday, August 24th at 1pm CT
- His Grace, Bishop ANTHONY, will be with us for a 6 pm liturgy on Wednesday evening, August 28th, for the Beheading of Saint John the Baptist. This will be his annual archpastoral visit.
Father Peter Jon will attend the Antiochian National Convention in Grand Rapids, Michigan this week, returning late Saturday night (27th). We warmly welcome Fr. Lucas Christensen, who is serving this morning in Father Peter Jon’s absence.
Wednesday, July 24: Reader Vespers at 6:00
Friday, July 26: Akathist to the Protection of the Theotokos at 6:00
Saturday, July 20: Reader Vespers at 5:00 with SOYO at 6:00
Sunday, July 28: Matins at 9:00; Divine Liturgy at 10:00 – Myrrh Bearers meet.
Today’s Epistle and Gospel Readings
Epistle: The Reading is from of St. Paul’s Letter to the Romans. (10:1-10)
Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is that it may be saved. I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but it is not enlightened. For, being ignorant of the righteousness that comes from God, and seeking to establish their own, they did not submit to God’s righteousness. For Christ is the end of the law, that everyone who has faith may be justified. Moses writes that the man who practices the righteousness which is based on the law shall live by it. But the righteousness based on faith says: Do not say in your heart, “Who will ascend into Heaven?” (that is, to bring Christ down) or “Who will descend into the abyss?” (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). But what does it say? The word is near you, on your lips and in your heart (that is, the word of faith which we preach); because, if you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For man believes with his heart and so is justified, and he confesses with his lips and so is saved.
Gospel: The Reading is from the Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew. (8:28-9:1)
At that time, when Jesus came to the country of the Gergesenes, two demoniacs met Him, coming out of the tombs, so fierce that no one could pass that way. And behold, they cried out, “What have we to do to Thee, O Son of God? Art Thou come here to torment us before the time?” Now a herd of many swine was feeding at some distance from them. And the demons begged Him, “If Thou castest us out, send us away into the herd of swine.” And He said to them, “Go.” So they came out and went into the swine; and behold, the whole herd rushed down the steep bank into the sea, and perished in the waters. The herdsmen fled, and going into the city they told everything, and what had happened to the demoniacs. And behold, all the city came out to meet Jesus; and when they saw Him, they begged Him to leave their neighborhood. And getting into a boat He crossed over and came to His own city.
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.
Divine Liturgy Variables for Choir and Parish
Resurrectional Apolytikion – Tone 4
Having learned the joyful message of the Resurrection from the angel, the women disciples of the Lord cast from them their parental condemnation. And proudly broke the news to the Disciples, saying: Death hath been spoiled; Christ God is risen, granting the world Great Mercy.
Coffee Hour: Scheduled contributors and cleaners for today are those with names beginning H-P.
Food Pantry Needs: The shelves are slowly being filled. One needed item is marina sauce. Your donations are always welcome.
If you need fire/specialty smoking wood, please contact Thomas Przybyla at 812-929-1766.
Anniversary Memories: 13th anniversary of the Gillquists at all Saints – (23rd
Birthday Blessings: Neumann J (21st); Thomas M (26th)
Name Day Celebrations: Dnssa. Miriam S (St. Mary Magdalene – 22nd); Kh. Kristina (Great Martyr Christina – 24th); St.Anna’s Dormition – 25th: Cora B; Kaylie F; Patricia F; ArianaV
Prayer List: Heather – Mercy meals can be frozen and placed in the freezer for a family of 5;Vicki; Emma; Patricia;Infant Alice is now doing well after her early birth; Mary & Robert;Shirley; Rose; Lexi & Vivian; Theo; Heather; Doug Barrett;Jeremy P; Charles; Alice & Marvin; Grayson; Cleo; Marcia; Nancy; Nick;Bruce; Joanna Zaharako; Dee; Mary Ann;Emilija and infant daughter; Sharon Catherine; Lillian Purcell; Eileen; Leanne; Ashlee W; Kh. Kristina; Paul; Cathy; Sitto; Elias; Waded; Neva; Bill; Lonnie; Fr. George; Fr. Basil; Iva Lee; Nancy & Shalayna; Seraphima; Lilly’s family; Jennifer & Regina; those suffering in the drug crisis, with fire devastation, with flood damage, and earthquake 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.