Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost I Corinthians 9:2-12: In our reading from I Corinthians, we hear St Paul respond to those in who questioned his apostleship and his lifestyle as such. Matthew 18:23-35: The Lord Jesus uses a parable to teach that forgiveness is an action to be performed by all who follow Him as well as a gift to be received from God. Troparion of the Resurrection: When thou, O immortal Life, didst humble thyself unto death, then didst thou destroy death by the brightness of thy Godhead; and when thou didst raise the bowels of the earth, then all the heavenly powers exclaimed, O Christ, thou art the Giver of life! Glory to thee, O our God! Troparion of our Righteous Father Moses: Thou didst prove to be a citizen of the desert, an angel in the flesh, and a wonderworker, O Moses, our God-bearing Father. By fasting, vigil, and prayer thou didst obtain heavenly gifts, and thou healest the sick and the souls of them that have recourse to thee in faith. Glory to Him that hath given thee strength. Glory to Him that hath crowned thee. Glory to Him that worketh healings for all through thee.
Troparion of the Chains of St. Peter: O Holy Apostle, Peter, thou dost preside over the Apostles by the precious chains which thou didst bear. We venerate them with faith and beseech thee that by thine intercessions we be granted the great mercy.
Kontakion of the Nativity of the Theotokos: By thy holy birth-giving, O pure one, Joachim and Anne were delivered from the reproach of barrenness; and Adam and Eve were delivered from the corruption of death; thy people do celebrate it, having been saved from the stain of iniquity, crying unto thee, The barren doth give birth to the Theotokos, who nourisheth our life. Sunday, August 28 (Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost) 10:00 a.m. -- Divine Liturgy 1:00 p.m. -- Young Adults Monday, August 29 (Beheading of the Forerunner – Strict Fast Day) Office Closed -- Father John's Day Off 6:00 a.m. -- Daily Orthros Wednesday, August 31 (Deposition of the Belt of the Theotokos) 5:00 p.m. -- Catechism Class 6:30 p.m. -- Daily Vespers 7:30 p.m. -- Choir Practice Thursday, September 1 (Indiction of the Ecclesiastical Year) 6:00 a.m. -- Festal Orthros 11:30 a.m. -- Men's Lunch 6:00 a.m. -- Daily Orthros 5:45 p.m. -- Ninth Hour followed by Great Vespers Sunday, September 4 (Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost) 10:00 a.m. -- Divine Liturgy Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Dansereaus for the Divine Liturgy today. Please be reminded of the following: Be very careful with the Blessed Bread when you take it after communion. Because this bread has been blessed, we should take care not to let crumbs fall on the floor. Parents, especially, please help your children to choose a small piece and treat it carefully. Also, at the end of the liturgy, maintain a prayerful disposition during the veneration of the cross as the prayers of thanksgiving after communion are still underway. Please exchange your greetings with each other in the Fellowship Hall during Coffee Hour. Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule: Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour August 28 Dansereaus D. Roots/Dansereaus September 4 Freundts Morrises September 7 (Wed. p.m.) Fahmys POT LUCK (Feast of the Nativity of the Theotokos) set-up: Christina September 11 Bakers Joneses/Stewarts September 13 (Tues. p.m.) Woods POT LUCK (Feast of the Elevation of the Cross) set-up: Kh. Sharon September 18 R. Roots Ellis/Zouboukos September 25 Hendersons Meadows Schedule for Epistle Readers – Page numbers refer to the Apostolos (book of the Epistles) located on the front pew. Please be sure to use this book when you read. August 28 Phillip Lasseter I Cor. 9:2-12 141 September 4 Brenda Baker I Cor. 15:1-11 146 September 7 (Wed. p.m.) Sh. Charlotte Algood Phil. 2:5-11 307 September 11 Tom Willingham Gal. 6:11-18 198 September 13 (Tues. p.m.) Kh. Sharon Meadows I Cor. 1:18-24 311 September 18 Tom Skirtech Gal. 2:16-20 193 September 25 Walt Wood II Cor. 4:6-15 163 Our condolences and prayers go to Jennifer Skirtech and her mother Jessamine on the death of Jennifer's father, Don Hinkson, last week. Please continue to keep Tom, Jennifer and all their family in your prayers. Please remember Fr. Joseph and Kh. Joanna Bittle and their daughter Abigail in your prayers. Abigail, who was born prematurely and only recently came home after months in the NICU, has developed meningitis. She had surgery on Friday and is still seriously ill. Congratulations to Steve and Sheryl Chamblee on the birth of their second grandson this past week. Wendie gave birth to Max Stephen Mangum who was 9 lbs 7 oz and 20 ½ inches long. Mother, Dad and Big Brother Myles (age 2) are all doing well. Please continue to pray for the health of His Grace, Bishop ANTOUN. Please remember the following in your prayers: Maria Costas; Amy and Michael Surratt and Amy's family; Tom and Jennifer Skirtech and Jennifer's mother, Jessamine Hinkson; Warren and Sandi Strain and Warren's mother, Ouida Strain; Fr. Leo, Kh. Be'Be', Stephen and Amy, Justyn and Jeffrey; Steve, Sheryl and Stephen Chamblee; Amy and Brantley Oliver; Aidan Milnor, the Milnor family; Sam and Lamia Dabit; David Turner's mother Mary Jean. Breakfast and Bible Study: we are continuing our Bible Study of 1st Peter. The Bible Study will meet every 2-3 weeks on Saturday morning at 7:30 a.m. with breakfast. This is open to all who are interested. Be sure to come and enjoy the fellowship. Conrad Useldinger is a young man from Ben Lomond, CA who will be attending classes at Belhaven beginning this fall. He wants to attend services at St. Peter, but has no transportation. We would like to have a group of people to help with this. Anyone who can help with Conrad's transportation should see Dn. Terry. 25th Anniversary Celebration: The Church is planning a celebration of our being received into the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese in March 1987. The weekend of May 4th-6th, 2012, has been set aside for some special events, including visits from Bishop ANTOUN and V. Rev. Fr. Jon Braun, with a celebratory banquet planned at the Mississippi Museum of Art on Saturday evening, May 5th. The planning committee (composed of Dn. Terry, Kh. Janet, Sh. Charlotte, Brenda Baker, Elizabeth Root and Paul Katool) is working on some other projects and we need your help! An "Anniversary Book" is being compiled and will be printed and made available that weekend. It will contain, among other things, articles on the life of our church, our church's history, and photos (new and old) of church members and activities. We are asking you to look through your files and albums for pictures that can be included in the book and also in a special video presentation. These photos will of course be returned to you as soon as they are scanned, etc. We need photos of church events going back 25 years or longer – but also events and photos from recent activities – from newer church members as well as the "old heads!" These can include our chrismation weekend in '87, teen retreats, work-days, our renovation project, ladies'/men's activities, feast day celebrations, etc., etc., etc. Please put your photos in an envelope –CLEARLY LABELED WITH YOUR NAME, AND ON THE BACK OF EACH PHOTO INCLUDE YOUR NAME, DATE OF PICTURE (IF KNOWN) NAMES OF THE PEOPLE, AND WHAT THE EVENT WAS. Give these either to Deacon Terry or Kh. Janet NO LATER THAN TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 1ST. We will also need a host of volunteers to help with various things over the next several months. If you would like to help, please contact Deacon Terry. THANK YOU!!!
If you are the last to leave the building, please make sure that the heating and cooling unit in the Fellowship Hall is turned off.
* The Men of the parish meet for lunch and fellowship on the first Thursday of the month. The next meeting will be at Roosters' on September 1st at 11:30 a.m. * The Teens will be working at MS Food Network on Saturday, September 10th. * Christian Education will resume on Sunday, September 11th at 9:00 a.m. There will be a Swim Party that afternoon at the Pigotts' for all those in Sunday School. * The Annual Knucklehead Family Reunion (aka Men's Fishing Trip) will be held in Arkansas, on September 16-23 this year. * A Fall Festival is scheduled here at the church on Sunday afternoon, October 30th from 4:00-6:00 p.m. More details will be available at a later date. * We will be serving our next meal at the Stewpot in Jackson on November 19th. * His Grace, Bishop ANTOUN will be at St. Andrew Orthodox Church in Pensacola the weekend of December 4th to consecrate their church. Father John and others from our parish plan to attend. * The Annual Deanery Youth Retreat will be held on February 10-12, 2012 at John W. Kyle State Park in Sardis. Joel and Sarah Finley will be addressing the topic of the Culture of Dating. More information will be available as the time draws near. * His Grace, Bishop ANTOUN will be here the weekend of May 6, 2012 to help us celebrate our 25th anniversary as a parish. The planning committee is working very hard to make our celebration a memorable one. There will be an evening event at the MS Museum of Art on Saturday, May 6th. Other events are being planned and more information will be available in the coming months. Fasting Discipline for August/September After the 15th, the traditional fasting (no meat, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy, wine and oil) is observed on the remaining Wednesdays and Fridays of the month. August 29th is also a strict fast day in remembrance of the beheading of the Forerunner. In September the traditional fasting is observed on all Wednesdays and Fridays of the month. September 14th is also a strict fast day in remembrance of the Elevation of the Cross. Major Commemorations for August/September August 29 Beheading of the Forerunner September 1 Miracle of the Archangel Michael September 8 Nativity of the Tehotokos September 9 Righteous Joachim and Anna September 16 Euphemia the all-praised September 20 Martyr Eustathios and his family September 23 Conception of the Forerunner September 26 Apostle John the Theologian (repose) September 28 Venerable Chariton the Confessor Happy Birthdays in August/September: August 31 -- Elizabeth Root September 3 -- Lee Greene September 4 -- Fr. John Henderson September 8 -- Nikki Lasseter September 9 -- Rebecca Dansereau September 10 -- Dorin Lavric September 12 -- Alvin Buckles September 15 -- Lynda Costas September 25 -- Rick Carlton September 30 -- Laura Yeatts Happy Anniversaries in September: September 4 -- Ben and Jenna Skirtech (#10!) September 6 -- Richard and Vickie Curtis (#25!) September 15 -- Tom and Kathy Willingham (#21!) September 26 -- Rod and Emily Parker (#7!) New Parish Directory: The Parish Council has decided to implement a new Directory with family pictures. If you have not yet had your picture taken, please make arrangements with Daniel Root. A group picture will be taken at a later date for the cover of the Directory. Quotable: "St. John Chrysostom, pondering on the miraculous results of sincere repentance, says: 'Repentance is a medicine which destroys sin. It is a heavenly gift, a marvelous force which through the grace of God conquers the might and strictness of the laws. It accepts all and transforms all. It does not reject the fornicator, does not send away the adulterer, is not disgusted with the drunkard, does not loathe the idolater, does not neglect the slanderer, does not persecute the reviler nor the haughty man: it regenerates everybody because it is a furnace for purification from sin. The wound and the medicine, these are sin and Repentance.' [Confession—author's note]." Archimandrite Seraphim Aleksiev Worship: Sunday, September 4, 2011 (Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost) Scripture: I Corinthians 15:1-11; Matthew 19:16-26 Epistle Reader: Brenda Baker