Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost
II Corinthians 1:21-2:1-4: St Paul, writing in II Corinthians, reminds us that we are established in God from whom we have received the Holy Spirit as a pledge of what we shall receive in the fullness of God's kingdom.
Luke 6:31-36: From St Luke's account of the Sermon on the Mount we hear our Lord teach us to love our enemies, to be unselfish in our giving, and to have mercy upon those who do us wrong rather than condemning them.
Troparion of the Resurrection: Let us believers praise and worship the Word, co-eternal with the Father and the Spirit, born of the Virgin for our salvation; for he took pleasure in ascending the Cross in the flesh, to suffer death, and to raise the dead by his glorious Resurrection.
Troparion of our Righteous Father Kyriakos: Thou didst prove to be a citizen of the desert, an angel in the flesh, and a wonderworker, O Kyriakos, 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 Theotokos: O undisputed intercessor of Christians, O mediatrix, who is unrejected by the Creator, turn not away from the voice of our petitions though we be sinners; come to us in time, who cry to thee in faith, for thou art good. Hasten to us with intercessions, O Theotokos, who didst ever intercede for those who honor thee.
Sunday, September 29 (Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost) 9:00 a.m. -- Christian Education 10:00 a.m. -- Divine Liturgy 12:00 p.m. -- Ladies of St. Peter Auction during Coffee Hour
Office Closed -- Father John's Day Off 6:00 a.m. -- Daily Orthros 6:30 p.m. -- Daily Vespers 7:30 p.m. -- Choir Practice 11:30 a.m. -- Men's Lunch
7:30 a.m. -- Bible Study with Breakfast 5:45 p.m. -- Ninth Hour followed by Great Vespers
Sunday, October 6 (Apostle Thomas) 9:00 a.m. -- Christian Education 10:00 a.m. -- Divine Liturgy 12:00 p.m. -- POT LUCK MEAL
Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Meadows for the Divine Liturgy this morning.
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 September 29 Meadows Algood/Yeatts/Lasseter October 6 Fahmy POT LUCK MEAL (set-up: R. Root/Abraham/Habeeb) October 13 Baker Henderson/Baker/Lockhart October 20 Wood Jones/Stewart/Meadows October 27 R. Root Baby Shower for Dorin & Carolina
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. September 29 Phillip Lasseter II Cor. 1:21-2:1-4 158 October 6 Kh. Be'Be' Schelver II Cor. 4:6-15 163 October 13 Walt Wood Titus 3:8-15 322 October 20 Brenda Baker II Cor. 6:16-7:1 173 October 27 Sh. Charlotte Algood II Cor. 9:6-11 178
Please remember Fr. Joseph and Kh. Joanna Bittle, and their daughter Abigail, in your prayers.
Please remember the following in your prayers: Steve, Sheryl and Stephen Chamblee; Amy and Brantley Oliver; Aidan Milnor, the Milnor family; Sam and Lamia Dabit and Sammie; Georgia Buchanan, George Johns (Georgia's grandson) and his family; Mary Greene (Lee and Kh. Sharon's sister); Fr. Stephen Tewfik; Sh. Gail Shannon; Dn. Sidney and Sh. Mary Elliot; Fr. Alexander Atty, the Dean of St. Thikon's who is battling cancer.
Please keep Tom Willingham and his wife Kathy in your prayers. Tom is home from the hospital and continuing to recover following abdominal surgery to remove a tumor.
Please continue to pray for the health of His Grace, Bishop ANTOUN.
Continue to pray for Metropolitan Paul (who is also the brother of our Patriarch) and the Syriac Archbishop John of Aleppo who were abducted recently while on a humanitarian mission in Syria.
Please be reminded that the Sacristy/Vestry which is adjacent to and behind the altar in our church is considered by the Orthodox Church to be part of the Sanctuary (Altar area) and should not be entered without the blessing of the priest for a specific purpose. If you need to speak with a member of the clergy while they are in the Sanctuary, please ask them to come to you in the nave.
Christian education has resumed. Parents please be sure to have your children arrive on time. Also, we are in need of volunteers to help with the Pre-school Group. If you would like to help with this, please get in touch with Sam Habeeb.
Young Adults Study Group: The Young Adults will meet once a month on Sunday evening from 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. (time will be strictly adhered to) for a meal, fellowship and teaching. The next meeting will be October 20th. Please let Father John know by text or e-mail if you will be there, so that plans may be made for the meal.
* The Men of the parish meet for lunch and fellowship on the first Thursday of the month. * The Ladies of St. Peter will begin meeting for lunch and fellowship on the fourth Tuesday of each month. The next lunch will be Tuesday, October 22nd at 11:30 a.m. at the King Edward Hotel in downtown Jackson. Free valet parking is available. * The Ladies of St. Peter will have a fundraiser TODAY to replenish funds used for charitable activities. They will be auctioning off casseroles and baked goods during Coffee Hour. * The Ladies of St. Peter will begin meeting at 10:00 a.m. on the second Saturday of each month to pray the Akathist to the Mother of God, Nurturer of Children. Those who are able will go out for lunch and fellowship afterwards.
Canned food drive: The Christian Education classes will once again be collecting canned good s for the needy.
Fall Festival: We have tentatively set a date for this year's Fall festival on Saturday, October 26th. However, this is contingent upon a volunteer or volunteers to head up the festival. If you are interested in helping to plan this, please let Father John know.
Bible Study with Breakfast will resume on Saturday morning, October 5th from 7:30-9:00 a.m.
Camping trip for Youth Group: A camping trip to Louisville is planned for the Teens on Friday and Saturday, November 1-2. (Rain date will be November 8-9).
Fasting Discipline for October The traditional fasting (no meat, dairy, fish, wine or oil) is observed all Wednesdays and Fridays of the month.
Major Commemorations for October October 9 Apostle James of Alphaeus October 23 Apostle James Brother-of-the-Lord October 26 Great-martyr Demetrios October 28 Protection of the Theotokos
Happy Birthdays in September/October: September 30 -- Laura Yeatts October 1 -- Emily Parker October 3 -- Reader Basil Baker October 5 -- Antonina Karam (#1!) October 7 -- Glenn Morris October 8 -- Brantley Oliver October 10 -- Phillip Lasseter October 16 -- Jesse Milnor October 20 -- Anna Kathryn Stewart October 23 -- Anne Habeeb October 24 -- Jean Kafoury October 25 -- Kathy Willingham October 28 -- Lamia Dabit October 29 -- Kh. Be'Be' Schelver
Happy Anniversaries in October: October 17 -- Phillip and Nikki Lasseter (#4!) October 18 -- Oliver and Laura Yeatts (#5!) October 22 -- Walter and Charlotte Wood (#30!)
Quotable: "Prayer is also food for the soul. Every human being is composed of a body and a soul. Just as food, clothing and shelter are necessary for the life of the body, so is prayer indispensable for the life of the soul. By means of prayer we satisfy the need of the soul, which feels its own infirmities and helplessness and turns to God with its thoughts and feelings. We ask of God pure and clear thoughts, good feelings and strength of body and good health. After receiving these things from God, we feel the spiritual need to thank Him and to praise and glorify His Holy Name. Men also pray because God, knowing that men need nothing more than prayer, has ordained men to pray."
Rev. Fr. David F. Abramtsov, The Orthodox Companion
Worship: Sunday, October 6, 2013 (Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost)
Scripture: II Corinthians 4:6-15; Luke 7:11-16 Epistle Reader: Kh. BeBe' Schelver Coffee Hour: POT LUCK MEAL (set-up: R. Root/Abraham/Habeeb)