Sixth Sunday after Pentecost
James 5:10-20: In his epistle St. James sets before us the faithful prophets as examples in how to practice suffering and patience. He also uses the example of the Prophet Elijah to show the effectiveness of fervent prayer.
Matthew 9:1-8: Jesus demonstrates His authority by both healing the physical illness of a paralytic and by forgiving him of his sins.
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 the Prophet Elias: O angelic of body, pillar of the Prophets and their corner-stone, the second forerunner of the Coming of Christ, the venerable and glorious Elias, thou didst send grace from on high to Elisha to dispel sicknesses and to purify lepers. Wherefore, he ever overfloweth with healing to those who honour him.
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, July 20 (Sixth Sunday after Pentecost; Prophet Elias) 10:00 a.m. -- Divine Liturgy
Office Closed -- Father John's Day Off 6:00 a.m. -- Daily Orthros 11:30 a.m. -- Ladies Lunch 6:30 p.m. -- Daily Vespers 7:30 p.m. -- Choir Practice 7:30 p.m. -- Parish Council Friday, July 25 (Dormition of Righteous Anna)
5:45 p.m. -- Ninth Hour followed by Great Vespers
Sunday, July 27 (Seventh Sunday after Pentecost; Great-martyr Panteleimon) 10:00 a.m. -- Divine Liturgy 5:00 p.m. -- Young Adults
Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Meadows for the Divine Liturgy today.
Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:
Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour July 20 Meadows Schelver/Lavric/Turner July 27 Davis Karam/Stewart/Henderson August 3 D. Root Ellis/Zouboukos/Fahmy August 5 (Tues. p.m.) Meadows Elizabeth Root (Feast of the Transfiguration) August 10 Abraham POT LUCK MEAL set-up: Pigott/Brock/Strain August 14 (Thur. p.m.) Karam Christina Katool (Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos) August 17 Fahmy Skirtech/Skirtech/Parker August 24 Baker D. Root/Dansereau August 31 Wood Algood/Yeatts/Lasseter
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. July 20 Walt Wood James 5:10-20 395-396 July 27 Sh. Charlotte Algood II Tim. 2:1-10 328 August 3 Warren Strain I Cor. 1:10-17 124 August 5 (Tues. p.m.) Kh. Sharon Meadows II Pet. 1:10-19 401 August 10 Mildred Morris I Cor. 3:9-17 130 August 14 (Thur. p.m.) Phillip Lasseter Phil. 2:5-11 403 August 17 Kh. Be'Be' Schelver I Cor. 4:9-16 135 August 24 * Tom Skirtech * I Cor. 9:2-12 141 August 31 * Brenda Baker * Heb. 9:1-7 337 * (Please note that these assignments differ from the Quarterly Schedule)
Continue to pray for Metropolitan Paul (who is also the brother of our Patriarch) and the Syriac Archbishop John of Aleppo who were abducted while on a humanitarian mission in Syria.
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; Walt and Charlotte Wood and their family; Tom and Jennifer Skirtech and their family; Tom and Kathy Willingham; Athena and Anthony Zouboukos and their family.
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.
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.
Please remember Fr. Joseph and Kh. Joanna Bittle, and their daughter Abigail, in your prayers.
Please continue to pray for the health of His Grace, Bishop ANTOUN.
Lamia Dabit is home from the hospital undergoing treatment for colitis. Please keep her, Saliba and their family in your prayers. If you wish to visit, please call beforehand. Anna Kathryn Stewart is scheduling meals for them. If you would like to send a meal, please contact Anna Kathryn.
Rola and Antonina Karam are in Lebanon on Friday so that Rola can clear up some visa issues related to her work in this country. Rola also had a laparoscopic appendectomy several days before she left. Please keep them and Simon in your prayers.
Karen Cooper was admitted to St. Dominic's Hospital last Sunday afternoon where she has been undergoing tests and treatment for a pulmonary embolus. Please keep her and Dale in your prayers.
Father John has been at the Clergy Symposium at the Antiochian Village. He will be returning tomorrow. Please contact Father Leo or Father James if you need a priest.
* The Men of the parish meet for lunch and fellowship on the first Thursday of the month. * The Ladies of St. Peter will meet 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.
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 date for next meeting is, Sunday, July 27th. Please let Father John know by text or e-mail if you will be there, so that plans may be made for the meal.
Fasting Discipline for July The traditional fasting discipline (no meat, dairy, eggs, fish, wine or oil) is observed on all Wednesdays and Fridays of the month.
Major Commemorations for July July 25 Dormition of Righteous Anna July 27 Great-martyr Panteleimon
Happy Anniversaries in July: July 3 -- Emad and Suzi Fino (#26!) July 25 -- Reader Basil and Brenda Baker (#33!) July 30 -- Clyde and Mary Ellis (#20!)
July 11 -- Titus Lasseter (#2!) July 14 -- Emil Ellis (#18!)
Suggestions on use of the Cry Room: -- Please remember you're in liturgy when you're in the cry room. -- Its main purpose should be a place for parents to take their children if they're being disruptive during liturgy, staying for 5-10 minutes (or until the child is calmed down) and then returning to liturgy. -- It should not be used as a main sitting area during the liturgy. -- Children should not be eating snacks or watching electronic devices while in the cry room.
Parents, please supervise your children with food in the Fellowship Hall. We are getting stains on the new carpet (and also the chairs in the nave).
Quotable: "Out ward prayer alone is not enough, God pays attention to the mind, and they are no true monks who fail to unite the exterior prayer with inner prayer. Strictly defined, the word 'monk' means a recluse, a solitary. Whoever has not withdrawn within himself is not yet a recluse, he is not yet monk even though he lives in the most isolated monastery. The mind of the ascetic who is not withdrawn and enclosed within himself dwells necessarily among tumult and unquietness. Innumerable thoughts, having free admission to his mind, bring this about; without purpose or necessity his mind wanders painfully through the world, bringing harm upon itself. The withdrawal of a man within himself cannot be achieved without the help of concentrated prayer, especially the attentive practice of the Jesus Prayer." The Art of Prayer, compiled by Igumen Chariton of Valamo
Worship: Sunday, July 27, 2014 (Seventh Sunday after Pentecost; Great-martyr Scripture: II Timothy 2:1-10; Matthew 9:27-35 Epistle Reader: Sh. Charlotte Wood Coffee Hour: Karam/Stewart/Henderson