Romans 12:6-14: In the reading from Romans, St Paul encourages us to practice the use of the gifts which the Lord has given to us and to serve the Lord with diligence.
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 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 12 (Sixth Sunday after Pentecost)
8:50 a.m. -- Orthros
10:00 a.m. -- Divine Liturgy
12:00 p.m. -- Pot Luck Meal
5:30 p.m. -- Youth Group
Monday, July 13
Office Closed -- Father John's Day Off
Tuesday, July 14
6:00 a.m. -- Daily Orthros
Wednesday, July 15
6:30 p.m. -- Daily Vespers
7:15 p.m. -- Choir Practice
Thursday, July 16
6:00 a.m. -- Daily Orthros
Friday, July 17 (Great-martyr Marina)
Saturday, July 18
8:30 a.m. -- Workday at the Church
5:45 p.m. -- Ninth Hour followed by Great Vespers
Sunday, July 19 (Seventh Sunday after Pentecost)
8:50 a.m. -- Orthros
10:00 a.m. -- Divine Liturgy
5:00 p.m. -- Young Adults
Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Bakers for the Divine Liturgy today.
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.
Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:
Eucharist BreadCoffee Hour
July 12 Baker POT LUCK MEAL
July 19 R. Root Pigott/Strain/Osborne
July 26 Algood D. Root/Dansereau
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 12 Kh. Sharon Meadows Rom. 12:6-14 113
July 19 Phillip Lasseter Titus 3:8-15 322
July 26 Kh. Be'Be' Schelver Gal. 3:23-4:5 160-161
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.
As we are approaching the hot days of summer, please remember to dress appropriately for the services of the Church. Throughout the ages, the Church has called all to show reverence and love for the Christian Faith through modest, but respectable dress. Please do not wear shorts, tank tops or revealing clothing at our services.
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 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 while on a humanitarian mission in Syria.
Please remember Fr. Joseph and Kh. Joanna Bittle, and their daughter Abigail, in your prayers.
At our Monthly Pot Luck Meal today we will also be collecting donations to aid the family of Fr. Matthew Baker, Ian Jones' friend who died in an auto accident while returning from a Sunday of Orthodoxy service in March.
* 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 the 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.
* The next Church Workday is set for Saturday, July 18th.
* The Ladies Lunch in August will be held at the Meadows' home on Saturday morning, August 29th, beginning at 11:30 a.m. Fr. John will also be giving a short teaching.
* Father-son Prayer Breakfast at the church, Saturday morning, September 12th, beginning at 8:30 a.m.
Fr. John will be attending the Archdiocese Convention in Boston July 17-25. If you need a priest during this time, please contact Fr. Leo or Fr. James.
Father-Son Prayer Breakfast: The men of the parish will begin meeting at the church once each quarter for a Saturday morning Father-Son Prayer Breakfast. The first prayer breakfast is scheduled for Saturday morning, September 12th, beginning at 8:30 a.m.
Young Adults Study Group: The Young Adults agreed to begin meeting twice a month. One of these meetings will feature a teaching by Fr. John on various aspects of the Orthodox Christian faith. Topics will include education, ethics and parenting children. The next meetings will be Sunday, July 19th and August 2nd, 16th and 30th.
Fasting Discipline for July
In 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 17 Great-martyr Marina
July 20 Prophert Elias
July 25 Dormition of Righteous Anna
July 27 Great-martyr Panteleimon
Thermostats in the Fellowship Hall: There are two thermostats in the Fellowship Hall—one in the main room to control the air in the main room, and a second one in the Nursery room that controls the air in all four of the Sunday School rooms. Please be sure when you leave the building that both thermostats are set to 80 degrees in warm weather or 60 degrees in cold weather.
Happy Birthdays in July:
July 10 -- Ramzi Kafoury
July 11 -- Titus Lasseter (#3!)
July 14 -- Emil Ellis (#19!)
July 15 -- Emad Fino
July 22 -- Amy Oliver
-- Thomas Wood
-- Walt Wood
Happy Anniversaries in July:
July 3 -- Emad and Suzi Fino (#27!)
July 25 -- Reader Basil and Brenda Baker (#34!)
July 30 -- Clyde and Mary Ellis (#21!)
Quotable: "How Should We Conduct Ourselves in Relation to the Lord God?
To love God with all thy heart means to glorify the Lord God with the greatest zeal and to try with all our power to put a stop to or prevent anything that impugns His glory. For it is always an attribute of our love that we everywhere praise whomever we sincerely love and at any unpleasant mention of our beloved we try to our utmost to defend the honor of our beloved and his or her good name. For we are always gratified when our beloved is held in respect by all and displeased when he or she is not loved and not respected. "
How to Live a Holy Life by Metropolitan GREGORY of
Worship: Sunday, July 19, 2015 (Seventh Sunday after Pentecost; Holy Fathers of