Epistle: Romans 12: 6-14
Gospel: Matthew 9:1-8
Schedule of Services:
-Friday, August 6th, Divine Liturgy: Feast of the Transfiguration at 10am.
-Sunday, August 8th, Divine Liturgy at 10am. Hours begin at 9:40am.
-There will be no Great Vespers services while Father is away. However, on Saturday, August 14th, there will be Vespers at 5pm for the Feast of the Dormition.
-Thank you Fr. George for celebrating the services at St. Gregory’s and for being our contact priest while Fr. Tristan is away.
- Please continue to note the service days and times while Fr. Tristan is away. Although there will be no Great Vespers while he is away, the Divine Liturgy for the Feast of the Transfiguration will be offered this Friday, August 6th at 10am, and there will be Vespers on Saturday, August 14th at 5pm for the feast of the Dormition.
-We are hoping to organize a church picnic and are looking for a host for this event. If you would be able to provide your home as a location for the picnic, please let Nellie know. We hope to have our picnic in September. If needs be, we will reserve a space at the local park for our picnic.
-Please remember to bring a donation to the food pantry, be they non-perishable items or supermarket gift cards.
-Thank you, Subdeacon Corrado, for hosting coffee hour today.
-Sunday, August 15th is the Feast of the Dormition. There will be some extra goodies offered at coffee hour on that day in celebration of the feast. Please come to church to celebrate the feast!
Please pray for:
Living: Stella, Melissa, Helen Departed:
Words for the Day:
It is only necessary to seek one thing: to be with Jesus. The man who remains with Jesus is rich, even if he is poor with regard to material things. Who ever desires the earthly more than the heavenly loses both the earthly and the heavenly. But whoever seeks the heavenly is Lord of the whole world.
(St. Ignatius Brianchaninov, Patericon)
The flood of temporal things draws us after itself, but in this flood there is, as it were, a full-grown tree: our Lord Jesus Christ. He took flesh, died, and ascended to heaven. It is as if He agreed to be in the flood of the temporal. Is this stream dragging you headlong? Hold on to Christ. He became temporal for you, so that you might become eternal, for He became temporal in such a way that He remained eternal. What difference is there between two men in a prison when one of the is a convict and the other a visitor! Sometimes a man comes to visit his friend, and it seems that both are in prison, but there is a great difference between them. One of theme is held there because of guilt, while the other has come out of love for mankind. Thus it is with our mortality: guilt holds us here, but Christ had come out of mercy. He came freely into bondage, and not as a convict.
(St. Augustin, Sermons on I John, II.10)
A man in this world must solve a problem: to be with Christ, or to be against Him. And every man decides this, whether he wants to or not. He will either be a lover of Christ or a fighter of Christ. There is no third option.
(St. Justing Popovich, Explanation of I John, 4.3)
Cleanse your mind from anger, remembrance of evil, and shameful thoughts, and then you will find out how Christ dwells in you.
(St. Maximus the Confessor, Chapters on Love, 4.76)
Next Week’s Readings:
Epistle:Romans 15:1-7: We who are strong have an obligation to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to build him up. For Christ did not please himself, but as it is written, “The reproaches of those who reproached you fell on me.” For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.
Gospel: Matthew 9:27-35: And as Jesus passed on from there, two blind men followed him, crying aloud, “Have mercy on us, Son of David.” When he entered the house, the blind men came to him, and Jesus said to them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” They said to him, “Yes, Lord.” Then he touched their eyes, saying, “According to your faith be it done to you.” And their eyes were opened. And Jesus sternly warned them, “See that no one knows about it.” But they went away and spread his fame through all that district. As they were going away, behold, a demon-oppressed man who was mute was brought to him. And when the demon had been cast out, the mute man spoke. And the crowds marveled, saying, “Never was anything like this seen in Israel.” But the Pharisees said, “He casts out demons by the prince of demons.” And Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction.