Today’s Readings:

Epistle: 1 Corinthians 3:9-17

Gospel: Matthew 14:14-22

 

Schedule of Services: 

-Monday, August 15th, Divine Liturgy for the Dormition at 10am.

-Saturday, August 20th, Great Vespers at 5pm.

-Sunday, August 21st, Divine Liturgy with Baptism at 10am.  Hours begin at 9:40am. 

-Saturday, August 27th, Panikhida for Marianne Welenteychick at 4:30pm.

-Saturday, August 27th, Great Vespers at 5pm.

-Sunday, August 28th, Divine Liturgy with His Eminence, Archbishop Michael.  Please arrive to church no later than 9:45am.

 

Announcements:

-The Feast of the Dormition is tomorrow.  We will celebrate Divine Liturgy at 10am.

-On Sunday, August 21st, we will celebrate the baptism of Elise Bartosh.  Many thanks go out to the Sisterhood of St. Gregory’s for sponsoring a meal to celebrate Elise’s baptism.  Please attend this special event of the newest member of our church!

-On Saturday, August 27th, we will sing a panikhida for Marianne Welenteychick at 4:30pm.  

-On Sunday, August 28th, His Eminence Archbishop Michael will be visiting our parish.  He will most likely be present for Vespers the night before, as well (Saturday, August 27th).  Following Divine Liturgy, we will have a luncheon for His Eminence.  A sign-up sheet is posted on the freezer for the luncheon.  Please note that we will need non-meat dishes for His Eminence, since he is a monk.We will be serving our pierogi as a main entree, so we need salads, sides and desserts. Please sign-up for one of these categories.  Also, please make an effort to be at church on Saturday and Sunday.

-On Sunday, the 28th, please remember to arrive to church early to greet His Eminence.  Please arrive by 9:45am.

-Please continue to donate Shop Rite gift cards and/or food items for the food pantry.  Thank you all for your continued generosity!

-We will be offering coffee and juice after Liturgy next week.

-The Parish Council will meet after Divine Liturgy today.

 

Prayers for: 

Living: Melissa, Helen, John, Darlette, Steven, Janet, Teresa, Irina, Alla,                                   

Ira, Victor, Reader Christopher, Erin and Elise; the suffering people of Ukraine, Yemen, Syria, Palestine, and Ethiopia.  

Departed: Helen, Raymode

 

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 them 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. Augustine, Sermons on I John, II.10)

 

 

 

Next Week’s Readings:

Epistle: 1 Corinthians 4:9-16. For I think that God has exhibited us apostles as last of all, like men sentenced to death, because we have become a spectacle to the world, to angels, and to men. We are fools for Christ's sake, but you are wise in Christ. We are weak, but you are strong. You are held in honor, but we in disrepute. To the present hour we hunger and thirst, we are poorly dressed and buffeted and homeless, and we labor, working with our own hands. When reviled, we bless; when persecuted, we endure; when slandered, we entreat. We have become, and are still, like the scum of the world, the refuse of all things. I do not write these things to make you ashamed, but to admonish you as my beloved children. For though you have countless guides in Christ, you do not have many fathers. For I became your father in Christ Jesus through the gospel. I urge you, then, be imitators of me.

Gospel: Matthew 17:14-23. And when they came to the crowd, a man came up to him and, kneeling before him, said, “Lord, have mercy on my son, for he has seizures and he suffers terribly. For often he falls into the fire, and often into the water. And I brought him to your disciples, and they could not heal him.” And Jesus answered, “O faithless and twisted generation, how long am I to be with you? How long am I to bear with you? Bring him here to me.” And Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of him, and the boy was healed instantly. Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why could we not cast it out?” He said to them, “Because of your little faith. For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.” As they were gathering in Galilee, Jesus said to them, “The Son of Man is about to be delivered into the hands of men, and they will kill him, and he will be raised on the third day.” And they were greatly distressed.