Today’s Readings:

Epistle: 1 Cor. 1:10-18, Philippians 2:5-11

Gospel: Matthew 14:14-22, Luke 10:38-42, 11:27-28

 

Schedule of Services: 

-Saturday, August 21st, Great Vespers at 5pm.

-Sunday, August 22nd, Divine Liturgy at 10am.  Hours begin at 9:40am.

-No Great Vespers on Saturday, August 28th.

 

Announcements:

-If you have not already, please let Nellie know if you would like to host our church picnic we plan for September.  If not, we will reserve a space at the local park.

-As always, please consider to bring a donation to the food pantry, be they non-perishable items or supermarket gift cards.

-Thank you, Pam, for hosting coffee hour today.

-Today is the Feast of the Dormition.  There will be some extra goodies offered at coffee hour today in celebration of the feast.  Please come downstairs and enjoy some food and refreshments!

-Thanks again to Fr. George for serving the people of our parish.

-There will be no Great Vespers on Saturday, August 28th.  

 

Please pray for:  

Living: Stella, Melissa, Helen Departed:

 

Words for the Day:

One should not seek among others the truth that can be easily gotten from the Church. For in her, as in a rich treasury, the apostles have placed all that pertains to truth, so that everyone can drink this beverage of life. She is the door of life.
(St. Irenaeus of Lyons, Against Heresies, III.4)

 

The Church is holy, although there are sinners within her. Those who sin, but who cleanse themselves with true repentance, do not keep the Church from being holy. But unrepentant sinners are cut off, whether visibly by 

 

Church authority, or invisible by the judgement of God, from the body of the Church. And so in this regard the Church remains holy.
(St. Philaret of Moscow, Catechesis)

 

When are we living in Christ? When we live according to His Gospel and His Church. For He Himself, and not only His Gospel, is in the Church with all of His perfections and virtues. The Church is the eternally living Body of the God-man Christ. In her we find the medium of the holy mysteries. In her we find the means of holy good deeds. Our Lord Jesus Christ abides inseparable from the Church in this world. He abides with each member of the Church throughout all ages. He has His entire self for us in the Church, and continually gives Himself to us entirely, so that we might be enabled to live in this world as He lived.
(St. Justin Popovich, Explanation of I John, 4:9, 17)

 

Christians, always rejoice, for evil, death, sin, the devil and hell have been conquered by Christ. But when all of this is conquered, is there anyone in the world who can bring our joy to naught? You are the lord of this eternal rejoicing as long as you do not give in to sin. Joy burns in our hearts from His truth, love, resurrection, and from the Church and His saints. Joy burns in our hearts all because of sufferings for Him, mockings for Him, and death for Him, insofar as these sufferings write our names in heaven. There is no true joy on earth without the victory over death, but the victory over death does not exist without the Resurrection, and the Resurrection does not exist without Christ. The risen God-Man Christ, the founder of the Church, constantly pours out this joy into the hearts of His followers through the Holy Mysteries and good deeds. Our faith is fulfilled in this eternal joy, insofar as the joy of faith in Christ is the only true joy for human nature.

(St. Justin Popovich, Explanation of I Thessalonians, 5)

 

 

 

Next Week’s Readings:

Epistle: 1 Cor. 3:9-17: For we are God's fellow workers. You are God's field, God's building. According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and someone else is building upon it. Let each one take care how he builds upon it. For no one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw— each one's work will become manifest, for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed by fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each one has done. If the work that anyone has built on the foundation survives, he will receive a reward. If anyone's work is burned up, he will suffer loss, though he himself will be saved, but only as through fire. Do you not know that you are God's temple and that God's Spirit dwells in you? If anyone destroys God's temple, God will destroy him. For God's temple is holy, and you are that temple.

Gospel: Matthew 14: 22-34: Immediately he made the disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds. And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, but the boat by this time was a long way from the land, beaten by the waves, for the wind was against them. And in the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea.  But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, and said, “It is a ghost!” and they cried out in fear. But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid.”And Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, “Lord, save me.” Jesus immediately reached out his hand and took hold of him, saying to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son  of God.”