Today’s Readings:

Epistle: Romans 5:1-10

Gospel: Matthew 6:22-33

 

Schedule of Services: 

-Saturday, July 17th, Great Vespers at 5pm.

-Sunday, July 18th, Divine Liturgy at 10am.  Hours begin at 9:40am.

 

Announcements:

-Church Council meeting today.

-Thank you to Jan for hosting coffee hour today.

-Father Tristan will now be available this upcoming week.

-Please consider being added to the volunteers who will be part of our regular church cleaning crew and let Pam Heitz know.

-Remember to bring a donation to the food pantry, be it non-perishable items or supermarket gift cards.

-Next Sunday, St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Church in Trenton is celebrating their patron’s feast day with Archbishop Michael. Fr. Tristan will have to leave right after liturgy next Sunday as he was asked to attend their celebration.

 

Please pray for:  

Living: Stella Departed:

 

Words for the Day:

If someone wants to be protected from tricks and remain healthy in the faith, he must confine his faith first to the authority of the Holy Scriptures, and secondly to the Tradition of the Church. But someone may ask, is not the canon of Scripture sufficient for everything, and why should we add thereto the authority of Tradition? This is because not everyone understands the Scriptures in the same way, but one explains them this way and another that way, so that it is possible to get therefrom as many thoughts as there are 

 

 

heads. Therefore it is necessary to be guided by the understanding of the Church ... What is tradition? It is that which has been understood by 

everyone, everywhere and at all times ... that which you have received, and not that which you have thought up ... So then, our job is not to lead religion where we wish it to go, but to follow it where it leads, and not to give that which is our own to our heirs, but to guard that which has been given to us.
(St. Vincent of Lerina, Notes of a Pilgrim)

 

Do not undertake to explain the Gospels or the other books of Holy Scripture yourself. The Scriptures were not expressed arbitrarily by the prophets and apostles, but by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. How mindless then is it to explain them arbitrarily? The Holy Spirit, having expressed the Word of God through the prophets and apostles, explained it through the Holy Fathers. Both the Word of God and its explanation are a gift of the Holy Spirit. The holy Orthodox Church and its true children accept only this patristic interpretation!
(St. Ignatius Brianchaninov, On Reading the Gospel)

 

Next Week’s Readings:

Epistle:Romans 6:18-23: Brethren, having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness. I am speaking in human terms, because of your natural limitations. For just as you once presented your members as slaves to impurity and to lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness leading to sanctification. For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. But what fruit were you getting at that time from the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death. But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Gospel: Matthew 8:5-13:When he had entered Capernaum, a centurion came forward to him, appealing to him, “Lord, my servant is lying paralyzed 

 

at home, suffering terribly.” And he said to him, “I will come and heal him.” But the centurion replied, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you come under my roof, but only say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I too am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. And I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes, and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes, and to my servant,‘Do this,’ and he does it.” When Jesus heard this, he marveled and said to those who followed him, “Truly, I tell you, with no one in Israel[b] have I found such faith. I tell you, many will come from east and west and recline at table with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven, while the sons of the kingdom will be thrown into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” And to the centurion Jesus said, “Go; let it be done for you as you have believed.” And the servant was healed at that very moment.