Today’s Readings:

Epistle: Romans 6:18-23

Gospel: Matthew 8:5-13

 

Schedule of Services: 

-Saturday, July 24th, Great Vespers at 5pm.

-Sunday, July 25th, Divine Liturgy at 10am.  Hours begin at 9:40am.

 

Announcements:

- Thank you, Mila, for hosting our coffee social today.

-Thank you to the Eyermans for cleaning the church. We continue to need volunteers to do very basic cleaning, to maintain the cleanliness of our church. If you can assist, please contact Pam H.

-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 Fr. Tristan know.

-Please remember to bring a donation to the food pantry, be they non-perishable items or supermarket gift cards.

-Today, 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 today as he was asked to attend their celebration.

-Next Sunday will be Fr. Tristan’s last Sunday before going on vacation until August 14th.  Please note that Fr. George Hasenecz will be the contact priest for any emergencies, as Fr. Tristan will be unavailable.  

 

Please pray for:  

Living: Stella, Melissa.               Departed:

 

Words for the Day:

Always have the fear of God in your heart, and remember that God is always with you, everywhere, whether you are walking or sitting.
(St. Gennadius of Constantinople, The Golden Chain, 14)

 

 

Having God, fear nothing, but cast all of your care upon Him, and He will take care of you. Believe undoubtingly, and God will help you according to His mercy.
(St. Barsanuphius the Great, Instructions, 166)

 

You must love every man with your whole soul, but put your hope in the one God, and serve Him alone. For as long as He is protecting us and our friends (the angels) are helping us, our enemies (the demons) cannot inflict evil upon us. But when He forsakes us, the also our friends turn away from us, and our enemies receive power over us.
(St. Maximus Confessor, Chapters on Love, 4.95)

 

If a man has no worries about himself at all for the sake of love toward God and the working of good deeds, knowing that God is taking care of him, this is a true and wise hope. But if a man takes care of his own business and turns to God in prayer only when misfortunes come upon him which are beyond his power, and then he begins to hope in God, such a hope is vain and false. A true hope seeks only the Kingdom of God... the heart can have no peace until it obtains such a hope. This hope pacifies the heart and produces joy within it.
(St. Seraphim of Sarov, Works, 4)

 

Next Week’s Readings:

Epistle:Romans 10: 1-10: Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to God for them is that they may be saved. For I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge. For, being ignorant of the righteousness of God, and seeking to establish their own, they did not submit to God's righteousness. For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes. For Moses writes about the righteousness that is based on the law, that the person who does the commandments shall live by them. But the righteousness based on faith says, “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?’” (that is, to bring Christ down) “or ‘Who will descend into the abyss?’” (that is, to bring 

 

Christ up from the dead). But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith that we proclaim); because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.

Gospel: Matthew 8:28-9:1: And when he came to the other side, to the country of the Gadarenes, two demon-possessed men met him, coming out of the tombs, so fierce that no one could pass that way. And behold, they cried out, “What have you to do with us, O Son of God? Have you come here to torment us before the time?” Now a herd of many pigs was feeding at some distance from them. And the demons begged him, saying, “If you cast us out, send us away into the herd of pigs.” And he said to them, “Go.” So they came out and went into the pigs, and behold, the whole herd rushed down the steep bank into the sea and drowned in the waters. The herdsmen fled, and going into the city they told everything, especially what had happened to the demon-possessed men. And behold, all the city came out to meet Jesus, and when they saw him, they begged him to leave their region. And getting into a boat he crossed over and came to his own city.