Epistle: Romans 10:1-10
Gospel: Matthew 8:28-9:1
Schedule of Services:
-Sunday, August 1st, Divine Liturgy at 10am. Hours begin at 9:40am.
-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.
- Please note the service days and times while Fr. Tristan is away. There will be no Great Vespers while he is away. However, the Divine Liturgy for the Feast of the Transfiguration will be offered on Friday, August 6th at 10am, and there will be Vespers on Saturday, August 14th at 5pm.
-Fr. George Hasenecz will be the contact priest for any emergencies while Fr. Tristan is away. Also, if there happens to be an emergency, please let Nellie Eyerman know. Fr. George’s contact information can be found on the parish’s contact list that we all have in our possession.
-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.
-Please remember to bring a donation to the food pantry, be they non-perishable items or supermarket gift cards.
-Thank you, Matushka Mary, 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 (Cindy Gakos’ mother) Departed:
Words for the Day:
A man becomes spiritual insofar as he lives a spiritual life. He begins to see God in all things, to see His power and might in every manifestation. Always and everywhere he sees himself abiding in God and dependent on God for all things. But insofar as a man lives a bodily life, so much he does he do bodily things; He doesn't see God in anything, even in the the most wondrous manifestations of His Divine power. In all things he sees body, material, everywhere and always - "God is not before his eyes." (Ps. 35:2)
(St. John of Kronstadt, My Life in Christ, I.5) When the soul knows the love of God by the Holy Spirit, then he clearly feels that the Lord is our own Father, the closest, dearest Father, the best. And there is not greater happiness that to love God with all the mind and heart, and our neighbor as ourself. And when this love is in the soul, then all things bring joy to the soul.
(St. Silouan the Athonite, Writings, IX.15)
Don't be troubled if you don't feel the love of God in yourself, but thing about the Lord, that He is merciful, and guard yourself from sins, and the grace of God will teach you.
(St. Silouan the Athonite, Writings, IX.16)
When you throw a nail into a fire, it gets hot and starts to glow like fire. In the same way you, when you listen to divine teachings and live accordingly, will become like God.
(St. Symeon of Daibabe, Sayings, 26)
The soul that has come to know God fully no longer desires anything else, nor does it attach itself to anything on the earth; and if you put before it a kingdom, it would not desire it, for the love of God gives such sweetness and joy to the soul that even the life of a king can no longer give it any sweetness.
(St. Silouan the Athonite, Writings, IX.13)
Next Week’s Readings:
Epistle:Romans 12: 6-14: Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness. Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them.
Gospel: Matthew 9:1-8: And getting into a boat he crossed over and came to his own city. And behold, some people brought to him a paralytic, lying on a bed. And when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Take heart, my son; your sins are forgiven.” And behold, some of the scribes said to themselves, “This man is blaspheming.” But Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said, “Why do you think evil in your hearts? For which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Rise and walk’? But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”—he then said to the paralytic—“Rise, pick up your bed and go home.” And he rose and went home. When the crowds saw it, they were afraid, and they glorified God, who had given such authority to men.