Today’s Readings:

Epistle: Hebrews 11:33-12:2

Gospel: Matthew 10:32-33, 37-38, 19:27-30

 

Schedule of Services: 

-Saturday, June 25th, Great Vespers at 5pm.

-Sunday, June 26th, Divine Liturgy at 10am.  Hours begin at 9:40am.

-Wednesday, June 29th, Divine Liturgy for the Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul at 10am.

 

Announcements:

-Happy Father’s Day!  Many years to our fathers who are living in this world, and memory eternal to our fathers who have departed this life.

-The Sisterhood will be hosting today's coffee social to honor or fathers. Please enjoy a waffle breakfast, with thanks to our fathers, both living and departed. Thank you to the Sisters for their thoughtfulness and hard work. 

-Starting in July, we will be offering coffee and juice after Liturgy, but no other food. We will resume our simplified coffee hour in the fall, and at that time we will be asking for volunteers. 

-The Sisterhood is having a pierogi luncheon, as well as sale of pierogi, soups and baked goods on Sat. June 25th. We will need home baked goods. Please bring baked goods, wrapped and divided into small portions to church by 10:30am on Sat. for the sale. Many thanks to all who will be apply to assist in this fund raiser.

-The Apostles Fast begins tomorrow and ends on June 29th (the Feast of the Apostles Sts. Peter and Paul).  Please make an effort to fast during this often overlooked Fast.  Why a Fast so soon after Pascha?  We remember the labors and blood that the Holy Apostles gave and shed in Christ’s name.  We remember their efforts, and by the behavioral changes that we make through fasting, we call live that remembrance and are reminded that they were the first to proclaim and spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the rest of the world.  In this light, please read the words of St. Seraphim written below in today’s bulletin.

 

 

Prayers for: 

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

Ira, Victor, and Helen (Morris) the suffering people of Ukraine, 

Yemen, Syria, and Palestine.  Departed: Our fathers!

 

Words for the Day:

Fasting, prayer, alms, and every other good Christian deed is good in itself, but the purpose of the Christian life consists not only in the fulfillment of one or another of them. The true purpose of our Christian life is the acquisition of the Holy Spirit of God. But fasting, prayer, alms and every good deed done for the sake of Christ is a means to the attainment of the Holy Spirit. Note that only good deeds done for the sake of Christ bear the fruit of the Holy Spirit. Everything else that is not done for the sake of Christ, even if it is good, does not bring us a reward in the life to come, not does it bring the grace of God in this life. This is why our Lord Jesus Christ said, "Whoever gathereth not with me scattereth" (Matt. 12:30).
(St. Seraphim of Sarov, Conversation on the Goal of the Christian Life)

 

“But whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven.” (Mt. 10:33) The Son does not here speak soothing words but rather speaks of the consequences of denial. Note carefully: It is not by some power within yourself that you make your confession but by the help of grace from above.  But if you deny me, the Son, he is saying, then I will deny you in the presence of the Father. Someone may then object: “How then am I to be blamed if God, forsaking me, denies me?” The answer is, your being forsaken is the fault of you yourself, the forsaken person, not of God.  “But why,” you object, “should I need to confess faith with my mouth if I confess faith in my mind?” No, we must confess with our mouths in order that we may be steadily trained to speak boldly. It is only through this more abundant love and determination that we will be raised on high. In this way, Jesus addresses himself to each one of us personally. He is not here addressing his original disciples only, but every one of us who follows after his disciples in accord with their witness to him. One who learns this lesson will teach it in boldness to others, prepared to suffer all things easily and 

 

 

with a ready mind. This is why so many have come to have faith in the witness of the apostles to this word.

(St. John Chrysostom, Gospel of Matthew Homily 34.3)

 

Next Week’s Readings:

Epistle:. Romans 2:10-16. Brethren, glory and honor and peace for everyone who does good, the Jew first and also the Greek. For God shows no partiality.For all who have sinned without the law will also perish without the law, and all who have sinned under the law will be judged by the law. For it is not the hearers of the law who are righteous before God, but the doers of the law who will be justified. For when Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do what the law requires, they are a law to themselves, even though they do not have the law. They show that the work of the law is written on their hearts, while their conscience also bears witness, and their conflicting thoughts accuse or even excuse them on that day when, according to my gospel, God judges the secrets of men by Christ Jesus.

Gospel: Matthew 4:18-23. While walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon (who is called Peter) and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Immediately they left their nets and followed him. And going on from there he saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets, and he called them. Immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him. And he went throughout all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction among the people.