Epistle: Romans 13:11-14:4
Gospel: Matthew 6:14-21
Schedule of Services:
-Tuesday, March 8th, Canon of St. Andrew at 5pm.
-Wednesday, March 9th, Pre-sanctified Liturgy at 5pm.
-Saturday, March 12th, Great Vespers at 4pm.
-Sunday, March 13th, Divine Liturgy at 10am. Hours begin at 9:40am.
-Self-serve coffee is available today.
-Happy Birthday and many years to Luke. His birthday was March 4th.
-Please note the schedule of services for this first week of Lent. Also, please remember that Saturday Great Vespers will be at 4pm until the time change.
-A pierogi making workshop has been scheduled for March 11th and 12th.
-Thanks to Corrado for providing the Keurig coffee maker for refreshments after Liturgy.
-The next pierogi making session will be on Fri. March 11 and Sat. March 12. We have received word from ShopRite that they will once again provide the ingredients for our pierogi making. A sign-up sheet for the pierogi workshop is posted on the freezer. If you plan to come please enter your name and what time slot you will be able to work. Our working hours will be 8:30 to about 4 p.m. In the last pierogi making session, many had volunteered, but left in mid-day. This slowed our process to a crawl as the few remaining workers covered several stations to keep things moving. In the end, the process took much longer than in the past, when we had 15 volunteers working at any one time.
-Please remember the needs of others and bring a donation for the food pantry.
-There will be a council meeting next Sunday after Divine Liturgy.
Please pray for:
Living: Stella, Melissa, Helen, John, Darlette, Departed: Sbdn. Michael
Steven, Janet, Teresa, Irina, Leonty, Alla, Jim, Ira
The suffering people of Eastern Europe and Ukraine.
Words for the Day
We have such a law: If you forgive, it means that God has forgiven you; but if you do not forgive your brother, it means that your sin remains with you.
(St. Silouan the Athonite, Writings, VII.9)
We all have to die, beloved brethren, and it will be hard for us if, while we are in this world, we do not love each other, if we are not reconciled to our enemies, whom we have offended, and if one has grieved another, if we do not forgive him. Then we will not have eternal blessedness in that world, and the heavenly Father will not forgive our sins.
(St. Peter of Cetinje, Letter to Radulovichs, 1805)
The forgiveness of insults is a sign of true love, free from hypocrisy. For thus the Lord also loved this world.
(St. Mark the Asceticf, Homilies, 2.48)
Next Week’s Readings:
Epistle: Hebrews 11:24-26, 32-12:2. By faith Moses, when he was grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter, choosing rather to be mistreated with the people of God than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. He considered the reproach of Christ greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking to the reward. And what more shall I say? For time would fail me to tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets—who through faith conquered kingdoms, enforced justice, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, were made strong out of weakness, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight. Women received back their dead by resurrection. Some were tortured, refusing to accept release, so that they might rise again to a better life. Others suffered
mocking and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were killed with the sword. They went about in skins of sheep and goats, destitute, afflicted, mistreated—of whom the world was not worthy—wandering about in deserts and mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.
Gospel: John 1:43-51.The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, “Follow me.” Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found him of whom Moses in the Law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.” Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.” Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him and said of him, “Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom there is no deceit!” Nathanael said to him, “How do you know me?” Jesus answered him, “Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you.” Nathanael answered him, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!” Jesus answered him, “Because I said to you, ‘I saw you under the fig tree,’ do you believe? You will see greater things than these.” And he said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, you will see heaven opened, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.”