Epistle: Ephesians 2:4-10
Gospel: Luke 13:10-17
Schedule of Services:
-Saturday, December 4th, Great Vespers at 4pm.
-Sunday, December 5th, Divine Liturgy at 10am. Hours begin at 9:40am.
-Thank you, Arina for hosting the coffee hour today.
-Thank you to all who donated so generously and to Mila for delivering them to the collection point.
-A "thank you" note from Fr. George for birthday wishes is posted on the bulletin board. Also, Fr. George’s new email is SINNEY41@gmail.com
-Remember to bring either non-perishable items or supermarket gift cards for the food pantry. The blue box for the gift cards has been moved upstairs by the candles.
-We will be decorating the church on Dec. 5, next Sunday. Please make plans to stay after Liturgy to help decorate and clean-up.
Please pray for:
Living: Stella, Melissa, Helen, John, Darlette, Departed:
Words for the Day
If at some time you show mercy to someone, mercy will be shown to you.
If you show compassion to one who is suffering (and of course, this is not a great deed) you will be numbered among the martyrs.
If you forgive one who has insulted you, then not only will all your sins be forgiven, but you will be a child of the Heavenly Father.
If you pray from all your heart for salvation - even a little - you will be saved.
If you rebuke yourself, accuse yourself, and judge yourself before God for your sins, with a sensitive conscience, even for this you will be justified.
If you are sorrowful for your sins, or you weep, or sigh, your sigh will not be hidden from Him and, as St. John Chrysostom says, "If you only lament for your sins, then He will receive this for your salvation."
(St. Moses of Optina)
God gave people the word "love" so that they could call their relationship to Him by this name. When people misuse this word to refer to their relationship with earthly things, it loses its meaning.
(St. Nicholas of Serbia, Thoughts on Good and Evil)
Do not disdain the commandment to love, for through it you become a son of God, and when you break it, you become a son of Gehenna.
(St. Maximus the Confessor, Chapters on Love, 4:20)
Next Week’s Readings:
Epistle: Galatians 5:22-6:2, Ephesians 2:14-22. The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another. Brethren,For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility by abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace, and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility. And he came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near. For through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father. So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built on the
foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit. Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted. Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.
Gospel: Matthew 11:27-30, Luke 17:12-19. All things have been handed over to me by my Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him. Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” And as he entered a village, he was met by ten lepers,[a] who stood at a distance and lifted up their voices, saying, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.” When he saw them he said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went they were cleansed. Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice; and he fell on his face at Jesus' feet, giving him thanks. Now he was a Samaritan. Then Jesus answered, “Were not ten cleansed? Where are the nine? Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?” And he said to him, “Rise and go your way; your faith has made you well.”