Epistle: 2 Corinthians 6:1-10
Gospel: Luke 6:31-36
Schedule of Services:
-Saturday, October 8th, Great Vespers at 5pm.
-Sunday, October 9th, Divine Liturgy at 10am. Hours begin at 9:40am.
-Many years to those who sing in the choir. The Archdiocese has designated the first Sunday after the feast day of St. Romanos the Melodist as the day we show appreciation to the singers in the church. Thank you!
-Thank you to Stephanie V. for hosting today’s coffee hour!
-We are in need of future coffee hour hosts. Please see sign-up sheet on freezer.
-This will be our last week to collect for the newly built retirement home for monks, called "The Monk House." Our parish will be donating $250. A basket labelled "Monk House" is available at the back of the church, if you wish to make a donation to offset the $250.
-Third quarter donation envelopes are available. Pick yours up upstairs on the table in the rear of the church.
-Starting in January, the church will be in need of someone to clean the church twice a month. If you would be interested, or have the name of a reliable cleaner, please contact Pam H.
-Please remember those in need. We are especially in need of Shop Rite gift cards. Place them in the blue box on the candle stand.
-A Parish Council meeting will be held on Sunday, October 9th.
-A pierogi workshop has been scheduled for October 29th. Please save the date. More info to follow.
Living: Melissa, Helen, John, Darlette, Steven, Janet, Teresa, Irina, Alla,
Ira, Victor, Reader Christopher, George; the suffering people of Ukraine, Yemen, Syria, Palestine, and Ethiopia.
Departed: Metropolitans Kallistos and Herman
Words for the Day:
No matter how much we may study, it is not possible to come to know God unless we live according to His commandments, for God is not know by science, but by the Holy Spirit. Many philosophers and learned men came to the belief that God exists, but they did not know God. It is one thing to belief that God exists and another to know Him. If someone has come to know God by the Holy Spirit, his soul will burn with love for God day and night, and his soul cannot be bound to any earthly thing.
(St. Silouan the Athonite, Writings, VIII.3)
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)
The purpose of God's Providence is to unite, by means of right faith and spiritual love, people who have been separated by evil. To this end the Savior also suffered for us, "in order to gather together the children of God who were scattered." (John 11:52)
(St. Maximus Confessor, Chapters of Love, 4.17)
Next Week’s Readings:
Epistle: 2 Corinthians 6:16-7:1. What agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; as God said,“I will make my dwelling among them and walk among them, and I will be their God,
and they shall be my people. Therefore go out from their midst, and be separate from them, says the Lord, and touch no unclean thing; then I will welcome you, and I will be a father to you, and you shall be sons and
daughters to me, says the Lord Almighty.” Since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and spirit, bringing holiness to completion in the fear of God.
Gospel: Luke 7:11-16. Soon afterward he went to a town called Nain, and his disciples and a great crowd went with him. As he drew near to the gate of the town, behold, a man who had died was being carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow, and a considerable crowd from the town was with her. And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her and said to her, “Do not weep.” Then he came up and touched the bier, and the bearers stood still. And he said, “Young man, I say to you, arise.” And the dead man sat up and began to speak, and Jesus gave him to his mother. Fear seized them all, and they glorified God, saying, “A great prophet has arisen among us!” and “God has visited his people!”