Today’s Readings:

Epistle: Acts 2:1-11

Gospel: John 7:37-52, 8:12

 

Schedule of Services: 

-Saturday, June 18th, Great Vespers at 5pm.

-Sunday, June 19th, 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:

-Memory eternal to Helen Kolanage (7 year commemoration), Dora Trus, and Jim Heitz.  Memory eternal, as well, to all of our loved ones who have departed this life in the hope of the resurrection.

-Thank you Stephanie V. for hosting coffee hour today. We are grateful for your effort! 

-Thanks also to the Sisterhood for hosting last week's coffee hour.

-Parish council meeting today.

-Please check the calendar link on our website for the particulars of services and times for the summer.

-The Glen Gardner's Women's Club is once again organizing a Town wide Garage sale. It will be held on June 25th. The Sisterhood will participate by offering a pierogi luncheon, as well as a cake, soup and pierogi sale, from 11-1 p.m. We will need home baked items, wrapped in small portions, as they sell better than large, expensive items. Muffins, cookies, fudge, brownies, small portions of cake and such, will be greatly appreciated. Please drop off items no later 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 25. if you have any question, ask any Sister.

-The Sisterhood is planning to serve a waffle breakfast in honor of Father's day on June 19. Bring your appetite!

-Let’s continue our efforts to feed the hungry. Non-perishable food and Shop Rite gifts cards are welcome.

-Matushka Mary and John are going to Greece today.  Godspeed, and have a blessed trip.

 

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: Helen, Dora, Jim

 

Words for the Day:

Happy is the man in whom there is love for God, for he bears God within himself. The one in whom there is love is with God, above all things. Whoever has love in himself does not fear. He is never mad at anyone, nor does he exalt himself above anyone. He does not calumniate anyone, nor does he listen to the calumniator. He does not compete with anyone, is not jealous, does not rejoice in the fall of another, does not slander the fallen, but sympathizes with him and helps him. He does not disdain his brother who is fallen into need, but helps him and is ready to die for him. Whoever has love fulfills the will of God.

(St. Ephraim the Syrian, Spiritual-Moral Letters)

 

We have within us deeply rooted weaknesses, passions, and defects. This can not all be cut out with one sharp motion, but patience, persistence, care and attention. The path leading to perfection is long. Pray to God so that he will strengthen you. Patiently accept your falls and, having stood up, immediately run to God, not remaining in that place where you have fallen. Do not despair if you keep falling into your old sins. Many of them are strong because they have received the force of habit. Only with the passage of time and with fervor will they be conquered. Don't let anything deprive you of hope.

(St. Nectarios of Aegina, Path to Happiness, 3)

 

Next Week’s Readings:

Epistle:. Hebrews 11:33-12:2. Brethren, 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. And all these, though commended through their faith, did not receive what was promised, since God had provided something better for us, that apart from us they should not be made perfect.Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.

Gospel: Matthew 10:32-33, 37-38, 19:27-30. So everyone who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven, but whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven. Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. And whoever does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Then Peter said in reply, “See, we have left everything and followed you. What then will we have?” Jesus said to them, “Truly, I say to you, in the new world, when the Son of Man will sit on his glorious throne, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands, for my name's sake, will receive a hundredfold and will inherit eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and the last first.