Epistle: 1 Cor. 15: 1-11
Gospel: Matthew 19: 16-26
Schedule of Services:
-Tuesday, September 14th, Divine Liturgy at 10am (Elevation of the Cross).
-Saturday, September 18th, Great Vespers at 5pm.
-Sunday, September 19th, Divine Liturgy at 10am. Hours begin at 9:40am.
-Council meeting today.
-There will be Liturgy this Tuesday for the Feast of the Elevation of the Cross at 10am.
-As always, please consider to bring a donation to the food pantry, be they non-perishable items or supermarket gift cards.
-Thank you Corrado for hosting coffee hour today!
-Coffee Hour schedule will be posted on the upright freezer. If the need arises to swap your date with someone else, please revise that schedule and let Nellie know as well.
-We still need two volunteers to complete thee coffee hour schedule through this year! Please consider serving the church in the capacity of a coffee hour host or hostess!
-A gentle reminder that General Confession will be held after Vespers on the first Saturday of each month. Please do not confuse General Confession with the obligatory Orthodox practice of private and personal confession.
-Father will lead Adult Education on the 4th coffee hour of the month.
He will lead Teen Education on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month (the first being the 3rd Sunday of September).
-Our church picnic will be held at the home of the Schafranek's on Sept 25 at 2 p.m. Vespers will be held on site. (The rain date is set for Sept. 26 after Liturgy. A sign-up sheet for food will be posted on freezer). Please take time to add your name for dishes to bring, so the council can plan for what is needed additionally.
Please pray for:
Living: Stella, Melissa, Helen, John, Darlette, Departed: Emilia
Words for the Day:
The holy Isaiah said: If one should speak to his brother with guile, he will not escape spiritual harm.
(Ancient Patericon, 10.28)
If someone puts his trust in God in a matter, let him not argue with his brother about it.
(St. Mark the Ascetic, Sermon 2.103)
Draw nigh to the righteous, and through them you will draw nigh to God. Communicate with those who possess humility, and you will learn morals from them. A man who follows one who loves God becomes rich in the mysteries of God; but he who follows an unrighteous and proud man gets far away from God, and will be hated by his friends.
(St. Isaac the Syrian, Sermon 57,8)
St. Pimen the Great said: Depart from every man who loves to quarrel.
(Ancient Paterikon, 11.59)
If you cannot close the mouth of one who reviles his brother, at least avoid conversation with him.
(St. Isaac the Syrian, Homily 89)
Next Week’s Readings:
Epistle: 1 Cor. 16:13-24. Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love. Now I urge you, brothers—you know that the household of Stephanas were the first converts in Achaia, and that they have devoted themselves to the service of the saints
— be subject to such as these, and to every fellow worker and laborer. I rejoice at the coming of Stephanas and Fortunatus and Achaicus, because they have made up for your absence, for they refreshed my spirit as well as yours. Give recognition to such people. The churches of Asia send you greetings. Aquila and Prisca, together with the church in their house, send you hearty greetings in the Lord. All the brothers send you greetings. Greet one another with a holy kiss. I, Paul, write this greeting with my own hand. If anyone has no love for the Lord, let him be accursed. Our Lord, come! The grace of the Lord Jesus be with you. My love be with you all in Christ Jesus. Amen.
Gospel: Matthew 21:33-42. “Hear another parable. There was a master of a house who planted a vineyard and put a fence around it and dug a winepress in it and built a tower and leased it to tenants, and went into another country. When the season for fruit drew near, he sent his servants[a] to the tenants to get his fruit. And the tenants took his servants and beat one, killed another, and stoned another. Again he sent other servants, more than the first. And they did the same to them. Finally he sent his son to them, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’ But when the tenants saw the son, they said to themselves, ‘This is the heir. Come, let us kill him and have his inheritance.’ And they took him and threw him out of the vineyard and killed him. When therefore the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those tenants?” They said to him, “He will put those wretches to a miserable death and let out the vineyard to other tenants who will give him the fruits in their seasons.” Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in the Scriptures: “‘The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; this was the Lord's doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes’?