Epistle:1 Cor. 16:13-24
Gospel: Matthew 21:33-42
Schedule of Services:
-Saturday, September 25th, Great Vespers at 4pm at the Shafranek’s.
-Sunday, September 26th, Divine Liturgy at 10am. Hours begin at 9:40am.
-We remember Olga Disko, who fell asleep in the Lord on Sept. 22, 2009. Memory eternal.
-Thank you Sandy Bell for sponsoring coffee hour today.
-As always, please consider to bring a donation to the food pantry, be they non-perishable items or supermarket gift cards.
-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.
-Teens will meet upstairs in the church today after Liturgy.
-Fourth quarter donation envelopes will be available for pick up at one of the candle tables in the rear of the church.
-Please let Mila know today if you will be attending the church picnic on Sept. 25
-Church picnic to be held at the home of the Schafranek's on Sept 25 at 2 p.m. Vespers to follow on site.
-Rain date Sept. 26 after Liturgy. Food sign-up sheet is posted on freezer.
-If you are interested in making a donation to the icon project ($11,339 still to be raised), icon donation envelopes are available on the candle tables in the rear of the church.
Please pray for:
Living: Stella, Melissa, Helen, John, Darlette, Departed: Olga
Words for the Day:
Love sinners, but hate their deeds, and do not disdain sinners for their failings, so that you yourself do not fall into the temptation in which they abide... Do not be angry at anyone and do not hate anyone, neither for their faith, nor for their shameful deeds... Do not foster hatred for the sinner, for we are all guilty... Hate his sins, and pray for him, so that you may be made like unto Christ, who had no dislike for sinners, but prayed for them.
(St. Isaac the Syrian, Homily 57,90)
Find evil in yourself and not in other people or things, were with you have not learned how to relate properly. This is how a child relates with fire or a knife: he burns himself, he cuts himself.
(St. Sebastian of Karaganda)
A brother asked an elder: If I see my brother fall into sin, is good to hide him? The Elder answered: When, out of love, we hide the sin of our brother, then God also hides our sins; but when we show our brother's sin before others, then God also makes our sins known to people.
(Ancient Patericon, 9.9)
Next Week’s Readings:
Epistle: 2 Corinthians 1:21-2:4. And it is God who establishes us with you in Christ, and has anointed us, and who has also put his seal on us and given us his Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee.But I call God to witness against me—it was to spare you that I refrained from coming again to Corinth. Not that we lord it over your faith, but we work with you for your joy, for you stand firm in your faith. For I made up my mind not to make another painful visit to you. For if I cause you pain, who is there to make me glad but the one whom I have pained? And I wrote as I did, so that when I came I might not suffer pain from those who should have made me rejoice, for I felt sure of all of you, that my joy would be the joy of you all. For I wrote to you out of much affliction and anguish of heart and with many tears, not to cause you pain but to let you know the abundant love that I have for you.
Gospel: Luke 5:1-11. On one occasion, while the crowd was pressing in on him to hear the word of God, he was standing by the lake of Gennesaret, and he saw two boats by the lake, but the fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets. Getting into one of the boats, which was Simon's, he asked him to put out a little from the land. And he sat down and taught the people from the boat. And when he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” And Simon answered, “Master, we toiled all night and took nothing! But at your word I will let down the nets.” And when they had done this, they enclosed a large number of fish, and their nets were breaking. They signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink. But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus' knees, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord.” For he and all who were with him were astonished at the catch of fish that they had taken, and so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching men.”And when they had brought their boats to land, they left everything and followed him.