Epistle: 2 Corinthians 1:21-2:4
Gospel: Luke 5:1-11
Schedule of Services:
-Saturday, October 2nd, Great Vespers at 5pm. A panikhida will be held for Robert Bell at 4:40pm.
-Sunday, October 3rd, Divine Liturgy at 10am. Hours begin at 9:40am.
-A brief catechesis will follow Divine Liturgy today during coffee hour.
-As always, please consider to bring a donation to the food pantry, be they non-perishable items or supermarket gift cards.
-General Confession will be held after Vespers next Saturday.
-Thank you Subdeacon Vasya and Mila for hosting the church picnic yesterday.
-Fourth quarter donation envelopes will be available for pick up at one of the candle tables in the rear of the church.
-Thank you to Stephanie V for hosting coffee hour today.
-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:
Words for the Day:
Do not lose your temper with those who sin. Do not have a passion for noticing every sin in your neighbor and judging it, as we usually do. Everyone will give an answer for himself before God. Especially, do not look with evil intention on the sins of those older than you, with whom you have
no business. But correct your own sins, your own heart.
(St. John of Kronstadt, My Life in Christ, I.6)
If you see your neighbor in sin, don't look only at this, but also think about what he has done or does that is good, and infrequently trying this in general, while not partialy judging, you will find that he is better than you.
(St. Basil the Great, Conversations, 20)
If you see a man who has sinned and you do not pity him, the grace of God will leave you. Whoever curses bad people, and does not pray for them, will never come to know the grace of God.
(St. Silouan the Athonite, Writings, VII.4, VIII.6)
One who strictly prosecutes the misdemeanors of others will find not condescension towards his own.
(St. John Chrysostom, On the Statutes, 3.6)
Next Week’s Readings:
Epistle: 2 Corinthians 4: 6-15. For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us. 8 We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; 9 persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; 10 always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies. 11 For we who live are always being given over to death for Jesus' sake, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh. 12 So death is at work in us, but life in you. Since we have the same spirit of faith according to what has been written, “I believed, and so I spoke,” we also believe, and so we also speak, 14 knowing that he who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus and bring us with you into his presence. 15 For it is all for your sake, so that as grace extends to more and more people it may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God.
Gospel: Luke 6:31-36. And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them.“If you love those who love you, what benefit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. 33 And if you do good to those who do good to you, what benefit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. 34 And if you lend to those from whom you expect to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, to get back the same amount. 35 But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, for he is kind to the ungrateful and the evil. 36 Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful.