Epistle: 1 Cor. 9:2-12
Gospel: Matthew 18: 23-35
Schedule of Services:
-Wednesday, September 8th, Divine Liturgy at 10am (Birth of the Theotokos).
-Saturday, September 11th, Great Vespers at 5pm.
-Sunday, September 12th, Divine Liturgy at 10am. Hours begin at 9:40am.
-Tuesday, September 14th, Divine Liturgy at 10am (Feast of the Cross).
-Memory eternal to Emilia.
-There will be Liturgy this Wednesday for the Feast of the Birth of the Theotokos 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 Erin Bartosh for hosting coffee hour today!
-Again, 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).
-The Bi-Law Committee will meet next Saturday, Sept. 11th at 3:30 p.m.
-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 note the date for the pierogi workshop is still to be determined for a later date in October.
Please pray for:
Living: Stella, Melissa, Helen, John, Darlette Departed: Emilia
Words for the Day:
It is joyful to feel that we do not and cannot have any enemies among men, but only unhappy brethren, who are deserving of pity and help, even when, through misunderstanding, they become our enemies and fight against us. Woe! They do not understand that the enemy is found within ourselves, and that first of all one must cast him out of oneself, and then also help others to do the same. We have only one enemy: the devil and his evil spirits. But man, no matter how far he has fallen, never loses certain sparks of light and goodness which may be blown into a bright flame. But for us there is no reason to fight against people, even when they consistently send against all kind of blows and rebukes ... To fight against people is to take a false position of our enemies. Even if we succeed, we gain nothing from this fight, but rather become estranged from our own success.
(Martyr Roman Medved, Letter to His Daughter from the Gulag, 1932).
With all your power, ask the Lord for humility and brotherly love, because God freely gives His grace for love towards one's brother. Do an experiment on yourself: one day ask God for love towards your brother, and another day - live without love. You will see the difference.
(St. Silouan the Athonite, Writings, XVI.8)
Adorn yourself with truth, try to speak truth in all things; and do not support a lie, no matter who asks you. If you speak the truth and someone gets mad at you, don't be upset, but take comfort in the words of the Lord: Blessed are those who are persecuted for the sake of truth, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven (Matt. 5:10).
(St. Gennadius of Constantinople, The Golden Chain, 26, 29).
Next Week’s Readings:
Epistle: 1 Cor. 15: 1-11: Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by
which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me. For I am the least of the apostles, unworthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me. 11 Whether then it was I or they, so we preach and so you believed.
Gospel: Matthew 19: 16-26: And behold, a man came up to him, saying, “Teacher, what good deed must I do to have eternal life?” And he said to him, “Why do you ask me about what is good? There is only one who is good. If you would enter life, keep the commandments.” He said to him, “Which ones?” And Jesus said, “You shall not murder, You shall not commit adultery, You shall not steal, You shall not bear false witness, Honor your father and mother, and, You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” The young man said to him, “All these I have kept. What do I still lack?” Jesus said to him, “If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” When the young man heard this he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions. And Jesus said to his disciples, “Truly, I say to you, only with difficulty will a rich person enter the kingdom of heaven. Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.” When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished, saying, “Who then can be saved?” But Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”