August 11, 2019


In Your Prayers
 

In Nursing Homes or Convalescing:
Gladys Anderson (Home)
John Bakuhn (Jameson)
Marian Charles (home)
Betty Farris
Elizabeth Horney
Elias (Paizon) Jacobs (Home)
Joel Scalzo (Home)
Memory Eternal!
Mark Mason

Parish News:



 

You can now donate to Saint Elias via PayPal!

 

It's easy! Simply click on this link (https://www.st-elias-online.org) which will take you to our website. Find the PayPal "Donate" button and click it and make your contribution.

 




 

Vacation church school is this week, 9:00 AM - 12:00 noon.

 

This year we have two tracks for the older kids. Carpentry and Cooking. Available to kids 10 and older. For more information, please see Father.

 


 

The Middle-Eastern Dinner is coming soon (Sept 1). Please do what you can to help:

 

- Place signs around town

- Sign up for different tasks on the day of the Dinner

- Come and help to make the food. We need as many people as we can get.

- Use Social Media to encourage people to attend

- Pray

 

This Week's Events
Saturday, August 10

Events:


5:00 PM - Vespers

 

Sunday, August 11

Events:

 

9:00 AM - Sunday School

10:00 AM - Divine Liturgy


Monday, August 12

Events:

 

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM: Vacation Church School

 

6:00 PM - Intercessory Prayers, Fr.'s Class, and Parish Council


Tuesday, August 13

Events:

 

BREAD BAKING

 

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM: Vacation Church School

 

Wednesday, August 14

Events:

 

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM: Vacation Church School

 

6:00 PM - Divine Liturgy of the Dormition of the Theotokos


Thursday, August 15

Events:

 

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM: Vacation Church School

 

Friday, August 16

Events:

 

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM: Vacation Church School


Saturday, August 17

Events:

 

5:00 PM - Vespers

 

Sunday, August 18

Events:

 

9:00 AM - Sunday School

10:00 AM - Divine Liturgy

 


Fr. is available for confessions 1 hour before Vespers or upon request


From Father:

Some context for today’s Gospel is useful in understanding the amazing and profoundly deep love for humanity that Jesus Christ has.  Matthew 14 is a busy chapter.  In the first part of it, the Evangelist Matthew tells of the horrible and senseless death of the Prophet, Forerunner, and Baptist John. 


Remember, John is the cousin of our Lord.  Christ calls him the greatest of anyone born of a woman (Matt. 11).  John was tireless in his work – baptizing and proclaiming the coming of the Messiah, Jesus Christ Himself.  Ultimately, John is thrown in prison because he insulted the wife (Herodias) of the brother of the tetrarch Herod (one of four rulers of Judea – tetrarch means one of four rulers).  Ultimately her malice is what kills John, because Herod foolishly makes a vow to Herodias’s daughter, who then, at the request of her mother, asks for John’s head on a silver platter.  The greatest man born of a woman dies because of the pointless and foolish vow of a besotted fool (lesson:  don’t make vows.  Let your yes be yes and your no be no).


Anyone who suffers loss knows that when something like that happens, the urge is to go away; to get out of what is normal and especially away from other people, to just mourn and contemplate in solitude.  This is exactly what our Lord did: “Now when Jesus heard this, he withdrew from there in a boat to a lonely place apart.”


The people, however, would not leave him alone.  They themselves were broken and sick. Moreover they just wanted to be with Christ, to hear what He had to say, to see their friends healed, and to see this person who was quite possibly (and indeed was) their long-awaited messiah.


What did Christ do?  Did He ask them to go away so that He could properly mourn?  Was His response to them harsh in any way?  No, and this clearly demonstrates again the kenosis of our Lord.  Selflessly He shoves aside his feelings of mourning and loss and has compassion on the people – a people that He well knows do not know their right from their left and who will abandon Him in the time of His greatest travail.


Yes, Christ has compassion and love for them.  He even bodily feeds them, miraculously, with an abundance derived from five loaves and two fish.  This is the Lord we adore: the God-man who, even in His darkest times, cares for others more than Himself, heals them, feeds them body and soul and loves them and us more than we love ourselves.


 


Sunday's Epistle

The LORD will give strength unto His people.

(V) Bring unto the LORD, ye sons of God; Bring unto the LORD glory and honor!

The Reading is from Saint Paul’s First Epistle to the Corinthians

CHAPTER 1:10-17

BRETHREN, I beseech you, by the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing and that there be no schisms among you, but that you be perfected together in the same mind and in the same resolve. For it has been indicated to me concerning you, my brethren, by those who are of the household of Chlóë, that there are contentions among you. Now what I mean is this; that each one of you says, “I am for Paul,” or “I am for Apollos,” or “I am for Cephas,” or “I am for Christ”: Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized into the name of Paul? I thank God that I baptized none of you except Críspos and Gáïos; lest anyone should say that you were baptized into my name. And I baptized also the household of Stephanás; other than that, I do not know whether I baptized any other. For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel, not in wisdom of words, lest the Cross of Christ should be made void.

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Sunday's Gospel

 

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew. (14:14-22)


At that time, when Jesus went ashore he saw a great throng; and he had compassion on them, and healed their sick.  When it was evening, the disciples came to Him and said, “This is a lonely place, and the day is now over; send the crowds away to go into the villages and buy food for themselves.”  Jesus said, “They need not go away; you give them something to eat.”  They said to Him, “We have only five loaves here and two fish.”  And He said, “Bring them here to Me.”  Then He ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass; and taking the five loaves and the two fish He looked up to Heaven, and blessed, and broke and gave the loaves to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds.  And they all ate and were satisfied.  And they took up twelve baskets full of the broken pieces left over.  And those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children.  Then Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go before Him to the other side, while He dismissed the crowds.

 

 





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