September 22, 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)

Parish News:



 

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Ladies Society Meeting will be on September 30 following Fr's Class

 


 

 


 

 

This Week's Events
Saturday, September 21

Events:


5:00 PM - Vespers

 

Sunday, September 22

Events:

 

9:00 AM - Sunday School

10:00 AM - Divine Liturgy


Monday, September 23

Events:

 

6:00 PM - Intercessory Prayers

6:15 PM - Adult Study: Angels


Tuesday, September 24

Events:

 

Bread baking

 

Wednesday, September 25 - FAST

Events:


Thursday, September 26

Events:

 

Friday, September 27 - FAST

Events:


Saturday, September 28

Events:

 

5:00 PM - Vespers

 

Sunday, September 29

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

While it is important not to overemphasize this point, I do think it is important that we understand that even at the time of the first generation of the Church there was dissention.  It’s only natural: when you have two or three gathered, it is highly likely there will be two or three differing opinions.  It happened with Peter and Paul, and as we see in the epistle today, we have it with the Corinthians and Paul as well.

Saint Paul says: “it was to spare you [pain] that I refrained from coming to Corinth.”  Quite clearly there was a dispute that arose between Paul and the people of Corinth the last time he visited.  So even when they are united in common purpose, even when they are united in Christ Himself, they differ.


And that is not the way it should be, nor is it the way Saint Paul hopes it to be.  He hopes that the joy he has is the same as the joy they have.  And he assures them that even now he “wrote 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.”  Saint Paul serves as their shepherd and instructor and desires their stability and joy.


And if dissention existed then, it should be absolutely no surprise that it exits in every generation of every age, up to this one.  We are all human, and we are all made in the image of God, striving for the likeness of God.  Each of us is unique, and each of us has a different way of seeing the world, one from the other.  We are bound to have differences.


Earlier, in the First Epistle of the Corinthians, Saint Paul makes mention of the many different gifts that each person has, and how they relate to the Body of Christ.  All of this is right before his great passage on love: “Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit” he says, mentioning the each is given for the common good: Wisdom; speaking; miracles; prophecy; healing; discernment and the like.  He then states that each is a part of the body of Christ, just as an eye or a hand are part of our own bodies.  Each person has a gift, but each needs to use it in concord with the people around them, just as the hand and the eye work together to the benefit of the whole body.


As it should be with all of us.  Each of us has gifts that can be used in the church for the greater glory of God.  But just because the hand is important it doesn’t mean it should be in charge.  The hand must coordinate with the eye and the brain and the rest of the body to be successful.  The foot cannot do the work of the heart.  Working in concert, learning to trust the hand to do the work of the hand, and the heart to do the work of the heart, is essential in the functioning of the healthy and whole body.  Christians learning to trust other Christians in the work they do is likewise essential in the proper functioning of Christ’s body.  Failure to do so brings about strife, suffering, factionalism, and letters like what Saint Paul wrote in this morning’s epistle.

 


Sunday's Epistle


Thou, O Lord, wilt keep and preserve us. 

Save me, O Lord, for the godly man has failed.


The Reading from the Second Epistle of St. Paul to the Corinthians. (1:21-2:4)

Brethren, it is God who establishes us with you in Christ, and has commissioned us; He has put his seal upon 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 to Corinth.   Not that we lord it over your faith; we work with you for your joy, for you stand firm in your faith.  For I made up my mind not to make you another painful visit.  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 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.

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Sunday's Gospel

 

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Luke. (5:1-11)


At that time, Jesus 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, Jesus asked him to put out a little from the land.  And He sat down and taught the people from the boat.  And when Jesus 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 Thy word I will let down the nets.”  And when they had done this, they enclosed a great shoal of fish; and as their nets were breaking, they beckoned 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 was astonished, and all that were with him, at the catch of fish, which 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; henceforth you will be catching men.”  And when they had brought their boats to land, they left everything and followed Him.

 

 





The Children's Word


 


 


A Word About Finances

 

 

Stewardship Campaign:


Based on our 2018 expenses and 2.8% increase of cost of living (per Social Security Cost-Of-Living data) here are our 2019 projected expenses:

                $148,500     – per year

                $12,375       – per month

                $3,093         – per week

 

As of Aug 31, 2019 our actual expenses were $$99,143

 

Our actual collection:

January – Aug 2019 -  $77,984

 

Deficit:  $21,159

 

Last week collection     - $2,851.50

09/15/2019

 

 

 

These expenses include charity, clergy, liturgical, building and office supplies, utilities, building and property maintenance and taxes. Our parish serves 124 families. We are striving for strong participation and are hopeful you will help us reach our goals: to keep our church thriving and ability to serve our community!