Sunday Orthros 9:00am Divine Liturgy 10:00am Fr. John Hays, Interim Priest
This Martyr practiced the ascetic discipline in Nisibis of Mesopotamia; she was of such great beauty that the report of her came to the persecutor Selenus, and every attempt was made to make her deny Christ. After many horrible tortures, she was cruelly dismembered by the executioners, then beheaded, in the year 310 (or, according to some, in 302, during the reign of Diocletian).
Prokeimenon. 2nd Tone. Psalm 117.14,18.
The Lord is my strength and my song.
Verse: The Lord has chastened me sorely.
The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Romans 5:1-10.
BRETHREN, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in our hope of sharing the glory of God. More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit which has been given to us. While we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. Why, one will hardly die for a righteous man -- though perhaps for a good man one will dare even to die. But God shows his love for us in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us. Since, therefore, we are now justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life.
3rd Sunday of Matthew
The Reading is from Matthew 6:22-33
The Lord said, "The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is sound, your whole body will be full of light; but if your eye is not sound, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness! No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon. Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you shall eat or what you shall drink, nor about your body, what you shall put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add one cubit to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin; yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O men of little faith? Therefore do not be anxious, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear? For the Gentiles seek all these things; and your heavenly Father knows you need them all. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things shall be yours as well."
A Word from Fr. John: On talking in church…
Isn't it great to come to church and see friends and family members? But wait until coffee hour to say "Hi" to them and start chatting it up. It really isn't appropriate to greet people and have a conversation with them during the services. Besides being disrespectful towards God, it’s rude towards the other people in church who are trying to worship. The better way is to talk to God while in church through your prayers, hymns, and thanksgiving, and to your friends in the hall afterwards.
If you do have some sort of brief greeting or chat while entering the building and services have already begun, then confine it to the fellowship hall – and please keep it quiet even there… loud voices can carry into the narthex and nave surprisingly easily! Once you have entered the narthex, where the candles and icons are, you’ve entered sacred space – and sacred time. Basically, the only sounds should be hymns, chants, the priest’s words and prayers, and the people’s “Lord have mercy” and “Amen.”
Also, this applies to the time “before” and “between” services, such as before Orthros in the morning. There are few more sacred times of silence and stillness than in those precious minutes before the Royal Doors are opened and the service begins. It’s a time of silent and simple prayer, of meditation and preparation. Some of the warmest and most personal greetings I’ve ever received in church are a simple nod and smile from someone sitting across from me during the last few minutes before the service began. We were so glad to see each other – but didn’t dare break the sacred silence of that time within the Lord’s sanctuary.
Special Prayers: Please pray for the spiritual and physical health of the whole world, and especially for the new-born child Gabriella, the daughter of Mike and Nicola Lykam who was delivered on June 19th. In addition, we have ongoing prayer requests for Jane Anderson, Betty Day, Chresanthe Lemieux, Jim Manos, Faye Peterson, Steve Sarris, Despina Xynidis, and the work of our parish, missionary families, and catechumens.
Holy Trinity Stewardship: King David said, “All things come from You, and of Your own we have given to You.” (Chronicles 29:14) Our money and possessions are not ours, but on loan from God. When we give to the Church, we return to God, the Owner, His rightful portion. Thank you for Holy Trinity Church Stewardship commitment.
Holy Trinity Master Calendar: A Holy Trinity Parish Master Calendar is maintained in the Parish Office. All ministries are asked to submit dates of events to be included in the master calendar. This will help coordinate efforts and events with other ministries; dates will be included in the weekly bulletin; and will help actively involve others in the work of our Parish. Active and enthusiastic participation in a parish’s activities and functions should emulate the Kingdom of God – a culture that is overflowing with joy, peace and love.
Upcoming Services and Events:
- June 25th at 6:30 p.m. – St. Photios Shrine Greek Landing Day Sunset Cruise on the Victory III. Cruise is $25 per person, free to children under 12. Snacks are provided, drinks (beer, wine, soft drinks) available for purchase. Live bouzouki music!
- June 26th– Chapel of St. Photios 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m., Orthros, Divine Liturgy, and Colonists’ Memorial, 11:00 a.m. Mayoral Proclamation, followed by refreshments offered by our Holy Trinity Kimisis Tis Theotokou Philoptochos.
- June podcasts featuring Fr. Alex Goussetis, Director of the Center for Family Care with interviews, reflections, book reviews, and narratives to encourage dialogue and strengthen families.
- September 20th – 23rd Family Ministry Conference in Pittsburgh, PA –“The Orthodox Family in a Changing World”.
Reminders about Approaching for Holy Communion: According to ancient practice going back to the very earliest experience and canons of Christianity, only Baptized/Chrismated Orthodox Christians who have prepared to receive Holy Communion are allowed to partake of the Body and Blood of Christ in the Orthodox Church. Those partaking of Communion are asked to wait in their pews for the direction of the usher guiding Communicants row-by-row up the center aisle. Families with children are encouraged to Commune together. The usher will first guide from the back of the church those Newly Baptized/Illumined and Families with Infants, followed by the Sunday School Children processing with their teachers.
June 18, 2017 Offerings: Candles $216; Tray $174; Stewardship $715
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Visiting the Church Outside of Office Hours: Though at this time we do not have volunteers coordinated to assist in receiving visitors to the Church outside of Office Hours (M-F 9am-1pm), we hope to always welcome parishioners and the many visiting out-of-towners to the best of our ability. Please call the office to arrange a visit. If there is no answer, call the emergency number on the voicemail, (602) 617-2467, to discuss options that may exist.
Ministries & Committees: All are welcome and encouraged to apply common interests, skill sets, and life experience to the many areas of service in the life of the Church.
St. Photios National Shrine
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Metropolitan Alexios Asks Every Family to Participate in the Panagia Chapel Roof Tile Campaign: The Panagia Chapel at the Diakonia Retreat Center is in its final stages. To wrap up the building of the Panagia Chapel, His Eminence has asked that each family give the names of their loved ones, living and deceased to be sealed in the Holy Table during consecration and prayed for during each service held in the Chapel. When submitting names, it is requested that each family prayerfully considers a sponsorship of $30 or more, as you are able, to the completion of the Panagia Chapel’s roof. A table is setup in the Church Hall to submit names and a sponsorship for this effort.
Weekly Offering: “On the first day of the week let each one of you lay something aside, storing up as he may prosper… to bear your gift to Jerusalem” (the Church center at that time) - I Corinthians 16:2-3. Your offering can be made at the collection basket as you exit the service.