Sunday Orthros 9:00am Divine Liturgy 10:00am Fr. John Hays, Interim Priest
This saint, who was a contemporary of the Apostles (that is, he was born when our Lord yet lived upon the earth), had Antioch as his homeland. There, Peter, the chief of the Apostles, guided him to the Christian faith (though according to tradition, Pancratius had seen the Lord and heard Him teach while the future bishop was still a boy). Later, he came to Sicily, where he brought many to the faith and was finally put to death by the pagans. – Through the prayers of your holy martyr Pancratius, Lord Jesus Christ our God, have mercy on us!
(3rd Tone) He that breathed with tongues of fire upon the holy Apostles gave thee, O Pancratius, the selfsame mystical graces; as the heir and true disciple of Simon Peter, thou didst shine upon the West with the saving Gospel and with blood didst seal thy preaching both as a hierarch and faithful Martyr of Christ.
Prokeimenon. 4th Tone. Psalm 103.24,1.
O Lord, how manifold are your works. You have made all things in wisdom.
Verse: Bless the Lord, O my soul.
The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Romans 10:1-10.
BRETHREN, my heart's desire and prayer to God for them is that they may be saved. I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but it is not enlightened. For, being ignorant of the righteousness that comes from God, and seeking to establish their own, they did not submit to God's righteousness. For Christ is the end of the law, that every one who has faith may be justified. Moses writes that the man who practices the righteousness which is based on the law shall live by it. But the righteousness based on faith says, Do not say in your heart, "Who will ascend into heaven?" (that is, to bring Christ down) or "Who will descend into the abyss?" (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). But what does it say? The word is near you, on your lips and in your heart (that is, the word of faith which we preach); because, if you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For man believes with his heart and so is justified, and he confesses with his lips and so is saved.
5th Sunday of Matthew
The Reading is from Matthew 8:28-34; 9:1
At that time, when Jesus came to the country of the Gergesenes, two demoniacs met him, coming out of the tombs, so fierce that no one would pass that way. And behold, they cried out, "What have you to do with us, O Son of God? Have you come here to torment us before the time?" Now a herd of many swine was feeding at some distance from them. And the demons begged him, "If you cast us out, send us away into the herd of swine." And he said to them, "Go." So they came out and went into the swine; and behold, the whole herd rushed down the steep bank into the sea, and perished in the waters. The herdsmen fled, and going into the city they told everything, and what had happened to the demoniacs. And behold, all the city came out to meet Jesus; and when they saw him, they begged him to leave their neighborhood. And getting into a boat he crossed over and came to his own city.
Special Prayers: Please pray for the spiritual and physical health of the whole world. Also for Nicola Lykam who is on bed rest at this time. We have ongoing prayer requests for Jane Anderson, Betty Day, Chresanthe Lemieux, Jim Manos, Dolly Welling, Steve Sarris, Despina Xynidis, especially for Mary Santas who is recovering from eye surgery and the work of our parish, missionary families, and catechumens.
Holy Trinity Stewardship: Stewardship is the regular practice of returning to God a portion of all that God has given us. This includes spreading the teachings of Christ and the concept of giving regularly of our time, talent, and treasure to work on this earth is as much a spiritual practice as prayer and worship. Please prayerfully consider your 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.
Weekly Bulletin Submission: Please submit announcements to the Church office via email email@example.com with “Bulletin Article” in the subject line, no later than Wednesday/Thursday weekly. Thank you.
Upcoming Services and Events:
ü July 9th Pres. Renee Ritsi – Vassi Kaliotis/Eugenia Charoni
ü July 16th Effie Lasoff – Forty-day memorial for Evanthia, mother of Effie (Mark) Lasoff
ü July 23rd Carman Gaetanos, Kristina Wilkes
Join us for a night of fellowship, family and fun to benefit our Holy Trinity Church. Greek Summer Night is Saturday, July 29, 6:00-11:00 PM, at the Parish Hall. Enjoy Greek food, music and dance. Tickets, $20 donation per person, $15 per children 12 & under, and reserved seating available (for tables of 8). Please see Carman or Mikae Gaetanos, Andy or Angela Lekos, Bill or Penny Angelus for tickets. For reservations, call Andy at 904-823-8882 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Opa!
Fun and games at the beach with religious lessons. For info call 386 252-6012.
ü September 20th – 23rd Family Ministry Conference in Pittsburgh, PA –“The Orthodox Family in a Changing World”
Holy Trinity will welcome Metropolis events for which we need hosts/hostesses. Please check your calendars and be in touch with Nelda in the Church office if you or your ministry group would like to coordinate our attentive hospitality to registrants for:
ü September 16th – 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Workshop for couples, “Preparing for the Journey of Marriage”
ü November 18th – Parish Council Training Seminar
July 2, 2017 Offerings: Candles $119.73 Tray $57 Stewardship $4,013
Do you have changes to your contact information? Please email any updates or changes to the church at email@example.com or leave a message at the church office, 904.829.0504.
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.
Contact the Church office: To add your e-mail address and phone number to the ministry/committee contact list(s), or even to seek Father John’s blessing to begin a new ministry beneficial to church members involved or in need, please contact Church office.
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: The Bible says: "the Lord loves a cheerful giver" (2 Corinthians 9:7). The Christian way to give is to give because desire to give; we give because we love the Lord. Your offering can be made at the collection basket as you exit the service.