Sunday Orthros 9:00am Divine Liturgy 10:00am Fr. John Hays, Interim Priest
In the 8th Tone: Blessed are You, O Christ our God. You made wise men of poor fishermen by sending down upon them Your Holy Spirit, and through them You caught the whole world, O Lover of mankind, glory to You.
Saint Silas was a companion and fellow labourer of the Apostle Paul: "And Paul chose Silas and departed...and he went through Syria and Cilicia, confirming the churches" (Acts 15:40-41). He later became Bishop of Corinth, and reposed in peace. Saint Silvanos (i.e., “Silouan”) became Bishop of Thessalonica, and also reposed in peace. Saint Crescens, whom Saint Paul mentions in his Second Epistle to Timothy(4:10), became Bishop of Chalcedon, and brought many to the Faith. As for him whom the Apostle of the Nations praises as "my well-beloved Epenetus, the first-fruits of Achaia unto Christ" (Roman 16:5), he became Bishop of Carthage, and after enduring many afflictions from the idolators, and bringing many of them to Christ, he departed to the Lord.
(Kontakion in 4th Tone) Ye have appeared as great and fruit-bearing branches of Christ the Vine, O God-proclaiming Apostles, bearing the virtues in great clusters, wisdom's fruit, which pour forth upon us all the sweet wine of salvation; which when we receive within, we are drunken with gladness, and celebrate your honoured memory. Pray that our sins be forgiven and we be saved.
Prokeimenon. Grave Tone. Psalm 28.11,1.
The Lord will give strength to his people.
Verse: Bring to the Lord, O sons of God, bring to the Lord honor and glory.
The reading is from St. Paul's First Letter to the Corinthians 1:10-17.
BRETHREN, I appeal to you by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree and that there be no dissensions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment. For it has been reported to me by Chloe's people that there is quarreling among you, my brethren. What I mean is that each one of you says, "I belong to Paul," or "I belong to Apollos," or "I belong to Cephas," or "I belong to Christ." Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul? I thank God that I baptized none of you except Crispos and Gaius; lest any one should say that you were baptized in my name. (I did baptize also the household of Stephanas. Beyond that, I do not know whether I baptized any one else.) For Christ did not send me to baptize but to preach the gospel, and not with eloquent wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.
8th Sunday of Matthew
The Reading is from Matthew 14:14-22
At that time, Jesus 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 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 he made the disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds.
A Word from Fr. John: Simple Truths Profoundly Put, by a Church Scholar…
“The Church is primarily a worshipping community. Worship is a fundamental and indispensable activity of the Church. It is an essential and joyous act of faith, profoundly personal as well as communal in nature. Through her worship, or liturgy, the Church finds her fullest expression and realization. In worship the community of believers is continually formed to be the mystical body of Christ and each of its faithful members to be a dwelling place of the Holy Trinity.” (adapted from Essays in Theology and Liturgy, by Fr. Alkiviadis C. Calivas)
New Church Hours for Fr. John:
New schedule for Fr. John’s Church/”In St. Augustine” hours for the remainder of the summer:Monday: 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. Pastoral office hours from 11:00 – 2:00 are available for
drop-ins or appointments.
Wednesday: 1 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Pastoral office hours from 1:30 - 3:30, by appointment only.
Friday: 9 a.m. – noon Approx. every other week, as needed.
Special Prayers: With prayers for God's protection, strength, healing, and guidance, we continue hoping that He fulfil the ongoing and daily needs of Jane Anderson, Betty Day, Chresanthe Lemieux, Nicola Lykam, Jim Manos, Dolly Welling, Steve Sarris, Despina Xynidis, Nicola & Michael Lykam’s friend’s young child, Kaden Hammellour, parish and missionary families, and catechumens preparing for Illumination.
Memorial Service: We will celebrate a memorial service for Daniel Holland, grandson of Subdeacon Michael and Ingrid Fotianos.
Holy Trinity Master Calendar: A Holy Trinity Parish Master Calendar is on the website. This calendar can be printed or downloaded. 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.
Outreach: Help! Last year there were 895 homeless students recorded in St. Johns County, and the St. Johns County School’s ASSIST program needs all the help they can get! They have a critical need for the following:
We are currently collecting items in the yellow bin located on the counter adjacent to where coffee is served. To leave larger items or for more information, please contact Dick Billeter or Susan Stone.
Upcoming Services and Events:
ü August 6th Lisa Colburn, Penny Angelus
ü August 13th Toula Zotos, Gail Jones
ü August 20th Joan Manias, Angela Lekos –Philoptochos Name Day Luncheon
July 23rd 2017 Offerings: Candles $110.17 Tray $155; Stewardship $1043
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.
Weekly Bulletin Submission: Please submit announcements to the Church office via email firstname.lastname@example.org with “Bulletin Article” in the subject line, no later than Wednesday/Thursday weekly. Please grant patience, sometimes articles or parts of articles are edited or deleted during final editing process.