St. Peter Newsletter — August 31, 2015

The Fourteenth Sunday of Matthew

Harry Poulos Funeral

Orthodoxy 101 Classes to Start Soon

Fr. Hans will hold Orthodoxy 101 classes this fall. Dates will be determined and announced once we figure out the best night to hold.

In the meantime Bible Study and choir practice continue on Tuesday.

Good Samaritan Fund

The Parish Council has designated all donations collected during Coffee Hour will go to the Good Samaritan Fund.

What is the Good Samaritan Fund. Occasionally Fr. Hans is made aware of needs that require some financial assistance. The Fund will be a reserve collected from which we can draw when necessary.

Konnie Yankopoulos Cross Country Trek Completed

Konnie Yankopoulos completed his 52 day bike ride across the country. He is still in Massachusetts and will return to Florida soon.

South Coast Today (a Massachusetts newspaper) wrote an informative article about his trip you can read here.

Sunday School Begins September 20

A form to register your child can be found on the website.

Choir Practice Continues on Tuesday at 6pm

Please consider joining the choir. “He who sings prays twice.”

Bible Study Continues on Tuesday at 7pm

Since we completed 1 Corinthians last week, we start the Acts (The Acts of the Apostles), the first history of the Christian Church ever written.

Turn out has been good, even in summer! Come and bring a friend.

Remember in Your Prayers

Mary Spiropoulos, mother of Joan Simon.

Bob Smith. Bob has been diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease.

Tom and Jean, parents of Patty and Jerry.

How should we pray for the sick? Remember them daily. Say their names and ask God to bestow mercy and grace on them.

Sunday Readings

pantokrator-blessing

Epistle

For the Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost

O Lord, how marvelous are Thy works. In wisdom hast Thou made them all.
Bless the Lord, O my soul!

The Reading from the First Epistle of St. Paul to the Corinthians. (16:13-24)

For the Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost

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.

Gospel

For the Fourteenth Sunday of Matthew

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew. (22:2-14)

The Lord spoke this parable: “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a marriage feast for his son, and sent his servants to call those who were invited to the marriage feast; but they would not come. Again he sent other servants, saying, ‘Tell those who are invited, Behold, I have made ready my dinner, my oxen and my fat calves are killed, and everything is ready; come to the marriage feast.’ But they made light of it and went off, one to his farm, another to his business, while the rest seized his servants, treated them shamefully, and killed them. The king was angry, and he sent his troops and destroyed those murderers and burned their city.

Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding is ready, but those invited were not worthy. Go therefore to the thoroughfares, and invite to the marriage feast as many as you find.’ And those servants went out into the streets and gathered all whom they found, both bad and good; so the wedding hall was filled with guests. But when the king came in to look at the guests, he saw there a man who had no wedding garment; and he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding garment?’

And he was speechless. Then the king said to the attendants, ‘Bind him hand and foot, and cast him into the outer darkness; there men will weep and gnash their teeth.’ For many are called, but few are chosen.”