St. Peter Newsletter — October 13, 2015

The Holy Apostle and Evangelist Luke

The Holy Apostle and Evangelist Luke

The Apostle Luke was an Antiochean, a physician by trade, and a disciple and companion of Paul. He wrote his Gospel in Greek after Matthew and Mark, after which he wrote the Acts of the Apostles, and dedicated both works to Theophilus, who, according to some, was Governor of Achaia.

He lived some eighty-six years and died in Achaia, perhaps in Patras, the capital of this district. His emblem is the calf, the third symbolical beast mentioned by Ezekiel (1:10), which is a symbol of Christ’s sacrificial and priestly office, as Saint Irenaeus says.

Bishop Antoun to Visit St. Peter’s on November 1

Bishop Antoun

Bishop Antoun will be with us on Sunday November 1. You may remember that during our last visit he pushed us to find a more suitable location for St. Peter’s and here we are! This is his first visit to our new location.

More details will be forthcoming. Please mark your calendars and be sure to attend. It would be great to welcome him with an overflowing parish on that day.

No Bible Study Tuesday, Choir Practice at 6:30

Choir Practice will begin at 6:30pm on Tuesday, October 13. No bible study on Tuesday, October 13. Fr. Hans is out of town.

Fr. Hans Gone Tuesday through Thursday (October 13-15)

He will be attending a meeting in Washington, DC. He is available through his cell phone.

Orthodoxy 101 Classes to Start Wednesday, October 21

Orthodoxy 101 classes will begin Wednesday, October 21 starting at 7 pm. Classes will run about an hour with discussion time following for those who would like to stay.

Click here to order the book from Amazon

We will be using the book “The Faith” by Clark Carlton. Amazon seems the best place to order the books and there are plenty of used copies at a good price. Use this link to order: The Faith: Understanding Orthodox Christianity

Get the class syllabus and complete information on the website.

This is a class geared towards inquirers and anyone interested in the Orthodox faith.

Parish Assembly Meeting October 25

Save the date!

Please mark your calendar for a Parish Assembly Meeting. Discussion will include future plans for expansion.

Also discussed will be recent meetings and plans about the development of the interior life of the parish. Good things are happening.

Stewardship Letters Mailed This Week

Prayerfully consider your support of St. Peter’s. We are growing and our financial needs grow along with it. Our parish will prosper and flourish. God Himself adds the increase but it requires more committment and sacrifice from us as well. “To whom much is given, much is required,” the Lord tells us in scripture.

Wisdom from St. Paisios

St. Paisios the Athonite

The goal of reading is the application, in our lives, of what we read. Not to learn it by heart, but to take it to heart. Not to practice using our tongues, but to be able to receive the tongues of fire and to live the mysteries of God.

– St. Paisios the Athonite

Remember in Your Prayers

Soterios Ninos father of Angela Long.

Bonnie Joseph

Mary Spiropoulos, mother of Joan Simon.

Bob Smith

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

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Epistle

His voice has gone out into all the earth.
The heavens declare the glory of God.

The Reading from the Epistle of St. Paul to the Colossians. (4:5-11, 14-18)

Brethren, conduct yourselves wisely toward outsiders, making the most of the time. Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer everyone. Tychicus will tell you all about my affairs; he is a beloved brother and faithful minister and fellow servant in the Lord. I have sent him to you for this very purpose, that you may know how we are and that he may encourage your hearts, and with him Onesimus, the faithful and beloved brother, who is one of you. They will tell you of everything that has taken place.

Aristarchus my fellow prisoner greets you, and Mark the cousin of Barnabas (concerning whom you have received instructions—if he comes to you, receive him), and Jesus who is called Justus. These are the only men of the circumcision among my fellow workers for the kingdom of God, and they have been a comfort to me. Luke the beloved physician and Demas greet you.

Give my greetings to the brethren at Laodicea, and to Nympha and the church in her house. And when this letter has been read among you, have it read also in the church of the Laodiceans; and see that you read also the letter from Laodicea. And say to Archippus, “See that you fulfill the ministry which you have received in the Lord.” I, Paul, write this greeting with my own hand. Remember my fetters. Grace be with you. Amen.

Gospel

For the Fourth Sunday of Luke

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Luke. (10:16-21)

The Lord said, “He who hears you hears Me, and he who rejects you rejects Me, and he who rejects Me rejects Him who sent Me.” The Seventy returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Thy Name!”

And Jesus said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. Behold, I have given you authority to tread upon serpents and scorpions and over all the power of the enemy; and nothing shall hurt you. Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you; but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”

In that same hour Jesus rejoiced in the spirit and said, “I thank Thee, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that Thou hast hidden these things from the wise and prudent and revealed them to babes; yea, Father, for such was Thy gracious will.”