Sunday October 6, 2018 Church Bulletin
3rd Sunday of Luke
“God has visited his people!”
At that time, Jesus went to a city called Nain, and his disciples and a great crowd went with him. As he drew near to the gate of the city, behold, a man who had died was being carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow; and a large crowd from the city was with her. And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her and said to her, “Do not weep.” And he came and touched the bier, and the bearers stood still. And he said, “Young man, I say to you, arise.” And the dead man sat up and began to speak. And he gave him to his mother. Fear seized them all; and they glorified God, saying, “A great prophet has arisen among us!” and “God has visited his people!”
Additional Reading: excerpt from Mode of Life: God Visited His People, Mode of Life is a non-profit undertaking and was initially established to bring together the thoughts and pious reflections of Orthodox Christians of Oceania.
So we see in todayâ€™s gospel as Jesus drew near to the gate of the city of Nain, He came across a man who had died and was being carried out of the city with a large crowd. This man was the only son of his mother, and she was also a widow.
Itâ€™s not necessary for us to think we are dead, or for others to think that we have died. What is necessary is for us to stay close to the feet of the One who always existed before the world and time began, and who will continue to exist after the world and time ends.
The great fact is that you can die waiting for Jesus Christ. You may lose your mind, you may get depressed and low, you may be abandoned by every power, physical, mental or spiritual. But the issue is this, if you can, even exhausted and dead, to wait and be grateful. Be faithful, because â€śGod has visited his people!â€ť
So we see the loving kindness, compassion and mercy of our Lord Jesus. He offered this mother a gift, He offered her son a gift, He offers us a gift. It is the gift of Godâ€™s mercy. He is merciful towards our weakness, even unto death. Therefore, we can trust in the mercy and loving-kindness of God, since no works of our own will deliver us from death.
Wisdom of the Fathers:
What is it that I love when I love you? Not the beauty of a body or the comeliness of time. Nor the luster of the light pleasing to the eyes, nor the sweet melodies of all manner of songs, nor the fragrance of flowers, ointments and spices, not manna and honey, nor limbs welcome to the embrace of the flesh – I do not love these when I love my God. And yet there is a kind of light, a kind of voice, a kind of fragrance, a kind of foods, a kind of embrace, when I love my God, who is the light, voice, fragrance, food, embrace of the inner man, where there shines into the soul that which no place can contain, and there sounds forth that which time cannot end, where there is fragrance which no breeze disperses, taste which eating does not make less, and a clinging together which fulfillment does not terminate. It is this that I love when I love my God.
St. Augustine (Confessions 10.6 in The Confessions of St. Augustine, p. 244, 5th century)
Todayâ€™s Events, Tomorrowâ€™s Announcements:
National Church Musician Sunday
On October 7, 2018, the Sunday following the Feast of St. Romanos the Melodist, (patron saint of church musicians) we will honor our own church musicians, choirs, chanters and readers here at St George. Anyone who participates in singing, reading and chanting will be call forward for a special blessing. May God bless your ministry, and may He grant you all many years.
Teaching Liturgy Sunday, October 14, 2018
Children of all ages are encouraged to come to the solea (in front of the iconostasis) to come close to the table and witness the progression of the liturgical service. Fr. Constantine will pause periodically during the liturgy to explain the historical background and theological significance to these segments.
Todayâ€™s Coffee Hour Fellowship
After Divine Liturgy, parishioners gather around the social hall for fellowship with members of the parish over coffee and some delicious. If you would like to sponsor coffee hour by yourself or with a friend or family member, please write your name on the sheet that is mounted on the wall outside the kitchen door.
Save the Dates:
October 14: Teaching Liturgy
November 4: General Assembly
December 1: St. Georgeâ€™s Winter Bazaar
Attending to the Needs of Others:
If you or anyone you know is sick, please see or contact Fr. Constantine directly cell phone
978-314-4992 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sacraments and Other Services:
(Baptism, Chrismation, Confession, Communion, Holy Matrimony, and Holy Unction, 40-day Churching of the Mother and Child, Memorial Service or House Blessings) Please see or contact Fr. Constantine.
Receiving Communion in the Orthodox Church:
The Eucharist, the principal sacrament mystery of the Orthodox Church, is not so much a text to be studied, but rather an experience of communion with the Living God in which prayer, music, gestures, the material creation, art and architecture come into full orchestration. The Eucharist is a celebration of faith which touches not only the mind but also the emotions and the senses.
Fr. Thomas Fitzgerald
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