September 3, 2017
13th Sunday after Pentecost – Tone 4
St. Phoebe, Deaconess at Cenchreae near Corinth (1st cent.)
Matins Gospel #2: St. Mark 16: 1-8
Divine Liturgy: 1 Cor. 16: 13-24; St. Matthew 21: 33-42
We are blessed to have Deacon James Elliott of St. John’s Church, Memphis, serving with us today, with his wife, Shamassy Macrina, and their grandsons James and Paul (who happen to be Fr. Paul’s grandsons too)
CHURCH SCHOOL for children will be held
right after Liturgy.
A Panikhida for Earl Lawson, Al’s father, will be served after Liturgy.
12 noon – Akathist
6 p.m. – Vespers
7 p.m. – Class on Orthodoxy – Confession
6 p.m. Vespers – Nativity of the Theotokos
HURRICANE RELIEF – Let us be generous to help those suffering from this dreadful disaster. You can put a check marked “Hurricane” or cash in the special basket in the narthex. We will send this to International Orthodox Christian Charities. Or you can donate directly to them; see iocc.org/harvey.
ARCHBISHOP DMITRI – We served a Memorial Service Saturday, at Vespers for Archbishop Dmitri, the beloved founder of our Diocese and founding Bishop of Holy Resurrection Church, who fell asleep in the Lord August 28, 2011, at the age of 87. May his memory be eternal! Read more about him here. “If you seek his monument, look about you.”
EARL LAWSON of Raymond, father of Al Lawson, fell asleep in the Lord March 8, 2017. Though not a member, Earl was a good friend and benefactor of Holy Resurrection for many years. Not only was he supportive of his son and grandchildren becoming members here, but was a great help materially as well, in the construction of our first parish hall in 1995, and in helping us sell our old buildings when we bought our present buildings, in 2007. May his memory be eternal. Obituary.
MURAL – Mr. Gary Atchley plans to be here tomorrow (Monday) morning to install our new mural of the Apostles Peter and John at the tomb (St. John 20:2) by Fr. Andrew Tregubov. It is given in memory of Vivian Haddad; may her memory be eternal. The icon of the Raising of Lazarus will be moved to the back wall.
September 8 – Birthday of the Theotokos
September 9 – National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children
September 14 – Elevation of the Holy Cross
September 30 – Walk to Defeat ALS – register here
October 7 – Two year memorial for Matushka Sissy
October 6-8 – Young Adults Conference, Atlanta
October 9 – 13 – Fr. Paul on Vacation
October 16-18 – Fr. Paul at Deanery Meeting, Memphis
October 20 – 21 – HROC Men’s Retreat
November 18 – Serve at Stewpot
February 12-16, 2018 – We host DOS Pastoral Conference
Our work as missionaries ultimately must have no other goal but the salvation of the neighbor, sought after out of love. Numerical increases in our census reports, apparent successes of various Church programs are important, and can be indicative of real spiritual advancement within the Body. One should continually be mindful, however, that these “measurable” signs of growth mean little, if anything, when love is absent. For we strive to bring people into a fellowship of love, reflective of the perfect divine love and unity existing between the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. When the call to “love as I have loved you” becomes firmly ingrained in our minds, when we begin to comprehend by God’s grace, the depth of those words, then not only will our missionary efforts be successful, but the term “efforts” will seem, in a sense, a misnomer. Joy, radiating from genuine love for those around us, will be at the heart of our missionary endeavors and will make light the burden of our efforts. — Archbishop Dmitri – read the whole letter here.