Sunday Orthros 9:00am Divine Liturgy 10:00am Fr. John Hays, Interim Priest
According to the ancient tradition of the Church, since Saint Anna, the Ancestor of God, was barren, she and her husband Joachim remained without children until old age. Therefore, sorrowing over their childlessness, they besought God with a promise that, if He were to grant them the fruit of the womb, they would offer their offspring to Him as a gift. And God, hearkening to their supplication, informed them through an Angel concerning the birth of the Virgin. And thus, through God's promise, Anna conceived according to the laws of nature, and was deemed worthy to become the mother of the Mother of our Lord (see also Sept. 8).
Prokeimenon. Grave Tone. Psalm 63.11,1.
The righteous shall rejoice in the Lord.
Verse: Oh God, hear my cry.
The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Galatians 4:22-27.
Brethren, Abraham had two sons, one by a slave and one by a free woman. But the son of the slave was born according to the flesh, the son of the free woman through promise. Now this is an allegory: these women are two covenants. One is from Mount Sinai, bearing children for slavery; she is Hagar. Now Hagar is Mount Sinai in Arabia; she corresponds to the present Jerusalem, for she is in slavery with her children. But the Jerusalem above is free, and she is our mother. For it is written, "Rejoice, O barren one who does not bear; break forth and shout, you who are not in travail; for the children of the desolate one are many more than the children of her that is married."
10th Sunday of Luke
The Reading is from Luke 13:10-17
At that time, Jesus was teaching in one of the synagogues on the sabbath. And there was a woman who had a spirit of infirmity for eighteen years; she was bent over and could not fully straighten herself. And when Jesus saw her, he called her and said to her, "Woman, you are freed from your infirmity." And he laid his hands upon her, and immediately she was made straight, and she praised God. But the ruler of the synagogue, indignant because Jesus had healed on the sabbath, said to the people, "There are six days on which work ought to be done; come on those days and be healed, and not on the sabbath day." Then the Lord answered him, "You hypocrites! Does not each of you on the sabbath untie his ox or his donkey from the manger, and lead it away to water it? And ought not this woman, a daughter of Abraham whom Satan bound for eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the sabbath day?" As he said this, all his adversaries were put to shame; and all the people rejoiced at all the glorious things that were done by him.
A Word from Fr. John:
It’s time to get ready...
So, it’s not time yet to say “Christ is born – glorify Him!” At least, it’s “sort of” not time...
In fact, we’ve already been hearing and chanting the Katavasias of Christmas during Orthros for a few weeks, which means we have been saying “Christ is born – glorify Him!” – liturgically, at any rate. Here’s what I mean...
Christ is born; glorify Him! * Christ is come from heaven; go and meet Him. *
Christ is on earth; arise to Him. * Sing to the Lord, all you who dwell on the earth; *
And in merry spirits, O you peoples, praise His birth. * For He is glorified. (Ode I)
Jesse's root produced a branch, O Christ, * and You its flower blossomed forth, *
from the Virgin who by Habakkuk prophetically once was called * overshadowed, dense mountain. *
From her who knew not man You came incarnate, * the immaterial God. *
Glory to Your power, O Lord. (Ode IV)
Savor the anticipation, then, as we prepare ourselves for Christ’s Nativity – when, instead of the “Christ is risen! Truly, He is risen!” greeting of Pascha, we’ll greet one another with “Christ is born – glorify Him!”
Special Prayer Requests: We pray for mercy, life, peace, and healing for Mike Chelikas, Irene Hastalis, Jim Manos (please visit at Moultrie Creek Nursing & Rehab Center), Chresanthe Lemieux, Jane Anderson, Betty & Fred Day, Despina Xynidis, George P. Nichols, and for their families; for continued growth of the parish family and for those The Lord receives, serves, and sends through Her lifesaving ministry, especially our two missionary families: Dn. Stephanos, Dka. Alexandria & Moses Ritsi serving Albania; and Michael Lisa & Liam Colburn serving translators worldwide.
Thank You Volunteers: Thank you to all Parish Members, Families, Volunteers who made possible the preparations and offered ready hands and hearts to host Saturday’s events: The 2018 Christmas Parade and our parish's hosting of the 2nd Annual Convention Luncheon of the Archdiocesan Hellenic Educators. Well done, everyone!
Missing Pageant Costumes: We are missing angel wings, halos, and animal costumes, especial the head pieces needed for next week’s Nativity Pageant. If you have knowledge of where they went, please contact Lisa Colburn.
Call and Notify the Church in Times of Need:When challenging times come upon us and especially in times of illness, hospitalization, emergency, and need for intercession, be sure to call and notify Father John through the Church Office. Please e-mail prayer requests and updates to email@example.com. Enter into your phones the 24-hour emergency number on the Church voicemail: (602) 617-2467.
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.
Hostess Schedule:Carman Gaetanos (904) 540-0367 or firstname.lastname@example.org
A 40-day memorial is being offered today for Micah Lekas, nephew of Faye (Lekas) Peterson and Nick Lekas. Koliva offered by the Peterson family.
Parish Council Announcements:
We encourage all to offer as generously as we are able in support of the Church and Her ministries. Together, we ensure the care, administration, and open doors to all who seek Her comfort. Combined with our prayerful presence and involvement, our weekly offerings continue making possible the vitality and sustainability of our parish. The collection basket is in the Narthex on your way to join in fellowship.
Our current Mortgage Balance is UNDER a Million! Specifically, it's $988,892.28. This really is a moment to celebrate, cherish, & reflect on in the history of this beautiful Parish. God Bless Our Hands! Nicola Lykam, Parish Treasurer
"Stewards of the Faith"
"All things are possible to the one who believes in Christ"
If you have not received a 2019 Stewardship commitment card, please contact the church office.
We are nearing the $121,330 pledged amount for this year. Your commitment sustains both our spiritual and practical needs. Thank you for sharing your blessings with this parish!
2018 Parish Christmas Card:
Until December 9th – which means, today is the last day – the Philoptochos is taking orders for the 2018 parish Christmas card. The cost is still $15. A sample of the card is available at the order table. Please print your name and address on the order form and make out checks to Holy Trinity (memo Christmas card). You may also pick up an order form and return it by mail, but your order must be received by December 6th.
Sunday, December 16th Philoptochos Christmas Brunch:
Following the Nativity Pageant, the Philoptochos will host a special Christmas brunch (Lenten) and present gifts to the children. New this year will be a Christmas cookie table and a silent auction of Christmas gift baskets. A donation of $5 is suggested, free for children under 5 years of age. Proceeds will go to Outreach for support of its Christmas ministry.
Sunday School News:
Donations for AOMH Pantry:
One of the charities supported by our Philoptochos is the Alpha Omega Miracle Home, which "provides housing, counseling and education for the new faces of homelessness - single mothers, their children and senior women" . (AOMH.org)
These young mothers are offered an opportunity to work toward independence by improving their education and job skills. A pantry is available to assist them with meal times. On Sunday, December 16, there will be a bin in the church hall for your donations of items for their pantry.
Sometimes all it takes is a simple act of caring to make a difference.
Fresh Vegetables: We have some fresh produce left from a recent Hellenic Educators luncheon. Included are eggplant, zucchini, potatoes, tomatoes and herbs. They will be available this Sunday. There is no charge, though a donation to the church is always welcome.
There are also two trays of tiropita ($25) and some white wine ($6).
Bulletin Submission:Please submit your articles weekly by Wednesday, or at the latest, Thursday. Please note that all submissions will be reviewed and edited by Father John.