Sunday Divine Liturgy 10:00am V. Rev. Father Maximos Politis, Priest
Πολλές φορές ακούμε ένα παιδάκι να λέει για τις αποφάσεις του πατέρα του: «Εγώ, μπαμπά, δεν τα καταλαβαίνω αυτά. » Το παιδάκι, με τις κουβέντες αυτές, φανερώνει ότι πραγματικά δεν τα καταλαβαίνει και ούτε έχει διάθεση να τα καταλάβει. Απλώς τα απορρίπτει. Ο πατέρας όσο βλέπει ότι το παιδάκι είναι μικρό, αντιμετωπίζει αυτή τη συμπεριφορά με ένα συγκαταβατικό χαμόγελο. Προϊούσης της ηλικίας το παιδάκι οφείλει είτε να τα καταλάβει είτε να τα δεχθεί χωρίς να τα καταλάβει.
Κάπως έτσι συμβαίνει με τον Χριστιανό. Πραγματικά, όσο αυτός είναι νήπιο εν Χριστώ, όσο ακόμα δεν έχει αποκτήσει νουν Χριστού, συμβαίνει κάποιες φορές να μη καταλαβαίνει και να μη δέχεται όσα ο Θεός επιτρέπει για τη σωτηρία του. Και τότε ο άνθρωπος υποφέρει. Μοιάζει με τον Απόστολο Παύλο, πριν την μετάνοια και μεταστροφή στον Χριστό. «Σαούλ Σαούλ, γιατί με διώκεις; Είναι πολύ σκληρό και οδυνηρό να κλωτσάς την πέτρα, του λέει ο Κύριος.» Ο Χριστιανός, όταν μπει στον ζυγό του Κυρίου πρόθυμα, με υπακοή, μοιάζει να μη τεντώνει το σχοινί με το οποίο ο Χριστός τον οδηγεί. Σε αντίθετη περίπτωση θα ματώσει και θα πονέσει. Η υπακοή στον Χριστό κάνει τον άνθρωπο να καταλάβει όσα μας διδάσκει στο κατά Ματθαίο ευαγγέλιο: Παρέτε επάνω σας τον ζυγὸν της υπακοής, και μάθετε από εμένα, ότι είμαι πράος και ταπεινός και θα βρείτε ανάπαυση στην ψυχή σας Αυτός ο ζυγός είναι εύκολος να τον σηκώσουμε, και το φορτίο είναι ελαφρύ.
Mind of Christ
Many times, we hear a child say about his father's decisions: "I, Dad, do not understand these. The child, with these conversations, shows that he really does not understand them and is not in the mood to understand them. He just rejects them. Τhe father, as long as he sees that the child is small, he treats this behavior with a condescending smile. As the child gets older, he must either understand them or accept them without understanding them.
This is somewhat the case with the Christian. Indeed, as long as he is an infant in Christ, as long as he has not yet acquired the mind of Christ, it sometimes happens that he does not understand and accept what God allows for his salvation. And then man suffers. It is like the Apostle Paul, before repentance and conversion to Christ. "Saul Saul, why are you persecuting me? "It's very hard and painful to kick the stone," the Lord tells him. The Christian, when he willingly and obediently, enters the yoke of the Lord, does not seem to stretch the rope with which Christ leads him. Otherwise, it will bleed and hurt. Obedience to Christ makes man understand what he teaches us in the Gospel of Matthew: Take upon you the yoke of obedience and learn from me that I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest in your souls. This yoke is easy to lift, and the load is light.
Special Prayer Requests:
“I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people…. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” (1 Timothy 2:1-4)
We pray for mercy, life, peace, and healing of all parishioners -prayers for the family and friends of Mikae Gaetanos. Prayers for Gary Peterson; Michael Colburn; Chris Bersu; Michael and Ingrid Fotianos; Ruza Basimamovic; Chresanthe Lemieux; Zoe Kauttu; Maryann Bolt; James Day; Margaret, James, Kyriake; Joseph, Alex Aclim; Jane Anderson; Gwen H.; and Thanos Nikolopoulos. Remember also our missionary families: Fr. Stephanos, Pr. Alexandria, Moses & Athan Ritsi serving in Albania. Congrats to Nick & Toni Lekas on their new grandson, Nathaniel Andreas Lekas born to Andreas and Elizabeth Lekas on March 9. God grant him many years! Thank you for your prayers …. We would like to thank you for your prayers, love, and support during Gary’s recent health issues. We can’t put into words how much we appreciate all of you! Our family and we have been given a tremendous blessing with Gods help, and the love and support of our family, friends, and all of our church community. God bless you all and thank you so much for everything! Your brother and sister in Christ, Gary and Fotini Peterson
"Our Church, Our Spiritual Home"
Summer plans may take us away from our day-to-day activities - especially if we plan to travel.
Remember, you don't have to be in church to be "in" church! Holy Trinity offers online services, continues with worship and hospitality, and welcomes summer guests.
Please remember how important your financial support is to the care of our parish and make arrangements to continue monthly stewardship donations during the summer months.
Thank you. Toula
OUTREACH UPDATE: ST. FRANCIS HOUSE
1. JULY 11 DINNER NEEDED: Due to covid, St. Francis House is still doing drop-off meals, which we drop off, always at 70 Washington Street front door at 5 p.m. If you would like to help prepare a meal, they accept anything and are very grateful for all donations.Please prepare for about 40 servings. If you're able to help, please let Richard know at church, 904-347-9189 or firstname.lastname@example.org. I can let the kitchen manager know, thanks.
2. Toiletry Items, Towels and Rags Needed:
St. Francis residents need the following, toiletry items, towels and rags. You can drop them off at 70 Washington Street, or bring and drop off at the church marked for St. Francis House.
3. May and June Dinners: Thank You! Thank you Michael Lekos for leading your “Feed the Homeless” project in May, which was part of his community outreach for his school! You are truly serving the work of the Lord!
"On Monday May 9, my family and I prepared, packaged, and distributed 48 meals to St. Francis House. The meals included spaghetti, meatballs, bread, and a fruit cup. I appreciate the support to help make this possible and I am looking forward to continuing serving “my neighbor” as Jesus instructed us to do."
- For June, pulled pork with buns was the dinner of the day at St Francis, many thanks to my mom, Paulexania Billeter for making this happen!
4. Future Meals: Not able to help in July? Please look to help us another day -- we help deliver dinners the 2nd Monday of every month.
- Online: Please visit us online at http://www.facebook.com/holytrinityoutreach Blessings in Christ, Richard
Philoptochos - ANNUAL SCHOOL SUPPLY AND BACKPACK DRIVE:
It is that time of year again!
School in John's County starts August 10th. Our Philoptochos chapter is having our annual school supply and backpack drive. These donated items are given to title one schools in St. John's County. Last year, our donations went to Webster and St. John's Technical schools. Our goal is to distribute our donations to the designated schools the first week of August. Please bring your donations to the church hall. We will have bins available in which to put your items. As always, we cannot do this without you so we thank you in advance.
Calling All Men and Boys (6 years and Older):
Have you noticed your head chanter, Nick Lekas, hustling between the chanters stand and the altar to help Father Maximos during a service? On occasion, it has been others in the congregation who saw the need and were moved to help. This happens because we lack altar help on a consistent basis.
The annual Holy Trinity Greek Festival is October 7-9, 2022. Our popular festival will begin with "Friday to go" with pre-orders only. Saturday and Sunday will include music, dance and on-site dining.
We need volunteers to host coffee hour. You can do it solo or share the responsibility with someone else. Please sign up at: www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0E4CA5AB2AA0FFC34-sunday, email Stefanie Burke at email@example.com; call 904/671-4566; or speak to Stefanie after church and she can sign you up. Thank you in advance for considering offering this hospitality to our parish family and guests.
[Using the SignUpGenius link: click the blue box that says SIGN UP; then the brown box at the bottom of the page that says SUBMIT AND SIGN UP - this will take you to the next screen; and click on SIGN UP NOW]
3-7 GOA Clergy-Laity Congress
18 Parish Council - 6:30pm
19 Festival meeting - 7:00pm
1-14 Dormition Fast
3 Paraklesis - 6pm
5 Paraklesis - 6pm
6 Transfiguration of Our Lord
10 Paraklesis - 6pm
12 Paraklesis - 6pm
14 Philoptochos Dormition Luncheon (after liturgy)
15 Dormition of the Theotokos
Parish Council - 6:30pm
29 Beheading of St. John the Baptist (strict fast)
Giving by Check: Please be sure to include a notation on the memo line to allows us to identify your intentions (i.e. stewardship, candles, trays, memorials, etc.).
Weekly Offering: The Lord's day is to be the time for a weekly offering for the support of His cause. Make your offering today and enable our Church to continue to enhance the spiritual growth of the Orthodox Christians entrusted to our care. Your offering can be made at the collection basket as you exit the service.
Please call (904 829-0504) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) the parish office to update your contact information. Also, if you know of anyone who doesn’t receive parish emails but would like to, please encourage them to contact the parish office with their contact information.
NOTE: Due to family matters, the Church Admin. will be out of the office on June 13,14,15 and the following week (days will be announced once the dates are firm). If anyone would like to volunteer to answer phones and greet visitors for a couple of hours and assist Fr. Maximos as needed, please contact the office. Thank you.
Weekly Photo: https://www.facebook.com/HolyTrinityGOC/photos/a.214784738566511/5587715614606703
«Δείτε τα πουλιά, ούτε σπέρνουν, ούτε θερίζουν» και.....τρώνε και την pizza τους. Στιγμιότυπο στο δρόμο
“Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap” and ….. they eat some pizza. A snapshot.
Philanthropy – Fellowship – Faith in Action We invite you to join Philoptochos & help us achieve our mission!
Honorees are Parish Members who exemplify the true Orthodox Christian way of life by their deep faith, commitment, dedication and service to the Church and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on their respective Parish level.
2022 Stewardship Pledge from
Blessed are You, O Christ our God; You made wise men of poor fishermen by sending down upon them Your Holy Spirit, and through them You caught the whole world, O Lover of mankind, glory to You.
Εύλογητός εἶ Χριστὲ ὁ Θεος ἡμῶν ὁ πανσόφους τοὺς ἁλιεῖς ἁναδείξας καταπέμψας αὐτοῖς τὸ Πνεῦμα τὸ ἅγιον καὶ δι᾽ αὐτῶν τῆν οἰκουμένην σαγηνεύσας φιλάνθρωπε δόξα Σοι
The Forty-five Martyrs of Nikopolis contested during the reign of Licinius, in the year 315. After many torments, they were burnt alive.
Prokeimenon. 3rd Tone. Psalm 46.6,1.
Sing praises to our God, sing praises.
Verse: Clap your hands, all you nations.
The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Romans 6:18-23.
Brethren, having been set free from sin, you have become slaves of righteousness. I am speaking in human terms, because of your natural limitations. For just as you once yielded your members to impurity and to greater and greater iniquity, so now yield your members to righteousness for sanctification.
When you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. But then what return did you get from the things of which you are now ashamed? The end of those things is death. But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the return you get is sanctification and its end, eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
4th Sunday of Matthew
The Reading is from Matthew 8:5-13
At that time, as Jesus entered Capernaum, a centurion came forward to him, beseeching him and saying, "Lord, my servant is lying paralyzed at home, in terrible distress." And he said to him, "I will come and heal him." But the centurion answered him, "Lord, I am not worthy to have you come under my roof; but only say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I am a man under authority, with soldiers under me; and I say to one, 'Go,' and he goes, and to another, 'Come,' and he comes, and to my slave, 'Do this,' and he does it." When Jesus heard him, he marveled, and said to those who followed him, "Truly, I say to you, not even in Israel have I found such faith. I tell you, many will come from east and west and sit at table with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven, while the sons of the kingdom will be thrown into the outer darkness; there men will weep and gnash their teeth." And to the centurion Jesus said, "Go; be it done for you as you have believed." And the servant was healed at that very moment.