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Church Bulletin: August 19, 2012

posted Aug 19, 2012, 8:05 PM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church

August 19, 2012- Sunday after the Dormition

This Week's Services and Events

        Aug 21, Tuesday

             + Third Hour prayers, 9AM

             + Parish Council meeting, 7PM

        Aug 22, Wednesday

             + Akathist, 7PM

        Aug 24, Friday

             + Matins, 8:30AM

        Aug 25, Saturday
             + 9th Hour/Vespers, 6PM

        Aug 26, 12th Sunday After Pentecost
             + Matins, 8:45AM

             + Divine Liturgy, 10AM followed by coffee hour

Upcoming Events and Announcements 

"Children of Abraham" Interfaith Discussion-

       On Sunday, August 26 at 2PM, Fr. Ignatius will participate in an interfaith discussion (Jewish, Christian, Muslim) on the subject of fasting.  This discussion is part of an ongoing series of interfaith discussions known as the Children of Abraham.  The dialogue will be held in Hickock Hall at Coe College (1220 First Ave. NE, Cedar Rapids).

Prayers and Anointing for All Students-

       On Sunday, August 26, following liturgy, all students (ages 0-99) will be invited to come forward to be prayed for, anointed and blessed at the beginning of the academic year.

Oil and Wine Donations Accepted-

       We use a lot of olive oil (regular, not "extra-virgin" or "light") in our vigil lamps that burn on the altar and before the icons.  The church will always gladly accept donations of oil.  We are also accepting donations to purchase a case of wine.  We use Mavrodaphne of Patras, a sweet red Greek wine.  If you have any questions or would like to know specifically how to donate, talk with Todd Wiblin of Fr. Ignatius.

Benefit the Church When You Go Out to Eat-

       The Hamburg Inn restaurant in Iowa City has a program whereby they donate 10%, a tithe, of your purchases to the church of your choice.  In order for St. Raphael Church to benefit, just remember to bring in a copy of the printed bulletin from a recent Sunday (they are on the small round tables at the back of the church nave on Sundays during Liturgy) and give it to the staff when you pay your bill.  Ten percent of your meal cost will then be donated to St. Raphael.  For more information on this, go to: http://hamburginn.com/~hamburg/hamburg-tithe  If anyone is aware of similar programs offered by other local businesses, please let Fr. Ignatius know.

Sunday School Beginning Soon-

       We plan to have a kick-off celebration for our Sunday School program from 1PM-4PM on Saturday, September 8.  Sunday School for students pre-K through high school will begin after Liturgy on Sunday, September 9.  Alli Rockwell has begun to distribute enrollment forms.  Please contact her if you have not received one yet.  The Sunday School program is in need of more helpers.  Please consider lending your time to make our Sunday School program even better than it was last year.  Speak with Lori Branch if you are interested in helping.

"Mysteries of the Jesus Prayer" Film Showing-

       St. Raphael Church is sponsoring a free public showing of the 114 minute documentary film "Mysteries of the Jesus Prayer" at the Iowa City Public Library, Meeting Room A, at 7PM on Tuesday, September 25.  The filmakers take their viewers to the Middle East, the Mediterranean area and Eastern Europe, introducing viewers to hermits, monks, nuns and clergymen as they seek to find out how and why the Jesus Prayer has been a mainstay of Orthodox spirituality for hundreds of years.  Fr. Ignatius will introduce the film and facilitate a brief discussion afterward.  Plan to come and bring some friends!

Evangelism Bible Verse-

       This week's verse:  "For the Son of Man came to seek and to save that which was lost." (Luke 19:20)

Daily Scripture Readings for the Week-

       Following are the readings for this week:

              Aug 19- Ezekiel 40:24-41:26; Psalms 140; Proverbs 30:6-10; Revelation 11

              Aug 20- Ezekiel 42-43; Psalms 141; Proverbs 30:11-15; Revelation 12

              Aug 21- Ezekiel 44-46; Psalms 142; Proverbs 30:16-21; Revelation 13

              Aug 22- Ezekiel 47-48; Psalms 142; Proverbs 30:22-25; Revelation 14

              Aug 23- Daniel(Susanna 1)- Daniel 1:21; Psalms 144:1-9; Proverbs 30:26-30; Revelation 15:1-16:7

              Aug 24- Daniel 2:1-3:24; Psalms 144:10-21; Proverbs 30:31-35; Revelation 16:8-21

              Aug 25- Daniel 3:25-66; Psalms 145; Proverbs 31:1-5; Revelation 17

              Aug 26- Daniel 3:67-4:18; Psalms 146; Proverbs31:6-9; Revelation 18

Do You Have a Prayer Request?
       Please give it to Fr. Ignatius and he will distribute it by email to all those on the Prayer Chain.  If you wish to join the Prayer Chain, please let Fr. Ignatius know.

Coffee Hour-
      On Sunday August 26, the food for coffee hour will be provided by the St. John the Baptist team.

Choir Leadership-

       During the weekend of August 25-26, Tania Van Dinter will lead the choir.
Church Cleaning-
       During the week following Sunday Aug 19, the cleaning of the nave, narthex, bookstore/library, stairs, nursery and bathrooms will be provided by the St. Raphael team.
Food for Thought-

Who has considered that until her coming

the manifold heaven was incomplete?

The resurrected one had taken his place,

but next to him, throughout four and twenty years,

the seat was empty.  And already they began

to grow accustomed to the clean gap that was

as if healed over, for with his beautiful

overspreading shine the Son filled it.


So even she, entering the heavens, went

not towards him, much as she longed to.  There was

no room there, only He was there, resplendent

with radiance that hurt her.

Yet as she now, that moving figure,

joined the newly blessed and took her place,

inconspicuous, light to light,

there broke out of her being a withheld store

of such glory, that the angel lightened up

by her cried out dazzled: Who is she?

Amazement reigned.  Then they all saw how

above God the Father withheld our Lord

so that, with mild twilight playing around it,

the empty place showed like a bit of sorrow,

a trace of loneliness, like something

he was still enduring, a residue

of earthly time, a dried up canker-.

They looked towards her: she was watching anxiously,

leaning far out, as though she felt: I am

his longest pain-: and suddenly plunged forward.

But the angels took her to themselves

and supported her and sang beatifically

and carried her the last stretch aloft.

Ranier Maria Rilke "Of the Death of Mary" translated by M.D. Herter Norton as quoted by Fr. David Smith in "Mary, Worthy of All Praise" pp. 111-112.