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Church Bulletin: June 22, 2014

posted Jun 22, 2014, 5:00 PM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church
June 22, 2014- Sunday of All Saints of North America
This Week's Services and Events

June 25, Wednesday
        + Akathist, 7PM

June 28, Saturday
          + 9th Hour/Great Vespers, 6PM
June 29, 3rd Sunday after Pentecost and Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul
        + Matins, 8:45AM
        + Divine Liturgy, 10AM, followed by coffee hour
Upcoming Events and Announcements  

Please Welcome Fr. Maximos Herman Next Sunday-
       Fr. Ignatius will be out of town next weekend.  Fr. Maximos Herman from St. John the Wonderworker Mission in Des Moines will serve matins and Liturgy on Sunday, June 29.  Please welcome him.

Fr. Ignatius Will Be Travelling-
       Fr. Ignatius will be out of town June 25-29, attending the annual Midwest Diocese Parish Life Conference, in Fort Wayne, IN.  He is available at 319-400-7522 during this time.  There will be no matins or office hours on Friday, June 27.

Apostles' Fast-
       In honor of the Apostles, who fasted and prayed when they were preparing to go forth to all the nations to carry the message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, we enter into the Apostles' Fast.  This fast begins on June 16 and ends on June 28.

A Proposition for Evangelism, by Fr. Jonathan Tobias-
       "Real conversion to real Christianity starts with the awareness that God is not only real, but He is Love (and thus Trinitarian), and entrance into His communion.

And as He is Love, His culture is Peace.

Thus, His Church must be peace, and the ways of evangelism can only be that: transcendently peaceful and beautiful.

So, the felt and experienced culture of the Church will be different, necessarily, from the surrounding dominant culture of violence and domination. The Church really does not need to worry so much about other religions as it needs to be concerned about the opposite of its own Christological culture. After the Resurrection, the other gods are only constructs.

Simply put, when St Paul said to "come out from amongst them," he is calling the Church to exchange the values of the dark world for the values of the fellowship of the Light:

Competition is exchanged for Cooperation.

Conquest is exchanged for Compassion.

Celebrity is exchanged for Humility and Meekness.

Rulership is exchanged for Servanthood.

Demand is exchanged for Generosity.

Anger is exchanged for Reconciliation.

Materialism is exchanged for Sacrament.

Anger is exchanged for Reconciliation.

Solipsism and Soliloquy are exchanged for Prayer.

Isolation is exchanged for Solitude (thanks, Henri Nouwen).

Conformity is exchanged for Fellowship and Personhood.

Acquisition is exchanged for Simplicity.

Self-Pity is exchanged for Repentance and Meekness.

Lust is exchanged for Friendship.

Self-Orientation is exchanged for Worship and Taxis*.

Violence and Power are exchanged for Peace.

Finally, and ethically speaking, evangelism is only for neighbors. It is not to be directed to anyone else. But just who is my neighbor? Ah, there's the rub.

Do this, and God will give your Church (whether local or diocesan or ecumenical) all your neighbors who want to know Him, and accept His love. Don't do this, and all the PR campaigns and media slots will devolve into shadow and dry dust, shaken off the sandals."

* Taxis, from the Greek, an innate, behavioral response

Parish-wide Potluck Next Sunday-
       Since June 29 is the fifth Sunday of the month, we will have a parish-wide potluck following Liturgy.  Please plan to bring some food or drink to share.  There will be no fasting restrictions on that day.

Nutrition Class with Dr. Julia Buchkina-
       This summer, St. Raphael member Dr. Julia Buchkina is offering a four part class series on nutrition.  Dates are on Saturdays- July 12, July 19, August 2, and August 30.  Topics will be:  Food, Inc. documentary viewing and discussion; Nutrition for Chronic Disease Management; Practical Cooking Skills Workshop; Understanding Your Numbers.  All classes will be from 3:30PM-5:30PM.

Prayers Requested for Antiochian Unity Conference-
        To read the psoting regarding the upcoming Antiochian Unity Conference in Lebanon, go to: http://antiochian.org/archdiocese-delegation-antiochian-unity-conference-lebanon

Thoughts on Stewardship and Giving-      
        "He has delivered us from the dominion of darkness and transformed us to the kingdom of his beloved Son." (Colossians 1:13)

Next Sunday's Gospel Reading-

       St. John Chrysostom urges Christians to preview the upcoming Sunday Gospel reading so that it may be fresh in your minds when you hear it next
Sunday.  The reading for Sunday, June 29 is:  "At that time, when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His Disciples, “Who do men say that the Son of man is?” And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father Who is in Heaven. And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my Church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in Heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in Heaven.”  (Matthew 16:13-19)

Pray for our Catechumens-

       Please keep our catechumens: Ilya Buchkin and Rob Bergenstock in your prayers as they prepare to be sacramentally joined to the Orthodox Church.

Keep Praying for Kidnapped Orthodox Bishops in Syria-
       Since April 22, the Orthodox Metropolitan of Aleppo, Metropolitan Paul, and the Syriac Metropolitan of Aleppo, Youhanna, have been in captivity and have not heard from.  Please pray for their well being and release and also pray for their captors as well.  One priest is also missing, having been kidnapped. 

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

Choir Leadership-
       Tania Van Dinter will lead the choir on the weekend of June 28-29.

Coffee Hour-
        On Sunday June 29, the food for coffee hour  and clean-up of the fellowship hall will be provided by all who bring food to our parish-wide potluck.

Church Cleaning-
       During the week of June 22-28, the nave, narthex, bookstore, stairs, nursery and bathrooms will be cleaned by the St. Raphael team.

Food for Thought-

Master, Christ God, Who heal my passions by Your Passion, and cure my wounds by Your wounds, grant tears of tender compunction to me who have greatly sinned against You.  Unite to my body the fragrance of Your life-creating Body and by Your precious Blood sweeten my soul of the bitterness the adversary has given me to drink.  Lift my mind, drawn ever downwards, to Yourself, and lead me up from the abyss of perdition; for I have no repentance, I have no tenderheartedness, I have no comforting tears which raise children up to their inheritance.  I have darkened my mind with the passions of this life and cannot raise my eyes to You with distress, I cannot warm myself with tears of love for You; but O Lord and Master, Jesus Christ, Treasury of Blessings, grant me thorough repentance and a diligent heart to seek after You; grant me Your grace and renew in me the semblance of Your image.  I have forsaken You, do not forsake me.  Come out in search of me, lead me up to Your pastures, and number me with Your chosen flock, nourishing me with them upon the grass of Your Divine Mysteries, by the prayers of Your most holy Mother and all Your saints.  Amen.

Prayer after the Nineteenth Kathisma, from The Psalter, published by HDM Press.