St. Stephen the First Martyr Orthodox Church

A growing community of Orthodox Christians

The Witness 6/13-21


*All services are currently limited to 25 people, must be signed up for ahead of time at the following link:

Saturday, Sunday and Festal Services are live streamed at:

Saturday, June 13, 6:30pm Vespers

Sunday, June 14, 10am Divine Liturgy (Hours Begin at 9:40am)

Saturday, June 20, 6:30pm Vespers

Sunday, June 21, 10am Divine Liturgy (Hours Begin at 9:40am)

Additional Liturgies offered on Tuesday 10am and Thursday 7am with a Limit of 10

Please check the sign up sheet above for availability of spaces.


Prayers for Healing and Protection in the Time of Coronavirus Fr. Joel is offering morning prayers (Moleben in Time of Epidemic) a Scripture reading and Reflection Monday through Friday at 9am (note new time) at the Facebook Live Stream.

Canon for Racial Reconciliation on Wednesday evenings 6:30pm through June a prayer service developed by the Fellowship of St. Moses the Black will be offered and livestreamed. Sign up to attend.

Pams Promise Appeal Below is a list of items needed by Pam’s Promise. Fr. Joel will do a pick up on Sunday afternoon shortly following Liturgy. Please just let him know if you have items to donate, place items on your porch or somewhere else easy to pick up and he will get them and take them to Pam's Promise.

Birthdays: 6/17 Mallory Stripling

Name’s Days: 6/14 Elisha McCulloh (Prophet Elisha)

The items needed for Pam’s Promise are:

- groceries (some are currently unable to work)

- spray bottles

- bleach

- first aid kits

- hand lotion

- gloves

- toilet paper

- paper towels

- any cleaning supplies

- grocery/gift cards

Matthew 10:32-33, 37-38, 19:27-30 (Gospel)

Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven. But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven. He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. Then Peter answered and said to Him, “See, we have left all and followed You. Therefore what shall we have?” So Jesus said to them, “Assuredly I say to you, that in the regeneration, when the Son of Man sits on the throne of His glory, you who have followed Me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands, for My name’s sake, shall receive a hundredfold, and inherit eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and the last first.

Hebrews 11:33-12:2 (Epistle)

who through faith subdued kingdoms, worked righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, became valiant in battle, turned to flight the armies of the aliens. Women received their dead raised to life again. Others were tortured, not accepting deliverance, that they might obtain a better resurrection. Still others had trial of mockings and scourgings, yes, and of chains and imprisonment They were stoned, they were sawn in two, were tempted, were slain with the sword. They wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins, being destitute, afflicted, tormented – of whom the world was not worthy. They wandered in deserts and mountains, in dens and caves of the earth. And all these, having obtained a good testimony through faith, did not receive the promise, God having provided something better for us, that they should not be made perfect apart from us. Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Tone 8 Troparion (Resurrection)

You descended from on high, O Merciful One!

You accepted the three day burial

to free us from our sufferings!//

O Lord, our Life and Resurrection, glory to You!

Tone 4 Troparion (from the Pentecostarion)

As with fine porphyry and royal purple,

Your Church has been adorned with Your martyr’s blood shed through-

out all the world.

She cries to You, O Christ God:

“Send down Your bounties on Your people,//

grant peace to Your habitation and great mercy to our souls!”

Tone 8 Kontakion (from the Pentecostarion)

The universe offers You the God-bearing Martyrs

as the first fruits of creation, O Lord and Creator.

By their prayers keep Your Church, Your habitation, in abiding peace//

through the Theotokos, O most Merciful One!