St. Stephen the First Martyr Orthodox Church

A growing community of Orthodox Christians

The Witness 7/5-7/12

SERVICES AND EVENTS

Public Services are restricted to 25 people. Please sign up at https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1cJmR5P9Zo5UwH1x5IgFeKgBR2hR5qBJOQoQgRzrjIYA/edit#gid=0  

Saturday, Sunday and Festal Services are live streamed at: https://www.facebook.com/watch/701587893273620/

Saturday, July 4, 6:30pm Vespers (Livestream Only)

Sunday, July 5, 10am Divine Liturgy

Tuesday, July 7, 7am Divine Liturgy

Thursday, July 9, 10am Divine Liturgy

Saturday, July 11, 6:30pm Vespers

Sunday, July 12, 10am Divine Liturgy

ANNOUNCEMENTS

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.

Fr. Joel on Retreat July 13-20. No weekday services, Sunday schedule tba.

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.

Anniversaries: Josh and Robin Fowler (7/9) Doug and Debra Wolf (7/11)

Names Days: Cillian Wilson (7/8 Martyr Cillian)

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 8:5-13 (Gospel)

Now when Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to Him, pleading with Him, saying, “Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, dreadfully tormented.”

And Jesus said to him, “I will come and heal him.” The centurion answered and said, “Lord, I am not worthy that You should come under my roof. But only speak a word, and my servant will be healed. For I also am a man under authority, having soldiers under me. And I say to this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes; and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” When Jesus heard it, He marveled, and said to those who followed, “Assuredly, I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel! And I say to you that many will come from east and west, and sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven. But the sons of the kingdom will be cast out into outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go your way; and as you have believed, so let it be done for you.” And his servant was healed that same hour.

Romans 6:18-23 (Epistle)

And having been set free from sin, you became slaves of righteousness. I speak in human terms because of the weakness of your flesh. For just as you presented your members as slaves of uncleanness, and of lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves of righteousness for holiness. For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. What fruit did you have then in the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death. But now having been set free from sin, and having become slaves of God, you have your fruit to holiness, and the end, everlasting life. For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

(at the Divine Liturgy)

Tone 3 Troparion (Resurrection)

Let the heavens rejoice!

Let the earth be glad!

For the Lord has shown strength with His arm.

He has trampled down death by death.

He has become the first born of the dead.

He has delivered us from the depths of hell,

and has granted to the world//

great mercy.

Tone 8 Troparion (Ven. Sergius)

From your youth you received Christ into your soul, O ven’rable one,

and above all desired to leave behind the turmoil of the world.

You courageously settled in the wilderness, where you raised children

in obedience, the fruits of humility.

Thus, as an abode of the Trinity, you enlightened all who approached

in faith and granted healing to all.//

O our Father Sergius, pray to Christ God that our souls may be saved!

Tone 3 Kontakion (Resurrection)

On this day You rose from the tomb, O Merciful One,

leading us from the gates of death.

On this day Adam exults as Eve rejoices;

with the Prophets and Patriarchs//

they unceasingly praise the divine majesty of Your power.

Tone 8 Kontakion (Ven. Sergius)

Having risen from the earth today and shining like the sun,

your precious and incorrupt relics are as fragrant flowers, scented with miracles,

granting healing to all the faithful, and making glad your flock

which you wisely gathered and tended.

Now as you stand before the throne of the Trinity, entreat God’s

help and grace for them and for all Orthodox Christians,so that we may sing: “Rejoice, O divinely-wise Sergius!”