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The Myrrh Bearers are our example of service.  Would that we all could see to our work with the same humility and diligence shown by Sts. Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus and the holy women.  They had all loved, lived with and heard the Lord, but the work they did was the reverent and dutiful following of custom.  They saw to His taking down and provision for His burial.  They did not anticipate the Resurrection.

The women showed the least fear and hesitancy in their attendance to these duties.  They did not know what the soldiers and guards would do, neither did they know how they were going to open the tomb.  The women were rewarded for their diligence by being the first to know of the Resurrection and being the first to encounter the risen Lord.  We do not know what exactly will be the result of our own humility and diligence.  But unlike those myrrh bearers, we know of the Resurrection in advance.  We do know that we strive for salvation and we need that striving and the greater knowledge of the goal into every department of life.  God give us the ability to clear our eyes to see the goal and press toward it, no matter the obstacles.


The 9th Sunday after Pentecost – Holy Glorious Prophet Elijah – August 2nd, 2015

The Holy Prophet Elijah fought with all the gifts that God gave him against the pernicious idolatry that overwhelmed the northern kingdom of Israel.  We in our own time face a like resurgence of aggressive fighting against God.  We can read and hear all about it in the news.  Like Elijah’s disciple Elisha at the Jordan River, we need to desperately call upon this same God, our Lord and God, to show us how to navigate these troubled waters.  We need Elijah’s courage.  We need his faith more than ever.  God grant us these things.  “Where is the Lord God of Elijah?”  He is within our hearing and we must call upon him.

Chapel News Yesterday’s workday, the second one this year, went a long way toward fulfilling our required in-kind contribution for our historic grant.  The weather was lovely and much was accomplished.  Great fellowship among the workers may have been the most important thing.  Believe me, we miss out if we don’t take advantage of this. 

Federal Masonry Restoration, a notable and knowledgeable firm that works in historic restorations, will soon start work to restore the outside of the building.

Please keep up your prayers for this work, and be a part of it as much as you can.

A Prayer Service and Akathist to the Mother of God healer of cancer will be held this Tuesday evening at 7 PM to pray for the sick.  The catalyst for this is the reemergence of Lynn Hume’s leukemia.  Please join with us and our warden John to pray for her and for others in infirmity.

Sunday School Planning and Preparation – Next Sunday, August 9th, after Divine Liturgy, we will meet to make plans for our next Sunday School year.  If you have been a part of this or are interested in being a part, please attend this session.  “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”  (Proverbs 22:6)

Our Current Financial Need – Because of a fall off in pledging through departures and changes in employment, we are in need of $6,000 to enable us to meet our obligations in the short term.  If you are behind in your pledge, now is the time to rectify that.  If you regularly attend and are an Orthodox Christian, yet have not become a member and made a pledge, there is no better time than now to do that.  If you have the ability to increase your pledge, or to make a special gift to fill our need, now is the time to do that.  Holy Apostles ministry sustains us in soul and spirit.  Holy Apostles now needs to be sustained financially.  Pray about this, consider Holy Apostles’ place in our lives, in the life of the community of believers, here and in many places, and its place in bringing the Light of the world to a world sorely in need of it.  God be thanked for those of us who have so far responded to this need.

Loaves and Fishes is the name of our ever-ongoing fundraising effort.  Fundraising is an essential part of our budget as well as a good way to acquaint people with our ongoing life.   Please give our Treasurer and keeper of the list, Mariya Petrenko, names and addresses of those you know that would appreciate knowing about us and who might contribute to the loaves and fishes.  We are getting ready for a mailing soon, so please help with this.

Orthodox Christians! – Make a Financial Pledge and Become a Member of Holy Apostles Orthodox ChurchPlease take a membership form from the tract rack in the back and make a pledge of financial support.  The tithe, or 10% of income, is the Biblical foundation of giving and is recommended.  This benefits both the parish and the giver.  Benefactors are prayed for at every service.  The experience of those who give to the church shows that God indeed loves a cheerful giver, even in material ways.  The leap of Faith must be made.

Timeliness, the Key to the Treasure House – While the kingdom of God that we all seek is timeless, outside of time, we nonetheless live and worship in time.  We thus worship at certain times.  Our services are packed with spiritual riches. Therefore, to get all that God has for us in them, we should be at them, on time.  Things can unavoidably impede, but among those things should not be our lack of attention to time.  God bless us with everything that is here for us and for us with each other, at the times set for us.  “Behold, now is the accepted time.”

Vigils are Vital  – Central to our Russian tradition is the Vigil service the evening before Divine Liturgy.  Vigils are a primary source of our Faith and Tradition.  After the Divine Liturgy, the Vigil is the important time for corporate prayer.  Vigil is also a standard time for the mystery of repentance and confession.  The vigil is analogous to the “pillar of fire” to guide us through the night of this life.

Father Moses Berry long-time friend and pastor of the parish dedicated to the Mother of God, Joy of All who Sorrow in Ashgrove, Missouri, needs a kidney transplant.  Please keep him, Matushka Magdalena and family in your prayers.

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