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The Messenger   ~   July 2017
“Do all things without grumbling or questioning, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast to the word of life..”
Philippians 2:14-16

Renewal in Christ

Jean-Claude Larchet

“The restoration and deification of human nature accomplished in the hypostasis of Christ remains potential for the human hypostases unless and until they are incorporated and united in Him. This incorporation and uniting are accomplished within the Church – which is the Body of Christ – by the grace of the Holy Spirit communicated in the sacraments. It is necessary, nevertheless, that man collaborate in this transformation of himself by grace. He must work (cf. Phil. 2:12) to appropriate it; he must open himself to it and assimilate himself to it by constant effort.

Through baptism he puts off the 'old man' (Eph 4:22) and puts on Christ (Gal 3:27). Thereby he becomes the 'new man' – but only potentially. He needs to actualize this transformation in himself from his fallen nature to a restored and deified nature. This can only occur by virtue of a process of growth which presupposes first a constant renunciation of the fallen state of human nature, an ongoing struggle against temptations and self purification, and second, acquisition of a renewed nature in Christ by practicing the commandments. Through this long and difficult process (cf. Mat 7:14; 11:12), one falls again and again, and no one can claim to be without sin (cf. 1 Jn 1:8-10; Rom 3:10-12)

Besides, many people simply refuse, through a deliberate exercise of will, to accept the salvation offered by Christ, and preserve consciously in their choice of evil.

Because sin perpetuates itself in the world, its consequences continue to affect human nature and the cosmos as a whole.

It is true that Christ has eliminated the necessity of sin, has put an end to the devil's tyranny, and has removed the sting of death. But He has not ended sin, nor the actions of the demons, nor physical death, nor in general the consequence of sin, for Hi did not want to violate the freedom of the human will which is the cause of these things.

It is only at the end of time and according to the Father's will (cf. Acts 1:7; Mat 24:36) that the restoration of all things will take place and there will appear 'a new heaven and a new earth, in which the righteousness dwells (2 Pet 3:13). Then the order and harmony destroyed by sin will be restored and the benefits acquired by Christ in His work of redeeming and deifying our human nature will be fully communicated to all.

The person who dwells in Christ within the Church, where the fullness of grace is to be found, receives the 'first-fruits of the Spirit,' and tasted of the blessings to come. Sin, the devil, death and corruption no longer hold power over that person and can no longer affect him in any definitive way. The person has been spiritually freed from them.

Nevertheless, the incorruptibility and immortality of which he is assured, and which in a certain way he has already attained, only becomes reality to his bodily existence after the Resurrection and Last Judgment, just as the deification of his whole being will only be fully accomplished at that ultimate moment (cf. 1 Cor 15:28).”

Set Service Schedule: 
- Every Saturday, Great Vespers 5:30 pm.
- Every Sunday, Hours at 9:10 am & Divine Liturgy at 9:30 am.
​   Summer Service Hours- 
+ An Akathist is served every Tuesday at 7 am.
+ Matins is served at 6:30 am, every Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday.
+ Vespers is served at 5:30 pm every Wednesday.

Coffee fellowship: Not meeting in July
Bible Study: on a break
Upcoming Major & Great Feasts: : Procession of the Life-Giving Cross: , Tuesday, August : 1st.  See calendar for service times.
Women's groups: Not meeting in July

"(In the Last Times) the search for compromise will be the characteristic disposition of men. Straight-forwardness of confession will disappear. Men will cleverly justify their fall, and gracious evil will support such a general disposition. There will be the habit of apostasy from truth and the sweetness of compromise and sin in men."
St. John Maximovich

Parish notes

Fr. Zechariah has a new blog: inklesspen.blog

Fr. Thomas (of St. John's) will be serving a week of Div. Liturgies (in commemoration of his ordination) at St. John's the week of Monday the 3rd – Friday the 7th. You will notice that services at our church are a bit lighter that week, this is so that you may take the opportunity to support Fr. Thomas in his endeavor. Matins (orthros) begins at 7 am; Div. Liturgy at 8 am (all week).

Father will be gone at the Rocky Mountain Orthodox Youth Camp the week of the 24th - 28th of this month. No services this week.

Please Note: No Vespers will be served on Wednesday evening the 12th; No Matins will be served on the Friday mornings of July 21st and August 4th. 

New Policy for Church Grounds: effective immediately, the Church Calendar regulations regarding work on Holy Days will be observed on the Church grounds. No work, other than what is clearly necessary for Feast Day preparations, will or should be done on the Church grounds. This includes all 12 Great Feasts and Holy Week together with Pascha. Thank you!

Confession is an integral part of true Christian living. An Orthodox Christian who is regularly partaking of Holy Communion needs, for the health of their soul, to be partaking of Holy Confession at least on a monthly basis. This practice of true Christian living should be respected and practiced by all responsible members of the Church who are approaching the Chalice frequently. 

Library note: if you have had a library book for awhile please remember to return it. Remember the library is a honor system.

A note on Prosphora bread: Prosphora is blessed bread partaken of after Holy Communion and at the conclusion of the Div. Liturgy. Please be mindful of crumbs, it is important to instruct children to eat it with reverence. If you share with a member of the congregation who has not partaken of Holy Communion, please only give one or two pieces. If you notice a number of crumbs on the floor please pick them up and deposit them outside. Prosphora should never be thrown in the trash.

Parents: please make sure that your children do not go to the restroom unattended. This is for the greater safety of our community and children.

Another reminder: Generally speaking there should be no unnecessary moving about during the Div. Liturgy; specifically during the reading of the Gospel, the Anaphora, and the Our Father all moving about should cease, unless it is an emergency. Parents are encouraged to help their children focus during these times.

Diapers and wipes: we are partnering with a Caring Pregnancy Center through supplying diapers and wipes. Please bring donations to the church. This is an ongoing ministry. A Caring Pregnancy Center helps woman make an informed choice for life. Protecting life at every stage is the job of every Christian.

Coffee Hour: Please be mindful which group you belong to and please be diligent in bringing food. This is in fact a ministry. It is the listed group's responsibility to make sure the coffee is made, please communicate with your group members as to who will do this. Thank you for all your hard work!


Archangel Michael Orthodox Church Newsletter and Calendar
Set Weekend Service Schedule: 
Every Sat/ Great Vespers 5:30pm 
Sun/ Hours 9:10 & Divine Liturgy 9:30am
For other service times please see the calendar

See the calendar below to view our monthly calendar; it includes weekday services, Bible studies, fellowships and more!