“Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving. See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of this world, and not according to Christ."
Col. 2: 6-7
It Takes Boldness to live Christianity
“Ascesis begins in the heart: in obediently reorienting the heart towards the Kingdom, in understanding its enemies and the passions that lay buried within it, and coming to combat and defeat them by Christ's power. The Christian engages in this action, not as a selfish pursuit aimed solely at the benefit of his own person, but because he knows that it is in the genuine ascesis of the heart that authentic Christian mission has its true foundation. Without it, he scrambles to aid a broken world while broken himself; he tries to offer healing of an ailment of which he suffers most of all. He can only be truly of aid, of genuine witness, when he learns to cry out to Christ, 'Thou hast come into the world to save sinners, of whom I am first,' and from that cry works to live a sober, serious, authentic Christian life of struggle and growth. This realization of the ascetical nature of Christian mission serves a twofold purpose in our lives.
Firstly, it reminds us that to fulfill the call to mission – which is the call of every Christian: none is exempt – we must take serious stock of our struggle and our lives, and work to better what is wanting. But secondly, it serves to remind us that it it precisely in our serious attentiveness to this struggle and its right contours, that we have the power to speak to the world the true message of Christ, of the Spirit, of the Father.
To live out Christian mission in the world requires of us a renewed boldness. It takes boldness to live authentically the Life in Christ in a world that not so much combats as ridicules it. It takes boldness to think, speak, act, and orient one's whole life towards a Kingdom, the very existence of which may be questioned by those around us. It takes boldness to acknowledge the reality of the demons and demonic power in a world where this will likely cause one to be branded simple, naïve, even crazy. It takes boldness to speak of the passions, especially in a world that more and more challenges definitions of 'wrong' activities, negative impulses of the heart, etc. It takes boldness to seek obedience and proclaim its virtues in a world that understands it in debased terms.
Yet the moment we cease to live and proclaim these things we cease to have any real potential as missionaries of the risen Christ. We become as salt that has lost its flavor (cf. Mat. 5:13). We become evangelists without the evangelion; apostles with nothing to proclaim. And so the world, not to its discredit but to ours, takes the message we preach as but another philosophy, another option in a wide ranging selection of belief systems. We dilute our witness, and so the world receives a diluted vision of the Faith that does not heal or satisfy, rather than the pure drink of which Christ says, Whoever drinks of the water I shall give him will never thirst again (Jn. 4:14). Let this be, for us, a great call to action.
Let us heed the warning given to St. John in his vision of the Apocalypse: I would that thou were hot or cold; but since thou art lukewarm, … I will spit thee out of My mouth (Rev. 3:15,16). We must rise up in genuine witness to the Life in Christ in all its authenticity – whatever the world may think of this; for by it, the world can be healed. It can be transformed, for this is what the Lord wills. Let us learn to live this life without adulteration, in its full scope, and bear witness in the world of this full life.”
The Beginnings of a Life of Prayer.
Set Service Schedule:
- Every Saturday, Great Vespers 5:30 pm.
- Every Sunday, Hours at 9:10 am & Divine Liturgy at 9:30 am.
+ An Akathist is served at 6:30 am every Tuesday.
+ Matins is served at 6 am, every Wednesday & Friday.
Bible Study / Orthodox Education: Resumes Wednesday, September 11th
Upcoming Major & Great Feasts: Nativity of the Theotokos, Sunday the 8th, Exaltation of the Cross, Saturday the 14th.
Women's group: Women's Retreat at Holy Protection Monastery, Saturday the 21st.
“Remain true to Christ, then His grace will not let you lose your way in the darkness of the temptations of today”
Met. Onuphry of Ukraine
During the summer time, please remember that modesty in dress is always the standard in church.
Orthodox Education / Bible Study will resume on Wednesday the 11th of this month at 6:30 pm.
Women's retreat will be on Saturday, September 21st, at Holy Protection Monastery. Look for a sign-up sheet in the fellowship hall with details.
Men's retreat dates are Thursday, Oct. 31st – Saturday, Nov. 2nd at Archangel Michael's in NM.
On Saturday, Oct. 19th we will have the Fall church grounds clean-up. Please come and tend to your church grounds! Lunch will be provided.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS: our 116th Parish Feast Day is Friday, November, 8th. Make plans to be there!
Orthodox Education / Bible Study will resume in September.
A church cleaning list is now in the Narthex, please consider signing up to clean the Church nave for a month.
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!