The Witness

June 25-July 2

THIS WEEK @ ST. STEPHENS

SERVICE SCHEDULE

Saturday, June 24, 6:30pm Vespers

Sunday, June 25, 9:10am Hours and Liturgy

Wednesday, June 28, 6:30pm Vespers for Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul (@HT)

Thursday, June 29, 9am Liturgy for Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul

Saturday, July 1, 4pm Vespers (@HT) followed by Freedom Festival

Sunday, July 2, 9:10am Hours and Divine Liturgy


EVENTS/ANNOUNCEMENTS

Project Mexico Fr. Joel and Liam will share about Project Mexico today during coffee hour.

Parish Council Meets next Sunday

Freedom Festival Holy Transfiguration is hosting its annual Freedom Festival on July 1. Festal Vespers is at 4pm, followed by games, pitch-in meal, dancing (Virginia Reel), Talent Show (anyone welcome to share talent), campfire, family campout and Akathist.

Coffee Hour: June 25 Wilson (Dn. Mike and Tina, Caleb and Natalie, Gabe and Emily) July 2 Wolf, Combs

Greeter: June 25 Wesley July 2 Debra

Cleaning: June 24 Debra Wolf July 2 Goshorn-Maroney

SUNDAY SCRIPTURE READINGS

Matthew 6:22-33 (Gospel)

The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness! No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon. Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.


Romans 5:1-10 (Epistle)

Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us. For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.

Tone 2 Troparion (Resurrection)

When You descended to death, O Life Immortal,

You destroyed hell with the splendor of Your Godhead.

And when from the depths You raised the dead,

all the powers of heaven cried out://

“O Giver of life, Christ our God, glory to You!”


Tone 4 Troparion (Nativity of St John the Baptist)

Prophet and Forerunner of the coming of Christ,

although we cannot praise you worthily,

we honor you in love at your nativity,

for by it you ended your father’s silence and your mother’s barrenness,//

proclaiming to the world the incarnation of the Son of God!


Tone 4 Troparion (Virgin Martyr Febronia)

Your lamb Febronía calls out to You, O Jesus, in a loud voice:

“I love You, my Bridegroom, and in seeking You I endure suffering.

In baptism I was crucified so that I might reign in You,

and I died so that I might live with You.

Accept me as a pure sacrifice,

for I have offered myself in love.”

Through her prayers save our souls, since You are merciful!


Tone 2 Kontakion (Resurrection)

Hell became afraid, O almighty Savior,

seeing the miracle of Your Resurrection from the tomb!

The dead arose! Creation, with Adam, beheld this and rejoiced with

You,// and the world, my Savior, praises You forever.


Tone 3 Kontakion (Nativity of St John the Baptist)

Today the formerly barren woman gives birth to Christ’s Forerunner,

who is the fulfillment of every prophecy;

for in the Jordan, when he laid his hand on the One foretold by the Prophets,//


he was revealed as Prophet, Herald, and Forerunner of God the Word.

Parish Leadership and Point Persons

Rector: Fr. Joel Weir

Deacon: Dn. Mike Wilson

Reader: Micah Wilson

Parish Council: Elisha McCulloh (President), Doug Wolf (Vice President), Bill Combs (Treasurer), Jewell Jeffries (Secretary), Emily Wilson (Member), Chad Hassler (Member)

Book Corner: Rodney McCulloh

Building and Grounds: Doug Wolf

Church School: Presvytera Maria Weir, Christopher McCulloh

Communications/The Witness: Fr. Joel Weir

Finance Committee: Rodney McCulloh, Bill Combs, Caleb Wilson, Josh Fowler

Garden: Dianne Combs

Kitchen: Ann Hatfield

Lawn Maintenance: Caleb Wilson

Youth/Young Adult Group: Fr. Joel Weir, Chad Hassler

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