TWENTY THIRD SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST NOVEMBER 17, 2019

24 11 2019

Saturday, Nov. 16
3:00 PM ✞Thomas Sydnor – Sandra Sydnor

Sunday, Nov. 17 TWENTY THIRD SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

Thursday, Nov. 21 Entrance of the Theotokos
Anointing with Holy Oil – Myrovania
9:00 AM Tanya Blanco – Ulana Campbell
God’s Blessings and Good Health

Saturday, Nov. 23
4:00 PM ✞Donald Magill – Anna Magill

Sunday, Nov. 24 TWENTY FOURTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

DIVINE LITURGY REQUESTS: If you have a request for a Divine Liturgy, you will please call Father Walter at the rectory in Nanticoke. The number is – 570-735-2262 or his cell phone 202-603-2607. Father has his book for the listings and the Divine Liturgy can be entered as you call. Thank you.

THE HOLY APOSTLE AND EVANGELIST MATTHEW
 Saint Matthew was a young man when Jesus called him. Before this time he was known as “Levi”. One man having two names was not unusual among the Jews. He was the son of Alpheus (Mark 2:14) and was Galilean. St. Matthew was a tax-gatherer for Herod Antipas and therefore despised by the Pharisees (an ancient Jewish sect that emphasized strict interpretation and observance to the Mosaic Law) who hated all ‘publicans’ (those who collected taxes and tolls for the Romans).
 In the holy scriptures we read that St. Matthew not only followed Jesus but provided supper for him at his home along with other tax-gatherers. When the Pharisees saw they asked in protest, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” (Matthew 9:9-11). Jesus replied, “Those who are well do not need a physician, but the sick do. Go and learn the meaning of the words, ‘I desire mercy and sacrifice.’ I did to come to call the righteous but sinners.” (Matthew 9: 12-13).
 Little more is said of St. Matthew’s life in the Gospels. The Apostle Matthew is listed as an Apostle who followed Christ in Galilee and was present at the time of his Passion and witness to his Resurrection. He was also present at Christ’s Ascension and again on Pentecost. He is spoken of ten times in the New Testament. One, in Matthew 9:9 when called to follow Jesus and four more times on the list of the Apostles. The seventh time is he is spoken of is in Luke 6:15 and Mark 3:18. And finally his name is included in Matthew 10:3 and Acts 1:13. Church tradition tells us Matthew preached the Gospel in Egypt and Ethiopia.
Church Tradition teaches that he preached the Good News for many years after Jesus’ death, resurrection and ascension into heaven. The Church tradition says while in Ethiopia St. Matthew was killed before the altar by a soldier of the king he had rebuked.
Spreading the word of the ‘good news’ was a daunting task. There was no form of mass media. The only way of travel was on foot from village to village preaching to a people who were often merely tolerant at best. Yet, St. Matthew was one of the twelve who successfully spread the good word until it has become the single greatest achievement in the history of mankind. Saint Matthew’s place near divinity is amplified by the fact that his written account of Jesus life and ministry is placed first among the known works of the Apostles.
 In his final description of Jesus ‘Commissioning of the Disciples, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, until the ends of the age,” (Matthew 25: 19-20) Saint Matthew the Apostle and Evangelist wrote his epitaph.
 The Roman Catholic Church celebrates the Feast of St. Matthew on September 21. The Greek Church celebrates on November 16. One symbol of St. Matthew is that of a winged man carrying a lance. Matthew the Evangelist is depicted with an angel with the face of a man on the Holy Doors with the other three Evangelists.

THE LORD LISTENS
The Lord doesn’t listen just to the strong,
Or to only the brave and the wise;
But He seeks out the needy, and broken and poor,
And those who have tears in their eyes.
He loves all His saints who give praise to His Name,
And all those who are faithful and just,
But He also loves sinners who call on His Name,
And He longs for their faith and their trust.
He patiently calls all the lost ones to come
And drink from the fountain of life.
He’ll forgive every sin, and He’ll heal every wound,
And give peace midst all troubles and strife.
For He knows every heart, and He hears every cry,
And He always is there when we call,
He’ll provide all our needs from His boundless supply,
When we love Him, and give Him our all.

SANCTUARY LIGHT: The Sanctuary Light is requested to burn this week Nov. 16– 23 in memory of Peter Hubick by his wife Vera Hubick.

CHURCH CLEANING: Our thanks to the men and women who came together to clear our church last week and the Hall this past week. This is all volunteer services by our parishioners and two of our friends. God’s blessing to those who care and help in the house of the Lord.

FLOWERS: Ketler Florist has been contacted and they are willing to take our orders for flowers ranging from $30 and up – whatever you request. They will deliver free of charge. If you would like a small vase it can be arrange at different prices. Your request for the flowers can be made by signing the chart in the vestibule.


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