SUNDAY OF THE FATHERS OF THE FIRST SIX ECUMENICAL COUNCILS JULY 19, 2020 A. D.

17 07 2020

Saturday, July 18

        4:00 PM               ✞Mary Ambrose – Family

Sunday, July 19 SUNDAY OF THE FATHERS OF THE

                          SIX ECUMENICAL COUNCILS

8:30 AM          God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

Thursday, July 16 St. Athenogenes – Bishop Martyr           

9:00 AM          God’s Blessings and Good Health for Tania Blanco

EIGHTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

Saturday, July 25  

4:00 PM             ✞Stephen & Ann Piston – daughter Mary Shumbris

Sunday, July 26

8:30 AM            EIGHTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

                      God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

God is never too busy to listen.

Don’t be too busy to talk to Him.

The Holy Bible

John 1: 1 and 2
In the beginning was the Word,
and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God.

The Same was in the beginning with God. 

The world today is strange and unknown
It seems dark at times and we feel alone
God explains our strife
Teaching us to accept the mystery of life.

Many times we struggle in the dark of night
But God guides us into the bright light
Reading the wisdom in His word we find
Only God can give us peace.

God will sustain us so we do not stray
Giving us the courage to face each day
And to have strength to deal with sorrow
Renewing our hope for tomorrow

Reading the Holy Scriptures helps us understand
How to keep our faith, holding tight to His hand
In the wisdom of His word we are taught to pray
And His love will lead us to our eternal home one day

On the light side: 

There was a very gracious lady who was mailing an old family Bible to her
brother in another part of the country.
“Is there anything breakable in here?” asked the postal clerk.
“Only the Ten Commandments.” answered the lady.

ALL THINGS BRIGHT AND BEAUTIFUL
All things bright and beautiful,
All creatures great and small,
All things wise and wonderful,
The Lord God made them all. 

Each little flower that opens,
Each little bird that sings,
He made their glowing colors,
He made their tiny wings.

The purple headed mountain,
The river running by,
The sunset and the morning
That brightens up the sky.

The cold wind in the winter,
The pleasant summer sun,
The ripe fruits in the garden,
He made them every one.

He gave us eyes to see them,
And lips that we might tell
How great is God Almighty,
Who has made all things well

Always pray to have eyes that see the best in people,

A heart that forgives the worst,

A mind that forgets the bad,

And a soul that never loses faith in God.

HOW MUCH DOES A PRAYER WEIGH

     Louise Redden, a poorly dressed lady with a look of defeat on her face, walked into a grocery store. She approached the owner of the store in a most humble manner and asked if he would let her charge a few groceries. She softly explained that her husband was very ill and unable to work. They had seven children and they needed food.
     John Longhouse, the grocer, scoffed at her and requested that she leave his store. Visualizing the family needs, she said: “Please, sir! I will bring you the money just as soon as I can.” John told her he could not give her credit, as she did not have a charge account at his store.
     Standing beside the counter was a customer who overheard the conversation between the two. The customer walked forward and told the grocer that he would stand good for whatever she needed for her family.
     The grocer said in a very reluctant voice, “Do you have a grocery list?” Louise replied, “Yes sir.” “Okay” he said, “put your grocery list on the scales and whatever your grocery list weighs, I will give you that amount in groceries.”
     Louise hesitated a moment with a bowed head. Then she reached into her purse and took out a piece of paper and scribbled something on it. She then laid the piece of paper on the scale carefully with her head still bowed.
     The eyes of the grocer and the customer showed amazement when the scale went down and stayed down. The grocer, staring at the scales, turned slowly to the customer and said begrudgingly, “I can’t believe it.” The customer smiled and the grocer started putting the groceries on the other side of the scales.
     The scale did not balance so he continued to put more and more groceries on them until the scales would hold no more. The grocer stood there in utter disgust.
     Finally, he grabbed the piece of paper from the scales and looked at it with greater amazement. It was not a grocery list. It was instead a prayer which said: “Dear Lord, you know my needs and I am leaving this in your hands.”
     The grocer gave her the groceries that he had gathered and stood in stunned silence.       Louise thanked him and left the store. The customer handed a fifty-dollar bill to the grocer and said, “It was worth every penny of it.”
     It was sometime later that the grocer discovered the scales were broken; therefore, only God knows how much a prayer weighs. 

– Author Unknown

SANCTUARY LIGHT: The Sanctuary light is not requested for this week.

Many openings are available for your requests for the Sanctuary Light and monthly candles. Remember your loved ones or a special occasion by having the candles burn for them in church. 

PRAYERS: Please remember all those who need our prayers. If you know of someone for our Prayer list, please submit the names in the collection basket and we will put their names on the list. 

PRAYER FOR THOSE WHO LIVE ALONE

I live alone, dear Lord, stay by side,

In all my daily needs, be Thou my guide.

Grant me good health, for that indeed, I pray,

To carry on my work from day to day.

Keep pure my mind, my thoughts, my every deed,

Let me be kind, unselfish in my neighbor’s need.

Spare me from fire, from flood, malicious tongues,

From thieves, from fear, and evil ones.

If sickness or an accident befall,

Then humbly, Lord, I pray, hear Thou my call.

And when I’m feeling low, or in despair,

Lift up my heart, and help me in my prayer.

I live alone, dear Lord, yet have no fear,

Because I feel Your Presence ever near. Amen.


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