John the ForerummerSaint John's Eastern Orthodox Church

 Bringing Orthodox Christian Faith to Amarillo


Saint John's Eastern Orthodox Church

1101 Bell Street, Amarillo, Texas, 79106                            (806) 355-0683

Schedule for Nov/Dec:

Vespers Saturday, November 12, 6p.m.
Orthros Sunday, November 13, 9a.m.
Divine Lliturgy, 10a.m.
Community General Assembly after the Divine Liturgy 

Vespers, Saturday, November 26, 6p.m.
Orthros, Sunday, November 27, 9a.m.
Divine Liturgy, 10a.m.

Vespers, Saturday, December 10, 6p.m.
Orthros, Sunday, December 11, 9.a.m.
Divine Liturgy 10a.m.
Parish Council Meeting after Liturgy

Nativity Services

Royal Hours, Friday, December 23, 6p.m.
Orthros Saturday, December 24, 9a.m.
Divine Liturgy, 10a.m.Vespers of the Nativity 6p.m.
Orthros Sunday, 9a.m.
Divine Liturgy of Saint Basil, 10a.m.

On the weekends when Fr. David is not here,
Bible Study is held on Sunday mornings at 11:00 am. Eritrean/Ethiopian Bible Study is at 4:00 pm every Saturday.

News Letter
November Calendar
December Calendar

      Reflection from Fr. David
               "Thee grey ashes of the censer,
                the grey ashes of cremation,
                savor, or Saviour, or convenience. . .?
                               (a found piece of writing)
 In the liturgical calendar of the Orthodox Church, the months of November and
December pose demands upon all of us as we gather together as family, friends and faithful ti celebrate Christ and important Saints of the Church.
 For some of us, the Saints' names we have received need to be acknowledged and incorporated into our own lives.  It is in so-doing we become aware of how their lives can  influence  our own.
 These lives are not to burden us, but to enhance us.  These lives are to help us gain perspective and inspiration for our own lives.  We are named not only for those within our own family lineage, but also we are able to claim this name before God, when we approach the Chalice that contains His Body and Hiss Blood "given as a sacrifice for many" we state our name.  Or it is stated by the celebrating priest.
 We are to remember not only the immediate instant but also the person who we are to embody and honor.  This remembrance not only honors the past history but also our present awareness of who we are.
 Questions can arise.  Our first name and last name abide in the actions, insights, and history which we inheiret.  I may not know why I was given the first name that I carry.  Yet I can gain knowledge of my name.  The name came about through custom, family history, and most certainly in the Orthodox mystery of Baptism and Chrismation.
 I answer when I'm called by it.  I identify myself by it as I am introduced to strangers.  My name carries a sense of fitness.  It may "fit" or not "fit" the characteristics that I exhibit.  Yet the name can shape me and give my llife direction.  If I will honor what I come to know about mysellf as mirrored in that name.
 In the Orthodox Tradition of "naming" I may be amazed to find out that I am a prophet, a priest, spiritual father or mother, of an aristocratic or of a humble clan, risked my life and reputation as a disciple of Christ, or just as likely lived peacefully, yet honored as one of The Unknowns", in a pious manner on All Saints Day.
 In these two millenia just past, each day has a list of the names of persons who are known to have reposed on that calendar date.  In some cases, the circumstances of their lives as related.  These details can be pleasant or unpleasant to hear by our present day sensitivities.  However, Christ is always the example of a person who lived in obedience, a person Who is Truth.  
 We in our humanity are to embody these "two presences" of obedience and Truth.
Frequently for each of us in association with our name we may find an icon which mirrors not only the portrait but also the life of the Saint.  In some cases a scroll carried by the Saint will have words that can instruct us.
 In other cases the clothing and the colors signify the life and actiivity of the Saint.  These can guide us, if we will remember that "mirror" that the icon presents to us of the possibilities and actions we can replicate in our own lives.
 As in the found piece of writing above we have been given a choice in our living of life.  It is out of the "grey ashes of the censor" that we savor the scent of prayers and supplication to Our Saviour.
 Out of the grey ashes we fall prey to that which is convenient.  
 By honoring our name we honor the life we have received and we look forward to our .repose and entrance into His Future Kingdom.
 May it be so for each and all.!!

If you have not turned in your 2016 stewardship pledge card yet, December is the time to do so.  We cannot determine a budget for the year without a proposed income for the year.  Pledges are the only “hard number” that we have to determine our ability to pay the church’s expenses throughout the year.  It is our generosity in giving that keeps not only St. John’s operating, but our membership in the Archdiocese and the Metropolis.
See Carl or Rex to get your card if you need one.

Eritrean/Ethiopian  Bible Study is held each Saturday afternoon at 4:00 and all are invited to come to this special time of worship.
Also, on the Sundays when Fr. David is not present we have Bible Study at 11:00 am, with the church opening earlier so that we may all enter and prepare ourselves through prayer and meditations.