Saint John's Eastern Orthodox Church
1101 Bell Street, Amarillo, Texas, 79106
Schedule for May:
Saturday, May 16:
Vespers – 6:00 PM
Sunday, May 17:
Orthros – 9:00 AM,
Divine Liturgy – 10:00 AM
Friday, May 29:
Vespers of Souls Saturday – 6:00 PM
Saturday, May 30:
Orthros – 9:00 AM
Divine Liturgy of Souls – 10:00 AM (koliva)
Parish Seminar and Clergy/Laity Report – 2:00 PM
Great Vespers of Pentecost – 6:00 PM
Sunday, May 31: Pentecost:
Orthros – 9:00 AM
Divine Liturgy –
Kneeling Prayers for
Descent Of the Holy Spirit
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.
Message from Father
“……some trust in chariots, some in horses…But we will triumph
in the name of the Lord Our God….”
In this time of the
Resurrection, and our joyful expression of that fact…. “He is
Risen”….we note our triumph over death itself.
We claim our immortality.
capacity to “die into new life”, and
be transformed from what was our former self, and shaped us
somewhat, to that which is new and challenging.
We are renewed, made different than we were.
are in a state of anticipation of that which has been promised us,
and though unseen and invisible to our earthly eyes, is nevertheless
expressed in the “newness of life” around us.
as we did with the celebration of Agape Vespers,
where Thomas the “disciple of
absence” and “of doubt”, claims Christ as His Lord, so we also, if
we will it, claim Him as our Lord.
We give glory to Him in what He has accomplished for us.
He has given us new life.
personal opportunities, (some obvious, some muted, some dramatic,
some ordinary, some mundane, others magnificent) are now guaranteed
to each of us. All this
in a new, and overwhelming way.
We are renewed, made whole, and Christ assures us of His
continued support; His Comforter.
Even as He ascends to sit at the right hand of God the
Father, and His Kingdom has no end.
startling reality is to be taken in by us and into our lives by our
loving Him and those who form His body, the Church.
He finds a place in our heart where He resides and no longer
is mysterious. He is
real! He is risen!
He sends us the flame of anointment as He did to the
repentant thief…. “today you are with Me in Paradise….”
Christ gives His disciples and followers peace, so also talents and
gifts are given to us.
They are given so we may be more vigorous, more rigorous in our
being and becoming more Christian.
Thus, in these 50 days of Pentecost, we prepare, we claim
life over death, opportunity over static acceptance, new awareness
over the old habit of skepticism, our Orthodoxy over the ordinary!!
If you have not turned in your 2015 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.
Also, if you haven’t completed your 2014 pledge, this is the
perfect opportunity to catch up on your annual gifts.
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