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 March:

Friday, March 3rd
PreSanctified Liturgy
6 p.m.

Saturday, March 4th
Orthos 9 a.m., Divine Liturgy 10 a.m.
3rd Saturday of Souls
Vespers 6 p.m.

Sunday, March 5th
Orthos 9 a.m., Divine Liturgy 10 a.m.
Sunday of Orthodoxy

Friday, February 17th
PreSanctified Liturgy 6 p.m.

Saturday, February 18th
Great Vespers 6 p.m.

Sunday, March 19th
Orthos 9 a.m., Divine Liturgy 10 a.m.
Veneration of the Holy Cross

 

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
March Calendar
April Calendar


  Message from Father David

 "....  I will not reveal Your Mystery to

Your adversaries....Nor will I give

You a kiss as did Judas...."

   In keeping with the liturgical season and the preparations necessary for the Great Fast of Pascha, one is frequently brought to the point of considering ones' relationship to God and the relationship to Christ's guidance as He moves in obedience to Him the Father.

  As Theanthropos, (God-man), we are given the most perfect example of how we may live our lives in these fraught times of confusion, political maneuvering at home and abroad, inhumane treatment of those who are victims of war and finally a seeming confusion about the Christian vision on which we all depend ..."life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness..."

Hopefully the Great Lent will focus our attention and offer answers to these vital challenges by engaging us with diligence to "...see my own faults and not judge my brother..."and " to grant the Spirit of wisdom, patience, humility and love.." as a basic antidote. By shifting our attention from one's own thoughts about the challenges presented; by living in these times; we have opportunities. Yet it requires following, without resistance, the path of presence in worship, striving for peace of mind, remembering our past graces received, and a sincere allegiance to Christ-like behavior. Then we are able to open ourselves to the words of revelation spoken by Christ and by His disciples. We can pursue opportunity to confess our sin. Our intellect and reasoning can create a state of soulful illumination so necessary.

By our preparation, we are more able to experience and notice more sharply our errors, our miss-takes, our closed-mindedness. our ignoring opportunities to act as enlightened people of Faith.

Christ's comforting gift of silence and solitude, the quiet moments of prayer, the excitement of giving of oneself in service to others and to the Church unselfishly are what pious people seek and pursue.  Anything less than honest personal effort to follow Christ's silence, His agonizing moments, His- betrayal by friends, His humiliation- from this present historic distance -is to make our willful habits and routines to be self-satisfied.  Not pursing grace through faith Much more than falling into this temptation is required.......!

As our Orthodox piety asks us..we are to reform ourselves beyond agitation, feeling overcome, judgmental. We are to find that place within ourselves....peace, the unity of faith, and a willingness to hear differently the truth. Truth that is expressed by the soulful poetry and hymns of the liturgical services by our response "Kyrie eleison..Lord have mercy' with our whole heart.  Continue on back……

 Our fasting must also include our adapting to more quiet in our lives.  Less attention to the 24/7 news cycle as an example.  Less attention to our devices of distraction. Whatever they may be, Possibly, media of any form of food, drink, vain thoughts and schemes, alibis and excuses.

   One must descend from our high perch of self-esteem and the strivings for that esteem. We descend to the true bottom of our personal need for grace and the love of others. It is thus ,that we are able to receive the reward of faithfulness, A faith that is deepened and a bit more perfect than being self-serving, A faith sustained beyond the comfort of skepticism and sardonic criticism, A Faith more generous and giving.

  WE are to become humble as the Publican; self-aware and on the path of return as the Prodigal; accept our Kingdom that has been prepared for us. Finally, as Persons to offer remission of the sins of trespass against us by others.

 In following Christ, as did the disciples, we may have to "weep as Peter" for our many denials of Him and the promise of eternal Life! The Life lived daily by us in pious obedience to the Lord. Let us join with Him in His passage, His Journey to the grave and resurrection. For our repentance is the way to salvation.

  Begin, this very moment to consider, re-consider, the personal opportunities for transformation and personal change. May it be so for all as pious Orthodox Christians.

 Kalo Anastasi !!


If you have not turned in your 2017 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.