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 November / December:

·       Saturday, November 28th: Vespers – 6:00 PM

·       Sunday, November 29th: Orthros – 9:00 AM,
                         Divine Liturgy – 10:00 AM

·       Friday, December 11th: Vespers – 6:00 PM

·       Saturday, December 12th: Orthros – 9:00 AM,
                           Divine Liturgy – 10:00 AM

·       Sunday, December 13th: Orthros – 9:00 AM,
                         Divine Liturgy – 10:00 AM

·       Wednesday, December 23rd:
Great Vespers Of the Nativity– 6:00 PM

·       Thursday, December 24th: Orthros – 9:00 AM,
                              Royal Hours – 10:00 AM,
                   Liturgy of Saint Basil - 6:00 PM

·       Friday, December 25th: Orthros – 8:00 AM,
                          Divine Liturgy – 9:00 AM

·        General Assembly:  Sunday, November 29th:  Parish Council members whose terms are up:  Faye Palacio, Bryan Parr, and Rex Petrey.

·        Parish Elections:  Sunday, December 13th.

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
January Calendar

Message from Father David 


   When we say,"Christ is in our Midst"......"He is, and ever shall Be" this statement and OUR response places us unified within His will,His presence and acknowledges that He is in us ..."His image and His likeness" (Gen3).

   It is hoped that we also remember Him as being sent by the Father to us in two wondrous events of our Orthodox Tradition shared as it is with all believers in Christ: The NativityTthe Theophany. These two feasts that can be "marvelous in our eyes"if we believe as a revelation of God's continuing call.

      The strange history of Christ Jesus entering the world was prophesied to the nation of Israel in the reality of their times as they struggled to overcome the assaults from people,foreign kings,foreign cultures. The Prophets Habbahuk,Isaiah,Daniel voiced alerts to them about their sufferings and surroundings in language that many failed to understand because of their own preoccupation about survival,suffering,fears of tyranny and loss of their culture.

 Many of this prophetic "utterances" were called such because they were meant to be pondered by each person that called themselves "the New Israel",led by the living God out of captivity to become the new nation in the land of Canaan.

 Certain phrases of these utterances  and readings from the Old and NewTestaments attest to the miracles of Christ's Nativity  and the nation and lineage of His ancestors. All of this taking place under a pagan Roman ruler ,Caesar Augustus.

 The gospel of Matthew's first chapter also suggests the very practical concerns that surrounded Jesus' birth,the necessity of census taking, housing, and the "fatherly" concern of Joseph the betrothed of the young girl. All,all these sayings had to be fulfilled concerning the God-Man,  Jesus.

             " Angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream saying ,"Joseph son of David do not be afraid to take to you Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit,and she shall bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for He shall save His people from their sins..."(Mt 1,v.20)

 Salvation of Israel as well as all the world had begun: ..." His excellence covered the heavens  and the earth was full of His praise..."( Prophet Habbahuk)

 The continuing of God's presence in the world becomes present to us in the feast of the Theophany. A moment in human history preserved in the services of the Church. In the vigils we celebrate,the fasting we maintain,the story that gives us a context for our belief in God as manifest in our world.

In the Sunday following the Nativity a frightful picture is presented,Herod the King, out of fear for his sovereignty and envious of the rumored "new-born king" begins the first persecution of those who believed. An order went out from him to kill all male children one year and under. 10,000 innocents died in the fulfillment of Herod's order.

This is attempt on the part of human authority to resist God's plan and deny God's authority in human life.We who believe are to be aware of proper authority;God's authority over evil.

Please notice this saying by Jesus as stated in Luke's gospel when defining His struggle against disbelief and evil (Lk12:49-52) 

          ".....I came to send fire upon the earth,and how I wish it were already kindled....I have a baptism to be baptized with and how distressed I am until it is accomplished! do you suppose that I came to bring peace on earth? I, tell you not at all, but rather division....."

 For us then today we are to be alert.Aware of the evil in the world that is controlled by Lucifer and his minions.We are to come to understand that OUR struggle replicates that of Christ. We are to be aware of many temptations to succumb to evil thoughts and the evil desires of"this age"

 The "fire" of which He speaks is the zeal that we are to have for His truth,His beauty, His Goodness,His love. His,sacrifice and humility and death. His descent into Hell itself .. His,third-day Resurrection.His Ascension where He takes our belief in Him into His Kingdom.

 The practice of these awesome zealous beliefs are made through our sober life in  which we celebrate His revelation.Our participation in The Church as we  come together and fully realize....and sing "...God is the Lord and has revealed Himself to us! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord....'(Orthros hymn)

 He also shows Himself in the Theophany itself as we all see and hear the elements of our belief in the consubstantial Trinity,in the Feastday hymn..

We sing:

              ....." when Thou was Baptized in the Jordan the Trinity was made manifest...

               ,,,,,"the Voice of the Father proclaimed Thee as His only-Begotten Son

               ....."the Holy Spirit in the form of a Dove descended upon Thee, confirming the certainty of His Word

                ......"O Christ our God,Thou enlighten the world Glory be to Thee

It is in the vision of this event that the world in all ages witnesses the promise of the Anointed One completed.The prophesy of the Messiah is here for each of us now.In our experiencing the seemingly unbelievable aspects of His baptism, We can realize and remember our own baptism.Our initiation into the awesome mystery of a life as an adopted,reason endowed child of God. Our God who guarantees a life that leads us to immortality.Victory over death itself !

May we all rejoice in his birth, in His revelation, and His love for us worthy and un-worthy as we may be.      


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.  Also, if you haven’t completed your 2015 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 meditations.