Saint John's Eastern Orthodox Church
1101 Bell Street, Amarillo, Texas, 79106 (806) 355-0683
Schedule for July:
Saturday, July 12th – (Vespers 5:00 p.m.)
Sunday, July 13th – (Orthros 9:00 a.m.
and Divine Liturgy 10:00 a.m.)*
Saturday, July 26th – (Vespers 5:00 p.m.)
Sunday, July 27th – (Orthros 9:00 a.m.
and Divine Liturgy 10:00 a.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.
“As we enter the “dog days” of summer we look forward to vacations and time off from our busy schedules. We celebrate Independence Day, go to the ballparks, theme parks, and enjoy the sunshine and the sunsets that West Texas is famous for. We leave work behind for a while and take vacations, escaping the hubbub of our normal routines. We look forward to this time, and then we look forward to sleeping in our own beds when we return with new memories and experiences. However, we forget to take daily “mini vacations” from work and play when we are home. Summer is a time of growing and nurturing. However, if we forget to nurture our souls spiritually we still become fatigued and starved. The way to nurture our spirits every day is to take a few minutes every hour or two, depending on our schedules, and silently pray one of the daily prayers that we have available to us. These prayers help us focus on the tasks at hand, calm us when chaos is all around us, and allow us to enjoy our lives more fully. They also help us to bear witness to the Grace given us through the Holy Spirit. Even one minute of devotional time each hour is refreshment far better than coffee, tea or sodas. By “drinking the spiritual water” Christ has given us each hour, our souls are sated with peace and grace so that we may live our lives more calmly, more rationally, and most importantly, more compassionately. We have no problem looking at our cell phones to see the latest texts from our friends. However, we seldom think about simply looking inwardly and meditating and praying for a minute or two every hour. We have become so accustomed to living our lives independently from God, not wanting to share with him the joys and sorrows we face daily. We create such an atmosphere of bedlam in our spiritual lives that we fail to enjoy the rainbows of colors and the wondrous smells that surround us. We miss the beauty of our lives because we are in such a hurry to arrive at our destinations that we forget to enjoy the adventure of getting there. We take airplanes to go across the country, bypassing the places where we became a nation. We forget to stop along the way and see “where it all happened.” We miss these opportunities to be ambassadors for the Faith because we want to spend as much time at our destinations as possible, rather than enjoy the anticipation of our arrival. We want to stay as long as possible, rather than savoring the flavor of the trip through a drive back home. Life is the same way. We are in such a hurry to get things done that we simply forget that we are supposed to enjoy each day that God has granted us. We forget that we are supposed to be ministers in our own ways, making the world a much better place because we came through it. Let us remember that Christ was never in a hurry. Instead, he took the time to let the people know him. He shows us that His time is always. Glorify Christ Our God by slowing down just a little bit and actually seeing the sights along our trip through life, rather than trying to get to the finish line as fast as we can. And don’t forget to pray ceaselessly, as Paul tells us in almost every one of his Epistles.” ~Anonymous
*There will be a Parish Council Meeting on July 13th after Divine Liturgy