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 April/Holy Week:

       Saturday, April 23rd:
               Orthros – 9:00 AM,
               Divine Liturgy – 10:00 AM

                 Vespers – 6:00 PM
               Palm Sunday

       Sunday, April 24th:
                     Orthros – 9:00 AM,
               Divine Liturgy – 10:00 AM
               Bridegroom Service – 7:00 PM
               Palm Sunday
               (fish dinner following Liturgy)

      Monday, April 25th:
                     Ninth Hour – 9:00 AM,
               Divine Liturgy – 10:00 AM
               Bridegroom Service – 7:00 PM

   Tuesday, April 26th:
                     Ninth Hour – 9:00 AM,
               Divine Liturgy – 10:00 AM
               Bridegroom Service – 7:00 PM

  Wednesday, April 27th:
                     Ninth Hour – 9:00 AM,
               Divine Liturgy – 10:00 AM
               Holy Unction – 7:00 PM

  Thursday, April 28th:
                     Orthros – 9:00 AM,
               Divine Liturgy – 10:00 AM
               Procession of Christ on the Cross–7:00 PM
               Reading of the 12 Gospels

  Friday, April 29th:
                     Royal Hours Vigil – 9:00 AM,
             Taking Christ Body from the Cross–3:00 PM
               Procession with the Tomb – 7:00 PM

  Saturday, April 30th:
                     Proto Anastasi Service – 10:00 AM,
               Rush Matins of Anastasi – 11:30 PM
               Christ Resurrection – 12:00 AM
               Breakfast – 2:30 AM

  Sunday, May 1st:
                     Agape Vespers – 1:00 PM
        (Reading of the Gospel in many languages)
            Great Lamb Dinner following Vespers!

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
April Calendar
May Calendar


Message from Father David

Great Lent and Holy Week – A Remembering

“I believe….Help my Unbelief” – Mark 9:24

I am writing this on Saturday before the beginning of Great Lent, Monday (Clean Monday), March 14.  Daylight Savings Time begins tomorrow.  Western Christianity’s Palm Sunday is tomorrow.  The 2016 Presidential primaries loom large on radio, television, internet, newspapers.  All media quaint and modern.  Phone calls persist soliciting us.  “Spring Break” calls youth to the spring rituals that require police vigilance.  The President of Turkey has proposed to the EU that his country will provide refuge to the displaced persons stranded in Europe who have fled oppression and war.  WE all live in these confusing and seemingly desperate times.

 “I believe…Help my unbelief….” Is and can be a most certain and humble prayer we may use during this season of the five Sundays leading us to Holy Week and Christ’s resurrection.  Our questions about how to manage our participation in such a rigorous schedule can be daunting.  Yet, we are not only to address the plan, but also execute our plan.

 How do I fast?  How do I manage the changes in work and schedule that Great Lent asks of me?  Do I have the will and the discipline to present myself and help others to present themselves in the divine services?  These services where the “old” and the “new” truths that Christ’s life and his Pascha present to me?

                 YES IS THE ANSWER!  “I BELIEVE…HELP MY UNBELIEF…”

 This simple phrase is the means to the YES above.  This prayer, offered daily during these 50 days to Bright Monday, will get us through the temptations, merely to “do the right things”.

 We all, you and I, will be building a new belief structure.  We will be reconstructing disbelief and un-fruitful habits to productive ones.  With this new, renewing experience of Christ’s love for us, will present itself through what we hear and what we do.  By worshipping HIM, we can learn new elements of our faith as Orthodox Christians.  His obedience has become our obedience.

 In this post-modern time, the kinds of new martyrdom required of our belief and practice will present themselves.  Our new resolve and renewed commitment will be tested.  Be alert to this challenge appearing in “new” ways.  Just the logistics and scheduling can cause us to weaken our resolve.  We may feel at a loss, how we can be present at “all services” and so pick and choose those that seem “doable”.  Temptations to our eyes, our ears, our palates, our daily encounters also erode our desires to be diligent.  We may be tempted to moan and groan, yet we persevere.  We survive and we learn how to thrive!  With resolve, we learn again about grace, dignity, respect for ourselves and for others, righteousness, and how to live into it.

 Our contribution of time, talent, and treasure will demand of us a new perspective where we are grateful for the opportunity.  This “new belief” fostered by our awareness of God and His personal gifts to us allows us to be freed from “old” habit and lead us to accomplish that which we might think impossible is possible and is required.

 “Be of good cheer…your faith has made you well..” – Mark 10:48-52

 The above was said by Christ to the blind man who sought help.  May we seek such help….right now as we finish reading.  Let us pray for each other that the anthem of our faith brings on a joyful strength in our acceptance of this life as His profound gift….for…

 “Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death, and granted life to those in the Tombs”


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.