Saint John's Eastern Orthodox Church
1101 Bell Street, Amarillo, Texas, 79106 (806) 355-0683
Schedule for August:
Saturday, September 6th – (Vespers 5:00 p.m.)
Sunday, September 7th – (Orthros 9:00 a.m.
and Divine Liturgy 10:00 a.m.)*
Saturday, September 20th – (Vespers 6:00 p.m.)
Sunday, September 21st – (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.
With the passing of Robin Williams there have been many people asking why someone so successful would commit suicide. Mr. Williams was a loving and compassionate, if not excessively benevolent man who helped raise millions for the poor, the hungry and those whose children suffer from catastrophic diseases. He did these things because he had love for his fellow man. This is what is expected of all of us. We are taught to love one another as Christ loves us. But the one thing we forget to learn is how to BE loved. We are asked in confession if we know that Christ loves us. It is the acceptance of this love that keeps us not just content in our lives, but actually happy. Being able to be loved with no reservations is what keeps marriages stronger. Being able to be loved makes us more stable in our lives, avoiding the roller-coaster ride we get from having extreme emotions. Being able to be loved is something we lose between infancy and our adolescent years. It is this loss of perception of being loved that drives many of the greatest performers to perfection in their crafts. It is also this perceived loss of being loved that drives people apart in our marriages and families. It is this perceived lack of being loved by our families that drives young men and women into gangs, drugs, prostitution, and other dangerous activities during our teenage years. So as we begin the new ecumenical year let us learn to accept that we are, indeed, loved. Let us use this new ecclesiastical year to celebrate and accept the love that Christ our Lord has given to us through his death and resurrection. Let us look at all the events in September with the warmth in our spirits because we know we are loved. And most importantly, let us love one another as Christ loves us. After all, that is his last commandment to us. Let us not spurn His love for us.
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.
*There will be a Parish Council Meeting on
September 7th after Divine