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Holy Apostles Greek Orthodox Church 

www.holyapostlesgo.org

(206) 542-13


Weekly ebulletin for February 21st, 2021



Invite a friend to the Crab Feed!



It will be fantastic!



Holy Apostles

 

Virtual Crab Feed Fundraiser


click below to connect to our Crab feed this Saturday the 27th


https://www.facebook.com/HolyApostlesGO/



Please plan to join us on the 27th!  Our crab feed has always been a lovely event to bring people together and we will do our best to carry this lovely tradition during this time of the pandemic.  This will be a lovely evening for all!  


This will be a fun packed evening for family and friends so please pass this on to your friends!


Click here to attend the virtual Crab feed online




Inner or Outer Space?  Taking off to Pascha

 

You know what happened July 30, 2020?  Something huge in the scientific world where the Perseverence, land rover launched and headed to Mars.  It was the first Artificial object to land on Mars at the tune of $2,700,000,000.oo.  Yes that is 2.7 billion dollars!!!, and it travelled 300 million miles, and landed on another world, Mars, this past week on February 18, 2021!  NASA knew the travel distance, time and landing destination.

 

In a similar fashion we are taking off on March 15th being launched and taking off into Lent.  The church gives is the launch date, the distance, the path, and destination- our Lord’s Resurrection.  Instead of going outward, our beloved church invites us to go inward.  To travel the 30 centimeter descent from the head to the heart.   We are asked to be mindful in prayer, and fasting and changing the pattern and rhythm of life to travel the inner space of the heart.  

 

Unfortunately many of us are more concerned about outer space rather than the eternal inner space to be with God.  St. Paisios says. “Have you ever thought why people take delight in worldly things, fame, financial gain, popularity, physical looks (fun, adventure, bucket lists, going to Mars, etc.)?"  


"These days, people don’t think much of eternity. Their self-love makes them forget that all things will perish forever. They have not grabbed the deeper meaning of life. They have not experienced other, heavenly joys.  Their heart does not leap for something higher. Again we are so concerned about cleaning the outside of the cup and the inside is filthy, we keep our yard impeccable. While the inside is in disarray..”

 

Just like todays gospel we see the Pharisee who comes to the temple to pray the right prayers, to say the right thing, to wear the right clothes, to attend the right feast days, but I wonder if he really considered going to Paradise. I wonder if his insides were dirty and in disarray.  I am wondering if he thought how will he get closer to God.  


We too are like the Pharisee and we are concern about ourselves, how we will appear good in his life and when we get into that mode we deprive ourselves of spiritual joys when in fact we can experience the love of God in paradise and in this life as well, today.

 

The fuel that will lead us to paradise to this inner space adventure is prayer, fasting, and humility.  Please make it a point to meditate on these essential elements of our spiritual journey.  The fuel of Prayer helps us realize we are called to become united with Jesus and we are to become the prayer we pray.  Praying isn’t just saying words, reciting or memorizing scripture, prayer is encountering and nurturing a relationship with Christ. 

 

The fuel of Fasting helps us realize that we are dependent on God.  If practiced seriously, the Lenten abstinence from food involves a considerable measure of real hunger and maybe feeling a bit tired. The purpose of this is to lead us to a sense of inward brokenness and contrition; to bring us to the point where we appreciate the full force of Christ's statement, 'Without Me you can do nothing' (John 15: 5).

 

True fasting is to be converted in heart and will; it is to return to God, to come home like the Prodigal to our Father's house. In the words of St. John Chrysostom, it means 'abstinence not only from food but from sins'. 'The fast', he insists, 'should be kept not by the mouth alone but also by the eye, the ear, the feet, the hands and all the members of the body': the eye must abstain from impure sights, the ear,

from malicious gossip, the hands from acts of injustice.  It is useless to fast from food, protests St. Basil, and yet to indulge in cruel criticism and slander: 'You do not eat meat, but you devour your brother.

 

The fuel of humility helps us be real and Christ like.  A humble person is aware of our own faults and is not concerned of our brother’s sins.  The humble person does good, speaks good, listens to the good and does not dwell on their accomplishments nor does the humble person judge someone who is not able to offer anything good.  The humble person is mindful not to compare, criticize or judge another. 

 

C.S. Lewis says, humility is not thinking less of yourself, but thinking of yourself less.  Humility is not thinking that you are horrible, worthless, unworthy but to honor the fact that we are created in God’s image and to reflect that to the best of our abilities.


Lets do our best to prepare our take off into lent on March 15th by fueling up with prayer, fasting and humility.  Lets do our best to commit ourselves and one another and our whole life to Christ our God.

 

+fr. tom



Upcoming Events


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Sunday February 21st:

Orthros 8am

Divine Liturgy 9am


Wednesday February 24th:  

Bible Study 12noon - 1pm

Join Zoom Meeting:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83144582046


Virtual Crab Feed

6:30 p.m.


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Sunday February 28th:

Orthros 8am

Divine Liturgy 9am





We welcome you to our Divine Liturgy



Come to church, there is room for you!


 Please feel free to come when you can. If you can't attend in person, please click the link below for our live stream.


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Sunday Readings 


Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee: Triodion Begins Today

The Gospel According to Luke 18:10-14



The Lord said this parable, "Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, 'God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week, I give tithes of all that I get.' But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, 'God, be merciful to me a sinner!' I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but he who humbles himself will be exalted."


Epistle Reading



Prokeimenon. Mode 4.
Psalm 103.24,1
O Lord, how manifold are your works. You have made all things in wisdom.
Verse: Bless the Lord, O my soul.



The reading is from St. Paul's Second Letter to Timothy 3:10-15

TIMOTHY, my son, you have observed my teaching, my conduct, my aim in life, my faith, my patience, my love, my steadfastness, my persecutions, my sufferings, what befell me at Antioch, at lconion, and at Lystra, what persecutions I endured; yet from them all the Lord rescued me. Indeed all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, while evil men and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceivers and deceived. But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings which are able to instruct you for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.




Bible Study: On Colossians

 

A Message of Hope in a Chaotic World


We are continuing to study Colossians chapter 4 looking forward to St. Paul's inspirational letter as we discover the many pearls of wisdom in how to live our life rooted in Christ. We will focus on the powerful messages found in Colossians chapter 4.


Our next study will be this Wednesday as we study St. Paul's 4th Chapter of his letter to the Colossians.


Wednesday, February 24th 2021

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.


 Study on Colossians:

 This is a recurring Wednesday meeting.  just click the link below

 

This is the recurring link to join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83144582046


Please make to immerse yourself in God's word...We look forward to being with you together with one mind and heart, to study St. Paul's Epistle to the Colossians Wednesday from 12:00 p.m - 1:00 p.m..  Looking forward to stepping into this epistle as St. Paul helps us bring peace in our hearts during these chaotic times.


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