Bulletin 41 - December 22, 2002/January 4, 2003
December 22, 2002/January 4, 2003
Saturday Before Nativity
Six people attended the Divine Liturgy on December 28,2002. One communicant.
The Mission is moving toward three full years of existence since the Archpastoral Blessing of His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN.
With the blessings of God, the Mission will continue to exist in the New Year.
Fervent prayers are needed for the Mission.
The prayers at the Mission in the Divine services are of benefit to many.
Regularity of services are important.
Parishioners of the Mission help the Mission by living Orthodox Christian lives throughout the week.
Let us remember the suffering people of the world
Let us remember the suffering people in Kosovo.
Let the joy of the Feast of the Nativity permeate our hearts.
Let us remember in prayer the residents of hospitals, nursing homes and jails and prisons in West Virginia.
Let us remember the unemployed and underemployed in West Virginia and pray they will be able to support their families.
Abba Pambo said, "If you have a heart, you can be saved."
The Holy Gospel for today speaks of the kingdom of God. The Holy Gospel for today speaks of the narrow gate leading to the kingdom. The Holy Gospel today speaks of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and the holy prophets being in the kingdom of God.
Not all will be blessed to enter God's kingdom. Many succumb to perils and temptations in this life. Many tire of the effort of being faithful to God. Many have a faith that is short-lived.
We are called to be Christians all of our lives. We are called to be faithful to God all of our lives. We are called to honor and respect and adhere to the teachings of God all of our lives.
The Nativity of Jesus Christ is one our minds at this time. The Feast of the Nativity of Jesus Christ is imminent. The Feast of the Nativity of Jesus Christ is a feast of great joy.
The Lord Jesus Christ took on human flesh and dwelt on earth. The birth of the Lord Jesus Christ in the flesh changed the world forever. Mary the Mother of God has a place in history unlike any other woman.
We are called to think deeply about the birth of Jesus Christ. We are called to consider the meaning for our lives the birth of Jesus Christ. No other birth has the meaning of the birth of Jesus Christ.
No other birth has received the continued attention as has the birth of Jesus Christ. No other birth has the joy associated with it as the birth of Jesus Christ.
We invest our time wisely when we seriously think about the birth of Jesus Christ. We invest our time wisely when we think about the Holy Spirit and the birth of Jesus Christ.
God is always at work in the world. God gives us each new day. God gives us each evening and night. God assures us of the regularity of the seasons, the coming of days and nights, the presence of rain and snow, of sun and moon, of stars and air to breathe.
Too often we take the actions of God for granted. The birth of Jesus Christ in the flesh gives us reason to think about God. The birth of Jesus Christ in the flesh gives us reason to give thanks to God and to remember the greatness of God.
Today is the best day to thank God for the countless blessings received. Today is the best day to pray to God, to think about God and to be faithful to God.
The joy of the Feast of the Nativity is a transforming joy, a divine joy, a joy emanating from the Christ-Child. Thank God for the joy of the Feast of the Nativity, that believers everywhere may share in and be enriched by it.