Sunday Bulletin December 9, 2018

Sunday Bulletin December 9, 2018

St. Michael the Archangel
Orthodox Church of America in Concord, CA

Saturday Vespers at 5 p.m.- confessions following
Sunday Divine Liturgy at 10 a.m.- Confessions 9 – 9:45 a.m.
Sunday Bulletin – December 9, 2018

Welcome to all our parishioners and visitors this Sunday! If you are from visiting, please introduce yourself!

St. Nicholas Feast – Today, December 9, 2018, our parish will celebrate the Feast of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker. Festivities for the children will conclude in the Parish Hall after the Liturgy, with a very special visitor!

Canned Food for Fire Victims – Thank you to all who have brought canned for the victims of the Chico and Paradise fires who are still in shelters. The bags of food will be taken on Monday to the food bank.

Monthly Short Panikhida – A short Panikhida will be served after the Divine Liturgy on the 3rd Sunday of each month for the deceased parishioners who are remembered in that month. Next Sunday the Short Panikhida will be served.

Christmas Tree Trimming – Sunday, December 23, after Liturgy we will trim the tree outside. Bring lights and some decoration. We’ll have hot cocoa, egg nog and sing Christmas Carols!

Words of Holy Men and Women
~ From The Temple by George Herbert (1593-1633)

Thou, that hast given so much to me,
Give one thing more: a grateful heart.
See how thy beggar works on thee
By art.

He makes thy gifts occasion more,
And says, If he in this be crossed,
All thou hast given him heretofore
Is lost.

But thou didst reckon, when at first
Thy word our hearts and hands did crave,
What it would come to at the worst
To save.

Perpetual knockings at thy door,
Tears sullying thy transparent rooms,
Gift upon gift, much would have more,
And comes.

This not withstanding, thou wentst on
And didst allow us all our noise:
Nay thou hast made a sigh and groan
Thy joys.

Not that thou hast not still above
Much better tunes, than groans can make;
But that these country-airs thy love
Did take.

Wherefore, I cry, and cry again;
And in no quiet canst thou be,
Till I a thankful heart obtain
Of thee.

Not thankful when it pleaseth me;
As if Thy blessings had spare days:
But such a heart whose pulse may be
Thy praise.

Reader today is Gene Perry. Reader for December 16 is Stan Scioscia

Fr. Peter Fermeglia –
P.O Box 728, Concord, CA 94522

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