Let the heavens sing for joy, and let everything on earth be glad. For with His Arm the Lord has worked power. He trampled death under foot by means of death; and He became the firstborn from the dead. From the maw of Hades He delivered us; and He granted the world His great mercy.
By faith You justified the Forefathers, having through them betrothed to yourself the Church that came out of the nations. The saints are boasting in glory; for the glorious fruit, the Virgin who without seed gave birth to You, is from their progeny. At their entreaties, O Christ our God, save our souls.
On this day the Virgin Maid * goes to the grotto to give birth * to the pre-eternal Word * in an ineffable manner. * Dance for joy, all the inhabited earth, on hearing. * Glorify along with Angels and with the shepherds * Him who willed that He appear as * a newborn Child, * the pre-eternal God.
Ο ΑΠΟΣΤΟΛΟΣ Πρὸς Κολασσαεῖς Ἐπιστολῆς Παύλου τὸ ἀνάγνωσµα 3:4-11
THE EPISTLE The reading is from Paul's Letter to the Colossians 3:4-11
Brethren, when Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: fornication, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. On account of these the wrath of God is coming upon the sons of disobedience. In these you once walked, when you lived in them. But now put them all away; anger, wrath, malice, slander, and foul talk from your mouth. Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old nature with its practices and have put on the new nature, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator. Here there cannot be Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free man, but Christ is all, and in all.
THE GOSPEL The reading is from the Holy Gospel according to Luke 14:16-24
The Lord said this parable: "A man once gave a great banquet, and invited many; and at the time of the banquet he sent his servant to say to those who had been invited, 'Come; for all is now ready.' But they all alike began to make excuses. The first said to him, 'I have bought a field, and I go out and see it; I pray you, have me excused.' And another said, 'I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I must go to examine them; I pray you, have me excused.' And another said, 'I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.' So the servant came and reported this to his master. Then the householder in anger said to his servant, 'Go out quickly to the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in the poor and maimed and blind and lame.' And the servant said, 'Sir, what you commanded has been done, and there is still room.' And the master said to the servant, 'Go out to the highways and hedges, and compel people to come in, that my house may be filled. For I tell you, none of those men who were invited shall taste my banquet. For many are called, but few are chosen.'"
Let’s Talk About It – Family Insights Podcast Series
Voicing the struggle and depression that sometimes come along with a new baby can seem to imply that you are overlooking the joy in your new “bundle of joy."
Join us today as Paula and Eleni discuss Postpartum Depression, including: its symptoms, the additional stressors affecting women in a faith community, as well as tips finding help and treatment. We listen when people ask us about topics and your ideas help us help our families. Feel free to continue sharing topics you would like to see us write about!
Woven: Coming Fall 2017
"We are woven in His love and He understands us." - Psalm 139
Coming Fall 2017: Family Life Ministry is excited to announce the release of its new interactive book for the modern teenage girl. Written with a youth group in mind, this book is meant to be sorted through in a group setting but can easily be done in the home as well. More details to come!
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