Announcements for June 27-July 3, 2010

Joanna the Myrrhbearer

Today:  8:30 am Matins; 9:30 am Divine Liturgy, Pot-Luck Brunch; Parish Council

Tuesday:  6:00 pm Divine Liturgy (Ss. Peter & Paul); Bridges & Pot-Luck Salad Supper

Thursday:  6:00 pm Vespers

Saturday:  6:00 pm Vespers & Panikhida

Sunday:  8:30 am Matins; 9:30 am Divine Liturgy, Brunch

Looking ahead:

Saturday, July 24 following Vespers:  The St. Nicholas Ukulele Group workshop (for absolute beginners and seasoned uke players).

Sunday, July 25: Update on the work of the IOCC

We continue to collect appropriate books and CDs for the Coffee Creek Women’s Facility library.  The collection box is in the narthex.

Monday through Friday, August 9 – 14 Iconography Workshop with Heather MacKean.

The contemplation of God in nature is the preliminary step to the contemplation of God.  Man is guided by the reflections and puzzles of the created world to the knowledge of God….

On the road of our approach to God stands the world — we must pass through the understanding of it.  Everyone has a mission connected with the world.  Everyone must know it according to the power given to him, inasmuch as knowledge can’t come until the gaining of the virtues; everyone must develop beforehand a moral activity in relationship to the world.  A mainly negative attitude towards the world frustrates salvation itself.  The world is imposed on everyone as a stone for sharpening his spiritual faculties.

By the world, we grow to the height of the knowledge of God and to the capacity of being His partner. The world is a teacher to lead us to Christ.  Of course it can also be the road to hell.  It is the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, the tree of testing.  If we look at its beauty in order to praise its creator, we are saved; if we think that its fruit is pure and simply something to eat, we are lost.  Salvation isn’t obtained in isolation but in a cosmic frame.

Fr. Dumitru Staniloae:  Orthodox Spirituality