SAINT JOHN THE BAPTIST RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH

Mission Service Held at St. John's........

Mar 31, 2017
Mission Service Held at St. John's........

On Sunday, March 26, we at St. John’s warmly welcomed clergy and friends from neighboring parishes to join us in prayer at the Deanery Mission Service.  Fr. Joseph Lickwar delivered a very insightful homily taken from the Apocrypha.  The story follows:  

 

One day Jesus said to his disciplines : “I’d like you to carry a stone for Me.”  He didn’t give any explanation.  So the disciples looked around for a stone to carry, and Peter, being the practical sort, sought out the smallest stone he could possibly find.  After all, Jesus didn’t give any regulation for weight and size!  So he put it in his pocket.  Jesus then said : “Follow Me.”  He led them on a journey.  About noontime Jesus had everyone sit down.  He waved His hands and all the stones turned to bread.  He said, “Now it’s time for lunch.”  In a few seconds, Peter’s lunch was over.  When lunch was done Jesus told them to stand up.  He said again, “I’d like you to carry a stone for Me.”  This time Peter said, “Aha! Now I get it!”  So he looked around and saw a small boulder. He hoisted it on his back and it was painful, it made him stagger.  But he said, “I can’t wait for supper.”  Jesus then said : “Follow Me.”  He led them on a journey, with Peter barely being able to keep up.  Around supper time Jesus led them to the side of a river.  He said, “Now everyone throw your stones into the water.”  They did.  Then He said, “Follow Me,” and began to walk.  Peter and the others looked at Him dumbfounded.  Jesus sighed and said, “Don’t you remember what I asked you to do?  Who were you carrying the stonefor?” (pp.50-51)   The story reminds us that we must always ask ourselves with regards to our obedience, “For whom, REALLY, am I doing this?”

 

Following the service, a dinner was available to all those who attended.  Pictures of the event are in the Photo Gallery.

 

The last Deanery Mission Vespers this year will be on Sunday, April 2nd at Holy Spirit Church, in Wantage, New Jersey at 5:00 p.m. 

 

Palm Sunday service is hosted by the Fellowship of Orthodox Christians in America (FOCA) and will be held on April 9 at 5:00 p.m. in Jersey City.  Father Joseph Lickwar and clergy will serve Bridegroom Matins. 

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