SAINT JOHN THE BAPTIST RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH

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Oct 29, 2018
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An excerpt of Father Igor’s message for November concerns the passage in the Bible 2 Corinthians 9:6-11. The passage refers to giving or sowing. This passage could be entitled “The Cheerful Giving,” but I want you to think about giving in the broadest terms possible, not limited to just money….what are some things we can sow? What about our time and attention? If relationships (with God and our neighbor) give life meaning, then what relationship flourishes without our investment of time and attention? If we are not willing to be present with others and really listen to them, do we really have a relationship with them?

 

Verse six says that the way you sow, the way you reap. Do you sow your time, attention, and yes, money, sparingly or bountifully? That is, are you stingy or generous with these things when it comes to others. Verse eight says that God will provide you with enough for every good work. Notice it says enough, not more than enough. He gives us just enough so that we depend on him in faith and avoid becoming overconfident in ourselves.

 

Lastly, verse eleven says that you will be enriched in every way for your great generosity, which will produce thanksgiving to God. It is all God’s anyway, not ours; we are caretakers, not owners, of the life we have and all its resources be they good looks, a strong mind, or a beautiful voice. We are not to hoard our blessings for ourselves or use them only to our advantage, but to offer them up for the blessing of God, neighbor, and indeed all of creation.

 

I hope and pray that you come to Church every Sunday to give thanks to God for all the blessings that He abundantly bestowed upon you. I encourage you to invite other members of your family, your friends, to come together in worship for each service that we offer. I want you and your families to experience God’s love in our midst. As our nation will be observing Thanksgiving Day this month, thank Him for all that you have, and become a participant and an active steward of your Church, of God’s Church. Yours in Christ, Fr. Igor (Please see the Enlightener for Father’s entire message.)

 

We here at St. John’s are eagerly awaiting the visit of His Eminence Archbishop Michael this weekend. Services will begin for Great Vespers on Saturday, November 3 at 6:00 p.m. and Hierarchical Divine Liturgy on Sunday, November 4 at 9:00 am. As a reminder, Daylight Saving Time comes to an end this weekend, so please set your clocks back one hour before you go to bed Saturday night.

 

A new edition of the Diocesan publication, “Jacob’s Well,” is available in the vestibule by the bulletin board. Be sure to pick up a copy. “Jacob’s Well” is an informative and good way to reach out and share our faith with shut-ins, friends, and neighbors. To view the on-line edition please visit the Diocesan website nynjoca.org.

 

Memory Eternal to the servants of God: Mary Hadginske who fell asleep in the Lord on Sept. 25; Olga Biss Olasin on Oct. 5.; and Margaret Dornik Gill on Oct. 6.

 

Many thanks to all those who reliably donate to our food pantry.  Remember that Thanksgiving and Christmas donations are now being collected to fill our baskets for our less fortunate neighbors. Your help is greatly appreciated.

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