SAINT JOHN THE BAPTIST RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH

READING ITEMS


 

The one year Reading Plan for the New Testament is listed below.  Readings are for Monday through Friday each week and requires only 5 minutes a day.  It is important to use the Orthodox Study Bible since explanations are clear and plentiful.   Take up and read your Bible!  It is not too late to start now and catch up. 

52 Week N.T. Reading Plan

Start January 1:

Week1: Matthew 1 Matthew 2 Matthew 3 Matthew 4 Matthew 5

Week 2: Matthew 6 Matthew 7 Matthew 8 Matthew 9 Matthew 10

Week 3: Matthew 11 Matthew 12 Matthew 13 Matthew 14 Matthew 15

Week 4: Matthew 16 Matthew 17 Matthew 18 Matthew 19 Matthew 20

Week 5: Matthew 21 Matthew 22 Matthew 23 Matthew 24 Matthew 25

February 6:

Week 6: Matthew 26 Matthew 27 Matthew 28 Mark 1 Mark 2

Week 7: Mark 3 Mark 4 Mark 5 Mark 6 Mark 7

Week 8: Mark 8 Mark 9 Mark 10 Mark 11 Mark 12

Week 9: Mark 13 Mark 14 Mark 15 Mark 16 Luke 1

March 4:

Week 10: Luke 2 Luke 3 Luke 4 Luke 5 Luke 6

Week 11: Luke 7 Luke 8 Luke 9 Luke 10 Luke 11

Week 12: Luke 12 Luke 13 Luke 14 Luke 15 Luke 16

Week 13: Luke 17 Luke 18 Luke 19 Luke 20 Luke 21

April 1:

Week 14: Luke 22 Luke 23 Luke 24 John 1 John 2

Week 15: John 3 John 4 John 5 John 6 John 7

Week 16: John 8 John 9 John 10 John 11 John 12

Week 17: John 13 John 14 John 15 John 16 John 17

Week 18: John 18 John 19 John 20 John 21 Acts 1

May 6:

Week 19: Acts 2 Acts 3 Acts 4 Acts 5 Acts 6

Week 20: Acts 7 Acts 8 Acts 9 Acts 10 Acts 11

Week 21: Acts 12 Acts 13 Acts 14 Acts 15 Acts 16

Week 22: Acts 17 Acts 18 Acts 19 Acts 20 Acts 21

June 3:

Week 23: Acts 22 Acts 23 Acts 24 Acts 25 Acts 26

Week 24: Acts 27 Acts 28 Romans 1 Romans 2 Romans 3

Week 25: Romans 4 Romans 5 Romans 6 Romans 7 Romans 8

Week 26: Romans 9 Romans 10 Romans 11 Romans 12 Romans 13

July 1:

Week 27: Romans 14 Romans 15 Romans 16 1 Corinthians 1 1 Corinthians 2

Week 28: 1 Corinthians 3 1 Corinthians 4 1 Corinthians 5 1 Corinthians 6 1 Corinthians 7

Week 29: 1 Corinthians 8 1 Corinthians 9 1 Corinthians 10 1 Corinthians 11 1 Corinthians 12

Week 30: 1 Corinthians 13 1 Corinthians 14 1 Corinthians 15 1 Corinthians 16 2 Corinthians 1

Week 31: 2 Corinthians 2 2 Corinthians 3 2 Corinthians 4 2 Corinthians 5 2 Corinthians 6

August 5:

Week 32: 2 Corinthians 7 2 Corinthians 8 2 Corinthians 9 2 Corinthians 10 2 Corinthians 11

Week 33: 2 Corinthians 12 2 Corinthians 13 Galatians 1 Galatians 2 Galatians 3

Week 34: Galatians 4 Galatians 5 Galatians 6 Ephesians 1 Ephesians 2

Week 35: Ephesians 3 Ephesians 4 Ephesians 5 Ephesians 6 Philippians 1

September 2:

Week 36: Philippians 2 Philippians 3 Philippians 4 Colossians 1 Colossians 2

Week 37: Colossians 3 Colossians 4 1 Thessalonians 1 1 Thessalonians 2 1 Thessalonians 3

Week 38: 1 Thessalonians 4 1 Thessalonians 5 2 Thess 1 2 Thessalonians 2 2 Thessalonians 3

Week 39: 1 Timothy 1 1 Timothy 2 1 Timothy 3 1 Timothy 4 1 Timothy 5

Week 40: 1 Timothy 6 2 Timothy 1 2 Timothy 2 2 Timothy 3 2 Timothy 4

October 7:

Week 41: Titus 1 Titus 2 Titus 3 Philemon 1 Hebrews 1

Week 42: Hebrews 2 Hebrews 3 Hebrews 4 Hebrews 5 Hebrews 6

Week 43” Hebrews 7 Hebrews 8 Hebrews 9 Hebrews 10 Hebrews 11

Week 44: Hebrews 12 Hebrews 13 James 1 James 2 James 3

November 4:

Week 45: James 4 James 5 1 Peter 1 1 Peter 2 1 Peter 3

Week 46: 1 Peter 4 1 Peter 5 2 Peter 1 2 Peter 2 2 Peter 3

Week 47: 1 John 1 1 John 2 1 John 3 1 John 4 1 John 5

Week 48: 2 John 1 3 John 1 Jude 1 Revelation 1 Revelation 2

December 2:

Week 49: Revelation 3 Revelation 4 Revelation 5 Revelation 6 Revelation 7

Week 50: Revelation 8 Revelation 9 Revelation 10 Revelation 11 Revelation 12

Week 51: Revelation 13 Revelation 14 Revelation 15 Revelation 16 Revelation 17

Week 52: Revelation 18 Revelation 19 Revelation 20 Revelation 21 Revelations 22

 

 

 

Whatever excuse we have for not attending church and bringing our children and young people can only be judged by our Lord. How will He judge our behavior when He sees these suffering Christians throughout the world continue to attend services. How will He, Who sees all and knows all, judge our choices in living our lives without Him? Perhaps we need to remember the prayer by St. Nikolali of Ochrid who stated: l Bless my enemies, O Lord, even I bless them and do not curse them. Enemies have driven me into Thy embrace more than friends have.

 

 


 

Help in Current Crises

Psalm 91

 

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High, who abides in the shadow of the Almighty,

will say to the Lord, "My refuge and my fortress; my God, in Whom I trust."

For He will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence; 

He will cover you with His pinions, and under His wings you will find refuge;

His faithfulness is a shield and buckler.

You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day,

nor the pestilence that stalks in darkness, nor the destruction that wastes at noonday.

A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand;

but it will not come near you.

You will only look with your eyes and see the recompense of the wicked.

Because you have made the LORD your refuge, the Most High your habitation,

no evil shall befall you, no scourge come near your tent.

For He will give His angels charge of you to guard you in all your ways.

On their hands they will bear you up, lest you dash your foot against a stone.

You will tread on the lion and the adder,

the young lion and the serpent you will trample under foot.

Because he cleaves to me in love, I will deliver him;

I will protect him, because he knows my name.

When he calls to me, I will answer him;

I will be with him in trouble, I will rescue him and honor him,

With long life I will satisfy him, and shoiw him my salvation.

                                        Psalm 91:1

 


 

 

THANK GOD FOR LITTLE THINGS

Thank You, God, for little things that often come our way--

The things we take for granted but don't mention when we pray--

The unexpected courtesy, the thoughtful, kindly deed--

A hand reached out to help us in the time of sudden need---

Oh make us more aware, dear God, of little daily graces

That come to us with "sweet surprise" from never dreamed-of places. 

                                                                                       Anonymous


 

 

FRIENDS

By Matushka Svetlana Chaykivska

 

I just can't imagine life without Hope

She is my air and surroundings

Real friends are able to read your feelings like a street sign.

She saw my face and knew without saying any words

"Hi what happened?"

Warm and friendly smiles.

 

Clear and simple

They never made things overloaded beyond our daily life

Happiness of mine is theirs too.

Hope she was the one that I share my great pregnancy news.

When my body is broken

They can heal it too.

She baked and brought an apple pie and we will sit together.

She pours a cup of coffee and we will talk about our youth and school years

And I forget about this sad moment and pain of my soul.

 

May all diseases depart from everyone.

The angels who protect us, from the demons that will divide our hearts.

May our friendship be like a mountain

That will be established for a long time.

 


 

Father Maryan's Sermon:

19th Sunday after Pentecost

 

Gospel Luke 6:31-36

The Lord said, “Even as you wish men to do to you, so also do you to them. And if you love those who love you, what merit have you? For even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who do good to you, what merit have you? For even sinners do that. And if you lend to those from whom you hope to receive in return, what merit have you? For even sinners lend to sinners that they may get back as much in return. But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, not hoping for any return, and your reward shall be great, and you shall be children of the Most High, for He is kind towards the ungrateful and evil. Be merciful, therefore, even as your Father is merciful.

 

 

 

In today’s Gospel Christ talks to us about some things that might sound strange, but should be an active part of our lives. Jesus encourages us to love our enemies and do good to them.

 

It would seem that if someone is my enemy, then why should I love them, and – even more so – do good to them? But Christ says to us: “as you wish that men would do to you, do so to them.” If someone is our enemy and we repay them with goodness, their behavior could change sooner or later. When someone hates us, and we love them – they could understand that they do something wrong or bad. Maybe it doesn’t happen immediately, on the same day or week, but when a person sees good examples and the opposite action of what they do, they start to think about their lives.

 

Christ came into this world and showed boundless love to all people. He died on the cross for each of us. Today’s Gospel says that God is “kind to the ungrateful and the selfish.” God is kind to all of us. He values everyone, whether he/she is good or bad. Because He always waits when people are open to His love, come back to Him, to the home of their Father. And the same thing encourages us to do so. He encourages us to love all people.

 

Of course, we could not love our enemies as we love our children, parents, husband/wife or our relatives and friends. But we should forgive them, do not wish them ill, do them good, show them different and good examples.

 

It’s hard to do. ‘We, sometimes, can’t forgive even people that are close to us. We are angry for ages if someone offends us. We remember the injustice, sometimes, our whole lives. And God says “love your enemies.”

 

Christ tells us these things and says that if we don’t do this, if we don’t show our love first, how are we different from the rest of the world? If we are Christians, followers of Christ, “light of the world” and “salt of the earth” – we should show it by our lives. We should show it, so that others can see who we are. And if we do good just for those people who do good to us, and don’t care about others – how are we different from the rest of the world? If we love those who love us, Christ asks: “what credit is that to you?” If we lend to those from whom we know we receive back – what is our merit?  If we do good just to those who are well placed to us – what is our merit?

 

Today’s world is consumerist. Every company, each brand offers us something that should be essential for us. There are different offers, sales…..and very often we follow this world….listen to advertisements, watch TV, receive calls from different people who convince us to buy that particular product….and we buy and think that this is really necessary for us, that this thing could satisfy us, bring us some joy….

 

Today Christ also does some kind of advertising. He asks us: “do what I ask you to do, do not expect anything in reward and your reward will be great, you will be sons of the Most High.”

 

Think and consider for the value of something in our lives. This world offers us everything, and very often we want everything. And God offers us one thing – to live with him forever. And we never think about this. What is most important for us?

 

That’s why I would like to wish all of us, if we want to receive this reward, we should remember about this every moment of our lives. I would like to wish that the thought about life with God be present in our lives; that we love God, one another, our enemies; that we do good things to all and really be sons and daughters of the Most High, and live with Him every day, that He gives us here, on earth and forever in heaven, that He prepared for each of us. Amen.     Fr. Maryan

 


 

 

Whatever excuse we have for not attending church and bringing our children and young people can only be judged by our Lord.  How will He judge our behavior when He sees these suffering Christians throughout the world continue to attend services.  How will He, Who sees all and knows all, judge our choices in living our lives without Him?  Perhaps we need to remember the prayer by St. Nikolali of  Ochrid who stated: l Bless my enemies, O Lord, even I bless them and do not curse them.  Enemies have driven me into Thy embrace more than friends have.

Whatever excuse we have for not attending church and bringing our children and young people can only be judged by our Lord. How will He judge our behavior when He sees these suffering Christians throughout the world continue to attend services. How will He, Who sees all and knows all, judge our choices in living our lives without Him? Perhaps we need to remember the prayer by St. Nikolali of Ochrid who stated: l Bless my enemies, O Lord, even I bless them and do not curse them. Enemies have driven me into Thy embrace more than friends have.

 

 

 


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I am the good shepherd; I know my own and my own know me,  as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep.  And I have other sheep, that are not of this fold; I must bring them also, and they will heed my voice. So there shall be one flock, one...