THE SUNDAY MESSENGER
July 31, 2022
Second Sunday after Transfiguration
COVID UPDATE: Based on the recent increase in Covid infections, Montgomery County is recommending that masks be worn indoors in all public areas and to maintain social distance.
Update on Very Rev. Fr. Mesrob Parsamyan
Primate of the Eastern Diocese
Hayr Mesrob has now undergone a few surgeries as a result of injuries suffered from an automobile accident. Soon he will begin a strenuous program of rehabilitation which will undoubtedly take many months. We ask our faithful to continue offering prayers on his behalf until he is returned to good health.
Scripture and Feast Day Notes
From Today’s Readings
Matthew 18:10-14 Jesus had just cited children and their open-hearted, unfettered faith as the answer to the disciples’ question: “who will be the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven?” With the story of the 100 sheep, he confirms that the Father cares for them all fiercely and equally. He will leave the 99 and look for the one lost sheep, celebrating joyfully when it is found. Discuss/reflect: Sometimes we church members are like the 99 sheep, contentedly grazing with fellow believers. We look down on the one who “goes astray.” What does this parable teach us about that attitude? What might help us see things as God does?
1 Corinthians 1:25-30 St. Paul reminds the faithful that it was not because of their superior qualities that they were called to faith. God calls people out of their foolishness, their unimportance, and their weakness to a strength and widsom that can only be found in Christ. Discuss/reflect: In what ways do “weak things of the world shame the strong”? (v 27)
Isaiah 3:16-4:1 In God’s judgment on Judah and Jerusalem, Isaiah has already described the breakdown of social order. He now focuses on the women, whose finery and beauty – representing a culture of luxury and pride – he describes in detail. All will be removed and defiled as punishment. Discuss/reflect: What are some ways a frivolous, self-centered attitude is encouraged by today’s consumer culture? Have you bought in? How?
Hokehankist today will be for:
Elizabeth and Souren Sadjian requested by David Mears, Terri Sadjian-Mears, Ernie Peacock, Chris Sadjian-Peacock and Matthew Sadjian.
The next issue of the LOOYS will feature our graduates (all levels) and we invite you to submit your own details for inclusion. Write-up should include: full name, parents’ names, name of institution, grade level or degree achieved, activity involvement (church or school), and future plans (further education/work/other). Please include a picture (in high resolution color), if possible. Everything should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by August 7, 2022.
COFFEE HOUR – As we move through the summer months, we will strive to continue offering a weekly Coffee Hour following Badarak which provides us with nourishment and our most enjoyable fellowship. As we have done in the past, we invite you to bring any refreshment or dessert of your choosing to enhance our table. Any questions can be directed to Jeanette @ 215-672-4188 or email@example.com
Blessing of the Grapes: This year the Feast of the Assumption of the Holy Mother-of-God will take place on Sunday, August 14. Anyone wishing to make a donation toward grapes should contact the church office no later than August 7.
COUNTRY STORE – We invite you to come visit us after church most Sundays. See Liz or Jeanette. If you wish to place an order for pickup, contact Lorraine Damerjian @ 215-572-8465, and she can help you with that.
Seeking Part-time Organists – the Choir of Holy Trinity is looking for multiple talented musicians who would be seriously interested in playing the organ for the Sunday morning Divine Liturgy (Badarak) on a rotating schedule. Organ lessons will be provided to the interested candidates, along with one-on-one direction from a senior choir person. For further information, contact Karinne Andonian @ firstname.lastname@example.org.
September 21-Book presentation by Adrienne G. Alexanian on her father’s memoir Forced into Genocide: Memoirs of an Armenian Soldier in the Ottoman Turkish Army
Wednesday 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM Armenian Martyrs’ Congregational Church
100 N. Edmonds Avenue Havertown, PA (610) 446-3330 email@example.com
There are no other books in literature on this aspect of the Armenian Genocide. The book contains rare documents and pictures which will be shown during the presentation. Book signing during the reception. All proceeds will be donated to the AMCC.
The women of Holy Trinity are holding a “Paint & Sip” evening packed with fun and fellowship! More details to come……