From the desk of Fr. Andrew

June 2019

My Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

O, come let us worship and bow down, and let us kneel before the Lord, our Creator. For He is our God and we are His people (Psalms 95:6,7)

By the time you receive this month's newsletter, school may be out for summer. I thus take this opportunity to encourage you to please keep in mind the celebration of the Divine Liturgy and other divine services of the Church, still takes place throughout the summer months, as does your calling to participate in them.

Stay focused on Sunday as the Lord's Day and the importance of the celebration of the Divine Liturgy in your life. From the Gospel of Luke 24:36-53 we are reminded that after our Lord's Ascension, the disciples ...returned to Jerusalem with great joy and were continually in the temple, praising and blessing God. Continually means there are no breaks! We, as the Orthodox Christians before us, now carry on that biblical reality of our faith tradition. Thus, should not our spiritual communal worship of the Most High God and as Creator of heaven and earth be part and parcel as to who and what we are as Orthodox Christians, regardless of the time of year?

Communal worship is indeed something we continually need to be part of and experience because we have been called by Sacred Scripture and is attested to by our two thousand year old tradition. As we mature in our Orthodox spirituality and come to better understand God, and our relationship toward Jesus Christ through the Holy Spirit, then we begin to better understand that God does NOT take the summer months off and waits for our communal worship. One first step for spiritual growth is to resist the temptation to take the summer off. Thus, I look forward to your continual presence throughout the summer months. God bless you for your continual efforts!

Where is He who is born King of the Judeans? For we have seen His star in the East, and have come to worship Him ...and going into the house they saw the child with Mary His mother, and they fell down and worshipped Him (Matthew 2:2;11).

God's continued blessing, +Fr. Andrew