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February

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Forgiveness Sunday Vespers

Parishioneers ask each other for forgiveness.

The first service of Great Lent is called Forgiveness Sunday Vespers. It is a standard Lenten weekday evening service. The verses sung refer to beginning Lenten fasting (Parish Info: Fasting) overcoming sin and of spiritual growth. The service ends with the prayer of St. Ephriam the Syrian that asks God to take away various passions and give various virues with a special emphasis on forgiveness.

Parishioneers ask each other for forgiveness.

At the dismissal Father Andrew spoke about his own personal failings and asked for forgiveness and the parishioners asked each other for forgiveness while the choir sang the Paschal hymns.

We invite all to join us at St. Luke's on our lenten journey to Pascha. If you are unable to attend in person please visit "Journey To Pascha" on our website to follow along and for more information on the faith and services. Each year we try to update this part of our site with new pictures so you can look ahead or follow along as we progress towards Pascha.

The Reading of the Canon of St. Andrew of Crete

Father Harrison reads the Canon of St. Andrew of Crete.

A canon is a liturgical poem divided into verses with a refrain. The Canon of St. Andrew, written in the 7th century, is divided into four sections, which are read on Monday through Thursday during Compline of the first week of Lent. St. Andrew, in composing the canon, traces the lives of people in the Bible who lived according to God's commandments with those who failed. By doing this, St. Andrew reminds us of our failings and need of repentance. An example of a verse with refrain is the following:

Solomon was carried away by gratification of his lust. Alas, he who loved wisdom now makes love to prostitutes and finds himself estranged from God. But in your every thought you have imitated him, O my soul, through your disgraceful love of luxury.

Refrain: Have mercy on me O God, have mercy on me.

During the reading the faithful make prostrations (a bow with the head to the floor)

We invite all to join us at St. Luke's on our lenten journey to Pascha. If you are unable to attend in person please visit "Journey To Pascha" on our website to follow along and for more information on the faith and services. Each year we try to update this part of our site with new pictures so you can look ahead or follow along as we progress towards Pascha.

New Members Celebration

Scene from 
New Members Celebration.

Our new members were welcomed with a blessing and a prayer.

SERVICE FOR WELCOMING NEW MEMBERS

Priest - Do you wish to become members of St. Luke Parish
Answer: I do
Priest Do you now re-affirm that same Faith, and pledge to persevere in it as parishioners of this church?
Answer: I do.
Priest: Do you promise to make frequent use of the means of grace afforded by this holy Church particularly in the reception of the Holy Mysteries?
Answer: I do.
Priest: Do you intend to share fully in the Divine Services, devotions, and good works of the Faithful of this parish?
Answer: I do.
Priest: Do you promise to abide by all the rules and statutes of this parish and to uphold it by your prayers, your presence, your gifts, and your service?
Answer: I do.
Priest: The servants of God, Name are received and admitted into the communion of this holy parish and to participation in all that pertains to it: In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
People: Amen.
Deacon: Let us pray to the Lord
Choir: Lord have mercy

O Lord God Almighty, because of Your great and incalculable love for us You have shown us the right path to the knowledge of You, the one true God, worshiped and glorified in the Trinity. We give thanks to You because You have directed Your servants (Names) to become members of St. Luke’s parish. We pray that they will be illumined with the knowledge and understanding of Your Holy Scripture so that they will follow your ordinances. We pray that they may not be absent from Your house but will enter it with faith and thanksgiving always worshiping and glorifying Your holy name. We pray that they may partake often of Your holy body and blood not unto judgement or condemnation but to eternal life. We pray that they will be preserved from all evil attacks of the enemy. So that on Your fearful judgement day they will be numbered with those on your right hand. And we pray that we may all become one as You are one with your eternal Father, and Life Giving Spirit always now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen

Icon is presented – Turn to face Congregation

Priest - These new members are given to your care. Love them as Christ loves you. Help them mature in the faith so they may fulfill Christ command to preach the gospel.

Scene from 
New Members Celebration.

After the prayer, the new members were welcomed and introduced to the congregation. Each new member will be presented with the Icon of St. Luke.

Scene from 
New Members Celebration.

Following the Liturgy a luncheon was held in honor of the new members complete with a cake.

Scene from 
New Members Celebration.

Lillian also celebrated her 90th birthday. God Grant Her Many Years.

Garden Center Visit For February

Scene from 
Garden Center Visit For February.

Fr. Andrew started the visit with a story about John, the Apostle. He said how he was a writer and the author of a Gospel and three epistles that bear his name, as well as the book of Revelation. John outlived all the other Apostles and his theology is best described as a theology of love.

Scene from 
Garden Center Visit For February.

Fr. Andrew showing what he brought from his trip to Africa, two pieces of acacia wood. Acacia wood was what was used to build the Ark of the Covenant, and then covered with gold.

Scene from 
Garden Center Visit For February.

As always, the evening ended with cookies and fellowship.

Children's Sermon For February

Scene from 
Children's Sermon For February.

Fr. Andrew brought two logs of Acacia wood back from his recent trip to Africa. He explained that this was the same wood Moses used to make the ark of the covenant. The tablets of the Ten Commandments were placed into this gold covered box.

Scene from 
Children's Sermon For February.

He compared the ark of the old covenant with Mary the Theotokos who was the living ark of the new covenant. This relationship is expressed in the feast of the Presentation of Mary to the temple which is celebrated on February 2nd.

A Venetian Carnivale

Scene from 
A Venetian Carnivale.

St. Luke Parish held a pre-lenten dinner this week entitled "A Venetian Carnivale". After a blessing by Father Andrew food was served. The dinner theme was Italian.

Scene from 
A Venetian Carnivale.

A contest was held to determine the best masks. Three prizes were awarded for the children and three for the adults. Here the contestants are lined up.

Scene from 
A Venetian Carnivale.

The contestants came forward one at a time and were rated by crowd approval.

Scene from 
A Venetian Carnivale.

Another contestant steps forward.

Scene from 
A Venetian Carnivale.

One of the children receives his award.

Scene from 
A Venetian Carnivale.

Group photo on the winning children.

Scene from 
A Venetian Carnivale.

Group photo of the adult winners.

Scene from 
A Venetian Carnivale.

Group mask photo.

Scene from 
A Venetian Carnivale.

Afterwards dancing to music provided by a Disc Jockey.

Our thanks to our Community Team and all those who helded and attended for providing us with a wonderful event.

On Safari

Scene from 
On Safari.

Here are two photos and messages from Father Andrew and Pat during their recent trip to Africa.

We are flying to Nairobi. There isn't much hear but Elephants Lions and buffalo. We are waiting for the plane to land.

Scene from 
On Safari.

We were visiting a Masai village the cultural part of the trip. All is going well. Weather is outstanding. We are at Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.

Scout Sunday

Scene from 
Scout Sunday.

This Sunday following Liturgy, St. Luke Parish honored all of its participants in scouting programs. After we sang "Many Years" for our scouts, various awards were handed out.

Scene from 
Scout Sunday.

During coffee hour a cake was provided for our scouts.

Scene from 
Scout Sunday.

Our scouts are active in the community. Here five teens from the Venturing Crew helped the church food team providing food for the PADS homeless program. The teens prepared a casserole, helped serve dinner, made lunches and distributed toiletry items to the guests.


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