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Topic of the Week   (Tout 9-15)
The Disciples in the World

Verse of the Week
"'You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men. You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.'"

- Matthew 5:13-16

Meaning: Salt and light illustrate the role of disciples in society. They are to manifest the light of patient goodness, bringing glory to their Father in heaven.

Because of its preservative powers, necessity for life and its ability to give flavor, salt had religious and sacrificial significance. It symbolized the making of a covenant. To eat salt with someone meant to be bound together in loyalty. Thus as the salt of the earth, Christians are preservers of God's covenant and give proper flavor to society.

Light is a symbol of God who is the true, uncreated Light. In the Old Testament light is symbolic of God, the divine Law, or Israel in contrast to the Gentiles. In the New Testament the Son is called 'light' and 'the light of the world'. Light is necessary not only for clear vision but for life. Consequently, the life of faith relies on the divine light and on the revelation which makes the believers 'sons of light'. With this knowledge of God in their hearts, Christians shine as lights in a perverse world, stimulating others to look to God and His righteousness. Thus in the Easter (Pascha) Liturgy a candle is brought forth with these words: 'Come take the Light which is never overtaken by night.'

Proverb of the Week
"He who covers his sins will not prosper, but whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy."

- Proverbs 28:13

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Monday - September 19th (Tout 9)
6:30pm - 7:45pm - Prayer Meeting (Arabic)
7:45pm - 9:00pm - St. Mary Ladies Meeting
7:00pm - 8:00pm - Hymn Classes (PK - 8th)
8:00pm - 9:00pm - Deaconate Meetings (1st - 8th)
8:00pm - 9:00pm - Continued Adult Alhan & Deaconate Meeting
9:00pm - 10:00pm - Prayer Meeting for 1st - 8th Grade Servants

Tuesday - September 20th (Tout 10)
7:00am - 9:30am - Divine Liturgy
7:00pm - 9:00pm - Evangelism Meeting
8:00pm - 9:30pm - Midnight Prayers and Praises

Wednesday - September 21st (Tout 11)
7:00am - 9:30am - Divine Liturgy

Thursday - September 22nd (Tout 12)
Monthly Commemoration of Archangel Michael
Third Ecumenical Council at Ephesus
4:30am - 6:30am - Divine Liturgy

Friday - September 23rd (Tout 13)
7:00am - 9:30am - Divine Liturgy
7:00pm - 8:00pm - Bible Study (English-High School)
7:30pm - 9:30pm - Bible Study (Arabic)
8:00pm - 9:30pm - High School Youth Meetings
8:00pm - 10:00pm - St. Pishoy College Youth Meeting
8:00pm - 10:00pm - St. John Chrysostom Fellowship
English: for graduates, engaged & newlywed couples
9:30pm - 11:00pm - Midnight Prayers and Praises

Saturday - September 24th (Tout 14)
7:45am - 10:30am - Divine Liturgy
5:00pm - 5:45pm - Hymn Classes (K-8)
Also-Vespers Prayers, Praises (Congregation)
5:45pm - 6:30pm - Raising of Vespers Incense
(K-8 and Congregation)
6:30pm - 7:30pm - Sunday School (K-8)
- The Holy Family Meeting
8:00pm - 10:20pm -Midnight Prayers & Praises

Sunday - September 25th (Tout 15)
Translocation of the Body of St. Stephen
6:00am - 9:00am - ARABIC & ENGLISH Liturgy
9:00am - 12:00pm - ENGLISH Liturgy (Church)
9:00am - 12:00pm - ARABIC Liturgy (Chapel)
12:00pm - 1:00pm - Bible Study (English)
7:00pm - 9:00pm - St. Antony Youth Meeting (Arabic)