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  • Welcome to our guests! Thank you for attending today’s Divine Liturgy. Please register your visit by completing the guest book located on the table in the narthex. We would appreciate getting to meet you, so feel free to join us for refreshments & fellowship in the Cultural Center.

    We believe Holy Communion to be a sign that in Christ we have all things in common, share an identical faith, and are united fully to the Orthodox Church. Anyone interested in learning more about our faith is encouraged to speak with one of our clergy. Orthodox Christians who have prepared themselves through prayer, fasting, & regular confession are welcome to receive Holy Communion.


    Sunday of Forefathers

    (Ancestors) of Christ

    DECEMBER 17, 2017

    2250 East Paris Ave, Grand Rapids, MI 49546 616-954-2700 ▪ [email protected] ▪ www.stnicholasgr.com

    V. Rev. Fr. Michael Nasser, Pastor 616-216-3537 [email protected]

    Rev. Archdeacon David Khorey Rev. Deacon Clement Nicoloff Rev. Deacon Justin Adolphson Subdeacon Nicholas Rock


    Let the heavens rejoice and the earth be glad, for the Lord hath done a mighty act with His own arm. He hath trampled down death by death, and become the first-born from the dead. He hath delivered us from the depths of Hades, granting the world the Great Mercy.

    Since they had slain through their abstinence and struggles the fiery ragings and fierce motions of the passions, the staunch Martyrs of Christ God laid hold on the graces to drive off the pains and illnesses of the sick and work wonders both while living and after death. Strange indeed is the miracle: that these bare bones should pour forth such overflowing streams of cures. Glory be to our only God.

    For the Health and Blessings of Audrey Rose Hannah, by Cecelia Olson. May God grant you many years! For the Health and Blessings of Subdeacon Nicholas on his ordination, by Ana Bosman. Happy St. Nicholas Day and may God grant you many, many years! For the Health & Blessings of Lila Gilbert on her birthday, by Dn. David and Jenny Khorey. May God grant you many years! For the Health & Blessings of Callia Gilbert on her birthday, by Dn. David and Jenny Khorey. May God grant you many years! For the Health & blessings of Alex Ellis, Stephanie Thomas, and Joanne Nicola on their birthdays, by Barbara Thomas. May God grant them many years! In memory of the six-month passing of my beloved husband Millard Laramy, by Jean, her children, grandchildren, and special great grandson, Silas. May Millard’s memory be Eternal. In memory of Amine Nicolas, Lucille Thomas, Rose Nichola, and Joanne Bitar offered by Barbara Thomas. May their memories be Eternal.


    The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Luke. (13:10-17)

    The Lord spoke this parable: “A man once gave a great banquet, and invited many; and at the time for the banquet he sent his servant to say to those who had been invited, ‘Come; for all is now ready.’ But, one by one, they all began to make excuses. The first said to him, ‘I have bought a field, and I must go out and see it; I pray you, have me excused.’ And another said, ‘I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to examine them; I pray you, have me excused.’ And another said, ‘I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.’ So the servant came and reported this to his master. Then the householder in anger said to his servant, ‘Go out quickly to the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in the poor and maimed and blind and lame.’ And the servant said, ‘Sir, what you commanded has been done, and still there is room.’ And the master said to the servant, ‘Go out to the highways and hedges, and compel people to come in, that my house may be filled. For I tell you, none of those men who were invited shall taste my banquet.’ For many are called, but few are chosen.”


    Blessed art Thou, O Lord, the God of our Fathers. For Thou art just in all that Thou hast done for us.

    The Reading from the Epistle of St. Paul to the Colossians (3:4-11)

    Brethren, when Christ, Who is our life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: fornication, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. On account of these, the wrath of God is coming upon the sons of disobedience. In these you once walked, when you lived in them. But now put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and foul talk from your mouth. Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old nature with its practices and have put on the new nature, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its Creator. Here there cannot be Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free man, but Christ is all, and in all.

    Thy work of justice did show thee to thy congregation a canon of faith, the likeness of humility, a teacher of abstinence, O Father Bishop Nicholas. Wherefore, by humility thou didst achieve exaltation, and by meekness richness. Intercede, therefore, with Christ to save our soul.

    The Virgin cometh today to the cave to give birth, ineffably to bring forth the Word eternal. Therefore, rejoice, O earth at the message with the angels and shepherds give glory to him who shall appear by his own will as a young child, he who is from eternity God.

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    Victims of the continued conflicts in the Middle East


    Vera Mijatovic Louise Whalen Janice Russell Linda McDonald Audrey Nicoloff

    Linda Zainia Ralph Thomas Bujorica Popovici Amanda Sutton David Corey

    Mary Martin Sarah Kaufman Steve Becker


  • There are a few seats left on the bus for Christmas caroling today. The bus will depart St. Nicholas at 2:15 PM. This is a fun event that brings great joy to so many of our home-bound parishioners. All ages are welcome! After caroling, we will be returning to the church for a time of fellowship and food. Don't miss the fun! All ages welcome.

    There will be a brief informational meeting about summer camp today following the Divine Liturgy. Whether you have never sent your son/daughter to camp or your child is a regular camper, please attend this meeting which will be held in the Conference Room See you there!

    Camp registration is now open! If you have not registered for Session II (July 1-13), please do so as soon as possible. Space is limited and spots will fill-up quickly! Family Camp registration will open January 8-12.

    There is an all-member meeting today during Coffee Hour. We will begin in the Conference Room for the Antiochian Village Camp meeting then head to the Teen Room. Parents are welcome to attend.

    Join us as we prepare for Christmas together on Tuesday, December 19 at 9:30 AM. We'll have a Christmas craft, some talk-time with Fr. Michael about the Nativity, and of course wonderful fellowship! Snack and coffee provided!

    There will not be class on December 24 & 31. After the Christmas break, we look forward to resuming our Christian Education classes on Sunday, January 7, 2018.

    Pick-up your yearly packet containing the following information:

     2018 Church Calendar  2018 Tithing envelopes

    Your packet can be obtained from the table in the Narthex. Thank you!

  • Game Night

    The Young Adults/College group will be celebrating the Christmas & Theophany Season with a Game Night at Joanna Abud's house. The Festivities will begin at 6 PM on January 4th. Bring your favorite game and a dish to pass! Contact Scott Storey for further details. (Address: 845 Cherry St. SE Grand Rapids 49506).

    OCF Midwest College Conference

    Join us for the Midwest College Conference at the Iakovos Retreat Center December 27-30, 2017. It is a fantastic opportunity for Orthodox college students from all different backgrounds to gather to learn about their faith, take a break, meet new people, and worship together in a beautiful new Orthodox retreat center, nestled in the woods of Wisconsin. In an effort to encourage Antiochian college students to attend, Bishop Anthony’s Diocesan Council has offered a $100 scholarship to the first 15 Antiochian students that sign up. This would bring the already subsidized price down to $100 per student.

    During our General Assembly on January 28, 2018, we will be electing three members and an alternate to the Parish Council. If you are interested in running, or have questions regarding Parish Council membership, please contact Fr. Michael, Parish Council Chairman Mike Simon, or Marwan Karadsheh, Nominations Chairman.

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