Prosfora: N. Galiatsatos
Altar Servers: V. Weis, D. Holobeny
Greeter(s): M. Jobst, M. Brausch
Epistle: R. Barone
Donut Sponsor(s): Turri
Chapel Vacuum: T. Jacobs
Candle care: J. Elash
Counters: B. Garber, J. Elash
9:00am Hours: B. Edwards
9:25am Reception of Bradley and Tammie Winsler into Catechumenate
9:30am Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom
11:30am Fellowship Hour: Team 2
11:45am Church School/Youth Group
Hymns & Readings:
Tone 8 Troparion (Resurrection)
You descended from on high, O Merciful One! You accepted the three day burial to free us from our sufferings! O Lord, our Life and Resurrection, glory to You!
Tone 1 Troparion (Theophany)
When You, O Lord, were baptized in the Jordan, the worship of the Trinity was made manifest. For the voice of the Father bore witness to You, calling You His Beloved Son; and the Spirit in the form of a dove confirmed the truthfulness of His word. O Christ our God, You have revealed Yourself, and have enlightened the world, glory to You.
Tone 4 Kontakion (Theophany)
Today You have shone forth to the world, O Lord, and the light of Your countenance has been marked on us. Knowing You, we sing Your praises. You have come and revealed Yourself, O unapproachable Light.
Tone 1 Prokeimenon (Sunday after Theophany)
Let Your mercy, O Lord, be upon us as we have set our hope on You!
Epistle: Ephesians 4:7-13
But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift. Therefore He says: “When He ascended on high, He led captivity captive, and gave gifts to men.” (Now this, “He ascended” – what does it mean but that He also first descended into the lower parts of the earth? He who descended is also the One who ascended far above all the heavens, that He might fill all things.) And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.
Gospel: Matthew 4:12-17
Now when Jesus heard that John had been put in prison, He departed to Galilee. And leaving Nazareth, He came and dwelt in Capernaum, which is by the sea, in the regions of Zebulun and Naphtali, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying: “The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, by the way of the sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles: The people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, and upon those who sat in the region and shadow of death Light has dawned.” From that time Jesus began to preach and to say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”
Hymn to the Theotokos
Magnify, O my soul, the most-pure Virgin Theotokos, more honorable than the heavenly hosts.
No tongue knows how to praise you worthily, O Theotokos; even Angels are overcome with awe praising you. But since you are good, accept our faith; for you know our love inspired by God.
You are the defender of Christians, and we magnify you.
For Further Reading:
The Holy Trinity: The God Who Saves
Even though it is by one single act of loving-kindness that the Trinity has saved our race, yet each of the blessed Persons in said to have contributed something of His own. It is the Father who is reconciled, the Son who reconciles, while the Holy Spirit is bestowed as a gift on those who have become friends. The Father has set us free, the Son was the ransom by which we are freed, but the Spirit is freedom, for Paul says, “where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom” (2 Cor. 3:17). The Father has re-shaped us, by means of the Son we were re-shaped, but “it is the Spirit who gives life” (Jn. 6:63). The Trinity was foreshadowed even at the first creation. Then the Father created, and the Son was the hand for Him who created, but the Paraclete was the breath for Him who inbreathed the life. (Nicholas Cabasilas, The Life in Christ, p. 74)
Yet as John is baptizing, Jesus approaches, perhaps also to sanctify the baptizer, and certainly to bury all the old Adam in the water, but before these things and for the sake of these things to sanctify the Jordan. As indeed he was spirit and flesh, so he initiates by the Spirit and the water. The baptizer does not accept it; Jesus debates [with him]. “I need to be baptized by you,” the lamp says to the sun, the voice to the Word, the friend to the bridegroom, the one above all born of women to the firstborn of all creation, the one who leaped in the womb to the one worshipped in the womb, the one who was and will be the Forerunner to the one who was and will be manifest. “I need to be baptized by you...” (Gregory Nazianzus, Festal Orations, pp. 91-92)
Everything Jesus Does is a Sacrament
...each thing that Jesus accomplished, no matter how apparently insignificant, had salvific effects. “Everything that Jesus does,” writes Jerome in his explanation of why the Gospel of Mark found it necessary to record the detail that Jesus rode on an ass when he entered Jerusalem, “is a sacrament. He is our salvation For if the Apostle tells us, ‘Whether you eat or drink or whatever else you do, do all things in the name of the Lord’ [1 Corinthians 10:31], are not these much more our sacraments, when the Savior walks or eats or sleeps?” As the Gospels themselves indicate, the dynamism or radiant energy possessed by Christ extended also to his clothing, which Hilary comments on apropos of the story of the healing of the woman with the flow of blood in Matthew 9:20-22: “The power abiding in his body added a health-giving quality to perishable things, and a divine efficacy even when as far as the fringes of his garments. For God was not divisible and able to be contained, as if he could be shut up in a body.” A striking instance of the energy that radiated from Christ, finally, is associated with his baptism in the Jordan River. Jesus’ mere physical contact with the Jordan was enough to cleanse it and, along with it, all the waters of the earth, so as to make them suitable in turn for cleaning those who would be baptized. We find this idea as early as the beginning of the second century in Ignatius of Antioch and frequently thereafter. (Boniface Ramsey, Beginning to Read the Fathers, pp. 83-84)
Theology: So That We Might Become Wise
Of the Christian gospel: By “the gospel” I mean the announcement that in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, the Triune Creator, the God of Israel, has acted decisively to reconcile the world to himself. Here is theology’s raison d’etre and its lodestar - theology is not free-floating speculation, but it is disciplined by this gospel and seeks to interpret the whole of reality from this center. Just because it is so motivated, the theologian is ultimately responsible to a living God: the God of the gospel is not an inert presence but personally active, continuously at work to transform his creatures and his creation. Hence learning about God is undertaken in the context of learning from God, as God relates to us and we to God. This means, in turn, that theology is inseparable (though distinct) from prayer and worship - thinking appropriately about God means regularly engaging with God. . . . Precisely because it relates to the whole of us and concerns the energetic, life-transforming God of the gospel, theology has a practical orientation. One of the best ways to express this is to speak of theology fostering wisdom. In the so-called Wisdom literature of the Bible (for example, the book of Proverbs), gaining wisdom concerns much more than amassing data for the mind’s scrutiny. It is practically geared. To be wise means being able to discern what is going on in specific, down-to-earth situations and to judge what it is right to say and do in those situations in a way that is faithful and true to God. We become wise in order to live well. As “lived knowledge,” wisdom is directed toward a lifestyle thoroughly “in tune” with God - godly living - that resonates aptly with the Creator’s intentions for us and his world. (Jeremy S. Begbie, Resounding Truth, p. 20)
Sin as Mud to Be Washed Away
God has imprinted the image of the good things on His own nature on creation. But sin, in spreading out over the divine likeness, has caused this good to disappear, covering it with shameful garments. But if, by a life rightly led, you wash away the mud that has been put on your heart, then godlike (theoeides) beauty will again shine out in you. And so it is that he who is pure of heart merits to be called blessed, since in looking at his own beauty, he sees in it its model. Just as he who looks at the sun in a mirror, even if he does not fix his eyes on the sky itself, nevertheless sees the sun in the mirror’s brightness, so you also even if you eyes could not bear the light, possess within yourselves what you desire, if you return to the grace of the image that was placed in you from the beginning. (Gregory of Nyssa, from Louis Bouyer’s The Spirit of the New Testament and the Fathers, pp. 365-366)
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Holy Water and Houseblessing
Today is the last day for the the Holy Water font to be out in the nave. Ask any of the men working in the altar to assist you in filling your container. Today is also the last chance to sign up on the bulletin board to have Fr. Ted bless your house. He will contact you to set up a time to bless your home. There is also a printed prayer service available in the entranceway that has the prayers for you to bless your home yourself. Please feel free to take one of the copies of this prayer service. If you have a question about blessing your own home, talk to Fr. Ted.
Wednesday Adult Discussion Group
Our Wednesday morning discussion will be meeting January 16 at 11am to continue discussing Adam and the Genome: Reading Scripture After Genetic Science by Scot McKnight and Dennis R. Venema. You are welcome to join the discussion whether or not you have read the book. Are Adam and Eve two historical figures or are they more representatives of humanity? Their story is each of our stories and our stories are their stories - each and “all sin and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). If you like to reflect on how the science of genetics is related to the story of Adam and Eve, join our discussion.
Parish Council Planning Meeting
Parish Council will meet this Saturday at 9 AM in the fellowship hall to identify concerns and opportunities for Council action this year. All parish members are invited to attend to share ideas and concerns or contact any Council member. Discussion items already identified include financial projections, building upgrades and required equipment replacements, volunteer and standing committees status, education and church school, icon additions, Priestly planning, community outreach and charity and serving our young families and shut-ins.
Vacation Church School 2019
This year’s Vacation Church School will be hosted by Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church June 24-28. Anyone who wants to volunteer can please contact Heather Weis.
St. Paul Prayer Team
If you would like to submit prayer requests for the prayer team, forms can be found on the greeter’s table. Please place requests in the box on the greeter table or by email to email@example.com. If you would like to be a part of praying with the team - and pray daily for others in the parish, or if you have further questions please contact Mark Pearson.
In January, we have the Sanctity of Human Life Sunday. We give our charity donation to help those brave mothers who though for many hard reasons are considering abortion but then choose to keep their babies. We will give our charity funds this month to the the Orthodox agency that works with mothers who choose life - ZOE for Life. Please do remember in your prayers all of those who because of the difficulties of life are considering abortion. Pray for those who choose to give their babies life. And pray and give financial support to those families who because of poverty are struggling to raise their children. Pro-life doesn’t mean just that we oppose abortion, it means we choose to financially support those who choose life for their babies and who need our help to fulfill their commitments. Pro-life means we are committed for our entire life to the life of these children, including helping them to get health care and an education.
This Week’s Schedule:
Monday, January 14
8:30am Matins 9am Office Hours
Tuesday, January 15
Wednesday, January 16
8:30am Matins 9am Office Hours 11am Discussion Group
Thursday, January 17
Friday, January 18
8:30am Matins 9am Office Hours 10am Catechism
Saturday, January 19
9am-Noon Annual Parish Council Planning Meeting
Sunday, January 20
Sanctity of Human Life Sunday
Prosfora: Need volunteer
Altar Servers: D. Abshear
Greeter(s): D. Helferich, M. Jobst
Epistle: A. McLarnan
Donut Sponsor(s): Turri
Chapel Vacuum: J. Cunningham
Candle care: Helferich
Counters: J. Weise, M. Topalov
9:00am Hours: A McLarnan
9:30am Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom
11:30am Fellowship Hour: Team 3
11:45am Church School/Youth Group
Upcoming Dates to Remember:
February 2 Presentation of Christ in the Temple
March 11 Great Lent Begins