St. Paul the Apostle Orthodox Church

Sunday Bulletin

Sunday, January 14, 2018

32nd Sunday after Pentecost 

Tone 7. Leave-taking of the Theophany. St. Sava I of Serbia (1237)

Today’s Schedule:

Altar Server: M. Caldwell

Greeter(s): M. Jobst, M. Brausch

Epistle: D. Abshear

Donut Sponsor(s): Topalov

Chapel Vacuum: Need volunteer

Candle care: DeLong

Counters: B. Garber, P. Friesel

9:00am Hours: D. Abshear

9:30am Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom

11:30am Fellowship Hour: Team 2

11:45am Youth Group/Church School 

Hymns & Readings:


Resurrectional Troparion, Tone 7:

By Your Cross, You destroyed death! To the thief, You opened Paradise! For the myrrhbearers, You changed weeping into joy! And You commanded Your disciples, O Christ God, to proclaim that You are risen, granting the world great mercy!

Troparion of the Theophany, Tone 1:

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!  


Resurrectional Troparion, Tone 7:

The dominion of death can no longer hold men captive, for Christ descended, shattering and destroying its powers! Hell is bound, while the prophets rejoice and cry: The Savior has come to those in faith! Enter, you faithful, into the Resurrection!

Kontakion of the Theophany, Tone 4:

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.”


Prokeimenon, Tone 7:

The Lord will give strength to his people. The Lord will bless his people with peace.


Epistle: 1 Timothy 1:15-17

This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief. However, for this reason I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might show all longsuffering, as a pattern to those who are going to believe on Him for everlasting life. Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, to God who alone is wise, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.


Gospel: Luke 18:35-43

Then it happened, as He was coming near Jericho, that a certain blind man sat by the road begging. And hearing a multitude passing by, he asked what it meant. So they told him that Jesus of Nazareth was passing by. And he cried out, saying, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Then those who went before warned him that he should be quiet; but he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” So Jesus stood still and commanded him to be brought to Him. And when he had come near, He asked him, saying, “What do you want Me to do for you?” He said, “Lord, that I may receive my sight.” Then Jesus said to him, “Receive your sight; your faith has made you well.” And immediately he received his sight, and followed Him, glorifying God. And all the people, when they saw it, gave praise to God. 

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:

St. Isaac on the Merciful Heart

Isaac loved solitude and stillness, but any kind of closing in upon himself, any thought of his own salvation apart from his brethren, was entirely alien to him. He possessed that ‘merciful heart’ which is characterized by having compassion on all creatures, not only Christians, but also apostates, animals, and demons. His personal prayer, like liturgical prayer, grew to a cosmic scale embracing not only neighbors and strangers, but the whole of humanity and the entire universe. (Hilarion Alfeyev, The Spiritual World of Isaac the Syrian, p. 202)


Sin is an Offense to God

Just as he who hates wicked men cannot properly be called a hater of mankind, so to feel abhorrence of sin merely because it brings punishment on its perpetrator rather than because it conflicts with God’s laws is not to shun wickedness itself but merely to flee from its punishment. It is quite clear that were it possible to sin without peril to oneself such men would not flee from evil.

            But those whose affection for God exalts them to a philosophical life honour the law because they love its Giver. When they have offended God they condemn themselves and blame themselves for the sin itself and bewail it, not because they were cheated of the rewards of virtue but because their will was not in harmony with God. (Nicholas Cabasilas, The Life in Christ, pp. 209-210)


Vicious Gossip vs. The Gospel 

The elders were keenly aware, from their own personal experience, of the high cost of fulfilling the commandment to love. Their reading of Scripture served to confirm this sense and to encourage them to risk loving even under extreme circumstances. It is startling, as we listen to the monks talk about the requirements of love, how literally they took the words of Scripture. Poemen's interpretation of one Gospel text illustrates well the particular kind of demands love made upon the monks in their life in the desert, and how their reading of Scripture helped them to respond to these demands. Abba Poemen saw the text, "Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends" (Jn 15:13) as referring to just such a situation: "If someone hears an evil saying, that is, one which harms him, and in his turn, he wants to repeat it, he must fight in order not to say it. Or if someone is taken advantage of and he bears it, without retaliating at all, there he is giving his life for his neighbour." Fulfilling the commandment, then, entailed having the courage to love in circumstances where one's natural response would lead one in precisely the opposite direction. (Douglas Burton-Christie, The Word in the Desert, pp. 264-265)


Theophany-Jesus Cleanses the Jordan

...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 o 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 went 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 cleansing 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)


Recent Posts on Fr. Ted’s Blog:


St. Paul Ladies Coffee Get-together

The ladies of St. Paul’s will be getting together at the Starbucks in Kettering (2115 E Dorothy Ln.) on Wednesday, January 17 from 8pm-10pm. Join us! See Erin Ferdelman with questions.


Wednesday Book Study

Is not meeting this week as Fr Ted is taking a few vacation days. The class will resume on January 24 at 11am when we will conclude our discussion of the prayers of the Great Blessing of Water. On January 31 we will  begin a discussion of the Gospel and Epistle lessons for the Saturdays and Sundays of Great Lent.  We will continue this discussion throughout the Lenten season.  Please join us to consider these essential Scripture lessons and to share what value these readings have had in your spiritual life.


Baptism of Lydia Barone

Our St. Paul's family is invited to attend the baptism of Lydia Barone on Saturday, January 20 at 9:30 am. We'll have a celebration breakfast after in the hall, so please let Rebecca Barone know if you plan on being there.


Holy Water

Today is the last day the Holy Water Font will be available after the Liturgy for anyone who has a container and wants to take some Holy Water Home. After today, you will have to ask Fr. Ted or those who assist at the altar to get the Holy Water for you. The service for blessing your home is available in the entranceway of the church.


Calling all Doctors, Nurses, and other Health Professionals

If anyone who is a Doctor, Nurse, or certified CPR/first aid/AED, and would like to be on our go to list in time of health needs at the church. Please see Tammy Abshear after church.  We would like to up date our list for the Risk Mgt. committee.


2018 Pledge Campaign Update

Thank you to all who have turned in pledge forms. As of Sunday, December 7, 2018, we have received 69 pledge forms, representing 101 parishioners, that total $189,070. This amount represents approximately 70.9% of our 2018 budget.  Pledge forms are now past due.  Please turn in to Brian Garber or Kerrie Wiese if you have not already done so and wish to be counted as a member for 2018.


Catechism/ Inquirer’s Class

We have tentatively scheduled the new Catechism/ Inquirer’s Class to begin this Thursday evening at 6:30pm. Please let Fr. Ted know ASAP if you or someone you know is interested in attending the class by emailing him at


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 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. 


January Charity

We are giving our January charity to two organizations involved in helping young moms who decided to keep their babies rather than having an abortion. Zoe For Life and Elizabeth’s New Life Center are pro-life organizations which give support to moms who choose life. Please pray for all those parents who are tempted by abortion as a solution to their problems that they might choose life. Give your support to those organizations which work with these moms who often need after choosing life.



Birthdays: Nick Pacak, Geri Tulip, Brigid Caldwell

Namedays: Rich Peterson, Mark Stokoe

Anniversary: David & Tatiana Fenner

God grant you many years!

This Week’s Schedule:

Monday, January 15

Ven. Paul of Thebes (341) 

Readings: James 2:14-26, Mark 10:46-52

NO Matins or Office Hours


Tuesday, January 16

Veneration of the Precious Chains of the Holy and All-glorious Apostle Peter.

Readings: James 3:1-10, Mark 11:11-23


Wednesday, January 17

Venerable and Godbearing Father Anthony the Great (356)

Readings: James 3:11-4:6, Mark 11:22-26

No Matins, Office Hours or Adult Discussion Group


Thursday, January 18

Ss. Athanasius the Great (373) and Cyril (444), Archbishops of Alexandria.

Readings: James 4:7-5:9, Mark 11:27-33

6:30pm  Catechism/Inquirer's Class: Session 1


Friday, January 19

Ven. Macarius the Great of Egypt (390-391)

Readings: 1 Peter 1:1-2, 10-12, 2:6-10, Mark 12:1-12

8:30am Matins            9am Office Hours


Saturday, January 20

Ven. Euthymius the Great (473)

Readings: 1 Thessalonians 5:14-23, Luke 17:3-10

9:30am Lydia Barone Baptism           2-4:30pm Deanery Theology Class               5pm Vespers


Sunday, January 21

33rd SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST — Tone 8. Sunday of Zacchaeus.

Readings: 1 Timothy 4:9-15, Luke 19:1-10

Altar Server: D. Abshear

Greeter(s): D. Helferich, G. Friesel

Epistle: L. Short

Donut Sponsor(s): Smith

Chapel Vacuum: Need volunteer

Candle care: Need volunteer

Counters: J. Wiese, L. Wagner

9:00am Hours: L. Short

9:30am Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom

11:30am Fellowship Hour: Team 3

11:45am Youth Group/Church School


Upcoming Dates to Remember

January 28     Beginning of the Lenten Triodion

February 1     Presentation of Christ in the Temple Vespers-Liturgy, 6pm

February 2     Festal Matins, 8:30am

February 19   Lent Begins

February 23   Presanctified Liturgy

February 28   Presanctified Liturgy