St. Paul the Apostle Orthodox Church

Sunday Bulletin

Sunday, January 27
Tone 2. New Martyrs and Confessors of Russia.

Today’s Schedule:

Prosfora: Need volunteer

Altar Servers: D. Abshear, D. Holobeny

Greeter(s): D. Feerinko, B. Edwards

Epistle: M. Pearson

Donut Sponsor(s): Sainz

Chapel Vacuum: M. Bellini

Candle care: M. Bellini

Counters: K. Henry & M. Brausch

9:00am Hours: M. Pearson

9:30am Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom

11:30am Fellowship Hour: Team 4

11:45am Church School/Youth Group 

Hymns & Readings:


Tone 2 Troparion (Resurrection) 

When You descended to death, O Life Immortal, You destroyed hell with the splendor of Your Godhead. And when from the depths You raised the dead, all the powers of heaven cried out: “O Giver of life, Christ our God, glory to You!”


Hymn of St. Paul

Hymn of St. Paul: Facing danger at sea and fearful persecution, you became a chosen vessel of the savior, with your sermons you enlightened the nations, and to the Athenians you revealed the unknown God, teacher of the nations St. Paul the apostle, protector of us all. Keep us who honor you safe from every trial and danger!


Tone 2 Kontakion 

When You descended to death, O Life Immortal, You destroyed hell with the splendor of Your Godhead. And when from the depths You raised the dead, all the powers of heaven cried out: “O Giver of life, Christ our God, glory to You!”


Tone 2 Prokeimenon

The Lord is my strength and my song; He has become my salvation.


Epistle: Colossians 3:12-16

Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.


Gospel: Matthew 25:14-30

For the kingdom of heaven is like a man traveling to a far country, who called his own servants and delivered his goods to them. And to one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one, to each according to his own ability; and immediately he went on a journey. Then he who had received the five talents went and traded with them, and made another five talents. And likewise he who had received two gained two more also. But he who had received one went and dug in the ground, and hid his lord’s money. After a long time the lord of those servants came and settled accounts with them. So he who had received five talents came and brought five other talents, saying, ‘Lord, you delivered to me five talents; look, I have gained five more talents besides them.’ His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’ He also who had received two talents came and said, ‘Lord, you delivered to me two talents; look, I have gained two more talents besides them.’ His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’ Then he who had received the one talent came and said, ‘Lord, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you have not sown, and gathering where you have not scattered seed. And I was afraid, and went and hid your talent in the ground. Look, there you have what is yours.’ But his lord answered and said to him, ‘You wicked and lazy servant, you knew that I reap where I have not sown, and gather where I have not scattered seed. So you ought to have deposited my money with the bankers, and at my coming I would have received back my own with interest. Therefore take the talent from him, and give it to him who has ten talents. For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away. And cast the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

For Further Reading:

Spiritual Warfare

Without fear of God, beset by passions as we are, we cannot hope to accomplish God’s will and train ourselves to love HIm and our neighbor. The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death (Prov. 14:27)...

            The three mightiest warriors in the enemy ranks are the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life (1 John 2:16); when, aided by our self-love, they gain a foothold in our mind and heart, the portcullis of our soul is soon opened to a host of other sins and vices which then beset us on all sides and at all times…(Macarius, Starets of Optino, Russian Letters of Spiritual Direction, p. 60)


The Sins I Cannot See

They used to say of Abba Poemen that he was staying at Scete with two of his brothers and the younger one was troubling them. He said to the other brother: “This young fellow is our undoing; get up and let us be gone from here.” Out they went and left him. Realizing that they were a long time gone he saw them in the distance. He started to run after them, crying out. Abba Poemen said “Let us wait for the brother, for he is in adversity.” When he caught up with them [the brother] prostrated himself, saying: “Where are you going and [why are you] leaving me alone?” The elder said to him: “Because you trouble us; that is why we are going away.” He said to them: “Yes, yes, let us go together wherever you like.” When the elder saw that there was no guile in him, he said to his brother: “Let us go back brother, for he does not want to do these things; it is the devil that does them to him.” They turned round and came [back] to their place. (Give Me a Word: The Alphabetical Sayings of the Desert Fathers, pp. 256-257)


Singing and Music 

More than a thousand years before, the hardiest of ascetics, St. John Climacus, remarked that true beauty is never profane: ‘When we hear singing,’ he said, ‘let us be moved with love towards God; for those who love God are touched with a holy joy, a divine emotion and a tenderness which brings them to tears when they listen to beautiful harmony, whether the songs are profane or spiritual’ (The Ladder, 15th step). (Olivier Clement, On Human Being, p. 105-106)


The Good Will Factor

There is nothing we can offer to God more precious than good will. But what good is will? To have good will is to experience concern for someone else’s adversities as if they were our own; to give thanks for our neighbor’s prosperity as for our own; to believe that another person’s loss is our own, and also that another’s gain is ours; to love a friend in God, and bear with an enemy out of love; to do to no one what we do not want to suffer ourselves, and to refuse to no one what we rightly want for ourselves; to choose to help a neighbor who is in need not only to the whole extent of our ability, but even beyond our means. What offering is richer, what offering is more substantial than this one? What we are offering to God on the altar of our hearts is the sacrifice of ourselves! (Gregory the Great, Be Friends of God, p. 65)


Serving God

Here is the Good News proclaimed by our Lord Jesus Christ:


Jesus began to teach in parables. 

            He said: 


The kingdom of God is like two brothers who were called by God to give up all they had and serve humanity. 


The older responded to the call generously, though he had to wrench his heart from his family and the girl he loved and dreamed of marrying. He eventually went off to a distant land where he spent himself in the service of the poorest of the poor. A persecution arose in that country and he was arrested, falsely accused, tortured and put to death. 


And the Lord said to him, “Well done, good and faithful servant! You gave me a thousand talents’ worth of service. I shall now give you a billion, billion talents’ worth of reward. Enter in the joy of your Lord.” 


The younger boy’s response to the call was less than generous. He decided to ignore it and go ahead and marry the girl he loved. He enjoyed a happy married life, his business prospered and he became famous and rich. Occasionally he would give alms to the poor. 


And when it was his turn to die, the Lord said to him, “Well done, good and faithful servant! You have given me ten talents’ worth of service. I shall now give you a billion, billion talents’ worth of reward. Enter into the joy of your Lord!”


The older boy was surprised when he heard that his brother was to get the same reward as he. And he was pleased. He said, “Lord, knowing this as I do, if I were to be born and live my life again, I would still do exactly what I did for you.”

(Anthony de Mello, The Song of the Bird, pp. 117-118)


The Parable of the Talents

In Homily Two [John Chrysostom] adverts to the parable of the talents (Mt. 25:14-30), from which the appropriate lesson for an Antiochene is that we must all make our own contribution if we are to win God’s favor: “What is looked for by God even among human beings, you see, is not whether we come up with little or much, but making an offering that is in no way less than the ability we have.” (Robert C. Hill, :St, John Chrysostom as Biblical Commentator,” St Vladimir’s Theological Quarterly 2003, pp. 317-318)


Recent Posts on Fr Ted’s Blog

  • Salvation: Being Made Whole and Human:  Healing is not meant just for the moment.
  • 2019 Sanctity of Human Life Sunday:  In the 3rd Century, Christians were already talking about the sin of abortion - God gives life to every child even illegitimate ones.
  • The Sin of Partiality:    In the Scriptures St. James points out prejudice is an evil.
  • I Am a Sojourner on Earth:  We can get really addicted to or  upset by what is happening in the world - but we are only on earth for a short while so need to remember what is important not just what is imminent.
  • Praying Pro-Life:  Being pro-life means more than just praying against abortion, it means giving our support to all families who are raising children.
  • God Provides What We Need - God gives everyone air, sunshine, rain and countless other blessings.  God also gifts us with particular circumstances for us to work out our salvation.
  • Eyes But They Cannot See: One troubling aspect of being human is we sometimes refuse to see what is right in front of our eyes.


Wednesday Adult  Discussion Group

Our Wednesday morning discussion will be meeting January 30 at 11am to discuss “The Didache.”  Please join us in discussing this 2nd Century Christian document where we get insight into what the earliest Christians thought was most important for Christians to know and do.  David Short has printed a few copies of the Didache for those wishing to join the discussion - please see him for a copy and bring it to the class on Wednesday. We will be discussing the Didache for a couple of weeks and then will begin discussing Metropolitan Kallistos Ware’s book How Are We Saved? Fr. Ted has ordered a few copies of the book - the cost will be about $20.  See him if you want to get a copy or order your copy online. 


Souperbowl Sunday

On Sunday, February 3rd the Youth Group will be participating in the 21st International Orthodox Christian Charities(IOCC) Souper Bowl of Caring. Please considering bringing your favorite soup to share during fellowship hour. As in the past, we will be having a fundraiser by letting you vote for the team that you want to see win. All proceeds will be given to the IOCC. We will also be doing a food drive starting next week through the end of the month of February. Any food items brought in will be donated to a local food bank. There will be a box in the coat closet to put the food items into.


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

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 28

Ven. Ephraim the Syrian (373-379)

Readings: Hebrews 11:17-23, 27-31, Mark 9:42-10:1

8:30am Matins            9am Office Hours


Tuesday, January 29

Ss. Gerásim (1441-1467)

Readings: Hebrews 12:25-26, 13:22-25, Mark 10:2-12


Wednesday, January 30

Synaxis of the Ecumenical Teachers and Hierarchs: Basil the Great, Gregory the Theologian, and John Chrysostom.

Readings: James 1:1-18, Mark 10:11-16

8:30am Matins            9am Office Hours       11am Discussion Group


Thursday, January 31

Holy Wonderworkers and Unmercenaries Cyrus and John, and with them Martyrs Athanasia and her daughters: Theoctiste, Theodotia, and Eudoxia, at Canopus in Egypt (311)

Readings: James 1:19-27, Mark 10:17-27


Friday, February 1

Forefeast of the Meeting. St. Brigid of Ireland (450).

Readings: James 2:1-13, Mark 10:23-32

8:30am Matins            9am Office Hours       6pm Vespers


Saturday, February 2

The Meeting of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, in the Temple

Readings: Hebrews 7:7-17, Luke 2:22-40

9:30am Liturgy for the Meeting of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, in the Temple

Baptism of Tammie Winsler, Chrismation of Bradley Winsler & Dominic Barone

5pm Vespers


Sunday, February 3 

36th SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST — Tone 3. Afterfeast of the Meeting. Holy and Righteous Simeon the God-receiver and Anna the Prophetess. 

Readings: 1 Timothy 1:15-17, Matthew 15:21-28

Prosfora: A. Makris

Altar Servers: D. Abshear, D. Holobeny

Greeter(s): MK Smith, M. Adrian

Epistle: C. Engel

Donut Sponsor(s): Topalov

Chapel Vacuum: S. Osman

Candle care: Bruce Garber

Counters: B. Lootens, M. Pearson

9:00am Hours: C. Engel

9:30am Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom

11:00am  Reception of Marlee Petersen, Jarrett and Vera Sainz into the Catechumenate

11:30am Fellowship Hour: Potluck

11:45am Church School/Youth Group


Upcoming Dates to Remember:

February 10  Chrismation of Jacob Sims

March 11 Great Lent Begins