St. Paul the Apostle Orthodox Church

Sunday Bulletin

Sunday, January 28, 2018  Tone 1

Sunday of the Publican & the Pharisee 

Beginning of the Lenten Triodion. Ephrem the Syrian (373-379)

Today’s Schedule:

Prosfora: S. Pacak

Altar Server: V. Weis

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

Epistle: S. Pacak

Donut Sponsor(s): Edwards

Chapel Vacuum: G. & P. Friesel

Candle care: G. & P. Friesel

Counters: K. Henry, M. Brausch

9:00am Hours: S. Pacak

9:30am Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom

11:30am Fellowship Hour: Team 4/Children’s Choir

11:45am Youth Group/Church School

Hymns & Readings:


Resurrectional Troparion, Tone 1:

When the stone had been sealed by the Jews; while the soldiers were guarding Your most pure Body; You rose on the third day, O Savior, granting life to the world. The powers of heaven therefore cried to You, O Giver of Life: "Glory to Your Resurrection, O Christ! Glory to Your Kingdom! Glory to Your dispensation, O Lover of mankind!”


Hymn of St. Paul, Tone 1:

O blessed and Holy Paul the Apostle, Enlightener of the Nations; Your preaching of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, has brought salvation to the ends of the earth. Never cease to intercede for us your children, that within us the Love of God may abide, bringing great joy to our neighbors and for us the salvation of our souls!


Troparion of the Publican and the Pharisee, Tone 4:

Let us flee from the pride of the Pharisee and learn humility from the Publican's tears. Let us cry to our Savior: "Have mercy on us, O only merciful One."   


Resurrectional Troparion, Tone 1:

As God, You rose from the tomb in glory, raising the world with Yourself. Human nature praises You as God, for death has vanished. Adam exults, O Master! Eve rejoices, for she is freed from bondage, and cries to You: You are the giver of Resurrection to all, O Christ!


Prokeimenon, Tone 1:

Let your mercy, O Lord, be upon us as we have set our hope on you.


Epistle: 2 Timothy 3:10-15


But you have carefully followed my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, love, perseverance, persecutions, afflictions, which happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra – what persecutions I endured. And out of them all the Lord delivered me. Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution. But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived. But you must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them, and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.


Gospel: Luke 18:10-14

“Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, ‘God, I thank You that I am not like other men – extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I possess.’ And the tax collector, standing afar off, would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me a sinner!’ I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”

For Further Reading:


Imitate the Publican

She also said, “Imitate the publican, and you will not be condemned with the Pharisee. Choose the meekness of Moses and you will find your heart which is a rock changed into a spring of water.” (Amma Syncletica from Laura Swan, The Forgotten Desert Mothers, p. 52)


How to Prepare Yourself to Read Scripture requires desire, exile, interest and lack of interest. What does that mean? Can you fill up a glass that’s already full? For divine meaning to enter your mind, for divine grace to enter into you, you have to empty your heart of its passions, of your self-centeredness, your selfishness, your hate, envy, and negative feelings; you have to purify your heart of these things, and fill it with virtues. The passions are like static. You turn on the radio to listen to a station, and all you hear is static. You don’t understand a thing the announcer is saying. If you want to hear, you’ve got to eliminate the static. And how can you hear the voice of God, when the passions are booming away and growling loudly within you? You’ve got to free yourself, because if you don’t, you’ll remain a fleshly, carnal person, and a “carnal person cannot receive,” does not understand, “the Spirit of God” (1 Cor 2.14). (Archimandrite Aimilianos of Simonopetra, The Church at Prayer, p. 109)


Praying: Paying Attention

One of the elders said: pray attentively and you will soon straighten out your thoughts. (from Thomas Merton, The Wisdom of the Desert, p. 78)


The Sin of Pride

By the following indications, then, that carnal pride of which we have spoken is made manifest.

            First of all, a person’s talking will be loud and his silence bitter; his joy will be marked by noisy and excessive laughter, his seriousness by irrational sadness, his replies by rancor, his speech by glibness, and his words will burst out helter-skelter for a heed-less heart. He will be devoid of patience, without love, quick to inflict abuse, slow to accept it, reluctant to obey except when his desire and will anticipate the matter, implacable in receiving exhortations, weak in restraining his own will, very unyielding when submitting to others, constantly fighting on behalf of his own opinions but never acquiescing or giving in to those of others. And so, having become unreceptive to salutary advice, he relies on his own judgement in every respect rather than on that of the elders. (John Cassian, The Institutes, pp. 271-272)


Praying Always and All Ways

The Lord teaches, besides other, higher matters, of which there is no time to speak now, that if we are stirred up to pray alone in our houses and bedrooms this also encourages prayer to God in church, and inner prayer of the mind encourages spoken prayer. If someone only wants to pray when he attends God’s Church, and has no concern at all for prayer at home, in the streets or in the fields, then even when he is present in church he is not really praying. (St. Gregory Palamas, Homilies, p. 51)


Recent Posts on Fr. Ted’s Blog:


Fr. Ted at St. Stephen’s in Lima

Fr. Ted is serving the Liturgy at St. Stephen’s Church in Lima, OH, this morning as they have their Annual Parish Meeting. Fr. Ted is currently the Temporary Administrator of the parish.


Children’s Choir

Children's choir will continue TODAY at 11:30. We are leaning a hymn to sing on Forgiveness Sunday (Feb. 18) and the Sunday after (Feb. 25) as well.



Since we are moving into the Lenten period, it is time for us all to think about receiving the sacrament of Confession. If you come to confession several times during the year, or if you have recently come to confession, you may not need to come to the sacrament during Great Lent. However, many of us use the Lenten season to repent of our sins because the Kingdom of Heaven is near. Consider coming early to Confession this year. Spend the remaining time of Great Lent in repentance by confessing your sins now. To help prevent the usual waiting in line at the end of Lent to do your confession, Fr. Ted proposes that this year all those whose last names begin with the letters A - Z come to confession in the first half of Great Lent. Next year all those whose names end with the letters A - Z should come during the first half of Great Lent.


Wednesday Book Study

The class will continue this Wednesday, January 31 at 11am to 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.


Presentation of Christ in the Temple

We celebrate the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord in the Temple this week. The Feast focuses on the events of Luke 2:22-40 and occur 40 days after the birth of Christ - so we are still celebrating Christmas! Join your fellow Orthodox faithful at Vespers-Liturgy, Thursday evening, February 1 at 6pm. It is customary to bless candles at this Feast, so please bring any candles to be blessed after the Liturgy. We also will have a Festal potluck supper - please, bring food to share with the community. This is a good chance to give thanks to God in the middle of the week.


IOCC Souperbowl Of Caring

On Sunday, February 4th the Youth Group will be participating in the 20th 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.


Pledge Campaign Update

Thank you to all who have turned in pledge forms. As of Sunday, January 21, 2018, we have received 71 pledge forms, representing 104 parishioners, that total $199,070. This amount represents approximately 74.6% 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.


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 Management. committee.


Catechism/ Inquirer’s Class

The class will not be meeting this week because of the Presentation of Christ Vespers-Liturgy.


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: Paul Vicen, Kira McIntosh, Christina Brausch, Marc Adrian

Namedays: Mark Pearson, Victor Weis, Brigid Caldwell, Ann McLarnan


God grant you many years!

This Week’s Schedule:

Monday, January 29

Translation of the Relics of Hieromartyr Ignatius the Godbearer, Bishop of Antioch (107)

Readings: 2 Peter 1:20-2:9, Mark 13:9-13

8:30am Matins            9:00am Confession               9:30am Office Hours


Tuesday, January 30

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

Readings: 2 Peter 2:9-22, Mark 13:14-23


Wednesday, 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: 2 Peter 3:1-18, Mark 13:24-31

8:30am Matins            9:00am Confession               9:30am Office Hours         11am Adult Discussion Group


Thursday, February 1

Forefeast of the Meeting. Brigid of Ireland (523).

Readings: 1 John 1:8-2:6, Mark 13:31-14:2

6pm Vespers-Liturgy for the Presentation of Christ in the Temple

            Blessing of Candles

7:30pm  Festal potluck following


Friday, February 2

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

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

8:30am Festal Matins for the Presentation of Christ and Blessing of Candles         

9:00am Confession              9:30am Office Hours


Saturday, February 3

Afterfeast of the Meeting. Holy and Righteous Simeon the God-receiver and Anna the Prophetess.

Readings: 2 Timothy 3:1-9, Luke 20:46-21:4

9am   Parish Council Planning Meeting

4pm Confession         5pm Vespers              5:45pm Confession


Sunday, February 4

SUNDAY OF THE PRODIGAL SON — Tone 2. Afterfeast of the Meeting.

Readings: 1 Corinthians 6:12-20, Luke 15:11-32

Prosfora: Need volunteer

Altar Server: M. Caldwell

Greeter(s): MK Smith, M. Adrian

Epistle: D. Abshear

Donut Sponsor(s): Fencik

Chapel Vacuum: Tatiana Jacobs

Candle care: Janine Elash

Counters: B. Lootens, R. Wagner

9:00am Hours: D. Abshear

9:30am Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom

11:30am Fellowship Hour: Potluck/Children’s Choir

11:45am Youth Group/Church School


Upcoming Dates to Remember

February 19   Lent Begins

February 23   Presanctified Liturgy

February 28   Presanctified Liturgy