St. Paul the Apostle Orthodox Church

Sunday Bulletin

Sunday, January 7, 2018

31st Sunday after Pentecost 

Tone 6. Afterfeast of the Theophany. Synaxis of the Holy Glorious Prophet, Forerunner and Baptist John. Sunday after Theophany.

Today’s Schedule:

Prosfora: D. Federinko                                

Altar Server: V. Weis

Greeter(s): MK Smith, M. Adrian  

Epistle: M. Pearson

Donut Sponsor(s): Fencik                        

Chapel Vacuum: Need volunteer

Candle care: Need volunteer

Counters: B. Lootens, R. Wagner

9:00am Hours: M. Pearson

9:30am Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom

11:15am  Installation of the Parish Council

11:30am Fellowship Hour: Potluck

11:45am Youth Group/Church School

12:30  Risk Committee Meeting

Hymns & Readings:


Resurrectional Troparion, Tone 6:

The Angelic Powers were at Your tomb; the guards became as dead men. Mary stood by Your grave, seeking Your most pure body. You took hell captive, not being tempted by it. You came to the Virgin, granting life. O Lord, Who rose from the dead, glory to You.

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!  

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.”

Tone 1 Prokeimenon

Let Your mercy, O Lord, be upon us as we have set our hope on You!


Epistle: Acts 19:1-8

And it happened, while Apollos was at Corinth, that Paul, having passed through the upper regions, came to Ephesus. And finding some disciples he said to them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” So they said to him, “We have not so much as heard whether there is a Holy Spirit.” And he said to them, “Into what then were you baptized?” So they said, “Into John’s baptism.” Then Paul said, “John indeed baptized with a baptism of repentance, saying to the people that they should believe on Him who would come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.” When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. And when Paul had laid hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon them, and they spoke with tongues and prophesied. Now the men were about twelve in all. And he went into the synagogue and spoke boldly for three months, reasoning and persuading concerning the things of the kingdom of God.


Gospel: John 1:29-34

The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! This is He of whom I said, ‘After me comes a Man who is preferred before me, for He was before me.’ I did not know Him; but that He should be revealed to Israel, therefore I came baptizing with water.” And John bore witness, saying, “I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and He remained upon Him. I did not know Him, but He who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘Upon whom you see the Spirit descending, and remaining on Him, this is He who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’ And I have seen and testified that this is the Son of 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.

Communion Hymns

The grace of God has appeared for the salvation of all men. The righteous shall be in everlasting remembrance. He shall not fear evil tidings. Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia! 

For Further Reading:


The Spirit descended from the heights

and sanctified the water as She hovered.

When John baptized Jesus

She left all others and settled on one,

but now She has come down and settled

upon all who are reborn in water of baptism.


Of all those that John baptized

the Spirit dwelt on one alone,

but now She has flown down

to dwell upon many.

Rushing to meet the Foremost who went up first from the Jordan,

She embraced him and dwelt upon Him.


It is a wonder that the Purifier of all

should have gone down to the water to be baptized.

The seas declared that river blessed,

in which You, Lord, were baptized.

The waters, too, that are above the heavens

were envious that they had not been held worthy to wash You.


Thus we pray to make the water that of Jordan.

It is a wonder, Lord, now as well

that, though the springs are full of water,

only the baptismal font

can wash clean:

the seas may be mighty with all their water,

but they have not the power to wash. (Ephrem, “Hymns on Epiphany,” Treasure-house of Mysteries, pp. 249-250)


The Blessing of Wind

Truly the winds are also for you--for we are going back again to the beginning of our discourse--to fan worn-out bodies, to purge away the defilement from mud and the heaviness caused by smoke and furnaces and other exhalations, to attenuate the heat of the sun’s rays, to relieve the stifling heat, to make seeds grow, to strengthen plants, to travel together with you at sea and to be servants of agriculture for you on land--in the first place, conveying ships more swiftly than arrows and making the voyage easy and convenient, and in the second place, clearing off the threshing floor with you, separating the chaff from the grain, and lightening the hardship of the work--to make the air light and gentle for you, to give you delight in different ways--first whistling pleasantly and gently, and then softly striking the plants and shaking the leaves of the trees--to make your sleep in spring and in summer more pleasant and more delightful than honey. They also act on the surface of the sea and on the waters of the rivers, and lift up their surface in the same way as with the trees, thus providing you with a great deal of enjoyment from seeing it and, more importantly, also rendering you a great service. And in fact, the winds are useful to waters in another way: not allowing them to stagnate and go bad, but rather, continually setting them in motion and stirring them up, rendering them fresh and at their best and more suitable as sustenance for creatures that swim in them. (St. John Chrysostom, On the Providence of God, pp. 65-66)


John the Forerunner

Divine Matthew describes the Baptism in Jordan in this way: Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him. But John forbad Him, saying: “I have need to be baptized of Thee, and comest Thou to me?” John recognizes Christ, but does not know of His plan of salvation. There now unfolds a scene unique in human history: God competing in humility with man! John was baptizing sinners to repentance. However, the Sinless One, who had nothing of which to repent, came up to him and demanded baptism of him. John, stronger in spiritual power than all the sinful men around him, suddenly recognized in Christ One mightier than himself. (St. Nikolai Velimirovic, Homilies, p. 78)


The Virtue of a New Year

How Virtue Drives out Vice

Where there is charity and wisdom

            There is neither fear nor ignorance.

Where there is patience and humility,

            There is neither anger nor disturbance.

Where there is poverty with joy,

            There is neither covetousness nor avarice.

Where there is fear of the Lord to guard the house (cf. Lk 11:21),

            There the enemy cannot gain entry.

Where there is mercy and discernment,

            There is neither excess nor hardness of heart. (St. Francis of Asissi, Francis and Clare, the Complete Works, p. 35)


Recent Posts on Fr. Ted’s Blog:


Wednesday Book Study

Our group meets this Wednesday at 11am to continue discussing the prayers of the Great Blessing of Water.  Please join us as we continue to contemplate the Feast of Theophany, our salvation and the blessing of water.


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.


Catechism/ Inquirer’s Class

A couple of people have asked about the possibility of starting a new Catechism/ Inquirer’s Class in January, 2018. Please let Fr. Ted know ASAP if you or someone you know is interested in attending the class beginning in January. Contact Fr. Ted 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 at


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: Peter Pavlina, John Braush, Pat Drosdak, Zoe & Alex Lamb, Chuck Waszczak,

Namedays: Tanya Pavlina, Pam Friesel, Laura Avdakov, Heather Weis, Rich Peterson

Anniversary: Peter & Tanya Pavlina, David & Tatiana Fenner

God grant you many years!

This Week’s Schedule:

Monday, January 8

Afterfeast of the Theophany. Ven. George the Chozebite, Abbot (6th c.).

Readings: James 2:14-26, Mark 9:42-10:1

8:30am Matins            9am Office Hours


Tuesday, January 9

Afterfeast of the Theophany. Martyr Polyeuctus of Melitene in Armenia (259)

Readings: James 3:1-10, Mark 10:2-12


Wednesday, January 10

Afterfeast of the Theophany. St. Gregory, Bishop of Nyssa (4th c.)

Readings: James 3:11-4:6, Mark 10:11-16

8:30am Matins            9am Office Hours      

11am Adult Discussion Group: Theophany and the Great Blessing of Water


Thursday, January 11

Afterfeast of the Theophany. Ven. Theodosius the Great, the Cenobiarch (529).

Readings: James 4:7-5:9, Mark 10:17-27


Friday, January 12

Afterfeast of the Theophany. Martyr Tatiana of Rome and those who suffered with her (226-235)

Readings: 1 Peter 1:1-2, 10-12, 2:6-10, Mark 10:23-32

8:30am Matins            9am Office Hours


Saturday, January 13

Afterfeast of the Theophany. Saturday after Theophany. Martyrs Hermylus and Stratonicus of Belgrade (ca. 315)

Readings: 1 Thessalonians 5:14-23, Luke 16:10-15

NO Confession or Vespers


Sunday, January 14

32nd SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST — Tone 7. Leavetaking of the Theophany. St. Sava I, first Archbishop of Serbia (1237)

Readings: 1 Timothy 1:15-17, Luke 18:35-43

Prosfora: D. Federinko

Altar Server: M. Caldwell

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

Epistle: D. Abshear

Donut Sponsor(s): Topalov

Chapel Vacuum: Need volunteer

Candle care: Need volunteer

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


Upcoming Dates to Remember

January 21     Zacchaeus Sunday

January 28     Beginning of the Lenten Triodion

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

February 2     Festal Matins, 8:30am