St. Paul the Apostle Orthodox Church

Sunday Bulletin



Sunday, October 1, 2017       Tone 8.

Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost

The Protection (Pokrov) of our Most Holy Lady Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary . Ven. Romanus the Melodist (“Sweet-singer”—5th c.)



Today’s Schedule: 

Prosfora: D. Federinko         

Altar Server: M. Caldwell

Greeter(s): MK Smith, M. Adrian

Epistle: B. Garber

Donut Sponsor(s): Garbers

Chapel Vacuum: Need volunteers

Candle care: Need volunteers

Counters: B. Lootens, R. Wagner

9:00am Hours: M. Pearson

9:30am Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom

11:15am Youth group

11:30 Fellowship Hour: Potluck

11:45 Church School

Noon - 1:30pm  Catechism/Inquirer’s Class

2pm Baptisms of Porshia, Parker & Peyton Yarve

 


Today’s Hymns & Readings:

 

Resurrection Troparion: Tone 8

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!

 

St. Peter & 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!

 

Resurrection Kontakion: Tone 8

By rising from the tomb, You raised the dead and resurrected Adam.  Eve exults in Your Resurrection, and the world celebrates Your Rising from the dead, O greatly Merciful One!

 

Prokeimenon: Tone 8

Pray and make your vows before the Lord our God!

 

Epistle: 2 Corinthians 6:16-7:1

And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said: “I will dwell in them and walk among them. I will be their God, and they shall be My people.” Therefore “Come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, and I will receive you.” “I will be a Father to you, and you shall be My sons and daughters, says the LORD Almighty.” Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.

 

Gospel: Luke 6:31-36

And just as you want men to do to you, you also do to them likewise. But if you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. And if you lend to those from whom you hope to receive back, what credit is that to you? For even sinners lend to sinners to receive as much back. But love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High. For He is kind to the unthankful and evil. Therefore be merciful, just as your Father also is merciful.

 

For Further Reading:


The Gospel or a Prosperity Gospel

Contrast with this the promise of one of the [TV] evangelists who is well known to those who are familiar with the North American phenomenon known as “electronic religion”, who every week assures his audience on television and radio: “Something good is going to happen to you today - spiritually, physically, financially.’ It is fairly  easy to see that something is wrong with this message, for what have promises of financial success to do with the Christian gospel? Why should Christians expect material benefit from the gospel? Such promises of physical and financial benefit are crude appeals to self-interest; religion is being sold to viewers as a way to success. Religious men and women will do well because God will reward them. What sort of a gospel is this? Christ died - and I am cured from my cancer. He became poor - and my bank balance gets steadily healthier. He was hung up on a gibbet - and I am a great success.

            Now of course this is a travesty of religion - so much so, that we find ourselves amazed that anyone is taken in by it. But perhaps the travesty is only an extreme example of an attitude which is much more marketed in this way, then the Church has totally succumbed to the values of the outside world. Religion is being sold like any other commodity, and the vital question is “What do I get out of it?” But what sort of values should Christians be maintaining - in a world which esteems self-reliance and applauds success? What sort of values should they be maintaining in a world where millions have no hope of being self-reliant or successful?

            Christians are no more likely than anyone else to find the solution to problems of inflation and unemployment, injustice and famine. What they can do is to show the relevance of the Christian gospel to all those problems. When the world is divided between rich and poor, prosperous and starving, those with jobs and those without, strong and weak, where should Christians be found? Looking for something good to happen to them, spiritually, physically and financially - or concerned about the welfare of others? Maintaining the rights of the strong, or standing up for the weak? Enjoying the success that has come to them through their own efforts or through good fortune - or identifying with those who have no hope of ever experiencing anything good? (Morna D. Hooker, From Adam to Christ, pp. 68-69)

 

Do Unto Others

Christ’s command that we do to others as we would that they do to us is so natural and so clearly good that it is a wonder and a shame that it has not long ago become a daily habit among men. No man desires that others do him evil: let him therefore do no evil to others. Every man desires that others do good to him: let him therefore do good to others.

The Lord continues: “For if ye love them which love you, what thank have ye, for sinners also love those that love them?” This means: if you wait for others to do good to you, and to repay this with good, you are doing no good thing. Does God wait for men to deserve the sun’s warmth, and only then command the sun to shine? Or does He first act out of His charity and love? Charity is an active virtue, not a passive one. God has made this clear from the foundation of the world. From day to day since the world began, the Lord has, with His gracious hand, poured out rich gifts to all His creatures. Were He to wait for His creatures first to give Him something, neither the world nor a single creature in it would exist. If we love only those who love us, we are merchants engaging in barter. If we do good only to our benefactors, we are debtors paying off our debts. Charity is not a virtue that simply pays off debts, but one that constantly lends. And love is a virtue that constantly lends without looking for repayment. If we lend to those from whom we hope for a return, what are we doing by this? We are transferring our money from one cash-box to another, for that which we lend we consider to be our own, as much as when it was in our own hands. (Bishop Nikolai Velimirovic, Homilies, pp.193-194)

 

The Intercessions of the Theotokos

The Mother of God, who is also the Mother of all humankind, pleads at the tribunal for universal mercy, not for the forgiveness of sins (which is impossible, for sins must be completely expiated and suffered through) but for mercifulness to sinners. The existence of hell is surrounded not by the cold of an egotistical indifference but by the radiant cloud of the caring love of saved humankind, that is, of the Church which abides for ages of ages in its sobornost as one, holy, and universal. In the Church, the one humankind is not divided into two and is not reconciled with the severing of its parts - hell - but sorrows over this part (Sergius Bulgakov, The Bride of the Lamb, pp. 193-194).

 

Repentance

If sin is separation from God, then repentance is returning to God. God says: “Return to me and I will return to you” (Malachi 3:8). When the prodigal son repented, he returned to his father (Luke 15:18-20). True repentance is a human longing for the origin from which we were taken. It is the desire of a heart that strayed from God, and finally felt it could go no further away.

            For just as sin is conflict with God, so repentance is reconciliation with God. This is what our teacher Saint Paul stated about his apostolic work, saying: “Therefore we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading by us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God” (2 Corinthians 5:20). But repentance is not confined to reconciliation. Through repentance, God returns and dwells in the human heart, transforming it into a heaven. As for the unrepentant, how can God dwell in their hearts while the sin is dwelling threin? As the Bible says, “What communion has light with darkness?” (2 Corinthians 6:14).

            ...Repentance is resurrection for the spirit, because the death of the spirit is separation from God. As Saint Augustine said: “Repentance is a new pure heart, which God gives to the sinners to love Him with.” It is a divine act performed by God inside the person…

            ...Not every forsaking of sin is considered repentance. Repentance is the forsaking of sin because of the love of God and the love of righteousness. Other reasons for forsaking sin include fear, embarrassment, inability, preoccupation (with the remainder of love for this sin in the heart), or the consequences of unsuitable situations. These reason are not considered repentance. True repentance is the discarding of sin practically, mentally, and from the heart, which springs out of love for God, His commandments, and His kingdom, and the care of the repentant person for his or her lot in eternity. (Pope Shenouda III, The Life of Repentance and Purity, pp. 17-18)


Recent Posts on Fr. Ted’s Blog:





Announcements:


Catechism/ Inquirer’s Class

Our Catechism/ Inquirer’s Class is meeting today following the Divine Liturgy. Class will begin about Noon, depending on how soon Fr. Ted is available to begin the class. Any parish member wishing to review the basics of Orthodoxy is welcome to attend as well.

 

Wednesday Book Study

The group is meeting this week on Wednesday, at 11am to finish watching the movie, Road to Perdition. We will be discussing the theme of redemption, using the movie as a basis for discussion. Please join us this week and next for this discussion.

 

Chili Cook Off & Bonfire

October 21 will be our annual chili cook off. Vespers will be at 5pm and the cook off will begin at 6pm. There are sign up sheets on the bulletin board for those who want to bring chili and/or side dishes. Enter your chili recipe to see if you can topple the reigning champion Aaron Lessin from his chili throne. We’ll also need judges to help decide the winner. Please see Andrea Champ if you'd like to judge or if you have questions.

 

Youth Retreat with Bp. Paul

Join Bishop Paul and other teens from across the Midwest for a virtual youth discussion and overnight retreat to strengthen your Life in Christ. The retreat is October 27-28 at various locations in the Midwest. David Short and Tammy Abshear are putting together an event for our parish’s teens--details will be announced. See them with questions.

 

Relief Buckets for IOCC & Hurricane Relief

Our parish will be supporting the hurricane relief efforts of IOCC by providing them with clean-up buckets.  These buckets will be filled with supplies needed by the  volunteers  who go into damaged homes to begin the clean-up process.  We are planning to fill and ship 54 buckets. You can contribute financially to by sending money to St. Paul with the funds noted for "IOCC Buckets".  You can fill your own bucket if you like.  We will also need many hands when it comes time to fill the supplies into the buckets. For more details about the bucket, you can go to the IOCC website, https://www.iocc.org/take-action/assemble-emergency-kits/clean-up-bucket. Or you can contact Maria Brausch if you have any questions.

 

Artwork for Sale

There are several pieces of artwork for sale in the fellowship hall by one of the inmates that Fr. Ted visits. There are suggested donation amounts on the back of the pieces. All funds will go back to the artist.

 

Fellowship Hour Team Members Needed

We are looking for more fellowship team members. If you like eating after liturgy (and helping to clean up a bit), this group is for you! Even if you can only commit to bringing something as simple as peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, please consider helping. Please let Dave Fenner know if you're willing.

 

Donut Sponsors Needed

The parish policy has been that the parish will continue to purchase donuts each Sunday for the Fellowship Hour if donors provide the money each week to pay for the donuts. There have been fewer people signing up/contributing to this. Those who want donuts need to come up with some more dough.

 

Librarian Needed

Our library is desperately in need of a librarian! This job requires weekly straightening, re-shelving, and harassing of people who have not returned books. The library could also use a purging of old materials. If you are interested in helping out with this ministry, please see Fr. Ted or Erin Caldwell.

 

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 office@stpdayton.org. 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.

 

October Charity

Among other charities that are to be determined part of this month’s donations will be supporting St. Vincent de Paul.

 

Celebrations 

Birthdays: Nancy Magnon, Isabelle Weis

Namedays: Erik Young, Rick Russ

Anniversaries: John & Maria Brausch, Erik & Mary Young

 

God grant you many years!

 


This Week’s Schedule: 

Monday, October 2

Hieromartyr Cyprian, Virgin Martyr Justina, and Martyr Theoctistus, of Nicomedia (304)

Readings: Ephesians 4:25-32, Luke 6:24-30

8:30am Matins                        9am Office Hours

 

Tuesday, October 3

Hieromartyr Dionysius the Areopagite, Bishop of Athens, and with him Martyrs Rusticus the Presbyter and Eleutherius the Deacon (96)

Readings: Ephesians 5:20-26, Luke 6:37-45

 

Wednesday, October 4 (fast)

Hieromartyr Hierotheus, Bishop of Athens (1st c.)

Readings: Ephesians 5:25-33, Luke 6:46-7:1

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

 

Thursday, October 5

Martyr Charitina of Amisus (304)

Readings: Ephesians 5:33-6:9, Luke 7:17-30


Friday, October 6 (fast)

Holy and Glorious Apostle Thomas (1st c.)

Readings: Ephesians 6:18-24, Luke 7:31-35

8:30am Matins            9am Office Hours

 

Saturday, October 7

Martyrs Sergius and Bacchus in Syria (290-303)

Readings: 1 Corinthians 15:39-45, Luke 5:27-32

4pm Confession         5pm Vespers

 

Sunday, October 8

18th SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST — Tone 1. Ven. Pelagía the Penitent (457)

2 Corinthians 9:6-11, Luke 7:11-16

Prosfora: S. Pacak

Altar Server: V. Weis

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

Epistle: S. Pacak

Donut Sponsor(s): Raab

Chapel Vacuum: Need volunteers

Candle care: Need volunteers

Counters: B. Garber, P. Friesel

9:00am Hours: S. Pacak

9:30am Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom

11:15am Youth group

11:30 Fellowship Hour: Team 2

11:45 Church School

Noon - 1:30pm  Catechism/Inquirer’s Class

 


Upcoming Dates to Remember

October 21                 Diaconate Theology Class/Chili Cook Off & Bonfire

October 28                 Baptism of Grant Ashworth