Prosfora: N. Galiatsatos
Altar Servers: V. Weis, D. Beleny
Greeter(s): M. Jobst & M. Brausch
Epistle: R. Barone
Donut Sponsor(s): Muzzy
Chapel Vacuum: S. Osman
Candle care: R. Helferich
Counters: B. Garber, J. Elash
9:00am Hours: L. Short
9:30am Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom
11:15am Fire Drill
11:30am Fellowship Hour: Team 2
11:45am Youth group/Church School
Hymns & Readings:
Tone 3 Troparion (Resurrection)
Let the heavens rejoice! Let the earth be glad! For the Lord has shown strength with His arm! He has trampled down death by death! He has become the first born of the dead! He has delivered us from the depths of hell and has granted the world great mercy!
Hymn of St. Paul
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!
Tone 3 Kontakion (Resurrection)
On this day You rise from the tomb, O Merciful One, leading us from the gates of death. On this day Adam exults as Eve rejoices. With the prophets and patriarchs they unceasingly praise the divine majesty of Your power.
Tone 3 Prokeimenon
Sing praises to our God, sing praises. Sing praises to our King, sing praises.
Epistle: Galatians 1:11-19
But I make known to you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached by me is not according to man. For I neither received it from man, nor was I taught it, but it came through the revelation of Jesus Christ. For you have heard of my former conduct in Judaism, how I persecuted the church of God beyond measure and tried to destroy it. And I advanced in Judaism beyond many of my contemporaries in my own nation, being more exceedingly zealous for the traditions of my fathers. But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb and called me through His grace, to reveal His Son in me, that I might preach Him among the Gentiles, I did not immediately confer with flesh and blood, nor did I go up to Jerusalem to those who were apostles before me; but I went to Arabia, and returned again to Damascus. Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to see Peter, and remained with him fifteen days. But I saw none of the other apostles except James, the Lord’s brother.
Gospel: Luke 8:5-15
A sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some fell by the wayside; and it was trampled down, and the birds of the air devoured it. Some fell on rock; and as soon as it sprang up, it withered away because it lacked moisture. And some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up with it and choked it. But others fell on good ground, sprang up, and yielded a crop a hundredfold.” When He had said these things He cried, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear!” Then His disciples asked Him, saying, “What does this parable mean?” And He said, “To you it has been given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God, but to the rest it is given in parables, that ‘Seeing they may not see, And hearing they may not understand.’ Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. Those by the wayside are the ones who hear; then the devil comes and takes away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved. But the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, who believe for a while and in time of temptation fall away. Now the ones that fell among thorns are those who, when they have heard, go out and are choked with cares, riches, and pleasures of life, and bring no fruit to maturity. But the ones that fell on the good ground are those who, having heard the word with a noble and good heart, keep it and bear fruit with patience.
For Further Reading:
Jesus: The Word of God
The all-too-frequent pitfalls of speculating on the nature of God helped make the option of saying nothing a desirable one. Within the heart of the Godhead itself some early Christian writers had discovered a profound silence, that of the Father, from out of which the Word, the second person of the Trinity, was spoken. Ignatius of Antioch was a pioneer in this respect. Writing at the very beginning of the second century, he says, “There is one God, who manifested himself through Jesus Christ, his Son, who is his Word, coming forth from silence, who in all things was pleasing to the one who sent him.” Two and a half centuries later the idea was still alive in the poetry of Ephrem the Syrian:
Glory to the One who came to us by his First-Born.
Glory to that Silent One who spoke by means of his Voice.
(Boniface Ramsey, Beginning to Read the Fathers, p. 44-45)
Worthy to Receive the Body of Christ
Chrysostom also proves the importance of the forgiveness of sins both in the context of the assembly in the wilderness and in the Liturgical Assembly. He points out that the forgiveness of sins was essential to the Israelites before they could safely and beneficially partake of the manna and drink, just as it is essential to the members of the Ecclesial Community before they can receive the Mysteries of Christ’s Body and Blood.
As long as they [the Israelites] honored the equal distribution of their goods, the manna continued to remain manna. However, when they decided to be greedy, greediness made the manna become worms. Indeed, with this behavior they did not harm others because they did not grab from the food of their neighbor in order to have more than their neighbor; but they were condemned because they desired more. Even if they did not commit injustice toward their neighbor, they hurt their own selves very much because, with this manner of assembling together, they habitually continued to dwell in greediness. Therefore, the same manna was simultaneously admonished [educated] their souls. It not only nourished them, but delivered them pain.
If a Christian joins the Liturgical Assembly and receives the Body and Blood of Christ
unworthily and without repentance, the Body and Blood of Christ will lead to his judgement and condemnation, like the manna that became worms to the greedy Israelites. The members of the Church must free themselves of greediness and other evils through repentance, and consider themselves as equals, before gathering together to constitute the Liturgical Assembly, ro else receive God’s condemnation. (Protopresbyter Gus George Christo, The Church’s Identity, p. 94)
Holy Things for the Holy Ones
On the point of approaching the Holy Table...partaking of the Mystery is not permitted to all...The holy [Mysteries] are for the holy!...The faithful are called holy because of the Holy Mysteries of which they partake, because of him whose Body and Blood they receive.
Members of His Body - flesh of his flesh and bone of his bone - as long as we remain united to him and preserve our connection with him [i.e., live in communion with the altar - Ed.], we live by holiness, drawing to ourselves through the Holy Mysteries, the sanctity which comes from that Head and that Heart. But if we should cut ourselves off, if we should separate ourselves from the unity of this most holy Body, we would partake of the Holy Mysteries in vain, for life cannot flow into dead and amputated limbs. And what can cut off the members form this holy Body? It is your sins which have separated me from you, [Is. 59.2], says God. Does all sin then bring death to man? No, indeed, but deadly sin only; that is why it is called deadly. For according to St. John [1Jn. 5.16,17] there are sins which are not deadly.
That is why Christians, if they have not committed such sins as would cut them off from Christ and and bring death, are in no way prevented from partaking of the Holy Mysteries and receiving sanctification…(St. Nicolas Cavasilas, from The Divine Liturgy of the Great Church, p. 107)
The Sower of Good Works
Why is that one evil word, one word of calumny, produces the most disagreeable impression upon us, agitates us to the depths of our souls, whilst on the contrary, sometimes thousands of good words, for instance, concerning God and His works in the world, do not reach our hearts at all, and are lost in the air? The Devil comes and catches away the word, sown in the hearts of men. It is also he, on the other side, who sows and grows in our hearts the seeds of evil, and does not miss the slightest opportunity of implanting enmity and envy for our neighbor in our hearts. One glance of our neighbor at us, often quite innocent, but appearing suspicious to us, is sufficient to give rise to a feeling of enmity in us towards him. And, therefore, do not let us take to heart any evil occasioned to us, intentionally or unintentionally, by our neighbor, for we know the autor if it, and that “the whole world lieth in wickedness” (St. John 5:19), from its beginning, but let us bear every affront offered us serenely, praying for those who offend us, as for our benefactors, for even in their affronts we may often hear words of good-will towards us, although not proceeding from a good heart. May the Lord teach them, and not impute their behavior unto us as sin to them, and let us be more careful, so as not to give place to the Devil. (St. John of Kronstadt, My Life in Christ, p. 64)
Recent Posts on Fr Ted’s Blog
Parish Council has approved the Risk Committee conducting a Fire Drill after Liturgy on Sunday, TODAY (weather permitting). Sugarcreek Fire Department will also participate.
Children’s choir continues today. Erin Caldwell & Erin Ferdelman will be leading this informal singing group in an effort to make our kids feel more a part of the liturgy and to familiarize them a little more with some of the hymns of the church. This time, we hope to learn some of the odes of the Akathist of Thanksgiving, hopefully singing what we’ve learned o the Sunday before and Sunday after Thanksgiving (November 18 & 25). Any kids under 18 are welcome to join. We will be meeting in the church at 11:30am just before church school and will dismiss kids to church school at 11:45am.
Wednesday Adult Discussion Group
Our Wednesday morning discussion is meeting this week on Wednesday, October 17, when we will begin our discussion of Fr Schememann’s For the Life of the World. The book is readily available in new and used versions as well as an ebook. Please do get a copy of the book and begin reading. You are welcome to attend the discussions even if you don’t have a copy of the book.
Evening Discussion Group: Fr. Schmemann’s FOR THE LIFE OF THE WORLD
We will begin a discussion of Fr. Alexander Schmemann’s For the Life of the World on Tuesday, October 23 at 7pm. We will be meeting for several weeks to discuss the book and the ideas of Fr. Schmemann. Fr. Alexander was instrumental in the creation of the Orthodox Church in America. His ideas inspired countless people to become Orthodox or to go to seminary (including Fr. Ted). His ideas became the basis for much of the mission work of the OCA, and was essential for the missionary growth Orthodoxy experienced in America (including the creation of our St. Paul parish). The book is readily available as an ebook and in used copies. Please get your copy and start reading to prepare for the discussion.
Saint John’s Camp Programs Emmaus Retreat 2018, featuring keynote speaker Dr. Philip Mamalakis: Saturday, October 20th, 8:30am-5:30pm.
This is an all-ages, multi-parish family retreat. There will be three, hour-long sessions with Dr. Mamalakis, author of “Parenting Toward the Kingdom”. Lunch will be provided, as well as child care and a young children’s program during the speaking sessions. There will also be afternoon fellowship time, and our day will conclude in Great Vespers. Don’t miss it for the world! The cost is $30 per person (children 2 and under are free). The retreat will be held at Highland Lakes Camp near Monrovia, IN. Please go to www.saintjohnscamp.org for more details and to register, asap! Questions? Please Contact Micah Wilson at email@example.com
Annual Corn Maze
Mark your calendars for Sunday, October 21 because we will be heading down to Germantown to enjoy some food and fun at Tom's Corn Maze! Meet at 3:00PM (or come even earlier for extra fun!) near the entrance of the farm. There are plenty of activities for all ages including the big corn maze, straw bale maze, pumpkin cannon and train ride. At 5:00 we will head over to one of Tom's campfires for an old fashioned hot dog and marshmallow roast! We have the campfire from 4-7pm so get ready for a great time. Sign up sheets will be available on the bulletin board soon. Tom's maze is located 1 mile west of State Route 4, at 4677 Germantown-Liberty Road at the intersection of Germantown-Liberty Rd. and Farmersville-West Carrollton Rd. http://www.tomsmaze.com/directions/ Questions? See Alyson Turri.
Annual Parish Chili Cook-Off & Bonfire
Please join us for our annual chili cook-off & bonfire on November 3 following Vespers. Sign up sheets will be available soon - we will need people to bring chili (and compete!), cheese, cornbread, etc. We will also have a bonfire and s’mores. Hope you can join us!
I am updating the church directory for this year. Our last update was when we did the photo directory last summer. If you have updates to your contact information, send me an email. If you are not included in the directory, but would like to be, please send me an email with any or all of the following information:
Please submit any edits by 10/31.
As always, please respect others' privacy and do not use any of this information for solicitation or other public correspondence. Printed directories will hopefully be available by the first week of November. Thanks for your help, - Erin Caldwell
Church School Shoe Collection
The church school and youth group students will be collecting new or gently used tennis shoes (sizes approximately 11-4) through the end of October. The tennis shoes will be given to students in need at Emerson Elementary School, grades K-4. There is a collection box in the coat room. Thanks in advance for your support of this worthwhile cause.
Thank you from St. John’s Camp
...a huge thank-you for your parish’s generous donation to the camp programs. We are very appreciative – it is a huge blessing. This will go a long way in helping us provide scholarships to campers who couldn’t make it to camp without additional support, as well as helping us replace worn down materials. On behalf of all those involved with (and impacted by) St. John’s Camp – a very warm and heartfelt thank you. Thank you also for continuing to support the camp through your prayers, as well as sending youth from your parish. Please pass our gratitude along to all who were behind making this contribution to the camp.
Many thanks, in Christ –
Jon (and the St. John’s Camp Board
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
This month’s charity funds will be given to local food banks. Remember in your prayers and charity the poor and hungry who cannot find or afford their daily bread.
Birthdays: Kerrie Weise, Ben Lootens
This Week’s Schedule:
Monday, October 15
Ven. Euthymius the New, of Thessalonica, Monk of Mt. Athos (889)
Readings: Philippians 4:10-23, Luke 9:18-22
8:30am Matins 9am Office Hours
Tuesday, October 16
Martyr Longinus the Centurion, who stood at the Cross of the Lord (1st c.)
Readings: Colossians 1:1-2, 7-11, Luke 9:23-27
5:30pm Vespers 6pm Parish Council
Wednesday, October 17
Martyr Susanna, Princess of Georgia (5th c.)
Readings: Colossians 1:18-23, Luke 9:44-50
8:30am Matins 9am Office Hours 11am Discussion Group
4pm Catechism 6pm Catechism
Thursday, October 18
Holy Apostle and Evangelist Luke (1st c.)
Readings: Colossians 1:24-29, Luke 9:49-56
Friday, October 19
Prophet Joel (ca. 800 B.C.)
Readings: Colossians 2:1-7, Luke 10:1-15
8:30am Matins 9am Office Hours
Saturday, October 20
Greatmartyr Artemius at Antioch (362)
Readings: 2 Corinthians 3:12-18, Luke 7:1-10
Sunday, October 21
21st SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST — Tone 4. Ven. Hilarion the Great (371-372).
Readings: Galatians 2:16-20, Luke 16:19-31
Prosfora: Need volunteer
Altar Servers: D. Abshear, B. Garber
Greeter(s): D. Helferich, D. Short
Epistle: L. Short
Donut Sponsor(s): Smith
Chapel Vacuum: Alex & Bobby Tyson
Candle care: Alex & Bobby Tyson
Counters: J. Weise, M. Topalov
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
3pm Corn Maze Event @ Tom’s Corn Maze
Upcoming Dates to Remember:
November 3 Chili Cook-Off & Bonfire
November 11 Annual Parish Meeting
November 15 Nativity Fast Begins
November 17 Midwest Diocese Virtual Youth Retreat
November 20 Vespers-Liturgy for the Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple