St. Paul the Apostle Orthodox Church

Sunday Bulletin

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost, Tone 2.

The Fathers of the 7th Ecumenical Council

Today’s Schedule:

Prosfora: Lessin

Altar Server: M. Caldwell

Greeter(s): D. Helferich & G. Friesel

Epistle: L. Short

Donut Sponsor(s): Muzzy

Chapel Vacuum: Need volunteers

Candle care: Need volunteers

Counters: J. Wiese, L. Wagner

9:00am Hours: L. Short

9:30am Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom

11:15am Youth group

11:30 Fellowship Hour: Team 3

11:45 Church School

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


Today’s Hymns & Readings:


Resurrection Troparion: Tone 2

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 & Paul: Tone 4

O First-Enthroned of the Apostles! Teachers of the Universe! Entreat the Master of all, to grant peace to the world and great mercy to our souls!


Resurrection Kontakion: Tone 2

Hell became afraid, O Almighty Savior, seeing the miracle of Your Resurrection from the tomb! The dead arose!  Creation, with Adam, beheld this and rejoiced with You! And the world, O my Savior, praises You forever!


Prokeimenon: Tone 2

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


Epistle: 2 Corinthians 11:31-12:9

Brothers and Sisters,

The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is blessed forever, knows that I am not lying. In Damascus the governor, under Aretas the king, was guarding the city of the Damascenes with a garrison, desiring to arrest me; but I was let down in a basket through a window in the wall, and escaped from his hands. It is doubtless not profitable for me to boast. I will come to visions and revelations of the Lord: I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago – whether in the body I do not know, or whether out of the body I do not know, God knows – such a one was caught up to the third heaven. And I know such a man – whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows – how he was caught up into Paradise and heard inexpressible words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter. Of such a one I will boast; yet of myself I will not boast, except in my infirmities. For though I might desire to boast, I will not be a fool; for I will speak the truth. But I refrain, lest anyone should think of me above what he sees me to be or hears from me. And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure. Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me. And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.


Gospel: Luke 8:5-15

The Lord Jesus taught this parable: “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:

The Parable of the Sower of Seeds

St. Cyril of Alexandria writes about the types of persons represented by the three types of ground upon which the seed of the word fell. Concerning those of the first kind he says:

            No sacred or divine word will be able to enter those who have minds that are hard and unyielding, for it is by the aid of such words that the joyful fruit of virtue can grow. Men of this kind are highways that are trodden by unclean spirits, and by Satan himself, and they shall never be producers of holy fruit, because their hearts are sterile and unfaithful. (Commentary on the Gospel of St. Luke, Homily 41)


The second kind have a religion without roots...when this kind of person goes out of the church, he immediately forgets the holy teachings he has heard there. And as long as Christians are left in peace, he keeps the faith, but as soon as persecution arises, he will be ready to take to flight in search of safety.


            This holy Father finally exhorts us not to allow the cares of this world to choke the tender shoots of faith and commitment as soon as they sprout from the soil of our hearts and minds. We must not be deceived, thinking that thorns and new shoots can exist side by side. (Archbishop Dmitri, The Parables, p. 14)


Seeing Our Own Sins

Abbot John used to say: We have thrown down a light burden, which is the reprehending of our own selves, and we have chosen instead to bear a heavy burden, by justifying our own selves and condemning others. (Thomas Merton, The Wisdom of the Desert, p. 71)


Understanding Seeds and Parables

This tension is present as well in Jesus’ use of conventional proverbial sayings, using ambiguity to involve hearers and reader-learners in interpreting their meaning and to evoke something radically new. For example, Jesus used a familiar farming image of planting seeds that grow: “When the grain is ripe, at once he goes in with his sickle, because the harvest has come” (Mark 4:29). The farmer does not make the seed grow but must use his judgment to discern when it is ripe, a judgement learned from his own farmer-father and his previous experience. But here the image is applied to the coming of the Kingdom! The reader-learner is invited to see the kingdom as growing seeds and ripening plants, but how does one judge that a kingdom is ripe? If it is ripe, a harvest requires cutting down and threshing. What does that expect of reader-learners? (Charles F. Melchert, Wise Teaching, p. 244)


Struggling to Love One’s Enemies

Everyday experience shows that even people who in their inner depths accept Christ’s commandment to love one’s enemies do not put it into practice. Why? First of all, because without grace we cannot love our enemies. But if, realizing that this love was naturally beyond them, they asked God to help them with His grace they would certainly receive this gift.

            Unfortunately, it is the opposite that prevails. Not only unbelievers but people who call themselves Christians are afraid of acting toward their enemies according to Christ’s commandment. They think that to do so would only be of advantage to the other side, seeing the enemy refracted through the distorting prism of hatred as having nothing good in him, that he would take advantage of their ‘indulgence’ and respond to their love either by crucifying or shamelessly crushing and subjugating them, thus letting evil, as generally personified by this enemy, triumph.

            The idea that Christianity is ‘wishy-washy’ is profoundly mistaken. The saints possess a force powerful enough to sway people, influence the masses, but theirs is the reverse method - they make themselves servants of their brethren, and thus win for themselves a love in its essence imperishable. By following this course they gain a victory that will obtain ‘world without end’, whereas a victory won through violence never lasts and by its nature is more to the shame than to the glory of mankind. (Archimandrite Sophrony, St. Silouan the Athonite, pp. 224-225)


The Church

The Church is seen primarily as a place of encounter, where God is not so much learned about as met, and where human lives are brought into an ecclesia, a community, of relation to this encountered God. At the beginning of its main service, the Divine Liturgy, the deacon proclaims to the celebrant bishop the intention of the Church’s work: ‘Master, it is time for the Lord to act.’ (cf. Ps. 118 [119]: 126] - announcing an act that culminates in the eucharistic encounter of the communicant faithful with the body and blood of Christ.

            This focus on encounter establishes the nature of the church as intrinsically sacramental. The sacraments stand at the centre of the Church’s life and mission, not because of a symbolic significance or merit of ritual, but because in each sacrament the person is drawn farther into the encounter with God which transforms and transfigures.

...The perception of the Church as, above all, a living organism, Christ’s very body into which his creation is drawn through encounter and relation, rather than an institution or complex that can be neatly defined. (Mary B. Cunningham, The Cambridge Companion to Orthodox Christian Theology, pp. 121-122)


Recent Posts on Fr. Ted’s Blog:


Children’s Bulletins

There will be children’s bulletins “The Children’s Word” available every Sunday on the table next to the regular bulletins. Please take one if your child(ren) will use it. These bulletins are written and compiled by Presbytera Alexandra Houck from Orthodox Christian Network.

Relief Buckets for IOCC & Hurricane Relief

Our parish will be supporting the hurricane relief efforts of IOCC by providing them with 54 clean-up buckets. We will be filling the buckets today and will need many hands to help during fellowship hour. These buckets will be filled with supplies needed by volunteers who go into damaged homes to begin the clean-up process. Thank you to everyone who has contributed for the supplies.


Parish Council Meeting

Parish Council meets on Monday, October 16 at 6pm, following the 5:30pm Vespers.


Wednesday Book Study

The group is not meeting this week but will resume meeting this Wednesday, October 18, at 11am when we will begin discussing Dave Cooper’s book manuscript, The Strong Force, chapters 1-4.


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.


Corn Maze and Cook Out

Mark your calendars for Sunday, November 5 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. Please RSVP by signing up on the sheet on the parish bulletin board.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. Questions? Contact Alyson Turri.


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.


October Charity

Among other charities that are to be determined part of this month’s donations will be supporting St. Vincent de Paul. We also will be using funds to help two Orthodox families who have been hit with serious illness and health bills.



Anniversaries: Dave & Laura Avdakov, Alex & Kara Masick, Jeff & Kerrie Wiese

Name Day: Bruce Garber


God grant you many years!


This Week’s Schedule:

Monday, October 16

Martyr Longinus the Centurion, who stood at the Cross of the Lord (1st c.)

Readings: Philippians 2:12-16, Luke 9:18-22

8:30am Matins                        9am Office Hours

5:30pm Vespers                     6pm  Parish Council Meeting


Tuesday, October 17

Prophet Hosea (820 B.C.)

Readings: Philippians 2:17-23, Luke 9:23-27


Wednesday, October 18 (fast)

Holy Apostle and Evangelist Luke (1st c.)

Readings: Philippians 2:24-30, Luke 9:44-50

8:30am Matins     9am Office Hours 11am Discussion Group: The Strong Force, Chap 1-4


Thursday, October 19

Prophet Joel (ca. 800 B.C.)

Readings: Philippians 3:1-8, Luke 9:49-56


Friday, October 20 (fast)

Greatmartyr Artemius at Antioch (362)

Readings: Philippians 3:8-19, Luke 10:1-15

8:30am Matins            9am Office Hours


Saturday, October 21

Memorial Soul Saturday. Ven. Hilarion the Great (371-372)

Readings: 2 Corinthians 1:8-11, Luke 7:1-10

2pm Diaconate Theology Class         5pm Vespers              6pm Chili Cook Off & Bonfire


Sunday, October 22

20th SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST — Tone 3. Holy Equal-to-the-Apostles Abercius, Bishop and Wonderworker of Hieropolis (ca. 167)

Galatians 1:11-19, Luke 16:19-31

Prosfora: D. Federinko

Altar Server: D. Abshear

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

Epistle: D. Beleny

Donut Sponsor(s): Edwards

Chapel Vacuum: Need volunteer

Candle care: Need volunteer

Counters: K. Henry, M. Brausch

9:00am Hours: D. Beleny

9:30am Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom

11:15am Youth group

11:30 Fellowship Hour: Team 4

11:45 Church School

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


Upcoming Dates to Remember:

October 28                 Baptism of Grant Ashworth

November 5               Tom’s Corn Maze & Cook-Out

November 11             Diaconate Theology Class

November 15             Nativity Fast Begins

November 20             Vespers- Liturgy for The Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple