St. Paul the Apostle Orthodox Church

Sunday Bulletin

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost,  Tone 3

Holy Equal-to-the-Apostles Abercius, Bishop and Wonderworker of Hieropolis (ca. 167)

Today’s Schedule:

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

11:00am  Reception of Tyler, Holly, Olivia, Josiah, Malachi and Hazel DeLong into the Catechumenate

11:15am Youth group

11:30 Fellowship Hour: Team 4

11:45 Church School

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


Today’s Hymns & Readings:


Resurrection Troparion: Tone 3

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: 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 3

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.


Prokeimenon: Tone 3

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 16:19-31

There was a certain rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and fared sumptuously every day. But there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, full of sores, who was laid at his gate, desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table. Moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. So it was that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s bosom. The rich man also died and was buried. And being in torments in Hades, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. Then he cried and said, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.’ But Abraham said, ‘Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things; but now he is comforted and you are tormented. And besides all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed, so that those who want to pass from here to you cannot, nor can those from there pass to us.’ Then he said, ‘I beg you therefore, father, that you would send him to my father’s house, for I have five brothers, that he may testify to them, lest they also come to this place of torment.’ Abraham said to him, ‘They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.’ And he said, ‘No, father Abraham; but if one goes to them from the dead, they will repent.’ But he said to him, ‘If they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded though one rise from the dead.’”

For Further Reading:


Lazarus and the Rich Man

I am rich in passions and clothed in the deceitful robe of hypocrisy,

and I rejoice in the sins of self-indulgence.  

There is no limit to my lack of love.  

I neglect my spiritual understanding,

that lies at the gate of repentance,

starved of all good things, sick through want of care.  

O Lord, make me like Lazarus poor in sin,

that I be not tormented in the flame

that never shall be quenched,

and pray in vain for a finger to be dipped in water

and laid upon my tongue.  

But in Thy love for mankind

make me dwell with the Patriarch Abraham. (Wednesday of Palm Week, Vespers)


Now is the Time for Salvation

Repentance is powerful upon the earth; only in Hades is it powerless. Let us seek the Lord now while we have time. Let us do what is good so that we will be delivered from the future endless punishment of Gehenna, and will be made worthy of the Kingdom of the Heavens. By the grace and love toward man of our Lord Jesus Christ, to whom belong the glory and the might, unto the ages of ages. Amen. (St. John Chrysostom, The Fathers of the Church: St. John Chrysostom on Repentance and Almsgiving, p. 130)


What was Christ’s Love Like?

What was Christ’s love like? Did it withhold anything? Did it observe or measure its own spiritual gifts? What did it regret? Where was it ever stingy? Christ’s humanity was spit upon, struck, crucified. Christ’s divinity was incarnate fully and to the end in his spit-upon, battered, humiliated and crucified humanity. The Cross — an instrument of shameful death — has become for the world a symbol of self-denying love. And at no time nor place — neither from Bethlehem to Golgotha, neither in sermons nor parables, nor in the miracles he performed — did Christ ever give any occasion to think that he did not sacrifice himself wholly and entirely for the salvation of the world, that there was in him something held back, some “holy of holies” which he did not want to offer or should not have offered.

He offered his own “holy of holies,” his own divinity, for the sins of the world, and this is precisely wherein lies his divine and perfect love in all its fullness. (Mother Maria Skobstova, Mother Maria Skobtsova: Essential Writings, pp. 179-180)


The Church is God’s House for Prayer

Because we know and believe that God is our Father, we view the church, especially when we celebrate the Liturgy, as our true home.We come in and go out freely, we are happy to be here, we make the sign of the cross, we light our candles, we speak with our friends, and it is easy to see that the Orthodox feel that the church is their home. And the church is our home. Our family is the gathering (synaxis) of the church. Our family is not simply our children and relatives, however many we have. It is rather all of us, all humanity, including all those who have turned aside to the left or to the right, or who have perhaps not yet even thought about God, or dared to admit that their heart is filled with cries and groans, and that, with these, they hope to open heaven, or that God will answer them, but they are hesitant and are ashamed. The Liturgy is our family, our gathering, our house. And what a spacious house it is! Together with us are those who are absent, along with sinners, and the wicked, and the dead, indeed, even those who are in hell, but who may yet remember something about God. And who knows how many of these will find relief, be drawn out of Hades, and even dragged up from the depths of hell, thanks to the prayers of the Church, her memorial services, and divine liturgies. This is our home. We believers have such a large house! (Archimandrite Aimilianos of Simonopetra, The Church at Prayer, p. 68)


St Abercius, Equal to the Apostles

In the time of the Emperor Antoninus (138-161), St Abercius was bishop in the city of Hierapolis in Phrygia. The great majority of the town's inhabitants were pagans, and St Abercius governed his little flock with a heart greatly saddened by the great number of pagans and idolaters, and with fervent prayer to God that He would bring them to the true Light. At the time of a rowdy idolatrous festival, Abercius became inflamed with godly zeal and went into the temple, smashing all the idols. When the furious pagans tried to kill him, three young madmen fell down before the man of God, foaming at the mouth and bellowing. The man of God drove the demons out of them, and they were healed and became calm. Seeing this, the fury of the pagans turned to marvelling at Christ's wonderworker, and five hundred of them were immediately baptised. Little by little, everyone in the city of Hierapolis came to believe in Christ and was baptised. The proconsul of the region, Publius, had a blind mother whose sight Abercius restored by prayer, and both Publius and his mother came to faith in Christ, along with many other people. In old age, Abercius was summoned to Rome, where he healed the Emperor's mad daughter. The Lord Christ appeared to His faithful follower several times. People from far and near came to him for help in chronic sickness, and the demons not only feared him but were obedient to his commands. At the order of the Lord Himself, he preached the Gospel throughout Syria and Mesopotamia, and went to his beloved Lord in great old age, in the city of Hierapolis at the end of the second century. (The Prologue from Ochrid, p. 96)


Recent Posts on Fr. Ted’s Blog:


Notes from the 16 October Parish Council Meeting

Present: Fr. Ted, Brian Garber, Kerrie Wiese, Ann McLarnan, Bill Turri, Bruce Garber, Janine Elash, Rebecca Barone

 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.


Filling IOCC Hurricane Relief Buckets

The supplies are finally here and we are ready to fill the Hurricane Relief buckets. Stick around during fellowship hour to lend a hand. See Maria Brausch with questions.


Wednesday Book Study

The group is discussing Dave Cooper’s book manuscript, The Strong Force, chapters 5-9.


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? See Alyson Turri. 


Counter Volunteers Needed

The counting team is looking for a new volunteer to help count the offering after Liturgy. The counters have a recurring monthly schedule so they each count once a month. Contact Kerrie or Jeff Wiese for additional information. 


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

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 23

Apostle James, Brother of the Lord

Readings: Philippians 4:10-23, Luke 10:22-24

8:30am Matins                        9am Office Hours


Tuesday, October 24

Martyr Arethas and 4299 Martyrs with him (523)

Readings: Colossians 1:1-2, 7-11, Luke 11:1-10


Wednesday, October 25 (fast)

St. Tabitha, the widow raised from the dead by the Apostle Peter (1st c.).

Readings: Colossians 1:18-23, Luke 11:9-13

8:30am Matins     9am Office Hours 11am Discussion Group: The Strong Force, Chap 5-9


Thursday, October 26

Holy and Glorious Greatmartyr Demetrius the Myrrh-gusher of Thessalonica (ca. 306)

Readings: Colossians 1:24-29, Luke 11:14-23


Friday, October 27 (fast)

Martyr Nestor of Thessalonica (ca. 306)

Readings: Colossians 2:1-7, Luke 11:23-26

8:30am Matins            9am Office Hours


Saturday, October 28

Repose of Ven. Job, Abbot and Wonderworker of Pochaev (1651)

Readings: 2 Corinthians 3:12-18, Luke 8:16-21

1pm Baptism of Grant Ashworth

5pm Vespers


Sunday, October 29

21st SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST — Tone 4. Martyr Anastasia the Roman (3rd c.).

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

Prosfora: Need volunteer

Altar Server: V. Weis

Greeter(s): D. Short, D. Federinko

Epistle: A. McLarnan

Donut Sponsor(s): Turri

Chapel Vacuum: Need volunteer

Candle care: Need volunteer

Counters: B. Lootens & D. Gresh

9:00am Hours: Need volunteer

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


Upcoming Dates to Remember

November 5               Tom’s Corn Maze & Cook-Out

November 11             Diaconate Theology Class

November 12             Annual Parish Meeting

November 15             Nativity Fast Begins

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