St. Paul the Apostle Orthodox Church
Sunday, October 28, 2018
22st Sunday after Pentecost
Tone 5. Martyr Terence with his wife and children. (249)
Prosfora: Mary Young
Altar Servers: M. Caldwell, B. Garber
Greeter(s): D. Federinko & B. Edwards
Epistle: A. McLarnan
Donut Sponsor(s): Smith
Chapel Vacuum: Alex & Bobby Tyson
Candle care: Alex & Bobby Tyson
Counters: K. Henry & M. Braus
9:00am Hours: A. McLarnan
9:30am Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom
11:30am Fellowship Hour: Team 4
11:45am Youth group/Church School
Hymns & Readings:
Tone 5 Troparion (Resurrection)
Let us, the faithful, praise and worship the Word, coeternal with the Father and the Spirit, born for our salvation from the Virgin; for He willed to be lifted up on the Cross in the flesh, to endure death, and to raise the dead by His glorious Resurrection!
Tone 4 Hymn of Sts. Peter and Paul:
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!
Tone 5 Kontakion (Resurrection)
You descended into hell, O my Savior, shattering its gates as Almighty, resurrecting the dead as Creator and destroying the sting of death. You have delivered Adam from the curse, O Lover of Man, and we cry out to you: “O Lord save us!”
Tone 5 Prokeimenon
You, O Lord, will protect us and preserve us from this generation forever.
Epistle: Galatians 6:11-18
See with what large letters I have written to you with my own hand! As many as desire to make a good showing in the flesh, these would compel you to be circumcised, only that they may not suffer persecution for the cross of Christ. For not even those who are circumcised keep the law, but they desire to have you circumcised that they may boast in your flesh. But God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but a new creation. And as many as walk according to this rule, peace and mercy be upon them, and upon the Israel of God. From now on let no one trouble me, for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus. Brethren, the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.
Gospel: Luke 8:26-39
Then they sailed to the country of the Gadarenes, which is opposite Galilee. And when He stepped out on the land, there met Him a certain man from the city who had demons for a long time. And he wore no clothes, nor did he live in a house but in the tombs. When he saw Jesus, he cried out, fell down before Him, and with a loud voice said, “What have I to do with You, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg You, do not torment me!” For He had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. For it had often seized him, and he was kept under guard, bound with chains and shackles; and he broke the bonds and was driven by the demon into the wilderness. Jesus asked him, saying, “What is your name?” And he said, “Legion,” because many demons had entered him. And they begged Him that He would not command them to go out into the abyss. Now a herd of many swine was feeding there on the mountain. So they begged Him that He would permit them to enter them. And He permitted them. Then the demons went out of the man and entered the swine, and the herd ran violently down the steep place into the lake and drowned. When those who fed them saw what had happened, they fled and told it in the city and in the country. Then they went out to see what had happened, and came to Jesus, and found the man from whom the demons had departed, sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed and in his right mind. And they were afraid. They also who had seen it told them by what means he who had been demon-possessed was healed. Then the whole multitude of the surrounding region of the Gadarenes asked Him to depart from them, for they were seized with great fear. And He got into the boat and returned. Now the man from whom the demons had departed begged Him that he might be with Him. But Jesus sent him away, saying, “Return to your own house, and tell what great things God has done for you.” And he went his way and proclaimed throughout the whole city what great things Jesus had done for him.
For Further Reading:
The awesome force of evil does not lie in evil as such, but in its destruction of our faith in goodness - our conviction that good is stronger than evil. This is the meaning of temptation. And even the very attempt to explain evil by virtue of rational arguments, to legitimize it, if one can put it this way, is that very same temptation, it is the inner surrender before evil. For the Christian attitude towards evil consists precisely in the understanding that evil has no explanation, no justification, no basis, that it is the root of rebellion against God, falling away from God, a rupture from full life, and that God does not give us explanations for evil, but strength to resist evil and power to overcome it. And again, this victory lies not in the ability to understand and explain evil but rather in the ability to face it with the full force of faith, the full force of hope, and love that temptations are overcome, they are the answer to temptation, the victory over temptations, and therefore the victory over evil.
Here lies the victory of Christ, the one whose whole life was one seamless temptation. He was constantly in the midst of evil in all its forms, beginning with the slaughter of innocent infants at the time of his birth and ending in horrible isolation, betrayal by all, physical torture, and an accursed death on the cross. In one sense the Gospels are an account of the power of evil and the victory over it - an account of Christ’s temptation.
And Christ didn’t once explain and therefore didn't justify and legitimize evil, but he constantly confronted it with faith, hope, and love. He didn’t destroy evil, but he did reveal the power of struggle with evil, and he gave this power to us, and it is about this power that we pray when we say: “And lead us not into temptation.”
The Gospel says about Christ that when he was suffering alone, at night, in the garden, abandoned by all, when he “began to be sorrowful and troubled” (Mt. 26:37), when all the force of temptation fell on him, an angel came from heaven and strengthened him.
It is about this same mystical assistance that we pray, so that in the face of evil, suffering, and temptation our faith would not waver, our hope not weaken, our love not dry up, that the darkness of evil not reign in our hearts and become itself the fuel for evil. Our prayer is that we can trust in God, as Christ trusted in him, that all the temptations would be smashed against our strength.
We pray also that God would deliver us from the evil one, and here we are given not an explanation but one more revelation, this time about the personal nature of evil, about the person as the bearer and source of evil. (Alexander Schmemann, Our Father, pp. 78-81)
Clothe Yourself with Christ
As ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise. For if ye love them which love you, what thank have ye? For sinners also love those that love them...But love ye your enemies and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again and your reward shall be great and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil. Be ye therefore merciful as your Father is also merciful.
These words of Christ describe two ways. On the one hand, the ‘natural’ way is to do good to them that do good to us, to love them that love us. The other way, the way of the Gospel, takes us far beyond the natural way. Christ leads us to a deeper, supernatural way of life, a reflection of the perfect life of God: ‘Love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again. Be ye therefore merciful as your Father also is merciful.’ This commandment raises the human soul to great heights, for by it we are made children of the Heavenly Father and become like unto God.
The Lord’s commandment does not have a negative character. He does not say, ‘Do not do to others what you do not want them to do to you’ but ‘Do unto others that which is precious to you, which so fills your soul that you would wish to receive it from them.’ Christian asceticism is ultimately meaningless unless it has a positive character. It is not simply a matter of ‘don’t do this or that’ but rather ‘do this, and be perfect’. We struggle not merely - to divest ourselves of the passions of the old man, but to clothe ourselves with the new man, the New Adam, that is, with Christ Himself. (Archimandrite Zacharaias, Remember Thy First Love, p. 316-317)
To Be Human is to Be Like God’
We can begin to expand on this by looking at what it means to say humanity is created in the “image of God” (Gen. 1:26-27; 9:6), a metaphor that is scarce in Scripture but that has come to play a huge part in Christian discussions of the uniqueness of human beings. “Then God said, ‘Let us make humankind in our image’” (Gen. 1:26). Today there is fairly widespread agreement that, as used in Genesis at least, image does not refer to a possession or endowment (like mind, reason, free will) but is a relational term. That is, it makes no sense without considering our relation to God - as God’s unique “counterpart” or covenant partner (we can know and love God in return) - and because of that, to other creatures, human and nonhuman, animate and inanimate. Crucial also is the notion of representation: as God’s counterparts, human beings are God’s earthly representatives, his vice-regents, in the way that an ancient monarch was seen to represent a god or a physical image to represent a king. Bound up with this is the idea of resemblance or similarity: as God’s partners, humans are in some sense like God (hence the pairing of image with likeness). In short, to say that we are created in God’s image is to say that we are created as God’s unique counterparts and hence God’s representatives on earth, embodying, as creatures and alongside other creatures, the action and presence of God in and to the word. (Jeremy S. Begbie, Resounding Truth, p. 202)
Christ with Everyone
I shall not be jealous, my Son, that You are both with me
and with everyone. Be God
to the one who confesses You, and be Lord
to the one who serves You, and be brother
to the one who loves You so that You might save all. (Ephrem the Syrian, Hymns, p. 149)
Recent Posts on Fr Ted’s Blog
Poor Lazarus and the Rich Man: St. Gregory Palamas says the rich man in the parable actually had an excuse for his failure to be charitable to Lazarus. We however know the story and so have no excuse.
Receive the Body of Christ: In Holy Communion we taste the goodness of the Lord, and find ourselves becoming what we eat.
Tomorrow You May Die Is Never True: Americans do not like thinking about death, but tomorrow you may die is a lie.
Seeing With the Eyes of the Heart: Photography is an art to help us see God with our hearts.
The Faithfulness of Christ: We are saved by the faith of Jesus Christ
Psalm 67: Giving thanks to our Lord, God and Creator.
Theosis: Being a God to the Unfortunate: The goal of the Christian life is not getting to heaven!
Attention ALL College Students in the Dayton Area.
The University of Dayton has just created an OCF and would love for you to join us for our first meeting on Tuesday, 30 October 2018 at 8:00pm.
What to expect:
- An explanation of the University of Dayton's OCF goals
- A fun time
- An opportunity to meet new people
Who can attend?
- Open to any college student in the area.
If you have any questions feel free to contact us at UDaytonOCF@gmail.com
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.
Evening Discussion Group: Fr. Schmemann’s For the Life of the World
We will continue a discussion of Fr. Alexander Schmemann’s For the Life of the World on Tuesday, October 30 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.
Wednesday Adult Discussion Group
Our Wednesday morning discussion will continue on Wednesday, October 31, when we will continue 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.
Annual Parish Chili Cook-Off & Bonfire
Please join us for our annual chili cook-off & bonfire on November 3 following Vespers. Sign up sheets are on the bulletin board - 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!
New Catechism/Inquirer’s Class
Anyone interested in attending a Catechism/Inquirer’s Class to learn about the Orthodox Faith or to prepare to become a member of the Orthodox Church, please contact Fr. Ted (FrTed@StPDayton.org) as soon as possible. He is going to schedule a new class. If you want to be in that class, please let him know. Even if you have expressed an interest in the past, contact Fr. Ted now so he can get you on the email list to contact you.
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, you can 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Archpastoral Message of His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon for Steward Sunday
To the Venerable Hierarchs, Reverend Clergy, Monastics, Distinguished Stewards, and the entire family of the Orthodox Church in America:
Stewardship is at the heart of our life and existence as Orthodox Christians. In our own personal lives, in our parish communities, and in our families, we are constantly and sacrificially offering our small gifts, so that we may receive the great gift that God gives to us.
The Stewards of the Orthodox Church in America exists for one purpose: to help the Church and her Outreach Ministries reach the world for Christ! This effort requires prayer and commitment. By God’s grace, we have a Church filled with talented and dedicated clergy and laity who give their time to preach, teach, and live the Gospel. Their sacrificial labor needs our financial support to fulfill the work of the Lord. By making a gift to the Stewards of the Orthodox Church in America, you will become a co-worker as we reach out around the world in spreading the Orthodox faith.
On this Sunday, October 28, which we call Steward Sunday, together with the members of the Holy Synod, I encourage each of you to express your love for your parish, for the Orthodox Church in America and for our Lord in a tangible way – sacrificial giving. Your gifts will help our ministry departments as they assist our missions to grow, as they help our youth to gather, and encourage all of us to share our faith, thus bearing fruit that has the potential to transfigure the world.
May the Lord continue to grant you every good thing for your salvation and for the growth of His Body, the Church.
With love in Christ,
+TIKHON, Archbishop of Washington, Metropolitan of All America and Canada
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 email@example.com. 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.
Daylight Savings Time Ends
We do our annual time change this coming weekend - Sunday, November 4 at 2am. The clocks fall back 1 hour.
Birthdays: Val Rastrigin, Shane Smith
This Week’s Schedule:
Monday, October 29
Martyr Anastasia the Roman (3rd c.)
Readings: 1 Thessalonians 1:1-5, Luke 11:29-33
8:30am Matins 9am Office Hours
Tuesday, October 30
Hieromartyr Zenobius and his sister Zenobia, of Aegæ in Cilicia (285).
Readings: 1 Thessalonians 1:6-10, Luke 11:34-41
7pm Discussion: FOR THE LIFE OF THE WORLD
Wednesday, October 31
Hieromartyr Archpriest John Kochurov (1917)
Readings: 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8, Luke 11:42-46
9am Office Hours
11am Discussion Group
Thursday, November 1
Holy Wonderworkers and Unmercenaries Cosmas and Damian of Mesopotamia, and their mother, St. Theodota. Hieromartyrs John the Bishop and Jacob (James) the Presbyter, of Persia (ca. 345).
Readings: 1 Thessalonians 2:9-14, Luke 11:47-12:1
Friday, November 2
Martyrs Acindynus, Pegasius, Aphthonius, Elpidephorus and Anempodistus, of Persia (ca. 341-345)
Readings: 1 Thessalonians 2:14-19, Luke 12:2-12
9am Office Hours
Saturday, November 3
Martyrs Acepsimas the Bishop, Joseph the Presbyter, and Aithalas the Deacon, of Persia (4th c.)
Readings: 2 Corinthians 8:1-5, Luke 9:1-6
5:45pm Chili Cook Off & Bonfire
Sunday, November 4
23rd SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST — Tone 6. Synaxis of the Holy Unmercenaries. Ven. Joannicius the Great (846)
Readings: Ephesians 2:4-10, Luke 8:41-56
Prosfora: S. Pacak
Altar Servers: V. Weis, J. Fencik
Greeter(s): MK Smith, M. Adrian
Epistle: S. Pacak
Donut Sponsor(s): Schwaninger
Chapel Vacuum: J. Cunningham
Candle care: Garber
Counters: B. Lootens, M. Pearson
2:00am Daylight Savings Time Ends
9:00am Hours: S. Pacak
9:30am Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom
11:30am Fellowship Hour: Potluck
11:45am Youth group/Church School
Upcoming Dates to Remember:
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