St. Paul the Apostle Orthodox Church

Sunday Bulletin

Sunday, October 29, 2017      Tone 4

Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost 

Martyr Anastasia the Roman (3rd c.)

Today’s Schedule:

Prosfora: Nikki G.

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

Today’s Hymns & Readings:


Resurrection Troparion: Tone 4

When the women disciples of the Lord learned from the angel the joyous message of the Resurrection; they cast away the ancestral curse and elatedly told the apostles: Death is overthrown; Christ God is risen, granting the world great mercy!


Hymn of St. Paul

Facing danger at sea and fearful persecution, you became a chosen vessel of the Savior. With your sermons you enlightened the nations and to the Athenians you revealed the unknown God. Teacher of the nations, St. Paul the Apostle, protector of us all, keep us who honor you safe from every trial and danger.


Resurrection Kontakion: Tone 4

My Savior and Redeemer as God rose from the tomb and delivered the earthborn from their chains. He has shattered the gates of hell, and as Master, he has risen on the third day!


Prokeimenon: Tone 4

O Lord, how manifold are your works! In wisdom have you made them all.


Epistle: Galatians 2:16-20

We who are Jews by nature, and not sinners of the Gentiles, 16 knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law but by faith in Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, that we might be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law; for by the works of the law no flesh shall be justified. “But if, while we seek to be justified by Christ, we ourselves also are found sinners, is Christ therefore a minister of sin? Certainly not! 18 For if I build again those things which I destroyed, I make myself a transgressor. 19 For I through the law died to the law that I might live to God. I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.


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:

Overcoming Our Sins

Christians often say: "if my fellow men behaved to me differently, if I had better children, if my spouse did not do this or the other, if...,if..., I could probably live a Christian life". We have the impression that the cessation of external problems would make us better. However many times I say that external problems will never cease. Now we have troubles with our studies and later we are full of anxiety about our career or marriage. Bringing up our children will raise new problems. Afterwards we will be concerned about the future of our children or even finally of our grandchildren...I leave all other problems caused by work and social dealings. Problems will never end. We must overcome them. (Archimandrite Hierotheos Vlachos, The Illness and the Cure of the Soul in the Orthodox Tradition, p. 71)


Christ Who Lives in Me

“Christification” based on the words, “It is no longer I who live but Christ who lives in me.” (Gal 2:20) The image of God, the icon of Christ, which truly is my real and authentic essence or being, is the only measure of all things, the only path or way which is given to me. Each movement of my soul, each approach to God, to other people, to the world, is determined by the suitability of that act for reflecting the image of God which is within me. (St Maria of Paris)

            Love for humanity alone or in general, while an ideal of the Enlightenment and love of the modern era, leads us into the blind alley, as she calls it of a humanism that is at once anti-Christian, impersonal, theoretical, and, in the end, not humane. But equally, as we have also seen, the flight into religiosity of various forms, the attempt to place the love for God above that for neighbor, to play Martha off against Mary, destroys love, both for God and for the neighbor.

            The two loves are but one love. To attempt to “Christify” the world is not impose upon it something external, but to deal with it in its own terms - as God’s creation, out of love, as the constant object of God’s love, God’s becoming part of it, living in it, dying and rising - “for the life of the world.” To “Christify” means to be the world's beloved, the philanthropos or “Lover of mankind,” as the Eastern Church liturgy repeatedly names God. As scripture scholar James Kugel points out, an image of God we have lost is that of a God who does not so much sit on his throne in his heavens, waiting for our obeisance, but the God who descends and walks among us, often completely unnoticed, seeking us out in love. (Michael Plekon, The Teachings of Modern Christianity on Law Politics, & Human Nature, p. 675)


Our Heart of Flesh

Unless we endeavour to live within our heart, we remain blind to our untamed passions. The inclinations of our heart and mind remain beyond our control. We sin whether we want to or not. Sin can never attract the blessing of God, so unless we keep our hearts alive and alert, we will eventually become strangers to Him. The Scriptures say that ‘the heart is deep.’ God honours this ‘deep heart’ of man. All heaven hearkens to a deep heart athirst for God and ready to receive Him. But if our heart is indifferent to God, we are worth little more than dust and ashes. We must attend to our heart and cultivate it, for the hidden man of the heart is very precious in the sight of God. May God give us such a heart, a deep heart that is capable of divine and spiritual sensation!

            We learn to enter into our ‘deep heart’ through personal prayer in our rooms and attendance at church services. And if we take courage and enter therein, we shall behold the great miracle of the union of our life with God’s Life, for this takes place in the heart of man. Indeed, the aim of our entire ascetic struggle - our fasts, vigils and prayers - is to reveal the heart, to unearth it. (Archimandrite Zacharias, Remember Thy First Love: The Three Stages of the Spiritual Life in the Theology of Elder Sophrony, p. 241-242)


Images of the Church

Finally, again in Cyprian, the Church is the virgin-bride who lives not for the pleasure of this world, but only for Christ. “The bride of Christ cannot be defiled; she is incorrupt and chaste. She knows but one home; in chaste modesty she guards the sanctity of one couch.”

            Indeed, Cyprian piles image upon image in his search to impress the importance of unity on his readers. The Church, he says, is like the sun, whose rays are many but whose light is one. It is like a tree with many branches but with a single strength surging through one root. It is like a source from which flow many streams, which nevertheless maintain a unity because of their unique beginning. It may be compared to Christ’s seamless garment, which was not divided at his death; or to the house in which the Jews ate the paschal lamb, which was not permitted to be eaten outside; or to a dove, which keeps to one cote and which is faithful to its mate.

            To the early Christians, therefore, the unity of the Church had to do with nothing less than the content of the faith itself, namely, with what had been derived from Scripture and what had been handed down by the apostles or by the fathers assembled in the synod. (Boniface Ramsey, Beginning to Read the Fathers, p. 99 & 100)


Does God Speak to Us?

For the monk as well as for any human being, the fundamental question at the core of our existence is not whether or not God exists (in fact, a reasonable case for this can be made on purely natural grounds); the real issue is whether or not God has spoken - indeed, speaks - and if so, what does he say? If God does communicate, then the most pressing issue in our lives is to learn how to hear and to respond to this. Silence is no less a part of this than speech. As in any language, we have to learn to understand what the silence means. This is what happens in lectio divina. (The Monks of New Skete, In the Spirit of Happiness, p. 144-145)


Recent Posts on Fr. Ted’s Blog:


Wednesday Book Study

The group will finish its discussion of Dave Cooper’s book manuscript, The Strong Force, chapters 9-14.


NO Vespers Saturday

Please note this Saturday, November 4 only,  there will be no Vespers or confession.  


Time Change

Just a reminder that we return to Daylight Savings Time (fall back one hour) at 2am next Sunday, November 5. While we have the power to turn the clock back one hour in the middle of the night, we might remember Isaiah 38:7-8, where God does the same thing before sunset:

"This is the sign to you from the LORD, that the LORD will do this thing that he has promised: ‘Behold, I will make the shadow cast by the declining sun on the dial of Ahaz turn back ten steps.’ So the sun turned back on the dial the ten steps by which it had declined.”  


Corn Maze and Cook Out

Next Sunday, November 5 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. 


New Catechism/Inquirer’s Class

Fr. Ted has been asked to begin a new Catechism/Inquirer’s Class - probably to begin in November. If you or anyone you know is interested in joining the class, please let Fr. Ted know as soon as possible.


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.



Birthdays: Val Rastrigin, Shane Smith, Diane Helferich

God grant you many years!


This Week’s Schedule:

Monday, October 30

Hieromartyr Zenobius and his sister Zenobia, of Aegæ in Cilicia (285).

Readings: Colossians 2:13-20, Luke 11:29-33

8:30am Matins                        9am Office Hours


Tuesday, October 31

Hieromartyr Archpriest John Kochurov (1917).

Readings: Colossians 2:20-3:3, Luke 11:34-41


Wednesday, November 1 (fast)

Martyrs Cyrenia and Juliana in Cilicia (4th c.).

Readings: Colossians 3:17-4:1, Luke 11:42-46

8:30am Matins     9am Office Hours 11am Discussion Group: The Strong Force, Chapters 9-14


Thursday, November 2

Martyrs Acindynus, Pegasius, Aphthonius, Elpidephorus and Anempodistus, of Persia (ca. 341-345).

Readings: Colossians 4:2-9, Luke 11:47-12:1


Friday, November 3 (fast)

Martyrs Acepsimas the Bishop, Joseph the Presbyter, and Aithalas the Deacon, of Persia (4th c.).

Readings: Colossians 4:10-18, Luke 12:2-12

8:30am Matins            9am Office Hours


Saturday, November 4

Ven. Joannicius the Great (846).

Readings: 2 Corinthians 5:1-10, Luke 9:1-6

NO Vespers


Sunday, November 5

22nd SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST — Tone 5. Synaxis of the Holy Unmercenaries.

Galatians 6:11-18, Luke 8:41-56

2am  Return to Daylight Savings Time

Prosfora: D. Federinko

Altar Server: D. Abshear

Greeter(s): MK Smith, M. Adrian

Epistle: Need volunteer

Donut Sponsor(s): Need sponsor

Chapel Vacuum: M. Jobst

Candle care: M. Jobst

Counters: B. Lootens, R. Wagner

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

3pm Tom’s Corn Maze


Upcoming Dates to Remember

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