Prosfora: S. Pacak
Altar Servers: M. Caldwell, J. Fencik
Greeter(s): MK Smith, M. Adrian
Epistle: S. Pacak
Donut Sponsor(s): Brian Beckett
Chapel Vacuum: J. Cunningham
Candle care: Garber
Counters: M. Pearson & B. Lootens
9:00am Hours: S. Pacak
9:30am Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom
11:30am Fellowship Hour: Potluck
11:45am Youth group/Church School
Hymns & Readings:
Tone 2 Troparion (Resurrection)
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 Sts. Peter & 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 2 Kontakion (Resurrection)
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!
Tone 2 Prokeimenon
The Lord is my strength and my song. He has become my salvation.
Epistle: 2 Corinthians 11:31-12:9
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 7:11-16
Now it happened, the day after, that He went into a city called Nain; and many of His disciples went with Him, and a large crowd. And when He came near the gate of the city, behold, a dead man was being carried out, the only son of his mother; and she was a widow. And a large crowd from the city was with her. When the Lord saw her, He had compassion on her and said to her, “Do not weep.” Then He came and touched the open coffin, and those who carried him stood still. And He said, “Young man, I say to you, arise.” So he who was dead sat up and began to speak. And He presented him to his mother. Then fear came upon all, and they glorified God, saying, “A great prophet has risen up among us”; and, “God has visited His people.”
For Further Reading:
Naked I Came Into the World
When the same Abba Macarius was in Egypt he found somebody who had a beast of burden carrying off his things. Standing beside the robber as though he were a stranger, he helped him load up the beast then sent him on his way in great hesychia, saying: “‘We brought nothing into this world and it is clear that neither can we carry anything out’ [1 Tim 6.7]. “The Lord has given and it has transpired as he willed it to; blessed be the Lord in all things [see Job 1.21].” (Give me a Word, p. 184-185)
Theosis: Being a God to the Unfortunate
As Orthodox Christians, we recognize the ultimate goal of the Christian life to be theosis or divinization—becoming like God as much as is possible for human beings. Yet this process of theosis is not a matter of a discarnate spirituality that retreats from human need and suffering. The journey towards theosis is rather expressed through concrete acts of love and mercy in imitation of God, who is love. As St. Gregory the Theologian writes, ‘Prove yourself a god to the unfortunate by imitating the mercy of God. There is nothing so godly in human beings as to do good works.’…[doing so] constitutes a sacred obligation for us to minister in Christ’s name to our neighbor; that is, to every person in need whom we encounter (cf. Luke 10:25–37). —Metropolitan Anthony (Gergiannakis)
“Prove yourself a god to the unfortunate by imitating the mercy of God. There is nothing so godly in human beings as to do good works.” So wrote St. Greogry the Theologian near the end of his Oration XIV, On the Love of the Poor. This theme is basic to the oration from the start:
Beautiful is contemplation (theoria=the knowledge and vision) of God, as likewise beautiful is action (praxis). The one is beautiful because it conducts our mind upward to what is akin to it. The other is beautiful because it welcomes Christ, serves him, and confirms the power of love through good works (sec. 4)…. Of all things, nothing so serves God as mercy because nothing else is more proper to God (sec. 5)…. We must, then, open our hearts to all the poor [and] those in distress from whatever cause (sec. 6). (from Fr. John D. Jones’s “Opening the Doors of Compassion: Cultivating a Merciful Heart”, In Communion, Spring 2012, p. 4)
Being Stewards of God’s Blessings
God says, “The earth has brought forth her increase, and you have not brought forth your tithes; but the theft of the poor is in your houses..” Since you have not given the accustomed offerings, He says, you have stolen the goods of the poor. He says this to show the rich that they hold the goods of the poor even if they have inherited them from their fathers or no matter how they have gathered their wealth. And elsewhere Scripture says, “Deprive not the poor of his living.” To deprive is to take what belongs to another; for it is called deprivation when we take and keep what belongs to others. By this we are taught that when we do not show mercy, we will be punished just like those who steal. For our money is the Lord’s, however we may have gathered it. If we provide for those in need, we shall obtain great plenty. This is why God has allowed you to have more: not for you to waste on prostitutes, drink, fancy food, expensive clothes and all the other kinds of indolence, but for you to distribute to those in need. Just as an official in the imperial treasury, if he neglects to distribute where he is ordered, but spends in stead for his own indolence, pays the penalty and is put to death, so also the rich man isa kind of steward of the money which is owed for distribution to the poor. He is directed to distribute it to his fellow servants who are in want. So if he spends more on himself than his need requires, he will pay the harshest penalty hereafter. For his own goods are not his own, but belong to his fellow servants. (John Chrysostom, Daily Readings from the Writings of John Chrysostom, p. 44)
A Thorn in the Flesh
The love of God gives strength to continue in prayer the whole night through, but pain in my head wears me out and I am obliged to give up and rest. These headaches have been given me because I insisted on having my own way, and left my task as steward to go into the ‘desert’ to have great freedom for prayer; but the Lord wanted me to spend my life in the Monastery as steward. Twice they would have made me prior, and once senior steward, but each time I refused, and for that God punished me. It was only later that I understood that everyone is needed in the place where he is, and we may all be saved whatever our office. (St. Silouan the Athonite, pgs. 465-466)
Recent Posts on Fr. Ted’s Blog
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.
Live Stream with Bishop Paul on Teen Realities: Relationships
The Midwest Diocese Centre for Family Life will be having an interactive online meeting that will give an exciting opportunity for parents, grandparents, godparents, and teachers to pose their questions to Bishop Paul. The topic being discussed is dealing with building relationships with today’s teenagers.The event will be on Sunday, October 7th at 8:00 PM. David and Laura Short are inviting anyone that would be interested in participating in this to their home. They will have beverages and light snacks. If you are interested in participating please let David and Laura know. If you cannot attend, but would like to participate from your home, there are flyers on the bulletin board in the Fellowship Hall.
Diocese of the Midwest Assembly
The Annual Diocesan Assembly will be held in Chicago this week, October 8-10. Ann McLarnan and Fr. Ted will be attending the Assembly. Please do remember them in your prayers this week as they travel. As a result of the Assembly there will be no matins or parish meetings on Monday or Wednesday of this week. Pray also that God may guide all of the deliberations of the Assembly. The biggest item for discussion will be the new way in which parishes will be funding the Diocese. No longer will funding be based on a head count of parish members, but rather will be a percentage of the parish’s annual budget.
Wednesday Adult Discussion Group
Our Wednesday morning discussion is not meeting this week but will resume 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.
Parish Council has approved the Risk Committee conducting a Fire Drill after Liturgy on Sunday, October 14 (weather permitting). Sugarcreek Fire Department will also participate.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
Erin Caldwell will be working to update our parish directory this month. If you have corrections to make from our last photo directory, feel free to send those to her any time. More formal instructions will follow.
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 foodbanks.
Birthdays: Kerrie Weise, Ben Lootens
This Week’s Schedule:
Monday, October 8
Ven. Pelagía the Penitent (457).
Readings: Philippians 2:12-16, Luke 7:36-50
NO Matins or Office Hours
Tuesday, October 9
Glorification of St. Tikhon, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia, Enlightener of North America (1989—Sept 26th O.S.). Holy Apostle James (Jacob), Son of Alphæus (1st c.).
Readings: Philippians 2:17-23, Luke 8:1-3
Wednesday, October 10
Martyrs Eulampius and Eulampia, at Nicomedia, and 200 Martyrs with them (303-311)
Readings: Philippians 2:24-30, Luke 8:22-25
NO Matins, Office Hours, Discussion Group or Catechism/Inquirer’s Class
Thursday, October 11
Holy Apostle Philip of the Seventy, one of the Seven Deacons (1st c.)
Readings: Philippians 3:1-8, Luke 9:7-11
Friday, October 12
Martyrs Probus, Tarachus, and Andronicus, at Tarsus in Cilicia (304).
Readings: Philippians 3:8-19, Luke 9:12-18
8:30am Matins 9am Office Hours
Saturday, October 13
Martyrs Carpus, Papylus, Agathadorus, and Agathonica, at Pergamum (251)
Readings: 2 Corinthians 1:8-11, Luke 6:1-10
Sunday, October 14
20th SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST — Tone 3. Fathers of the 7th Ecumenical Council.
Readings: Galatians 1:11-19, Luke 8:5-15
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
Upcoming Dates to Remember
October 14 Fire drill during fellowship hour
October 21 Corn Maze Event
November 3 Chili Cook-Off & Bonfire
November 11 Annual Parish Meeting
November 15 Nativity Fast Begins
November 20 Vespers-Liturgy for the Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple