St. Paul the Apostle Orthodox Church

Sunday Bulletin

Sunday, October 8, 2017   Tone 1

Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost. 

Venerable Pelagia the Penitent.

Today’s Schedule

Prosfora: S. Pacak

Altar Server: V. Weis

Greeter(s): M. Jobst & M. Brausch

Epistle: S. Pacak

Donut Sponsor(s): Raab

Chapel Vacuum: Need volunteers

Candle care: Need volunteers

Counters: B. Garber, P. Friesel

9:00am Hours: S. Pacak

9:30am Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom

11:15am Youth group

11:30 Fellowship Hour: Team 2

11:45 Church School


Today’s Hymns and Readings


Resurrection Troparion: Tone 1

When the stone had been sealed by the Jews; while the soldiers were guarding Your most pure Body; You rose on the third day, O Savior, granting life to the world. The powers of heaven therefore cried to You, O Giver of Life: "Glory to Your Resurrection, O Christ! Glory to Your Kingdom! Glory to Your dispensation, O Lover of mankind!”


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 1

As God, You rose from the tomb in glory, raising the world with Yourself. Human nature praises You as God, for death has vanished. Adam exults, O Master! Eve rejoices, for she is freed from bondage, and cries to You: You are the giver of Resurrection to all, O Christ!


Prokeimenon: Tone 1

Let your mercy, O Lord, be upon us as we have set our hope on you.


Epistle: 2 Corinthians 9:6-11

But this I say: “He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.” So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work. As it is written: “He has dispersed abroad, He has given to the poor; His righteousness endures forever.” Now may He who supplies seed to the sower, and bread for food, supply and multiply the seed you have sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness,while you are enriched in everything for all liberality, which causes thanksgiving through us to God.


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

Church & State

The state is, to be sure, wholly  of “this world.” It belongs to the level of the reality which in the light of the Kingdom “fades away.” This does not mean, however, that it is either evil or neutral, an enemy to be fought or an entity to be ignored for the sake of “spiritual values.” On the contrary, it is precisely the experience of the Kingdom that for Christians gives the state its real meaning and value. The fall consisted primarily in the disconnection of “this world” from God and in its acquiring therefore a pseudo-meaning and a pseudo-value which is the very essence of the demonic, the Devil being “the liar and the father of lies.” To redeem the world, or anything in the world, is then to place it in the perspective of the Kingdom of God as its end and ultimate term of reference, to make it transparent to the Kingdom as its sign, means and “instrument.” ...The essence of all that exists is good, for it is God’s creation. It is only its divorce from God and its transformation into an idol, i.e. an “end in itself,” that makes anything in this world evil and demonic. Thus, as everything else in “this world,” the state may be under the power of “the prince of this world.” It may become a vehicle of demonic lies and distortions, yet, as everything else, by “accepting” the Kingdom of God as its ultimate value or “eschaton,” it may fulfill a positive function. As an integral part of “this world,” it exists under the sign of the end and will not “inherit the Kingdom of God.” But its positive and indeed “Christian” function lies in this very recognition of its limit, in this very refusal to be an “end in itself,” an absolute value, an idol, in its subordination, in short, to the only absolute value, that of God’s Kingdom.

            It is well known that from a purely legal point of view the crime for which Christians were condemned and denied the right to exists (“non licet vos esse”) was their refusal to honor the emperor with the title of Kyrios, Lord. They did not denounce, reject or fight any other “defect” of the Roman Empire be it, to use our modern “fixations,” injustice (slavery), colonialism (the regime of imperial versus the senatorial provinces), or imperialism (expansion at the expense of other states and nations). Yet what they denounced and fought by denying the emperor the divine title of Kyrios implied in fact much more than all this, for it challenged once and for all the self-proclaimed divinity of the state, its claim to be an absolute value, a divine “end in itself.” And it implied therefore not only a negation, but also an affirmation. (Alexander Schmemman, Church World Mission, pp. 30-32).


The Bishop and the Diocese

Apart from the bishop, let no one do anything pertaining to the Church. Let that be considered a valid Eucharist which is celebrated by the bishop or by a person appointed by him. Let the people be present wherever the bishop appears, just as the catholic Church is wherever Jesus Christ is. Apart from the bishop it is not lawful either to baptize or to celebrate a Eucharist, but whatever he may approve is also pleasing to God, so that whatever you do may be sure and valid. (St. Ignatius of Antioch)

            It was perhaps in the eucharistic liturgy that the leading role of the bishop could best be discerned. Ordinarily he alone presided. As he prayed aloud at the altar, the presbyters stood silently on either side of him, while the deacons assisted him in such matters as the distribution of the consecrated bread, or saw to it that order was maintained in the church. From his cathedra, the chair that was the symbol of his teaching authority and that was usually situated at the center of the back wall of the sanctuary, and flanked by the presbyters’ benches, he was accustomed to preach. This was the bishop’s most important task, and, until about the beginning of the sixth century, it was only infrequently that priests and deacons preached. (Boniface Ramsey, Beginning to Read the Fathers, p. 115).


A Christian Understanding of Death

Only through and in the human person will the whole world come into a relationship with God. The fall of humanity alienated the whole creation from God. It destroyed the cosmic harmony. Through the Fall, humanity became subject to the course of nature. This ought not to have happened. In the life of animals death is an expression of the power of procreation rather than of frailty. Through the fall of humanity, death also receives in nature an evil and tragic meaning. To the animal's death means only the end of individual existence. Among humans death strikes at the personality; and personality is something more than mere individuality. The body is dissolved and subject to death because of sin. But the whole human person dies. The human person is composed of body and soul; therefore, the separation of body and soul means that the human person ceases to exist as a human person. The image of God fades. Death reveals that the human person, this creature made by God, is not only a body...The fear of death is only averted through the hope of resurrection and eternal life.

            Death does not only mean that sin is revealed; it is also an anticipation of resurrection. God does not only punish fallen human nature by death, but also purifies and heals it.

The death on the Cross was not efficacious because it was the death of an innocent man, but because it was the death of the incarnated Lord. It was not a human being who died on the cross but God. But God died in His own humanity. He was Himself the resurrection and the life. (Georges Florovsky, On the Tree of the Cross, pp. 145-146, 148-149)


Learning from Our Fellow Christians

Sometimes  younger people, or those of equal station, or older ones, teach you by means of hints which you cannot endure, and you are vexed with your teachers. We must endure and listen with love to everything useful coming from anyone, whoever he may be. Our self-love conceals our faults from us, but they are more visible to others. This is why they remark them to us. Remember, that “we are members of one another” (Ephesians IV. 25), and are thus even obliged to mutually correct each other. If you do not bear being instructed by others, and are vexed with those who teach you, it means that you are proud, and this shows that the fault of which others hint that you should correct yourself is really in you. (St. John of Kronstadt, My Life in Christ, pp. 303-304).


Recent Posts on Fr. Ted’s Blog:


Diocesan Assembly

The annual Diocesan Assembly will be held this week at Archangel Michael Church in Broadview Heights, OH. Ann McLarnan is our elected parish representative to the Assembly. She and Fr. Ted will both be attending the Assembly. Fr. Ted also will be attending the Bishop’s Council meeting - the Diocesan Deans meet with Bishop Paul. Please pray for Ann and Fr. Ted as they travel, and pray that the Holy Spirit will be with all of the delegates as they assemble to take care of Diocesan business and will guide them in their deliberations.


Wednesday Book Study

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


Playground Project

The playground company has begun installation of the playground but they are still in progress and the area is marked off with caution tape. Please keep out of this area until the project is completed which should be early this week.


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. 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. We will need many hands next Sunday, on October 15 to fill the buckets. Contact Maria Brausch if you have any questions.


Parish Council Meeting

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


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.


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.



Birthdays: Kerrie Weise, Ben Lootens, Diane Garber

Anniversaries: Aaron & Brianna Lessin

God grant you many years!


This Week’s Schedule

Monday, October 9

Holy Apostle James (Jacob), Son of Alphæus (1st c.).

Readings: Philippians 1:1-7, Luke 7:36-50

8:30am Matins                        9am Office Hours


Tuesday, October 10

Martyrs Eulampius and Eulampia, at Nicomedia, and 200 Martyrs with them (303-311)

Readings: Philippians 1:8-14, Luke 8:1-3


Wednesday, October 11 (fast)

Holy Apostle Philip of the Seventy, one of the Seven Deacons (1st c.)

Readings: Philippians 1:12-20, Luke 8:22-25

No Matins, Office Hours or Discussion Group


Thursday, October 12

Martyrs Probus, Tarachus, and Andronicus, at Tarsus in Cilicia (304)

Readings: Philippians 1:20-27, Luke 9:7-11


Friday, October 13 (fast)

Martyrs Carpus, Papylus, Agathadorus, and Agathonica, at Pergamum (251)

Readings: Philippians 1:27-2:4, Luke 9:12-18

No Matins or Office Hours


Saturday, October 14

Martyrs Nazarius, Gervase, Protase, and Celsus, of Milan (1st c.)

Readings: 1 Corinthians 15:58-16:3, Luke 6:1-10

4pm Confession         5pm Vespers


Sunday, October 15

19th SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST — Tone 2. Fathers of the 7th Ecumenical Council.

2 Corinthians 11:31-12:9, Luke 8:5-15

Prosfora: Need volunteers

Altar Server: D. Abshear

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. Wagner

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


Upcoming Dates to Remember

October 16                 Vespers/Parish Council Meeting

October 21                 Diaconate Theology Class/Chili Cook Off & Bonfire

October 28                 Baptism of Grant Ashworth

November 11             Diaconate Theology Class

November 15             Nativity Fast Begins