St. Paul the Apostle Orthodox Church

Sunday Bulletin

Sunday, November 11, 2018

24th Sunday after Pentecost
Tone 7. Martyrs Menas of Egypt (304), Victor at Damascus (2nd c.) and Vincent of Spain (204)

Today’s Schedule:

Prosfora: D. Federinko

Altar Servers: D. Abshear, D. Beleny

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

Epistle: L. Short

Donut Sponsor(s): Schwaninger

Chapel Vacuum: T. Jacobs

Candle care: J. Elash

Counters: B. Garber, J. Elash

9:00am Hours: L. Short

9:30am Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom

Chrismation of Andrew Reigelman

11:15am   Annual Parish Meeting

11:30am Fellowship Hour: Team 2

11:45am Youth group/Church School


Hymns & Readings:


Tone 7 Troparion (Resurrection)

By Your Cross, You destroyed death! To the thief, You opened Paradise! For the myrrhbearers, You changed weeping into joy! And You commanded Your disciples, O Christ God, to proclaim that You are 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!


Tone 7 Kontakion (Resurrection)

The dominion of death can no longer hold men captive, for Christ descended, shattering and destroying its powers! Hell is bound, while the prophets rejoice and cry: The Savior has come to those in faith! Enter, you faithful, into the Resurrection!


Tone 7 Prokeimenon

The Lord will give strength to his people. The Lord will bless his people with peace.


Epistle: Ephesians 2:14-22

For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation, having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace, and that He might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity. And He came and preached peace to you who were afar off and to those who were near. For through Him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father. Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone, in whom the whole building, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.


Gospel: Luke 10:25-37

And behold, a certain lawyer stood up and tested Him, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” He said to him, “What is written in the law? What is your reading of it?” So he answered and said, “’You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind,’ and ‘your neighbor as yourself.’” And He said to him, “You have answered rightly; do this and you will live.” But he, wanting to justify himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” Then Jesus answered and said: “A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, who stripped him of his clothing, wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a certain priest came down that road. And when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. Likewise a Levite, when he arrived at the place, came and looked, and passed by on the other side. But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was. And when he saw him, he had compassion. So he went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; and he set him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. On the next day, when he departed, he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said to him, ‘Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I come again, I will repay you.’ So which of these three do you think was neighbor to him who fell among the thieves?” And he said, “He who showed mercy on him.” Then Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”


For Further Reading:

Judging Ourselves, Not Others

To justify ourselves by condemning others is our permanent tendency, in private as in public life. True nobility is to take responsibility oneself. True humility and true love, in the spiritual order, consist in knowing ourselves to be guilty ‘in everything and for everyone.’

            Abba John said, ‘We have rejected the light burden of condemning ourselves, and we have chosen to carry the heavy one of justifying ourselves and condemning others.John Colobos, Sayings of the Desert Fathers, 21.

            How can we judge another person without imprisoning that person in his past acts? Without shackling him to one moment of his development.  A change of heart is always possible. (Oliver Clement, The Roots of Christian Mysticism, p. 282)


Samaritans: Good & Bad

Luke’s inclusion of several narratives about Samaritans demonstrates also his interconnection with peace and justice, as God’s gospel way in Jesus Christ to overcome enmity and evil. The lawyer by seeking to justify himself draws forth Jesus’ parable of the Good Samaritan. In the face of God’s love commands, the lawyer seeks self-justification. In contrast, Jesus’ parable shows love compassionately aiding not only an unknown neighbor, but a known enemy - and the hands of love are those of a Samaritan! The narrative shifts from the question, “who is the neighbor whom I am commanded to love?” to another, “am I a loving neighbor even to the enemy?” To be such a neighbor ensures one of eternal life, and it does not test with evil intent the Teacher of truth and life. The Good Samaritan story climaxes Luke’s first segment in his Journey Narrative, which is thus framed by the Samaritan theme, for in 9:54 the disciples wanted to rain fire down upon a Samaritan village because of its rejection of the journeying prophet Jesus (cf. 2 Kgs. 1:10, 12). But Jesus rebuked them (9:55), thus expelling their evil desire. (Willard M. Swartley, Covenant of Peace, pp. 143-144)


A Face Like Everyone’s Face

In his prose poem Kristos (1878), Turgenev dreams that he is in a village church together with the peasant congregation. A man comes to stand beside him: ‘I did not turn towards him, but immediately I felt that this man was Christ.’ However, when eventually he turns towards him and he perceives ‘a face like everyone’s face. A face like all mens faces...And the clothes on him like everyone else’s.’ Turgenev is astonished: ‘What sort of a Christ is this then?...Such an ordinary, ordinary man.; But he concludes: ‘Suddenly I was afraid  and came to my senses. Only then did I realize that it is just such a face - a face like all men’s faces - that is the face of Christ.’ (Father Sergei Hackel, from The Time of the Spirit, p. 77)



Kindness does not mean overlooking people’s sins; it means forgiving them. Kindness also does not mean “being nice” to everyone whoever they are and whatever they do. It does not mean “going along” with others in every way. A kind person will correct others, if need be, and his very kindness will be shown by his care and concern for the well-being of his fellow creature “for whom Christ died” (Rom 14.15). (Fr. Thomas Hopko, The Orthodox Faith Vol. 4 Spirituality, p. 85)


Every Neighbor is Christ 

For it was the central purpose of Benedict’s Rule to teach novice monks how to “renounce themselves in order to follow Christ,” how to “advance in the ways [of Christ] with the Gospel as our guide,” and, by persevering in the monastic life, how to “share by patience in the passion of Christ and hereafter deserve to be united with him in his kingdom” - in a single formula, “not to value anything more highly than the love of Christ.” The love of Christ, moreover, modified one of the basic impulses that had originally led to the rise of monasticism. “Deep in the monastic consciousness is solitude,” writes a historian of Western asceticism. But, he continues, “you discover to your vexation that deep in the Christian consciousness, ran the axiom that you must receive strangers as though they were Christ, and they really might be Christ.” Therefore, quoting the Gospel (Matt. 25:35), Benedict specified in his Rule: “All guests coming to the monastery shall be received as Christ.” (Jaroslav Pelikan, Jesus Through the Centuries, Mary Through the Centuries, pp. 143-144)


Recent Posts on Fr. Ted’s Blog



Annual Parish Meeting Sunday, November 11

Our Annual Parish Meeting is TODAY immediately following the Divine Liturgy. All members are asked to be present to vote on the Proposed 2019 Parish Budget and to elect members to the various parish offices (3 for Parish Council, 2 Auditors, 1 for the 2019 Diocesan Assembly). The meeting does not usually last very long, so we are asking just for a few minutes of your time.


No Church School Today

There will be no church school today but the children’s choir WILL be practicing.


Wednesday Adult  Discussion Group

Our Wednesday morning discussion will continue on Wednesday, November 14.


Children’s Choir 

Children’s choir continues today at 11:30. We will sing what we’ve been learning on the Sunday before and after Thanksgiving (November 18 & 25). On those Sundays, please have your child meet in the back of the church by the choir after the Our Father. See Erin Caldwell with questions!


2019 Pledge Campaign Update

Thank you to all who have turned in pledge forms. As of Sunday, November 4, 2018, we have received 23 pledge forms, representing 34 parishioners, that total $89,000. This amount represents approximately 33.5% of our proposed 2019 budget. All members, please return your completed Pledge Forms to Brian Garber or Kerrie Wiese as soon as you can.


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 ( 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.


Church School Shoe Collection

The church school and youth group students are still collecting new or gently used tennis shoes. 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.


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.


November Charity

We will be giving our charity donation this month to the Orthodox Church in America’s Stewardship campaign. The monies will be used for the mission and ministries of the OCA throughout our country. Remember in your prayers our church leaders and the missionaries of our Church



Birthdays: Alec Avdakov, Alyson Turri, Andrew Turri, Alexandrine Allen, Mary Young

Namedays: Wendy Garber

Anniversary: Chris & Amy Engel


This Week’s Schedule:

Monday, November 12

St. John the Merciful, Patriarch of Constantinople (612-20)

Readings: 2 Thessalonians 1:1-10, Luke 14:12-15

8:30am Matins            9am Office Hours


Tuesday, November 13

St. John Chrysostom, Archbishop of Constantinople (407)

Readings: 2 Thessalonians 1:10-2:2, Luke 14:25-35


Wednesday, November 14 

Holy and All-praised Apostle Philip (1st c.)

Readings: 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12, Luke 15:1-10

8:30am Matins            9am Office Hours       11am Discussion Group


Thursday, November 15 (Nativity Fast Begins)

Holy Martyrs and Confessors Gurias, Samonas, and Abibus, of Edessa (299-306)

Readings: 2 Thessalonians 2:13-3:5, Luke 16:1-9


Friday, November 16 (Nativity fast)

Holy Apostle and Evangelist Matthew (60 A.D.)

Readings: 2 Thessalonians 3:6-18, Luke 16:15-18, 17:1-4

8:30am Matins            9am Office Hours


Saturday, November 17 (Nativity Fast)

St. Gregory the Wonderworker of Neo-Cæsarea (ca. 266-270)

Readings: Galatians 1:3-10, Luke 9:57-62

4pm  Confession        5pm Vespers              7pm Midwest Diocese Youth Retreat


Sunday, November 18 (Nativity Fast)

25th SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST — Tone 8. Martyr Plato of Ancyra (ca. 306)

Readings: Ephesians 4:1-6, Luke 12:16-21

Prosfora: D. Federinko

Altar Servers: M. Caldwell, B. Garber

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

Epistle: R. Barone

Donut Sponsor(s): Schwaninger

Chapel Vacuum: S. Osman

Candle care: R. Helferich

Counters: J. Weise, Michaela Topalov

9:00am Hours: M. Pearson

9:30am Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom

11:30am Fellowship Hour: Team 3

11:45am Youth group/Church School


Upcoming Dates to Remember:

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

November 25 Procession for the Entrance of the Theotokos into the TempleDecember 24 Vespers & Lessons & Carols for the Eve of the Nativity

December 25 The Nativity of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in the Flesh