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
Hymns & Readings:
Tone 8 Troparion (Resurrection)
You descended from on high, O Merciful One! You accepted the three-day burial to free us from our sufferings! O Lord, our Life and Resurrection: 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 8 Kontakion (Resurrection)
By rising from the tomb, You raised the dead and resurrected Adam. Eve exults in Your Resurrection, and the world celebrates Your Rising from the dead, O greatly Merciful One!
Tone 8 Prokeimenon
Pray and make your vows before the Lord our God.
Epistle: Ephesians 4:1-6
I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.
Gospel: Luke 12:16-21
Then He spoke a parable to them, saying: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded plentifully. And he thought within himself, saying, ‘What shall I do, since I have no room to store my crops?’ So he said, ‘I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build greater, and there I will store all my crops and my goods. ‘And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years; take your ease; eat, drink, and be merry.”’ But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have provided?’ So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.”
For Further Reading:
A Thanksgiving Prayer
And after you have been filled, give thanks as follows:
We thank you, Holy Father, for your holy Name
which you have made to dwell in our hearts
and for the knowledge and faith and immortality
which you have made known to us through Jesus your Servant.
Glory to you forever!
You, Almighty Master, created everything for Your Name’s sake;
You have given food and drink to men for their pleasure,
so that they might give you thanks.
and to us you have graciously given spiritual food and drink
and life eternal through Jesus your Servant.
Most of all, we thank you because you are mighty.
Glory to you forever! (from the Didache, The Apostolic Fathers, pp. 314-315)
Racism & Prejudice
Orthodoxy condemns in an irrevocable manner the inhuman system of racial discrimination and the sacrilegious affirmation whereby such systems claim to be an in agreement with Christian ideals. When asked “who is my neighbor?”, Christ answered with the parable of the Good Samaritan. Thus, He taught us to demolish all barriers of enmity and prejudice. Orthodoxy confesses that each human being - independently of color, religion, race, nationality or language - is a bearer of the image of God, is our brother or sister, an equal member of the human family. (from The 1986 Chambesy statement, found in For the Peace from Above, p. 82)
The Entry of the Theotokos into the Temple
By heeding the evil counsel of the pernicious angel, man transgressed the divine commandments, was shown to be unworthy, forfeited the pledge, and interrupted God’s plan. God’s grace, however, is unalterable and His purpose cannot prove false, so some of man’s offspring were chosen, that, from among many, a suitable receptacle for this divine adoption and grace might be found, who would serve God’s will perfectly, and would be revealed as a vessel worthy to unite divine and human nature in one person, not just exalting our nature, but restoring the human race. The holy Maid and Virgin Mother of God was this vessel, so she was proclaimed by the Archangel Gabriel as full of grace (Lk. 1:28), being the chosen one among the chosen, blameless, undefiled and worthy to contain the person of the God-Man and to collaborate with Him. Therefore God pre-ordained her before all ages, chose her from among all that had ever lived, and deemed her worthy of more grace than anyone else, making her the holiest of saints, even before her mysterious childbearing. For that reason, He graciously willed that she should make her home in the Holy of Holies, and accepted her as His companion to share His dwelling from her childhood. He did not simply choose her from the masses, but from the elect of all time, who were admired and renowned for their piety and wisdom, and for their character, words and deeds, which pleased God and brought benefit to all. (St. Gregory Palamas, The Homilies, p. 469)
The Folly of the Wealthy
Why are you so concerned about fleeting things that must be left here? Nothing is more slippery than wealth. Today it is for you; tomorrow it is against you. It arms the eyes of the envious everywhere. It is a hostile comrade, and you acknowledge this when you seek every way to bury and conceal it from view. While the poor are prepared for action, the wealthy wander about, seeking where they may bury their gold, or with whom they may deposit it. Why do you seek your fellow slaves, when Christ stands ready to receive and to keep your “deposits” for you. Those who receive treasures in trust think they have done us a favor. But with Christ it is the contrary, for He says He has received a favor when He receives your deposited treasures. For the guardianship he provides He does not demand a fee, but instead gives you dividends.
You are a stranger and a pilgrim with regard to things here. But you have a country that is your own in the heavens! Transfer there all that you possess...
Would you be rich? Have God for your friend, and you’ll be richer than all men! (St. John Chrysostom, The Rich in This World, pp. 4-5)
Why Do We Pray to God?
But, if God is so merciful, why must we earnestly knock at his door in distress and pray, to have Him turn away from our petition? Scripture says: “Behold the hand of the Lord is not too short to save; nor his ear hard of hearing. But your iniquities have made a separation between you and God and your sins have turned his face from you, so that he does not hear…
God has wisely ordained these things of yours in this way for your own profit that you may continually knock at his door, and through the fear of sorrowful events his memory may constantly come to your mind. Then you will be near to God in constant petition and you will be sanctified by the continual memory of Him in your heart.
When you invoke Him and He answers you, you will know that your savior is God. And you will be aware of your God as the One who created you, your provider and keeper, because He has made two worlds for your sake: one as it were for your instruction as a school of brief duration, and the other as the house of your Father and your home forever and ever. (St. Isaac of Nineveh, On Ascetical Life, pp. 89-90)
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Children’s choir will be singing today and next week before communion (November 18 & 25). Please have your child meet in the back of the church by the choir after the Our Father.
The Feast of the Entry into the Temple of the Theotokos
This is one of the Twelve Major Feasts of the Orthodox Church Year. To give a sense of how important our Church ancestors thought this Feast is, keep in mind Christmas is just another one of the 12 Major Feasts. In the Orthodox understanding of the Incarnation, there is no incarnation, no salvation, without the Theotokos. To fully appreciate Christmas - the Nativity in the flesh of our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ - we realize Mary had to be the right person to be the Mother of God’s Son. We celebrate the Feast this Tuesday, Nov. 20 with Vespers-Liturgy at 6pm, followed by a Lenten potluck (no meat, but fish is allowed).
Girls’ Procession for the Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple
On Sunday, November 25 we will have a special outdoor procession especially for the young girls of our parish. In the icon of the Entrance of the Theotokos into the temple and in some of the hymns, young girls walk before the Theotokos as she goes to the Temple. We will be gathering in the fellowship hall at 9:20am in order to dress in white robes for the procession. Girls first grade and up will be carrying lit candles and we ask all younger girls to bring an icon of the Theotokos to carry during the procession. The girls will be dismissed after the procession to sit with their parents for the rest of the liturgy. See Kerrie Wiese or Erin Caldwell with questions.
Wednesday Adult Discussion Group
Our Wednesday morning discussion is not meeting again until Wednesday, December 5 at which time we will begin discussing a new book, Adama and the Genome: Reading Scripture After Genetic Science by Scot McKnight and Dennis R. Venema. The book is available for purchase online and is available as an ebook. We will discuss chapters 1 & 2 on December 5. You are welcome to join the discussion whether or not you have read the book.
There is a draft of the new parish directory on the table by the front doors of the church. Please take a moment to look at your information to verify yet again that your information is correct. If a correction needs to be made, please do so right in the draft copy.
Angel Giving Tree
The church school is once again sponsoring the Angel Tree to help four St. Paul families this holiday season. Please take as many “angels” off the tree as you would like. Each angel contains a few wish list items that the families suggested. Feel free to select an item(s) off of the wish list or something else that is age appropriate for the child. You do not need to purchase all of the items on the card as these are just suggestions! Presents should be returned to the church by December 16. Please remember to attach your angel to the outside of the wrapped package. Direct all questions to Kerrie Wiese.
Church School Schedule & Nativity Play
The Nativity Play will occur immediately following services on Sunday, December 23. Church school will not meet on December 23 or December 30. All classes will resume on January 6.
2019 Church Wall Calendars Are In
If you turned in your 2019 Pledge, you can pick up your copy of the 2019 Church Wall Calendar. Don’t be the only parishioner in your pew who doesn’t have their 2019 Calendar. Turn your 2019 Pledge Form in today and get your copy of the Calendar. Be the first at your fellowship table to know the date for Pascha in 2019 - turn in your pledge and get your calendar.
2019 Pledge Campaign Update
Thank you to all who have turned in pledge forms. As of Sunday, November 11, 2018, we have received 39 pledge forms, representing 57 parishioners, that total $128,950. This amount represents approximately 48.6% of our 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 (FrTed@StPDayton.org). We are planning to offer two times for the class. First class will be on Friday, November 30 at 10am and 6:30pm. Both classes will offer the same 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 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.
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
Results of the Annual Parish Meeting:
There were a total of 77 voting members either present or who submitted absentee ballots, out of 115 parish members. Elected by unanimous acclamation:
Parish Council: Bruce Garber, Heather Weis, Dave Avdakov
Auditors: Dave Cooper, Matt Ferdelman
Representative to the 2019 Diocesan Assembly: Ann McLarnan
The Proposed 2019 Budget of $265,385.00 was adopted by unanimous acclamation.
Parish Council in a meeting following the Annual Parish Meeting elected the following officers:
President: Bruce Garber
Vice-President: Ann McLarnan
Secretary: Heather Weis
Treasurer: Kerrie Wiese
The results of the Annual Parish Meeting will be submitted to Bishop Paul for his approval.
Birthdays: Mary Emelia Smith, Vivan Opperman
This Week’s Schedule:
Monday, November 19
Prophet Obadiah (9th c. B.C.)
Readings: 1 Timothy 1:1-7, Luke 17:20-25
8:30am Matins 9am Office Hours
Tuesday, November 20
Forefeast of the Entry Into the Temple of the Most-holy Theotokos. Ven. Gregory Decapolites (816)
Readings: 1 Timothy 1:8-14, Luke 17:26-37
7:15pm Lenten Potluck Supper
Wednesday, November 21
The Entry of the Most-Holy Theotokos into the Temple
Readings: Hebrews 9:1-7, Luke 10:38-42; 11:27-28
NO Matins, office hours, or discussion group
Thursday, November 22
Afterfeast of the Entry Into the Temple. Apostles of the Seventy Philemon and Archippus, Martyr Apphia, wife of Philemon and Equal-to-the-Apostles, and Onesimus, disciple of St. Paul (1st c.)
Readings: 1 Timothy 3:1-13, Luke 18:31-34
Friday, November 23
Afterfeast of the Entry Into the Temple. Repose of Rt. Blv. Great Prince Alexander Nevsky, in schema Aleksy (1263).
Readings: 1 Timothy 4:4-8, 16, Luke 19:12-28
NO Matins or Office Hours
Saturday, November 24
Afterfeast of the Entry into the Temple. Greatmartyr Catherine of Alexandria (305).
Readings: Galatians 1:3-10, Luke 9:57-62
Sunday, November 25 (Nativity Fast - F, W, O)
26th SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST — Tone 1. Leavetaking of the Entry Into the Temple. Holy Equal-to-the-Apostles Clement, Bishop of Ochrid and Enlightener of the Bulgarians (916).
Readings: Ephesians 5:9-19, Luke 13:10-17
Prosfora: Nikki G.
Altar Servers: V. Weis, G. Braush
Greeter(s): D. Federinko, B. Edwards
Epistle: L. Short
Donut Sponsor(s): Schwaninger
Chapel Vacuum: Alex & Bobby Tyson
Candle care: Alex & Bobby Tyson
Counters: K. Henry, M. Brausch
9:00am Hours: L. Short
9:30am Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom
11:30am Fellowship Hour: Team 4
11:45am Youth group/Church School
Upcoming Dates to Remember:
November 25 Procession for the Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple
November 30 Catechism/Inquirer’s Class Begins
December 5 Akathist: “Glory to God for All Things”
December 15 Hannah Callahan’s Baptism
December 16 Reception of Daniel & Elizabeth Callahan into the Orthodox Faith
December 18 Parish Council Meeting
December 23 Church School Christmas Play
December 24 Vespers & Lessons & Carols for the Eve of the Nativity
December 25 The Nativity of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in the Flesh