St. Paul the Apostle Orthodox Church

Sunday Bulletin

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Pentecost 

Tone 7. Prophet Obadiah (9th c.)

Today’s Schedule:

Prosfora: Nikki G.

Altar Server: V. Weis

Greeter(s): D. Helferich, G. Friesel

Epistle: M. Pearson

Donut Sponsor(s): Need sponsor

Chapel Vacuum: Need volunteer

Candle care: Need volunteer

Counters: J. Wiese, L. Wagner

9:00am Hours: M. Pearson

9:30am Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom

11:15am Youth group

11:30 Fellowship Hour: Team 3

11:30 Children's Choir Practice

11:45 Church School 

Today’s Hymns & Readings:


Resurrection Troparion: Tone 7

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!


Resurrection Kontakion: Tone 6

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!


Prokeimenon: Tone 7

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


Epistle: Ephesians 2:14-22

Brothers and sisters,

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 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:

Advent and the Entrance

There is a strange silence about the Nativity in the first few days of Advent. While we begin to prepare for Christmas through fasting on November 15, the coming Nativity is first announced in the Church’s worship on November 21 (the Entry of the Mother of God) with the Katavasias of Christmas, chanted during the Matins service: Christ is born, give glory. Christ comes from heaven, go to meet Him. Christ is on earth, be exalted. Sing to the Lord, all the earth, and sing hymns in gladness, O people, for He has been glorified.  (Vassilios Papavassiliou, Meditations for Advent: Preparing for Christ’s Birth, Kindle Loc. 172-76)


Why Bother to Give God Thanks?

"Let us now ask ourselves why God seeks men’s thanks. Why did He seek of Noah, Moses, Abraham and other of our forefathers that they offer Him sacrifices of thanksgiving (Genesis 8:20-21; 12:7-8; 35:1; Leviticus Ch. 3)? Why did the Lord Jesus every day give an example to the world of how we must give thanks to God (Matthew 11:25; 14:19; 26:26-7)? Why did the apostles do the same (Acts 2:47; 27:35), commanding all the faithful to give thanks to God in and for all things (Ephesians 5:20; Colossians 3:17)?  Do we find great Isaiah’s words incomprehensible: “I will mention the lovingkindness of the Lord, and the praises of the Lord, according to all that the Lord hath bestowed on us, and the great goodness” (Isaiah 63:7)? Or what the gentle Psalmist advises his own soul: “Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits” (Psalm 102/103:2)? Why, then, does God seek men’s thanks? It is out of His endless love for mankind that God seeks that men give Him thanks. The thanks of men will not make God greater, more powerful, more glorious, richer or more alive, but they will make men all of those things. Man’s gratitude will not add anything to God’s peace and contentment, but it will add greatly to man’s. Thanksgiving to God will in no way change God’s state and being, but it will change these in a grateful man. God has no need of our gratitude, nor are our prayers necessary to Him. But is this same Lord who said: “Your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.” (Matthew 6:8) who at the same time recommended that men ought always to pray, and not to faint (Luke 18:1). God may not feel the need of our prayers, but He nevertheless demands it of us - the thanksgiving that is nothing other than a form of prayer a prayer of thanksgiving.

            Thanksgiving to God raises us mortals out of the corruption of mortality, releases us from that from which we must all at some time be released, whether we will or not, and binds us to God the living and immortal; if we are not bound to Him in this life, then we shall never be in His presence in eternity. Thanksgiving ennobles the thankful and nourishes good works. Thanksgiving inspires benevolence in the world and gives freshness to every virtue. (Bishop Nikolai Velimirovic, Homilies, p. 300)


Thanksgiving and Ascetical Thinking

A eucharistic ethos means, above all, using natural resources with thankfulness, offering them back to God. Such an attitude is incompatible with wastefulness. Similarly, fasting and other ascetic practices make us recognize even the simplest of foods and other creature comforts as gifts, provided to satisfy our needs. They are not ours to abuse and waste just so long as we can pay for them.

            We worship as a community, not as individuals; so a liturgical ethos is also one of sharing. Long before the earth was seen as a whole from space, the Church knew that we stand before God together, and that we hold in common the earthly blessings that He has given to mankind and all creatures. “Not to share our own wealth with the poor is theft from the poor and deprivation of their means of life; we do not possess our own wealth but theirs,” Saint John Chrysostom reminds us. This principle, applied to the whole range of natural resources, is particularly relevant because the global environment is squeezed on two sides: by the over-consumption, greed and waste of the affluent, and by the pressing needs of the poor, often forced to deplete the land around them for the sake of food or fuel in short term. (Dr. Elizabeth Theokritoff, “‘Thine Own of Thine Own’ Orthodoxy and Ecology,” Orthodoxy and Ecology Resource Book, p. 15)


The Judgment of the Rich Fool

As for the greedy man who did not give to those in need when his land brought forth plentifully, but extended his barns, the Lord says to him in the Gospels, “Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided?” (Luke 12:16-20). Then, lest anyone should suppose that this verdict applied to one particular individual, He adds, “So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich towards God” (Luke 12:21). Yet that rich man did not grow wealthy by unjust means. What wrong did he commit if his land yielded him a good harvest? However, because he did not make good use of the abundance he received from God, and was not rich towards him through being generous, he made himself deserving of death, and gained nothing from all his wealth. (Gregory Palamas, The Homilies, p. 308)


Recent Posts on Fr. Ted’s Blog:


IOCC Sunday of Sharing

His Eminence Metropolitan Nicolae of the Romanian Orthodox Metropolia of the Americas & Liason for International Orthodox Christian Charity is inviting all parishes to celebrate IOCC Sunday - A Day of Sharing today, November 19. Please support our common mission by praying for IOCC, and visiting to learn how you can share in the ministry of IOCC.


Children’s Choir

We have begun a children’s choir to learn some hymns to be sung during the preparation on various Sundays throughout the year. We will continue practicing a hymn for The Nativity today at around 11:30 in the church (before church school). We are going to try to sing the hymn on The Nativity and on a Sunday or two after The Nativity. See Erin Caldwell with questions.


Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple  

We are celebrating the Feast of the Virgin’s Entry into the Temple with Matins on Monday, November 20 at 8:30am and at the Vespers-Liturgy on Monday evening at 6pm.  Following the Vespers-Liturgy we will have a Lenten potluck supper (fish is appropriate, dairy will be allowed).  


Wednesday Book Study

Our group is not meeting this week or next but will begin discussing Scott Cairns’ THE END OF SUFFERING: FINDING PURPOSE IN PAIN on Wednesday, December 6 at 11am. The book is available as an ebook, and there are plenty of used copies for sale online.


A Visit from St. Nicholas

St. Nicholas will be visiting St. Paul’s on December 10 after Liturgy. We ask that all children bring a new package of socks (any size) to give to St. Nicholas during his visit. The socks will be donated to a local charity. Please make sure you bring all your little ones to enjoy this special visit!


Church School Schedule & Nativity Play

The Nativity Play will occur immediately following services on Sunday, December 17. Church school will not meet after Liturgy on Sunday, December 24  and Sunday, December 31. All classes will resume on January 7.


Angel Giving Tree

The church school is once again sponsoring the Angel Tree to give help this holiday season to several families within the St. Paul parish. 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 17. Please remember to attach your angel to the outside of the wrapped package. Direct all questions to Kerrie Wiese.


2018 Pledge Campaign Update

Thank you to all who have turned in pledge forms. As of Sunday, November 12, 2017, we have received 37 pledge forms, representing 58 parishioners, that total $129,250. This amount represents approximately 48.5% of our 2018 budget. All members, please return your completed Pledge Forms as soon as you can.


2018 Parish Wall Calendars are In

It is timely that the new calendars have arrived. Turn in your pledge and pick up the 2018 wall Calendar. Pascha is coming early in 2018.  


Amazon Smile

St. Paul’s does have an Amazon Smile account and if you purchase things through Amazon Smile, you can select us as your chosen charity and we get a percentage of your purchase. It’s just something to keep that in mind this holiday season.


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 are giving our charity funds this month to several different families who are in financial need to help them get through difficult times. Please do remember to pray for all families, that God may protect and bless them.



Birthdays: Alyson Turri, Andrew Turri, Alexandrine Allen, Patti Peterson, Wendy Garber, Peyton Lessin, Mary Young


God grant you many years!


This Week’s Schedule:


Monday, November 20 (Nativity fast)

Forefeast of the Entry Into the Temple of the Most-holy Theotokos

Readings: 2 Thessalonians 1:1-10, Luke 17:20-25

8:30am Matins                        9am Office Hours

6pm  Vespers-Liturgy             7:30pm  Lenten Potluck


Tuesday, November 21 (Nativity fast)

The Entry of the Most-Holy Theotokos into the Temple

Readings: Composite 17 - Exodus 40, Composite 18 - 3 [1] Kings 7, 8, Ezekiel 43:27-44:4, Luke 1:39-49, 56


Wednesday, November 22 (Nativity fast)

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: 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12, Luke 18:15-17, 26-30

8:30am Akathist: “Glory to God for All Things”          6pm  Catechism/Inquirer’s Class


Thursday, November 23 (Nativity fast)

Afterfeast of the Entry Into the Temple. Repose of Rt. Blv. Great Prince Alexander Nevsky, in schema Aleksy (1263)

Readings: 2 Thessalonians 2:13-3:5, Luke 18:31-34


Friday, November 24 (Nativity fast)

Afterfeast of the Entry Into the Temple. Great Martyr Catherine of Alexandria (305-313)

Readings: 2 Thessalonians 3:6-18, Luke 19:12-28

8:30am Matins            9am Office Hours


Saturday, November 25 (Nativity fast)

Leavetaking of the Entry Into the Temple. Holy Equal-to-the-Apostles Clement, Bishop of Ochrid and Enlightener of the Bulgarians (916)

Readings: Galatians 1:3-10, Luke 10:19-21

4pm Confession         5pm Vespers


Sunday, November 26 (Nativity fast)

25th SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST — Tone 8. Ven. Alypius the Stylite of Adrianopolis (7th c.).

Ephesians 4:1-6, Luke 13:10-17

Prosfora: Freezer

Altar Server: D. Abshear

Greeter(s): D. Federinko & B. Edwards

Epistle: A. McLarnan

Donut Sponsor(s): Need sponsor

Chapel Vacuum: Need volunteer

Candle care: Need volunteer

Counters: K. Henry & M. Brausch

9:00am Hours: Need volunteer

9:30am Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom

11:15am Youth group

11:30 Fellowship Hour: Team 3

11:30 Children's Choir Practice

11:45 Church School


Upcoming Dates to Remember

December 17             Reception of Catechumens into the Orthodox Faith; Children’s Nativity Play

December 22             1st & 3rd Royal Hours; 9am Confession; 10am 6th & 9th Royal Hours, 12pm

December 24             Vespers for Nativity, Lessons & Carols, 5pm

December 25             Divine Liturgy of St. Basil for the Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, 9:30am, Festal Potluck following