Prosfora: Audrey M.
Altar Servers: Brian Garber, G. Coons
Greeter(s): D. Helferich, M. Jobst
Epistle: L. Short
Donut Sponsor(s): Need sponsors
Chapel Vacuum: J. Cunningham
Candle care: R. Helferich
Counters: J. Weise, Michaela Topalov
9:00am Hours: L. Short
9:30am Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom
11:30am Fellowship Hour: Team 3
11:45am Church School/Youth Group
Noon Parish Webpage Planning Meeting
Hymns & Readings:
Tone 5 Troparion (Resurrection)
Let us, the faithful, praise and worship the Word, coeternal with the Father and the Spirit, born for our salvation from the Virgin; for He willed to be lifted up on the Cross in the flesh, to endure death, and to raise the dead by His glorious Resurrection!
Hymn of St. Paul
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 4 Hymn for The Publican & Pharisee:
Let us flee from the pride of the Pharisee and learn humility from the Publican's tears. Let us cry to our Savior: "Have mercy on us, O only merciful One."
Tone 5 Kontakion (Resurrection)
You descended into hell, O my Savior, shattering its gates as Almighty, resurrecting the dead as Creator and destroying the sting of death. You have delivered Adam from the curse, O Lover of Man, and we cry out to you: “O Lord save us!”
Tone 5 Prokeimenon
You, O Lord, will protect us and preserve us from this generation forever.
Epistle: 2 Timothy 3:10-15
But you have carefully followed my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, love, perseverance, persecutions, afflictions, which happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra – what persecutions I endured. And out of them all the Lord delivered me. Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution. But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived. But you must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them, and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.
Gospel: Luke 18:10-14
“Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, ‘God, I thank You that I am not like other men – extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I possess.’ And the tax collector, standing afar off, would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me a sinner!’ I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”
For Further Reading:
Repenting of a Serious Sin
A brother asked Abba Poemen: “I have committed a serious sin and I want to repent for three years.” The elder said to him: “It is a long time.” “For a year, then?” said the brother to him, and again the elder said to him: “It is a long time.” They who were present began saying: “How about forty days?” and again he said: “It is a long time,” but he said: “I am telling you that if a person repent with his whole heart and does not go on to commit the sin again, even in three days God will receive him.” (Abba Poemen, Give Me a Word, p. 229)
Reading the Bible
Constant pondering on the holy scriptures will always fill the soul with incomprehensible wonder and joy in God.
We should consider the labor of reading the Scriptures to be something extremely elevated, whose importance cannot be exaggerated. For it serves as the gate by which the intellect enters into the divine mysteries, and takes on strength for attaining to luminosity in prayer.
The reading of Scripture is manifestly the fountainhead which gives birth to prayer.
(St. Isaac of Nineveh, The Wisdom of St. Isaac of Nineveh, p.. 8, 36, 38)
The Sinner and Humility
Today we heard the parable of the Publican and the Pharisee (Lk. 18.10-14). It speaks of humility. I won’t repeat the story to you now, because you all know it perfectly well. But within the larger meaning of the parable, there’s something I’d like you to take careful note of. The Pharisee thought he knew God. He believed that he and God were friends. He was, however, mistaken in this belief, and it was rather the other man, the Publican, who was God’s friend.
The Pharisee thought he knew God, but he didn’t. It’s not that easy to know God. But because he faithfully observed the outward rules of religion, he was under the false impression that God was somehow in his debt, that God owed him something. God for him was a kind of accountant, keeping a set of books showing what people owed him and what He owed them. But it’s not like that.
The moment the Pharisee said, I’m not like those other people (cf. Lk. 18.11), he cut himself off from God. Why? Because God is humble, and since the Pharisee felt no need for humility, it follows that he felt no need for God. He knew the law, and the traditions of his faith, but he did not know God.
The Publican, on the other hand, had no illusions about himself. He was sunk up to his neck in the swamp of his sins. And yet, even though he was awash in the slime of his transgressions, what did he say to God? Be merciful to me a sinner (Lk. 18.13). And at the moment, in his sinful, suffering, disconsolate heart, he felt certain that he was justified (Lk. 18.14), which means that God recognized and received him. As a sinner he had been living in darkness, but his humility brought him into the light of paradise and granted him communion with God. (Archimandrite Aimilianos, The Way of the Spirit, pp. 296-297)
What is Sin?
The essence of sin consists not in the infringement of ethical standards but in a falling away from the eternal Divine life for which man was created and to which, by his very nature, he is called.
Sin is committed first of all in the secret depths of the human spirit but its consequences involve the individual as a whole. A sin will reflect on a man’s psychological and physical condition, on his outward appearance, on his personal destiny. Sin will, inevitably, pass beyond the boundaries of the sinner’s individual life, to burden all humanity and thus affect the fate of the whole world. The sin of our forefather Adam was not the only sin of cosmic significance. Every sin, manifest or secret, committed by each one of us affects the rest of the universe. (Archimandrite Sophrony, St. Silouan the Athonite, p. 31)
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Wednesday Adult Discussion Group
Our Wednesday morning discussion will be meeting February 20 at 11am to begin discussing “The Didache.” Please join us in discussing this 2nd Century Christian document where we get insight into what the earliest Christians thought was most important for Christians to know and do. We have a few copies of the document available for those who want to join the discussion - see Fr. Ted. We will be discussing the Didache for a couple of weeks and then will begin discussing Metropolitan Kallistos Ware’s book How Are We Saved?, which you can purchase online.
Altar Server, Altar Boys and Parents Meeting
We will have a meeting for all Altar Servers, Altar Boys, and Parents of Altar Boys on Sunday, February 24th at 12:45pm (right after church school ends) in the chapel, and we'll be finished no later than 1:30pm. The purpose of this meeting is to give the altar boys a chance to ask questions and voice any concerns that they have, and to be able to have clear and consistent rules that everyone understands, so that our service at the altar may be orderly and harmonious. See Victor Weis if you have any questions.
We will again do one Memorial Liturgy - Saturday, March 2 at 9:30am. You can bring to the Liturgy a written list of the names of your deceased family and friends whom you want prayed for, and we will pray by name for them during the Liturgy. Fr. Ted will also be available to hear confessions immediately following the Divine Liturgy on that Saturday morning from about 11am-Noon.
Great Lent - Time for Confession
The time for repentance is at hand! Today is the Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee, which marks the beginning of the Lenten Triodion (the book which has the hymns for the days of Great Lent). Now is the time also to come to Confession, so that you can use the entirety of Great Lent as a time of repentance. We do pray that we might "spend the remaining time of our life in peace and repentance" - at a minimum we should spend the 6 weeks of Lent in repentance following our confession. Fr Ted is encouraging members of the parish to do their confession early - even in the Pre-Lenten period. There is only one of him to hear your confessions, so please don't wait until the last weeks of Lent. Prepare yourself now and come to confession. The times when Fr. Ted is at the church for Confession is listed in the weekly schedule. Coming to the sacrament of Confession to receive Christ’s forgiveness is something we all are to do every year as part of our Christian discipline. We do Confession for our own salvation, for in our sins being forgiven, we are united to Christ and we are given eternal life.
Simeon George DeLong was born February 15. God grant Simeon and the whole DeLong family many years!
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 our charity is being given to our sister parish of St. Stephen’s in Lima as they continue to pray for a priest to be their pastor. Bishop Paul is looking to find a “tent-maker” priest, one who can find a full time secular job so that he can support himself while also working to build up the parish. Please remember our Orthodox missions and mission priests in your prayers.
This Week’s Schedule:
Monday, February 18
8:30am Matins 9am Office Hours
Tuesday, February 19
4:30 - 6pm Confession 6:00pm Parish Council Planning Meeting
Wednesday, February 20
8:30am Matins 9am Office Hours 11am Discussion Group
Thursday, February 21
Friday, February 22
8:30am Matins 9am Office Hours
Saturday, February 23
10:00am - Noon Confession
Sunday, February 24
Prosfora: D. Federinko
Altar Servers: D. Beleny, J. Cunningham
Greeter(s): D. Federinko, B. Edwards
Epistle: C. Engel
Donut Sponsor(s): Smith
Chapel Vacuum: M. Baker
Candle care: Need volunteer
Counters: K. Henry & M. Brausch
9:00am Hours: C. Engel
9:30am Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom
11:30am Fellowship Hour: Team 4
11:45am Church School/Youth Group
12:45pm Altar Server Meeting
Upcoming Dates to Remember:
March 2 Memorial Saturday Liturgy 9:30am
March 8-9 Pysanky Workshop
March 11 Great Lent Begins
March 25 Feast of the Annunciation
April 20 Baptism of Jarret, Vera & Max Sainz
April 28 Pascha