St. Paul the Apostle Orthodox Church

Sunday Bulletin

Sunday, February 3, 2019


Tone 3. Afterfeast of the Meeting. Holy and Righteous Simeon the God-receiver and Anna the Prophetess.

   Today’s Schedule:

     Prosfora: A. Makris

Altar Servers: D. Abshear & J. Cunningham

Greeter(s): MK Smith, M. Adrian

Epistle: C. Engel

Donut Sponsor(s): Topalov

Chapel Vacuum: S. Osman

Candle care: Bruce Garber

Counters: B. Lootens, M. Pearson

9:00am Hours: C. Engel

9:30am Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom

11:00am  Reception of Marlee Petersen, Jarrett and Vera Sainz into the Catechumenate

11:30am Fellowship Hour: Potluck

11:45am Church School/Youth Group


Hymns & Readings:


Tone 3 Troparion (Resurrection) 

When You descended to death, O Life Immortal, You destroyed hell with the splendor of Your Godhead. And when from the depths You raised the dead, all the powers of heaven cried out: “O Giver of life, Christ our God, glory to You!”


Tone 1 Troparion (Meeting of the Lord)

Rejoice, O Virgin Theotokos, Full of Grace! From you shone the Sun of Righteousness, Christ our God, enlightening those who sat in darkness. Rejoice and be glad, O righteous Elder, you accepted in your arms the Redeemer of our souls, Who grants us the Resurrection!


Tone 1 Kontakion (Meeting of the Lord)

By Your Nativity You sanctified the Virgin’s womb and blessed Simeon’s hands, O Christ God. Now You have come and saved us through love. Grant peace to all Orthodox Christians, O only Lover of Man!


Tone 2 Kontakion (Resurrection)

When You descended to death, O Life Immortal, You destroyed hell with the splendor of Your Godhead. And when from the depths You raised the dead, all the powers of heaven cried out: “O Giver of life, Christ our God, glory to You!”


Tone 3 Prokeimenon

Sing praises to our God, sing praises! Sing praises to our King, sing praises!


Epistle: 1 Timothy 1:15-17

This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief. However, for this reason I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might show all longsuffering, as a pattern to those who are going to believe on Him for everlasting life. Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, to God who alone is wise, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.


Gospel: Matthew 15:21-28

Then Jesus went out from there and departed to the region of Tyre and Sidon. And behold, a woman of Canaan came from that region and cried out to Him, saying, “Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David! My daughter is severely demon-possessed.” But He answered her not a word. And His disciples came and urged Him, saying, “Send her away, for she cries out after us.” But He answered and said, “I was not sent except to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” Then she came and worshiped Him, saying, “Lord, help me!” But He answered and said, “It is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the little dogs.” And she said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the little dogs eat the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.” Then Jesus answered and said to her, “O woman, great is your faith! Let it be to you as you desire.” And her daughter was healed from that very hour. 

Hymn to the Theotokos

O Virgin Theotokos, hope of all Christians,

protect, preserve, and save those who hope in you!


In the shadow and letter of the Law,

let us, the faithful, discern a figure:

every male [child] that opens the womb is holy to God.

Therefore we magnify the firstborn Word of a Father Who

            has no beginning,

the Son firstborn of a Mother who had not known man.


For Further Reading:

Sinners Called by Christ

You are, of course, quite right: there is no room for doubt! The Lord does indeed long to gather all into His arms. All - but particularly the worst sinners.

            This truth must, however, be rightly interpreted, rightly understood: the Lord calls to Him all sinners; He opens His arms wide, even to the worst among them. Gladly he takes them in His arms, if only they will come. But they have got to make the effort of coming. They must seek Him, go to Him. In other words, they must repent. It is not that He rejects those who do not repent. He still longs for them, and calls them. But they refuse to hear His call. They choose to wander away, in some other direction. (Macarius, starets of Optino, Russian Letters of Spiritual Direction, p. 58)


Christ-Like Mercy

He is merciful who shows compassion to his neighbor not only with gifts, but also when he hears or sees anything that causes suffering to someone, he does not prevent his heart from burning. And even if he is struck a blow by his brother, he does not presume to retaliate against him with so much as a word and cause him mental suffering. (St. Isaac of Nineveh, On Ascetical Life, p. 66)


St. Romanos’ Prayer for the Feast of the Meeting of the Lord

We implore you, O All-Holy, Long-Suffering, Life and Restoration, Source of goodness,

look down from heaven and visit all those who ever trust in you;

rescue our life, Lord, from all constraint and affliction,

and, in the faith of truth, guide us all,

at the prayers of the immaculate Mother or God and Virgin,.

Save your world, and those in the world, and spare us all,

you who, for us, became man without change,

            only Lover of mankind.

(St. Romanos, On the Life of Christ, p. 34)


Canaanite Woman

You, too, daughter of Canaan, for righteousness

conquered the Unconquerable One by boldness.

The Just One set a boundary on the land of the Gentiles

that the gospel might not cross over.

Blessed are you who broke through the obstacle fearlessly,

The Lord of boundaries praised you for the strength

 of your faith. From afar He healed your daughter in your house. (Ephrem the Syrian, Hymns, p. 379)


Lord Have Mercy

Not a sentimental plea or cry for pity; rather, an acknowledgement of the Father’s lordship - his sovereignty, power and faithfulness - and of our own sinfulness. We ask the Father of mercies, 2 Cor. 1.3, to remember his covenant with us and deal with the needs of all, not in accordance with our sins but in accordance with his mercy, Heb. 8.8-12. (Something of the scriptural meaning of mercy - hesed in Hebrew - can be gleaned from the RSV rendering, steadfast love.) (Paul N. Harrilchak, The Liturgy: OCA Texts Revised, Annotated and Set to the Melodies, p. 31)


Recent Posts on Fr Ted’s Blog

  • The Talent for Serving God: A short story based on the up-side-down values of God’s Kingdom as taught in the parables of Jesus.
  • Jesus, Your Servant: Jesus is Lord, God and Savior, and yet both claimed to be a servant and taught us to do the same.
  • Strangers to Sin: Christians live as strangers in this world but definitely should be strangers to sin.
  • Music: Harmony with God: St. John Climacus, says all beautiful music, whether sacred or profane, leads us to God.
  • When Should I Abstain from Holy Communion?: Desert Saints say we receive Communion for the remission of our sins.  If we recognize we are sinners, we should receive Communion.
  • Building the Parish Through Forgiveness: It is not possible for a community of people to co-exist without someone offending others or someone being offended.  Perfect parish doesn’t eliminate human foible, it offers a chance for us to practice Christian forgiveness.
  • Jesus is the Light of the World:  When the saints of the Bible, whether in the Old or New Testaments, saw the Light of God, they saw Jesus Christ.  


Souperbowl Sunday

TODAY, February 3rd the Youth Group will be participating in the 21st International Orthodox Christian Charities(IOCC) Souper Bowl of Caring. Please considering bringing your favorite soup to share during fellowship hour. As in the past, we will be having a fundraiser by letting you vote for the team that you want to see win. All proceeds will be given to the IOCC. We will also be doing a food drive starting next week through the end of the month of February. Any food items brought in will be donated to a local food bank. There will be a box in the coat closet to put the food items into.


Wednesday Adult  Discussion Group

Our Wednesday morning discussion will be meeting February 6 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? Fr. Ted has ordered a few copies of the book - the cost will be about $20.  See him if you want to get a copy or order your copy online. 


Memorial Liturgy

We will again do one Memorial Liturgy during Great Lent -  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.


Pysanky Egg Decorating Workshop

The Pysanky Easter Egg Workshop is scheduled for the second full weekend in March: Friday, March 8 (10 am to 4 pm and 5 pm to 9 pm) and Saturday, March 9 2018 (10 am to 3 pm). Please check the bulletin board for reservation sign-up and additional information. Due to some problems that have occurred in the past, please do not announce the workshop on social media.


2018 Contribution Statements

The 2018 contribution statements have been emailed. If you don't receive one or have questions, please contact Laura Avdakov. Otherwise, you will receive a paper copy in church in the next week or two. Thanks!


Great Lent - Time for Confession

The time for repentance is at hand!  Next Sunday is Zacchaeus Sunday, which means we soon will begin the pre-Lenten preparations.  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 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.  


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. 


February Charity

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 4

Afterfeast of the Meeting. Ven. Isidore of Pelusium (ca. 436-440).

Readings: James 2:14-26, Mark 10:46-52

8:30am Matins            9am Confession         10am Office Hours    


Tuesday, February 5

Afterfeast of the Meeting. Holy Martyr Agatha of Palermo in Sicily (251).

Readings: James 3:1-10, Mark 11:11-23


Wednesday, February 6

Afterfeast of the Meeting. Virgin Martyr Dorothy, two sisters—Christina and Callista, and Theophilus, at Cæsarea in Cappadocia (288-300)

Readings: James 3:11-4:6, Mark 11:22-26

8:30am Matins            9am Confession         10am Office Hours    

11am Discussion Group


Thursday, February 7

Afterfeast of the Meeting. St. Parthenius, Bishop of Lampsacus on the Hellespont (4th c.).

Readings: James 4:7-5:9, Mark 11:27-33


Friday, February 8

Afterfeast of the Meeting. Prophet Zachariah (ca. 520 B.C.).

Readings: 1 Peter 1:1-2, 10-12, 2:6-10, Mark 12:1-12

8:30am Matins            9am Confession         10am Office Hours    


Saturday, February 9

Leavetaking of the Meeting.  Martyr Nicephorus of Antioch in Syria (ca. 257)

Readings: 1 Thessalonians 5:14-23, Luke 17:3-10

4pm Confession         5pm Vespers


Sunday, February 10

37th SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST — Tone 4. Sunday of Zacchaeus.

Readings: 1 Timothy 4:9-15, Luke 19:1-10

Prosfora: D. Federinko

Altar Servers: V. Weis & D. Holobeny

Greeter(s): D. Short, M. Brausch

Epistle: R. Barone

Donut Sponsor(s): Need sponsor

Chapel Vacuum: T. Jacobs

Candle care: J. Elash

Counters: B. Garber, J. Elash

9:00am Hours: M. Pearson

9:30am Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom

Chrismation of Jacob Sims

11:30am Fellowship Hour: Team 2

11:45am Church School/Youth Group

4pm Confession

5pm Vespers


Upcoming Dates to Remember:

February 19  Parish Council Planning Meeting  6pm

March 2   Memorial Saturday Liturgy 9:30am

March 8-9  Pysanky Workshop

March 11 Great Lent Begins

March 25  Feast of the Annunciation