Altar Servers: V. Weis, B. Garber
Greeter(s): M. Jobst, M. Brausch
Epistle: Need volunteer
Donut Sponsor(s): Schwaninger
Chapel Vacuum: M. Schwaninger
Candle care: J. Elash
Counters: B. Garber, P. Friesel
9:00am Hours: B. Edwards
9:30am Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom
11:30am Fellowship Hour: Team 2
11:45am Youth Group/Church School
Hymns and Readings:
Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death,
and upon those in the tombs bestowing life!
Tone 4, Troparion (Resurrection)
When the women Disciples of the Lord learned from the Angel the joyous message of the Resurrection, they cast away the ancestral curse and elatedly told the Apostles: “Death is overthrown! Christ God is risen, granting the world great mercy!”
Tone 8, Troparion (Midfeast)
In the middle of the feast, O Savior, fill my thirsting soul with the waters of piety as You cried to all: “If anyone thirst, let him come to Me and drink!” O Christ God, Fountain of our life, glory to You!
Tone 8, Kontakion (Pentecostarion)
The Samaritan Woman came to the well in faith; she saw You, the Water of wisdom and drank abundantly. She inherited the Kingdom on high, and is ever glorified!
Tone 4, Kontakion, (Midfeast)
Christ God, the Creator and Master of all, cried to all in the midst of the feast of the Law:
“Come and draw the water of immortality!” We fall before You and faithfully cry: “Grant us Your mercies, for You are the Fountain of our life!”
Tone 3, Prokeimenon
Sing praises to our God, sing praises! Sing praises to our King, sing praises!
Epistle: Acts 16:16-34
Now it happened, as we went to prayer, that a certain slave girl possessed with a spirit of divination met us, who brought her masters much profit by fortune-telling. This girl followed Paul and us, and cried out, saying, “These men are the servants of the Most High God, who proclaim to us the way of salvation.” And this she did for many days. But Paul, greatly annoyed, turned and said to the spirit, “I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her.” And he came out that very hour. But when her masters saw that their hope of profit was gone, they seized Paul and Silas and dragged them into the marketplace to the authorities. And they brought them to the magistrates, and said, “These men, being Jews, exceedingly trouble our city; and they teach customs which are not lawful for us, being Romans, to receive or observe.” Then the multitude rose up together against them; and the magistrates tore off their clothes and commanded them to be beaten with rods. And when they had laid many stripes on them, they threw them into prison, commanding the jailer to keep them securely. Having received such a charge, he put them into the inner prison and fastened their feet in the stocks. But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were loosed. And the keeper of the prison, awaking from sleep and seeing the prison doors open, supposing the prisoners had fled, drew his sword and was about to kill himself. But Paul called with a loud voice, saying, “Do yourself no harm, for we are all here.” Then he called for a light, ran in, and fell down trembling before Paul and Silas. And he brought them out and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” So they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.” Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all who were in his house. And he took them the same hour of the night and washed their stripes. And immediately he and all his family were baptized. Now when he had brought them into his house, he set food before them; and he rejoiced, having believed in God with all his household.
Gospel: John 9:1-38
Now as Jesus passed by, He saw a man who was blind from birth. And His disciples asked Him, saying, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God should be revealed in him. I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” When He had said these things, He spat on the ground and made clay with the saliva; and He anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay. And He said to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” (which is translated, Sent). So he went and washed, and came back seeing. Therefore the neighbors and those who previously had seen that he was blind said, “Is not this he who sat and begged?” Some said, “This is he.” Others said, “He is like him.” He said, “I am he.” Therefore they said to him, “How were your eyes opened?” He answered and said, “A Man called Jesus made clay and anointed my eyes and said to me, ‘Go to the pool of Siloam and wash.’ So I went and washed, and I received sight.” Then they said to him, “Where is He?” He said, “I do not know.” They brought him who formerly was blind to the Pharisees. Now it was a Sabbath when Jesus made the clay and opened his eyes. Then the Pharisees also asked him again how he had received his sight. He said to them, “He put clay on my eyes, and I washed, and I see.” Therefore some of the Pharisees said, “This Man is not from God, because He does not keep the Sabbath.” Others said, “How can a man who is a sinner do such signs?” And there was a division among them. They said to the blind man again, “What do you say about Him because He opened your eyes?” He said, “He is a prophet.” But the Jews did not believe concerning him, that he had been blind and received his sight, until they called the parents of him who had received his sight. And they asked them, saying, “Is this your son, who you say was born blind? How then does he now see?” His parents answered them and said, “We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind; but by what means he now sees we do not know, or who opened his eyes we do not know. He is of age; ask him. He will speak for himself.” His parents said these things because they feared the Jews, for the Jews had agreed already that if anyone confessed that He was Christ, he would be put out of the synagogue. Therefore his parents said, “He is of age; ask him.” So they again called the man who was blind, and said to him, “Give God the glory! We know that this Man is a sinner.” He answered and said, “Whether He is a sinner or not I do not know. One thing I know: that though I was blind, now I see.” Then they said to him again, “What did He do to you? How did He open your eyes?” He answered them, “I told you already, and you did not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you also want to become His disciples?” Then they reviled him and said, “You are His disciple, but we are Moses’ disciples. We know that God spoke to Moses; as for this fellow, we do not know where He is from.” The man answered and said to them, “Why, this is a marvelous thing, that you do not know where He is from; yet He has opened my eyes! Now we know that God does not hear sinners; but if anyone is a worshiper of God and does His will, He hears him. Since the world began it has been unheard of that anyone opened the eyes of one who was born blind. If this Man were not from God, He could do nothing.” They answered and said to him, “You were completely born in sins, and are you teaching us?” And they cast him out. Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when He had found him, He said to him, “Do you believe in the Son of God?” He answered and said, “Who is He, Lord, that I may believe in Him?” And Jesus said to him, “You have both seen Him and it is He who is talking with you.” Then he said, “Lord, I believe!” And he worshiped Him.
Hymn to the Theotokos:
The Angel cried to the Lady, full of grace: “Rejoice, O pure Virgin! Again, I say: ‘Rejoice, your Son is risen from His three days in the tomb! With Himself He has raised all the dead.’” Rejoice, O ye people! Shine, shine, O new Jerusalem! The glory of the Lord has shone on you! Exult now, and be glad, O Zion! Be radiant, O pure Theotokos, in the Resurrection of your Son!
For Further Reading:
Ascending to God
In this way we live in God. We remove our life from this visible world to that world which is not seen by exchanging, not the place, but the very life itself and its mode. It was not we ourselves who were moved towards God, nor did we ascend to him; but it was He who came and descended to us. It was not we who sought, but we were the object of His seeking. The sheep did not seek for the shepherd, nor did the lost coin search for the master of the house; He it was who came to the earth and retrieved His own image, and He came to the place where the sheep was straying and lifted it up and stopped it from straying. He did not remove us from here but He made us heavenly while yet remaining on earth and imparted to us the heavenly life without leading us up to heaven, but by bending heaven to us and bringing it down. As the prophet says, “He bowed the heavens also, and came down” (Ps. 18:10). (St Nicholas Cabasilias, The Life in Christ, p. 50)
Seeing One’s Own Sins
An old man was asked [by a brother], “If I see the sin of my brother am I to despise him?” And the old man said, “If we hide [the fault] of our brother God will also hide our [faults]; and if we expose our brother’s [faults], God will also expose ours.”
An old man was wont to say, “There was a brother whose name was Timothy, and he used to lead a life of silent contemplation in a religious house; and a temptation came upon one of the brethren of that house, and the head of the house asked Timothy, saying, “What shall I do to this brother?” Timothy said unto him, “Expel him”; and when he had expelled him, the temptation of that brother was sent upon Timothy, and he cried out to God, saying, “I have sinned, O my Lord, have mercy upon me.” and he passed the whole night in a grave of dead men, crying out and saying, “I have sinned, O my Lord, forgive me,” and the temptation was upon him until he was greatly exhausted. And a voice came to him saying, “Timothy, do not imagine that these things have happened unto thee for any other reason that because thou didst offend thy neighbor in the time of his trial.” (E. Wallis Budge, The Paradise of the Holy Fathers, p. 225)
The Man Born Blind is Healed by His Creator
St. Irenaeus (second century) interprets “that the works of God may be manifest in him” as a direct reference to the continuing work of God as Creator of the human person:
Now the work of God is the fashioning of man. For, as the Scripture says, He made [man] by a kind of process: “And the Lord took clay from the earth, and formed man.” Wherefore also the Lord spat on the ground and made clay, and smeared it upon the eyes, pointing out the original fashioning [of man], how it was effected, and manifesting the hand of God to those who can understand by what [hand] man was formed out of the dust. For that which the artificer, the Word, had omitted to form in the womb [viz., the blind man’s eyes], He then supplied in public, that the works of God might be manifested in him, in order that we might not be seeking out another hand by which man was fashioned, nor another Father; knowing that this hand of God which formed us at the beginning, and which does form us in the womb, has in the last times sought us out who were lost, winning back His own, and taking up the lost sheep upon His shoulders, and with joy restoring it to the fold of life...As, therefore, we are by the Word formed in the womb, this very same Word formed the visual power in him who had been blind from his birth; showing openly who it is that fashions us in secret, since the Word Himself had been made manifest to men: and declaring the original formation of Adam, and the manner in which he was created, and by what hand he was fashioned, indicating the whole from a part. For the Lord who formed the visual powers is He who made the whole man, carrying out the will of the Father. (Daniel B. Hinshaw, Touch and the Healing of the World, p. 38-39)
Humans: Created to Unite Everything in the Universe
Within reality there are five divisions. The first is between uncreated nature and the created nature that acquires existence through coming into being. Second, the created nature that receives its existence from God is divided into the intelligible and the sensible. Third, within sensible or visible nature there is a division between heaven and earth. Fourth, earth is divided into paradise and the world. Fifth, man is divided into male and female. Now man is, as it were, a workshop that contains everything in an all-inclusive way; and by virtue of his nature he acts as mediator, endowed with full power to link and unify the extreme points at the five different levels of division, because in the various aspects of his nature he is himself related to all these extremes. It is thus his vocation to make manifest in his person the great mystery of the divine intention--to show how the divided extremes in created things may be reconciled in harmony, the near with the far, the lower with the higher, so that through gradual ascent all are eventually brought into union with God. That is why man was introduced last of all into the creation, as a natural bond of unity, mediating between all divided things because related to all through the different aspects of his own self, drawing them all to unity within himself, and so uniting them all to God their cause, in whom there is no division.
Through dispassion he transcends the division between male and female. Through the holiness of his life he unites heaven and earth, integrating the visible creation. Then, through his equality with the angels in spiritual knowledge, he unifies the intelligible and the sensible, making all created things into one single creation. Finally, in addition to all this, through love he unites created nature with the uncreated, rendering them one through the state of grace that he has attained. With the fullness of his being he coinheres fully in the fullness of God, becoming everything that God himself is, save for identity of essence. (St. Maximus the Confessor, from The Time of the Spirit, p. 27)
Recent Posts on Fr. Ted’s Blog
Children Bell Ringing
In an effort to further incorporate our children into the liturgy, we are continuing a tradition this week where the children will be ringing bells during the singing of the “Christ is risen” hymn during the service. They will gather in the middle pew section, ring their bell, and return to their seats during the three times the hymn is sung.
Wednesday Bible Discussion
The adult discussion group will resume this Wednesday (May 16) at 11am to discuss the scripture readings for the upcoming weekend: Acts 20:7-1, John 14:10-21 and Acts 20:7-12, John 14:10-21.
Baptism of Brooks Lessin
All of you are invited to the baptism of Brooks Lessin on May 19 at 11am. A luncheon will follow so they need a headcount. Please sign up on the bulletin board or let them know by email.
Eagle Scout Court of Honor for Gabe Brausch
You are invited to attend the Eagle Scout Court of Honor for Gabriel Brausch Sunday, May 20, 2018 3:00 p. m. St Paul Orthodox Church, Fellowship Hall Reception immediately following ceremony RSVP by May 15, 2018.
Memorial Saturday Liturgy
Saturday, May 26 is the next Memorial Saturday in the Orthodox Church and we will do the Divine Liturgy that morning at 9:30am. Come to the Liturgy that morning and give Fr. Ted the list of names of your deceased loved ones, and he will pray by name for them during the Liturgy.
Meals/Visits for Steve Richey
Steve's mother recently reposed and he is looking for some extra help about once a week with a meal. Steve likes casseroles and cookies, but has very limited storage space. Please only provide 1-2 servings. He would prefer meals arrive ready to eat. Please sign up using this Mealtrain link: https://mealtrain.com/gq6w0l
St. Paul Musical/Talent Show
Can you play an instrument, do a neat trick, a spot on celebrity impression, a handstand while balancing a stack of plates? Then please join us on May 27 following Coffee Hour when will have our 6th Annual Talent Show! A sign up sheet is on the bulletin board in the fellowship hall. This is a fun afternoon for all, even if you don't participate so we hope to see you there! See Mary Schwaninger with questions
St. Paul Park Days
Please join us for park dates every Thursday this summer. Early birds will arrive around 9am and many will bring a packed lunch. In case of rain, cancellations will be posted by 8:15am in the St. Paul Facebook page. See Heather Weis with questions. Our first park day will be here at the church playground on May 31. The full schedule is posted on the bulletin boards.
Young Adult Ministry
Attention 18-34 year olds! St. Paul’s is excited to be starting a young adult ministry and fellowship group and we want you! Did you know that 18-34 year olds are the most “unchurched” demographic in America today? With our compassion, social awareness, and energy, that statistic should be the exact opposite! This group will be an opportunity for us to get together to help each other become stronger in the faith and discuss issues unique to this time in our lives (dating, marriage, career and financial planning, to name only a few). Our next event will be on Tuesday, June 12th we will meet at the church at 6:30PM for an Akathist service (Akathist to the Almighty God For Help in Trouble) followed by dinner at Christopher’s Restaurant.
Vacation Church School Registration & Volunteers
Our Vacation Church School program, “Behold the Light” will be Monday, June 25 through Friday, June 29 from 9:00 a.m. - 12:40 p.m for ages 5-11. Registration forms can be found on the greeters’ table and can be turned in to Heather Weis or Erin Caldwell by June 10.
We also need volunteers! To make this program a success, we need your help! If you are available to help as a teacher, snack preparer, nursery staff member, or general helper please sign up! Sign-up sheets are located on the hallway and fellowship hall bulletin boards. Thanks!
For more information, contact Heather Weis.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 sending our monthly charity donation to support our seminaries where our future priests are being trained. Please do pray for all seminarians and all who choose to serve the church in its ministries. Pray also for the seminaries which train the future leaders of our church.
Birthdays: Jill Allen, David Mohler
God grant you many years!
This Week’s Schedule:
Monday, May 14
Martyr Isidore of Chios (251)
Readings: Acts 17:1-15, John 11:47-57
8:30am Matins 9am Office Hours
Tuesday, May 15
Ven. Pachomius the Great, Founder of Cœnobitic Monasticism (348 A.D.)
Readings: Acts 17:19-28, John 12:19-36
6pm Parish Council Meeting
Wednesday, May 16
Leavetaking of Pascha — Forefeast of the Ascension. Ven. Theodore the Sanctified, disciple of Ven. Pachomius the Great (368).
Readings: Acts 18:22-28, John 12:36-47
8:30am Matins 9am Office hours
11:00am Discussion Group
6:00pm Vespers-Liturgy for the Ascension of our Lord 7:30pm Festal Potluck Supper
Thursday, May 17
The Ascension of our Lord. Apostle Andronicus of the Seventy and his fellow-laborer, Junia (1st c.).
Readings: Acts 1:1-12, Luke 24:36-53
Friday, May 18
Afterfeast of the Ascension. Martyr Theodotus of Ancyra, and with him Martyrs Peter, Dionysius, Andrew, Paul, Christina, and the seven Virgin Martyrs: Alexandra, Tecusa, Claudia, Phaïna, Euphraisa, Matrona, and Julia, who suffered under Decius (303
Readings: Acts 19:1-8, John 14:1-11
8:30am Matins 9am Office hours
Saturday, May 19
Afterfeast of the Ascension. Hieromartyr Patrick, Bishop of Prussa, and his companions: Presbyters Acacius, Menander, and Polyenus (2nd-3rd c.)
Readings: Acts 20:7-12, John 14:10-21
11am Baptism of Brooks Lessin
2pm Spirituality Class
Sunday, May 20
7th SUNDAY OF PASCHA — Tone 6. Holy Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council. Afterfeast of Ascension. Martyr Thalelæus at Aegæ in Cilicia, and his companions, Martyrs Alexander and Asterius (ca. 284).
Readings: Acts 20:16-18, 28-36, John 17:1-13
Altar Servers: D. Abshear, J. Fencik
Greeter(s): D. Helferich, G. Friesel
Epistle: L. Short
Donut Sponsor(s): P. Drosdak
Chapel Vacuum: S. Osman
Candle care: R. Helferich
Counters: J. Weise, L. Wagner
9:00am Hours: L. Short
9:30am Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom
11:00am Memorial for Carmella Bertolo (Maria Bellini’s mother)
11:30am Fellowship Hour: Team 3
11:45am Youth Group/Church School
Upcoming Events to Remember
May 22 Meet-Up
May 26 Memorial Saturday Liturgy
May 27 Pentecost
May 31 Park Day: St. Paul’s playground
June 4 Apostles’ Fast begins
June 7 Park Day: Indian Riffle
June 12 St. Paul Young Adult Ministry Akathist to the Almighty God for Help in Trouble
June 25-29 Vacation church school
June 29 Feast of Sts. Peter & Paul
June 30 Serving at St. Vincent DePaul