St. Paul the Apostle Orthodox Church
Sunday, May 20
7th Sunday of Pascha. Sunday of the Holy Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council
Tone 6. Afterfeast of Ascension. Prison Ministry Awareness Sunday
Altar Servers: D. Abshear, B. Garber
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
3pm Gabe Brausch Eagle Scout Court of Honor
Hymns and Readings:
Clap your hands, all peoples! Shout to God with loud songs of joy!
Through the prayers of the Theotokos, O Savior, save us!
For the Lord, the Most High is terrible; a great God over all the earth. Refrain
He subdued peoples under us, and nations under our feet. Refrain
God has gone up with a shout, the Lord with the sound of a trumpet! Refrain
Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised in the city of our God.
O Son of God, Who ascended in glory, save us who sing to You: Alleluia.
Mount Zion in the far north, is the city of the Great King. Refrain
Within her citadels God is known when He defends her. Refrain
For lo, the kings assembled; they came on together. Refrain
Tone 6, Troparion (Resurrection)
The angelic powers were at Your tomb; the guards became as dead men. Mary stood by Your grave, seeking Your most pure body. You took captive hell, not being tempted by it. You came to the Virgin, granting life. O Lord, Who rose from the dead, glory to You.
Tone 4 Troparion (Ascension)
You ascended in glory, O Christ our God, granting joy to Your Disciples by the promise of the Holy Spirit. Through the blessing, they were assured, that You are the Son of God, the Redeemer of the world!
Tone 8 Troparion (Fathers)
You are most glorious, O Christ our God! You have established the Holy Fathers as lights on the earth. Through them You have guided us to the true Faith. O greatly compassionate One, glory to You!
Tone 8 Kontakion (Fathers)
The Apostles’ preaching and the Fathers’ doctrines have established one Faith for the Church. Adorned with the robe of truth, woven from heavenly theology, It defines and glorifies the great mystery of piety.
Tone 6 Kontakion (Ascension)
When You had fulfilled the dispensation for our sake, and united earth to heaven, You ascended in glory, O Christ our God, not being parted from those who love You, but remaining with them and crying: “I am with you, and there is no one against you!”
Tone 4 Prokeimenon (Song of the Three Children)
Blessed are You, O Lord God of our fathers, and praised and glorified is Your name forever!
Epistle: Acts 20:16-18, 28-36
For Paul had decided to sail past Ephesus, so that he would not have to spend time in Asia; for he was hurrying to be at Jerusalem, if possible, on the Day of Pentecost. From Miletus he sent to Ephesus and called for the elders of the church. And when they had come to him, he said to them: “You know, from the first day that I came to Asia, in what manner I always lived among you, Therefore take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood. For I know this, that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock. Also from among yourselves men will rise up, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after themselves. Therefore watch, and remember that for three years I did not cease to warn everyone night and day with tears. So now, brethren, I commend you to God and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified. I have coveted no one’s silver or gold or apparel. Yes, you yourselves know that these hands have provided for my necessities, and for those who were with me. I have shown you in every way, by laboring like this, that you must support the weak. And remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” And when he had said these things, he knelt down and prayed with them all.
Gospel: John 17:1-13
Jesus spoke these words, lifted up His eyes to heaven, and said: “Father, the hour has come. Glorify Your Son, that Your Son also may glorify You, as You have given Him authority over all flesh, that He should give eternal life to as many as You have given Him.And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. I have glorified You on the earth. I have finished the work which You have given Me to do. And now, O Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was. I have manifested Your name to the men whom You have given Me out of the world. They were Yours, You gave them to Me, and they have kept Your word. Now they have known that all things which You have given Me are from You. For I have given to them the words which You have given Me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came forth from You; and they have believed that You sent Me. I pray for them. I do not pray for the world but for those whom You have given Me, for they are Yours. And all Mine are Yours, and Yours are Mine, and I am glorified in them. Now I am no longer in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to You. Holy Father, keep through Your name those whom You have given Me, that they may be one as We are. While I was with them in the world, I kept them in Your name. Those whom You gave Me I have kept; and none of them is lost except the son of perdition, that the Scripture might be fulfilled. But now I come to You, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have My joy fulfilled in themselves.
(Instead of “It is truly meet …,” we sing:)
Magnify, O my soul, Christ the Giver of Life, Who has ascended from earth to heaven! We magnify you, the Mother of God, who beyond reason and understanding gave birth in time to the Timeless One.
Praise the Lord from the heavens, praise Him in the highest! Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous; praise befits the just! Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia
(Instead of “We have seen the True Light,” we sing the Troparion of Ascension)
For Further Reading:
The Joy of Humility
Everything, absolutely everything in religion is ambiguous, and this ambiguity can be cleared only by humility, so that the whole spiritual life is or must be directed at seeking humility. The signs of humility: joy! Pride excules joy. Then: simplicity, i.e., the absence of any turn into one’s self. Finally, trust, as the main directive in life, applied to everything (purity of heart, when man can see God). The signs of pride are: the absence of joy; complexity and fear. (Fr. Alexander Schmemann, The Journals of Fr. Alexander Schmemann, p. 161)
Thus, for example, one needs to ask what speaking of God’s eyes and ears (2 Kings 19:16) adds to the understanding of the relationship of God to the world that living, seeing, and hearing do not. Such language makes the idea that God receives the world into himself vivid and concrete. God’s experience of the world is not superficial; God takes it in, in as real a way as people do who use their eyes and ears. At the same time, in ways that people do not, God takes it all in (Jer. 32:19), and not with fleshly eyes (Job 10:4).
Nevertheless, while examining each metaphor in its specificity is important, the general conclusions drawn continue to be significant. In addition to revealing God as living and personal, they testify to the intimate relationship between God and the world. (Terence E. Fetheim, The Suffering of God, p. 9)
I am with You Always
O wonder! The Lord bade me stay my mind in hell and not despair. So close is He to us: “Lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world,” and “I will deliver thee; and thou shalt glorify me.” (Archimandrite Sophrony, St. Silouan the Athonite, p. 431)
The Holy Trinity
The Christian doctrine of Trinity, in Gregory’s estimate, is therefore not an exercise in speculative metaphysical language, but an exposition of how the Church has experienced God within salvation history and, as such, how it prays. (John A. McGuckin, Seeing the Glory, p. 188)
The tradition of our Fathers and the authority of Scripture teaches us that there are three kinds of renouncements which each of us must work to carry out with all his strength. The first is to reject all the pleasures and all the riches of this world. This second is to renounce ourselves, our vices, our wicked habits, and all the unruly affections of the spirit and of the flesh; and the third is to withdraw our heart from all things present and visible and apply it only to the eternal and invisible. God teaches us to make these three renounements all at once by what He said to Abraham first of all. “Go out!” he told him, “from your country, from your kindred, from the house of your father; that is, leave the goods of this world and all the riches of the earth. Go out from your ordinary life and from the wicked and vicious inclinations which, attaching themselves to us by our birth and the corruption of flesh and blood, are as it were naturalized and become one thing with ourselves. Go out from the house of your father, that is, lose the memory of all the things of this world and of everything that presents itself to your eyes…”
We shall then arrive at this third renouncement when our spirit, no longer weighed down by the contagion of this animal and earthly body, but purified from the affections of the earth, is raised to heaven by continual meditation on divine things, and is so taken up with the contemplation of the eternal truth that it forgets that it is still enclosed in fragile flesh and, ravished in God, it will find itself so absorbed in His presence that it has no longer ears to hear or eyes to see and it cannot even be struck by the greatest and most perceptible objects. (St. John Cassian found in Louis Bouyer’s The Spirituality of the New Testament and the Fathers, p. 327)
Recent Posts on Fr. Ted’s Blog
Prison Ministry Awareness Sunday
The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America have approved this year, Sunday, May 20th, 2018 to be Prison Ministry Awareness Sunday in all Orthodox parishes of North America. Please remember in your prayers those in prison and also the chaplains and counselors who work to minister to them. To help support Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry, you can donate online or by sending your donation to OCPM, P.O. Box 1597, New York, NY 10025.
Church School: Last Day!
The last day of classes for Church school students is this Sunday, May 20th. Students will kick-off their summer break with walking tacos during coffee hour on Sunday, May 27. We are still looking for members that are willing to teach or shadow in the classrooms for the upcoming school year. Many of the current teachers will not be returning in the fall. Please see Kerrie Wiese if you are interested in helping with the church school program.
Eagle Scout Court of Honor for Gabe Brausch
You are invited to attend the Eagle Scout Court of Honor for Gabriel Brausch today, May 20, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. here at St Paul. There will be a reception immediately following the ceremony.
Bishop’s Council & Diocesan Council
Fr. Ted will be in Chicago Monday and Tuesday attending the Bishop’s Council (the Diocesan Deans meet with Bishop Paul) and the Diocesan Council meeting. There will be NO matins or office hours on Monday.
Wednesday Bible Discussion
The adult discussion group will resume this Wednesday (May 23) at 11am to discuss the scripture readings for the upcoming weekend:Acts 28:1-31, John 21:15-25 and Acts 2:1-11, John 7:37-52, 8:12.
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.
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 next week, May 27 following Coffee Hour when will have our 6th Annual Talent Show! 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.
Prayer for Graduates
Is anyone in your household graduating? Please submit your names to Erin Caldwell at email@example.com. Fr. Ted will be saying a special prayer for graduates on June 17. Names received already: Gabe Brausch, Hannah Engel, Meghan McDonough
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. 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: Steve Trohalaki
Namedays: Teresa Lynne
Anniversary: Tyler & Holly DeLong
God grant you many years!
This Week’s Schedule:
Monday, May 21
Afterfeast of Ascension. Holy Equals-to-the-Apostles Emperor Constantine and his mother, Helen (Elena) (327).
Readings: Acts 21:8-14, John 14:27-15:7
No Matins or Office Hours
Tuesday, May 22
Afterfeast of Ascension. Martyr Basiliscus, Bishop of Comana (ca. 308).
Readings: Acts 21:26-32, John 16:2-13
Wednesday, May 23
Afterfeast of Ascension. St. Michael the Confessor, Bishop of Synnada (831)
Readings: Acts 23:1-11, John 16:15-23
8:30am Matins 9am Office hours 11am Bible Discussion
Thursday, May 24
Afterfeast of Ascension. Ven. Simeon the Stylite (the Younger) of the Wonderful Mountain (596).
Readings: Acts 25:13-19, John 16:23-33
Friday, May 25
Leavetaking of the Ascension. Hieromartyr Therapon, Bishop of Cyprus (14th c.).
Readings: Acts 27:1-44, John 17:18-26
8:30am Matins 9am Office hours
Saturday, May 26
Memorial Saturday. Apostles Carpus and Alphæus of the Seventy (1st c.)
Readings: 1 Corinthians 15:47-57, John 6:35-39
9:30am Memorial Saturday Divine Liturgy 5pm Vespers
Sunday, May 27
8th SUNDAY OF PASCHA — Tone 7. Holy Pentecost: Feast of the Holy Trinity . Hieromartyr Therapon, Bishop of Sardis (3rd c.).
Readings: Acts 2:1-11, John 7:37-52, 8:12
Altar Servers: V. Weis, D. Beleny
Greeter(s): D. Federinko, B. Edwards
Epistle: Need volunteer
Donut Sponsor(s): N. Muzzy
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
11:00am Kneeling Prayers of Pentecost
11:30am Fellowship Hour: Team 4
11:45am Talent Show/Youth Group/Church School end of year celebration
Upcoming Events to Remember
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 24 Altar Boy Training Meeting
June 25-29 Vacation church school
June 28 Vespers for the feast of Sts. Peter & Paul with Reception following
June 29 Liturgy for the feast of Sts. Peter & Paul
June 30 Serving at St. Vincent DePaul