Prosfora: S. Pacak
Altar Servers: M. Caldwell, D. Beleny
Greeter(s): MK Smith & D. Short
Epistle: S. Pacak
Donut Sponsor(s): Schwaninger
Chapel Vacuum: J. Cunningham
Candle care: Garber
Counters: B. Lootens, R. Wagner
9:00am Hours: S. Pacak
9:30am Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom
11:30am Fellowship Hour: Potluck
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 11:19-26, 29-30
Now those who were scattered after the persecution that arose over Stephen traveled as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus, and Antioch, preaching the word to no one but the Jews only. But some of them were men from Cyprus and Cyrene, who, when they had come to Antioch, spoke to the Hellenists, preaching the Lord Jesus. And the hand of the Lord was with them, and a great number believed and turned to the Lord. Then news of these things came to the ears of the church in Jerusalem, and they sent out Barnabas to go as far as Antioch. When he came and had seen the grace of God, he was glad, and encouraged them all that with purpose of heart they should continue with the Lord. For he was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and of faith. And a great many people were added to the Lord. Then Barnabas departed for Tarsus to seek Saul. And when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. So it was that for a whole year they assembled with the church and taught a great many people. And the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch. Then the disciples, each according to his ability, determined to send relief to the brethren dwelling in Judea. This they also did, and sent it to the elders by the hands of Barnabas and Saul.
Gospel: John 4:5-42
So He came to a city of Samaria which is called Sychar, near the plot of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. Now Jacob’s well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied from His journey, sat thus by the well. It was about the sixth hour. A woman of Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give Me a drink.” For His disciples had gone away into the city to buy food. Then the woman of Samaria said to Him, “How is it that You, being a Jew, ask a drink from me, a Samaritan woman?” For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans. Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.” The woman said to Him, “Sir, You have nothing to draw with, and the well is deep. Where then do You get that living water? Are You greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well, and drank from it himself, as well as his sons and his livestock?” Jesus answered and said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.” The woman said to Him, “Sir, give me this water, that I may not thirst, nor come here to draw.” Jesus said to her, “Go, call your husband, and come here.” The woman answered and said, “I have no husband.” Jesus said to her, “You have well said, ‘I have no husband,’ for you have had five husbands, and the one whom you now have is not your husband; in that you spoke truly.” The woman said to Him, “Sir, I perceive that You are a prophet. Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, and you Jews say that in Jerusalem is the place where one ought to worship.” Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe Me, the hour is coming when you will neither on this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, worship the Father. You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews. But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” The woman said to Him, “I know that Messiah is coming” (who is called Christ). “When He comes, He will tell us all things.” Jesus said to her, “I who speak to you am He.” And at this point His disciples came, and they marveled that He talked with a woman; yet no one said, “What do You seek?” or, “Why are You talking with her?” The woman then left her waterpot, went her way into the city, and said to the men, Come, see a Man who told me all things that I ever did. Could this be the Christ? Then they went out of the city and came to Him. In the meantime His disciples urged Him, saying, “Rabbi, eat.” But He said to them, “I have food to eat of which you do not know.” Therefore the disciples said to one another, “Has anyone brought Him anything to eat?” Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work. Do you not say, ‘There are still four months and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest! And he who reaps receives wages, and gathers fruit for eternal life, that both he who sows and he who reaps may rejoice together. For in this the saying is true: ‘One sows and another reaps.’I sent you to reap that for which you have not labored; others have labored, and you have entered into their labors.” And many of the Samaritans of that city believed in Him because of the word of the woman who testified, “He told me all that I ever did.” So when the Samaritans had come to Him, they urged Him to stay with them; and He stayed there two days. And many more believed because of His own word. Then they said to the woman, “Now we believe, not because of what you said, for we ourselves have heard Him and we know that this is indeed the Christ, the Savior of the world.”
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:
As for Ephraem’s own attitude to the scriptures and their interpretation, there is a passage in the commentary on the Diatessaron which, even if it may not have come from his pen, is nevertheless an apt expression of his point of view. The text says,
Many are the perspectives of his word, just as many are the perspectives of those who study it. [God] has fashioned his word with many beautiful forms, so that each one who studies it may consider what he likes. He has hidden in his word all kinds of treasures so that each one of us, wherever we meditate, may be enriched by it. His utterance is a tree of life, which offers you blessed fruit from every side. It is like that rock which burst forth in the desert, becoming spiritual drink to everyone from all places. [They ate] spiritual food and drank spiritual drink. (1 Cor. 10:3-4)
Therefore, whoever encounters one of its riches must not think that that alone which he has found is all that is in it, but [rather] that it is this alone that he is capable of finding from the many things in it. Enriched by it, let him not think that he has impoverished it. But rather let him give thanks for its greatness, he that is unequal to it. Rejoice that you have been satiated, and do not be upset that it is richer than you...Give thanks for what you have taken away, and do not murmur over what remains and is in excess. That which you have taken and gone away with is your portion and that which is left over is also your heritage. (Sidney H. Griffith, ‘Faith Adoring the Mystery’ Reading the Bible with St. Ephraem the Syrian, pp. 16-17)
The Samaritan Woman
For those who have tasted of the Savior, the Object of desire is present. From the beginning human desire was made to be gauged and measured by the desire for Him, and is a treasury so great, so ample, that it is able to encompass even God. Thus there is no satisfaction, nothing stills the desire, even if men attain to all the excellent things in life, for we still thirst as though we had none of the things for which we long. The thirst of human souls needs, as it were, an infinite water; how then could this limited world suffice?
This is what the Lord hinted when He said to the Samaritan woman, “he who drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst (Jn. 4:13-14). This is the water that slakes the thirst of human souls, for it says, “when I behold Thy glory I shall be satisfied with it” (Ps. 17:15 LXX). The eye was capable of perceiving light, the ear for sound, and each member for its appropriate end; the desire of the soul has for its object Christ alone. (Nicolas Cabasilas, The Life in Christ, p. 96)
The Resurrection: Christ Renews Creation
We have an eloquent testimony to the ultimate restoration of the world from the great Syrian poet-theologian St. Ephrem:
At our resurrection, both earth and heaven will God renew,
liberating all creatures, granting them paschal joy, along with us.
Upon our mother Earth, along with us, did he lay disgrace
when he placed on her, with the sinner, the curse;
so, together with the just, he will bless her too;
this nursing mother, along with her children, shall he who is Good renew. (from Elizabeth Theokritoff, Living in God’s Creation, p. 38)
Do good, and with a simple heart share the fruits of your labor which God gives to you with all those who are poor, not wondering to whom you should give and to whom you should not give. Give to all, for God wishes that you give to all from His gifts to you. (Shepherd of Hermas, What the Church Fathers Say About...Vol. 2, p. 144)
We All Offer Sacrifice and Sacraments to God
We shall only understand the character of the world when we think of it as a gift or present.
The whole world ought to be regarded as the visible part of a universal and continuing sacrament, and all man's activities as a sacramental, divine communion.
Because man is unable to give God anything except that which he has already received from God, man learns to perceive the world as gift and sacrament by sacrificing something in this world for God's sake, as a sign of his grateful love, and as the vehicle of this love. God for his part returns to man what man has sacrificed in the form of fresh gifts, containing a new manifestation of His love, in a new and repeated blessing. "Grace for Grace." And so an unbroken interchange between God and man in man's use of the world takes place, an ever-renewed and growing mutuality of love. The more man discovers the beauty and the higher use of created things, and the greater the gratitude and love with which he responds to God, the more God responds with still greater love and blessing, because man is in the position to receive it.
Man puts the seal of his understanding and of his intelligent work on to creation, thereby humanizing it and giving it humanized back to God. He actualizes the world's potentialities. Thus the world is not only a gift but a task for man. Man is able to mark the world with his seal because the world as the gift of God's love for man is not the fruit of necessity but the fruit of divine freedom. If it were the fruit of necessity there would be no freedom in it, and it would develop as an inexorable casual process. But it is SO constituted that divine freedom and human freedom can manifest themselves in an unbroken dialogue. (Father Dimitru Staniloae, The Time of the Spirit, p. 28)
Recent Posts on Fr. Ted’s Blog
Fr. Ted will be attending the annual Diocesan Clergy Convocation in Chicago this week. Metropolitan Tikhon is one of the speakers. He also will be in Indianapolis for Deanery business and will be serving at the ordination of Dn. Josh Coolman to the priesthood on Saturday. There will be NO midweek matins or office hours this week, and NO Saturday Vespers.
Children Bell Ringing
In an effort to further incorporate our children into the liturgy, we are starting 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. Be patient with them as the kids get used to their special role during the rest of the Pascha season.
Wednesday Bible Discussion
The adult discussion group is not meeting this week but will resume this Wednesday (May 16) at 11am.
Orthodox Parents in Action at Annunciation Greek Church
Orthodox Parents in Action (OPA) will be meeting on Friday, May 11th from 6:30 - 8:30 in the Athenagoras Room while the kids are entertained in the Nursery and they are hoping some families from St. Paul can join, too! Dinner will be served. Please bring a drink and/or side to share. The group will discuss getting together through the summer and possibly a family volunteering project/event so bring ideas! (Maybe along the lines of Blessing Bags, a 5k or the disaster kits we all did in the Fall.)
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). And we want to have some fun doing it! Our first event will be the Walk for Mental Health Awareness on Saturday, May 12 (see details below) and then 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.
Walk for Mental Health Awareness 5K
On Saturday, May 12, St. Paul’s Young Adult Ministry will be sponsoring a team to walk in NAMI of Montgomery County’s 5th annual 5K beginning at Dayton Veterans Medical Center. Registration begins at 8:30-9:45am, free Zumba warm-up at 9:20, the walk at 10:00am, followed by a live band, cookout, and raffle drawing. YOU DO NOT NEED TO BE 18-34 years old to join us on this walk. We’re merely sponsoring the team. We’d love to have you join us in representing St. Paul’s and supporting this worthy cause. Please sign-up on the bulletin board in the narthex. More details can be found at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-walk-for-mental-health-awareness-tickets-43460471440
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
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 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.
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: Ana Moore, Nick Pacak, Mary Kay Smith
Namedays: Brian Garber, John Turri, Chip Pritchard
Anniversary: Art & Mary Schwaninger
God grant you many years!
This Week’s Schedule:
Monday, May 7
Repose of St. Alexis Toth, Confessor and Defender of Orthodoxy in America (1909)
NO matins or office hours
Tuesday, May 8
Holy Apostle and Evangelist John the Theologian (98-117).
Wednesday, May 9
Leavetaking of Midfeast. Prophet Isaiah (8th c. B.C.).
NO matins or office hours
Thursday, May 10
Apostle Simeon the Zealot (1st c.)
Friday, May 11
Holy Equals-to-the-Apostles Cyril (869) and Methodius (885), First Teachers of the Slavs.
No matins or office hours
Saturday, May 12
St. Epiphanius, Bishop of Cyprus (403)
Sunday, May 13
6th SUNDAY OF PASCHA — Tone 5. Blind Man. Virgin Martyr Glyceria at Heraclea, and with her, Martyr Laodicius, Keeper of the Prison (ca. 177).
Altar Servers: V. Weis, B. Garber
Greeter(s): M. Jobst, M. Brausch
Epistle: Need volunteer
Donut Sponsor(s): Schwaninger
Chapel Vacuum: T. Jacobs
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
Upcoming Events to Remember
May 15 Parish Council Meeting
May 17 Ascension
May 26 Memorial Saturday Liturgy
May 27 Pentecost
June 4 Apostles’ Fast begins
June 25-29 Vacation church school
June 29 Feast of Sts. Peter & Paul