Prosfora: Dot Federinko
Altar Servers: D. Abshear, J. Fencik
Greeter(s): M. Jobst, M. Brausch
Epistle: Need volunteer
Donut Sponsor(s): Need sponsor
Chapel Vacuum: T. Jacobs
Candle care: J. Elash
Counters: B. Garber, P. Friesel
9:00am Hours: Need volunteer
9:30am Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom
11:30am Fellowship Hour: Team 2
Hymns and Readings:
Tone 1 Troparion (Resurrection)
When the stone had been sealed by the Jews, while the soldiers were guarding Your most pure body, You rose on the third day, O Savior, granting life to the world. The powers of heaven therefore cried to You, O Giver of Life: “Glory to Your Resurrection, O Christ! Glory to Your Kingdom! Glory to Your dispensation, O Lover of mankind!”
Tone 8 Troparion (All Saints of North America)
As the bountiful harvest of Your sowing of salvation, the lands of North America offer to You, O Lord, all the saints who have shone in them. By their prayers keep the Church and our land in abiding peace through the Theotokos, O most Merciful One!
Tone 1 Kontakion (Resurrection)
As God, You rose from the tomb in glory, raising the world with Yourself. Human nature praises You as God, for death has vanished. Adam exults, O Master! Eve rejoices, for she is freed from bondage and cries to You: “You are the Giver of Resurrection to all, O Christ!”
Tone 3 Kontakion (All Saints of North America)
Today the choir of Saints who were pleasing to God in the lands of North America now stands before us in the Church and invisibly prays to God for us. With them the Angels glorify Him, and all the Saints of the Church of Christ keep festival with them; and together they all pray for us to the Pre-eternal God.
Tone 1 Prokeimenon
Let Your mercy, O Lord, be upon us as we have set our hope on You!
Epistle: Romans 2:10-16
Glory, honor, and peace to everyone who works what is good, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For there is no partiality with God. For as many as have sinned without law will also perish without law, and as many as have sinned in the law will be judged by the law (for not the hearers of the law are just in the sight of God, but the doers of the law will be justified; for when Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do the things in the law, these, although not having the law, are a law to themselves, who show the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and between themselves their thoughts accusing or else excusing them) in the day when God will judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ, according to my gospel.
Gospel: Matthew 4:18-23
And Jesus, walking by the Sea of Galilee, saw two brothers, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. Then He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” They immediately left their nets and followed Him. Going on from there, He saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets. He called them, and immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed Him. And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease among the people.
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.
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Let us Lift Up Our Hearts
After the priest cries out, “Lift up your hearts.” For truly that awe-filled hour it is necessary to have our hearts up toward the Lord, and not below with regard to the earth and earthly activities. For this reason the priest exhorts you with authority in that hour to leave behind all everyday cares and household worries and to have your hearts in heaven with the God who is the lover of humanity. Next, you answer, “We have lifted them to the Lord,” having made by this your agreement with him according to what you confessed. But let not such a one enter who with the mouth says, “We have lifted them up to the Lord,” but whose thoughts in the mind are focused on everyday cares. Always, then, keep God in mind! But if, on account of human weakness, you are not able to do this, try to do it especially in that hour. (St. Cyril of Jerusalem, Lectures on the Christian Sacraments, p. 123)
In the Old Testament, physical birth determined whether someone belonged to the chosen people. Only the children of Abraham were heirs to God’s promises. Despite the fact that proselytism was especially strong by the time of Christ’s coming - “You traverse sea and land to make a single proselyte, you make him twice as much a child of hell as yourselves” (Matthew 23.15) - the neophytes themselves were not regarded in all respects as true members of Israel, but only their descendants. In the New Testament however, it is spiritual birth that determines if someone belongs to the Church: “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God” (John 3.5). Beginning with the first apostolic preaching on the day of Pentecost, the sacrament of baptism by water and the Spirit is the one and only way of entering the Church, without which salvation is impossible. (Nicholas Afanasiev, The Church of the Holy Spirit, p. 23)
St. Innocent on Orthodox Mission Work
What, then, shall we do? How ought we to proceed when, in the words of the Gospel, the harvest is great in our country (i.e., many remain unconverted to Jesus Christ)? "Pray to the Lord of the harvest," Jesus Himself teaches us [Mt. 9:38]. Thus, first and foremost, we must pray. If even in everyday matters people fall back upon prayer - asking God's blessing at the beginning of some work and then throughout asking for renewal and strengthening of the work's might (where prayer means nothing more than help), here, in the matter of conversion, prayer becomes the means itself - and a most effectual of means, for without prayer one cannot expect success even under the most perfect of circumstances.
Thus, it is not our missionaries alone who must pray; no, we their brethren must further their work by our own prayers. And what ought we to pray for? First, that the Lord will send workers into His harvest; second, that He will open the hearts of those who listen to the Word of the Gospel; third, that He will increase our Society's numbers more and more; and finally that He will strengthen and confirm in us the desire we all now feel to further this work to the attaining of our goal. (St. Innocent, Alaskan Missionary Spirituality, p. 141-142)
Turning Your Heart to God
That which a man loves, to which he turns, that he will find. If he loves earthly things, he will find earthly things, and these earthly things will abide in his heart, will communicate their earthliness to him and will find him; if he loves heavenly things, he will find heavenly things, and they will abide in his heart and give him life. We must not set our hearts upon anything earthly, for the spirit of evil is incorporated in all earthly things when we use them immoderately and in excess, this spirit having become earthly by excessive opposition to God.
When God is present in all a man's thoughts, desires, intentions, words, and works, then it means that the kingdom of God has come to him; then he sees God in everything—in the world of thought, in the world of action, and in the material world; then the omnipresence of God is most clearly revealed to him, and a genuine fear of God dwells in his heart: he seeks every moment to please God, and fears every moment lest he may sin against God, present at his right hand. "Thy kingdom come!"
Examine yourself oftener; where the eyes of your heart are looking. Are they turned towards God and the life to come, towards the most peaceful, blessed, resplendent, heavenly, holy powers dwelling in heaven? Or are they turned towards the world, towards earthly blessings; to food, drink, dress, abode, to sinful vain men and their occupations? O that the eyes of our heart were always fixed upon God! But it is only in need or misfortune that we turn our eyes to the Lord, whilst in the time of prosperity our eyes are turned towards the world and its vain works. But what, you would ask, will this looking to God bring me? It will bring the deepest peace and tranquillity to your heart, light to your mind, holy zeal to your will, and deliverance from the snares of the enemy. (St. John of Kronstadt, My Life in Christ, pp. 76-77)
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Young Adult Ministry
The next Young Adult ministry 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. Please join us!
Wednesday Bible Discussion
The adult discussion group will resume this Wednesday, June 13 at 11am to discuss the weekend readings: Romans 3:28-4:3, Matthew 7:24-8:4 & Romans 5:1-10, Matthew 6:22-33. In the near future, we will start a new book for discussion: American Savior: A Novel of Divine Politics. This one is for fun, but also gives us a chance to think about if Jesus became President of the United States, what would Jesus do? The book is available as an e-book and some used copies are available as well.
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 next park day will be at Shoup park on June 15. 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, Nina McLarnan
Orthodox Living for Busy Families Webinar with Bp. Paul
On June 17 at 7pm, join other Orthodox Christians and Bp. Paul for a webinar. This interactive online meeting will give an exciting opportunity for parents, grandparents, godparents, and teachers to pose their questions to Bishop Paul.
HOW TO JOIN:
● Go to MIDWESTFAMILY.ORG
● Click the red “Subscribe” button
● An email with connection information
will be sent prior to the event
HOW TO PARTICIPATE:
● Post your question in the chat box during the live session
● Post a question in the comments section of one of Bishop Paul’s recent
reflections published on midwestfamily.org
Altar Boy Training
All altar boys or boys interested in becoming altar boys should plan to attend a short training session on June 24 beginning after liturgy at 11:45am, and lasting 45 minutes. Adult altar servers are encouraged to come as well. New altar boys must be going into grade 1 (or older) and demonstrate sufficient ability to be focused and attentive during the entirety of the liturgy. See Victor Weis with questions.
Vacation Church School Registration
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 TODAY! For more information, contact Heather Weis.
Feast of Sts. Peter & Paul
Our annual feast day is approaching! We will be celebrating with Vespers on Thursday, June 28 beginning at 6pm. We will have a reception afterwards and for the 3rd year in a row we are asking parishioners to help supply food by making dishes inspired by the countries that St. Paul visited on his missionary journeys. Please sign up on the sign up sheets on the bulletin boards. The celebration will continue with Divine Liturgy at 9:30am on June 29. Parishioners from Annunciation Greek Church and Assumption Greek Church in Springfield will be invited to share in the celebrations.
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.
This month’s charity will be given to help an Orthodox family that has suffered a job loss and serious illness.
Birthdays: Bill Lamb, Sarah Avadkov
Anniversaries: Jeff & Wendy McGlaun
God grant you many years!
This Week’s Schedule:
Monday, June 11 (Apostles Fast)
Holy Apostles Bartholomew and Barnabas (1st c.)
Readings: Romans 7:1-13, Matthew 9:36-10:8
8:30am Matins 9am Office Hours
Tuesday, June 12 (Apostles fast)
Ven. Arsenius, Abbot of Konevits (1447)
Readings: Romans 7:14-8:2, Matthew 10:9-15
6pm Young Adult Ministry Gathering: Akathist to Our Lord Jesus in Time of Trouble
6:30pm Dinner at Christopher’s
Wednesday, June 13 (Apostles Fast)
St. Anna and her son, St. John, of Constantinople (9th c.)
Readings: Romans 8:2-13, Matthew 10:16-22
8:30am Matins 9am Office Hours 11am Bible Discussion Group
Thursday, June 14 (Apostles Fast)
Prophet Elisha (9th c. B.C.)
Readings: Romans 8:22-27, Matthew 10:23-31
9:30am Park Day: Shoup Park
Friday, June 15 (Apostles Fast)
Prophet Amos (8th c. B.C.)
Readings: Romans 9:6-19, Matthew 10:32-36, 11:1
8:30am Matins 9am Office hours
Saturday, June 16 (Apostles Fast)
St. Tychon (Tikhon, Tycho), Bishop of Amathus in Cyprus (4th-5th c.)
Readings: Romans 3:28-4:3, Matthew 7:24-8:4
Sunday, June 17 (Apostles Fast)
3rd SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST — Tone 2. All Saints of Britain and Ireland.
Readings: Romans 5:1-10, Matthew 6:22-33
Prosfora: Need volunteer
Altar Servers: V. Weis, D. Beleny
Greeter(s): D. Helferich, G. Friesel
Epistle: L. Short
Donut Sponsor(s): N. Muzzy
Chapel Vacuum: S. Osman
Candle care: R. Helferich
Counters: J. Wiese, L. Wagner
9:00am Hours: L. Short
9:30am Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom
11am Prayer for Graduates
11:30am Fellowship Hour: Team 3
Upcoming Events to Remember
June 21 Park Day: Helke Park
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
July 5 Park Day: Wegerzyn Children’s Garden
August 6 Liturgy for the Transfiguration
August 15 Dormition of the Theotokos