Prosfora: A. Makris
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
Hymns & Readings:
Tone 2 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!”
Hymn of St. Paul
O blessed and Holy Paul the Apostle, Enlightener of the Nations; Your preaching of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, has brought salvation to the ends of the earth. Never cease to intercede for us your children, that within us the Love of God may abide, bringing great joy to our neighbors and for us the salvation of our souls!
Tone 2 Kontakion (Resurrection)
Hell became afraid, O almighty Savior, seeing the miracle of Your Resurrection from the tomb! The dead arose! Creation, with Adam, beheld this and rejoiced with You, and the world, my Savior, praises You forever.
Tone 2 Prokeimenon
The Lord is my strength and my song; He has become my salvation.
Epistle: Romans 5:1-10
Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.
Gospel: Matthew 6:22-33
The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness! No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon. Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.
For Further Reading:
A Father’s Advice for Parents
Parents should love their children as their children and not as their idols. That is to say, they should love their children as they are and not how they would like them to be - to be like them. (Elder Epiphanios, Precious Vessels, p. 74)
Profanity has become commonplace - a thing that is extremely unbefitting Christians - as to say “By God!,” “God be upon it!,” “As God is my witness!,” “God look after it!,” “For Christ’s sake!,” and many others. And these are said by some people quite often, evn in every utterance. Such profanity is nothing but a satanic plot devised to dishonor the name of God and for the destruction of man. You should guard yourself from swearing in these and other ways.
When there should be need for you to affirm the truth, let Christ’s words be for you, Yea, yea; nay, nay; for whatsoever is more than these cometh from the evil one (Mt. 5:37). (St. Tikhon of Zadonsk, Journey to Heaven, p. 15)
Weapons in the Church
Although we are always surrounded by the lawful imperial weaponry, and it is not fitting for us to be without weapon-bearers and guards; when, however, entering the churches of God, we shall leave our weapons outside and take off the very diadem, emblem of our imperial dignity. (Edict of Emperor Theodosius II the Younger at the Ecumenical Council of Ephesus, 431. From For the Peace from Above)
Remaining in Peace
Brethren, let us preserve this peace in ourselves as far as we can, for we have received it as an inheritance from our Savior who has now been born, who gives us the Spirit of adoption, through which we have become heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ (if Rom. 8:I5, 17). Let us be at peace with God, doing those things which are well-pleasing to Him, living chastely, telling the truth, behaving righteously, “continuing in prayer and supplication” (cf Acts 1:14), “singing and making melody in our heart” (cf Eph. 5:19), not just with our lips. Let us be at peace with ourselves, by subjecting our flesh to our spirit, choosing to conduct ourselves according to our conscience, and having the inner world of our thoughts motivated by good order and purity. Thus we shall put an end to the civil conflict in our own midst. Let us be at peace with one another, “forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you” (Col. 3:13), and showing mercy to each other out of mutual love, just as Christ, solely for love of us, had mercy on us and for our sake came down to us. Then, recalled from the sinful fall through His help and grace, and lifted high above this world by virtues, we may have our citizenship in heavenly places (cf Phil. 3:20), whence also we wait for our hope (cf Rom. 8:23), redemption from corruption and enjoyment of celestial and eternal blessings as children of the heavenly Father. (St. Gregory Palamas, The Homilies, p. 484)
The Apostles’ Fast
“This fast,” he said, “is very good, if you keep the commandments of the Lord. So observe this fast which you are going to keep in this way: First of all, guard against every evil word and every evil desire, and cleanse your heart of all the vanities of this world. If you observe these things, this fast will be complete. And here is what you will do: when you have finished the above-mentioned, on that day when you are fasting, you will taste nothing except bread and water, and you will be aware of the amount of the cost of your food you would have eaten on that day which you are going to keep. Having set it aside, you will give it to a widow or an orphan or someone else in need, and in this way you will be humble minded, so that from your humility the one who receives may fill his soul and pray to the Lord for you. If, then, you complete the fast in this way, as I command you, our sacrifice will be acceptable before God [cf. Phil. 4:18; Isa. 56:7; 1 Pet. 2:5], and this fast will be recorded, and the service done in this way is good and joyous and acceptable to the Lord. This is the way you shall observe these things, with your children and all your house; if you observe them, you will be blessed and as many as hear them and keep them will be blessed, and whatever they ask from the Lord they will receive.” (Hermas, The Apostolic Fathers, p. 213)
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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: http://www.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
Wednesday Bible Discussion
The adult discussion group will resume this Wednesday, June 20 at 11am to discuss the weekend readings: Romans 6:11-17, Matthew 8:14-23 & Romans 6:18-23, Matthew 8:5-13. 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 Helke Park on June 21. The full schedule is posted on the bulletin boards.
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.
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 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.
This month’s charity will be given to help an orthodox family that has suffered a job loss and serious illness.
Birthdays: Paul Paslosky
Anniversaries: John & Mary Raab, Shane & Mary Kay Smith
God grant you many years!
This Week’s Schedule:
Monday, June 18 (Apostles Fast)
Martyr Leontius, and with him Martyrs Hypatius and Theodulus, at Tripoli in Syria (70-79)
Readings: Romans 9:18-33, Matthew 11:2-15
8:30am Matins 9am Office Hours
Tuesday, June 19 (Apostles fast)
Holy Apostle Jude, the brother of the Lord (ca. 80).
Readings: Romans 10:11-11:2, Matthew 11:16-20
Wednesday, June 20 (Apostles Fast)
Hieromartyr Methodius, Bishop of Patar (312).
Readings: Romans 11:2-12, Matthew 11:20-26
8:30am Matins 9am Office Hours
11am Bible Discussion Group
Thursday, June 21 (Apostles fast)
Martyr Julian of Tarsus in Cilicia (3rd-4th c.)
Readings: Romans 11:13-24, Matthew 11:27-30
9:30am Park Day: Helke Park
Friday, June 22 (Apostles fast)
Martyrs Galacteon, Juliana, and Saturninus, of Constantinople. St. Alban, Protomartyr of Britain (ca. 287).
Readings: Romans 11:25-36, Matthew 12:1-8
8:30am Matins 9am Office hours
Saturday, June 23 (Apostles fast)
Martyr Agrippina of Rome (253-260)
Readings: Romans 6:11-17, Matthew 8:14-23
2-4:30pm Spirituality Class
Sunday, June 24 (Apostles fast)
4th SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST — Tone 3. Nativity of the Holy Glorious Prophet, Forerunner and Baptist, John
Readings: Romans 6:18-23, Matthew 8:5-13
Prosfora: Need volunteer
Altar Servers: M. Caldwell, B. Garber
Greeter(s): D. Federinko, B. Edwards
Epistle: A. McLarnan
Donut Sponsor(s): Need sponsor
Chapel Vacuum: Need volunteer
Candle care: Need volunteer
Counters: K. Henry & M. Brausch
9:00am Hours: A. McLarnan
9:30am Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom
11:30am Fellowship Hour: Team 4
11:45am Altar Boy training Meeting
Upcoming Events to Remember
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