St. Paul the Apostle Orthodox Church

Sunday Bulletin

Sunday, June 24 (Apostles fast)
4th SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST — Tone 3. Nativity of the Holy Glorious Prophet, Forerunner and Baptist, John.

Today’s Schedule:

Prosfora: Lessin

Altar Servers: V. Weis, B. Garber

Greeter(s): M. Schwaninger, 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

Hymns & Readings:


Tone 3 Troparion (Resurrection)

Let the heavens rejoice! Let the earth be glad! For the Lord has shown strength with His arm. He has trampled down death by death. He has become the first born of the dead. He has delivered us from the depths of hell, and has granted to the world great mercy.


Tone 4 Troparion (Nativity of St John the Baptist)

O Prophet and Forerunner of the coming of Christ, although we cannot praise thee worthily, we honor thee in love at thy nativity, for by it thou hast ended thy father’s silence and thy mother’s barrenness, proclaiming to the world the incarnation of the Son of God!


Tone 3 Kontakion  (Resurrection)

On this day Thou didst rise from the tomb, O Merciful One, leading us from the gates of death. On this day Adam exults as Eve rejoices; with the Prophets and Patriarchs they unceasingly praise the divine majesty of Thy power.


Tone 3 Kontakion (Nativity of St John the Baptist)  

Today the formerly barren woman gives birth to Christ’s Forerunner, who is the fulfillment of every prophecy; for in the Jordan, when he laid his hand on the One foretold by the Prophets, he was revealed as Prophet, Herald, and Forerunner of God the Word.


Tone 3 Prokeimenon (Resurrection)  

Sing praises to our God, sing praises! Sing praises to our King, sing praises!


Epistle: Romans 6:18-23

Brothers and sisters, having been set free from sin, you became slaves of righteousness. I speak in human terms because of the weakness of your flesh. For just as you presented your members as slaves of uncleanness, and of lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves of righteousness for holiness. For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. What fruit did you have then in the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death. But now having been set free from sin, and having become slaves of God, you have your fruit to holiness, and the end, everlasting life. For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.


Gospel: Luke 1:1-25, 57-68, 76, 80

Inasmuch as many have taken in hand to set in order a narrative of those things which have been fulfilled among us, just as those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and ministers of the word delivered them to us, it seemed good to me also, having had perfect understanding of all things from the very first, to write to you an orderly account, most excellent Theophilus, that you may know the certainty of those things in which you were instructed. There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the division of Abijah. His wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth. And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless. But they had no child, because Elizabeth was barren, and they were both well advanced in years. So it was, that while he was serving as priest before God in the order of his division, according to the custom of the priesthood, his lot fell to burn incense when he went into the temple of the Lord. And the whole multitude of the people was praying outside at the hour of incense. Then an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing on the right side of the altar of incense. And when Zacharias saw him, he was troubled, and fear fell upon him. But the angel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zacharias, for your prayer is heard; and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall call his name John. And you will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth. For he will be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink. He will also be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother’s womb. And he will turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God. He will also go before Him in the spirit and power of Elijah, ‘to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children,’ and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready a people prepared for the Lord. And Zacharias said to the angel, “How shall I know this? For I am an old man, and my wife is well advanced in years.” And the angel answered and said to him, “I am Gabriel, who stands in the presence of God, and was sent to speak to you and bring you these glad tidings. But behold, you will be mute and not able to speak until the day these things take place, because you did not believe my words which will be fulfilled in their own time.” And the people waited for Zacharias, and marveled that he lingered so long in the temple. But when he came out, he could not speak to them; and they perceived that he had seen a vision in the temple, for he beckoned to them and remained speechless. So it was, as soon as the days of his service were completed, that he departed to his own house. Now after those days his wife Elizabeth conceived; and she hid herself five months, saying, Thus the Lord has dealt with me, in the days when He looked on me, to take away my reproach among people. Now Elizabeth’s full time came for her to be delivered, and she brought forth a son. When her neighbors and relatives heard how the Lord had shown great mercy to her, they rejoiced with her. So it was, on the eighth day, that they came to circumcise the child; and they would have called him by the name of his father, Zacharias. His mother answered and said, “No; he shall be called John.” But they said to her, “There is no one among your relatives who is called by this name.” So they made signs to his father – what he would have him called. And he asked for a writing tablet, and wrote, saying, “His name is John.” So they all marveled. Immediately his mouth was opened and his tongue loosed, and he spoke, praising God. Then fear came on all who dwelt around them; and all these sayings were discussed throughout all the hill country of Judea. And all those who heard them kept them in their hearts, saying, “What kind of child will this be?” And the hand of the Lord was with him. Now his father Zacharias was filled with the Holy Spirit, and prophesied, saying: “Blessed is the Lord God of Israel, for He has visited and redeemed His people, And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Highest; for you will go before the face of the Lord to prepare His ways, So the child grew and became strong in spirit, and was in the deserts till the day of his manifestation to Israel.


Communion Hymns

Praise the Lord from the heavens! Praise Him in the highest! The righteous shall be in everlasting remembrance. He shall not fear evil tidings. Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!


For Further Reading:

Put on Christ

All things are possible with Christ. Where is the pain and effort for you to become good? Things are simple. You will invoke God and He will transform things into good. If you give your heart to Him, there will be no room for the other things. When you ‘put on’ Christ, you will not need any effort to attain virtue. He will give it to you. Are you engulfed by fear and disenchantment? Turn to Christ. Love Him simply and humbly, without any demand, and He himself will free you. Turn to Christ and say with humility and hope like Saint Paul, Who shall deliver me from the body of this death? Turn towards Christ, therefore, and He will come immediately. His grace will act at once. (Elder Porphyrios, Wounded by Love, p. 135)


Imitating Scriptural Saints 

"A brother asked one of the elders: What good thing shall I do, and have life thereby? The old man replied: God alone knows what is good. However, I have heard it said that someone inquired of Father Abbot Nisteros the great, the friend of Abbot Anthony, asking: What good work shall I do? and that he replied: Not all works are alike. For Scripture says that Abraham was hospitable and God was with him. Elias [Elijah] loved solitary prayer, and God was with him. And David was humble, and God was with him. Therefore, whatever you see your soul to desire according to God, do that thing, and you shall keep your heart safe." (Thomas Merton, The Wisdom of the Desert, p. 25-26)


Truth Relies on Us All

…True doctrine conforms to the dispositions of those receiving the word, for although the word presents to all equally what is good and bad, the one who is favorably disposed to what is presented has his understanding enlightened, but the darkness of ignorance remains with the one who is obstinately disposed and does not permit his soul to behold the ray of truth….

In keeping with this insight of mine, consider the air which is darkened to the Egyptians' eyes by the rod, while to the Hebrews' it is illuminated by the sun. By this incident the meaning which we have given is confirmed. It was not some constraining power from above that caused the one to be found in darkness and the other in light, but we men have in ourselves, in our own nature and by our own choice, the causes of light or of darkness, since we place ourselves in whichever sphere we wish to be.

According to the history, the eyes of the Egyptians were not in darkness because some wall or mountain darkened their view and shadowed the rays, but the sun cast its rays upon all equally. Whereas the Hebrews delighted in its light, the Egyptians were insensitive to its gift. In a similar manner the enlightened life is proposed to all equally according to their ability. Some continue on in darkness, driven by their evil pursuits to the darkness of wickedness. while others are made radiant by the light of virtue. (Gregory of Nyssa, The Life of Moses, p. 69, 72-73)


St. John the Baptist: The Greatest Prophet

“I am not asking, Baptist, that you overstep the bounds; I do not

say, ‘Say to me

what you say to offenders,’ nor ‘Give me the advice you give sinners.’

Simply baptize me in silence, and expectation of what will follow

            the baptism.

Because in this way you will gain a dignity which does not belong

to angels, for I will also make you greater than all the prophets.

Not one of them saw me clearly,

but only in types and shadows and dreams.

But as he stands before you by his own will,

you see, you grasp

            the unapproachable light. (St. Romanos, On the Life of Christ, p. 43-44)


Recent Posts on Fr. Ted’s Blog


Altar Boy Training

All altar boys or boys interested in becoming altar boys should plan to attend a short training session on TODAY 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 Starts Tomorrow!

Vacation church school starts tomorrow! Please remember to pray for all the kids and for the teachers/volunteers who will be helping out.


No Matins This Week

We will not be offering Matins this week while the Vacation Church School is in session.


Wednesday Bible Discussion

The adult discussion group is taking a summer vacation and so not meeting for a few weeks.  We will resume Wednesday, July 18 at 11am to discuss a new book: 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? (OR  IC= POTUS → WWJD?)  The book is available as an e-book and some used copies are available as well.  This book is not dogma but maybe gives us a chance to talk politics and religion.  The book certainly doesn’t present everybody’s Jesus.


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. Those who don’t have kids participating in Vacation Church school will meet on June 28 at Community Park. The full schedule is posted on the bulletin boards.


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.


Serving at St. Vincent de Paul

Summer is here and another fifth Saturday means serving at St Vincent de Paul. We all gather on June 30 at the St Vincent Gateway shelter for women and families in the kitchen at 9:15am and make subs for the guests lunch meal. If you would like to join us please email Matthew Jobst so he knows how many will be helping. Thanks again!


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 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.


June Charity

This month’s charity will be given to help an orthodox family that has suffered a job loss and serious illness.


Counters Needed

The counting team is looking for 3 new volunteers to help count the offering after Liturgy. The counters have a recurring monthly schedule so they each count once a month. Contact Kerrie or Jeff Wiese for additional information. 


Notes from the 19 June Parish Council Meeting

Present:  Fr. Ted, Brian Garber, Ann McLarnan, Kerrie Wiese, Janine Elash, Rebecca Barone, David Short

The May Financial Report was not yet available.

Council discussed: 1) The possibility of the parish accepting donations via the internet, through Pay Pal or by credit card. This is being considered for the convenience of members as many other charities already accept donations in these ways.  2) The possibility of changing the tables and arrangement of the tables in the Fellowship Hall to accommodate more people and to make maneuvering through the Hall more convenient. Among things being considered is moving to oblong/rectangular  tables instead of the current round tables. Diagrams showing possible new configurations will be posted on the Fellowship Hall bulletin boards. 3) As always, we are in need of more people in the parish to volunteer to help the parish ministries and administrative functions.  We especially need help with counting the monetary donations on Sundays (at least 3 more are needed) as well as we need teachers for the church school (4 more are needed for the church school year beginning this August). We also need more people to vacuum the church on Sundays and clean the candle boxes (at least 2 more volunteers are needed for each task).  We also need more people to bake the prosfora.  4) We need input on how we order/supply the paper products for the kitchen and Fellowship Hour.  If someone would like to volunteer to oversee this, please see Brian Garber or Fr. Ted.  5)  Began forming the parish policy for providing scholarships for our children to attend a church camp during the year.  Those guidelines will be published before the 2019 season for signing up for camp.  6)  Is beginning to review the draft of the Emergency Action Plan - which provides guidelines for how we are to respond to various emergencies and contingencies that might emerge in our community or on our grounds. 



Namedays: Alyson Turri, Paul Paslosky, Paul Vicen, Peter Caldwell

Anniversaries: Val & Lilia Rastrigan

God grant you many years! 

This Week’s Schedule:


Monday, June 25 (Apostles Fast)

Virgin Martyr Febronia of Nisibis (ca. 304).

Readings: Romans 12:4-5, 15-21, Matthew 12:9-13

9am Office Hours

9am-12:40 Vacation Church School


Tuesday, June 26 (Apostles fast)

St. David of Thessalonica (ca. 540)

Readings: Romans 14:9-18, Matthew 12:14-16, 22-30

9am-12:40 Vacation Church School


Wednesday, June 27 (Apostles Fast)

St. Joanna the Myrrhbearer (1st c.)

Readings: Romans 15:7-16, Matthew 12:38-45

9am Office Hours                  

9am-12:40pm Vacation Church School


Thursday, June 28 (Apostles fast)

Ven. Sergius and Herman, Wonderworkers of Valaam (ca. 1353).

Readings: Romans 15:17-29, Matthew 12:46-13:3

9:30am Park Day: Community Park

9am-12:40pm Vacation Church School

6pm Vespers for the Feast of Sts. Peter & Paul

7pm Reception


Friday, June 29 

The Holy Glorious and All-Praised Leaders of the Apostles, Peter and Paul (1st c.)

Readings: 2 Corinthians 11:21-12:9, Matthew 16:13-19

9:30am Liturgy for the Feast of Sts. Peter & Paul

9am-12:40pm Vacation Church School


Saturday, June 30 

Synaxis of the Holy, Glorious and All-praised Twelve Apostles: Peter, Andrew, James and John, the sons of Zebedee, Philip, Bartholomew, Thomas, Matthew, James, the son of Alphæus, Jude, the brother of James, Simon the Zealot, and Matthias (1st c.).

Readings: Romans 8:14-21, Matthew 9:9-13

9:15-1pm Serving at St. Vincent de Paul

5pm Vespers


Sunday, July 1

5th SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST — Tone 4. Holy and Wonderworking Unmercenaries Cosmas and Damian, Martyrs at Rome (284)

Readings: Romans 10:1-10, Matthew 8:28-9:1

Prosfora: A. Makris

Altar Servers: M. Caldwell, J Fencik

Greeter(s): MK Smith, M. Adrian

Epistle: L. Short

Donut Sponsor(s): D. Federinko

Chapel Vacuum: J. Cunningham

Candle care: Garbers

Counters: B. Lootens & R. Wagner

9:00am Hours: L. Short

9:30am Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom

11:30am Fellowship Hour: Potluck


Upcoming Events to Remember

July 5              Park Day: Wegerzyn Children’s Garden

August 6        Liturgy for the Transfiguration

August 15      Dormition of the Theotokos