St. Paul the Apostle Orthodox Church

Sunday Bulletin

Sunday, June 3, 2018

First Sunday after Pentecost
Tone 8. All Saints.

Today’s Schedule

Prosfora: S. Pacak

Altar Servers: M. Caldwell, B. Garber

Greeter(s): MK Smith, M. Adrian

Epistle: S. Pacak

Donut Sponsor(s): Need sponsor

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

Hymns & Readings


Tone 8 Troparion (Resurrection)

You descended from on high, O Merciful One! You accepted the three day burial to free us from our sufferings! O Lord, our Life and Resurrection, glory to You!


Hymn of Sts. Peter & Paul

O First-Enthroned of the Apostles! Teachers of the Universe! Entreat the Master of all, to grant peace to the world and great mercy to our souls!


Tone 4 Troparion (All Saints)

As with fine porphyry and royal purple, Your Church has been adorned with Your martyr’s blood shed throughout all the world. She cries to You, O Christ God: “Send down Your bounties on Your people, grant peace to Your habitation and great mercy to our souls!”


Tone 8 Kontakion (All Saints)

The universe offers You the God-bearing Martyrs as the first fruits of creation, O Lord and Creator. By their prayers keep Your Church, Your habitation, in abiding peace through the Theotokos, O most Merciful One!


Tone 8 Prokeimenon (Resurrection)

God is wonderful in His saints, the God of Israel. 


Epistle: Hebrews 11:33-12:22

And what more shall I say? For the time would fail me to tell of Gideon and Barak and Samson and Jephthah, also of David and Samuel and the prophets: who through faith subdued kingdoms, worked righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, became valiant in battle, turned to flight the armies of the aliens. Women received their dead raised to life again. Others were tortured, not accepting deliverance, that they might obtain a better resurrection. Still others had trial of mockings and scourgings, yes, and of chains and imprisonment. They were stoned, they were sawn in two, were tempted, were slain with the sword. They wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins, being destitute, afflicted, tormented – of whom the world was not worthy. They wandered in deserts and mountains, in dens and caves of the earth. And all these, having obtained a good testimony through faith, did not receive the promise, God having provided something better for us, that they should not be made perfect apart from us. Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God .


Gospel: Matthew 10:32-33, 37-38, 19:27-30

Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven. But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven. He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. Then Peter answered and said to Him, “See, we have left all and followed You. Therefore what shall we have?” So Jesus said to them, “Assuredly I say to you, that in the regeneration, when the Son of Man sits on the throne of His glory, you who have followed Me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands, for My name’s sake, shall receive a hundredfold, and inherit eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and the last first.


Communion Hymn

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!


For Further Reading

The Beauty of Holiness

From earliest times man called sacred or holy that which he perceived as the supreme value, demanding reverence, acknowledgement, awe, and thanksgiving; which at the same time attracted man to itself, inspiring familiarity and intimacy. We speak of the sacred feeling of homeland, of the sacred love towards parents, of sacred awe in the face of beauty, perfection, wonder. Thus, the sacred is that which is higher, purer, demanding all that is best: the best sentiments, the best efforts, the best hopes in man. The peculiarity of the sacred is precisely in the fact that it demands from us an inner awareness of self-evident and free desires; yet not simply an awareness, but action and life consistent with this awareness. The awareness that two times two makes four, or that water boils at a specific temperature leaves us neither better nor worse; such an awareness belongs to the righteous and the unrighteous, to the ignorant and the intelligent, the genius and the simpleton. But if we experience a sacred awareness in terms of beauty, or moral perfection, or a special intuition about the world and life, then this awareness immediately makes some demand on us, effects some change in us, invites us somewhere, captivates us, seduces us.   

How simply and beautifully Pushkin described this in his famous poem, “The memory of a glorious moment….” The poet forgets the “vision,” the instruction of “disturbing storms,” the dispersion of “previous hopes,” and writes,


…my soul was stirred

And once again you came,

A passing vision,

A glimmer of beauty pure.

In fullness beats my heart,

Feeling once again

The resurrection of divinity,

And inspiration, and life,

And tears, and love.


Here is the description of the sacred as beauty. This experience changes life in its entirety, fills it, in the words of Pushkin, with meaning, and inspiration, and joy, and the divine. (Fr. Alexander Schmemann, Our Father, pp. 26-28)


God Became Human so That We Humans Can Become Divine

Christ shares our experience, in order that we might share his; he came under Law, to set free those under Law, and the result is sonship - not of Abraham but of God himself. He who is Son of God was born of a woman in order that those who are born of woman might become sons of God. As proof that his work was effective, we find that the Spirit of Jesus himself. This time, certainly, we must interpret Paul’s statement in terms of the incarnation: Christ became what we are, in order that we might become what he is. But once again, it is not a straightforward exchange. Christ does not cease to be Son of God, and we receive the Spirit of the Son…

            The basis of this reconciliation is the fact that the one who knew no sin was made sin on our behalf, in order that we might become the righteousness of God in him. As Paul is dealing here with reconciliation, it is natural that he should write in terms of ‘sin’ and ‘righteousness’. In some unfathomable way Christ is identified with what is opposed to God, in order that man should be reconciled to him…

It is because the second Adam took the form of the first Adam that men can be conformed to his likeness in a new creation; it is because of his obedience and his dikaioma (righteousness), that the dikaioma is fulfilled in us. Christ became what we are - adam - in order that we might share in what he is - namely the true image of God.

The idea of man’s conformity to the image of the second Adam is found widely in the Pauline epistles. Sometimes it is expressed directly in terms of being transformed into Christ’s image. In 2 Cor. 3.18, we find that we are changed into his image, through various stages of glory - and a few verses later, in 4.4, we are told that Christ himself is the image of God. In Col. 3.10 we are urged to put on the new man which is being renewed according to the image of the one who created him; we know from 1.15 that Christ himself is the image of God. In these passages, the ideas of a new Adam and a new creation are important. We may classify them as expansions of the second half of our original statements they describe what we become - in Christ. But since they refer to Christ as the image of God - a phrase which echoes Gen. 1.26f, the idea of Christs ‘manhood’ is fundamental. (Morna D. Hooker, From Adam to Christ, p. 16, 17, 19)


Being Christian 

Another example of light is our work, which here [in the monastery] is not servile labor but a diakonia, a service performed for monastic community without gain, without necessity, without force; a well-pleasing sacrifice which is illuminated by prayer and becomes a transfiguration of the world and of objects, a way of continuing the Divine Liturgy outside church. Because here the light is the contemplation and use of the physical world, not for pleasure but for the needs of the community; not like the destructive consumption based in technology, but in order to make nature already now a partaker of the glory of the children of God, and allow it to sing praise with them. (Archimandrite Amilianos of Simonopetra, from Living in God’s Creation, p. 112)


All Saints

…”Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, He says, “him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven” (Matt. 10.32).

            Notice that we cannot boldly proclaim our faith in Christ and confess Him without His strength and assistance. Nor will Our Lord Jesus Christ speak out on our behalf in the age to come, recommend us to the heavenly Father and make us His kin, unless we give Him reason to do so. To make this clear, He does not say, "Whosoever shall confess me before men", but "Whosoever shall make his confession in Me" (Matt. 10:32), that is to say, whoever is able, in Christ and with His help, to declare his faith with boldness. Likewise, again, He does not say, "I will confess him"" but "I will acknowledge what is in him", meaning that His confession will be in respect of the good fight and patient endurance which such a person has shown in the cause of godliness. Take note, however, of what He goes on to say about those who are cowardly and betray the Faith: "But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven" (Matt. 10:33). Here He does not say, "Whosoever shall deny in Me", since the person who denies God does so because he is bereft of God's help. Why has he been abandoned and forsaken by God? Because he first abandoned God by loving what is transitory and worldly more than the heavenly and everlasting good things promised by Him. In His turn, Christ will not just disown what is in him, but deny him himself, finding in him nothing at all that could be used in his defense. (St. Gregory Palamas, The Homilies, pp. 200-201)


Recent Posts on Fr. Ted’s Blog


Potluck Sunday

A General Potluck is on the schedule for this Sunday. If you are able and of a mind to, please bring a dish to share.


Wednesday Bible Discussion

The adult discussion group will not be meeting until June 13 because Fr. Ted is out of town.


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 Indian Riffle park on June 7. The full schedule is posted on the bulletin boards.


Fr Ted on Vacation

Fr. Ted will be on vacation June 1-10. There will be no Matins or office hours during that time.  There will be NO Vespers on Saturday June 9. Sunday Liturgy will be served as usual.


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!


Prayer for Graduates

Is anyone in your household graduating? Please submit your names to Erin Caldwell at Fr. Ted will be saying a special prayer for graduates on June 17. Names received already: Gabe Brausch, Hannah Engel, Meghan McDonough, Nina McLarnan


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 by June 10. For more information, contact Heather Weis at (937) 397-5026 or


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 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 at


June Charity

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



Birthdays: Denise Gresh, Dave Fenner, Greg File, Willem Allen, Sarah Rose

Nameday: Jim Cunningham

Anniversaries: Ted & Anne Rusen, Jeff & Wendy McGlaun

God grant you many years!


Thos Week’s Schedule


Monday, June 4

BEGINNING OF THE APOSTLES FAST. Righteous Martha and Mary, the sisters of Lazarus (1st c.).

Readings: Romans 2:28-3:18, Matthew 6:31-34, 7:9-11

No matins or office hours.


Tuesday, June 5

Hieromartyr Dorotheus, Bishop of Tyre (ca. 362). 

Readings: Romans 4:4-12, Matthew 7:15-21


Wednesday, June 6

Ven. Bessarion the Wonderworker, of Egypt (4th-5th c.).

Readings: Romans 4:13-25, Matthew 7:21-23

No matins or office hours.


Thursday, June 7

Hieromartyr Theodotus, Bishop of Ancyra (303)

Readings: Romans 5:10-16, Matthew 8:23-27


Friday, June 8

St. Ephraim the Patriarch of Antioch

Readings: Romans 2:14-29, Matthew 5:33-41

No matins or office hours


Saturday, June 9

St. Cyril, Archbishop of Alexandria (444).

Readings: Romans 3:19-26, Matthew 7:1-8

No Vespers


Sunday, June 10

2nd SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST — Tone 1. All Saints of America.

Readings: Romans 2:10-16, Matthew 4:18-23

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


Upcoming Events to Remember

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