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
Hymns & Readings:
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!
Hymn of St. Paul
Facing danger at sea and fearful persecution, you became a chosen vessel of the savior, with your sermons you enlightened the nations, and to the Athenians you revealed the unknown God, teacher of the nations St. Paul the apostle, protector of us all. Keep us who honor you safe from every trial and danger!
Tone 4 Kontakion (Resurrection)
My Savior and Redeemer as God rose from the tomb and delivered the earthborn from their chains. He has shattered the gates of hell, and as Master, he has risen on the third day!
Tone 4 Prokeimenon (Resurrection)
O Lord, how manifold are your works! In wisdom have you made them all.
Epistle: Romans 10:1-10
Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is that they may be saved. For I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge. For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and seeking to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted to the righteousness of God. For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes. For Moses writes about the righteousness which is of the law, “The man who does those things shall live by them.” But the righteousness of faith speaks in this way, “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?’ (that is, to bring Christ down from above) or, ‘Who will descend into the abyss?’” (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith which we preach): that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
Gospel: Matthew 8:28-9:1
When He had come to the other side, to the country of the Gergesenes, there met Him two demon-possessed men, coming out of the tombs, exceedingly fierce, so that no one could pass that way. And suddenly they cried out, saying, “What have we to do with You, Jesus, You Son of God? Have You come here to torment us before the time?” Now a good way off from them there was a herd of many swine feeding. So the demons begged Him, saying, “If You cast us out, permit us to go away into the herd of swine.” And He said to them, “Go.” So when they had come out, they went into the herd of swine. And suddenly the whole herd of swine ran violently down the steep place into the sea, and perished in the water. Then those who kept them fled; and they went away into the city and told everything, including what had happened to the demon-possessed men. And behold, the whole city came out to meet Jesus. And when they saw Him, they begged Him to depart from their region. So He got into a boat, crossed over, and came to His own city.
For Further Reading:
A Christian End to Our Life
Then, I come to our faith. What is our faith concerning death? It can again be described in simple sentences, but behind each one lies a wealth of experience and vision. In Christian doctrine, death is first of all called the “sting of sin.” It is not just an elementary answer about biological or physical death. In Christian vocabulary death means separation from God as a result of sin - a kind of ontological catastrophe that has made creation, or rather man’s life, into what it was not when God created it. Thus death carries the sting of sin. As separation from God, death - not physical, not physiological death, but death as sin and separation - has been abolished by Christ’s death. Therefore the dead - those who sleep - are alive in Christ. (Fr. Alexander Schmemann, The Liturgy of Death, p. 145)
The 10 Commandments
God once inscribed these Ten Commandments on marble tablets
but You write them on my heart;
You shall not know another God, since you honor only one (Ex. 20.3; Deut. 5.7).
You shall not erect an empty facade, a lifeless image (Ex. 20.4-6; Deut. 5.8-10).
You shall never mention the lofty God in vain (Ex. 20.7; Deut. 5.11).
Observe every Sabbath; both the celestial and the shadowy (Ex. 20.12; Deut. 5.12-15)
Blessed are you if you do homage to your parents, as is right (Ex. 20.12; Deut. 5.16).
Flee the guild of a murderous hand (Ex. 20.13; Deut. 5.17), and of another’s marriage bed (Ex. 20.14; Deut. 5.16), evil-minded theft (Ex. 20.15; Deut. 5.19), and false witness (Ex. 20.16; Deut. 5.20); and desire for what belongs to others (Ex. 20.17; Deut 5.21) is the spark of death. (St. Gregory of Nazianzus, Poems on Scripture, p. 41)
What is Truth?
The claim of religion is to reveal Truth, to bear witness to Truth. It is the first and fundamental claim. Its aim is not primarily to bring comfort to souls - by preaching beautiful, edifying ideas and hopes…
The reason it is necessary to believe in God, the only reason which embraces all others is that this is Truth. We have to believe in God because this is Reality, the decisive, fundamental Reality - and life-giving Truth. Only the Truth that really exists, the Divine Truth, can be truly life-giving, truly fructifying, comforting, restoring and truly creative. But this Truth cannot be proved by man. It reveals itself by taking hold of man. It is self-revealing, there is no other way to it. The spontaneous Self-Revelation of a living God who is Truth and Life is the basis of every authentic religious experience…
...there must be a change, we must be transformed by the power of Truth. (Nicholas Arseniev, Revelation of Life Eternal, pp. 13-15)
Being “In” Christ
In the present life those who are blessed are perfect in relation to God in respect of their will, but not yet with respect to the activity of their mind. One may find perfect love in them, but by no means pure contemplation of God. if, however, that which is in the future is present with them while they yet live in the body, they already experience the prize, yet not continually or perfectly, since this life does not permit it. For this cause Paul says, “we rejoice in hope” (Rom. 12:13), and “we walk by faith, not by sight” (2 Cor. 5:7), and “we know in part” (1 Cor. 13:9). Even though he had seen Christ (1 Cor. 9:1, 15:8), yet he did not enjoy this vision at all times. For “always” looks to the future only, and this he himself showed when he spoke of Christ’s presence, saying, “and so shall we always be with the Lord” (1 Thess. 4:17). Thus, anyone who is in Christ and has received eternal life has it through his will, and through love he will arrive at the ineffable joy. He has the pure vision of the mind in store for the future while faith leads him on to love. This the blessed Peter shows, saying, “though you do not see Him you believe in Him and rejoice with unutterable and exalted joy” (1 Pet. 1:8). (Nicholas Cabasilas, The Life in Christ, pp. 226-227)
Demonic Influence vs. Free Will
...angelic and demonic thoughts as gifts or temptations from the outside involve some degree of free choice. While it is not in a person’s power to decide whether a demonic or angelic thought will pass through one’s mind, people can choose to act on it or to ignore it. Upon determining the origin of a given thought, a person is quite free to reject the thought or admit it by lingering on it. No matter how enticing a demonic thought maybe, it can only urge not coerce. This can be seen both in the account of the fall and of Christ’s temptation in the wilderness. Being made in the image of God, each human being receives as a royal birthright the sovereign power of the intelligence and the free will. In fact, Saint Nicodemus of the Holy Mountain, well-aware of the radiant examples of the martyrs and great ascetics, writes, “God bestowed on our will so much freedom and power, that even if every kind of sensual provocation, ever kind of demon, and the entire world united to take arms against our will and vehemently to make war against it, despite all that, our will remains entirely free to despise that attack and will what it chooses to will or not will what it does not choose to will.” (Fr. Alexis Trader, Ancient Christian Wisdom and Aaron Beck’s Cognitive Therapy, p. 60)
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Thank You Vacation Church School Staff
Thanks be to God, 2018 Vacation Church School was a masterful parish operation and great success. A huge thank you to Heather Weis and Erin Caldwell for initiating the project and overseeing it. Thank you to all those who came out to work with the children, do crafts, do recreation with the children and prepare the food. The staff was great. Thank you to those who gave financial support to the endeavor. Thanks to those who did the decorations and set up and who photocopied all the materials for the lessons. Thanks also to Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church for their financial support and the volunteers from the parish who joined in making the school a success. Thanks to all the parents and families for your support. The Vacation Church School made great use of our facilities from the worship in the church to the fellowship hall and classrooms to the playground as well as using the many talents of our members. You all did such a great job that we look forward to seeing what you will accomplish in the summer of 2019! You can view some photos at 2018 Vacation Church School.
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.
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. This week’s gathering is on July 5 at Wegerzyn Children’s Garden. The full schedule is posted on the bulletin boards.
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 are giving our monthly charity funds to support the St. John’s camping program in Indianapolis. They use the money to give scholarships to families who need help in meeting camping expenses. Please do remember to pray for all those who work in our Orthodox summer camps and pray for Jason Caldwell & Olivia DeLong who are attending camp this month.
Birthdays: Mark Pearson
Anniversaries: Bill & Alyson Turri, Rob & Lisa Wagner
God grant you many years!
This Week’s Schedule:
Monday, July 2
St. Photius, Metropolitan of Kiev (1431)
Readings: Romans 16:17-24, Matthew 13:10-23
9am Office Hours
Tuesday, July 3
Martyr Hyacinth of Cæsarea in Cappadocia (108)
Readings: 1 Corinthians 1:1-9, Matthew 13:24-30
Wednesday, July 4
St. Andrew, Archbishop of Crete (712).
Readings: Romans 15:7-16, Matthew 12:38-45
8:30am Matins 9am Office Hours
Thursday, July 5
Ven. Athanasius, Founder of the Great Lavra and Cœnobitic Monasticism on Mt. Athos, and his six disciples (1000)
Readings: 1 Corinthians 3:18-23, Matthew 13:36-43
9:30am Park Day: Wegerzyn Children’s Garden
Friday, July 6
Ven. Sisoës the Great (429)
Readings: 1 Corinthians 4:5-8, Matthew 13:44-54
8:30am Matins 9am Office Hours
Saturday, July 7
Ven. Eudoxia, in monasticism Euphrosyne, Grand Duchess of Moscow (1407)
Readings: Romans 9:1-5, Matthew 9:18-26
2-4:30pm Final Class on Spirituality 5pm Vespers
Sunday, July 8
6th SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST — Tone 5.
Righteous Prokópy, Fool-for-Christ, Wonderworker of Ustya (Vologdá—1303).
Readings: Romans 12:6-14, Matthew 9:1-8
Prosfora: D. Federinko
Altar Servers: V. Weis, B. Garber
Greeter(s): M. Jobst & M. Brausch
Epistle: M. Pearson
Donut Sponsor(s): B. Edwards
Chapel Vacuum: T. Jacobs
Candle care: J. Elash
Counters: B. Garber & B. Lootens
9:00am Hours: M. Pearson
9:30am Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom
11:30am Fellowship Hour: Team 2
Upcoming Events to Remember
August 6 Liturgy for the Transfiguration
August 15 Dormition of the Theotokos