St. Paul the Apostle Orthodox Church

Sunday Bulletin



Sunday, July 16

Sixth Sunday after Pentecost 

Fathers of the 1st Six Ecumenical Councils, Tone 5

Prosfora: Freezer supply

Altar Servers: V. Weis

Greeter(s): D. Helferich, G. Friesel

Epistle: L. Short

Donut Sponsor(s): Need sponsor

Chapel Cleaners: A. Turri

Counters: J. Wiese, L. Wagner

9:00am Hours L. Short

9:30am Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom

11:30am Fellowship Hour: Team 3

 



Today’s Hymns & Readings 

 

Tone 5 Resurrectional Troparion

Let us, the faithful, praise and worship the Word, coeternal with the Father and the Spirit, born for our salvation from the Virgin; for He willed to be lifted up on the Cross in the flesh, to endure death, and to raise the dead by His glorious Resurrection!

 

Tone 4 Hymn of Sts. Peter and 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 5 Resurrectional Kontakion

You descended into hell, O my Savior, shattering its gates as Almighty, resurrecting the dead as Creator and destroying the sting of death. You have delivered Adam from the curse, O Lover of Man, and we cry out to you: “O Lord save us!”

 

Tone 5 Prokemenon

You, O Lord, will protect us and preserve us from this generation forever.

 

Epistle: Romans 12:6-14

Brothers and sisters, having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith; or ministry, let us use it in our ministering; he who teaches, in teaching; he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness. Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good. Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer; distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.

 

Gospel: Matthew 9:1-8

So He got into a boat, crossed over, and came to His own city. Then behold, they brought to Him a paralytic lying on a bed. When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, “Son, be of good cheer; your sins are forgiven you.” And at once some of the scribes said within themselves, “This Man blasphemes!” But Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said, “Why do you think evil in your hearts? For which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Arise and walk’? But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins” – then He said to the paralytic, “Arise, take up your bed, and go to your house.” And he arose and departed to his house. Now when the multitudes saw it, they marveled and glorified God, who had given such power to men.

 



Communion in Christ

For the early Christians, the Body of Christ is on the altar because He is among them. For the contemporary Christians, Christ is here because His Body is on the altar. It seems to be analogous, but in fact, there is an essential difference between the early Christians and us. For them, everything is in knowing Christ, loving Him. For us, everything is in the desire to be enlightened. The early Christians came to Communion to follow Christ, whereas now Christ is not the unique reason for partaking of Communion (Fr. Alexander Schmemman, The Journals of Father Alexander Schmemman, p. 31)

 

Patience

Therefore the patient should be told to study how to tolerate those whom it is necessary for them to love. For if love does not follow patience, the virtue on display will transform itself into the greater sin of wrath. Thus, when Paul says: “Love is patient,” he immediately adds: “it is kind.” Clearly those who are tolerated in patience are also loved with unceasing kindness. And so, the same great teacher when he was persuading his disciples of the virtue of patience, was saying: “Let all bitterness, and wrath, and indignation, and clamor, and blasphemy be put away from you.” And having put all outward matters in good order, [Paul] turned to the internal life when he added: “with all malice.”

            Because clearly, it is useless for indignation, clamor, and blasphemy to be endured externally, if internally malice, which is the mother of all the vices, dominates. In vain is wickedness cut from the outer branches if it survives at the root internally, only to grow again in many forms. Thus, the Truth well says in person: “Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who persecute and speak falsely of you.” For it is a virtue before men to endure adversaries, but it is a virtue before God to love them. Because the only sacrifice that God accepts before his eyes on the altar of good works is the flame kindled by charity. Hence, to those who were patient but did not love, he says: “And why do you see the particle in your brother’s eye but not see the beam in your own?” For the disturbance of impatience is the particle, while malice in the heart is the beam in the eye. For the breeze of temptation blows the former, but consummated iniquity makes the beam nearly immobile. Rightly, then, was it added: “You hypocrite, first remove the beam from your own eye and then you will be able to see so that you can clear the particle from your brother’s eye.” It is as if it were being said to a wicked mind, which grieved inwardly but feigned patience externally: “First, cast off the beam of malice and then correct others for their mere impatience; otherwise, if you do not even attempt to conquer your own presences, you will suffer much more than simply bearing the faults of others

(St. Gregory the Great, The Book of Pastoral Rule, pp. 104-106).

 

Freedom and Suffering

Dostoevsky shows that suffering lies in the very nature of man as a free and morally responsible being, that nothing can eliminate it as long as man remains what he is, and that the purpose of human evolution is not to abolish suffering, but to explain its meaning, for only those who are not afraid of pain are matured and truly free people (Nicholas Zernov, Three Russian Prophets, p. 93).

 

Spirituality

Mevlana, who lived in the third century:

“Become like the sun in your compassion and generosity;

Like the night, cover up the shortcomings of others;

As the rushing waters, reach out to the entire world;

During moments of anger, at times of rage, become like a dead man;

Become like the earth (humus) so people can stand firm on your foundation;

And either become that whom you manifest, or manifest who you really are.”

(Mevlana Rumi, from Andrew M. Sharp, Orthodox Christians and Islam in the Postmodern Age, p. 95).

 

The Spiritual Gift of Church Administration

Those who bear the ministry of administration, the pastors, are also representatives of authority without which the ministry would be impossible. Authority is part of the life of the Church, which has this ministry of administration. But the ecclesial authority ought to conform to the nature of the Church and not be in conflict with it. If such authority claims to be superior to the Church then it must also be superior to Christ. This is why neither the Church nor its authority can ever be founded upon a juridical principle, for the law is external to love. Such authority cannot belong to the vicars of Christ on earth, since God has not delegated his power to anyone but has put all people in submission to Christ, “put all things under his feet.” In the Church, which is love, there is only the power of love. God gives the pastors not the charism of power but that of love and, through it, the power of love. The bishops who exercise the ministry of administration are the bearers of the power of love. The submission of all to the bishop takes place in love and it is only by love that the bishop submits to the faithful. All submission of one another is realized through the mediation of the love we have for Christ. The submission of all to the bishop is actualized by the love he has for all and by the reciprocal love of the faithful for him. There can be no other foundation of power in the Church, for Christ is the only foundation of power in it. The pastors are able to have only that church Christ gives to the Church (Nicholas Afanasiev, The Church of the Holy Spirit, p. 273).

 

Recent Posts on Fr. Ted’s Blog



Mission Team to Charleston WV

Today! St. Paul’s will be sending Christina Brausch, Maria Brausch, Rich Helferich, Maria Phillips, and David Short to Charleston, WV to work with the IOCC. The team will be helping to restore homes that were impacted by the flooding last year. They will be there through July 22nd and joining other team members from around the country. Please pray throughout the week for their health and safety. You can follow daily updates from this team by visiting David Short’s blog: http://journeys-of-a-redeemed-child.blogspot.com/

 

Parish Council

Parish Council meets Monday at 6pm, following 5:30pm Daily Vespers.


Wednesday Book Study

Our group this week at 11am is watching the first half of the movie Pan's Labyrinth. We are looking for movies with a theme of redemption.  

 

Park Days

Please join the moms/dads/kids and other St. Paul people for park dates in the summer. Early birds will arrive around 9am and many will bring a packed lunch. In case of rain, cancellation will be posted by 8:15am in the St. Paul Facebook page. Please see Erin Caldwell or Heather Weis with questions. This week’s meet-up is on July 20 at Wegerzyn Children’s Garden.

 

St. Paul Serving at St. Vincent de Paul: July 29

The second of four fifth Saturdays is this month so it's time to serve at St Vincent de Paul. For those new to this we make sub sandwiches for the single woman and families who stay at the shelter. Contact Matthew Jobst if interested. This month’s time will be July 29th - come at 9:15 AM and stay till about 1 PM at 120 W. Apple St. 45402. Please call if coming.

 

New Photo Directory

All Saint Paul members are invited to be a part of our new Lifetouch photo directory. Our last directory was printed all the way back in 2008! The parish has changed quite a bit since then, so we’ve decided to update. We will be having two days for photo sessions--August 4 & 5--and we need everyone to sign up for a slot ASAP using this link (https://booknow-lifetouch.appointment-plus.com/y3zxp8qq/) or by talking to Erin Caldwell ASAP. Our directory won’t be complete without you! All participants get a free 8 x 10 photo and directory.

 

Playground Pledge Collection

Another big "thank you!" to everyone who supported the pledge drive for the new parish playground! We have placed an order, and now need to start collecting the money pledged. Please include "Playground" on the memo line of your check or envelope with cash and give to Rebecca Barone, Kerrie Wiese, or the collection during Liturgy. Thank you!

 

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 office@stpdayton.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.

 

July Charity

In July, we are giving our charity funds to help an Orthodox family that is desperately in need of financial support due to the serious health problems of a child,, and also to support the work of Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry.

 

Celebrations

Birthdays: Lin Paslosky, Laura Avdakov

Anniversary: Victor & Heather Weis, Mark & Erica Pearson

God grant you many years!

 


This Week’s Schedule

Monday, July 17                                          

Greatmartyr Marina (Margaret) of Antioch in Pisidia (4th c.)

Readings: 1 Corinthians 5:9-6:11, Matthew 13:54-58

8:30am Matins            9am Office Hours

5:30pm  Vespers        6pm  Parish Council Meeting


Tuesday, July 18

Martyr Emilian of Silistria in Bulgaria (363).

Readings: 1 Corinthians 6:20-7:12, Matthew 14:1-13

 

Wednesday, July 19

Ven. Macrina, sister of St. Basil the Great (380)

Readings: 1 Corinthians 7:12-24, Matthew 14:35-15:11

8:30am Matins            9am Office Hours

11am Discussion Group         6:30pm  Catechism

 

Thursday, July 20

HOLY GLORIOUS PROPHET ELIJAH (9th c. B.C.)

Readings: 1 Corinthians 7:24-35, Matthew 15:12-21

9:30am Park Day @ Wegerzyn Garden

 

Friday, July 21

Prophet Ezekiel (6th c. B.C.)

Readings: 1 Corinthians 7:35-8:7, Matthew 15:29-31

8:30am Matins            9am Office Hours


Saturday, July 22

Holy Myrrhbearer and Equal-to-the-Apostles Mary Magdalene (1st c.)

Readings: Romans 12:1-3, Matthew 10:37-11:1

2pm Deanery Class: Canon Law

5pm Vespers

 

Sunday, July 23: 7th SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST — Tone 6. Martyrs Trophimus, Theophilus, and 13 others in Lycia (4th c.)

Readings: Romans 15:1-7, Matthew 9:27-35

Prosfora: Lessin

Altar Servers: D. Abshear

Greeter(s): D. Federinko, B. Edwards

Epistle: Need volunteer

Donut Sponsor(s): Need sponsor

Chapel Cleaners: A. Turri

Counters: D. Gresh, M. Brausch

9:00am Hours Need volunteer

9:30am Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom

11:30am Fellowship Hour: Team 4