St. Paul the Apostle Orthodox Church

Sunday Bulletin

Sunday, July 2, 2017

4th Sunday after Pentecost, Tone 3

Our Father among the Saints John (Maximovitch), Archbishop of Shanghai and San Francisco

Today’s Schedule:

Prosfora: Lessin Family

Altar Servers: D. Abshear

Greeter(s): MK Smith & M. Adrian

Epistle: A. McLarnan

Donut Sponsor(s): Need sponsor

Chapel Cleaners: Doebler

Counters: B. Lootens & R. Wagner

9:00am Hours A. McLarnan

9:30am Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom

11:30am Fellowship Hour: Potluck


Today’s Hymns & Readings:

Tone 3 Resurrection Troparion

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 the world great mercy!


Tone 1 Hymn of SS Peter and 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 3 Resurrection Kontakion

On this day You 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 Your power.


Tone 3 Prokeimenon

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


Epistle: Romans 6:18-23

And 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: Matthew 8:5-13

Now when Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to Him, pleading with Him, saying, “Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, dreadfully tormented.” And Jesus said to him, “I will come and heal him.” The centurion answered and said, “Lord, I am not worthy that You should come under my roof. But only speak a word, and my servant will be healed. For I also am a man under authority, having soldiers under me. And I say to this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes; and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” When Jesus heard it, He marveled, and said to those who followed, “Assuredly, I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel! And I say to you that many will come from east and west, and sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven. But the sons of the kingdom will be cast out into outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go your way; and as you have believed, so let it be done for you.” And his servant was healed that same hour.

For Further Reading:

Humanity As an Icon of God

‘The glory of God is man’, affirms the Talmud (Derech Eretz Zutta 10,5); and Irenaeus states the same: ‘The glory of God is a living man.’ The human person forms the centre and crown of God’s creation. Man’s unique position in the cosmos is indicated above all by the fact that he is made ‘in the image and likeness’ of God (Gen. 1:26). Man is a finite expression of God’s infinite self-expression.

            Sometimes the Greek Fathers associate the divine image or ‘ikon’ in man with the totality of his nature, considered as a trinity of spirit, soul and body. At other times they connect the image more specifically with the highest aspect of man, with his spirit or spiritual intellect, through which he attains knowledge of God and union with him. Fundamentally, the image of God in man denotes everything that distinguishes man from the animals, that makes him in the full and true sense a person - a moral agent capable of right and wrong, a spiritual subject endowed with inward freedom.

...To believe that man is made in God’s image is to believe that man is created for communion and union with God, and that if he rejects this communion he ceases to be properly human. There is no such thing as ‘natural man’ existing in separation from God: man cut off from God is in a highly unnatural state. The image doctrine means, therefore, that man has God as the inner-most centre of his being. The divine is the determining element in our humanity; losing our sense of the divine, we lose also our sense of the human.  (Kallistos Ware, The Orthodox Way, pp. 64-65, 67)


Becoming Christian

(Kallistos Ware, How are we Saved?, pp. 4, 6, 32)


Trust God

If you believe firmly that God cares for you, then you do not need to worry about the body, nor need you be concerned about discovering ways how to conduct your life. If, however, you doubt God’s care, and want to look after yourself without God, then you are the most miserable person imaginable (Sebastian P. Brock, The Wisdom of St. Isaac of Nineveh, p. 6).


Me and Jesus Alone

The religionization of the Church is a facet of the individualization of faith, ascetic practice, into the morality of the individual, and worship into the duty of the individual. Correct beliefs, obedience to moral precepts, and adherence to obligations of worship are sufficient to ensure justification and salvation for the individual.

Nothing collective is presupposed in the religious version of piety or of salvation - neither community, which is the body of relations of communion that assembles at the eucharistic meal, not participation in this assembly, nor the seeking of salvation in a change of mode of existence: the passing over from the natural urge of self-preservation/sovereignty to loving self- transcendence and self-offering (Christos Yannaras, Against Religion, p. 98).


To Sin is Not Freedom But Slavery

...let him hear the whole truth of the matter: that every human soul has bowed down under the evil yoke of slavery imposed by the common enemy of all and, being deprived of the very freedom which it received from the Creator, has been led captive through sin. Every captive has need of ransoms for his freedom. Now, neither a brother can ransom his brother, nor can anyone ransom himself, because he who is ransoming must be much better than he who has been overcome and is now a slave. But, actually, no man has the power with respect to God to make atonement for a sinner, since he himself is liable for sin. ‘All have sinned have need of the glory of God. They are justified freely by his grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus’ our Lord (St. Basil, The Fathers of the Church: St. Basil Exegetic Homilies, p. 317).


Recent Posts on Fr. Ted’s Blog


Wednesday Book Study

The group is not meeting this week, but will resume on Wednesday, July 12  at 11 am to plan our next topic. If there is interest we can have lunch together at Christopher’s.


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 6 at Orchardly Park.


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 ( or by talking to Erin Caldwell ASAP. Our directory won’t be complete without you! Sign up today.


Church School Update/Registration 

Please take the time to register your children (ages 4 and up) for the upcoming school year.  There is a master sign-up sheet on the bulletin board outside of the fellowship hall. Many of the children are already listed on the sheet. Please review and add any missing information or changes to the registration sheet. We are still in need of adult members to help teach in the classrooms. If you are interested in helping with the program on a weekly or rotating basis, please let Kerrie Wiese know. Church school will resume for the 2017-2018 school year on Sunday, August 20. There will be no classes on August 27 as that is the date of our annual parish picnic.


Fire at Nativity of the Theotokos Monastery in PA

Lightning struck at the monastery and caused the main building to catch fire on Thursday, June 15th. As a result, the sisters temporarily have no place to sleep. They are in need of mobile homes to be set up on the property until their building can be repaired. While insurance should cover the cost of the damages, it won't cover the cost of the temporary housing they need, and housing all of the sisters will be a large expense. If you'd like to donate, visit or donate directly to the monastery by sending a check to 121 St. Elias Lane, Saxonburg, PA 16056.


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. The prayer team will remember your requests in their daily prayers for 30 days unless requested otherwise. Please submit the first names of those for whom you are requesting prayer and state the reason why we are praying for this person this month (i.e., cancer, lost a job, mental health, etc). We want to limit this list to those who have special needs - please do not just submit every name on your personal prayer list. Prayer requests can be made anonymously. 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. 


Thank you: Playground pledge drive

Because of your generosity, the playground - with the larger play structure! - is 100% funded! An order has been placed with Walnut Grove Playgrounds and we expect to have our new playground installed in September. Thank you!!


Thank you: Silent Auction for The Miami Valley Russian Episcopal Network

Thanks to all who placed bids for the artwork from MVERN. We raised $250!


Thank you: Parish Feast Celebration

A big thanks to everyone who helped make the parish feast day celebration a great success.  Thanks to all who helped prepare the church, bake the artos and the prosfora, decorate the St. Paul Icon, clean the church, welcome our guests, cook the food, serve the food, and who helped clean up as well. Thanks to the choir and all who came out to give thanks to God, to pray together, have fellowship together and to be the face and body of St. Paul Parish for our visitors.


Thank you: St. John’s Camp

“Just wanted to drop a quick personal note to say thank you very much for the very generous donation check from your parish to St. John's Camp. We are very, very grateful for your continued support of the camp! This donation is a huge help for us in running our programs as well as getting some campers to camp who couldn't otherwise make it work financially. Please pass along our gratitude; you guys are truly wonderful. Thanks so much! -Jon Beecham”


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.



Birthdays: Mark Pearson

Anniversaries: Bill & Alyson Turri, Rob & Lisa Wagner,


God grant you many years!



This Week’s Schedule:

Monday, July 3                                           

Martyr Hyacinth of Cæsarea in Cappadocia (108)

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

8:30am Matins            9am Office Hours

Tuesday, July 4

St. Andrew, Archbishop of Crete (712)

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


Wednesday, July 5          

Martyr Anna at Rome (304) and Martyr Cyrilla, of Cyrene in Libya, a widow (304)

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

8:30am Matins            9am Office Hours

No Discussion Group


Thursday, July 6

Martyrs Marinus and Martha, and their children, Audifax and Abbachum (Habákkuk) and those with them at Rome: Cyrinus, Valentine, and Asterius the Presbyter (269). 

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

9am Park Day @ Orchardly Park


Friday, July 7

Ven. Eudoxia, in monasticism Euphrosyne, Grand Duchess of Moscow (1407)

Readings: Romans 16:1-16, Matthew 13:4-9

8:30am Matins            9am Office Hours

Saturday, July 8

Righteous Prokópy, Fool-for-Christ, Wonderworker of Ustya (Vologdá—1303).

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

5pm Vespers

Sunday, July 9: 5th Sunday after Pentecost, Tone 4

Hieromartyr Pancratius, Bishop of Taormina in Sicily (1st c.)

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

Prosfora: A. Makris

Altar Servers: M. Caldwell

Greeter(s): M. Jobst, M. Brausch

Epistle: M. Pearson

Donut Sponsor(s): Need sponsor

Chapel Cleaners: D. Short

Counters: B. Garber, P. Friesel

9:00am Hours M. Pearson

9:30am Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom

11:30am Fellowship Hour: Team 2