Prosfora: N. Galiatsatos
Altar Servers: D. Abshear, D. Beleny
Greeter(s): D. Federinko, B. Edwards
Epistle: A. McLarnan
Donut Sponsor(s): Smith
Chapel Vacuum: Alex & Bobbie Tyson
Candle care: Alex & Bobbie Tyson
Counters: K. Henry & M. Brausch
9:00am Hours: A. McLarnan
9:30am Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom
11:30am Fellowship Hour: Team 4
Hymns & Readings:
Tone 7 Troparion (Resurrection)
By Your Cross, You destroyed death! To the thief, You opened Paradise! For the myrrhbearers, You changed weeping into joy! And You commanded Your disciples, O Christ God, to proclaim that You are 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 7 Kontakion (Resurrection)
The dominion of death can no longer hold men captive, for Christ descended, shattering and destroying its powers! Hell is bound, while the prophets rejoice and cry: The Savior has come to those in faith! Enter, you faithful, into the Resurrection!
Tone 7 Prokeimenon (Resurrection)
The Lord will give strength to his people. The Lord will bless his people with peace.
Epistle: 1 Corinthians 1:10-18
Now I plead with you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment. For it has been declared to me concerning you, my brethren, by those of Chloe’s household, that there are contentions among you. Now I say this, that each of you says, “I am of Paul,” or “I am of Apollos,” or “I am of Cephas,” or “I am of Christ.” Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul? I thank God that I baptized none of you except Crispus and Gaius, lest anyone should say that I had baptized in my own name. Yes, I also baptized the household of Stephanas. Besides, I do not know whether I baptized any other. For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel, not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of no effect. For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
Gospel: Matthew 14:14-22
And when Jesus went out He saw a great multitude; and He was moved with compassion for them, and healed their sick. When it was evening, His disciples came to Him, saying, “This is a deserted place, and the hour is already late. Send the multitudes away, that they may go into the villages and buy themselves food.” But Jesus said to them, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.” And they said to Him, “We have here only five loaves and two fish.” He said, “Bring them here to Me.” Then He commanded the multitudes to sit down on the grass. And He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, He blessed and broke and gave the loaves to the disciples; and the disciples gave to the multitudes. So they all ate and were filled, and they took up twelve baskets full of the fragments that remained. Now those who had eaten were about five thousand men, besides women and children. Immediately Jesus made His disciples get into the boat and go before Him to the other side, while He sent the multitudes away.
For Further Reading:
If we received good things from the Lord’s hand, shall we not bear the bad? [Job 2.10]. Remind yourself of the good things from the past. Balance out the bad with the good. No person’s life is altogether blessed. Continual prosperity belongs to God alone. So if you are upset by these present circumstances, comfort yourself by remembering the past. Now you weep, but you laughed in the past. Now you are poor, but you were rich in the past. You used to drink the limpid streams of life; be patient now as you drink these muddy waters. The waters of a river are not always pure. As you know, our life is a river, ever flowing and filled with waves one after the other. One has already flowed by, another is still passing, another has just emerged from its sources, another is about to do so, and all of us hasten to the common sea of death. If we received good things from the Lord’s hand, shall we not bear the bad? [Job 2.10]. Are we compelling the Judge to supply us forever with the same things? Are we teaching the Master how he should arrange our life? He holds the authority over his own decisions. He directs our affairs in whatever way he wishes. He is wise, and he measures out to the his servants only what will profit them. Do not engage in futile investigations of the Master’s judgement; only love the ways in which he has dispensed his wisdom. With pleasure receive whatever he gives to you. In painful situations show that you are worthy of that joy that used to be yours. (St. Basil the Great, On Christian Doctrine and Practice, pp. 179-180)
“Blessed is the Man…” AND Also the Woman
‘Blessed is the man who hath not walked in the counsel of the ungodly.’ What is truly good, therefore, is principally and primarily the most blessed. And that is God.
...But before I explain what it is ‘not to walk in the counsel of the ungodly,’ I wish to settle the question asked at this point. Why, you say, does the prophet single out only man and proclaim him happy? Does he not exclude women from happiness? By no means. For, the virtue of man and women is the same, since creation is equally honored in both; therefore, there is the same reward for both. Listen to Genesis. ‘God created man,’ it says, ‘in the image of God he created him. Male and female he created them.’ They whose nature is alike have the same reward. Why, then, when Scripture had made mention of man, did it leave woman unnoticed? Because it believed that it was sufficient, since their nature is alike, to indicated the whole through the more authoritative part.
‘Blessed, therefore, is the man who hath not walked in the counsel of the ungodly.’ (St. Basil, The Fathers of the Church: St. Basil Exegetic Homilies, pp. 155-156)
Feeding the 5000
See how, like lords at a table, Christ’s slaves waited
for Jesus the servant and found him at once.
For the Master blessed the five loaves,
saying to them with an unseen voice,
“Increase perceptibly and multiply
and now nourish all those present here.”
At once the loaves obeyed the Lord.
They gave birth invisibly,
as Christ told them to, he who is
the heavenly bread of incorruption.
No human mind can wholly reason out this wonder,
how the invisible loaves flowed on invisibly.
Where did their ineffable increase occur -
in the hands of the disciples or was it on the tables?
Since I do not know the manner of the inexpressible sight,
I keep silence at the wonder, while by faith I correct
my mind, for I do not apprehend the depth of the mystery,
as I now see the twelve baskets
filled with fragments, as he alone knows
the heavenly bread of incorruption.
So also multiply for us all the multitude of your compassion
and just as then, Savior, you satisfied with wisdom
and fed with power the multitude in the desert,
satisfy us all with justice.
Strengthen us in your faith, Lord.
Nourish us all, as you are merciful,
and give us your grace and forgiveness of offences
at the intercessions of the Mother of God,
because you alone are good and full of pity as
the heavenly bread of incorruption. (St. Romanos, On the Life of Christ, pp. 96-97)
The Sin of Telling Lies
Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds.
You shall destroy all those who utter a lie (Ps. 5:7). The mouth that speaks a lie will slay the soul (Wis. 1:11).
Forasmuch as all sins arise through a love of pleasure or avarice or vainglory, we can say that lying has its roots in these three vices: a man has to avoid blame and humiliation to fulfil his own desires or to gain something...And in the end no one believes him when he speaks the truth. ...A man whose very life is a lie is one who is licentious and pretends to be temperate, or ia miser and speaks of almsgiving and compassion, or ostentatious and goes in raptures over poverty, not wanting to acquire the virtue he praises…’the devil changes himself into an angel of light’ (2 Cor. 11:14)...the man whose very life is a lie: he is not a simple but a two-faced man; he is one thing on the inside and another on the outside. (St. Dorotheous of Gaza, Discourses, found in The Bible and the Holy Fathers, p. 951-952)
Recent Posts on Fr. Ted’s Blog
All American Council
The Orthodox Church in America is holding its triennial All American Council July 22-27 in St. Louis, Missouri. The Council sets the budget for the OCA and establishes some of the agenda and programs which the OCA will try to accomplish over the next three years. Janine Elash is our elected representative to the Council. Please do remember in your prayers Janine and all of the clergy and lay delegates who will be traveling from across North America to the Council. Please pray that God will guide their every deliberation. Janine will give a report next Sunday about any of the decisions of the Council which might impact the parish over the next several years.
New Catechism/Inquirer’s Class Being Organized
Fr. Ted is planning to begin a new Catechism/Inquirer’s Class in a few weeks. If you or someone you know are interested in joining that class, please contact Fr. Ted as soon as possible by sending him an email at FrTed@StPDayton.org.
Wednesday Adult Discussion Group
We are discussing: 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? This is not your mother’s Jesus, but gives you a chance to reflect on your own faith and who Jesus is. We will be discussing chapters 1-25. 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.
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. We will meet July 26 at Orchardly Park. The full schedule is posted on the bulletin board in the hall.
St. Macrina Conference
The 5th annual St. Macrina conference, “In peace let us pray: Christian Diakonia of Peace” will be August 10-11 at the St. Iakovos Retreat Center in Wisconsin. The featured speaker is Deacon Nicholas Denysenko who will be talking about "Diaconal Service: In Peace for Church and World.” For more information and to download a registration form visit: https://www.midwestdiocese.org/news_180715_1.html.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
We are giving our monthly charity funds to support the St. John’s Camp Programs 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.
Opportunities to Donate to the Church
Occasionally, people are looking for some “thing” that they might donate to the church (above and beyond the tithe or pledge for the operating budget) - in memory of a loved one, or in thanksgiving for blessings they have received, or to beautify the temple in which we worship. If you are interested in donating a particular thing or towards the purchase of something the the church could use, please speak with Fr. Ted. Things we could use if we receive donations for them: We can continue to have made the sets of altar covers for the various Feasts of the Church. Recently we had donated to the parish a complete set of green altar covers which were put out for Pentecost and will be used for Palm Sunday. We had a blue set donated for the Feasts of the Theotokos. We are getting a new set of purple covers for Great Lent. If we had the funding, we could get a new gold set for everyday use, a red set for Christmas and the Feast of Ss Peter and Paul. Each set costs between $1200-$1500 depending on the material used. If you do not want to donate the entire amount but would like to contribute toward a set, please speak with Fr. Ted. We currently need an additional $400 for the purple (Lenten) set of altar covers. Additionally, if we had money donated we could purchase more icons for our side walls in the nave. Please do speak with Fr. Ted if any of these opportunities to give to the church are of interest to you.
Dear Congregation of St. Paul,
Thank you all for the love, care, concern & support you provided our mother since she began attending in 2005. A highlight in her week was to attend church & enjoy the fellowship that was shown her. Over the years as she was unable to attend she still was kept in the loop through bulletins, cards and phone calls. Thank you for that. She was a proud member of the ‘chick table’ and felt like it was a honor to be included. Mom wished she could give a gift to the church that left her a priceless gift. God bless you all. -- Nina Malavich’s Daughters Tanya, Andrea & Stephanie
Birthdays: Ariana Paslosky, Les Homan, Brian Lessin
God grant you many years!
This Week’s Schedule:
Monday, July 23
Martyrs Trophimus, Theophilus, and 13 others in Lycia (4th c.)
Readings: 1 Corinthians 11:31-12:6, Matthew 18:1-11
8:30am Matins 9am Office Hours
Tuesday, July 24
Martyr and Passion-Bearer Boris, in Holy Baptism Romanus (1015)
Readings: 1 Corinthians 12:12-26, Matthew 18:18-22, 19:1-2, 13-15
Wednesday, July 25
The Dormition of the Righteous Anna, mother of the Most-holy Theotokos
Readings: 1 Corinthians 13:4-14:5, Matthew 20:1-16
8:30am Matins 9am Office Hours 11am Discussion Group
Thursday, July 26
The Repose of St. Jacob (Netsvetov), Enlightener of the Peoples of Alaska (1864)
Readings: 1 Corinthians 14:6-19, Matthew 20:17-28
9:30am Park Day: Orchardly Park
Friday, July 27
Holy Greatmartyr and Healer Panteleimon (305)
Readings: 1 Corinthians 14:26-40, Matthew 21:12-14, 17-20
8:30am Matins 9am Office Hours
Saturday, July 28
Holy Apostles of the Seventy and Deacons: Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, and Parmenas (1st c.)
Readings: Romans 14:6-9, Matthew 15:32-39
Sunday, July 29
9th SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST — Tone 8. Martyr Callinicus of Gangra in Asia Minor (3rd-4th c.)
Readings: 1 Corinthians 3:9-17, Matthew 14:22-34
Prosfora: Need volunteer
Altar Servers: V. Weis, J. Fencik
Greeter(s): D. Short
Epistle: M. Pearson
Donut Sponsor(s): Need sponsor
Chapel Vacuum: M. Bellini
Candle care: M. Bellini
Counters: B. Lootens, J. Wiese
9:00am Hours: M. Pearson
9:30am Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom
11:30am Fellowship Hour: Potluck
Upcoming Events to Remember
August 5 Vespers for the feast of the Transfiguration
August 6 Liturgy for the Transfiguration, 9:30am
August 14 Vespers at Assumption in Springfield for the feast of the Dormition, 7pm
August 15 Liturgy for the Dormition at Assumption in Springfield, 10am