St. Paul the Apostle Orthodox Church

Sunday Bulletin

Sunday, July 23, 2017 

Seventh Sunday after Pentecost,  Tone 6

Martyrs Trophimus, Theophilus and 13 others in Lycia (4th c.)

Today’s Schedule:

Prosfora: Lessin

Altar Servers: D. Abshear

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

Epistle: M. Pearson

Donut Sponsor(s): Smith

Chapel Cleaners: A. Turri

Counters: D. Gresh, M. Brausch

9:00am Hours M. Pearson

9:30am Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom

11:30am Fellowship Hour: Team 4


Today’s Hymns & Readings:


Tone 6 Resurrectional Troparion

The angelic powers were at Your tomb; the guards became as dead men. Mary stood by Your grave, seeking Your most pure Body. You took captive hell, not being tempted by it. You came to the Virgin, granting life. O Lord who rose from the dead: glory to You!


Tone 4 Hymn of Sts. 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 6 Resurrectional Kontakion

When Christ God, the Giver of Life, raised all of the dead from the valleys of misery with His mighty hand, He bestowed resurrection on the human race. He is the Savior of all, the Resurrection, the Life and the God of all.


Tone 6 Prokemenon

O Lord, save your people and bless your inheritance.


Epistle: Romans 15:1-7

We then who are strong ought to bear with the scruples of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, leading to edification. For even Christ did not please Himself; but as it is written, “The reproaches of those who reproached You fell on Me.” For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope. Now may the God of patience and comfort grant you to be like-minded toward one another, according to Christ Jesus, that you may with one mind and one mouth glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore receive one another, just as Christ also received us, to the glory of God.


Gospel: Matthew 9:27-35

When Jesus departed from there, two blind men followed Him, crying out and saying, “Son of David, have mercy on us!” And when He had come into the house, the blind men came to Him. And Jesus said to them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” They said to Him, “Yes, Lord.” Then He touched their eyes, saying, “According to your faith let it be to you.” And their eyes were opened. And Jesus sternly warned them, saying, “See that no one knows it.” But when they had departed, they spread the news about Him in all that country. As they went out, behold, they brought to Him a man, mute and demon-possessed. And when the demon was cast out, the mute spoke. And the multitudes marveled, saying, “It was never seen like this in Israel!” But the Pharisees said, “He casts out demons by the ruler of the demons.” Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.


For Further Reading:

Living in the Present

The mistake we often make with our inner life is to imagine that if we hurry we will be in our future sooner - a little like the man who ran from the last carriage of the train to the first, hoping that the distance between London and Edinburgh would be shortened as a result. When it is that kind of example we see how absurd it is, but when we continually try to live an inch ahead of ourselves, we do not feel the absurdity of it. Yet that is what prevents us from being completely in the present moment, which I dare say is the only moment in which we can be, because even if we imagine that we are ahead of time or ahead of ourselves, we are not. The only thing is that we are in a hurry, but we are not moving more quickly for this (Anthony Bloom, Beginning to Pray, p. 50).



If we proceed further into the Sacred Scriptures - not in the historical order that the books have been arranged, but in a more spiritual manner - we shall discover the name of Wisdom, which is mystically ascribed to Christ. And thus Solomon cries to the Father: Give me the Wisdom that sits by Your throne (Wis 9.4). And who sits next to God, at the right hand of the Father (cf. Heb 1.3; 10.12; 12.2), exalted above all created things, if not the Lord Jesus Christ? For He is indeed the Power and the Wisdom of God (1 Cor 1.24). Elsewhere Solomon says: I determined to take Wisdom to live with me, knowing that She would be a counselor for me (Wis 8.9). Wisdom, then, is clearly a Person, and not simply an attribute. It is the Son of God, who is also God’s Word; His Wise Word, as the Fathers say. From ancient times, Solomon points beyond time, and reveals the Person of the Son, Who sits by the throne of the Father, a situation which expresses their inseparable relationship, since there can be no Father without a Son, and no Son without a Father. Each one, at all times, points to the other. In this way we have a common, mutual revelation, which is, in essence, a self-revelation (Archimandrite Aimillianos, The Way of the Spirit, pp. 271-272).


Called to the Abundant Light

Whereas the old law proclaimed that God was the Maker and Lord of heaven, and laid down God-pleasing ordinances for those under the law, it did not give any promise of heavenly benefits, nor did it offer communion with God, or an eternal, heavenly, inheritance to those who obeyed it. But once Christ the King of all had visited us in the flesh “to call sinners,” as He says Himself, “to repentance” (Matt 9:13), there were greater rewards for those who obeyed and repented, and, through works of repentance, ordered their lives according to Christ’s gospel, keeping the holy commandments it contains. Nor were these rewards simply greater, but also incomparably more excellent. For what was promised was the kingdom of heaven, light without evening, heavenly adoption as sons, celestial dwellings, and a divine and eternal way of life, and even more than this: for we shall be “heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ” (Rom. 8:17), and “I am come,” says the Lord, “that ye might have life, and that ye might have it more abundantly” (cf. John 10:10). These are not resounding but empty phrases, nor just a litany of vain words, but an account of the unchanging things actually stored up as prizes for those who believe and live according to Christ (St. Gregory Palamas, The Homilies, p. 445).


God’s Mercy

It is not wonderful if Thou hast mercy upon the pure; and it is not a great thing if Thou savest the righteous, but show the wonders of Thy mercy upon me, a sinner! [Evening Prayer of St. John Damascene] (My Life in Christ, p. 86).


Demons; Our Own Wills 

Abraham, Abba Agathon’s abba, asked Abba Poemen: “Why are the demons doing battle with me so?” and Abba Poemen said to him: “Are the demons doing battle with you? The demons do not battle with us as long as we are following our own wills, for our wills have become demons; it is they that oppress us so that we fulfill them. Do you want to see with whom the demons do battle? It is with Moses and those like him” (Give me a Word, p. 238).

Recent Posts on Fr. Ted’s Blog


Notes from the 17 July Parish Council Meeting

Present: Fr. Ted, Brian Garber, Kerrie Wiese, Ann McLarnan, Janine Elash, Rebecca Barone


31 May 2017 YTD Financial Report

Budget                         $109,505.33

Expenses                    $108,427.50

Income                        $  98,760.32

Assets                         $246,111.31


While the parish continues to live within its budget, donations are less this year than last year, while expenses are slightly more. We do need to watch the finances especially as we prepare the budget for 2018. Pledges for 2017 were also less than for 2016, while we are not in any financial difficulty, we will have to continue cautiously in our expenditures. We are facing some major capital expenses with the aging air conditioning/heating systems.  


1]  Council did discuss some changes in the policy and risk manual including the use of alcohol on church property, smoking policies and use of the building or grounds by parish members - with an increase in the refundable deposit. 2] Janine reported that about 50 members have returned the volunteer survey and the names of those volunteering for different activities will be shared with the various committees and with Parish Council. We are grateful to all of those who volunteer to do all the work around the parish.  3]  The parish photo directory project is in full swing with pictures set to be taken August 4-5.  Erin Caldwell is overseeing the project. 4]  The playground project is moving ahead - a deposit has been made on the project which it is hoped will be completed before the end of September. 32 families/members pledged to the project to make it happen. We are grateful for the support. 5]  The air conditioning units are in need of repairs and we will look at possibly replacing some units. 6] The Parish Picnic is set for August 27.


Wednesday Book Study

We will finish watching and discussing the movie, PAN’S LABYRINTH. We will soon begin a discussion of the book AN INTRODUCTION TO GOD by Fr. Andrew Damick. The book can be purchased online and is available as an ebook.  If you would like to discuss how to approach other people to talk about God, this book and discussion is for you.


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 27 at Activity Park in Centerville.


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.


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. 


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: Ariana Paslosky, Les Homan, Brian Lessin


God grant you many years!


This Week’s Schedule

Monday, July 24         

Holy Martyrs and Passionbearers Boris and Gleb, in Baptism Roman and David (1015)               

Readings: 1 Corinthians 9:13-18, Matthew 16:1-6

8:30am Matins            9am Office Hours

Tuesday, July 25

The Dormition of the Righteous Anna, mother of the Most-holy Theotokos

Readings: 1 Corinthians 10:5-12, Matthew 16:6-12


Wednesday, July 26

The Repose of St. Jacob (Netsvetov), Enlightener of the Peoples of Alaska (1864).

Readings: 1 Corinthians 10:12-22, Matthew 16:20-24

8:30am Matins            9am Office Hours

11am Discussion Group


Thursday, July 27

Holy Greatmartyr and Healer Panteleimon (305).

Readings: 1 Corinthians 10:28-11:7, Matthew 16:24-28

9:30am Park Day @ Activity Park


Friday, July 28

Holy Apostles of the Seventy and Deacons: Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, and Parmenas (1st c.)

Readings: 1 Corinthians 11:8-22, Matthew 17:10-18

8:30am Matins            9am Office Hours

Saturday, July 29

Martyr Theodota and her three sons in Bithynia (ca. 304)

Readings: Romans 13:1-10, Matthew 12:30-37

5pm Vespers


Sunday, July 30 8th SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST — Tone 7. Apostles Silas and Silvanus of the Seventy, and those with them: Crescens, Epenetus, and Andronicus (1st c.)

Readings: 1 Corinthians 1:10-18, Matthew 14:14-22

Prosfora: S. Pacak

Altar Servers: D. Abshear

Greeter(s): D. Short & D. Federinko

Epistle: S. Pacak

Donut Sponsor(s): Need sponsor

Chapel Cleaners: Need volunteer

Counters: B. Lootens & D. Gresh

9:00am Hours S. Pacak

9:30am Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom

11:30am Fellowship Hour: Fifth Sunday Potluck