St. Paul the Apostle Orthodox Church
Sunday, July 29, 2018
9th Sunday after Pentecost.
Tone 8. Martyr Callinicus of Gangra (3-4th c.)
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
2:00pm The Sacrament of Holy Matrimony: Ana and Ugur Can
Hymns & Readings:
Tone 8 Troparion (Resurrection)
You descended from on high, O Merciful One! You accepted the three-day burial to free us from our sufferings! O Lord, our Life and Resurrection: glory to You!
Tone 4 Hymn of Sts. Peter & 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 8 Kontakion (Resurrection)
By rising from the tomb, You raised the dead and resurrected Adam. Eve exults in Your Resurrection, and the world celebrates Your Rising from the dead, O greatly Merciful One!
Tone 8 Prokeimenon (Resurrection)
Pray and make your vows before the Lord our God.
Epistle: 1 Corinthians 3:9-17
For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, you are God’s building. According to the grace of God which was given to me, as a wise master builder I have laid the foundation, and another builds on it. But let each one take heed how he builds on it. For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, each one’s work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is. If anyone’s work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward. If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire. Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are.
Gospel: Matthew 14:22-34
Immediately Jesus made His disciples get into the boat and go before Him to the other side, while He sent the multitudes away. And when He had sent the multitudes away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. Now when evening came, He was alone there. But the boat was now in the middle of the sea, tossed by the waves, for the wind was contrary. Now in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went to them, walking on the sea. And when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out for fear. But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.” And Peter answered Him and said, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.” So He said, “Come.” And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus. But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!” And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. Then those who were in the boat came and worshiped Him, saying, “Truly You are the Son of God.” When they had crossed over, they came to the land of Gennesaret.
For Further Reading:
Following Christ - THE way of the Cross & the Desert
But while waiting in patience for progress, we must also avoid another misconception about growth in the contemplative life. It is conceived by some that the way of worship, contemplation, and solitude is strewn with flowers and roses – by no means. For the way is an arid wilderness. It has no comeliness that we might desire it in itself. Let us suffice to know that Christ described it as a narrow gate, and a tough, rugged path. You will then ask, “Am I truly heading for God? But where is he?” This is only the beginning of the ordeal that your soul will undergo on the way. It will find itself destitute of any help from any human being. It will feel devoid of any spiritual comfort or sign whatsoever – even of one word of promise of encouragement. Common sense will become your adversary. Thus, your faith will be tested and vision will be denied you.
At the onset of this spiritual dryness, many can no longer bear the sight of the rugged path ahead. They turn back. They speak with the perplexity of Nathaniel: “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” (Jn 1.46). As for those who carry on in faith in such conditions, they are truly blessed. “If you would believe you would see the glory of God” (Jn 11.40). (Matthew the Poor, Orthodox Prayer Life, p. 176)
The Sign of the Cross of Our Lord
. . . as a crown, so let us bear about the cross of Christ. Yea, for by it all things are wrought, that are wrought among us. Whether one is to be new-born, the cross is there; or to be nourished with that mystical food, or to be ordained, or to do anything else, everywhere our symbol of victory is present. Therefore both on house, and walls, and windows, and upon our forehead, and upon our mind, we inscribe it with much care.
For of the salvation wrought for us, and of our common freedom, and of the goodness of our Lord, this is the sign. For as a sheep was He led to the slaughter (Isaiah 53:7). When therefore you sign yourself, think of the purpose of the cross, and quench anger, and all the other passions. When you sign yourself, fill your forehead with all courage, make your soul free.
...This therefore do thou engrave upon your mind, and embrace the salvation of our souls. For this cross saved and converted the world, drove away error, brought back truth, made earth Heaven, fashioned men into angels. Because of this, the devils are no longer terrible, but contemptible; neither is death, death, but a sleep; because of this, all that wars against us is cast to the ground, and trodden under foot. (St. John Chrysostom, Let Us Attend, p. 54 & 55)
Peter Walking on Water
And hence also is that which was just now read, “Lord, if it be Thou, bid me come unto You on the water.” For I cannot do this in myself, but in You. He acknowledged what he had of himself, and what of Him, by whose will he believed that he could do that, which no human weakness could do. Therefore, “if it be Thou, bid me;” because when you bid, it will be done. What I cannot do by taking it upon myself, You can do by bidding me. And the Lord said “Come.” And without any doubting, at the word of Him who bade him, at the presence of Him who sustained, at the presence of Him who guided him, without any delay, Peter leaped down into the water, and began to walk. He was able to do what the Lord was doing, not in himself, but in the Lord. “For you were sometimes darkness, but now are you light in the Lord.” (St. Augustine, Let Us Attend, p. 64-65)
God’s Love Means Our Salvation
If a genuine righteousness were required of human beings, then only one in ten thousand would be able to enter the kingdom of heaven, continues Isaac. This is why God gave people repentance as a remedy, for it can heal a person from sin in a short time. Not wishing human beings to perish, God forgives everyone who repents with his whole heart. God is good by nature, and he ‘wishes to save everyone by all sorts of means’.
Isaac resented the widespread opinion that the majority of human beings will be punished in hell, while only a small group of the chosen will delight in paradise. He was convinced that, quite the contrary, the majority of people will find themselves in the kingdom of heaven, and only a few sinners will go to gehenna, and even they only for the period of time necessary for their repentance and remission of sins:
By the device of grace the majority of humankind will enter the kingdom of heaven without the experience of gehenna. But this is apart from those who, because of their hardness of heart and utter abandonment to wickedness and the lusts, fail to show remorse in suffering for their faults and their sins, and because these people have not been disciplined at all. For God’s holy nature is so good and so compassionate that it is always seeking to find some small means of putting us in the right: how he can forgive human beings their sins—like the case of the tax collector who was put in the right by the intensity of his prayer or like the case of a woman with two small coins or the man who received forgiveness on the cross. For God wishes our salvation, and not reasons to torment us.
Earthly life is given to everyone as a time of repentance. It is enough for a person to turn to God to ask forgiveness for his sins immediately to be forgiven. The token of this forgiveness is the Incarnation of the Word of God, who, when all creation had abandoned and forgotten God, came down to earth in order to redeem humankind and the whole universe by his death on the cross. (Hilarion Alfeyev, The Spiritual World of St. Isaac the Syrian, pp. 294-295)
The Heart: Where God Can Reign
A disciple should always carry
the memory of God within.
For it is written:
You shall love the Lord your God
with all your heart.
You should not only love the Lord
when entering into the place of prayer
but should also remember him with deep desire
when you walk or speak to others
or take your meals.
For scripture also says: Where your heart is,
there also is your treasure;
and surely, wherever a person’s heart is given,
wherever their deepest desire draws them,
this is indeed their god.
If a disciple’s heart always longs for God,
then God will surely be the Lord of the heart. (Makarios the Great, The Book of Mystical Chapters, p. 21-22)
Recent Posts on Fr. Ted’s Blog
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. The class is offered for those interested in learning more about the Orthodox Faith and also for those preparing themselves to be received into the Orthodox Faith.
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. 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 August 2 at Activity Center 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.
Church School Teacher Meeting
There will be a church school teacher meeting after fellowship hour on August 12. All teachers and assistants should plan to attend. Thank you!
Church School Kick-Off Party
After Liturgy on August 19, we will have some games and special cold treats for the kids to celebrate the beginning of the church school year which will resume August 26 at 11:45am. Come ready to have some fun!
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 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.
Birthdays: Les Homan, Brian Lessin, Rachel Wiese
God grant you many years!
This Week’s Schedule:
Monday, July 30
Apostles Silas and Silvanus of the Seventy, and those with them: Crescens, Epenetus, and Andronicus (1st c.).
Readings: 1 Corinthians 15:12-19, Matthew 21:18-22
8:30am Matins 9am Office Hours
Tuesday, July 31
Forefeast of the Procession of the Honorable and Lifegiving Cross of the Lord. Righteous Eudocimus of Cappadocia (9th c.).
Readings: 1 Corinthians 15:29-38, Matthew 21:23-27
Wednesday, August 1
Procession of the Honorable Wood of the Lifegiving Cross of the Lord. Holy Seven Maccabean Martyrs: Abimus, Antoninus, Gurias, Eleazar, Eusabonus, Alimus, and Marcellus, their mother Solomonia, and their teacher, Eleazar (166 B.C.).
Readings: 1 Corinthians 16:4-12, Matthew 21:28-32
8:30am Matins 9am Office Hours 11am Discussion Group
Thursday, August 2
Blessed Basil of Moscow, Fool-for-Christ (1552)
Readings: 2 Corinthians 1:1-7, Matthew 21:43-46
9:30am Park Day: Activity Center Park
Friday, August 3
Ven. Isaac, Dalmatios, and Faustus, Ascetics of the Dalmatian Monastery at Constantinople (4th-5th c.)
Readings: 1 Corinthians 14:26-40, Matthew 21:12-14, 17-20
8:30am Matins 9am Office Hours
Saturday, August 4
Holy Seven Youths (“Seven Sleepers”) of Ephesus: Maximilian, Jamblicus, Martinian, John, Dionysius, Exacustodian (Constantine), and Antoninus (250)
Readings: Romans 15:30-33, Matthew 17:24-18:4
Sunday, August 5
10th SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST — Tone 1. Forefeast of the Transfiguration. Martyr Eusignius of Antioch (362).
Readings: 1 Corinthians 4:9-16, Matthew 17:14-23
Prosfora: D. Federinko
Altar Servers: M. Caldwell, B. Garber
Greeter(s): MK Smith & M. Adrian
Epistle: R. Barone
Donut Sponsor(s): Need sponsor
Chapel Vacuum: J. Cunningham
Candle care: Garber
Counters: B. Lootens, M. Pearson
9:00am Hours: Need volunteer
9:30am Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom
11:30am Fellowship Hour: Potluck
6pm Vespers for the Transfiguration
Upcoming Events to Remember:
August 6 Liturgy for the Transfiguration, 9:30am
August 12 Church School Teacher Meeting
August 19 Church School Kick-Off Party
August 26 Church School Resumes
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