Prosphora: S. Pacak
Altar Servers: D. Abshear
Greeter(s): D. Short, D. Federinko
Epistle: S. Pacak
Donut Sponsor(s): J. Raab
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: Potluck
Today’s Hymns & Readings:
Tone 7 Resurrectional Troparion
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 SS Peter and 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 Resurrectional Kontakion
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 Prokemenon
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:
Love of God
Love of God takes various forms. The man who wrestles with wrong thoughts loves God according to his measure. He who struggles against sin, and asks God to give him strength not to sin, but yet falls into sin again because of his infirmity, and sorrows and repents - he possesses grace in the depths of his soul and mind, but his passions are not yet overcome. But the man who has conquered his passions now knows no conflict: all his concern is to watch himself in all things lest he fall into sin. Grace, great and perceptible, is his. But he who feels grace in both soul and body is a perfect man, and if he preserves this grace, his body is sanctified and his bones will make holy relics (Archimandrite Sophrony, St. Silouan the Athonite, pp. 438-439).
Being in God’s Image
This reason, in which perhaps most Fathers found the divine image, made human beings “partakers of his [i.e. God’s] own Word, possessing, so to speak, a kind of reflection of his Word,” as Athanasius says. And, because for the Fathers reason was a participation in the Word, it carried with it, unlike reason as understood by us today, a supernatural connotation: to use one’s reason was to act in a graced way and to be open to the realm of the supernatural (Boniface Ramsey, Beginning to Read the Fathers, pp. 71-72).
It is an adulteration of marriage for us to think that is is a road to happiness, as if it were a denial of the cross. The joy of marriage is for husband and wife to put their shoulders to the wheel and together go forward on the uphill road of life. “You haven’t suffered? Then you haven’t love,” says a certain poet. Only those who suffer can really love. And that’s why sadness is a necessary feature of marriage. “Marriage,” in the words of an ancient philosopher, “is a world made beautiful by hope and strengthened by misfortune.” Just as steel is fashioned in a furnace, just so is a person proved in marriage, in the fire of difficulties. When you see your marriage from a distance, everything seems wonderful. But when you get closer, you’ll see just how many difficult moments it has.
We often speak of seven “mysteries,” or sacraments. In this regard, a “mystery” is the sign of the mystical presence of some true person or event. An icon, for instance is a mystery. When we venerate it, we are not venerating wood or paint but Christ, or the Theotokos, or the saint who is mystically depicted. The Holy Cross is a symbol of Christ, containing his mystical presence. Marriage, too, is a mystery, a mystical presence not unlike these. Christ says, “wherever two or three are gathered together in my name, there I am among them” (Mt 18.20). And whenever two people are married in the name of Christ, they become the sign which contains and expresses Christ himself. When you see a couple who are conscious of this, it is as if you are seeing Christ. Together they are a theophany (Archimandrite Aimilianos of Simonopetra, The Church at Prayer, pp. 95-96, 98).
Deification-Becoming God’s Children
Patristic tradition usually sees a man’s potential for deification in the fact that man is created by God in his own image. Because of this natural affinity, the fathers spoke of a man as potentially a son of God. The process of deification involves the realization of the status of son of God through the process of hyiothesia (“adoption of sons”).The idea is present already in the New Testament. Christ gave power to those who receive him “to become the sons of God” (Jn. 1:12), that the faithful might “receive the adoption as Sons” (Gal 4:5; cf Rom 8:15). This adoption of sons was accomplished through Christ’s incarnation. Athanasius represents one set of ideas when he asserts that “Christ made us the sons of the Father and deified man by becoming himself a man.” His thought hinges upon the idea of the incarnation: humanity is deified in a natural (physikos) manner, being assumed by God in the incarnation. Due to this understanding - our becoming God’s children as a natural consequence of God the Son becoming man - he uses the concept of hyiothesia as synonymous with “deification”: to be a son or daughter of God is to be deified. Another set of ideas is presented by Basi, who speaks of our adoption not so much through natural deification at the incarnation as through its subsequent effects: the descending and indwelling in man of the Holy Spirit (Nicholas V. Sakharov, I Love Therefore I am, pp. 144-145).
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Wednesday Book Study
We are not meeting this week, but will will begin on Wednesday, August 16, 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.
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 August 3 at Hills and Dales Metropark (the White Oak Camp location).
Volunteers Needed for Photo Sessions August 4 & 5
Please contact Erin Caldwell if you are willing to help out at the photo sessions next weekend. Volunteers are needed for Friday, August 4 from 2pm-5pm and 5pm-7:30pm and on Saturday from 1:30-4:30pm. Volunteers will be greeting people and managing light paperwork. Thanks in advance!
Photo Directory Photo Sessions Coming up Soon!
Our scheduled photo sessions with Lifetouch are NEXT WEEKEND! If you have not yet signed up for a slot, you can still do so by seeing Erin Caldwell or visiting https://booknow-lifetouch.appointment-plus.com/y3zxp8qq/. If you are unable to attend our scheduled times, there are other options so get in touch with Erin Caldwell. Thank you all for your participation! New directories will be distributed probably in September.
Church School Teacher Meeting
There will be a meeting next Sunday at 11:45am, August 6 for all teachers and those willing to help with the church school program for the upcoming school year. We will discuss classroom assignments and the ordering of materials.
Church School Update & Registration
Please take the time to register your children (ages 4 and up) for the upcoming school year by August 6. 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. Church school will resume for the 2017-2018 on August 20.
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.
Thanks from Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry
“On behalf of the board of directors and staff at the Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry, we sincerely thank you for your contribution of $1300. Your gift provides resources and services to people in prison, trainings on various aspects of prison ministry to churches, and clergy, along with assisting churches with people coming out of prison.
Thank you for personally reaching out to people in prison through your prayers and financial support of OCPM. These donations are so very needed as we move forward with a vision for the future of reaching out to more men and women in prisons across the country. As you know, OCPM freely gives all our materials to anyone in prison and these donations will help get them into the hands of more precious souls. Many depend on OCPM to connected them to the Church’s resources for spiritual strength.
Asking your prayers, Fr. Stephen Powley”
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.
Fr. Ted on Vacation
Fr. Ted will be on vacation from August 3-11. Fr. Silviu will serve the Divine Liturgy on Sunday, August 6 which is also the Feast of the Transfiguration.
New Catechism/Inquirer’s Class
Fr. Ted was asked to offer another Catechism/ Inquirer’s class beginning at the end of August. If you would like to join this class, or if you know of someone else who would want to join the class, please let Fr. Ted know as soon as possible. Contact him at FrTed@StPDayton.org
Birthdays: Ariana Paslosky, Les Homan, Brian Lessin, Rachel Wiese
God grant you many years!
This Week’s Schedule:
Monday, July 31
Martyr Julitta at Cæsarea (304-305)
Readings: 1 Corinthians 11:31-12:6, Matthew 18:1-11
8:30am Matins 9am Office Hours
Tuesday, August 1 (Dormition Fast Begins)
Procession of the Honorable Wood of the Life-giving Cross of the Lord
Readings: 1 Corinthians 12:12-26, Matthew 18:18-22, 19:1-2, 13-15
Wednesday, August 2 (Dormition fast)
Blessed Basil of Moscow, Fool-for-Christ (1552)
Readings: 1 Corinthians 13:4-14:5, Matthew 20:1-16
8:30am Matins 9am Office Hours
NO Discussion Group 6:30pm Catechism
Thursday, August 3 (Dormition fast)
Ven. Isaac, Dalmatios, and Faustus, Ascetics of the Dalmatian Monastery at Constantinople (4th-5th c.)
Readings: 1 Corinthians 14:6-19, Matthew 20:17-28
9:30am Park Day @ Hills and Dales Metropark White Oak Camp
Friday, August 4 (Dormition fast)
Holy Seven Youths (“Seven Sleepers”) of Ephesus: Maximilian, Jamblicus, Martinian, John, Dionysius, Exacustodian (Constantine), and Antoninus (250)
Readings: 1 Corinthians 14:26-40, Matthew 21:12-14, 17-20
2pm-9pm Lifetouch Photo Sessions
NO Matins or Office Hours
Saturday, August 5 (Dormition fast)
Forefeast of the Transfiguration
Readings: Romans 14:6-9, Matthew 15:32-39
10am-5pm Lifetouch Photo Sessions
Sunday, August 6 (Dormition fast)
9th Sunday after Pentecost/Transfiguration, Tone 8
Readings: 2 Peter 1:10-19, Matthew 17:1-9
Prosfora: D. Federinko
Altar Servers: M. Caldwell
Greeter(s): MK Smith & M. Adrian
Epistle: A. McLarnan
Donut Sponsor(s): Need sponsor
Chapel Vacuum: Need volunteer
Candle care: Need volunteer
Counters: B. Lootens & R. Wagner
9:00am Hours D. Abshear
9:30am Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom
Fr. Silviu, celebrant
11:30am Fellowship Hour: Potluck