St. Paul the Apostle Orthodox Church

Sunday Bulletin

Sunday, July 8

6th Sunday after Pentecost

Tone 5. Righteous Prokópy, Fool-for-Christ, Wonderworker of Ustya (1303).

Today’s Schedule:

Prosfora: D. Federinko

Altar Servers: V. Weis

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

Epistle: E. Caldwell

Donut Sponsor(s): B. Edwards

Chapel Vacuum: T. Jacobs

Candle care: J. Elash

Counters: B. Garber & B. Lootens

9:00am Hours: B. Edwards

9:30am Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom

11:30am Fellowship Hour: Team 2

Hymns & Readings:


Tone 5 Troparion (Resurrection)

Let us, the faithful, praise and worship the Word, coeternal with the Father and the Spirit, born for our salvation from the Virgin; for He willed to be lifted up on the Cross in the flesh, to endure death, and to raise the dead by His glorious Resurrection!


Hymn of St. 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 5 Kontakion  (Resurrection)

You descended into hell, O my Savior, shattering its gates as Almighty, resurrecting the dead as Creator and destroying the sting of death. You have delivered Adam from the curse, O Lover of Man, and we cry out to you: “O Lord save us!”


Tone 5 Prokeimenon (Resurrection)  

You, O Lord, will protect us and preserve us from this generation forever.


Epistle: Romans 12:6-14

Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith; or ministry, let us use it in our ministering; he who teaches, in teaching; he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness. Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good. Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer; distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.


Gospel: Matthew 9:1-8

So He got into a boat, crossed over, and came to His own city.Then behold, they brought to Him a paralytic lying on a bed. When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, “Son, be of good cheer; your sins are forgiven you.” And at once some of the scribes said within themselves, “This Man blasphemes!” But Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said, “Why do you think evil in your hearts? For which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Arise and walk’? But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins” – then He said to the paralytic, “Arise, take up your bed, and go to your house.” And he arose and departed to his house. Now when the multitudes saw it, they marveled and glorified God, who had given such power to men.

For Further Reading:

We are Made into Icons of Christ

This transformation of all believers into the likeness of Christ (cf. “the same image” [2 Corinthians 3:18] and “Christ who is the image of God [4:4] - the key word eikon is used in both places) should be understood as a further clarification of the senses in which Paul can claim that the Corinthians are a letter from Christ that can be known and read by everyone. Because they are being changed into the likeness of Christ, they manifest the life of Jesus in their mortal flesh (cf. 2 Cor. 4:11). Consequently, the deepest paradox of the passage emerges: Paul’s reading of the sacred text (Exodus 34) reveals that revelation occurs not primarily in the sacred text but in the transformed community of readers. (Richard B. Hays, Echoes of Scripture in the Letters of Paul, p. 144)


Show Paradise Through What You Say & Do

In conclusion, I would like to read a few lines from a discourse by St. Basil the Great: “Let words of consolation leap forward before the rest of your speech, confirming your love for your neighbor.” You who are in the monastery, when you approach your brother; you who are married, when you approach your spouse; you who are a father or a mother, when you approach your child: “Let words of consolation leap forward before the rest of your speech.” Whatever you say, whatever you think of saying, say it only after you’ve said a word or two which will give the others joy, consolation, a breath of life. Make them say “I feel relief, I feel joy.” Make others proud of you, love you, dance for joy when they see you. Because everybody in their life, in their home, in their body, and in their soul, has pain, illness, difficulties, torments, and everybody hides them within the secret purse of his heart and home, so that others won’t know about it. I don’t know what sort pain you’re in, and you don’t know what pain I’m in. I may laugh, shout, and appear happy, but deep down I’m in pain, and I laugh to cover up by sorrow. And so before anything else, greet the other person with a smile.

            And St. Basil adds this: “Let your face be bright, in order to give joy to him who speaks with you.” Once you’ve made the other person smile, don’t stop smiling. This is what it means to have a “bright face.” Let your face be a radiant sun, so that throughout the conversation the other will continue to feel the same happiness. “Take delight in every achievement of your neighbor.” With respect to whatever achievement your neighbor has, rejoice along with him. “For his achievements are yours, and yours are his.” Let the one share in the joy of the other.

            In this way there can be a meeting, a true social relation, of monks and married people, of all people, saints and sinners, giving us all the right and the ability to pray. And when we say: “Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy upon me,” everybody is included: my husband, my wife, my brothers and sisters, my children, the whole world. When God sees such love, when he sees the paradise in my heart, that my heart has room in it for everybody, then it will be impossible for him not to find room in his paradise for me and for you. (Archimandrite Amilianos, The Church at Prayer, p. 88)


Praying for Everyone

I beg and beseech You, Lord, grant to all who have gone astray a true knowledge of You, so that each and everyone may come to know Your glory.

            In the case of all who have passed from this world lacking a virtuous life and having had no faith, be an advocate for them, Lord, for the sake of the body which You took from them, so that from the single united body of the world we may offer up praise to the Father, Son and Holy Spirit in the kingdom of heaven, an unending source of eternal delight. (Isaac the Syrian, Scriptores Syri, T. 225, p. 18)


Male & Female He Created Them

The primordial story of man and woman hints that, despite all the dangers that accompany the humanization of sexuality, it is complementarity — the heterosexual difference — and not just doubleness that may point the way to human flourishing altogether. Conscious love of the complementary other draws the soul outward and upward; in procreation, love, mindful of mortality, overflows generously into creativity, the child unifying the parents as sex or romance alone never can, and the desire to give not only life but a good way of life to their children opens both man and woman towards a concern for the true, the good, and the holy. Parental love of children may be the beginning of sanctification of life. Perhaps that is what God was thinking when He said that it is not good for the human being — neither for man or woman — to be alone. Perhaps this is why “male and female created He them”. (Leon R. Kass, The Beginning of Wisdom, pp. 121-122)


Recent Posts on Fr. Ted’s Blog


Wednesday Bible Discussion

The adult discussion group is taking a summer vacation and so not meeting for a few weeks.  We will resume Wednesday, July 18 at 11am to discuss a new book: 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? (OR  IC= POTUS → WWJD?)  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. The book certainly doesn’t present everybody’s Jesus.


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 12  at Kennedy Park. The full schedule is posted on the bulletin board in the hall.


Young Adult Ministry Event

The young adult ministry is hosting another event to see the Diamond Mill Band at the Greene on July 14. Bring your lawn chairs and or a blanket to sit on! This event is kid friendly and pet friendly! Diamond Mill band will also be collecting CANNED GOODS for their 'Christmas in July' theme to support 'With God's Grace' mobile Food Pantry that serves all of Montgomery County!   See you there. With questions see Mary Kay Smith.


Transportation Needed

Fr. Ted has been in contact with a man who is looking for transportation to church. The man has recently been released from prison and would need to be transported from a halfway house on S. Gettysburg Ave. If you are interested in helping, please see Fr. Ted for more details.


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 at


July Charity

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 and pray for Jason Caldwell & Olivia DeLong who are attending camp this month.



Birthdays: David Cooper, Rebecca Wiese

Anniversaries: Bruce and Martha Irwin

Nameday: Fr. Ted

God grant you many years!


This Week’s Schedule:


Monday, July 9 

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

Readings: 1 Corinthians 5:9-6:11, Matthew 13:54-58

8:30am Matins

9am Office Hours


Tuesday, July 10

Ven. Anthony of the Kiev Caves, Founder of Monasticism in Russia(1073).

Readings: 1 Corinthians 6:20-7:12, Matthew 14:1-13


Wednesday, July 11

Bl. Olga (in Baptism Elena), Princess of Russia (969)

Readings: 1 Corinthians 7:12-24, Matthew 14:35-15:11

8:30am Matins            9am Office Hours                  


Thursday, July 12

Martyrs Proclus and Hilary of Ancyra (2nd c.)

Readings: 1 Corinthians 7:24-35, Matthew 15:12-21

9:30am Park Day: Kennedy Park


Friday, July 13

Synaxis of the Archangel Gabriel. Ven. Stephen of St. Sabbas’ Monastery (794)

Readings: 1 Corinthians 7:35-8:7, Matthew 15:29-31

8:30am Matins            9am Office Hours


Saturday, July 14 

Apostle Aquila of the Seventy (1st c.).

Readings: Romans 12:1-3, Matthew 10:37-11:1

5pm Vespers

6pm Young Adult Ministry Event at the Greene

Sunday, July 15

7th SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST — Tone 6. Holy Equal-to-the-Apostles Great Prince Vladimir (in Baptism Basil), Enlightener of the Russian Lands (1015). Fathers of the 1st Six Ecumenical Councils.

Readings: Romans 15:1-7, Matthew 9:27-35

Prosfora: D. Federinko

Altar Servers: M. Caldwell, B. Garber

Greeter(s): Diane H.

Epistle: M. Pearson

Donut Sponsor(s): N. Muzzy

Chapel Vacuum: S. Osman 

Candle care: R. Helferich

Counters: J. Weise, L. Wagner

9:00am Hours: M. Pearson

9:30am Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom

11:30am Fellowship Hour: Team 3


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