Prosfora: A. Makris
Altar Servers: M. Caldwell
Greeter(s): M. Jobst, M. Brausch
Epistle: D. Abshear
Donut Sponsor(s): Need sponsor
Chapel Cleaners: D. Short
Counters: B. Garber, P. Friesel
9:00am Hours Need Volunteer
9:30am Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom
11:00am Prayer Commissioning the Parish Mission Team
11:30am Fellowship Hour: Team 2
Today’s Hymns & Readings
Tone 4 Resurrectional Toparion
When the women disciples of the Lord learned from the angel the joyous message of the Resurrection; they cast away the ancestral curse and elatedly told the apostles: Death is overthrown; Christ God is risen, granting the world great mercy!
Hymn of Sts. 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 4 Resurrectional Kontakion
My Savior and Redeemer as God rose from the tomb and delivered the earthborn from their chains. He has shattered the gates of hell, and as Master, he has risen on the third day!
Tone 4 Prokemenon
O Lord, how manifold are your works! In wisdom have you made them all.
Epistle: Romans 10:1-10
Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is that they may be saved. For I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge. For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and seeking to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted to the righteousness of God. For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes. For Moses writes about the righteousness which is of the law, “The man who does those things shall live by them.” But the righteousness of faith speaks in this way, “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?’ (that is, to bring Christ down from above)
or, ‘Who will descend into the abyss?’” (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith which we preach): that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
Gospel: Matthew 8:28-9:1
When He had come to the other side, to the country of the Gergesenes, there met Him two demon-possessed men, coming out of the tombs, exceedingly fierce, so that no one could pass that way. And suddenly they cried out, saying, “What have we to do with You, Jesus, You Son of God? Have You come here to torment us before the time?” Now a good way off from them there was a herd of many swine feeding. So the demons begged Him, saying, “If You cast us out, permit us to go away into the herd of swine.” And He said to them, “Go.” So when they had come out, they went into the herd of swine. And suddenly the whole herd of swine ran violently down the steep place into the sea, and perished in the water. Then those who kept them fled; and they went away into the city and told everything, including what had happened to the demon-possessed men. And behold, the whole city came out to meet Jesus. And when they saw Him, they begged Him to depart from their region. So He got into a boat, crossed over, and came to His own city.
The Effects of Addiction
Just as addictive nuclear families are plagued with denial, so too is the church family. Denial is a powerful defense mechanism that allows people to go through life without considering how their thoughts and actions are at odds with the call to holiness. This leads to a moral dilemma. As A. W. Schaef and Diane Fassel write in The Addictive Organization, “Ethical deterioration is the inevitable outcome of immersion in the addictive system. It easy to understand how this happens. If your life is taken up by lying to yourself or others, attempting to control, perfectionism, denial, grabbing what you can for yourself, and refusing to let in information that would alter the addictive paradigm, then you are spiritually bankrupt” (John and Lyn Breck, Stages on Life’s Way: Orthodox Thinking on Bioethics, p. 181).
As Metropolitan John Zizioulas has recently written:
It is not by accident that the Church has given to the Eucharist the name of ‘communion.’ For in the Eucharist we can find all the dimensions of communion: God communicates himself to us, we enter into communion with him, the participants of the sacrament enter into communion with one another, and creation as a whole enters through man into communion with God. All this takes place in Christ and the Spirit, who brings the last days into history and offers to the world a foretaste of the Kingdom (The Cambridge Companion to Orthodox Christian Theology, p. 181).
In a universe where values are relative and individual autonomy reigns supreme, personal responsibility is a doubtful proposition. Responsibility implies accountability to a higher authority than the face in the mirror, there is no need for shame or guilt. Even if you get caught, it is always the fault of someone else: your parents, your teachers, the government, faulty genes (again your parents! And no need for repentance if you can obtain the services of a clever lawyer!). Dr. Victor Frankl was an admirer of the United States and the many freedoms enjoyed by its citizens, but with some caveats. “Freedom...is a negative concept which requires a positive complement. And the positive complement is responsibleness..[which] refers to a meaning for whose fulfillment we are responsible, and also to a being before whom we are responsible...Freedom threatens to degenerate into mere arbitrariness unless it is lived in terms of responsibleness..the Statue of Liberty on the East Coast [of the United States] should be supplemented by a Statue of Responsibility on the West Coast” (Daniel B. Hinshaw, Suffering and the Nature of Healing, p. 81).
Those who follow the path of God often experience times when the holy peace, that glorious inner seclusion of calm detachment, and the freedom they love are interrupted-when, in fact, they withdraw. Sometimes movements within the heart raise such clouds of dust within that one cannot see the path one must follow.
When we happen to experience something like this, we must realize and recognize that God allows it to happen for our own good. This is precisely the warfare for which God has rewarded his saints with radiant crowns. Remembering this, then, let us not lose courage in the trials we face. As in any other trouble, we may look to the Lord and say to Him from our heart, “O Lord my God, take care of Your servant, and let Your will be done in me. I know and confess that Your words and promise are true. I put my trust in them and stand firmly upon Your path.” Blessed is the soul that surrenders to the Lord each time it experiences trouble and hardship.
If, in spite of this, the struggle persists and we are unable to attune and unite our will with the will of God as quickly as we wish, let us not mourn or lose heart, but continue to surrender ourselves to God, bowing willingly to His decisions. Through this we will gain victory. Remember the battle our Lord Jesus Christ had to fight in the garden of Gethsemane, when he cried, “O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me.” But he immediately added, “Nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will” (Matthew 26:39). For He indeed faced all we have to face.
When we are faced with difficulties, it is best not to take any step til we raise our eyes to the crucified Christ our Lord. There we will see written in large letters how we too should behave in the hardships which face us. So let us copy it for ourselves - not in letters and words, but in actions. That is, when we feel attacks of self-loving, self-pity, we must not pay attention to them nor crawl down from our cross. Let us rather resort to prayer and endure with humility - striving to conquer our will and to stand firmly in the determination to desire God’s will to be done in us.
If we emerge from our prayer with this fruit, let us rejoice. If we fail to attain it, our soul will be left fasting, not having tasted its natural fruit.
We must try to let nothing dwell in our soul except God - even for a short time. In the meantime, do not mourn or be distressed by anything. Nor should we turn our eyes to look at the evil of others or to bad examples. Rather, let us learn to be like a little child, which, in its innocence, does not notice such things, but passes them by unharmed (Jack N. Sparks, Victory in the Unseen Warfare, pp. 111-112).
Sunday: Remembering Creation & Resurrection
Here's the truth, according to the early Church: Saturday is the Sabbath. The early Church recognized it as a holy day, in that it is the day that commemorates God's resting after the creation of the world. Also, the Church revered it as the day on which Christ descended into hell, shattering its gates and freeing mankind forever from the bonds of death.
But the early Church also understood that the act the Sabbath commemorates--the creation of the world--has been infinitely surpassed in the continuing work of God, the new creation, which St. John describes: 'Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away' (Revelation 21:1). When does this new universe begin? On the day of Christ's glorious Resurrection. For on that day, God established the foundations of this new world, a world that includes eternal life for mankind. It was on the day of His Resurrection that Christ our God rose in the flesh, forever making possible our union with Him. By the power of His resurrection, man is blessed by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit and may live in oneness with the Father under the earnest of those new heavens, in that new earth.
Now, the old creation was commemorated on the day of its ending--on Saturday. But the new creation will never pass away. Thus, it must be commemorated on the day of its wondrous beginning. And that day, the day on which God chose to raise Christ and gloriously change the universe forever, is not Saturday, but Sunday. The ancient Church often referred to Sunday as the "eighth day," the day that takes us beyond this awesome, but temporal and fading realm that the Sabbath remembers, into God's eternal day.
The Church recognizes its first allegiance must belong to the new, everlasting Kingdom, not to the old. Thus, the faithful of Christ proclaimed Sunday as their day of highest worship. Saturday remained a day for spiritual meditation and reflection, a day to thoughtfully prepare for the celebration of Christ's Resurrection (Matthew Gallatin, Thirsting for God in a Land of Shallow Wells, pp. 59-60).
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Mission Team to Charleston WV
On Sunday, July 16th, St. Paul’s will be sending Christina Brausch, Maria Brausch, Rich Helferich, Maria Phillips, and David Short to Charleston, WV to work with the IOCC. The team will be helping to restore homes that were impacted by the flooding last year. They will be there through July 22nd and joining other team members from around the country. Please pray throughout the week for their health and safety.
Wednesday Book Study
The group is continuing this week on Wednesday, July 12 at 11 am to plan our next topic. If there is interest we can have lunch together at Christopher’s.
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 13 at Kennedy Park.
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 (https://booknow-lifetouch.appointment-plus.com/y3zxp8qq/) or by talking to Erin Caldwell ASAP. There are alternate dates and locations if you cannot make it to our sessions at St. Paul. 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 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.
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: David Cooper, Mary Raab, Rebecca Wiese
Namedays: Fr. Ted
Anniversary: Bruce & Martha Irwin
God grant you many years!
This Week’s Schedule
Monday, July 10
Ven. Anthony of the Kiev Caves, Founder of Monasticism in Russia (1073).
Readings: Romans 16:17-24, Matthew 13:10-23
9am Office Hours
Tuesday, July 11
Greatmartyr Euphemia the All-praised (451).
Readings: 1 Corinthians 1:1-9, Matthew 13:24-30
Wednesday, July 12
Martyrs Proclus and Hilary of Ancyra (2nd c.)
Readings: 1 Corinthians 2:9-3:8, Matthew 13:31-36
9am Office Hours
11am Discussion Group
6pm Catechism class
Thursday, July 13
Synaxis of the Archangel Gabriel
Readings:1 Corinthians 3:18-23, Matthew 13:36-43
9:30am Park Day @ Kennedy Park
Friday, July 14
Apostle Aquila of the Seventy (1st c.)
Readings: 1 Corinthians 4:5-8, Matthew 13:44-54
9am Office Hours
Saturday, July 15
Holy Equal-to-the-Apostles Great Prince Vladimir (in Baptism Basil), Enlightener of the Russian Lands (1015)
Readings: Romans 9:1-5, Matthew 9:18-26
Sunday, July 16: 6th SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST — Tone 5. Fathers of the 1st Six Ecumenical Councils.
Readings: Romans 12:6-14, Matthew 9:1-8
Prosfora: Need volunteer
Altar Servers: V. Weis
Greeter(s): D. Helferich, G. Friesel
Epistle: L. Short
Donut Sponsor(s): Need sponsor
Chapel Cleaners: A. Turri
Counters: J. Wiese, L. Wagner
9:00am Hours L. Short
9:30am Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom
11:30am Fellowship Hour: Team 3