St. Paul the Apostle Orthodox Church

Sunday Bulletin

Sunday, August 26, 2018

13th Sunday after Pentecost.
Tone 4. Martyrs Adrian and Natalia and 33 companions, of Nicomedia (4th)

Prosfora: N. Galiatsatos

Altar Servers: M. Caldwell, B. Garber

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

Epistle: A. McLarnan

Donut Sponsor(s): Need sponsor

Chapel Vacuum/candle care: Alex & Bobbie Tyson

Counters: K. Henry, M. Brausch

9:00am Hours: A. McLarnan

9:30am Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom

11:30am Fellowship Hour: Team 4

11:45am Youth group/Church School

Hymns & Readings:


Tone 4 Troparion (Resurrection)

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 & 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 4 Kontakion (Resurrection)

My Savior and Redeemer as God rose from the tomb and delivered the earth-born from their chains. He has shattered the gates of hell, and as Master, He has risen on the third day!


Tone 4 Prokimenon (Resurrection)

O Lord, how manifold are Your works; in wisdom have You made them all.


Epistle: 1 Corinthians 16:13-24

Brothers and sisters, Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong. Let all that you do be done with love. I urge you, brethren – you know the household of Stephanas, that it is the firstfruits of Achaia, and that they have devoted themselves to the ministry of the saints – that you also submit to such, and to everyone who works and labors with us. I am glad about the coming of Stephanas, Fortunatus, and Achaicus, for what was lacking on your part they supplied. For they refreshed my spirit and yours. Therefore acknowledge such men. The churches of Asia greet you. Aquila and Priscilla greet you heartily in the Lord, with the church that is in their house. All the brethren greet you. Greet one another with a holy kiss. The salutation with my own hand – Paul’s. If anyone does not love the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be accursed. O Lord, come! The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. My love be with you all in Christ Jesus. Amen


Gospel: Matthew 21:33-42

Hear another parable: There was a certain landowner who planted a vineyard and set a hedge around it, dug a winepress in it and built a tower. And he leased it to vinedressers and went into a far country. Now when vintage-time drew near, he sent his servants to the vinedressers, that they might receive its fruit. And the vinedressers took his servants, beat one, killed one, and stoned another. Again he sent other servants, more than the first, and they did likewise to them. Then last of all he sent his son to them, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’ But when the vinedressers saw the son, they said among themselves, ‘This is the heir. Come, let us kill him and seize his inheritance.’ So they took him and cast him out of the vineyard and killed him. Therefore, when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those vinedressers?” They said to Him, “He will destroy those wicked men miserably, and lease his vineyard to other vinedressers who will render to him the fruits in their seasons.” Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in the Scriptures: ‘The stone which the builders rejected Has become the chief cornerstone. This was the LORD’s doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes’?

For Further Reading:


Thinking about Suffering


Come, together we will press

to enter the camel’s eye

that narrowest of gates.


Observe the trees. Just as they

must endure the winter’s storms

before they can bear fruit, so it is

with us. This troubled age is our own

destructive storm. Enduring

its trials and temptations, we obtain

our inheritance, our flowering, this new

fruitfulness, and also enter heaven’s kingdom. (Scott Cairns, Love’s Immensity, p. 42-43)


Teaching as a Ministry of the Church

One can learn to play the piano by oneself, but one cannot deny the obvious value of a knowledgeable teacher if one really wishes to excel. Books don’t talk back to us - a teacher very often will, and this makes all the difference. In some respects, the teacher is like a coach, spurring the athlete to run more efficiently. “Wake up!” “Pay attention!” Though the coach cannot do the running for the runner, the runner achieves his best when the coach does his job. So it is with us - if we are open and unthreatened enough to listen and hear.

            ...Certainly there will always be those who teach us skills and provide us with facts, but here we are speaking of a relationship in which someone can point out something about ourselves that we are blind to, who is experienced enough in life to see where we are going and to provide firm, effective guidance in the wilderness. Sometimes what they tell us will pierce us to the heart. We think of the arrogant monk who never listened or took to heart anything his abba taught him. One day, in the midst of a crisis of faith, he went to the abba and said, “Abba, give me a word.” The abba replied, “No.” The brother, shocked, retorted, “Why not?” The abba looked at him calmly. “‘No’ is not good enough?” And the brother repented. (The Monks of New Skete, In the Spirit of Happiness, p. 54 & 55)


Environmental Theology

First, Chrysostom argues that the image of God is reflected in humanity's control and authority over the natural world.  As Chrysostom expresses it, “God created the human being as having control over everything on earth...nothing on earth is greater than the human being, under whose authority everything falls.” This authority and control is a gift of love, given to humanity to be exercised responsibly. Indeed, the exercises of a responsible dominion, Chrysostom believes, rebukes the fallen human tendency toward irresponsibility, laziness and self-indulgence. Responsible care for the environment is to be a “stabilizing influence” in our lives, forcing us to look beyond ourselves toward the well-being of our broader world with all its varied inhabitants. To exploit or ignore that environment is to deface God’s own image in us.

            Second, God has exhibited, as Chrysostom puts it, an amazing “prodigality” or extravagance in God’s creation of the world. Certain characteristics of the natural order - the seasons and their rhythms, for example - have been created to facilitate humanity’s life and understanding of God’s love and care. Other aspects of nature - reptiles and wild beasts come to mind - illustrate the abundance of God’s creation, an extravagant prodigality designed to “overwhelm” us and teach us “that all these things were produced by a certain wisdom and ineffable love out of regard for the human being that was destined to come into being.

Even if we struggle to identify all of nature’s utility and benefit, we are called to preserve it in its entirety.” (essay by Christopher A. Hall, from Ancient & Postmodern Christianity, pp. 36-37)


Creation: God’s Gift to Us

If we extend our discourse to the boundless multitude of fishes - those in ponds, those in the springs, those in the rivers, those in the navigable sea, and those in the unnavigable - or if we consider the untold numbers of flocks of birds - those in the air, those on land, those in the water as well as on the land (for there are a great number of aquatic birds among them), wild ones, tame ones, wild ones that have been domesticated, those that always remain wild, edible ones, inedible ones - and if we investigate the beauty, the feathers, and the musical sound of each; if we but closely examine the differences in their singing, their food, their way of life, and if we recount their habits, their haunts, all the benefits and services they provide to us, their sizes, great and small, their young and the rearing of them, and the great and inexpressible diversity among them, and if we also do the same with the fishes; and if from there we also go on to plants, which grow everywhere on the earth, and if for each of them we look at its fruit and its usefulness and its fragrance and its appearance, its structure, its leaves, its color, its shape, its size, great or small, its benefits, its methods of cultivation, its kind of bark, trunk, branch, those growing in meadows and those in enclosed gardens; then if we go on to the various herbs and investigate the manifold places where they grow and the ways to find them, to care for them, and to cultivate them, as well as their usefulness to us for healing; and if we also move on to the ore-bearing mountains, of which there are many; and if we search through all the other created things, which are even more numerous - then, what words or what amount of time would be enough for us to come to a precise understanding of them?

            And all that, O man, is for your sake: arts for your sake, and ways of living and cities and villages and sleep for your sake, and death for your sake, and life for your sake, and growth, and so many works of nature and such a good world for your sake now - and for your sake it will be better still. Concerning the fact that it will be better and that it will be better for your sake, listen to what the apostle Paul says: Because the creation itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption, that is, from being corruptible. And how it will enjoy such an honor he shows by adding: into the liberty of the glory of the children of God (Rom. 8:21). (St. John Chrysostom, On the Providence of God, p. 67-68)


Recent Posts on Fr. Ted’s Blog



Church School

Church school resumes TODAY at 11:45. Listen for the bell ringing!


Wednesday Adult  Discussion Group

We are not meeting this week. We will resume meeting next Wednesday, September 5, at 11am when we will begin a discussion on a vision for Orthodoxy in America. We will be looking at a couple of articles that deal with some of the first Russian Orthodox missionaries to America who began to envision an Orthodox Church for America that wasn’t here to serve ethnic migrants but was here to establish an English language church for all Americans. Please see Fr. Ted today to get a copy of the reading materials if you plan to join the discussion.


New Catechism/Inquirer’s Class Being Organized

To accommodate schedules, Fr. Ted is offering two sections of  the Catechism/Inquirer’s Class.   We will have two sections beginning this Wednesday, August 29 -  1) at 4pm and 2) at 6pm.   Both sections will be offering the same material.  If you or someone you know are interested in learning more about the Orthodox Faith or wish to be received into the Orthodox Faith, please join one of the classes on Wednesday evening. Questions? Please contact Fr. Ted as soon as possible by sending him an email at



“That we might spend the remaining time of our life in peace and repentance, let us pray to the Lord.” We do ask God to give us a lifetime of repentance. If you want to come to the sacrament of Confession at any time during the year, please contact Fr. Ted to set up a time for your confession. He is regularly available before and after the Saturday 5pm Vespers, but it is always good to call him in advance to make sure he is available.  


Adult Discussion This Autumn

What is the vision of our parish for the parish? This autumn we can have a discussion of Fr. Alexander Schmemann’s FOR THE LIFE OF THE WORLD. St. Vladimir’s Seminary will issue a new edition of this classic Orthodox book this fall.  Originally published in 1963, the book is based on a series of lectures Fr. Schmemann delivered in which he gave a vision for the liturgical theology of the Orthodox Church.  It is a book that helped inspire the creation of the Orthodox Church in America. The book was also Fr. Ted’s inspiration for coming to Dayton to start the St. Paul mission. If you would join a group meeting 4 times to discuss the book, please speak with Fr Ted.  We probably will not order copies of the book until the new edition is published.  So far 5 people have expressed an interest in attending.


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.


Notes From the 23 August Parish Council Meeting

Present: Fr. Ted, Brian Garber, Ann McLarnan, Kerrie Wiese, David Short, Bruce Garber, Rebecca Barone, Heather Weis.

YTD Financial Report as of  30 June 2018

Expenses                    $124,807.32

Income                        $120,176.85

Budget                         $133,354.70

Assets                         $221,086.15


1] Feedback on the seating in the Fellowship Hall shows parishioners prefer no change to the current set up - round tables are overwhelmingly preferred over rectangular ones. 2] Heather Weis gave a  follow-up report on the summer vacation church school. It was a great success and received a lot of praise from the parents whose children participated in the program. All the staff and teachers deserve a great deal of praise for their work. 3] Council will continue to look at online methods for receiving donations and for collecting pledges. 4] Council adopted a newly worded policy on giving scholarships to children going to Orthodox camps during the year. 5]  Council will look into getting a new water conditioning system for the church to deal with the hard water issues. 6] An inquiry was made by a parishioner about the possibility of holding a rummage sale at the church. As long as parish policies are adhered to, it can be done. 7] Kerrie is going to put together a Proposed Budget for 2019 for the Council to discuss. 8] At the November 11 Annual Parish Meeting, there will be 3 positions up for election on Parish Council.  Janine Elash and Rebecca Barone have decided not to seek another term on Council. 9] Council did approve of the Risk Committee’s Emergency Action Plan.


August Charity

We will be helping a couple of Orthodox families who are in need.



Birthdays: Mark Stokoe, Jon McIntosh

Namedays: Alex Masick

God grant you many years!

This Week’s Schedule:

Monday, August 27

Ven. Pœmen the Great (ca. 450)

Readings: 2 Corinthians 12:10-19, Mark 4:10-23

8:30am Matins            9am Office Hours


Tuesday, August 28

Righteous Anna the Prophetess, who met the Lord at the Temple in Jerusalem (1st c.)

Readings: 2 Corinthians 12:20-13:2, Mark 4:24-34


Wednesday, August 29    Strict Fast

The Beheading of the Holy Glorious Prophet, Forerunner, and Baptist John.

Readings: 2 Corinthians 13:3-14, Mark 4:35-41

8:30am Matins            9am Office Hours      

4pm Catechism/Inquirer’s Class                    6pm Confession Catechism/Inquirer’s Class


Thursday, August 30

St. Alexander the Patriarch of Constantinople

Readings: Galatians 1:1-10, 20-2:5, Mark 5:1-20


Friday, August 31

Hieromartyr Cyprian, Bishop of Carthage (258)

Readings: Galatians 2:6-10, Mark 5:22-24, 35-6:1

8:30am Matins            9am Office Hours


Saturday, September 1

Church New Year. St. Simeon the Stylite and his mother, Ven. Martha (ca. 428)

Readings: 1 Corinthians 4:1-5, Matthew 23:1-12

5pm Vespers


Sunday, September 2

14th SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST — Tone 5. Ven. Anthony and Theodosius of the Kiev Caves (10th-11th c.)

Readings: 2 Corinthians 1:21-2:4, Matthew 22:1-14

Prosfora: Need volunteer

Altar Servers: D. Abshear, D. Beleny

Greeter(s): MK Smith & M. Adrian

Epistle: M. Pearson

Donut Sponsor(s): Need sponsor

Chapel Vacuum: J. Cunningham

Candle care: Bruce Garber

Counters: Ben Lootens & Mark Pearson

9:00am Hours: M. Pearson

9:30am Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom

11:30am Fellowship Hour: Potluck

11:45am Youth group/Church School


Upcoming Events to Remember

September 7             Vespers for the Nativity of the Theotokos, 6pm

September 8              Liturgy for the Nativity of the Theotokos, 9:30am

September 13            Vespers-Liturgy for the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, 6pm

September 14            Exaltation of the Holy Cross