St. Paul the Apostle Orthodox Church

Sunday Bulletin

Sunday, September 16, 2018  

16th Sunday after Pentecost    Tone 7

Afterfeast of the Elevation of the Cross. Sunday after Elevation. Greatmartyr Euphemia the All-praised (304)

Today’s Schedule:

Prosfora: D. Federinko
Altar Servers: M. Caldwell, B. Garber
Greeter(s): D. Helferich, D. Short
Epistle: M. Pearson
Donut Sponsor(s): D. Federinko
Chapel Vacuum: S. Osman
Candle care: R. Helferich
Counters: J. Weise, Michaela Topalov
9:00am Hours: M. Pearson
9:30am Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom
            Procession with Crosses
11:30am Fellowship Hour: Team 3
11:45am Youth group/Church School

Hymns & Readings:

Tone 7 Troparion (Resurrection)
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.
Tone 1 Troparion (Elevation of the Cross)
O Lord, save Your people and bless Your inheritance! Grant victories to the Orthodox Christians over their adversaries; and by virtue of Your Cross, preserve Your habitation!
Tone 4 Kontakion (Elevation of the Cross)
As You were voluntarily raised upon the Cross for our sake, grant mercy to those who are called by Your Name, O Christ God; make all Orthodox Christians glad by your power, granting them victories over their adversaries by bestowing on them the invincible trophy, Your weapon of peace!
Tone 7 Prokeimenon
Extol the Lord our God: worship at His footstool for it is holy!
Epistle: 2 Corinthians 6:1-10
Brothers and sisters,
Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law but by faith in Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, that we might be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law; for by the works of the law no flesh shall be justified. But if, while we seek to be justified by Christ, we ourselves also are found sinners, is Christ therefore a minister of sin? Certainly not! For if I build again those things which I destroyed, I make myself a transgressor. For I through the law died to the law that I might live to God. I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.
Gospel: Mark 8:34-9:1
When He had called the people to Himself, with His disciples also, He said to them, “Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him the Son of Man also will be ashamed when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.” And He said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you that there are some standing here who will not taste death till they see the kingdom of God present with power.”
Instead of “It is truly meet …,” we sing:
Magnify, O my soul, the most precious Cross of the Lord! You are a mystical Paradise, O Theotokos, who, though untilled, have brought forth Christ; through Him the life-bearing wood of the Cross was planted on earth. Now at its Elevation, as we bow in worship before it, we magnify you.
Communion Hymns
Praise the Lord from the heavens, praise Him in the highest! The light of Your countenance has shone on us, O Lord. Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia! 

For Further Reading:

We Are the Body of Christ
And therefore throughout all time, man, formed at the beginning by the Hands of God, that is, by the Son and the Spirit, becomes after the image and likeness of God: the chaff, that is, the apostasy, being cast away, while the wheat, that is, those who bear as fruit faith in God being gathered into the granary. And therefore tribulation is necessary for those who are being saved, that, in a certain way, having been threshed and kneaded together, through endurance, with the Word of God, and baked in the fire, they may be suitable for the banquet of the King, as one of ours said, when condemned to the wild beasts because of his testimony to God: ‘I am the wheat of Christ, and I am ground by the teeth of the wild beasts, that I may be found [to be] pure bread of God.’ (Irenaeus)
            The perspective of this passage is oriented towards the fashioning of man in the image and likeness of God. Man, formed in the beginning by the Word and the Spirit, is continually being fashioned throughout all time into the image and likeness of God. We have seen how God bore the apostasy of man, that man might come to learn of his own mortality and acknowledge the one and only Source of life. Here the process of fashioning man into the image, salvation, is described from a different perspective: threshed by tribulation, the chaff or apostasy being cast away, man is kneaded together with Christ, and through fire the martyr is made into bread suitable for the Father’s celebration. Just as Christ’s death and resurrection are the basis on which Christians celebrate the eucharist, so the martyr’s death, kneaded together with the Word, and resurrection, as appropriate bread, are celebrated by God. (John Behr, Asceticism and Anthropology in Irenaeus and Clement, p. 78)
Be a New Creation
What is meant by a new self? A new self in Christ means a new understanding of and a new relationship to self, Christ, God, Holy Spirit, others and the world. Christ changes not merely the spiritual circumstances in which we live, but also our inner being or character - us. There in the depths of our heart, where we experience what we are and how we feel about ourselves, where our own self-image is often distorted and covered up  by frustration and guilt, where God has nevertheless placed a treasure of spiritual gifts and powers, there is the where the personal identity of each human being is located and awaits an explosive release by the grace of Christ. This same question of identity is as important to us as it was important to the man of the gospel account who was possessed by many demons. It is one of the key questions of life. But many are inclined to ignore it. (Theodore Stylianopoulos, A Year of the Lord: Liturgical Bible Studies, p. 94)
Contemplating the Cross
For the Cross is Christ’s garment just as the humanity of Christ is the garment of the divinity. Thus (the Cross today) serves as a type, awaiting the time when the true prototype will be revealed: then those things will not be required (any longer). For the Divinity dwells inseparably in the Humanity, without any end, and forever; in other words, boundlessly. For this reason we look on the Cross as the place belonging to the Shekhina of the Most High, the Lord’s sanctuary, the ocean of the symbols (or, mysteries) of God’s economy.   . . . Whenever we gaze on the Cross in a composed way, with our emotions steadied, the recollection of our Lord’s entire economy gathers together and he stands before our interior eyes. (Isaac of Nineveh, Isaac of Nineveh, The Second Part, p. 60)
What is the Divine Liturgy?
The totality of the wondrous events performed by God, in order to bring man after his disobedience back to His house and make him His own once more, is called divine economy or dispensation: ‘The divine economy of our God and Savior is the raising up of man from his fallen state and his return from the alienation produced by his disobedience to intimacy with God’ (St Basil).
            This reality of our salvation in Christ is what we experience at every Divine Liturgy, for which we give thanks to God: ‘The awesome Mysteries which are performed at every assembly of the faithful and which offer salvation in abundance are called the Eucharist [‘thanksgiving’] because they consist of the recollection of many  benefactions, and reveal to us the culmination of divine providence’ (St John Chrysostom). The Divine Liturgy is the sacramental re-living of these things and the ‘recapitulation of the entire divine economy’. That is why at the end of the Divine Liturgy of St. Basil the celebrant says: “The Mystery of Your dispensation, O Christ our God, has been accomplished and perfected.’
            The mystery of the divine economy was made manifest at the same time as man’s disobedience. The Master who loves mankind ‘at once saw the fall and the magnitude of the wound, and hastened to treat the wound so that it would not grow and turn into an incurable injury...spurred on by His love, not for one moment did He cease to provide for man’ (Chrysostom). Through wonderful deeds and prophetic words, God prepared man to partake in the fullness of life and love. (Hieromonk Gregorios, The Divine Liturgy, p. 15)
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Children’s Choir
We will be starting up our children’s choir again today. Erin Caldwell & Erin Ferdelman will be leading this informal singing group in an effort to make our kids feel more a part of the liturgy and to familiarize them a little more with some of the hymns of the church. This time, we hope to learn some of the odes of the Akathist of Thanksgiving, hopefully singing what we’ve learned o the Sunday before and Sunday after Thanksgiving (November 18 & 25). Any kids under 18 are welcome to join. We will be meeting in the church at 11:30am just before church school and will dismiss kids to church school at 11:45am.
Procession with Crosses
“And calling the crowd to him with his disciples, Jesus said to them, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.” (Mark 8:34) In remembrance of Jesus’ words to us, Today, September 16, we will have our usual Cross Procession during the Liturgy.
Everyone in the parish is encouraged to bring a cross (not just the kids) to carry during the procession. This is to remind yourself that you agreed to be a disciple of the Crucified One, we symbolically carry it in procession to remind ourselves we must carry it daily in our hearts, minds and lives. Parents, besides carrying your own cross, please do remember to have your children bring a cross for the procession.
Wednesday Adult  Discussion Group
We are resuming on Wednesday, September 19. We will continue our 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 to get a copy of the reading materials if you plan to join the discussion.
Serving at St. Vincent DePaul
We only have two remaining times we as a church will be serving at St Vincent de Paul. September 29 will be the fifth Saturday and thus our day to serve. We all gather at the St Vincent Gateway shelter for women and families in the kitchen at 9:15am Saturday the 29th and make subs for the guests lunch meal. If you would like to join us please contact Matthew Jobst so I know how many will be helping. This is an amazing way to sow your time to help those in need and reap a joy that you have made a positive impact in someone’s life! Thanks again!
Annual Corn Maze
Mark your calendars for Sunday, October 21 because we will be heading down to Germantown to enjoy some food and fun at Tom's Corn Maze! Meet at 3:00PM (or come even earlier for extra fun!) near the entrance of the farm. There are plenty of activities for all ages including the big corn maze, straw bale maze, pumpkin cannon and train ride. At 5:00 we will head over to one of Tom's campfires for an old fashioned hot dog and marshmallow roast! We have the campfire from 4-7pm so get ready for a great time. Sign up sheets will be available on the bulletin board soon. Tom's maze is located 1 mile west of State Route 4, at 4677 Germantown-Liberty Road at the intersection of Germantown-Liberty Rd. and Farmersville-West Carrollton Rd. Questions? See Alyson Turri. 

“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.
September: Support Our Seminarians!
While all of God’s People are called to proclaim the Good News, our clergy have  been given the special task of “equipping the saints for ministry” by planting the seeds of faith and nurturing spiritual growth. For three quarters of a century, our seminaries have devoted themselves to imparting information about our faith and to pursuing the formation of those called to the ordained ministry. Our diocesan seminarians have chosen a truly difficult and selfless path, especially in terms of funding their studies and related living expenses. September 2018 has been designated “Support Our Seminarians Month” in the Diocese of the Midwest, culminating in “SOS Sunday” on September 30. Please be generous as we join together to help lighten our
seminarians’ financial burdens. All funds will be given directly to our seminarians! Please send your donations to the Diocese of the Midwest, 927 North LaSalle Blvd., Chicago, IL 60610.
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.
Thanks for Your Prayers
Fr. Ted thanks you for your continued prayers for his health. This past week he had his 6 month CT scan and they found no cancer. It is 3 ½  years since he was diagnosed with lung cancer, but thanks to your prayers, no new cancer has occurred. He does not need to return to oncology until February, 2019.
September Charity
Our September charity will be given to the Diocesan Support our Seminarian campaign. The money will be used to help seminarians and their families with expenses for food and housing.  Please remember to pray for our diocesan seminarians and their families - they are devoting their lives to serve us in the Church.
Birthdays: Art Schwaninger, Michaela Topalov, Dominic Barone,
Anniversary: Miguel & Michaela Topalov
God grant you many years!

This Week’s Schedule:

Monday, September 17
Afterfeast of the Elevation of the Cross. Martyr Sophia, and her three daughters: Faith (Vera), Hope (Nadézhda), and Love (Liubóv’, Charity), at Rome (ca. 137).
Readings: Ephesians 1:22-2:3, Luke 3:19-22
8:30am Matins            9am Office Hours
Tuesday, September 18
Afterfeast of the Elevation of the Cross. Martyr Ariadne of Phrygia (2nd c.).
Readings: Ephesians 2:19-3:7, Luke 3:23-4:1
5pm  Risk Committee Meeting                       6pm Parish Council Meeting
Wednesday, September 19
Afterfeast of the Elevation of the Cross. Martyrs Trophimus, Sabbatius, and Dorymedon of Synnada (276)
Readings: Ephesians 3:8-21, Luke 4:1-15
8:30am Matins            9am Office Hours                   11am Discussion Group
6pm Catechism/Inquirer’s Class I
Thursday, September 20
Afterfeast of the Elevation of the Cross. Greatmartyr Eustathius (Eustace) Placidas, his wife, Martyr Theopistes, and their children, Martyrs Agapius and Theopistus, of Rome (ca. 118).
Readings: Ephesians 4:14-19, Luke 4:16-22
Friday, September 21          
Leavetaking of the Elevation of the Cross. Apostle Quadratus of the Seventy (ca. 130).
Readings: Ephesians 4:17-25, Luke 4:22-30
8:30am Matins                        9am Office Hours      
Saturday, September 22
Prophet Jonah (8th c. B.C.).
Readings: 1 Corinthians 14:20-25, Luke 4:31-36
5pm Vespers
Sunday, September 23
17th SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST — Tone 8. The Conception of the Honorable Glorious Prophet, Forerunner and Baptist John.
Readings: Galatians 4:22-31, Luke 1:5-25
Prosfora: Need volunteer
Altar Servers: V. Weis, J. Fencik
Greeter(s): D. Helferich, D. Short
Epistle: M. Pearson
Donut Sponsor(s): Muzzy
Chapel Vacuum: Need volunteer
Candle care: Need volunteer
Counters: K. Henry & M. Brausch
9:00am Hours: M. Pearson
9:30am Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom
11am  Reception of Daniel & Elizabeth Callahan, Andrew Reigelman, & Jacob Sims into the Catechumenate
11:30am Fellowship Hour: Team 4
11:45am Youth group/Church School

Upcoming Dates to Remember:

September 29 St. Paul Serves at St. Vincent DePaul
November 15 Nativity Fast Begins
November 20 Vespers-Liturgy for the Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple
December 24 Vespers & Lessons & Carols for the Eve of the Nativity
December 25 Liturgy for the Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ