St. Paul the Apostle Orthodox Church

Sunday Bulletin

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost   Tone 6

 Martyr Sophia and her three daughters, Faith, Hope, & Love (ca. 137)

Today’s Schedule:

Prosfora: Lessin Family

Altar Server: D. Abshear

Greeter(s): D. Helferich & G. Friesel

Epistle: L. Short

Donut Sponsor(s): Muzzy

Chapel Vacuum: T. Jacob/J. Elash

Candle care: T. Jacob/J. Elash

Counters: J Wiese & L. Wagner

9:00am Hours: B. Edwards

9:30am Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom

Chrismation of Evan Abla

Procession with crosses for the Exaltation of the Holy Cross

11:15am Youth group

11:30 Fellowship Hour: Team 3

11:45 Church School

1 - 2:30pm  Catechism/Inquirer’s Class


Today’s Hymns & Readings:


First Antiphon:

God, my God, attend to me! Why have you forsaken me?

Refrain: Through the prayers of the Theotokos, O savior, save us!

Why are You so far from helping me, from the words of my groaning?

O my God, I cry by day, but You do not answer; and my night but find no rest.

You dwell in the sanctuary, the praise of Israel.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages, Amen.


Second Antiphon:

O God, why do You cast us off forever?

Refrain: O Son of God, crucified in the flesh, save us who sing to You: Alleluia.

O God, why do You cast us off forever?

Refrain: O Son of God, crucified in the flesh, save us who sing to You: Alleluia.

Remember your congregation, which You have gotten of old.

Remember Mount Zion, where You have dwelt.

God is our King before he ages; He has worked salvation in the midst of the earth.

Resurrection Troparion: Tone 6

The Angelic Powers were at Your tomb; the guards became as dead men. Mary stood by Your grave, seeking Your most pure body. You took hell captive, not being tempted by it. You came to the Virgin, granting life. O Lord, Who rose from the dead, glory to You.  


Troparion for the Elevation of the Cross: Tone 1

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! saving our souls from death.


Resurrection Kontakion: Tone 6

When Christ God the Giver of Life, raised all of the dead from the valleys of misery with His mighty hand, He bestowed resurrection on the human race. He is the Savior of all, the Resurrection, the Life, and the God of all.


Kontakion for the Elevation of the Cross: Tone 4

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!


Prokeimenon: Tone 7

Extol the Lord our God: worship at His footstool for He is holy!


Epistle: Galatians 2:15-20

We who are Jews by nature, and not sinners of the Gentiles,  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.”


Hymn to the Theotokos

Magnify, O my soul, the most precious Cross of the Lord..

You are the mystical Paradise, O Theotokos,

in which Christ blossomed;

through Him the life-bearing Wood of the Cross was planted on earth.

Now at its Exaltation, as we bow in worship before it, we magnify you.


Communion Hymn

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:

Struggling with Sexual Passions

For there are many who have stripped for the contest against the tyranny of nature, who with purity are pursuing the path of virginity, who in this mortal body are showing forth the precepts of the resurrection: “for in the resurrection,” he says, “they neither marry nor are given in marriage.” And having engaged the battle against the spiritual powers, they contend eagerly for incorruption in bodies that are corruptible, and - what is unbearable for many to hear - they actually reach perfection through their works. For they drive off their passion, which is like a ceaselessly leaping, frenzied dog; and they take command over the raging ocean, sailing calmly amidst the fierce waves, making a successful voyage across the greatly troubled sea; and they stand firm in the furnace of physical desire without being signed, trampling on the hot coals as if they were clay. Yet, it can happen that such ones, capable of such great things, can be viciously attacked, shamelessly and pitiably, by this passion, and they can be conquered by it.


Virginity is something so great, and demands so much effort, that Christ came down from heaven in order to make men like angels and to implant the angelic way of life here below - not, however, daring to make this way of life mandatory, or to raise it to the level of a law, but instead, instituting the law of self-mortification. Is there anything that exists more burdensome than this? He has made it a commandment to bear one’s cross continually, and to do good to one’s enemies; but he has not made it a law to remain a virgin. He has left this to the choice of those hearing Jesus’ words: “The one who is able to accept this, let him accept it.” For great is the weightiness of this matter, and the difficulty of these struggles, and the sweat of the battles; and in pursuing this virtue the terrain is precipitous (St. John Chrysostom, Letters to St. Olympia, pp. 68-67).


Science and Experience 

It is one of the laws of life that new meaning must be lived before it can be known, and in some mysterious way modern man knows so much that he is the prisoner of his knowledge. The old dynamic conception of the human spirit as something living always on the frontiers of human knowledge has gone. We hide behind what we know. And there is an extraordinarily angry and aggressive quality in the knowledge of modern man; he is angry with what he does not know; he hates and rejects it. He has lost the sense of wonder about the unknown and he treats it as an enemy. The experience which is before knowing, which would enflame his life with new meaning, is cut off from him. Curiously enough, it has never been studied more closely. People have measured the mechanics of it, and the rhythm, but somehow they do not experience it (Sir Laurens Van der Post, found in Stephen Muse’s When Hearts Become Flame, p. 75).


Why Do We Suffer in God’s World?

Paul reads the Psalm as a prophetic prefiguration of the experience of the Christian church, so that the text finds its true primary meaning in Paul’s own present time. The point is not that “righteous people have always suffered like this” rather, Paul’s point in Rom. 8:35-36 is that Scripture prophesies suffering as the lot of those (i.e., himself and his readers) who live in the eschatological interval between Christ’s resurrection and the ultimate redemption of the world. Thus, in this instance . . . Paul discerns in Scripture a foreshadowing of the church.

            This psalm raises plaintively the issue that we have already seen to be the central theological problem of Romans: the question of God’s integrity in upholding his promises to Israel. Paul is struggling to vindicate God from the suspicion of capriciousness in choosing to “justify” Gentiles who do not observe the Torah. Is God a fickle god who has cast off Israel (cf. 3:1-8, 3:21-26, 3:31, 9:14, and all of chapters 9-11)?

            The psalmist raises a question precisely analogous to the one that Paul is seeking to answer: does the community’s experience of suffering indicate that God has abandoned them?

But there is still one more significant overtone to be heard in Paul’s quotation of Psalm 44. The psalmist’s main point in verses 17-22 is that the suffering of Israel cannot be construed as a punishment for unfaithfulness or idolatry; on the contrary, God’s people suffer precisely because of their faithfulness to him (Richard B. Hays, Echoes of Scripture in the Letters of Paul, 58-60).


Christ’s Death on the Cross 

The Savior came to destroy death by His own death. “The ultimate reason for Christ’s death must be seen in the mortality of man.” Redemption is the “liberation of man from the ‘bondage of corruption’.” However, this means that “the Cross is more than merely suffering Good.” “The death on the cross was effective, not [simply] as the death of an Innocent one, but as the death of the Incarnate Lord. ‘We needed an Incarnate God; God put to death, that we might live’ - to use a bold phrase of St. Gregory of Nazianzus.” Here we see Florovsky’s a-symmetrical Chalcedonianism at work: as he writes, “It may be properly said that God dies on the Cross, but in his own humanity.”

            The death of Christ is of necessity for salvation precisely because through it, eternal life enters the realm of death. Thus, Holy Saturday itself is “the very day of our salvation.” As the icons suggest, Christ enters hades as Victor despoiling death (Georges Florovsky, On the Tree of the Cross, 114-115).


Recent Posts on Fr. Ted’s Blog:


Catechism/ Inquirer’s Class

We will begin a new session of classes today. If you or anyone you know is interested in attending the classes to learn about the Orthodox faith or as preparation for becoming a member of the Orthodox Church, please join us today. The class will meet 6 times for 90 minutes per session. We will meet approximately from 1-2:30pm each Sunday. We will begin class earlier on Sundays on which Fr. Ted is available at an earlier time. [Note well: we will not be on “orthodox” time - we will actually begin early on any Sunday this is possible! So don’t be late or you will miss the class.] Any parish member wishing to review the basics of Orthodoxy is welcome to attend as well.


Wednesday Book Study

The group is meeting this week on Wednesday, at 11am to continue their discussion of the book An Introduction to God by Fr. Andrew Damick. Please read chapters 5 and the conclusion.


Upcoming Baptism: Zoe Weis

Zoe’s baptism will be September 23 at 1pm followed by a reception. Everyone is welcome to attend--let Heather Weis know if you plan to come. 


Upcoming Baptism: Vivian Opperman

Vivian’s baptism will be September 30 at 10am followed by a reception. Everyone is welcome to attend but if you desire to stay for reception after please RSVP via text to Jules.


Orthodox Women in Healing Ministries

Holy Dormition Monastery is holding their annual Orthodox Women in Healing Ministries Retreat Oct. 6-8. Rev. Dcn. Stephen Muse is the speaker and more information can be found at

Youth Retreat with Bp. Paul

Join Bishop Paul and other teens from across the Midwest for a virtual youth discussion and overnight retreat to strengthen your Life in Christ. The retreat is October 27-28 at various locations in the Midwest. David Short and Tammy Abshear are putting together an event for our parish’s teens--details will be announced. See them with questions.


Relief Buckets for IOCC & Hurricane Relief

Maria Brausch, Rich Helferich, and David Short have begun organizing assembling clean up buckets for IOCC to send to victims of the hurricanes. They have gotten some donations from Home Depot but are still in the beginning stages of assembly. Please see Maria Brausch if you’d like to help out. We may be combining efforts with a group from Annunciation as well.


Artwork for Sale

There are several pieces of artwork for sale in the fellowship hall by one of the inmates that Fr. Ted visits. There are suggested donation amounts on the back of the pieces. All funds will go back to the artist.


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.


Thank you from St. Vincent de Paul

“We are very grateful for the gift of $400 and your support of the ministries of St. Vincent de Paul. Your gift empowers us to help nearly 900 persons every day: in our shelters, in our other housing ministries, in our nine food pantries, in our Furniture Bank, and in the 34 Conferences of St. Vincent de Paul that help your neighbors stay in their homes and avoid homelessness.” -David Bohardt, Executive Director


September Charity

In September, we are asked to remember in prayer the men and women of our Diocese who feel called to attend seminary to prepare themselves for ministry in the Church.  Bishop Paul and our Diocese has issued an SOS - Support Our Seminarians - appeal to every parish and member of the Diocese.  Our charity funds this month are being sent to the Diocese to support the seminarians and their families who make great sacrifices to attend seminary - they leave jobs behind and uproot families to serve the Lord. Our diocese is supporting eight candidates this year and all funds are given directly to the seminarians. Please remember them and the faculties and staffs of our seminaries in your prayers.



Birthdays: Michaela Topalov, Dominic Barone

Anniversaries: Miguel & Michaela Topalov

God grant you many years!


This Week’s Schedule:

Monday, September 18 

Afterfeast of the Elevation of the Cross St. Eumenes, Bishop of Gortyna (6th c.)

Readings: Galatians 4:28-5:10, Luke 3:19-22

8:30am Matins                        9am Office Hours

5:30pm  Vespers                    6pm  Parish Council Meeting


Tuesday, September 19

Afterfeast of the Elevation of the Cross. Martyrs Trophimus, Sabbatius, and Dorymedon of Synnada (276).

Readings: Galatians 5:11-21, Luke 3:23-4:1


Wednesday, September 20 (fast)

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: Galatians 6:2-10, Luke 4:1-15

8:30am Matins            9am Office Hours

11am  Discussion: An Introduction to God (chapters 5 and the conclusion)


Thursday, September 21 

Leavetaking of the Elevation of the Cross. Apostle Quadratus of the Seventy (ca. 130).

Readings: Ephesians 1:1-9, Luke 4:16-22


Friday, September 22 (fast)

Prophet Jonah (8th c. B.C.)

Readings: Ephesians 1:7-17, Luke 4:22-30

8:30am Matins             9am Office Hours


Saturday, September 23

The Conception of the Honorable Glorious Prophet, Forerunner and Baptist John.

Readings: Galatians 4:22-31, Luke 1:5-25

1pm Baptism of Zoe Weis

5pm Vespers


Sunday, September 24

16th SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST — Tone 7. Holy New Martyrs of Alaska, Hieromonk Juvenaly (ca. 1796) and Peter the Aleut (1815).

2 Corinthians 6:1-10, Luke 5:1-11

Prosfora: D. Federinko

Altar Server: V. Weis

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

Epistle: R. Barone

Donut Sponsor(s): Turri Family

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

11:15am Youth group

11:30 Fellowship Hour: Team 4

11:45 Church School

1 - 2:30pm  Catechism/Inquirer’s Class


Upcoming Dates to Remember

September 30           

Serving at St. Vincent dePaul

Vivian Opperman Baptism, 10am


October 21         

Diaconate Theology Class


October 28                

Baptism of Grant Ashworth


November 4              

Chili Cook-Off