St. Paul the Apostle Orthodox Church

Sunday Bulletin

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost  Tone 4

Hieromartyr Anthimus, Bishop of Nicomedia, and those with him (302)

Today’s Schedule:

Prosfora: D. Federinko

Altar Servers: D. Abshear

Greeter(s): MK Smith & M. Adrian

Epistle: D. Beleny

Donut Sponsor(s): D. Federinko

Chapel Vacuum: Need volunteer

Candle care: Need volunteer

Counters: B. Lootens & R. Wagner

9:00am Hours: M. Pearson

9:30am Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom

Reception of Grant Ashworth into the Catechuminate

11:15am Youth group

11:30 Fellowship Hour: Potluck

11:45 Church School


Today’s Hymns & Readings:


Resurrection Troparion: Tone 4 

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 SS Peter and Paul: Tone 1

O blessed and Holy Paul the Apostle, Enlightener of the Nations; Your preaching of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, has brought salvation to the ends of the earth. Never cease to intercede for us your children, that within us the Love of God may abide, bringing great joy to our neighbors and for us the salvation of our souls!


Resurrection Kontakion: Tone 4

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!


Prokeimenon: Tone 4

O Lord, how manifold are your works! In wisdom have you made them all.


Epistle: 1 Corinthians 16:13-24 (Epistle)

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:

The Parable of the Vineyard

The owner of the vineyard wants to see the results of our labor. He wants to see our fruit! One day we will have to give an account of what we have accomplished during our time planting, watering, feeding, and tending the vines in the vineyard. He will see if we were dedicated and devoted servants who worked diligently, or if we were slothful and lazy, because we were too busy keeping tabs on other people rather than working. If we are constantly scrutinizing the workers in the other rows of the vineyard and neglecting our own work, we will not be good servants. The Lord has invested a lot of time, energy, and work in planting this beautiful vineyard; hopefully we will be shown to be faithful servants! (William C. Mills, A 30 Day Retreat, p. 54).


Eating the Body of Christ 

St. Nicholas Cabasilas explains, “Man lives because of food, but not in the same way in this sacred rite. Since natural food is not itself living it does not of itself infuse life into us...But the Bread of Life is himself living, and through him those to whom he imparts himself truly live. While natural food is changed into him who feeds on it is entirely opposite. The Bread of Life himself changes him who feeds on him and transforms and assimilates him into himself.” (Jean-Claude Larchet, Theology of the Body, p. 54).


The Nativity of the Theotokos

The fact that there is no Biblical verification of the facts of Mary’s birth is incidental to the meaning of the feast. Even if the actual background of the event as celebrated in the Church is questionable from an historical point of view, the divine meaning of it “For us men and for our salvation” is obvious. There had to be one born of human flesh and blood who would be spiritually capable of being the other of Christ, and she herself had to be born into the world of persons who were spiritually capable of being her parents.

            The feast of the Nativity of the Theotokos, therefore, is a glorification of Mary’s birth, of Mary herself and of her righteous parents. It is a celebration as well of the very first preparation of the salvation of the world. For the “Vessel of Light,” the “Book of the Word of Life,” the “Door to the Orient,” the “Throne of Wisdom” is being prepared on earth by God himself in the birth of the holy girl-child Mary (Thomas Hopko, The Orthodox Faith, Vol. 2, Worship, p. 132).


Christian Education

In the Orthodox worldview, the home and the family constitute the first and most important area of Christian life, of application of Christian principles to daily existence. It is certainly the home, the very style and spirit of family life, and not the school, not even the Church, that shapes our fundamental worldview, that shapes in us that fundamental orientation of which we may not even be aware for a long time, but which ultimately will become a decisive factor. Dostoevsky’s “staretz” Zosima - in The Brothers Karamozov - says: “A man who from his childhood can remember good things is saved for his whole life” (Alexander Schmemman, Great Lent, p. 100).


Let All You Do Be Done in Love

Those who have stood in these places of the spirit may ask in dismay, ‘Where are we to look for a criterion by which to distinguish genuine communion with God from delusion?’ Blessed Staretz Silouan explicitly asserted that we have such a criterion - love for enemies. He said, ‘The Lord is meek and humble, and loves His creature. Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is humble love for enemies and prayer for the whole world. And if you do not have this love, ask and the Lord Who said, “Ask, and it shall be given to you” will grant it to you’” (Archimandrite Sophrony, St. Silouan the Athonite, pp. 162-163).  


Recent Posts on Fr. Ted’s Blog:


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 3 & 4. If you would like to discuss how to approach other people to talk about God, this book and discussion is for you.


The Nativity of Our Most Holy Lady, Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary 

We will celebrate the birth of the Theotokos with Vespers-Liturgy on Thursday, September 7, at 6pm. This is the first Major Feast of the Church’s New Year [September 1 eventually became New Year’s Day on the Orthodox calendar, but it changed a few times before arriving at that day. By the ancient Orthodox reckoning this is the year 7517 AM (Annus Mundi - since the creation of the world)]. Whatever the year, we will celebrate the Nativity of Theotokos with a Lenten Potluck (fish is allowed) following the 6pm Vespers-Liturgy. On Friday, September 8 (the actual day of the Feast) we will continue our celebration with Festal Matins at 8:30am.   



Go support our sister parish by attending Greekfest the weekend after Labor Day (September 8, 9, & 10). Festivities begin at 11am each day. There’s good food, entertainment and it’s for a good cause.


Theology/Doctrine Class

The class which is meeting for diaconate and catechist training is open to any parish members who would like to audit the course. The first meeting of the class will be Saturday, September 16, from 2-4:30pm. If you would like to join the class and are not on the email list, please let Fr. Ted know ASAP. He will send you the course syllabus. You are not required to purchase the books or read them if you want to audit the class.The books they will be reading are on the syllabus as well as the dates for all future classes. The class meets once per month for 2.5 hours with a total of 6 class meetings.


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

Lifetouch Photos

If you did NOT order additional photos from Lifetouch, your complimentary 8 X 10 photo has arrived! Erin Caldwell will attempt to pass them out at fellowship hour or they’ll be in the office.


We Need You! 

The fellowship hour teams are in need of some more willing volunteers to bring food to share after liturgy. Volunteers will bring food one Sunday a month. The food doesn't need to be fancy, either. Thanks in advance!


Playground Pledge Collection

Another big "thank you!" to everyone who supported the pledge drive for the new parish playground! We have placed an order, and now need to start collecting the money pledged. Please include "Playground" on the memo line of your check or envelope with cash and give to Rebecca Barone, Kerrie Wiese, or the collection during Liturgy. Thank you!


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


Bring Flowers/Icons for the Church

Parishioners are always welcome to bring special flowers/icons to the church for decoration and veneration. If you have a special icon for a feast day or saint day to be put in the icon case or would like to bring flowers at any time (fancy or not!) please let Erin Caldwell or Fr. Ted know so we can coordinate. You can bring flowers for many occasions--name days, birthdays, anniversaries, etc. If you’d like, a dedication can also be put in the bulletin.


Time for Confession

If you want or need to have Fr. Ted hear your confession, please contact him any time.  Confessions can often be done before or after any of the scheduled services, Monday-Saturday even if no confession time is listed in the bulletin. It is a good idea to let Fr. Ted know you would confession to make sure he is available at the time you want to come. God always gives you now as the time for repentance.


Want to Join An Evening Adult Discussion or Bible Study?

It has been a while since we have done an adult discussion or bible study in the evening.  Is it time to start such a study? Please let Fr. Ted know if you will attend. The existence of the group depends on you. Want to discuss an Orthodox understanding of Genesis?  Of what it is to be human?  Want to discuss a book of the bible? Your ideas are welcome. Talk to Fr. Ted or email him at


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.  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: Ted Rusen, Brody Lessin, Aaron Lessin

Anniversary: John & Ernestine Raptosh, Rich & Patti Peterson


God grant you many years!


This Week’s Schedule:

Monday, September 4

Holy Prophet and Godseer Moses (16th c. B.C.)

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

8:30am Matins                        9am Office Hours


Tuesday, September 5

Holy Prophet Zachariah and Righteous Elizabeth, parents of St. John the Baptist (1st c.)

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


Wednesday, September 6

Martyrs Eudoxius, Zeno, and Macarius (311-312)

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

8:30am Matins            9am Office Hours

11am  Discussion: An Introduction to God (chapters 3 & 4)


Thursday, September 7

Forefeast of the Nativity of the Theotokos. Martyr Sozón of Cilicia (ca. 304)

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

6pm Vespers-Liturgy for the Nativity of the Theotokos

7:30pm Festal potluck


Friday, September 8

The Nativity of Our Most Holy Lady, Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary 

Readings: Philippians 2:5-11, Luke 10:38-42; 11:27-28

8:30am Festal Matins             9am Office Hours


Saturday, September 9

Afterfeast of the Nativity of the Theotokos. Holy and Righteous Ancestors of God, Joachim and Anna.

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

5pm Vespers


Sunday, September 10

14th SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST — Tone 5. Afterfeast of the Nativity of the Theotokos. Sunday before Elevation.

Prosfora: Sandy Pacak

Altar Server: M. Caldwell

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

Epistle: L. Short

Donut Sponsor(s): Fencik

Chapel Vacuum: Doebler

Candle care: Doebler

Counters: B. Garber, P. Friesel

9:00am Hours: L. Short

9:30am Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom

11:15am Youth group

11:30 Fellowship Hour: Team 2

11:45 Church School


Upcoming Dates to Remember


September 14 -- Elevation of the Holy Cross Vespers-Liturgy, 6pm

September 16 -- Deaconate theology class

September 17 -- Procession outside during liturgy for the Elevation of the Holy Cross (bring a cross to carry)

September 30 -- Serving at St. Vincent dePaul