Prosfora: O. Sainz
Altar Servers: G. Coons, J. Cunningham
Greeter(s): D. Helferich, M. Jobst
Epistle: L. Short
Donut Sponsor(s): Schwaninger
Chapel Vacuum: Need volunteer
Candle care: Need volunteer
Counters: J. Wiese, Michaela Topalov
9:00am Hours: L. Short
9:30am Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom
Homily: Dn. Gregory Ealy
11:30am Fellowship Hour: Team 4
Noon A Q & A meeting with Dn. Gregory and Miho Ealy
1:30pm Parish Council Meeting
Hymns & Readings
Tone 1 Troparion (Resurrection)
When the stone had been sealed by the Jews, while the soldiers were guarding Your most pure body, You rose on the third day, O Savior, granting life to the world. The powers of heaven therefore cried to You, O Giver of Life: “Glory to Your Resurrection, O Christ! Glory to Your Kingdom! Glory to Your dispensation, O Lover of mankind!”
Hymn of St. 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 1 Kontakion (Resurrection)
As God, You rose from the tomb in glory, raising the world with Yourself. Human nature praises You as God, for death has vanished. Adam exults, O Master! Eve rejoices, for she is freed from bondage and cries to You: “You are the Giver of Resurrection to all, O Christ!”
Tone 1 Prokeimenon
Let Your mercy, O Lord, be upon us as we have set our hope on You!
Epistle: 1 Corinthians 4:9-16
For I think that God has displayed us, the apostles, last, as men condemned to death; for we have been made a spectacle to the world, both to angels and to men. We are fools for Christ’s sake, but you are wise in Christ! We are weak, but you are strong! You are distinguished, but we are dishonored! To the present hour we both hunger and thirst, and we are poorly clothed, and beaten, and homeless. And we labor, working with our own hands. Being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we endure; being defamed, we entreat. We have been made as the filth of the world, the offscouring of all things until now. I do not write these things to shame you, but as my beloved children I warn you. For though you might have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet you do not have many fathers; for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel. Therefore I urge you, imitate me.
Gospel: Matthew 17:14-23
And when they had come to the multitude, a man came to Him, kneeling down to Him and saying, “Lord, have mercy on my son, for he is an epileptic and suffers severely; for he often falls into the fire and often into the water. So I brought him to Your disciples, but they could not cure him.” Then Jesus answered and said, “O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I bear with you? Bring him here to Me.” And Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of him; and the child was cured from that very hour. Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why could we not cast it out?” So Jesus said to them, “Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you. However, this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.” Now while they were staying in Galilee, Jesus said to them, “The Son of Man is about to be betrayed into the hands of men, and they will kill Him, and the third day He will be raised up.” And they were exceedingly sorrowful.
Let God Arise
However, even when I see such things, I do not give up an even firmer hope, as I consider the Pilot governing everything, who prevails over storms, who calms the raging gale, not through skill and artfulness, but with a single nod. It is not at their beginning - not immediately, when they first arise - that he customarily obliterates evils, but when they increase, when they come to their furthest point [telos], when most men fall into despair, then he does wondrous things beyond all expectation, demonstrating his own power, and training the patience of those who have fallen. (St. John Chrysostom, Letters to Saint Olympia, p. 46)
Wealth & Discipleship
The skill which the rich need to use their wealth well is the highest of all arts. Its workshop is built not on earth but in heaven, because those who are rich must communicate directly with God to acquire and practice this art. Its tools are not made of iron or brass, but of good will, because the rich will only use their wealth well if they want to do so. Indeed good will is itself the skill. When a rich person sincerely wants to help the poor, God will quickly show the best way. Thus while a person training to be a carpenter must learn how to control a hammer and saw and chisel, the rich person training to serve the poor must learn how to control the mind and heart and soul. He must learn always to think good thoughts, expunging all selfish thoughts. He must learn how to feel compassion, expunging all malice and contempt. He must learn how to desire only to obey the will of God. That is why I say the skill of being a rich disciple of Christ is the highest of all arts; and the one who possesses it is truly a saint. (St. John Chrysostom, On Living Simply, p. 19)
That of which we partake is not something of His, but Himself. It is not some ray and light which we receive in our souls, but the very orb of the sun. So we dwell in Him and are indwelt and become one spirit with Him. The soul and the body and all their faculties forthwith become spiritual, for our souls, our bodies and blood, are united with His.
What is the result? The more excellent things overcome the inferior, things divine prevail over the human, and that takes place which Paul says concerning the resurrection, “what is mortal is swallowed up by life” (2 Cor. 5:4), and further, “it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me” (Gal. 2:20).
...Out of love for man He received all other things from us, and out of even greater love He joins what is His to us. The first means that God has come down to earth, the second that He has taken us from earth to heaven. So, on the one hand God became incarnate, on the other man has been deified. In the former case mankind as a whole is freed from reproach in that Christ has overcome sin in one body and one soul; in the latter each man individually is released from sin and made acceptable to God, which is an even greater act of love for man. Since is was not possible for us to ascend to Him and participate in that which is His, He came down to us and partook of that which is ours. So perfectly has He coalesced with that which He has taken that He imparts Himself to us by giving us what He has assumed from us. As we partake of His human Body and Blood we receive God Himself into our souls. It is thus God’s Body and Blood which we receive, His soul, mind and will, no less than those of His humanity. (Nicholas Cabasilias, The Life in Christ, p. 115-116, 122)
In Praise of John the Baptist
Blessed are you, the greatest of prophets
all of whom desired him from a distance.
They longed for but did not see the Messiah, the Son,
but you placed your hand on His head.
Clothed in the Law, you exhibited zeal;
arrayed in the Messiah, you showed mercy.
In you descended and came Elijah, who has not come [otherwise],
whom you, in fact, represented.
(St. Ephrem the Syrian, Hymns, p. 326)
Recent Posts on Fr Ted’s Blog
Visit of Deacon Gregory and Miho Ealy
Deacon Gregory Ealy, Miho and their 2 children are with us this weekend to explore the possibility of their coming to St. Paul’s and for him to become the next priest of our parish. Please do pray that God will help our Bishop, Dn Gregory & Miho, and ourselves to discern if this is God’s will for us all.
Cookie Baking for St. Vincent DePaul
Friday, August 30th at 6:30pm Bruce Garber will be heading up a cookie bake again for us to make cookies to include in the lunches for the shelter. Families welcome! Contact Bruce at (937) 902-9874 with questions.
Serving at St. Vincent DePaul
Summer time service! Thankfully St. Vincent has not seen a huge increase in homeless families as a result of the tornado but they have seen so many displaced families and are in need of furniture particularly. If you would like to give of your time we would love to have you help at our parish serving time at St Vincent de Paul on Saturday the 31st. If you are interested we all gather at the St Vincent Gateway shelter for women and families on Apple St. in the kitchen at 10am and make subs for the guests lunch meal. If you would like to join us please email me at email@example.com or call or text me at 937-266-1620 so I know how many will be helping. Thanks again!
Church School Update/Registration
Church school will resume on September 1. We need one more teacher to help with grades 5-7 for the upcoming school year. Please see Kerrie Wiese if you are interested in helping with the program. Also, please take the time to register your children (ages 3 and up) for church school today. There is a master sign-up sheet on the bulletin board outside of the fellowship hall. Many of the children are already listed on the sheet. Please review and add any missing information or changes to the registration sheet.
Church School Teacher Meeting
There will be a brief meeting on September 8 immediately after church school for all teachers and those willing to help with the church school program this school year.
Fr Ted’s Retirement
This is Fr Ted’s last Sunday as our Parish pastor. He retires at the end of this week. He is however serving both 5pm Saturday Vespers (August 31 & September 28) and the Sunday Divine Liturgy (September 1 & September 29) but in the role of supply priest, no longer as our parish rector, while we await the assignment of a new priest to the parish.
Fellowship Hour: Foods with Nuts
Thank to you all who contribute time & effort to bring food to the fellowship hour. Our meal after liturgy is one of the things that makes our parish a most welcoming place for visitors and members alike. The Parish Council has decided to make the fellowship hour more hospitable for those who may have nut allergies and are asking that all foods containing any kind of nuts should be labeled with a "Contains Nuts" label (laminated cards can be found in the kitchen area). These dishes with nuts should be placed on the table up front that is closest to the donut table an additional degree of separation. Thank you for your help to make our meal together more enjoyable and safe for everyone.
A History in Statistics
Several people asked if we know how many baptisms have been done in our parish through the years or how many converts were received into the Church. Fr Ted did a quick count and says we have done about 233 Baptisms since the parish began and have received an additional 170 converts into the Faith through Chrismation. The pace has picked up in recent years as we grew larger but it means that in the 33 years our parish has existed, we have been baptizing about 7 people per year and receiving about 6 converts through Chrismation each year. We also have done 62 marriages and Fr. Ted was involved with 74 funerals (a number were non-parish members).
Fr Silviu Bunta will make a presentation to our parish on what he learned about the Divine Liturgy from his recently completed project of translating the Liturgy into English. His new translation is soon to be published. His presentation will be Saturday, October 26 at 3pm.
Fr Ted’s Icons and Photo Prints
Fr Ted has put in the parish bookstore a few small icons that have been given to him over time. He is not putting a price on them, but for a donation to the parish, you can take an icon. He also has prints of some of his photos on various mediums (canvas, metal or stone) which he is selling for whatever you may offer. Those photo prints on various materials (canvas, metal or stone) are available for viewing on the table where he made his books available. He needs to eliminate this inventory, so any dollar amount is acceptable.
We are giving our August charity funds to support the work of Saint Herman House’s Spruce Farm, near Warren, OH, which is being turned into a recovery ranch for men with backgrounds of drug abuse, mental illness, and unemployment. They are working to build a greenhouse to provide recovery program residents at Saint Herman House – FOCUS Cleveland’s recovery ranch with work experience as they seek sobriety, health, and independence.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com.
Thank You for Everything!
Dearly Beloved Parish Family,
With all my heart, I thank you for the wonderful retirement Luau last Sunday. It was indeed a taste of a Hawaiian paradise! I am most grateful that I had the opportunity to be part of our parish family for the past 33 years. It is you, the members of the parish, who have been the best part of my life as a priest. I thank God for you. You have shared your lives with me which has allowed me to fulfil my priestly ministry. I am filled with joy looking at the parish that has come into being – our offering to God for all the blessings we have received. Thank you for all of your kindnesses, for all the care you have shown me through the years, for all of your good wishes, for your gifts, your support and your love. I’ve led you as far as I can. Now the time comes for you as parish to move to the next level and to grow in new ways as you show your love for Christ and one another. You will always be in my prayers. Pray for me.
This Week’s Schedule
Monday, August 26
Martyrs Adrian and Natalia and 33 companions, of Nicomedia (4th).
Readings: 2 Corinthians 2:4-15, Matthew 23:13-22
NO Matins or Office Hours
Tuesday, August 27
Ven. Pœmen the Great (ca. 450).
Readings: 2 Corinthians 2:14-3:3, Matthew 23:23-28
Wednesday, August 28
Righteous Anna the Prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, who met the Lord at the Temple in Jerusalem (1st c.)
Readings: 2 Corinthians 3:4-11, Matthew 23:29-39
8:30am Matins 9am Office Hours 6pm Vespers
Thursday, August 29
The Beheading of the Holy Glorious Prophet, Forerunner, and Baptist John
Readings: 2 Corinthians 4:1-6, Matthew 24:13-28
6pm Parish Council
Friday, August 30
Sts. Alexander (340), John (595), and Paul the New (784), Patriarchs of Constantinople
Readings: 2 Corinthians 4:13-18, Matthew 24:27-33, 42-51
8:30am Matins 9am Office Hours
Saturday, August 31
Hieromartyr Cyprian, Bishop of Carthage (258)
Readings: 1 Corinthians 1:3-9, Matthew 19:3-12
Sunday, September 1
11th SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST — Tone 2. Church New Year (Indiction). St. Simeon the Stylite (the Elder) and his mother, Ven. Martha (ca. 428).
Readings: 1 Corinthians 9:2-12, Matthew 18:23-35
Prosfora: Need volunteer
Altar Servers: B. Garber, J. Cunningham
Greeter(s): D. Federinko, B. Edwards
Epistle: A. McLarnan
Donut Sponsor(s): Muzzy
Chapel Vacuum: S. Osman
Candle care: Garber
Counters: K. Henry, M. Brausch
9:00am Hours: A. McLarnan
9:30am Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom
11:30am Fellowship Hour: Potluck
11:45am Church School/Youth Group
Upcoming Dates to Remember
September 13 Second Saturday Social Event: Board Games
October 26 Fr. Silviu Bunta presentation - “Translation Matters”