4-29-23 Bulletin

Christ is Risen! Indeed He is Risen!

 St. Luke 2023 Strategic Plan 

St. Luke Strategic Plan Tally
(Fill out the form in order to prioritize action steps). 


  • Saturday, April 29th, 1:00pm-4:00pm: “Ministries in Motion” Part 2 – at St. Mary’s in Palos Heights.
  • Saturday, April 29th, 5:30pm: Great Vespers with Confessions following.
  • Sunday, April 30th, 8:30am: Matins; 9:30am, Divine. Liturgy for Sunday of the Holy Myrrhbearers followed by Church School and Coffee Fellowship.


Today, Bible bashing has become a popular thing to do, especially among our nation’s youth. “The Bible is just a bunch of religious, antiquated non-sense. Best to dump it in the trash or better yet, burn it.” And from the writers of the new atheist movement, “The Bible is “genocidal” (Richard Dawkins), “misogynistic and homophobic” (Sam Harris), and “xenophobic”(Christopher Hitchens).

For these, the sooner we rid ourselves of the Bible, the better. Try as they might, however, it is clear that the Holy Scriptures continue to influence people’s lives, even in such a godless age as ours. What is it about the Bible that gives it such enduring value? How is it that this book (or more accurately, a collection of books), whose textual origins stretch back 3500 years (1500 BC), still has something to offer our lives here at the beginning of the 21st century? Indeed, historically speaking, there is no other text as the Bible that can claim such antiquity: Chinese Confucianism began around 549 BC, the Greek poets and philosophers around the same time—5th & 6th century BC, and the Hindu Bhagavad Gita dates from the 2nd century AD. The only other religious text that can match the Bible in terms of age is the Egyptian Book of the Dead. But I for one have yet to see a single copy of the Egyptian Book of the Dead in a hotel room dresser drawer. Certainly, this is what irritates our irreligious friends so much: the fact that these ancient Hebrew writings defy the passing of the ages, like none other.

People today are hungering for an experience of the eternal that cannot be found in anything merely “scientific,” and this is what makes it truer than anything else. In the Bible, one can find an eternal truth that is expressed mostly through metaphor, poetry, and lyric prose. Some biblical words are to be taken literally, or better yet in the plain and self-evident sense, such as “Thou shalt not kill,” or “When you give alms, do not sound the trumpet in the marketplace.” Having heard these words, we are left with a very clear message about what is being asked and expected. But much of the biblical message is also wrapped (and sometimes hidden) in  parables, analogies, symbolisms, and narrative stories. Consider, for example, what Jesus says in the Gospel, “If your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it away”(Matt. 5:29). Anyone in their right mind knows that the Lord is NOT asking us to blind ourselves because we sin, but to become more deeply aware of an inner dynamic that cannot be adequately put into exact words and that has something to do with how the mind and the heart may see someone or something that leads them into sin. In other words, it is not the physical sight that is the problem, but the greed and the lust of the “inner man” which pollutes the eye from the inside.

The upshot of this is that the heavenly realities which the Bible reveals to those who have faith do not translate themselves all so easily into human language,that is, into mere words. As St. Paul writes, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor heart can comprehend, God has prepared for those who love Him” (1 Cor. 2:9).  Here we are being taught that God’s riches and grace are so plenteous that it is impossible to account for them. The Lord’s use of parables is perhaps the best example of this: each of His parables conveys a second, allegorical meaning that lies beyond the actual text itself, as in the parable of the buried treasure, where the man who finds this treasure and “sells all” to buy the land from its original owner is analogous to a deeper and unnamed spiritual reality, that those persons who find the treasure of faith, in order to obtain such a “treasure,” must purposefully and decisively unmoor themselves from any worldly attachment that would hinder them in their transaction for that which is truly valuable.
The richness of this text cannot be underestimated. To his neighbors, a man who sells “all” for something hidden (that they deny exists) plays the fool. But in God’s eyes, he is most wise. The wisdom lies in the ability to discern those things in life which are to be prized above all—specifically, the treasure of the gifts of the Holy Spirit. And it is faith which leads the wise man to act in ways that will enable him to take the actual steps which will lead to a place where he will become unimaginably enriched (with salvation and eternal life).

These are just a few examples of why the Bible speaks to us in ways that other humanly constructed documents cannot. May we always be meditating upon the power and beauty of God’s Holy Word.

Fr. Paul Jannakos


ST. LUKE LAMB ROAST – POTLUCK DINNER: On Sunday, June 7th, our parish will honor both our Mothers & Fathers with a traditional LAMB ROAST dinner in the downstairs parish hall. Bring a side dish!

ST. LUKE STRATEGIC PLAN: Our St. Luke Strategic Plan report is ready to be viewed and the tally sheets for our Action Items are now available. If you have NOT filled out a tally sheet please take the time to do so.

Fr. Paul will be gone from Thursday, May 4th, to Thursday, May 24th, teaching in Romania on a Mission Trip and then participating in the Holy Land Pilgrimage. For emergencies, please contact Fr. Danial Doss: 630 960 3150. Pray for us!

EXPANDING ELIJAH’S CHARIOT MINISTRY:  It has come to the attention of the parish council that there are some families and elderly in our Church who are no longer able to drive to Church on a regular basis because of  high gas prices. We are looking, therefore, to expand our Elijah’s Chariot Ministry so that it will include the gift of gas cards for those who need help. (Please consider donating?) Also, if you would like to help us drive our elderly to Church for services please let Tammy Tsiones know. Click here to sign up: DRIVERS FOR ELIJAH’S CHARIOT SIGN UP.

FEED MY STARVING CHILDREN: The Sunday school children and their families are invited to participate in a fun charity event on June 10, 2023, between the hours of 11:30 a.m. and 1:15 p.m.  We will meet at the “Feed My Starving Children” packing  facility, located at 555 Exchange Court, Aurora, 60504. Feed My Starving Children” is a Christian non-profit organization that works together with partners around the world, providing meals for undernourished children.  Monetary donations fund the meal ingredients and volunteers pack the meals.  While donations are not required at this session, feel free to make a donation if you wish.  We can only pack meals at the pace that they are funded. Please email Mary Vlahos at mvgalinski@gmail.com by May 15, 2023 with the names of the participants so that we can be registered as a group.

THE FEAST OF HOLY ASCENSION: Our St. Luke parish community will celebrate the Feast of Holy Ascension this year on Wednesday, May 24th (Vespers – 6pm) and Thursday, May 25th (Liturgy 9:30am) at Sts. Peter & Paul Orthodox Church in Burr Ridge.

LUBA’S KITCHEN ANNOUNCEMENT: This is a reminder of the duties of coffee hour hosting. Below are key bullet points pertaining to this ministry. HERE are the guide lines. Debbie has made a signup sheet. The food costs and time/energy of hosting are greatly decreased. The fellowship team is looking for weekly coverage for prepping coffee hour and cleaning up afterwards.For many, many months the bulk of coffee hour duties has fallen on Crys and Matthew, with some volunteers at times. The current process is efficient and as mentioned, less costly to serve as a host as the church bears the bulk of the food costs. Thank you for your participation in this weekly ministry. Matthew, Crys and Debbie.

BOOKSTORE SALE DOWNSTAIRS: Our bookstore sale will now offer the books downstairs in the parish hall for a free will donation. The proceeds from the free will offering for the rest of the books will go to Holy Resurrection monastery.

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