St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 212 - January 13/January 26, 2003

Chronicle of St. George Serbian Orthodox Church
Diocesan Bishop - His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN
Parish Priest - Fr. Rodney Torbic
296 Old Route 21
Carmichaels, Pennsylvania 15320

January 13/January 26, 2003
Sunday After Theophany
No. 212

James 1:6
But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.

Services This Past Week

January 19 - Twenty six people were present for the Divine Liturgy on Theophany which included Blessing of the Water.
January 20 - Two people were present for the Akathist to St. Sava and Prayer Service to St. Sava.
January 21 - One person was present for the Akathists to St. Panteleimon and to Jesus Christ.
January 22 - Four people present for Matins and First Hour. Ninth Hour and Vespers were held. Three people came.
January 25 - Three people came for the Akathist to St. Panteleimon and Vespers.

Services This Coming Week

Today - Divine Liturgy - Blessing of Kolac and Kolivo.
Monday - Akathist to St. Sava - Prayer to St. Sava - 7:00 PM
Tuesday - Funeral Service at Maykuth Funeral Home for George Vuich - Noon.
Tuesday - 7:00 PM - Evening Service.
Thursday - Matins and First Hour - 8:30 AM. Ninth Hour and Vespers - 4:30 PM.
Friday - Matins and First Hour - 8:30 AM.
Friday - Vespers - 6:00 PM - Holy Trinity-Fairmont - St. Sava Program.
Saturday - Vespers - 7:00 PM

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

January 27 - St. Sava.
January 29 - Chains of St. Peter.
February 12 - Three Hierarchs.
February 15 - Meeting of the Lord.
February 16 - Sunday of Publican and Pharisee
February 22-23 - Diocesan Assembly.
February 23 - Sunday of Prodigal Son.
March l - Memorial Saturday.
March 2 - Meatfare Saturday.
March 9 - Forgiveness Sunday.
March 1 6- Sunday of Orthodoxy.
March 23 - St. Gregory Palamas - Guest Choir - "Serb Wings"

If you are too busy to are too busy!

Parish Life

1. Pray for Nadezda Rogish.
2. Pray for the servant of God +George Vuich departed this life.
3. Congratulations to Kuma Mary Trbovich for the St. Sava Celebration.
4. Thank you to Mickey Bejzak for coordinating the St. Sava celebration and to all supporting the program.
5. Four people attended class on Thursday. Class again this week following Thursday morning service.
6. Home blessings will continue this week.

A Thought from His Holiness Patriarch PAVLE*

With deep faith in these words of the Lord, early Christians anxiously awaited Holy Communion, not because of some requirement, but from an immediate awareness that there was no spiritual life without Him. Just as one is not ordered to breathe, but spontaneously knows that without air he would suffocate and die. The early Christians attended all the Sunday and Holy day liturgies and at the Deacon's invitation - with the fear of God and with faith, draw near, all the faithful lined up and received Holy Communion. They were convinced they were attaining the deepest mystery of our faith and the holiest gift of God's mercy. They tried to approach the all-holy and most pure God in Holy Communion with purity of heart and soul.
*(1997 Calendar - Orthodox Clergy Brotherhood of United States and Canada.)

Remember The Students at St. Sava School of Theology

To Consider

1. St. Sava through the centuries.
2. St. Sava at Hilandar on the Holy Mountain.
3. St. Sava at Monastery Milesevo.
4. St. Sava on Vracar.
5. St. Sava in the hearts of Serbian Orthodox Christians.
6. St. Sava Programs held each year.
7. The Hymn to St. Sava.
8. The men and women named Sava.
9. The books written about St. Sava.
10. The icons of St. Sava.

Activities of the Parish Priest

1. Blessed on home and Kolac - January 19.
2. Went to Diocesan Headquarters - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday.
3. Went to UPMC-Presbyterian - Tuesday and Wednesday.
4. Met with parishioners - Thursday.

From the Desert fathers

Abba Nilus said, "Prayer is a remedy against grief and depression."

Sunday After Theophany
Mathew 4:12-17

Now when Jesus heard that John had been put in prison, He departed to Galilee. And leaving Nazareth, He came and dwelt in Capernaum, which is by the sea, in the regions of Zebulun and Naptali, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying: "The land of Zebulun and the land of Naptali, by the way of the sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles. The people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, and upon those who sat in the region and shadow of death light has dawned." From that time Jesus began to preach and to say, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand."

Our relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ is linear. Our relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ develops over time. We come to know Christ as we grow in Christ. We come to know Christ as Christ would permit us to know Him.

We know that Jesus said: Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls." (Mt.11:29)

The invitation from Jesus Christ promises rest for the soul. Jesus is described as gentle and lowly in heart. There is a certain peace, a certain comfort, a certain assurance in the invitation to come to Christ.

We know that elsewhere Jesus said: "If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me." (Mt.11:24) When following Jesus Christ, there is no escaping the cross.

Jesus Christ died on the cross. Jesus Christ suffered on the cross. We cannot separate the triumphant Resurrected Christ from the Cross. The centrality of the Cross was declared by St.Paul who told the Corinthians: "For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus and Him crucified." (I Cor.2:2)

The present Gospel reminds us of St. John the Baptist ending up in prison. Others continue to go to prison for Jesus Christ. On January 29 each year the Church celebrates the "Chains of St.Peter" (Acts 3:12-19).

Peter's time in prison is reason to think of others who have gone to prison in witness for Christ. Peter's time in prison is reason to know God does not forget about those who are faithful to Him. Following Christ entails a certain amount of suffering. In suffering for Christ, there is always hope. There is always knowledge that Christ suffered for us.

Christians always have reason for hope. The Resurrected Christ is the basis for Christian hope. The darkness of death was replaced by the brightness of the Risen Christ.

All traumas of life, all uncertainty, all periods of darkness give way to the hope in Christ. Christ exceeds our ability to know all about Him. Christ exceeds our ability to fully comprehend everything there is to know about Him.

If we are faithful, we experience Christ and come to know Him. If we are faithful, we are resolute in Christ. One is not to be proud in faith. One is to repent and be sensitive.

Divine Christ took on human flesh. Christ taught lasting acts of humility. We know that Jesus washed His disciples feet (Jn.13:12). Each person has an obligation as a Christian to bring his or her body, his or her life into conformity with the way of Jesus Christ.

Living the Christian way rests in Christ. Christ helps those who come to Him in faith. Christ strengthens and nourishes those who are hungry and thirsty for Him.

The Body and Blood of Christ unite us with Him. The Holy Sacraments give focus to our lives. The Holy Sacraments heal and give direction to our lives.

When we come to the end of our strength, when we run out of resources, Christ is present to help us. Christ is present to give us to show us the way from the depths of our lives to the heights of His heavenly kingdom.

John the Baptist was in prison. John the Baptist was beheaded. We can only marvel at the extent of John the Baptist's sacrifice for Christ. We can only devote time to thinking seriously about completeness of John's life in Christ.

Today the Holy Orthodox Church brings to a conclusion the celebration of Jesus Christ's baptism in the Jordan. The Holy Trinity was manifested at the baptism of Christ.

We experience the Divine in the Holy Sacraments. We do well to ponder the place of God in our lives each day. We do well to give thanks to God each day.

The blessings we receive from God exceed our appreciation for God. Everyday is an opportunity to thank God. Everyday is a day to move beyond asking God for help continuously. Prayer involves more than simply coming to God with requests.

The way we pray and the frequency with which we pray bears careful review. We want our prayers to be effective. We want our prayers to come to Christ with great certainty.

The present Gospel is a plea from Christ for repentance. Our hearts and minds will tell us the repentance needed for each of us. All of us can bear Reviewing our prayers and the time devoted to prayer.

Prayers can be simple. Prayers can be complex. Prayers draw us near to God.

May the present Gospel inspire us to repent, to seek first the kingdom of God. (Mt.6:33)

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
Sunday After Theophany
January 13/January 26, 2003.
Sts. Hemylus and Straonicus.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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