St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 233 - June 9/June 22, 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

June 9/June 22, 2003
Sunday of All Saints
No. 233

Revelations 14:12-13

Here is the patience of the saints, here are those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus. Then I head a voice from heaven saying to me, "Write: 'Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on." "Yes," says the Spirit, "That they may rest from their labors, and their works follow them."

Services This Past Week

June 15 - Thirty six people came for Divine Liturgy.
June 17 - Three people came for Akathist to St .George and Akathist to the Holy Trinity.
June 17 - Three people came the Akathist to the Holy Trinity and Vespers.
June 20 - Three people came for the Matins and First Hour. Four people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
June 21 - One person came for Matins and First Hour.

Services This Coming Week - Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Today - 10:00 AM-Divine Liturgy. 2:00 PM - Akathist to Jesus Christ at the Cross in the Cemetery.
Evenings - Wednesday, Saturday - 7:00 PM - Akathist and Vespers.
Thursday evening - 6:30 PM - Akathist and Vespers - Video to be shown afterwards.
Friday evening: Ninth Hour and Vespers - 4:30 PM.
Mornings - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday - 6:30 AM - Matins and First Hour.
Saturday - 10:00 AM - Divine Liturgy - Holy Trinity Mission - Fairmont.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

Today-Outdoor Religious Program and Parish Picnic
June 28 - St. Lazarus Great Martyr and All Serbian Martyrs-Vidovdan
June 29 - Annual parish covered dish posno dinner in remembrance of Vidovdan. Video to be shown.
July 7 - Nativity of St. John the Baptist
July 12 - Sts. Peter and Paul
July 19 - Celebration of Slava at Monastery Marcha.
July 26 - Pilgrimage and Picnic at St. Sava Camp - Shadeland - Most Holy Mother of God Monastery
August 3 - Outdoor Religious Program and Parish Picnic.

If you are too busy to are too busy!

Parish Life

1. Thank you to all working for the religious program and picnic today.
2. Adult class will be held on Thursday evening following Vespers.
3. Plan to stay next Sunday for the covered dish dinner and video.
4. The Apostles Fast begins this Monday June 23 and continues until the Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul on July 12. Please honor the fast each day.

A Thought From Father Rade Merick *

Can we as the Church in good conscience through our behavior call the saving message of our Lord into question? Money is necessary for God's work to be done in this world. But if the means by which we raise this money keeps people from taking this work and this message seriously, have we not compromised not only ourselves, but all of what we claim to believe and do?
*(Path of Orthodoxy, June 2003 )

To Consider

- The lives of the saints teach us about holiness and God.
- The lives of the saints provide varied examples of way to live for God.
- The lives of the saints provide hope for all sinners to return to God.
- The lives of the saints show that God can be found in all locations.
- The lives of the saints show charitable deeds are important.
- The lives of the saints demonstrate written works about God are important.
- The lives of the saints honor and give reverence to the Holy Sacraments.
- The lives of the saints show the results of being faithful to God.
- The lives of the saints teach the importance of being first in the heart.
- The lives of the saints instruct us on the importance of faith in God.
- The lives of the saints continue to grow in number.
- The lives of the saints have a lasting impact on succeeding generations.
- The lives of the saints reflect the diversity of believers.

Remember the Students at St. Sava School of Theology

From the Desert fathers

A brother asked the abbot Arsenius, that he might hear some word from him. And the old man said to him, 'Whatever power thou hast, strive that the life which is within thee may be according to God, and may conquer the passions of the outer man." He said again, "If we seek God He will appear to us: and if we hold Him, He will stay with us."

Sunday of All Saints

Mt.10: 32-33, 37-38, 19:27-30

Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven. But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven. He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. Then Peter answered and said to Him, "See, we have left all and followed You. Therefore what shall we have?" So Jesus said to them, "Assuredly I say to you, that in the regeneration, when the Son of Man sits on the throne of His glory, you who have followed Me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands, for My name's sake, shall receive a hundredfold, and inherit eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and the last first.

The present Gospel puts the Christian life into perspective. When a person chooses to follow Jesus Christ, he or she is expected to hold Christ first and foremost in the heart and mind.
The Lord wants fervent Christians. We know of the Lord's disdain for the Laodiceans because they were lukewarm in spiritual fervor and good works. He told them: "So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of my mouth." (Rev.3:15-16)
We cannot be lukewarm and carry the cross given to us. We will falter. We will stumble. Great fervor is necessary. The crosses which come to us in life are heavy. But they are not heavier than Christ's Cross. The crosses we receive are not greater in severity than the Cross of Jesus.
Jesus humbled Himself to a greater degree than we will ever come to know. Jesus, divine, willingly went to the Cross. He suffered willingly. He died willingly.
Jesus death was so convincing that many, many martyrs through the centuries have gone to their deaths witnessing to Christ.
If we read the lives of the saints, we will come to know of the martyrs who held strong to Christ. When we read the lives of the saints, we come to know of the many martyrs who freely chose death rather than renounce Christ.
The martyrs for Christ through the centuries took serious the present Gospel. St. George the Patron of this Holy Church, is a great martyr. He suffered extensively for Christ.
We need to conduct our lives with great reverence for those who have gone before us and from whom we take our identity. We have a church today because of the faithful through the centuries. We have a church today because of Christ living in the hearts of so many believers through the centuries.
Christ lives in the hearts of serious believers. Christ is part of the lives of serious believers as they partake of His Precious Body and Blood with the greatest of reverence and awe and fear.
Christ lives in the lives of believers who come to Him in repentence and confession, confessing their sins and confessing Christ with their lives.
When Christ is first in the heart and soul of a person, every relationship in put in proper perspective. Every responsibility and duty is put in proper perspective.
The parish church exists because of Jesus Christ. The parish church exists for Jesus Christ. Everything done in the parish church, everything undertaken by the parish church must be consistent with the life and teachings of Jesus Christ.
When we stray from Christ, when we stray from the purposes established in Christ, we are in peril.
Christ welcomes returning sinners. Christ welcomes the repentant. Christ expects completeness of faith. Our Lord taught: "Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kindgom of heaven." (Mt.5:19)
We must constantly evaluate our faithfulness to Christ. We must constantly examine our hearts and minds to determine if we are staying true to Christ. We have Abraham as a guide of true faithfulness to God. Abraham was prepared to sacrifice his only son Issac in obedience to God (Gen. 22:1-18)
If we read the Eleventh Chapter of the Epistle to the Hebrews, we will learn of others faithful to God through the centuries.
St.Stephen, Protomartyr and Archdeacon, is a perfect example of faithfulness to Christ. (Acts 7:1-60) Serbian Orthodox Christians know of St. Lazar and the many who died with him in the Battle of Kosovo. Serbian Orthodox Christians know of the witness of Deacon Avacuum who died confessing Christ. Serbian Orthodox Christians know of the martyrs in the present and last century who died confessing Christ.
When we treat our Christian identity lightly, we dishonor those who gave their lives completely for Christ. When we treat our Christian identity seriously, we come to know the joy of Christ.
When we are serious in confession, we come to know the heavy weight lifted from us. Christ helps frees us from the weight of sin. When we are serious in preparing for Holy Communion, we know the joy of Christ entering our lives, entering our bodies.
When we listen to the Holy Gospel with great attentiveness, we hear Christ and we rejoice. When we look carefully at the occurrences in daily life, we come to see God at work and we rejoice at God's presence.
When we experience the Sacrament of Holy Unction, we experience the healing power of God.
Today's Gospel has a great message for each of us. Every Gospel message is great for each of us. Let us heed the words of Jesus Christ everyday of our lives.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
June 9/June 22, 2003.
St. Cyril of Alexandria.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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