St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 238 - July 14/July 27, 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

July 14/July 27, 2003
Sixth Sunday After Pentecost
No. 238



Matthew 9:2

When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, "Son, be of good cheer; your sins are forgiven you

Services This Past Week

June 20 - Twenty-six people attended. One communicant.
June 21 - Three people came for Matins and First Hour. Father Djokan Majstorovic served. Two people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
June 22 - Three people came for the Akathist to Jesus Christ and Vespers.
June 23 - Two people came for Matins and First Hour. Two people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
June 24 - Two people came for Matins and First Hour. Six people came for Vespers.
June 25 - Two people came for Matins and Ninth Hour.

Services This Coming Week - Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

June 27 - Today - Divine Liturgy.
June 28 - Matins and First Hour - 6:30 AM. Ninth Hour and Vespers - 4:30 PM.
June 31 - 6:30 PM - Vespers followed by Adult Class.
August 1 - 6:00 AM - Matins and First Hour.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

August 1-3 - One Hundredth Anniversary - St. Nicholas Church - Steelton.
August 2 - Holy Prophet Elijah - Slava of Parish in Aliquippa.
August 3 - Outdoor Religious Program and Parish Picnic.
August 9 - St. Panteleimon, the Great Martyr. St. Clement of Ochrid
August 10 - Parish Healthcare Day - Covered Dish Dinner
August 11-12 - Parish Overnight Camp - (Only if confirmed)
August 13 - Dormition Fast begins
August 19 - Feast of Holy Transfiguration of our Lord Jesus Christ.
August 28 - Dormition of Mother of God - Kolo Slava.
September - St. Nikodim Chapel Slava.
September 11 - Beheading of St. John the Baptist.
September 14 - Church New Year
September 19 - Miracle of Archangel Michael

If you are too busy to pray...you are too busy!

Parish Life

1. Mira Luna, Executive Board President of St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Cathedral visited the parish this past week.
2. George Wasburn of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection was here this past week to examine the stain marks in the parking lot.
3. The Thursday night Adult Class continues to grow. Seven people came this week. In the recent weeks, videos have been viewed on various monasteries. This past week was a video showing a pilgrimage in Russia. This coming Thursday night a video will be shown on St. Basil of Ostrog.
4. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation will hold a meeting in the church hall on Thursday regarding the various proposals for the new Rt. 21.
5. Help will be needed with the picnic next Sunday. Baked goods will be needed.
6. Milos "Serb" Krewasky is readying his lambroasting crew for next week.
7. Dr. Louis Yancich and son Louis are scheduled to be at Shadeland Camp this week.

A Thought From His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN *

But when working on his salvation, a Christian should have before himself holy examples: apostles, martyrs, ascetics and all the saints and he should be careful how he builds his spiritual building (I Cor.3:10-11; cf.Mt.7:24-27). If he builds on a secure rock he will never be in fear that that house will fall. Having in himself the pledge of the Holy Spirit (Eph.1:13-14), the Christian experiences indescribable joy for he is one with Christ. Such a man relates with the angels, with all of God's creation: with the birds, and with the plants, and with all things in general.
*(The Teaching of Saint Apostle Paul on the Church )

To Consider

The counciliar actions of the Church.
The unity reflected in prayer and worship.
Concern among members of the Church for the wellness of each other.
The importance of forgiveness.
The importance of welcoming returning brothers and sisters.
Remembering those who are homebound, in hospitals, care homes or jail or prison.

Remember the St. Sava School of Theology in Libertyville

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

July 20 and 21 - Visited at St. Mary's Orthodox Church - Masontown.
July 23 - Visited with parishioners..
July 22 - Went to Shadeland Camp.
July 25 - Visited patient Uniontown Hospital.

From the Desert fathers

He (John the Dwarf) also said, 'Humility and the fear of God are above all virtues.

Sixth Sunday After Pentecost

Holy Fathers of the Six Ecumenical Councils

Matthew 9:1-8 John 17:1-13

So He got into a boat, crossed over, and came to His own city. Then behold, they brought to Him a paralytic lying on a bed. When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, "Son, be of good cheer; your sins are forgiven you." And at once some of the scribes said within themselves, "This Man blasphemes!" But Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said, "Why do you think evil in your hearts/ For which is easier, to say, 'Your sins are forgiven you,' or to say, 'Arise and walk'? "But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins"---then He said to the paralytic, "Arise, take up your bed, and go to your house." And he arose and departed to his house. Now when the multitudes saw it, they marveled and glorified God, who had given such power to men.

Jesus spoke these words, lifted up His eyes to heaven, and said: "Father, the hour has come. Glorify Your Son, that Your Son also may glorify You, as You have given Him authority over all flesh, that He should give eternal life to as many as You have given Him. And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. I have glorified You on the earth. I have finished the work which You have given Me to do. And now, O Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was. I have manifested Your name to the men whom You have given Me out of the world. They were Yours, You gave them to Me, and they have kept Your word. Now they have known that all things which You have given Me are from You. For I have given to them the words which You have given Me; and they have received them and have known surely that I came forth from You; and they have believed that You sent Me. I pray for them. I do not pray for the world but for those whom You have given Me, for they are Yours. And all Mine are Yours, and Yours are Mine, and I am glorified in them. Now I am no longer in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to You. Holy Father, keep through Your name those whom You have given Me, that they may be one as We are. While I was with them in the world, I kept them in Your name. Those whom You gave Me I have kept; and none of them is lost except the son of perdition, that the Scripture might be fulfilled. But now I come to You, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have My joy fulfilled in themselves.

We come today to this Holy Orthodox Church to worship and to pray to God. We come by the grace and mercy of God. We come giving thanksgiving to God. We come with the opportunity to partake of the Precious Body and Blood of the Lord Jesus Christ.
This Holy Orthodox Church is here today due to the blessings of God through the centuries. This Holy Orthodox Church is here today due to the saints and martyrs and faithful Orthodox Christians through the centuries.
We are located in this specific geographic location but we are united with Orthodox Christians around the world and through the centuries.
Through our Bishop, we are linked by the canonical laying-on of hands to the Holy Apostles. This Holy Orthodox Church is part of the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. We express our belief in the Church at Holy Baptism and reaffirm this belief at each Divine Liturgy.
The present moment, the present Divine Liturgy, is important in our lives. The present moment, the present Divine Liturgy, is important as a sequence in the Holy Orthodox Church through the ages.
We remember, honor and are linked with the past. We give glory to God in the present. We know that our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ is coming again and we must prepare for His return.
The celebration of this Divine Liturgy is part of the preparation for Christ's Second Coming. At the same time, this very Divine Liturgy is a celebration of the experience of Christ being in our midst.
The first Gospel message for today refers to Jesus's power to forgive sins. The forgiveness of sins through the Mystery of Holy Confession provides Orthodox Christians with an opportunity to begin anew. Through Holy Confession, we can have our lives set aright with God.We can begin anew seeking the Kingdom of God and His righteousness (Mt.6:33).
The second Gospel message refers to the granting of eternal life. The way we live each day of our lives determines the quality of our lives both for the present and for eternity.
The importance of being faithful to God throughout life cannot be overestimated. The second Gospel message today mentions the son of perdition. We know the son of perdition to be Judas Iscariot.
Judas Iscariot was privileged beyond most human beings throughout the centuries to be among the chosen of Jesus Christ. He squandered this select opportunity and became a traitor to Christ. (Lk.6:13-16)
Orthodox Christians profess belief in Jesus Christ as King and God at Holy Baptism. Let us not take the path of Judas and become traitors to Christ. Let us remain faithful throughout our lives.
Jesus cautioned "Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven." (Mt.7:21)
For us to know the will of God for our lives, we must read the Holy Scriptures. We must study the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. We must study the lives of the saints and martyrs.
We must learn from the history and teachings of the Church. We must pray to God. We must worship God regularly. We must experience the Holy Mysteries of the Church. We must come to Holy Confession. We must partake of the Precious Body and Blood of Christ.
If we are faithful to God each day, God's will for our lives will become apparent. The healing power of God is clear in the Gospel message for today. Life eternal awaits faithful believers. May we be among those who remain faithful. May we be among those confessing Christ with our lives, our words and our actions.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
July 14/July 27, 2003.
St. Aquilla the Apostle. Venerable Nicodim.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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