St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 247 - September 15/September 28, 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

September 15/September 28, 2003
Sunday after the Exaltation - Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost
No. 247

Galatians 2:16

Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law but by faith in Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, that we might be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law; for by the works of the law no flesh shall be justified.

Services This Past Week

September 21 - Thirty three people attended Divine Liturgy. One communicant.
September 22 - Two people came for Matins and First Hour. One person came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
September 23 - Two people came for Matins and First Hour. One person came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
September 24 - Two people came for Matins and First Hour. One person came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
September 25 - Two people came for Matins and First Hour at St. George Church. Five people came for Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Mission, Fairmont. Five people came for Vespers at St. George Church.
September 26 - Two people came for Matins and First Hour. One person came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
September 27 - Five people came for the Divine Liturgy. One communicant.

Services This Coming Week - Call to Verify Schedule

Divine Liturgy today and every Sunday at 10:00 AM except on Pascha when it is earlier.
Mornings - Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday - 6:30 AM.
Evenings - Monday and Wednesday - 3:00 PM. Tuesday and Thursday - 7:00 PM

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

October 6 - Conception of St. John the Baptist.
October 9 - Repose of St. John the Theologian and Evangelist.
October 14 - Protection of the Mother of God
October 15-18 - Sabor, California.
Ocotber 19 - St. Thomas the Apostle
October 26 - Parish Annual Banquet

If you are too busy to are too busy!

Parish Life

It would be helpful if more people came out for church services during the week. If each parishioner came to at least one weekday service per month it would be a dramatic increase.
The weekday services normally last thirty to forty minutes and are beneficial for the parish as well as for those who attend. Coming to church whenever services are held is an important contribution to the church.
Church services are held at different times during the week that at least one service per month should be able to be accomodated in each person's schedule.
Four people came to Adult Class this past Thursday. Class again this Thursday following the evening service. Parishioners who come to class make a contribution to the growth of the parish.
The Kolo is baking again. Help is always needed.

A Thought From His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN *

His spiritual Body, the Church, is fed by His life, and the development of that life is the fulness of the Church. The fullness of the Church is not the fulfillment and completion of Christ, the Church is His fullness, His majestic work on the earth which surrounds it. Christ is concerned about the entire world, and especially about His members. The Church does not passively accept life power from its Head.
*(The Teaching of Saint Apostle Paul on the Church p.19 )

To Consider

The Cross of Christ.
The Cross affecting the life of each believer.
The historical findings of the Cross.
The Scriptural references to the Cross.
The preaching about the Cross.
The iconography focusing on the Cross.
The crosses worn by Orthodox Christians.
The crosses atop Orthodox Churches.
The Cross as a sign of hope for people in captivity.
The Cross as a sign of hope for people with serious illness.

Remember the Students at St. Sava School of Theology

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

September 24 - Visited home of parishioner.
September 25 - Served Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Mission, Fairmont.

From the Desert fathers

Abba Zeno said, "If a man wants God to hear his prayer quickly, then before he prays for anything else, even his own soul, when he stands and stretches out his hands towards God, he must pray with all his heart for his enemies. Through this action God will hear everything that he asks."

Sunday after the Exaltation of the Cross

Mk. 8:34-9:1

When He had called the people to Himself, with His disciples also, He said to them, "Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel's will save it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him the Son of Man also will be ashamed when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels. And He said to them, "Assuredly, I say to you that there are some standing here who will not taste death till they see the kingdom of God present with power.

Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Matthew 22:35-46

Then one of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, and saying, "Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?" Jesus said to him, "You shall love the Lord Your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it; you shall 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets."While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them, saying, What do you think about the Christ? Whose Son is He? They said to Him, "The Son of David." He said to them, "How does David in the Spirit call Him 'Lord,' saying: 'The Lord said to my Lord, "Sit at My right hand, till I make Your enemies Your footstool." "If David then calls Him 'Lord' how is He his Son?" And no one was able to answer Him a word, nor from that day on did anyone dare question Him anymore.

The Holy Orthodox Church is in the period of the Great Feast of the Exaltation of the Precious and Life-Giving Cross. The Church will continue in this period of the Exaltation of the Cross until September 21/October 4.
The Cross is of such importance the Holy Orthodox Church sets aside these specific days for liturgical emphasis. The collective minds of serious believers in the Holy Orthodox Church will consider the Exaltation of the Cross.
Thoughts will turn to Jesus Christ upon the Cross on Holy Friday. Thoughts will turn to the sacrifice of Christians through the centuries to spread the Holy Gospel and to build churches. Thoughts will turn to men and women and children suffering as Christians under anti-Christian and oppressive governments.
During this period of attention on the Exaltation of the Cross, Orthodox believers will think of the sacrifice of parents and grandparents and relatives and friends to care for loved ones in need of extended care. Thoughts will turn to those on the battlefield who sacrifice themselves to save the lives of others. Thoughts will turn to the monks and nuns in the monasteries who give up life in the world to invest their lives in continuous prayer and for the benefit of the Holy Orthodox Church.
Thoughts will turn to seminarians who leave their families and go to live in distant areas to study knowing full well they will face hardship when their studies are completed.
Thoughts will turn to those suffering extended illnesses or permanent injury or disability, yet who maintain a sense of peace in Christ that is of benefit to themselves and to those who come to know them.
For each person, his or her cross is large and at times it may even seem unmanageable. The strength to handle each individual cross comes from Christ and His Cross. The Cross of Christ is the sign of victory. The Cross of Christ is the sign pointing toward the Kingdom of God.
We learn humility from Christ. Christ had the power not to be crucified. Jesus told those who came to arrest Him: "Do you think that I cannot now pray to My Father, and He will provide Me with more than twelve legions of angels." (Mt. 26:53)
We learn forgiveness from Christ. When Peter asked Jesus how often he should forgive his brother who sinned against him, Jesus replied: "Up to seventy times seven." (Mt.18:21-22).
We learn perseverance from Jesus Christ. Facing eventual arrest, trial and death upon the Cross, when praying in Gethsemane, Jesus said: "O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will." (Mt.26:29)
We learn love from Christ. He said: "Greater love has no one than this, to lay down one's life for his friends." (Jn.15:13)
We learn peace from Christ. His words to the disciples when He appeared to them were these: "Peace be with you." (Jn.20:19)
The learning from the Cross of Christ, the learning from the life of Christ, the learning from Christ is never-ending. Just as the Precious Body and Blood of Christ continues to nourish and feed the souls of Orthodox believers century after century on every continent, so does Christ in a multitude of other ways nourish the hearts and minds and souls of those seeking to united with Him and nourished by Him.
The Cross of Christ has borne witness through the centuries to the lasting message of Jesus Christ. Every time we sign ourselves with the Cross, we become part of the message of Christ.
In these days when at times life may seem difficult, let us remember our Lord and Savior going to the Cross among two thieves for our salvation.
Let us pick up our cross and follow Him, knowing full well He has suffered for each of us and for our salvation.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
September 15/September 28, 2003
Sunday after the Exaltation of the Precious and Life-Giving Cross. Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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