St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 251 - October 13/October 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

October 13/October 26, 2003
Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost
No. 251



Ephesians 4:13

Till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.

Services This Past Week

October 19 - Thirty five people came to the Divine Liturgy. One communicant.
October 20 - One person came for Matins and First Hour.
October 21 - Three people came for Matins and First Hour. Three people came for the Akathist to St.Panteleimon and Vespers.
October 22 - Two people came for the Matins and First Hour. Four people came for Akathist to St.Panteleimon and Vespers.
October 23 - Three people came for Matins and First Hour. Five people came for Vespers.
October 24 - Two people came for Matins and First Hour. Three people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
October 25 - Three people came for Matins and First Hour at St.George Church. Six people came for Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, West Virginia.

Services This Coming Week - Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

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

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

October 26 - Parish Annual Banquet Today
October 27 - Venerable Mother Paraskeva of Serbia - St. Petka
October 31 - St. Luke, the Apostle and Evangelist, St. Petar of Cetinje
November 1 - Memorial Saturday
November 5 - St. James the Apostle, First Bishop of Jerusalem
November 8 - St. Demetrius the Myrrhflowing, Great Martyr of Thessaloniki
November 14 - Sts. Cosmas and Damian, Unmercenary Healers.
November 16 - Renovation of St. George the Great Martyr Church.
November 21 - Synaxis of St. Archangel Michael and All Bodiless Powers

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

Parish Life

Today forty-nine years in the St. George Church is being celebrated.
Today the pioneers of the St. George Church are gratefully remembered.
Today the departed of the St. George Church are in our thoughts.
Today is a good day to give thanks to God for the St. George Church.
Today is an important day to think about the future of the St. George.
Today we have reason to think about the prayers of consecration of this Church.

A Thought From His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN *

The goal of the Church and the desire of its Founder is that all the men who comprise it become holy, so that He can show it to be pure and undefiled (Eph 5:22-27). Here we do not speak about the essence of the Church, about its holiness, but about the members, which comprise it. And Christ will show it to be pure and holy after the Terrible Judgment, when the sinners are brought out from under its wings. If all men are holy, what sense would there be in her founding?
*(The Teaching of Saint Apostle Paul on the Church p 49 )

Remember the Students at St. Sava School of Theology in Libertyville

To Consider

The Ecumenical Councils.
The outcomes of the Ecumenical Councils.
The influence of the Ecumenical Councils on the Church today.
The attentiveness given by parishioners to the Ecumenical Councils.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

Returned from Sabor in California on October 19.
Visited two parishioners on October 23.
Served Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Mission, Fairmont - October 24.
Went to parishioner's home to cut Kolac' October 25, 2003.

From the Desert fathers

Abba John the Dwarf said, 'A house is not built by beginning at the top and working down. You must begin with the foundations in order to reach the top. They said to him, 'What does this saying mean? He said, 'The foundation is our neighbor, whom we must win, and that is the place to begin. For all the commandments of Christ depend on this one.


Ninteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Luke 6:31-36

And just as you want men to do to you, you also do to them likewise. But if you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. And if you lend to those from whom you hope to receive back, what credit is that to you? For even sinners lend to receive as much back. But love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High. For He is kind to the unthankful and evil. Therefore be merciful, just as your Father who is merciful.

Orthodox Christians taking time to prepare themselves for attendance at the Divine services will reap greater benefits from the services. The environment and activities in which a believer finds him or herself prior to coming to church will affect the condition of the person entering into the church.

Ideally, each Orthodox Christian will be at peace and will come to church with a prayerful attitude. He or she will come seeking the will of God. Each person, ideally, will come seeking to grow in Jesus Christ, to be inspired by the Holy Spirit.

The Orthodox Vesper service each evening is an entry into the new day created by God. The Vesper service reminds the attentive believer of the greatness of God, of the far reaching effect of God (Ps.104).

The Vesper service is an opportunity to praise God, to praise the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Serious Orthodox Christians come to know the words of the divine services and are enriched by the meaning.

The Epistle and Gospel messages for each Sunday are a basis for teaching. The Epistle and Gospel messages are primary sources for instruction and inspiration.

The Epistle for this Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost is from St. Paul writing to the Corinthians (II Cor.ll:31-33,12:1-9). Orthodox Christians reading and rereading St. Paul's writings benefit from them. Orthodox Christians studying the life of St. Paul benefit from the time in study. St. Paul went from being a persecutor of Christians to a being a leading apostle.

The life of St. Paul provides hope for sinners. The life of St. Paul provides inspiration for people who want to change. The life of St. Paul reveals the power of God at work.

The Gospel message for this Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost is from the sixth chapter of the Gospel according to St. Luke. St.Luke provides important details about the life and teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Orthodox Christians taking time to read the Gospel according to St. Luke and the Acts of the Holy Apostles also written by St. Luke are exposed to life-changing accounts.

The world is different because Jesus Christ took on flesh and dwelt among the people in human form. We hear at each Feast of the Nativity with great emphasis that "God is with us!"

God is always with us! It is for us to be attentive to the presence of God, to see God at work in our lives and in the world in which we live.

Orthodox believers are expected to be different and better as a result of attending Divine services. The Gospel message for this Sunday calls upon believers to be good to enemies, to the unthankful, to those who want to borrow. Believers are to expect nothing in return for this charitable love toward others.

Orthodox Christians are expected to act according to the teachings of Jesus Christ. This is a big, big expectation and a very real one. It is not enough to express belief in Christ. Christians are expected to live according to the teachings of Jesus Christ.

It is hard to be good in the face of evil. It is hard to be good in the face of ungratefulness. True believers take the words of Jesus Christ to heart and make them the basis for daily living.

Blessed Theophylact wrote these words regarding the present Gospel. He said: "If you want your enemies to be hard, unfeeling, and angry towards you, then be the same yourself to them."

Believers come to church each Sunday seeking a better life in Christ. Individuals who take the Gospel to heart are never disappointed. Individuals who are faithful to Christ in daily life are never disappointed.

Today's Epistle and Gospel messages speak clearly to those who are attentive. We have a great opportunity this day and each day to renew our lives in Christ. We have an opportunity today and each day to repent and seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness (Mt.6:33).

Today's Epistle and Gospel lessons and the Epistle and Gospel lessons of each day are standards of measurement and sources of instruction and direction for Orthodox believers.

May we as professed believers in Jesus Christ be mindful of Jesus' life and teachings given to us this day in the Holy Orthodox Church. May we rejoice in the Resurrected Christ and seek to grow in Him each day of our lives.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
October 13/October 26, 2003
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St. Carpus, Martyr. St. Zlata of Meglene, New-Martyr.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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