St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 281 - May10/May 23, 2004

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

May10/May 23, 2004
Sunday of Fathers of First Ecumenical Council
No. 281

Remember to listen to the parish radio broadcast each Sunday afternoon at 12:15 on WMBS, 590 AM, Uniontown.

James 2:24

You see that a man is justified by works, and not by faith only.

Services This Past Week

May 16 - Twenty-nine people came for Divine Liturgy.
May 17 - Three people came for Matins and First Hour. Three people came for Akathist to the Resurrection and Vespers.
May 18 - Three people came for Matins and First Hour. Three people came for Akathist to the Resurrection and Vespers.
May 19 - Two people came for Divine Liturgy. Three people came for Vespers.
May 20 - Six people came for Divine Liturgy.
May 21 - Three people came to St.George Church for Matins and First Hour. Six people came to Holy Trinity Mission, Fairmont. Two people came to St.George Church for Akathist to St. Nicholas and Vespers.
May 22 - Three people came for Matins and First Hour. Wedding of Thomas and Jennifer Stefani Kornick.

Services This Coming Week - Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule
Today and each Sunday the Divine Liturgy is at 10:00 AM except Pascha when it is earlier.
Morning Services: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 6:30 AM
Afternoon Services - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday at 4:30 PM Thursday at 6:30 PM.
Memorial Saturday - Akathist for Departed at 9:00 AM. with Blessing of Graves.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

May 24 - Sts. Cyril and Methodius. St. Nicodemus, Archbishop of Pech.
May 28 - Apodasis of Ascension.
May 30 - Pentecost
May 31 - Pentecost Monday
June 1 - Pentecost Tuesday
June 3 - Sts. Constantine and Helen.
June 5 - Apodasis of Pentecost.
June 6 - Outdoor Program and Parish Picnic.

If you are too busy to are too busy!

Parish Life

Congratulations to Thomas and Jennifer Stephanie Kornick and their Kumovi and families on the occasion of the wedding held at St. George Church May 22.
It was an honor to have Proto Stavrofor Vasilije and Protonica Zoreen Sokolovic at the St. George Church this weekend along with Proto Adam Yonitch and Father Timothy and Matushka Jennifer Sawchak with all the guests attending the wedding.
Adult Class Thursday evening following the 6:30 PM service.
News has been received Proto Stavrofor Vasilije Sokolovic's father, +Very Reverend Budimir Sokolovic is being proclaimed a saint by the Serbian Orthodox Church.
Remember the suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and Metohijia.
Remember the men and women serving in the military and their families.
Today Holy Ascension Church, Youngwood is celebrating the parish Slava.

A Thought from Father Father Justin

His earthly life the Savior ended with the Ascension to heaven. All work of the incarnated God led toward it. It was natural that the Savior finished his effort of salvation of mankind with ascension of human nature to heaven, which the Lord made forever a part of His personality as God and Man.
(2004 Calendar of the Serbian Orthodox Clergy Brotherhood p. 103. )

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

To Consider

The Ascension of the Lord Jesus Christ.
The Glorius Second Coming of Christ.
The way individuals will have lived between the Ascension and Second Coming.
The importance of making the best use of time for the glory of God.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

May 16 - Attended Slava dinner at St. Nicholas Serbian Orthodox Church, Monroeville.
May 17 - Went to Diocesan Center, Mars.
May 18 - Attended Orthodox Clergy Brotherhood dinner meeting, Pittsburgh.
May 19-20 - Wedding related preparations.
May 21 - Served Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Mission, Fairmont.

From the Desert fathers

A brother questioned Abba Poemen saying, 'What does it mean to repent of a fault?' The old man said, 'Not to commit it again in future. This is the reason the righteous were called blameless, for they gave up their faults and became righteous.'

Seventh Sunday of Pascha
Holy Fathers of the 1st Ecumenical Council

John 17:1-13

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 gather today in this Holy Orthodox Church to pray to God, to celebrate the Divine Liturgy. We bring with us our faith in God. We bring with us our love for God. We bring with us our hope and our prayers. We bring with us our concerns and problems.

The Divine Liturgy lifts our hearts to God. The Divine Liturgy directs our attention to the Lord Jesus Christ. The Holy Gospel brings us the teachings of Jesus Christ. We experience Christ directly when we partake of His Precious Body and Blood.

Today's Gospel comes at a time Christ was concluding His time on earth. We must think about Christ coming to earth. We must think about His return to earth.

Our life should be a preparation for Christ's Second Coming. Our life should be spent in peace and repentance. We pray for peace and repentance in the Divine Liturgy. We pray for the peace of the whole world during the Divine Liturgy.

The Divine Liturgy is prayerfully comprehensive. We benefit from thinking carefully about the content of the Divine Liturgy. Most Orthodox Christians experience the Divine Liturgy on Sundays and perhaps a limited number of weekday feast days.

If we search, we will find monasteries and churches serving the Divine Liturgy on weekdays throughout most of the year. We are enriched the more we participate in the liturgical life of the Church. We are enriched the more we come to the church for divine services.

God knows the contents of our hearts and minds. God helps us as we draw closer to God. God can help us foil the devil and overcome temptations.

The present Gospel speaks about eternal life. At funerals, we sing "Memory Eternal!". Each practicing Orthodox Christian has an interest in eternal life.

Our life on earth is the immediate focus. Living an Orthodox Christian life requires daily attention and concentration. The life of the Church is twenty-four hours per day, every day of the year.

Jesus Christ wants our complete attention. When Christ is our complete attention, living consistent with the way of Christ is possible. With Christ no problem is too big. With Christ, "peace within" prevails.

Internal peace with Christ entails concentration on Christ. Jesus prayed for His disciples. He died that we might have life. We can show our appreciation to Christ by consistently giving thanksgiving, by giving glory to God.

We can learn from Christ how to live on earth. We can learn from Christ how to face the pressures and dangers. We can learn from Christ how to live with the people we meet each day.

We can learn from Christ the most important lessons of life. To learn from Christ, we must read the Holy Scriptures. We must fast and pray to discipline our bodies and sharpen our minds.

God is attentive to our prayers. God is attentive to our efforts. God knows when we sin and depart from His ways.

When opportunities arise to do good, let us use the opportunities. When we pray, let us pray also for an increase in prayerfulness. Prayer brings us to God. Prayer enables us to be in unity with God.

Let us become familiar with the words of Jesus Christ. Let us make the words and life of Christ an integral part of our lives.

Today we rejoice in the Divine Liturgy. Today we witness to Christ by coming together in Christ's Church. When we live in Christ throughout the week, our witness increases.

May God be merciful to us. May we expend our energy and devote our attention to Christ with increased fervor. May today and each day be dedicated to God, a time of commitment to the Risen and Ascended Lord.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
Holy Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council.
May10/May 23, 2004
Venerable Simon Zealot, Apostle. Venerable Isadora.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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