St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 288 - June 28/July 11, 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

June 28/July 11, 2004
Sixth Sunday after Pentecost
No. 288

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

Matthew 9:2

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."

Services This Past Week

July 4 - Thirty-eight people came for Divine Liturgy.
July 5 - Three people came for Matins and First Hour. Two people came for Akathist to Jesus Christ and Vespers.
July 6 - Two people came for Matins and First Hour. Three people came for Akathist to St. John the Baptist and Vespers.
July 7 - Three people came for Divine Liturgy. One communicant. One person came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
July 8 - Three people came for Matins and First Hour. Four people came for Akathist to Jesus Christ and Vespers.
July 9 - Three people came for Matins and First Hour.
July 10 - Two people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.

Services This Coming Week - Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Today - Divine Liturgy.
Monday - Divine Liturgy at 9:00 AM.
Morning services - Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 6:30 AM.
Afternoon services - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday at 4:30 PM. Thursday at 6:30 PM.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

July 12 - Sts. Peter and Paul-Attend the Divine Liturgy.
July 31 - Monastery Marcha Slava Celebration
August 2 - St. Elijah
August 7-8 - Diocesan Days, Shadeland. All Parish Churches Closed. Plan to attend.
August 9 - St. Panteleimon, St. Clement of Ochrid.
August 14 - Dormition Fast Begins

If you are too busy to are too busy!

Parish Life

Plan to attend Diocesan Days. Sign up on the bulletin board today so that plans can be made. This is a worthy first time experience!
Five people came to Adult Class this past Thursday. A review was conducted of classes held and interests for future classes. Class again this Thursday following evening service. The Divine Liturgy will be discussed.
Remember the men and women serving in the military and their families.
Today is the last day of the Apostles Fast. Come to Divine Liturgy tomorrow.

A Thought from St. Basil the Great

We believe in the Spirit as we believe in the Father and the Son, and we are baptized in the name of each. What is said concerning Moses and the cloud is a shadow or type. Surely you realize that just because divine things are foreshadowed by finite, human things, we cannot conclude that the divine nature is finite. Divine things are very often prefigured by means of shadowy types. Typology points out what is to be expected, indicating through imitation what is to happen before it happens.
(St. Basil the Great. On the Holy Spirit. St. Vladimir's Seminary Press, 1980. p.53 )

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

To Consider

The healing of the paralytic.
The healing power of Jesus Christ.
The place of faith in the healing by Jesus Christ.
The love of Christ for the physically afflicted.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

July 6 - Visited with parishioner.
July 7 - Went to Diocesan Center, Mars.
July 9 - Went to Monastery Marcha, Richfield, Ohio.
July 10 - Went to Shadeland Camp meeting, Springboro, Pa.

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."

The Sixth Sunday after Pentecost 2004
Sunday of the Paralytic

Matthew 9:1-8

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.

Each day individuals make decisions regarding Jesus Christ in their lives. Some people spend the whole day without thinking about Christ. Some people dismiss the thought of Christ from their minds. Some work against Christ. Other people embrace Christ with varying degrees of belief from lukewarm to complete love.

Christians are expected to love Christ with all their hearts, with all their minds, with all their souls. Christians are expected to love their neighbors as themselves. (Mt.22:36-40)

The present Gospel lesson is an account of the healing of a paralytic by Jesus Christ. This healing influences serious believers. This healing can be beneficial to all giving it careful attention.

The Gospel message is a documented account of action by Jesus Christ. The message has been preserved through the centuries. It has been subjected to careful scrutiny.

Healing offers hope. Healing places Christ in a special category of perception. Healing draws attention.

Not everyone coming to Christ in prayer experiences visible healing. Healing may take place in ways not visible. The heart may be healed without a noticeable outward change in bodily functioning. The spread of an illness may be slowed. The way one adjusts to an illness can be the result of turning to Christ.

Healing can result in various interpretations. The range can be from accusations of fraud to confirmation of the healing power of Christ. Healing can be produce controversy or amazement.

The present healing began as an act of forgiveness of sins. The present healing followed the forgiveness of sins. Being freed of sins gives believers freedom of movement. If this movement is not physical, it certainly can be psychological.

Sins can weigh a person down. Sins can impede progress in a person's life. Sins can deter a person from establishing a healthy relationship with God, with family and with friends.

Holy Confession is an opportunity for believers to draw near to God. Holy Confession is an opportunity to have the weight of sin lifted from one's life. Holy Confession is an opportunity for growth in Christ.

We come to know the joy of Christ when we experience the forgiveness of sins. We come to know the freedom given by Christ when we experience the forgiveness of sins. We come to know the creativity and power of Christ when sins are forgiven.

In the Holy Prophet Ezekiel we read the words: "A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit I will put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you a heart of flesh." (Ez.36:26)

When sins are forgiven, a change in the heart occurs. A change in the mind occurs. The outlook on life is different when sins are forgiven. A new beginning occurs.

The present Gospel describes the reaction of multitudes upon seeing the paralytic walk. Any serious believer will know of individuals whose lives have changed dramatically as a result of new life in Christ.

The Holy Scriptures speak in detail about the change that overcame the Holy Apostle Paul when Christ entered his life. Paul went from being a persecutor of Christians to being a foremost apostle. (I Tim.1:11-13)

The Eleventh Chapter of the Epistle to the Hebrews gives a detailed account of individuals faithful to God through the centuries. Jesus recognized the faith evident when the paralytic was brought forth.

Faith in Christ is never outmoded. Faith in Christ is never old fashioned. Faith in Christ is always characterized by hopefulness.

The thief on the Cross confessing Christ at the last moment of his life is a perfect example of the importance of turning to Christ in completeness of faith and in all honesty (Lk.23:39-43).

Cultures, lifestyles and problems change with the passage of time. We must always remind ourselves that "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. (Heb.13:8)

We are imperfect in our life in Christ. Christ helps us with our imperfections. Christ can restore order to our lives when we make our lives a mess. Christ can restore peace to our lives when we are plagued with anxiety or fear or distress.

Christ can give us mobility when fear paralyzes us. Christ can lift storm clouds appearing on the horizons of our lives. Christ gives us vision of the Resurrection when darkness obscures our sight.

The present Gospel message is small in size. The present Gospel message is sufficiently strong to have withstood the passage of centuries and the attacks of nonbelievers. Let us heed the content of today's Gospel message and pray Christ will heal us of our infirmities.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
Sixth Sunday after Pentecost
June 28/July 11, 2004
Holy Wonderworkers Cyrus and John, Unmercenary Physicians.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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