St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 296 - August 23/September 5, 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

August 23/September 5, 2004
Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost
No. 296


Remember to listen to the parish radio broadcast each Sunday afternoon at 12:15 on WMBS, 590 AM, Uniontown.
(Beginning September 12 and continuing each week until October 10 it will be heard at 6:20 PM.)
(Also on October 24*, November 7, 14, 21, 28, December 5*, 19*, 26 and January 2 it will be heard at 6:20 PM.)
(*It will be heard at 12:15 as well on October 24, December 5 and December 19.)

I Peter 1:9

Receiving the end of your faith-the salvation of your souls.

Services This Past Week

August 29 - Twenty-two people attended Divine Liturgy.
August 30 - One person came for Matins and First Hour. One person came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
August 31 - One person came for Matins and First Hour. Two people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
September 1 - Three people came for Matins and First Hour. Three people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
September 2 - Two people came for Matins and First Hour. Three people came for Akathist to the Jesus Christ and Akathist to the Cross.
September 3 - Four people came for Divine Liturgy. One communicant.
Three people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.

Services This Coming Week - Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Today - Welcome Father Rumen Stoychev as the guest priest.
Morning services - Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 6:30 AM.
Afternoon services - Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday at 4:30 PM.
Thursday evening at 6:30 PM
Saturday - Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Mission, Fairmont at 10:00 AM.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

September 11 - Beheading of St. John the Baptist, Fast Day
September 14 - Church New Year
September 18 - St. Nikodim Chapel Slava
September 21 - Nativity of Most Holy Theotokos
September 27 - Exaltation of Precious Cross
October 14 - Protection of Mother of God
October 16 - An Evening for Shadeland
October 24 - St. George Church Fiftieth Anniversary
October 27 - St. Petka-Paraskeva
October 31 - St. Luke

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

Parish Life

The services held daily are important to the development of this parish. Parishioners are encouraged to increase weekday attendance.
Four people came to Adult Class last Thursday for the eighth discussion on the Divine Liturgy. Class again this Thursday at 7:00 PM following the evening service. Come and discuss the Divine Liturgy.
It was good to have Dorothy Bozick's sisters visiting the parish recently.
Pray to God each day for a peaceful and rapid ending of the war in Iraq.
Pray for the families and men and women serving in the military.
It was good to have Captain Mike DePhillips in church last Sunday. He serves his community and his country.
Thank you to Tom Hunter for producing a compact disk of the St. George Choir.
Thank you to the St. George Choir for the extra effort necessary to produce the disk.
The Sunday radio broadcast will be held at 6:20 PM beginning September 12 and continuing each week until October 10. It will be heard at 6:20 PM also on October 24, November 7, 14, 21, 28, December 5, 19, 26 and January 2. It will also be heard at 12:15 on October 24, December 5 and December 19. On October 31 and December 12, it will only be heard at 12:15. Listen to the Uniontown station each week.
Nativity of Blessed Virgin Mary Church will celebrate the Ninetieth Anniversary on September 12 and invites our parishioners to come following the Divine Liturgy.
When doing your estate planning, include the Church in your considerations.

A Thought from St. Basil the Great

Any intelligent man realizes that the work of the Holy Spirit will not cease, as some imagine, when the Lord makes His long-awaited return from heaven. On the contrary, the Holy Spirit will be present with Him on the day of His revelation, when He will judge the universe in righteousness as its only Ruler. Who is so ignorant of the good things which God has prepared for those who are worthy that he does not understand the crown of the righteous man is precisely the grace of the Spirit?
(St. Basil the Great. On the Holy Spirit. St. Vladimir's Seminary Press, Crestwood, New York, 1980. p. 66. )

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

To Consider

The many ways God "calls" a person.
The many invitations God's extends to a person to draw near to the Kingdom.
The many opportunities to serve God in daily life.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

August 30 - Prepared September radio broadcasts with Tom Hunter.
September 1 - Attended Shadeland Meeting at Diocesan Center
September 2 - Went to Diocesan Center.
September 3 - Visited patient at Brownsville Hospital.

From the Desert fathers

She (Syncleta) also said, 'Just as one cannot build a ship unless one has some nails, so it is impossible to be saved without humility.'

Fourteenth Sunday After Pentecost 2004

Matthew 22:1-14

And Jesus answered and spoke to them again by parables and said: "The kingdom of heaven is like a certain king who arranged a marriage for his son, and sent out his servants to call those who were invited to the wedding; and they were not willing to come. Again he sent out other servants, saying, "Tell those who are invited, 'See, I have prepared my dinner; my oxen, and fatted cattle are killed, and all things are ready. Come to the wedding.'" But they made light of it and went their ways, one to his own farm, another to his business. And the rest seized his servants, treated them spitefully, and killed them. But when the king heard about it, he was furious. And he sent out his armies, destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city. Then he said to his servants, "The wedding is ready, but those who were invited are not worthy. Therefore go into the highways, and as many as you find, invite to the wedding." So those servants went out into the highways and gathered together all whom they found, both bad and good. And the wedding hall was filled with guests. But when the king came in to see the guests, he saw a man there who did not have on a wedding garment. So he said to him, "Friend, how did you come in here without a wedding garment?" And he was speechless. Then the king said to the servants, " Bind him hand and foot, take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there will be weeping gnashing of teeth." For many are called, but few are chosen.

Today we come to the Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost. We focus our attention on the words of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ preserved in the Holy Orthodox Church through the centuries.

We are blessed to live in relative freedom to hear the preaching of the Holy Gospel. We are blessed to live in relative freedom to gather in a beautiful church dedicated to God.

We come to church, having made a conscious decision to do so. We come to church responding to the invitation of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ to "Come and see" (Jn. 1:39)

The Holy Gospel message is about a marriage feast for the son of the king. Many declined the invitation. We are invited to the feast of the Lord Jesus Christ each Sunday. We are invited to partake of His Precious Body and Blood. We are invited to come to the Kingdom of God.

The invitation to the Kingdom of God is declined by many. The invitation to the banquet of the Lord is declined by many. Many choose to spend their time, their attention and their efforts elsewhere than directed toward the Kingdom of God.

Many make choices in life which take them away from God's Kingdom. Today's Gospel says many are called and few are chosen. The invitation goes out from the Lord to "come and see." The invitation goes out "In the fear of God and in faith draw near."

The Mother of God was obedient to the Lord when visited by the Archangel. She said: "Behold, the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word." (Lk. 1:38).

Not everyone is obedient to the words of God as was the Mother of God. Today we celebrate the Leave-taking of the Feast of the Dormition of the Mother of God. Today it is good to think about the complete obedience of the Mother of God.

The time we are given by God in life is limited. Time used is never replaced. Each moment of life is precious. Each moment of life is to be used fully and to the glory of God.

All that we do in life can be a prayer. All that we undertake in life can be to the glory of God. All that we do can be in response to God's invitation to "Come and see."

Jesus said "If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me." (Mt. 16:24). We may try to avoid the crosses in our lives. We may try avoid thinking about Jesus Christ upon the Cross.

The Resurrection came because of the Cross. The Cross was in the middle of the road leading to the Resurrection of Christ. Renewed life in Christ requires taking up the cross and following Christ.

Life in Christ requires discipline. Life in Christ requires taking the narrow gate (Mt. 7:13). Life in Christ requires making decisions based upon the teachings and life of Christ.

Today's Gospel says many are called and few are chosen. The Gospel is preached in a ll nations. The Gospel is preached in a multitude of languages. The Gospel is heard by people of all ages and races and nationalities.

Each person determines the degree he or she will heed the teachings of the Gospel. Each person determines the degree he or she will follow Christ. Each person makes decisions daily that either draw the person closer to Christ or takes the person further from Christ.

The joy of the Kingdom is experienced by those faithful to Christ. The joy of the Kingdom is experienced by those willing to say "no" to sin. The joy of the Kingdom is experienced by those who care for the sick, the suffering, the poor, the imprisoned and the stranger. (Mt. 25:31-46).

The way of Christ requires a clear mind. The way of Christ requires a pure heart. The way of Christ requires a body dedicated to Christ.

God is good. God is merciful. God is kind. God is forgiving. The invitations given by God reveal God's love. The invitations given by God reveal God's patience. The invitations given by God's reveal God's interest in each person.

Now is the time to assess our lives. Now is the time to assess our commitment to Christ. Now is the time to assess the degree of love we share with others and for Christ.


St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
August 23/September 5, 2004
Apodasis of Dormition.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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