St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 309 - November 22/December 5, 2004

The Orthodox Faith

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
November 22/December 5, 2004
Twenty-Seventh Sunday after Pentecost
No. 309

Remember to listen to the parish radio broadcast on WMBS, 590 AM, Uniontown at 6:20 this evening.

James 5:15

And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.

Services This Past Week

November 28 - Thirty-seven people attended Divine Liturgy.
November 29 - Three people came for Divine Liturgy. Two people came for Vespers. Father Adam Yonitch served.
November 30 - One person came for Midnight Office. One person came for Matins and First Hour. Four people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
December 1 - Two people came for Midnight Office. Three people came for Matins and First Hour.
December 2 - Two people came for Midnight Office. Three people came for Matins and First Hour. Four people came for the Akathist to Jesus Christ and Akathist to the Cross.
December 3 - Two people came for Midnight Office. Three people came for Matins and First Hour. Three people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
December 4 - Two people came for Midnight Office and Matins. Eight people came for Divine Liturgy, Two communicants. Eight people came for the six Akathists held during the day. The Vesper service was read.

Services This Coming Week - Call to verify the schedule

Today - Divine Liturgy.
Mornings - 5:30 AM.
Midnight Office Monday, Wednesday, Friday.
Matins - 6:30 AM Monday, Wednesday, Friday.
Afternoons - 4:30 PM Friday. Wednesday and Thursday at 6:30 PM

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

Today - Parish Annual Assembly
December 13 - St. Andrew the First Called
December 19 - St. Nicholas, Archbishop of Myra in Lycia; Children's Day
December 26 - Mother's Day
December 27 - Sts. Thursus, Leucius, Philemon and Others, Martyrs.
December 30 - Venerable Abbot Paisije and Deacon Avaccum
December 31 - St. Sebastian, Martyr.
January 7 - Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ
January 8 - Synaxis of Most Holy Theotokos.

If you are too busy to are too busy!

Luke 13:12 But when Jesus saw her, He called her to Him and said to her, 
Woman, you are loosed from your infirmity.

Parish Life

Five people came to Adult Class on Thursday evening. The eighteenth class on the Divine Liturgy. The review of the Divine Liturgy will probably end with class this Thursday at 7:00 PM. The adult class will continue.
Nine people came to the Nativity Retreat yesterday, the Feast of the Entry of the Mother of God into the Temple. Approximately six hours of services were held during the day in addition to discussion.
Honor the Nativity Fast until the Divine Liturgy on the Feast of the Nativity on January 7.
Remember those in the military and their families.
Remember the homebound, those in care homes, hospitals, rehab centers, jails and prisons.
Remember the suffering Serbian People in Kosovo.
Frank and Gail Menhart must feel good to see that U. S. Army Special Operations Major Richard Menhart takes time when he is in the area to be with his family at St. George Church. They were here last Sunday.

A Thought from St. John Chrysostom

So whether we presently live in our first marriage, or in our second, let us pursue holiness, that we may be counted worthy to see Him and to attain the Kingdom of Heaven, through the grace and love for mankind of our Lord Jesus Christ, to whom be glory, dominion, and honor, with Father and the Holy Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.
(St. John Chrysostom. On Marriage and Family Life. Translated by Catherine P. Roth and David Anderson. St. Vladimir's Seminary Press, Crestwood, New York, 1986, p. 42. )

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

To Consider

Focusing on the soul and work for salvation
Refraining from idle talk.
Increasing the time we devote to prayer.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

December 3 - Went to St.Elijah Church-Aliquippa for funeral of Church School educator Nellie Lampich.

From the Desert fathers

Abba Nisterus said that a monk ought to ask himself every night and every morning, 'What have we done that is as God wills and what have we left undone of that which he does not will?' He must do this throughout his whole life. This is how Abba Arsenius used to live. Every day strive to come before God without sin. Pray to God in his presence, for he really is present. Do not impose rules on yourself; do not judge anyone. Swearing, making false oaths, lying, getting angry, insulting people laughing, all that is alien to monks, and he who is esteemed or exalted about that which he deserves suffers great harm.

Twenty-Seventh Sunday after Pentecost, 2004

Luke 13:10-17

Now He was teaching in one of the synagagues on the Sabbath. And behold, there was a woman who had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bent over and could in no way raise herself up. But when Jesus saw her, He called her to Him and said to her, "Woman, you are loosed from your infirmity." And He laid His hands on her, and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God. But the ruler of the synagogue answered with indignation, because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath; and he said to the crowd, "There are six days on which men ought to work; therefore come and be healed on them, and not on the Sabbath day." The Lord then answered him and said, "Hypocrite! does not each one of you on the Sabbath loose his ox or donkey from the stall, and lead it away to water it? So ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has bound-think of it-for eighteen years, be losed from this bond on the Sabbath?" And when He said these things, all His adversaries were put to shame; and all the multitude rejoiced for all the glorious things that were done by Him.

The Lord Jesus Christ healed this woman with an infirmity of eighteen years. Jesus Christ chose the time and the circumstances to perform the healing.

Jesus healed the woman with the touch of His hands. Jesus performed the healing at a time that was disturbing to others. The time was of direct benefit to the woman.

The healing of this woman with an eighteen year infirmity has not only benefitted her. Countless millions of people through the centuries have heard of this woman's healing by Jesus Christ.

The Holy Gospel has been read and this healing by Jesus has been proclaimed in Orthodox Churches every year and everywhere the Divine Liturgy is served.

Believers having access to a Bible have read about the healing of the woman with the eighteen year infirmity. This healing has affected their lives and the lives of listeners to the Holy Gospel.

We can only guess or imagine how many people through the centuries have been helped by Jesus' healing of the woman with the infirmity. One single act by Jesus Christ has had an influence on people for more than twenty centuries.

If we act in faith in God and do acts of kindness to others, good will come of these acts. If we believe in the power of healing by Jesus Christ and tell others of the healing powers of Jesus Christ, we are helping to share the good news of Christ and we are beneficiaries of the good news of Jesus Christ.

The power of Jesus Christ, the ability of Jesus Christ to do good is unlimited. No one can measure the good done by Jesus Christ through the centuries. No one can even attempt to measure the amount of people benefitting from faith in Christ.

We know the world is different because of Jesus Christ. We know that in our limited ability to think and comprehend, that millions and millions of people have been Christian believers and have worshipped and given glory to Christ.

We have responsibility for our personal lives. We have responsibility for the care of our souls. If we take Jesus Christ seriously, and we have an obligation to do so if we want to be known as Orthodox Christians, then we will very carefully consider the full impact of the healing of this woman with an infirmity for eighteeen years.

Jesus did not simply heal a woman with an ailment of one or two days. Jesus did not heal a woman with an infirmity that lasted a week. He healed a woman with a condition that had lasted eighteen years.

The infirmity lasted eighteen years. The healing has lasted more than twenty centuries. God chooses when to act. God chooses the way to act. God chooses the time and the place.

The woman gave glory to God for the healing. Jesus Christ heals each of us when we repent of our sins and turn to Him in Holy Confession. Jesus Christ lifts the weight of sin from our lives when we repent and ask for His forgiveness.

Jesus Christ suffered for each of us upon the Cross on Great and Holy Friday centuries ago. He took upon Himself the sins of the world and was crucified. We can stand straight today because of Jesus Christ. We can feel the burden of sins lifted from our lives because of Jesus Christ.

Regardless of how long we have sinned, regardless of how bad we have sinned, we can begin a new life in Jesus Christ. We can be healed of sinfulness by Jesus Christ if we are absolutely serious about living a new life in Jesus Christ.

The Mystery of Holy Confession is the opportunity for each of us to begin anew. Jesus Christ calls each person to repent of their sins and to turn to Him. Jesus Christ offers each person the way of eternal life.

Jesus called the woman to Him. She could have stood still or turned away. She could have refused. She went to Christ when He called and she was healed.

Jesus Christ calls each person to Him. Each person knowingly makes the decision to approach Christ or to stay distant from Him. Men, women and children who approach Christ when He calls are better because of it.

It is important to remember the healing power of Jesus Christ today and each day. It is important to draw near to Jesus Christ in fear and in faith and partake of His Precious Body and Blood.

Jesus Christ will heal our hearts and souls if we come to Him. The centuries witness to His healing power. Let us join in witnessing to Christ by the way we live our lives.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
November 22/December 5, 2004
Twenty-Seventh Sunday after Pentecost
Afterfeast of Entry of Theotokos into the Temple.
Sts. Philemon Archipus and Apphia, Apostles.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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