St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 334 - May 16 / May 29, 2005


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
May 16 / May 29, 2005
Sunday of the Samaritan Woman
No. 334

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

Romans 1:5

By whom we have received grace and apostleship, for obedience to the faith among all nations, for his name.

Services This Past Week

May 22 - One person was here for Midnight Office, Akathist to the Resurrection, Akathist to Communion, Matins and First Hour. Twenty-eight people came for Divine Liturgy. One communicant.
May 23 - Two people came for Midnight Office, Akathist to Tomb and Resurrection, Akathist to Resurrection, Matins and First Hour. Ninth Hour and Vespers were held in the afternoon. Three people came.
May 24 - One person came for Midnight Office, Akathist to the Tomb and Resurrection and Akathist to the Resurrection. Two people came for Matins and the First Hour. Three people came for Ninth and Vespers.
May 25 - One person came for Midnight Office, Akathist to the Tomb and Resurrection and Akathist to the Resurrection. Two people came for Matins and the First Hour. Two people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
May 26 - One person came for Midnight Office, Akathist to the Tomb and Resurrection, and Akathist to the Resurrection. Two people came for Matins and First Hour. Four people came for the Akathist to St. Panteleimon and Akathist to Jesus Christ.
May 27 - One person came for Midnight Office, Akathist to the Tomb and Resurrection and Akathist to the Resurrection. Two people came for Matins and First Hour. One person came for Akathist to Jesus Christ and Vespers.
May 28 - One person came St.George Church for Midnight Office, Akathist to the Tomb, Resurrection and Akathist to the Resurrection, Matins and First Hour. Four people came for Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Mission, Fairmont, W.Va. A wedding service was held in the St. George Church for Philip and Christina Sivak. One person came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.

Services this Coming Week - Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Today - Midnight Office, Akathist to the Resurrection, Akathist to Communion, Matins, First Hour. Divine Liturgy.
No weekday services this week until Vespers at 4:30 PM Saturday.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

June 3 - Sts. Constantine and Helen.
June 5 - Parish Outdoor Religious Program and Picnic
June 7 - Third Finding of Head of St. John the Baptist
June 8 - Apodasis of Pascha
June 9 - Ascension
June 18 - Memorial Saturday
June 19 - Pentecost

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

Parish Life

Congratulations to Philip and Christina Sivak, their families and Kumovi.
Congratutions to Paige Shlosky and her family, Graduating senior and Valedictorian of Carmichaels High School.
Volunteer to help at the parish picnic.
Volunteer to help at Shadeland and Monastery Marcha
Plan to go to Diocese Days the first weekend in August.
Remember the sick, the suffering, the imprisoned, those in rehab centers, care homes, homebound, and their caretakers and families.
Five people came to Adult Class this past week when resources for Bible study were reviewed. A paper was distributed on Stewardship and the Saints.
Father Rodney can be reached by cell phone or calling the parish office and leaving a message. The numbers are listed on the front of the bulletin.
Read your Bible for the benefit of your soul.

A Thought from St. Athanasius

What man that ever was, for instance, formed a body for himself from a virgin only? Or what man ever healed so many diseases as the common Lord of all? Who restored that which was lacking in man's nature or made one blind from birth to see? Aesculapis was deified by the Greeks because he practiced the art of healing and discovered herbs as remedies for bodily diseases, not, of course, forming them himself out of the earth, but finding them out by the study of nature. But what is that in comparison with what the Savior did when, instead of just healing a wound, He both fashioned essential being and restored to health the thing that He had formed?
(St. Athanasius. On the Incarnation.. St. Vladimir's Seminary Press, Crestwood, New York, 1996, p. 87. )

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

To Consider

Jesus Christ talking with the Samaritan women.
The discussion of living water.
Jesus telling the Samaritan woman about her many husbands.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

May 22 - Attended farewell dinner for Father Adam Yontich at Holy Ascension Serbian Orthodox Church, Youngwood.
May 25 - Went to Midland to pay respects to the family of +Paul Adams Sr.

From the Desert Fathers

They said of abbot Arsenius that when he was in the palace none wore finer garments than he: and when he was in holy living, none was so poorly clad.

Sunday of the Samaritan Woman 2005

John 4:5-42

So he came to a city of Samaria which is called Sychar, near the plot of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. Now Jacob's well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied from His journey sat thus by the well. It was about the sixth hour. A woman of Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, "Give Me a drink." For His disciples had gone away into the city to buy food. Then the woman of Samaria said to Him. "How is it that You, being a Jew, ask a drink from me, Samaritan woman?" For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans. Jesus answered and said to her, "If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, 'Give Me a drink, you would have asked Him and He would have given you living water.' The woman said to Him, 'Sir, You have nothing to draw with, and the well is deep. Where then do You get that living water? Are You greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well, and drank from it himself, as well as his sons and his livestock?' Jesus answered and said to her, "Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life. The woman said to Him, "Sir give me this water, that I may not thirst, nor come here to draw." Jesus said to her, "Go, call you husband, and come here." The woman answered and said, "I have no husband." Jesus said to her, 'You have well said, 'I have no husband, for you have had five husbands and the one whom you now have is not your husband; in that you spoke truly." The woman said to Him, "Sir, I perceive that You are a prophet. Our fathers worshipped on this mountain, and you Jews say that in Jerusalem is the place where one ought to worship. Jesus said to her, "Woman, believe Me, the hour is coming when you will neither on this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, worship the Father. You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews. But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth. The woman said to Him, "I know the Messiah is coming(who is called Christ). When He comes, He will tell us all things." Jesus said to her, "I who speak to you am He." And at this point His disciples came, and they marveled that He talked with a woman; yet no one said, "What do You seek?" or "Why are You talking with her?" The woman then left her waterpot, went her way into the city, and said to the men, "Come, see a Man who told me all things that I ever did. Could this be the Christ?" Then they went out of the city and came to Him. In the meantime His disciples urged Him, saying, "Rabbi, eat." But he said to them, "I have food to eat of which you do not know." Therefore the disciples said to one another , "Has anyone brought Him anything to eat?" Jesus said to them, "My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work. Do you not say, 'There are still four months and then come the harvest? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest. And he who reaps receives wages, and gathers fruit for eternal life, that both may rejoice together. For in this the saying is true, 'One sows and another reaps. I sent you to reap that for which you have not labored: others have labored, and you have entered into their labors.And many of the Samaritans of that city believed in Him because of the word of the woman who testified ,"He told me all that I ever did." So when the Samaritans had come to Him, they urged Him to stay away with them; and He stayed there two days. And many more believed because of His own word. Then they said to the woman, "Now we believe, not because of what you said, for we ourselves have heard Him and we know that this is indeed the Christ, the Savior of the world."

Each person has the opportunity to open their Bibles and read the words of this morning's Gospel. Each person has the opportunity to study the words of Holy Scripture with the greatest of care.

This morning's Gospel speaks about Jesus and the Samaritan woman. It speaks about the living water from Christ that is all nourishing. This morning's Gospel speaks about eternal life.

Each person determines whether he or she is serious about eternal life. Each person determines whether he or she will invest time in learning about God. Each person determines whether he or she will share his or her time, talents and treasures with God.

The disciples marveled that Jesus spoke with the Samaritan woman. Jesus speaks to anyone willing to listen. Jesus can be found by anyone seeking the Savior of the world.

We are in the Paschal period. This morning's Gospel shows that through the singular meeting between Jesus and the Samaritan woman many others came to recognize Jesus as the Savior of the world.

We never know when a simple act of Christian witness will produce great results. From one seed a great plant can grow that will produce more seeds and eventually more plants.

It is important that we be attentive to the way we speak to others. It is important the way we carry ourselves as Orthodox Christians. It is important that we seek the nourishment that comes from Christ.

Power exists in the Name of Jesus in transforming lives. Power exists in studying the Holy Gospels that results in transforming human lives. The Precious Body and Blood of Christ brings about a transformation of life, a unity with Christ beyond description.

The meeting of Jesus and the Samaritan woman reaches through the centuries to tell all who have ears to hear that Jesus is the Savior of the world.

Much competes for the attention of contemporary believers? How much time do we give each day to the Savior of the world? How much time do we give each day to prayer? How much time do we give each day directed at the Kingdom of God?

Today's Gospel lesson speaks about Jacob. When is the last time Jacob came to mind? When Jacob's name is mentioned, what comes to mind? Are we familiar with the men and women figuring prominently in salvation history?

Have we studied the lessons of history and looked for the work of God through the centuries? Do we attempt to learn from God lessons in understanding contemporary society?

Is the way we live grounded in the lessons of God and guided by the lessons of God?

St. John Chrysostom in his homily discussing Jesus and the Samaritan woman is very descriptive about the benefits of reading Holy Scripture. St.John Chrysostom said "if foul speech defiles and invites the devils, it is clear that spiritual reading sanctifies and draws down the grace of the Spirit."

Our lives are inseparable from Christ. We do well when we invest time and thought and effort in learning more about our relationship with Christ. We do well when we make our relationship with Christ more a part of our consciousness. Ideally, we will experience the fountain of living water associated with eternal life.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
May 16 / May 29, 2005
St. Theodore the Sanctified.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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