St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 337 - June 6 / June 19, 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
June 6 / June 19, 2005
Feast of Pentecost
No. 337

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

Galatians 3:24-26

Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster. For ye are all the children of God, by faith in Christ Jesus.

Services This Past Week

June 11 - One person came for Midnight Office and Matins. One person came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
June 12 - One person came for Midnight Office, Akathist to Jesus Christ and Akathist to Communion. Thirty-two people attended Divine Liturgy.
June 13 - One person came for Midnight Office, Akathist to Jesus Christ and Akathist to Archangel Michael. Two people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
June 17 - One person came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
June 18 - Three people came for Midnight Office, Akathist to Jesus Christ and Canon to Jesus Christ. Parastos held for +Mildred Mickey. Nine people came for Akathist to Departed and Pomen for All Parishioners buried under the auspices of the St. George Church.
All graves in the St. George Cemetery were blessed.

Services this Coming Week - Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Today - Midnight Office, Akathist to Jesus Christ. Akathist to Communion. Matins, First Hour, Divine Liturgy.
Morning Services - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday at 5:30 AM. and 6:30 AM.
Afternoon Services - Wednesday at 4:30 PM. Thursday at 6:30 PM

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

June 19 - Pentecost
June 20 - Pentecost Monday, Holy Trinity Mission, Fairmont Slava at 5:30 PM.
June 20 - Pentecost Tuesday
June 25 - Apodasis of Pentecost
June 27 - Apostles Fast begins
June 28 - St. Lazarus, Great Martyr and All Serbian Martyrs, Vidovdan
July 3 - Parish Vidovdan Program, Covered Dish Dinner
July 7 - Nativity of St. John the Baptist
July 12 - Sts. Peter and Paul
August 2 - St. Elijah
August 6-7 - Diocese Days at Shadeland

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

Parish Life

Thank you to Andrea Janson for bringing the grass for Pentecost.
Consider attending the Holy Trinity Mission Slava tomorrow. Inform Father Rodney if you plan to attend. This is the Fifth Anniversary of the Mission.
Thank you to all attending the Akathist for Departed and Pomen yesterday.
Praying for the Departed is an integral and important part of Orthodoxy.
Remember those in nursing homes, care homes, hospitals, the homebound, those in rehab centers, jails and prisons. Remember the staff members and caregivers.
Remember the men and women serving in the military and their families.
Remember the Suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and Metohija.
Read your Bible for the benefit of your soul.
Come to church services one additional weekday per month.
Adult Class this Thursday at 7:00 PM.

A Thought from St. Athanasius

As, then, he who desires to see God Who by nature is invisible and not to be beheld, may yet perceive and know Him through His works, so too let him who does not see Christ with his understanding at least consider Him in His bodily works and test whether they be of man or of God. If they be of man, then let him scoff; but if they be of God, let him not mock at these things which are no fit subject for scorn, but rather let him recognize the fact and marvel that things divine have been revealed to us by such humble means, that through death deathlessness has been made known to us, and through the Incarnation of the Word the Mind whence all things proceed has been declared, and its Agent and Ordainer, the Word of God Himself. He, indeed, assumed humanity that we might become God.
(St. Athanasius. On the Incarnation.. St. Vladimir's Seminary Press, Crestwood, New York, 1996, pp. 92-93. )

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

To Consider

The Feast of Pentecost
The Holy Spirit
Our understanding of the Holy Spirit

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

June 14 - Travelled to Monastery of Most Holy Mother of God, Third Lake, Illinois for annual meeting of Serbian Orthodox Clergy Brotherhood of the United States and Canada. Returned on June 17, 2005.
June 17 - Visited parishioner at Uniontown Hospital.
June 18 - Travelled to Holy Trinity Mission, Fairmont, West Virginia. Read Vespers there. Three people were present.

From the Desert Fathers

Abbot Moses told Abbot Poemen - A man ought always to have a contrite and humble heart. And this he can accomplish, who looks ever on his owns sins and not on his neighbor's, by the succoring grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, who with God the Father and the Holy Ghost liveth and reigneth world without end. Amen.

Feast of Pentecost 2005

John 7:37-52, 8:12

On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, "If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water." But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified. Therefore many from the crowd, when they heard this saying, said, "Truly this is the Prophet." Others said, "This is the Christ." But some said, "Will the Christ come out of Galilee? Has not the Scripture said that the Christ comes from the seed of David and from the town of Bethlehem, where David was?" So there was a division among the people because of Him. Now some of them wanted to take Him, but no one laid hands on Him. Then the officers came to the chief priests and Pharisees, who said to them, "Why have you not brought Him?" The officers said, "No man ever spoke like this Man!" Then the Pharisees answered them, "Are you also deceived? Have any of the rulers or the Pharisees believed in Him? But this crowd that does not know the law is accursed." Nicodemus(he who came to Jesus by night, being one of them) said to them, "Does our law judge a man before it hears him and knows what he is doing?" They answered and said to him, "Are you also from Galilee? Search and look, for no prophet has arisen out of Galilee." Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, "I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life."

We come today to the Feast of Pentecost. Orthodox minds turn to the Holy Spirit. Orthodox minds turn to the Holy Trinity. Orthodox minds turn to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.

The present Gospel message says of Jesus: "No man ever spoke like this Man." The Holy Gospel contains the words of the Lord Jesus Christ. In these words, we benefit when we meditate day and night.

Psalm One describes the man who delights in the law of the Lord and meditates in it day and night. (Ps.1:2) A believer can never exhaust the nourishment coming from the Holy Scriptures. A believer can never exhaust the nourishment coming from God.

Today the Holy Spirit fills the Church of God. Today the Holy Spirit lifts the hearts of believers. Today the Holy Spirit changes the world.

Individuals failing to avail themselves of the fullness of the Orthodox life deny themselves a full life in Christ. The Orthodox Church has a full liturgical life filling and affecting each day of the year.

Joy comes from experiencing Jesus Christ. Confidence comes from experiencing Jesus Christ. Awareness of sinfulness comes from experiencing Jesus Christ.

Forgiveness and mercy characterize the life in Christ. Love and joy characterize the life in Christ. The Holy Apostle Paul told the Galatians: "The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, and faith." (Ga.5:22)

Believers keeping their focus on God consider the fruit of the Spirit. Believers keeping their focus on God consider the words of the Lord Jesus Christ. Believers keeping their focus on God consider God the Father and think carefully about God the Father.

Age is not a detriment to learning if a person's mind is active. Age is not a detriment to growing in Christ if a person has a sincere desire to grow in Christ. No obstacle can deter a sincere believer from seeking Christ.

Obstacles are overcome in Christ. Believers find ways in Christ to deal with every problem in daily life. Believers find ways in Christ to achieve peace and tranquility. Believers in Christ find peace for the soul

St. Gregory of Nazianzus speaking of the Holy Spirit said: It is the Spirit in whom we worship and through whom we pray." 1 Believers benefit from thinking seriously about the experience of prayer. Believers benefit from thinking seriously about the Holy Spirit.

The minds of believers requires use to remain functional at the highest level. The minds of believers are best used when considering the purity of matters before God. The minds of believers benefit best when using words and thoughts and actions pleasing to God.

The Feast of Pentecost is a time of renewal. The Feast of Pentecost touches the lives of serious believers. The Feast of Pentecost draws believers together.

St. Gregory Nazianzuz asked a question centuries ago about the practice of prayer and the Holy Trinity, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. His question was this: "Would any inspired, any really knowledgeable man, disapprove of the idea that the worship of one is the worship of all three, in virtue of the equal rank and equal deity inherent in all three?" 2

For parishes to grow, believers must exercise their minds in faith. For parishes to grow, believers must actively engage in learning more about the Holy Trinity, more about the work and presence of God in each life, each family, each parish, each community.

For a parish to grow, God must be at the center and the inspiration for every act, every decision, and every thought. Believers in every parish have a responsibility regarding the work of the parish and the work of the Diocese.

The glory of God is revealed in God's time and God's chosen places. Believers looking for God see God at work every day in every moment of the day.
1St. Gregory of Nazianzus. On God and Christ. The Five Theological Orations and Two Letters to Cledonius. Translated into English by Frederick Williiams and Lionel Wickham. St. Vladimir's Seminary Press, Crestwood, New York, 2002, p. 125.
2Ibid., p. 126.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
June 6 / June 19, 2005
Pentecost.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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