St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 339 - June 20 / July 3, 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 20 / July 3, 2005
Second Sunday after Pentecost
No. 339

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

II Thessalonians 1:11

Wherefore also we pray always for you, that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfill all the good pleasure of his goodness, and the work of faith with power.

Services This Past Week

June 26 - One person came for Midnight Office, Akathist for Communion, Matins and First Hour. Twenty six people came for Divine Liturgy.
June 27 - One person came for Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ and Canon to the Mother of God. Two people came for Matins and First Hour. One person came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
June 28 - One person came for Matins and First and Third Hours. Two people were present for Sixth Hour and Divine Liturgy. Two people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
June 29 - One person came for Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ and Canon to the Mother of God. Two people were present for Matins and First Hour. Four people came for Vespers.
June 30- - One person came for Midnight Office, Akathist to Jesus Christ, Canon to Jesus Christ and Canon to the Mother of God. An Akathist to St. Panteleiom was read. Two people were present for Matins and First Hour. Two people came for the Akathist to St. Panteleimon and the Akathist to Jesus Christ.
July 1 - One person came for Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ and Canon to the Mother of God. Two people came for Matins and First Hour. Three people were present for the Akathist to St. Panteleimon and Vespers.
July 2 - Two people came for Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ and Akathist for Communion. Three people were present at St. George Church for Matins and First Hour. Seven people went to Holy Trinity Mission, Fairmont, West Virginia for Divine Liturgy. One communicant. Two people came for Akathist to St. Panteleimon and Vespers.

Services this Coming Week - Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Today - Midnight Office, Akathist for Communion, Matins, First Hour, Divine Liturgy.
Mornings: 5:30 AM and 6:30 AM - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday.
Evenings - Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday at 4:30 PM Tuesday at 6:30 PM.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

July 3 - Today-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 are too busy!

Parish Life

Two people came to Adult Class this past Thursday to discuss the topic "A Family Member Imprisoned."
Adult Class this Tuesday at 7:00 PM following the evening service.
Thank you to all supporting and participating in the Vidovdan remembrance today.
Coming to church services during the week is a contribution to the church.
Come to one addition weekday service per month.
Read your Bible for the benefit of your soul.
Remember the homebound, the grieving, those in jails and prisons, in hospitals, nursing homes, and rehab centers. Remember the staffs in these facilities.
Remember the suffering Serbian People in Kosovo.
Remember the men and women serving in the military and their families.
Honor the Apostles Fast until the Divine Liturgy on July 12.

A Thought from St. Athanasius

Let each one, therefore, who recites the Psalms have a sure hope that through them God will speedily give ear to those who are in need. For if a man be in trouble when he says them, great comfort will he find in them; if he be tempted or persecuted, he will find himself abler to stand the test and will experience the protection of the Lord, Who always defends those who say these words. By them too a man will overthrow the devil and put the fiends to flight. If we have sinned, when he use them he will repent; if he have not sinned, he will find himself rejoicing that he is stretching out towards the things that are before and, so wrestling, in the power of the Psalms he will not prevail. Never will such a man be shaken from the truth, but those who try to trick and lead him into error he will refute; and it is no human teacher who promises us this, but the Divine Scripture itself.
(St. Athanasius. On the Incarnation.. St. Vladimir's Seminary Press, Crestwood, New York, 1996, p. 117. )

Remember the Students of St. Sava School of Theology

To Consider

The importance of coming to church on weekdays.
The ways a person contributes by coming to church services on weekdays.
The learning that can take place in weekday church services.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

June 26 - Served with other priests at the wedding of Thomas and Tara Kukilou at St.Elijah Serbian Orthodox Church, Aliquippa.
June 27 and June 30 - went to Diocesan Center, Mars.
July 2 - Served Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Mission, Fairmont.
July 2 - Visited parishioner of Holy Trinity Mission in the hospital in Grafton, W.Va.

From the Desert Fathers

A certain brother asked the abbot Poemen, saying, 'What am I to do, Father, for I am troubled by sadness?" The old man said to him, "Look to no man for aught, condemn no man, disparage no man: and God shall give thee rest.

The Second Sunday After Pentecost - 2005

Matthew 4:18-23

And Jesus, walking by the Sea of Galilee, saw two brothers, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. Then He said to them, "Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men." They immediately left their nets and followed Him. Going on from there, He saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets. He called them, and immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed Him. And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease among the people.

Today's Gospel message is about the "call" from Jesus Christ to follow Him. The Gospel message is a reminder about the continuous invitation from Jesus Christ to take up your cross and follow Him. (Mt. 16:24)

The way of Jesus Christ is narrow (Mt. 7:14) Temptations beset the Christian. Worldly attractions attempt to compete with the "call" of Jesus Christ.

The Gospel of St. Matthew says there are few who find the narrow way leading to life. (Mt. 7:14). The Holy Apostle Paul told the Corinthians that all run in a race but only one receives the prize. (I Cor. 24).

The disciplined Christian remains faithful to Christ throughout the balance of life. The disciplined Christian repents when aware of sin. The disciplined Christian endures the hardship, the trials and tribulations necessary to remain faithful to Christ.

Today's Gospel speaks about Andrew, Peter, James and John being called by Christ. When we think of the "call" of these apostles of Christ, it is good keep in mind also the way their lives ended.

St. Bishop NIKOLAI of Zicha and Ochrid descibed how the earthly life of the Great Apostles ended. Peter, Andrew, Philip, James the son of Alphaeus, Thaddaeus (Jude the Brother of James), and Simon the Zealot were crucified. James the son of Zebedee, Matthias and Paul were beheaded. Bartholomew was crucified and beheaded. Thomas was pierced with spears. Matthew was burned alive. St. John the Theologian reposed in a mirculous manner.

Our Lord Jesus Christ wants those who chose to follow Him to count the cost. He said "whosoever doth not bear his cross and come after me, cannot be my disciple." (Lk. 14:26-35).

Believers choosing to identify themselves as Orthodox Christian have a great responsibility to honor Christ. Believers identified as Orthodox Christians have a responsibility to honor the martyrs having gone before.

Serbian Orthodox Christians are reminded of St. Lazarus and the martyrs of Kosovo. Serbian Orthodox Christians are reminded of the St. Budimir (Sokolovic) of Dobrun and St. Momcilo (Grgurevich)

The joy that comes through Cross comes with the price of the Cross. Believers must be willing to endure hardships for Christ. Believers must be willing bring their bodies, their thoughts and their actions under subjection to conform to the teachings and way of Christ.

Fasting and prayer are integral parts of the Orthodox life. Living according to the moral teachings of Christ is part of the Orthodox life. Adhering to the disciplinary practices of the Church is part of the Holy Orthodox life.

Becoming an Orthodox Christian is a voluntary decision. Choosing to follow Christ is a voluntary decision.

When one chooses to follow Christ, it is a governing decision to be renewed throughout life. Jesus said: "No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God." (Lk. 9:62

We find in Christ the fullness of life. We find in Christ the nourishment for life. We find in Church the fulfillment of life.

Experiencing Christ brings a definition of being. Experiencing Christ brings a definition of existence. Experiencing Christ establishes purpose in life.

The present Gospel challenges believers to consider the actions of Andrew, Peter, James and John. These four men left everything and followed Christ.

Andrew, Peter, James and John had an experience with Jesus Christ at the time causing them to leave their homes, their families and their familiar surroundings to follow Jesus Christ.

Jesus preached the kingdom. Jesus healed diseases and infirmities. People today give up all to follow Christ. Orthodox missionaries are in all parts of the world sharing the Gospel of Christ.

Orthodox mission parishes are being created in many parts of the world. Orthodox Christian mission parishes are growing in many parts of America. The Eastern American Diocese of the Serbian Orthodox Church has experienced growth in number of new mission parishes.

Hope emanates from the life in Christ. Hope founded in Christ is resolute hope. Hope in Christ provides a vision reaching beyond obstacles, turmoil and temptations.

With God all things are possible. (Mt. 19:26) Jesus started with a small group of followers, numbering among them Andrew, Peter, James and John. He has built a Church against which the gates of hell cannot prevail. (Mt. 16:18)
1Bishop Nikolai Velimirovic'. Homilies. Vol. 2. Lazarica Press, Birmingham, England, 1998, p.7.
2Ibid., p. 126.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
June 13 / June 26, 2005
Venerable Naum of Orhid. St. Methodius, Hieromartyr.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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