St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 340 - June 27 / July 10, 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 27 / July 10, 2005
Third Sunday after Pentecost
No. 340

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

Galatians 3:7

Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham.

Services This Past Week

July 3
One person came for Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ, Akathist to Communion, Matins and First Hour.
Twenty-nine people came for Divine Liturgy. One communicant.
July 4
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.
July 5
Two people came for Midnight Office and the Akathist to Jesus Christ.
Three people were present for Matins and First Hour.
One person came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
Three people were present for the Akathist to the St. George and Akathist to St. Panteleimon.
July 6
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 Akathist to St. Panteleimon and Vespers.
July 7
The Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.
July 8
Two people came for Midnight Office and Canon to Jesus Christ.
Three people were present for Matins and First Hour.
Three people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
July 9
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.
One person for Ninth Hour and Vespers.

Services this Coming Week - Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Today - Midnight Office, Akathist to Communion, Canon to Jesus Christ, Matins, First Hour, Divine Liturgy.
Monday, Wednesday, Saturday mornings at 5:30 AM and 6:30 AM.
Monday and Wednesday afternoons at 4:30 PM.
Other services as scheduled daily.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

July 12 - Sts. Peter and Paul
July 14 - Sts. Cosmas and Damian, Unmercenary Healers
July 22 - 23-Monastery Marcha Slava
July 24 - First Celebration of Priestmartyr Budimir (Sokolovic) of Dobrun at St. Sava Cathedral, Cleveland.
July 26 - Synaxis of Archangel Gabriel
August 2 - St. Elijah
August 6-7 - Diocese Days at Shadeland
August 9 - St. Panteleimon, St. Clement of Ochrid

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

Parish Life

Thank you to all supporting and participating in the Vidovdan Program last Sunday.

Three people came to Adult Class this past Tuesday when "Medical Experimentation with Prisoners" was the topic for discussion. No class this week.

Plan to visit Shadeland Camp this summer particularly for Diocese Days.

Plan to visit Monastery Marcha this summer. Consider going to the Slava.

Read your Bible for the benefit of your soul.

Come to one additional weekday service per month.

Remember the men and women in the military and their families.

Remember the sick, the suffering, the grieving, those in jails, prisons, hospitals, rehab centers and homebound. Remember their families and the staffs of the facilities.

Anywhere in the world listen to the parish radio program throughout the week on the parish website. Thanks to Tom Hunter for making this possible.

Honor the Apostles Fast until the Divine Liturgy of the Feast on Tuesday.

Maria Djonovich drives two hours each way to attend the Divine Liturgy. God grant her strength and many years.

A Thought from St. Athanasius

For this reason he rebuked as being worthy of the utmost condemnation people who neglect the Scriptures, while making use of impressive words from other sources for the purposes of exorcism so-called. Those who did that were playing with sacred words, he said, and offering themselves as laughing stock to daemons, as did those Jews, the sons of Sceva, when they tried in that way to exorcise the man at Ephesus. On the other hand, daemons fear the words of holy men and cannot bear them; for the Lord Himself is in the words of the Scripture and Him they cannot bear, as they showed when they cried out to Christ, 'I pray you, torment me not before the time.' In the same way Paul commanded the unclean spirits, and daemons were subject to the disciples.
(St. Athanasius. On the Incarnation.. St. Vladimir's Seminary Press, Crestwood, New York, 1996, p. 118. )

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

To Consider

The Holy Apostles Peter and Paul
The way the Faith of the Apostles changed the world and continues to change the world.
Renewal of the Faith of the Apostles in each believer.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

July 6 - Visited two separate parishioners at their homes.
July 7 - Went to Diocesan Center.

From the Desert Fathers

Abba Poemen said, 'Many of our Fathers have become very courageous in asceticism, but in fineness of perception there are very few.'

The Third Sunday After Pentecost - 2005

Matthew 6:22-33

The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore you eye is good, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness. No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon. Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing. Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil or spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.

Today's Gospel tells us to seek first the Kingdom of God. Today's Gospel is a Gospel message of assurance. If we follow Christ and are true to Christ, our material needs will be satisfied.

With confidence in Christ and faithfulness to Christ, there is no need to worry or despair. When one is true to Christ, there is no reason for hopelessness or despondency.

The Risen Lord changed the outlook for all believers. The Risen Lord defeated death and restored life to all willing to follow Him in faith.

We know from the present Gospel the importance of keeping our sight on the Risen Christ. We know the importance of keeping our eye on the goal of the Kingdom. We know the importance of faithfulness to Christ and the necessity of eschewing temptations and attractions leading to death and destruction.

The Lord Jesus Christ said the way to the Kingdom is narrow. Our Lord said: "Straight is the gate and narrow is the way which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. (Mt. 7:13-14).

We know from the icon of St. John of the Ladder that the way to the Kingdom is fraught with dangers. Many strivers fall away from the road to the Kingdom. 1

The Holy Apostle Paul spoke of the importance of spiritual discipline. St. Apostle Paul said: "I therefore so run, not as uncertainty; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air: But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection." (I Cor. 9:26-27)

We know from the parable of the sower the mysteries of the Kingdom. Some seed falls on rock. Some seed lands along the wayside. Some seed lands among the thorns. Only a percentage of seed falls on good soil and brings forth fruit with patience. (Lk. 8:4-15) We need to keep our hearts open for the word of God to take root.

The word of God is true. The Psalmist said: "Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth forever. (Ps. 119-159-160).

We have the opportunity to seek the Kingdom of God. We have the opportunity to journey to the Kingdom. At Holy Baptism and each Divine Liturgy, we have a foretaste of the Kingdom.

Today's Gospel gives a foretaste of the goodness and glory of life with God. Today's Gospel reflects the care of God for each individual. Today's Gospel puts aside earthly cares and offers heavenly experiences.

The love of God was manifested when Jesus Christ took on flesh and dwelt among humans. The love of God was manifested when Jesus Christ went to the Cross. The love of God was manifested when Christ rose from the dead.

In the words of St. Apostle Paul, Jesus Christ "Gave himself for our sins that he might deliver us from this present evil world." (Gal.1:4)

How often do we seriously consider the words of Christ? How often do we think of the life of Christ? How often do we consider the sacrifice of Christ? How often do we think of the love of Christ?

Daily cares and daily distractions draw us away from the Kingdom. Daily cares and daily interests compete for our attention to the Kingdom. Daily activities and interests undermine the discipline necessary to remain true to the path to the Kingdom.

In the book The Ladder of Divine Ascent, St. John Climacus advises "God who sets our contests waits to see what the end of our course will be."2 Each step along the way from Holy Baptism to our departure from this life, we are asked to be faithful to Christ.

Each day is an opportunity to participate in the Kingdom of God. Each day is an opportunity to taste of the Kingdom of God. Each day is an opportunity to experience the Kingdom of God.

With faith and love, let us draw near to Christ. With faith and love, let us experience Christ in daily life. With faith and love, let us look for Christ in all that we say, think and do.

The joy of Christ is encompassing. The joy of Christ lifts the hearts and minds of believers. The joy of Christ radiates through the centuries, forging the path to the Heavenly Kingdom.
1See icon of St. John of the Ladder in catalogue of St. Isaac of Syria Skete, 8th Edition, Biscobel, Wisconsin, p.90.
2St. John Climacus. The Ladder of Divine Ascent. Holy Transfiguration Monastery, Brookline, Massachusetts, 2001, p. 4.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
June 27 / July 10, 2005
Third Sunday after Pentecost
St. Sampson the Hospitable of Constantinople.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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