St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 341 - July 4 / July 17, 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
July 4 / July 17, 2005
Fourth Sunday after Pentecost
No. 341

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

I Timothy 6:11

But thou, o man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.

Services This Past Week

July 10
One person came for Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ, Akathist to Communion, Matins and First Hour.
Thirty-three people came for Divine Liturgy. Two communicants.
July 11
One person came for Midnight Office, Akathist to Jesus Christ and Akathist to the Theotokos.
Two people came for Matins and First Hour.
One person came for Vespers and Ninth Hour.
July 12
One person was present for a Prayer Service to Sts. Peter and Paul.
July 13
One person was present for Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ and Canon to the Mother of God.
Two people were present for Matins and First Hour.
Five people came to Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission in Fairmont, W. Va.
One person came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
July 14
One person came for Midnight Office and Canon to Jesus Christ. Father Djokan Majstorovic served.
July 15
One person came for Midnight Office.
Two people came for the Canon to Jesus Christ, Matins and First Hour. Father Djokan came to serve.
One person came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
July 16
One person came for Midnight Office and Canons to Jesus Christ and the Mother of God.
Two people were present for Matins and First Hour.

Services this Coming Week - Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

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

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

July 22-23 - Monastery Marcha Slava. Plan to attend.
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. Plan to attend.
August 9 - St. Panteleimon, St. Clement of Ochrid
August 14 - Parish Healthcare Day. Dormition Fast begins and continues until August 28.
August 19 - Feast of Holy Transfiguration
August 26 - Apodasis of Transfiguration
August 28 - Dormition of the Mother of God, Kolo Slava

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

Parish Life

It is good to have Reverend Father Djokan Majstorovic, Dean of St. Sava Cathedral in New York City, Popadija Mirjana, Savo and Marta back in this area for a visit.

Adult Class will be on Thursday evening at 7:00 PM.

Listen to the parish radio program on Sundays on station WMBS.

During the week listen to the parish radio program on the parish website including six months of archived radio programs.

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

Remember the suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and Metohija.

Remember the sick, the suffering, the imprisoned, those in care homes, hospitals, rehab centers and homebound. Remember their families and the staffs of the facilities.

Thank you to the Kolo for resuming the baking project.

Read your Bible daily for the benefit of your soul.

Come to church one additional weekday a month.

A Thought from St. Gregory of Nazianzus

Discussion of theology is not for everyone, I tell you, not for everyone - it is no such inexpensive or effortless pursuit. Nor, I would add, is it for every occasion, or every audience; neither are all its aspects open to inquiry. It must be reserved for certain occasions, for certain audiences, and certain limits must be observed. It is not for all people, but only for those who have been tested and have found a sound footing in study, and, more importantly, have undergone, or at the very least are undergoing, purification of body and soul. For one who is not pure to lay hold of pure things is dangerous, just as it is for weak eyes to look at the sun's brighness.
(St.Gregory of Nazianzus. On God and Christ.. Translated by Frederick Williams and Lionel Wickham. St. Vladimir's Seminary Press, Crestwood, New York, 2002, pp. 26-27 )

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

To Consider

The healing of the centurion's servant (Mt. 8:5-13)
The criteria to be met for entry into God's Kingdom.
Faithfulness to the ways of Christ each day from Holy Baptism until departure from this life.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

July 12 - Went to Diocesan Center
July 13 - Served Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Mission, Fairmont, West Virginia
July 14 - Went to Shadeland Camp for Orientation.

From the Desert Fathers

A certain monk, Serapion, owned a Gospel: and he sold it and gave to the hungry, following the memorable saying, "for", said he, "I sold that same word that ever used to say to me, 'Sell that thou hast and and give to the poor.'"

The Fourth Sunday After Pentecost - 2005

Matthew 8:5-13

Now when Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to Him, pleading with Him, saying, "Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, dreadfully tormented." And Jesus said to him, "I will come and heal him." The centurion answered and said, "Lord, I am not worthy that You should come under my roof. But only speak a word, and my servant will be healed. For I also am a man under authority, having soldiers under me. And I say to this one, 'Go,' and he goes; and to another, 'Come,' and he comes; and to my servant, 'Do this,' and he does it." When Jesus heard it, He marveled, and said to those who followed, 'Assuredly, I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel! And I say to you that many will come from east and west, and sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven. But the sons of the kingdom will be cast out into outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then Jesus said to the centurion, 'Go your way; and as you have believed, so let it be done for you." And his servant was healed that same hour.

We have the opportunity to learn from the Holy Gospel today and each day of the year. Each day we make a decision whether we actually will take time to learn from the Gospel.

The centurion in today's Gospel was a man of great faith. The centurion's faith was so great that Jesus said He had not seen this degree of faith in Israel.

Developing and cultivating faith requires seriously thinking about Jesus Christ. Developing and cultivating faith requires thinking and considering the writings of the Holy Fathers of the Church. Developing and cultivating faith requires deliberate and concerted prayer.

Change is part of life. Physically individuals grow older. The body changes. The mind changes. The application of faith and an improved faith leads to a change in the way an individual lives.

Ideally, the believer grows in Christ with the passage of time. Ideally, the believer's commitment to Christ is strengthened and resolute from the time of Holy Baptism until the time of departure from this life.

Sin and the temptation to sin affects each person each day. St. John Climacus once said: "It is impossible for us who have fallen into the pit of iniquities ever to be drawn out of it, unless we sink into the abyss of the humility of the repentant. 1

The faith of the centurion in the present Gospel is an inspiration and example surviving centuries of scrutiny.

Serious Christians believe change is possible. Serious Christians believe that with God "All things are possible." (Mt. 19:26)

The healing of the tormented servant of the centurion is an example of change resulting from an appeal to Jesus Christ.

Repentance and prayers serve as the foundation for appeals to the Lord Jesus Christ. The permanency of change in a Christian life is dependent upon the faithfulness of the believer.

Steadfastness, management of time, and discipline in focus are necessary for faithfulness to Christ.

The centurion came to Jesus Christ directly and appealed in behalf of his servant. The centurion appealed in a way pleasing to God. The centurion appealed in a way eliciting from Christ the desired response.

Appeals vary with quality and intent. From the parable of the virgins, we know that a certain percentage who say: "Lord, Lord" will be rejected and not gain entry into the Kingdom. (Mt. 25:11-12)

God gives us a mind to use carefully. God gives us a mind to think about God and ways to give glory to God. God gives us a mind to think carefully about God at work in our lives, in our homes, and in our communities.

We cannot separate ourselves from God. We cannot remove ourselves from the presence of God. To our peril, we can act in disobedience to God. To our peril, we can act contrary to the ways of God.

The life in Christ requires seeing God at work in our lives. The life in Christ requires earnestness in following the path to the Heavenly Kingdom. The life in Christ requires "in the fear of God and with faith" tasting of the Precious Body and Blood of Christ.

We benefit from the present Gospel message when we devote our attention to this Gospel message. We benefit from the present Gospel message when we savor each word. We benefit from the present Gospel message when we think of the context of the Gospel message.

Jesus Christ shapes and forges the centuries. Jesus Christ can be found in each century. Jesus Christ can be found wherever believers look for Him.

The healing of the centurion's servant resulted from a brief encounter between Christ and the centurion. The results of this brief encounter cannot be measured. The healing of the centurion's servant is proclaimed each year in all locations where Orthodox Christians gather to celebrate the Divine Liturgy.

With joy the Gospel is proclaimed as the "good news" of Christ. With joy the Gospel is embraced and welcomed by believers.

The healing of the centurion's servant reassures believers. The faith of believers is noticed by God. The faith of believers is verified by God.

Expressing love and faith in God sets believers apart from non-believers. The words of God contained in Holy Scripture come to us out of God's love and mercy.

Let us devote ourselves to the understanding of Holy Scripture. Let us devote ourselves to living as serious Orthodox Christians. Let us remain true to the faith of St. Sava and all Serbian saints.
1St. John Climacus. The Ladder of Divine Ascent. Holy Transfiguration Monastery, Brookline, Massachusetts, 2001, p. 63.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
July 4 / July 17, 2005
St. Andrew of Crete. New Hieromartyr George of Serbia

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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