St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 399 - August 21 / September 3, 2006


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
August 21 / September 3, 2006
Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost
No. 399

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

James 2:14

What does it profit my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him?

Services This Past Week
August 27
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Thirty people came for Divine Liturgy. Ten communicants.
August 28
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Eighteen people came for Divine Liturgy. Father Dimitre came to serve from St. Mary Orthodox Church, Masontown. Two communicants.
Four people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
August 29
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Five people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
August 30
Two people came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Three people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
September 1
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Six people came for Akathist to Jesus Christ and Akathist to the Dormition.
September 2
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Five people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
Pomen held at the funeral home in Masontown for Joseph Hunchuck.
September 3
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
The Funeral Service for Joseph Hunchuck was held in the St. George Church with burial in St. Mary's Cemetery of Masontown.

Services This Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule
Today
Midnight Office, Matins, First Hour, Divine Liturgy.

Monday
5:30 AM, Midnight Office, Matins, First Hour.

No weekday services Tuesday through Saturday

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

September 9 - Diocesan Slava, St. Nikodim Chapel, Mars, Pa.
September 11 - Beheading of St. John the Baptist.
September 21 - Nativity of the our Most Holy Lady Theotokos.
September 27 - The Exaltation of the Precious and Life-giving Cross.

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

Remember the Suffering Serbian People in Kosovo

Parish Life

Sympathy extended to the Hunchuck Family, +Joseph Hunchuck having departed this life.

It was good to have Protopresbyter Stavrofor Vasilije and Protonica Zorine Sokolovich here.

The St. George Choir always sings well for funerals and memorial services.

Plan to attend the St. Nikodim Chapel Slava next Saturday.

No Adult Class this coming week. Five people came this past week to discuss "Hope."

Remember the men and women working in mines and their families.

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

Listen to the St. George radio broadcast on Sundays or during the week on the internet.

Invite a friend or relative to attend church with you/

Read your Bible for the benefit of your soul.

Honor each Wednesday and Friday as fast days of the Church.

A Thought From St. Basil the Great

Through the Holy Spirit comes our restoration to Paradise, our ascension to the Kingdom of heaven, our adoption as God's sons, our freedom to call God our Father, our becoming partakers of the grace of Christ, being called children of the light, sharing in eternal glory, and in this world and the world to come. Even while we wait for the full enjoyment of the good things in store for us, by the Holy Spirit we are able to rejoice through faith in the promise of the graces to come. If the promise itself is so glorious, what must its fullfillment be like?

( On the Holy Spirit. St. Vladimir's Seminary Press, Crestwood, New York, 1980, p. 59. )

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

To Consider

Being serious about prayer and fasting.
Honoring the fasts of the Church.
Being a serious Orthodox Christian.

Recent Schedule of Parish Priest

Visited home of seriously ill parishioner daily. Read Akathist at the home.

From the Desert Fathers

Abba Sarmatas said: 'I prefer a sinful man who knows he has sinned and repents to a man who has not sinned and considers himself to be righteous.'


The Twelfth Snnday after Pentecost 2006

Matthew 19:16-26

Now behold, one came and said to Him, "Good Teacher, what good thing shall I do that I may have eternal life? So He said to him, "Why do you call Me good?" No one is good but One, that is, God. But if you want to enter into life, keep the commandments." He said to Him, "Which ones?" Jesus said, "You shall not murder" "You shall not commit adultery," "You shall not steal," "You shall not bear false witness," "Honor your father and your mother," and , "You shall love your neighbor as yourself." The young man said to Him, "All these things I have kept from my youth. What do I still lack?" Jesus said to him, "If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me." But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions. Then Jesus said to His disciples, "Assuredly, I say to you that it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. And again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God." When His disciples heard it, they were greatly astonished, saying "Who then can be saved?" But Jesus looked at them and said to them, "With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible."

With God all things are possible. It is for each to person to believe the words of Jesus and to incorporate them into his or her personal life. Each person determines whether he or she desires eternal life. Each person determines whether he or she lives in ways pleasing to God.

Earthly life comes to a conclusion at some point. A recent newspaper article stated the world's oldest person had died at 116 years of age. The Psalmist states the average life expectancy is 70-80 years. Labor and sorrow are associated with living to eighty years of age (Psalm 90:10).

Each day of life is a gift from God. Each day of life comes only once. A person either chooses to use the time of life wisely or squanders the time in foolish pursuits.

The best investment a person can make is in the Kingdom of God. What a person does with his or her talents from God, what a person does with his or her personal resources, what a person does with his or her time determines if the person's goal is the Kingdom of God.

All goals pale in comparison to the Kingdom of God. All goals pale in comparison to eternal life. No love compares with the love of Christ. No sacrifice compares with the Sacrifice of Christ.

Believers need to reason regarding the Kingdom of God. Believers need to determine if they are prepared for the journey to the Kingdom of God. The Lord Jesus Christ said: "Narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life and there are few who find it." (Mt.7:13)

In the present Gospel, the person had done much in complying with the Commandments. Jesus required more than the man had done. Jesus required the man sell all that he had and follow Christ.

Many people are baptized as Orthodox Christians. It would be interesting to do a sociological study on the paths taken by the newly baptized. It would be interesting to attempt to study the differences between individuals growing to maturity in Christ and individuals having gone astray from the Church.

Individuals seem to establish boundaries beyond which they will not go in following Christ. What goes into the establishing of boundaries? What goes into following Christ freely, willingly, completely?

Why is it that some individuals are serious about Jesus Christ from a very young age and others do not get seriously interested in Christ until much later in life?

Material possessions can be an impediment to eternal life. Insecurities can cause a person to put more belief into earthly possessions than in the message of the Holy Gospel.

Material possessions are not the only barrier to following Christ. Individuals must truly believe Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world. Individuals must truly believe Jesus Christ is as the Gospel describes Him.

Following Jesus Christ involves the Cross of Christ. Following Jesus Christ necessitates adhering to the words of Jesus when He said: "If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me." (Mt.16:24)

The person in the present Gospel could not part with his possessions. Believers benefit when seeing the shallowness of thinking that places material possessions over eternal life.

To follow Christ is to put trust in Christ. To follow Christ is to be faithful to promises made. To follow Christ is to have a firm and specific interest in Christ and the way of Christ.

Baptized Orthodox Christians have a responsibility to follow Christ, to grow in Christ. While certain fundamental material goods are necessary to meet basic human needs, believers need to give complete credence to the words of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Christ said: "Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness." (Mt.6:33) Believers must keep their vision clear. Believers must keep their bodies under control and their time under control.

It is easy to go astray from the path to the Kingdom. It is easy to be sidetracked.

In love for Christ, in appreciation to Christ, in faithfulness to Christ, believers should be resolute in seeking the Kingdom of God. A careful personal assessment will cause believers to see the paucity of their personal efforts in seeking first the Kingdom of God.

May the present Gospel serve as impetus for many of this generation to seek first the Kingdom of God.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
August 21 / September 3, 2006
Apostle Thaddaeus.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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