St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 401 - September 4 / September 17, 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
September 4 / September 17, 2006
Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost
No. 401

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

Hebrews 11:1

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

Services This Past Week
September 10
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Twenty-five people came for Divine Liturgy.
September 11
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Six people came for Divine Liturgy. One person came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
Two people came for Akathist to Archangel Michael and Akathist to St. John the Baptist.
September 12
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Five people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
September 13
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Five people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
September 14
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Five people came for Akathist to St.George and Akathist to Jesus Christ.
Father Dimetre came from St. Mary Orthodox Church in Masontown to serve also.
September 15Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
Four people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
September 16Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.

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

No weekday services Monday through Friday.

Saturday Morning
5:30 AM, Midnight Office, Matins, First Hour.

Saturday
10:00 AM, Divine Liturgy, YWCA, Fairmont, W. Va.

Saturday Afternoon
Ninth Hour and Vespers at 4:00 PM.

Support Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

September 21 - Nativity our Most Holy Lady Theotokos.
September 25 - Leavetaking of the Nativity of the Theotokos
September 27 - The Exaltation of the Precious and Life-giving Cross.
October 4 - Leavetaking of the Exaltation of the Cross
October 9 - Repose of the Apostle and Evangelist John
October 14 - Protection of the Most Holy Theotokos

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

Remember the Suffering Serbian People in Kosovo

Parish Life

+Nadezda Rogish fell asleep in the Lord on September 12. May God give rest to her soul and comfort to her family.

Thank you to Stan Brozik for arranging for the mulch around the shrubs near the church.

Thank you to Mike and Ludwig Miscovich for bringing the large stone slab that will serve as a base for a memorial for the miners of St. George Church,

Five people came to Adult Class this past Thursday to discuss the topic of faith. Father Dimitre of St. Mary Church came and contributed as well.

The Kolo is going to resume baking. Please plan to help.

Remember to pray to God today and everyday.

Remember to read the Church calendar and observe it.

Remember to read the Bible daily for the benefit of the soul.

Pray for the men and women in the military and their families.

A Thought from St. Germanus of Constantinople

The Gospel is the coming of God, when He was seen by us: He is no longer speaking to us through a cloud and indistinctly, as He did to Moses through Thunder and lightening and trumpets, by a voice, by darkness and fire on the mountain. Nor does He appear through dreams as to the prophets, but He appeared visibly as a true man. He was seen by us as a gentle and peaceful king who descended quietly like rain upon the fleece, and we have beheld His glory, glory as of the only-begotten Son, full of grace and truth (cf.Jn.1:14). Through Him, the God and Father spoke to us face to face, and not through riddles

( On the Divine Liturgy Translated by Paul Meyendorff. St. Vladimir's Seminary Press, Crestwood, New York, 1984, p. 81. )

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

To Consider

The long range future and St. George Church
Praying each day for and in the St. George Church.
Maintaining the fasts of the Church for the benefit of St. George Church

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

August 31 - Attended lecture at West Virginia University on "Boardsmanship"
September 14 - Attended lecture at West Virginia University on "Leadership."
September 16 - Attended Baptism and Chrismation of Jacqueline Mirjana Fuellhart at St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Canton, Ohio.

From the Desert Fathers

Abba Or said to his disciple Paul, 'Be careful never to let an irrelevant word come into this cell.'


Fourteenth Sunday After Pentecost 2006

Matthew 22:1-14

And Jesus answered and spoke to them again by parables and said: "The kingdom of heaven is like a certain king who arranged a marriage for his son, and sent out his servants to call those who were invited to the wedding; and they were not willing to come. Again he sent out other servants, saying, "Tell those who are invited, 'See, I have prepared my dinner; my oxen, and fatted cattle are killed, and all things are ready. Come to the wedding.'" But they made light of it and went their ways, one to his own farmy, another to his business. And the rest seized his servants, treated them spitefully, and killed them. But when the king heard about it, he was furious. And he sent out his armies, destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city. Then he said to his servants, "The wedding is ready, but those who were invited are not worthy. Therefore go into the highways, and as many as you find, invite to the wedding." So those servants went out into the highways and gathered together all whom they found, both bad and good. And the wedding hall was filled with guests. But when the king came in to see the guests, he saw a man there who did not have on a wedding garment. So he said to him, "Friend, how did you come in here without a wedding garment?" And he was speechless. Then the king said to the servants, " Bind him hand and foot, take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there will be weeping gnashing of teeth." For many are called, but few are chosen.

The Gospel is preached throughout the world. The Gospel is preached throughout the centuries. The Gospel will continue to be preached until the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ.

The invitation to draw near in faith to the Holy Chalice is put forth at every Divine Liturgy. The number of individuals hearing the Gospel in each century is immeasurable. The number of Baptized individuals hearing the invitation to draw near to the Holy Chalice and partake of the Precious Body and Blood of Christ is immeasurable.

The percentage of individuals taking the Gospel to heart and opening the heart and mind for the nourishment of the soul is small in comparison to the total number hearing the Gospel.

The percentage of individuals answering the invitation to come forward in preparation and receiving the Precious Body and Blood of Christ on a regular basis and over an extended period of time is small in comparison to the total number of individuals hearing the invitation.

The king in the present Gospel sent out invitations to the joyous celebration of his son's marriage. We know from the Gospel of St. John that Jesus performed the miracle of turning water into wine at the wedding in Cana (Jn. 2:1-12)

Marriages are joyous occasions and when the king holds a celebration one can only imagine how good it would be. In the present Gospel, the individuals invited chose not come to the marriage celebration.

The Gospel is a celebration of the Good News of Christ. The Gospel is an invitation to journey to the Heavenly Kingdom. Many choose to not to take the invitation to the Heavenly Kingdom seriously. Many choose not take the good news about Christ seriously.

Many deny themselves joy to the soul by not coming to receive the Precious Body and Blood of Christ. Many deny themselves the joy of nourishment that has no equal by not drawing near when the invitation comes forth.

Choosing to follow Christ is a voluntary choice. Choosing to take the Gospel seriously is a voluntary decision. Anyone taking time to read the lives of the saints documented through the centuries learns God transforms lives and prepares individuals for any circumstances of life.

Anyone taking time to carefully read the Holy Scriptures and lives of the saints learns of the faithfulness of God for those faithful to Him. The love of God and the transforming power of God at work in serious believers reaches beyond comprehension.

The life of St. NIKOLAI of Ohrid and Zicha, the life of St. John Chrysostom, the lives of the Holy Apostles, and many others down through the centuries shine the light of Christ for all to follow.

Earthly goods, earthly pleasures have no comparison to the opportunity to enter the Heavenly Kingdom. Earthly goods, earthly pleasures have no equal to the Body and Blood of Christ and the transforming power of the Gospel.

The words of the Gospel endure through the centuries. The transforming power of the Gospel continues in full strength.

Jesus Christ died and rose from the grave. Jesus Christ showed His love for every person in every century by voluntarily going to the Cross.

Saying yes to Christ each time the Gospel is heard, saying yes to Christ when the invitation to partake of His Precious Body and Blood is given is a yes that brings joy and love and peace.

Life is precious. Life is not to be wasted. The Psalmist tells us to number our days that we may gain a heart of wisdom (Ps. 90:12 ) In June of 1389 in Kosovo the faithful chose to partake of the Precious Body and Blood before the defining battle that would shape subsequent centuries.

Heeding the Gospel, heeding the invitation to partake of the Precious Body and Blood of Christ and having one's life shaped and nourished by Christ defines the believer.

The Holy Apostle Paul went from being a persecutor of Christians to become a foremost Apostle. The change in the Holy Apostle came by the transforming power of Christ.

St. Apostle Paul said: "I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, Who loved me and gave Himself for me." (Gal. 2:20)

Let us love God and follow God and take the Holy Gospel and the invitations of God with the greatest degree of seriousness.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
September 4 / September 17, 2006
Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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