St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 441 - June 11 / 24, 2007


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 11 / 24, 2007
Fourth Sunday after Pentecost
No. 441

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

Matthew 8:10

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."

Services This Past Week
June 17
Nineteen people came to church. Father Dimitre served.
June 18
Three people came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Four people came for Akathist to the Holy Trinity, Akathist to St. Panteleimon and Akathist to St. Herman of Alaska.
Five people came for Akathist to Jesus Christ and Akathist to Archangel Michael.
June 19
Three people came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour,
Four people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
June 20
One person came for Midnight Office,Matins and First Hour.
Three people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
June 21
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Four people came for Akathist to Jesus Christ and Akathist to St. George.
June 22
One person came to St.George Church for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Eleven people came for the first Divine Liturgy in the renovated chapel in Fairmont, West Virginia. One communicant.
Three people came to St. George Church for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
June 23
Two people came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Four people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers

Services This Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Daily
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour, 5:30 AM.

Today
Divine Liturgy.10:00 AM

Afternoons
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday at 4:00 PM

Thursday
Akathist at 6:30 PM followed by Adult Class at 7:00 PM.
Divine Liturgy-8:0 0 AM, Call to verify time.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

June 28 - Vidovdan
July 1 - Parish Vidovdan Observance-Fasting Covered Dish Dinner and Program
July 7 - Nativity of St. John the Baptist
July 12 - Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul
July 22 - Parish Outdoor Religious Program and Picnic
July 26 - Synaxis of Archangel Gabriel

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

Parish Life

Tom Hunter continues to work each week to refine and improve the capability for parish services to be broadcast daily.

A report was received that a person in France listens to the parish services on the internet.

His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN has published a new book, a translation of Professor Protojerej Stavrofor Dr.Dimitrije Staniloje's book: from Romanian

On Thursday, remember the suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and Metohija

Four people came to class this past Thursday to complete the review of the Gospel of the Feast of Pentecost. Class again this Thursday.

Remember the miners, those working in law enforcement, corrections, parole and other dangerous occupations.

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

Remember the sick, the suffering, the imprisoned, the homebound, those in rehab centers and their caretakers and the staffs.

Honor the Apostles Fast until the Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul.

Read you Bible for the benefit of your soul.

Sympathy extended to the family of Niko and Rose Ilich for the recent death of a nephew.

Familiar sounds of the St. George Choir could be heard in Fairmont this past Friday as Joe Katusa and Sonia Janson came to sing at the Divine Liturgy.

Maria Djonovich logs miles going to services in Fairmont as she does coming here.

A meeting regarding Hatfield Ferry Power Plant will be held at Masontown Fire Hall at 7:00 PM for the public to ask questions.

Three Presidents of the Clergy Brotherhood of the Serbian Orthodox Church once served as priests at St. George Church.

The Proverbs of Solomon

The integrity of the upright will guide them, but the perversity of the unfaithful will destroy them. Riches do not profit in the day of wrath, but righteousness delivers from death. The righteousness of the blameless will direct his way aright, but the wicked will fall by his own wickedness. The righteousness of the upright will deliver them, but the unfaithful will be caught by their lust.

(Prov. 11:3-6 )

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

To Consider

Faith under all circumstances.
Faith in the home.
Faith in the community.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

June 17 - Went to Diocesan Center.
June 17 - Visited parishioner in Washington Hospital.
June 18 - Met with representative of Pa. Department of Corrections.
June 21 - Met with representative of Pa. Department of Environmental Protection.
June 22 - Went to Holy Trinity Chapel, Fairmont, W.Va.

From the Desert Fathers

Abba Or said: "The crown of the monk is humility."


Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

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 am also 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. 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 to you." And his servant was healed in that same hour.

The centurion had great faith. The Holy Scriptures do not say how the centurion came to be a man of great faith. We can only surmise how he came to believe so strongly in Jesus

We can only guess the centurion had faith in God as result of teaching by his parents or others significant in his life. We can only speculate he learned about God in lessons and experienced God in his personal life.

The centurion came to Jesus in confidence and in faith. The centurion came to Jesus trusting that Jesus would respond to his appeal and heal his servant.

The centurion's faith was an abiding faith. The centurion's faith was genuine. The centurion exposed his faith to the Lord Jesus Christ. There was no deceiving of Jesus. All is transparent to Christ.

If the centurion harbored weak faith or if the centurion came to Jesus with deception in his heart, Jesus would have known of the trickery or weakness of faith.

Jesus told the centurion He had not found such great faith, even in Israel. The centurion was convincing to Jesus. Each generation needs to learn the lesson of faith from the centurion. Each person benefits by developing and maintaining such faith.

The faith of the centurion was sufficient for the healing of the centurion's servant. We all have loved one's and know people who can benefit from prayer and from healing by the Lord Jesus Christ.

Each of us can benefit from the healing power of the Lord Jesus Christ. If we have faith as the centurion, if we believe in God with the faith of the centurion, we can experience the healing power of Christ. If we have the faith of the centurion, we can pray to the Lord God for others near and dear to us and the prayers will be well received.

The Lord Jesus Christ said: "If you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you." (Mt. 17:20)

Faith in God brings results. Faith in God reaffirms the presence of God. Faith in God inspires believers to go forth in life with even stronger faith.

Faith is defined in Hebrews 1:1 as "the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." The centurion came to Jesus with hope. He came to Jesus with the expectation the servant would be healed.

Contemporary believers experience problems throughout their lives. Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ makes the problems manageable.

Parents must set a course of action in raising their children. Raising children with faith in God is the soundest course of action. Individuals with serious illness or facing the approach of the end of their lives do well to have strong faith in God.

Individuals with spouses who are prone to alcoholism and drug abuse need strong faith. Individuals facing the loss of a job or experiencing an unexpected tragedy need strong faith in God.

Strong faith in God provides assurance that the way of God is the best way. The Holy Apostle Paul said: "Giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ." (Eph. 5:20)

Let us look in faith to Christ who turned the Cross from an instrument of death into a sign of victory. Let us look to the joy of the Resurrection for inspiration and hope.

May the healing of the centurion's servant be a vivid example for all believers. A time of desperation was turned into a time for celebration. Jesus does not disappoint those who believe in Him.

Psalm 34 provides reassurance for believers who turn to God in faith. The Psalmist David said: "I sought the Lord and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears." (Ps. 34:2-3)

The dynamics between Jesus and the centurion have withstood careful examination through the centuries. The Church continues to require the exchange between the centurion and Jesus to be read each year on the Fourth Sunday after Pentecost.

The lesson of faith in God never gets old. The lesson of faith in God defines and gives shape to each century. Faith shapes individual lives. Faith shapes families. Faith shapes parishes. Faith shapes communities. Faith shapes nations.

While there is time, while we have faculty of mind, while we have breath in the body, let us remain strong in faith. Let us turn to the Lord Jesus Christ now and always for the healing of soul and body.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
Third Sunday of Pentecost.
Sts. Bartholomew and Barnabas.
June 11 / 24, 2007

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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