St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 445 - July 9 / July 22, 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
July 9 / July 22, 2007
Eighth Sunday after Pentecost
No. 445

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

Matthew 17:20

So Jesus said to them, "Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, 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.'

Services This Past Week
July 15
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Twenty two-people came for Divine Liturgy. One communicant.
Protopresbyter Djokan Majstorovic served.

One person came early in the morning and in the afternoon to read from the Psalter each day.

Services This Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Hierarchical Divine Liturgy
The Parish is honored to have His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN and Father Deacon Dragoslav Kosic here today.

Sunday through Friday at 5:30 AM each day.

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday at 4:00 PM.

6:30 PM followed by Adult Class.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

July 22 - Parish Outdoor Religious Program and Picnic
July 27/28 - Monastery Marcha Slava celebration.
August 2 - St. Elijah
August 4-5 - Diocese Days at Shadeland. Parish Churches are closed.
August 12 - Parish Healthcare Day
August 13 - Parish Healthcare Seminar on Aging
August 19 - Feast of Transfiguration
August 28 - Feast of Dormition of Mother of God-Choir Slava
September 7-8 - St. Nikodim Chapel Slava, Diocesan Center-Mars.
September 11 - Beheadin of St. John the Baptist
September 14 - Liturgical New Year
September 21 - Feast of Nativity of Our Most Holy Lady Theotokos

If you are too busy to are too busy!

Parish Life

Thank you to all helping with the parish picnic and outdoor religious program.

A warm welcome to all visitors today.

Thank you to SCI-Greene Community Service Program for painting of the church steps and railings.

Remember the sick, the suffering, the imprisoned, those in care homes, hospitals, the homebound and the caretakers and staffs.

Remember the miners, law enforcement officers, corrections officers, parole officers and others in dangerous occupations.

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

Read your Bible for the benefit of your soul.

Are you listening to the parish radio program? Are you telling friends and relatives to listen to online services of the St. George Church?

Shadeland Camp begins today. Take a trip to see the new first class facilities.

The Wisdom of Solomon

A man has joy by the answer of his mouth, and a word spoke in due season, how good it is! The way of life winds upward for the wise, that he may turn away from hell below. The Lord will destroy the house of the proud, but He will establish the boundary of the widow. The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the Lord, but the words of the pure are pleasant.

(Prov. 15:23-26 )

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

To Consider

The essentials of faith in God.
The results of faith in God.
The joy of faith in God.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

Went to Shadeland Camp July 15-21.
Attended Thirtieth Anniversary Program, St. Elijah Day-Camp, Aliquippa.

From the Desert Fathers

Abba Poemen often said: "We do not need anything except a vigilant spirit."

The Eighth Sunday after Pentecost 2007

Matthew 14:14-22

And when Jesus went out He saw a great multitude; and He was moved with compassion for them, and healed their sick. When it was evening, His disciples came to Him, saying, 'This is a deserted place, and the hour is already late. Send the multitudes away, that they may go into the villages and buy themselves food.' But Jesus said to them, 'They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.' And they said to Him, 'We have here only five loaves and two fish.' He said, 'Bring them here to Me.' Then He commanded the multitudes to sit down on the grass. And He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, He blessed and broke and gave the loaves to the disciples; and the disciples gave to the multitudes. So they all ate and were filled, and they took up twelve baskets full of the fragments that remained. Now those who had eaten were about five thousand men, besides women and children. Immediately Jesus made His disciples get into the boat and go before Him to the other side, while He sent the multitudes away.

The Lord God always provides. He provided for Abraham when Abraham was prepared to offer Isaac in obedience to God. (Gen. 22:1-14). The Lord Jesus Christ feed the multitudes in the present Gospel.

Faith in God is never to be doubted. Certainty exists in God. Joy exists in the certainty of God. Confidence exists in the certainty of God. Direction exists in the certainty of God.

Believers know that turning to God in faith brings results. Believers know the love of God. Believers keep the focus of Christ upon the Cross at all times. The joy of the Resurrection never pales.

The hope founded in the Resurrection never is diminished. In the present Gospel, the presence of the great crowd of people could be cause for consternation. How does one feed multitudes with five loves and two fish?

The Lord Jesus Christ said: "If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes." (Mk. 9:23) God feeds people daily throughout the world. God feeds people daily throughout the centuries.

The Precious Body and Blood of the Lord Jesus Christ feeds the faithful century after century. Wherever faithful believers gather in the Divine Liturgy, the Precious Body and Blood offers renewal in Christ.

Unity with Christ comes through Holy Communion. Unity with Christ comes through nourishment of the soul. Unity with Christ comes through prayer and fasting.

The present Gospel is a lesson of hope when dire circumstances appear. Christ brings peace. Christ puts at ease those turning to Him in faith. The Holy Prophet Isaiah said: "Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee; because he trusteth in thee." (Is. 26:3)

Believers must determine what to do with their lives. Believes must determine the best way to live each day. Living in ways pleasing to God is desirable for each believer.

Faithfulness to God requires understanding the ways of God. The ways of God can be found in the Holy Scriptures. The ways of God can be found in the lives and writings of the saints.

Training the body and mind to follow God and be pleasing to God requires harnessing desires contrary to God. Listening to God entails opening the mind and heart to God. Being a careful listener is a developed skill.

Individuals fed by God and recognizing God as the source of food have a responsibility to be thankful to God. We can never thank God enough for His Precious Body and Blood.

Christ's death on the Cross is beyond a calculable measurement. Generation after generation benefits from Christ's death on the Cross. Sinners nourished by Christ benefit from His Precious Body and Blood.

The Precious Body and Blood of Christ enables believers to experience Christ directly. Believers can attempt to put into words the experience with Christ. Words help but are not sufficient.

Christ is beyond full description. Words are helpful but are not adequate. When Christ can feed thousands with a few loaves and some fish, inquires cannot fully reach into the hearts and minds of those so blessed to receive.

What is required of contemporary believers? What can contemporary believers do to remain united with Christ and to draw near to Christ.

Desire for Christ must exist for a person to bridge the gap and reach out to Christ. Willingness to live in ways pleasing to Christ is necessary. Time must be spent studying the ways of God and living according to those ways.

The disciples in the present Gospel were ready to send the multitudes away. How many contemporary believers fail to realize the power of Christ and fail to turn to Christ for solutions at hand?

Christ was prepared to feed the multitudes. Those closest to Him did not realize it. Jesus changed the situation dramatically when He fed the multitudes. Centuries after the multitudes were fed, believers hear the account.

Lessons exist in this and in every Gospel. The serious believer will heed the lessons of each Gospel reading. The serious believer will incorporate each Gospel reading into his or her life.

The Gospel is read for believers to hear and to heed. The Lord Jesus Christ said: "My mother and My brothers are those who hear the word of God and do it." (Mk. 8:21)
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
Eighth Sunday of Pentecost.
July 9 / July 22, 2007

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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