St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 451 - August 27 / September 9, 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
August 27 / September 9, 2007
Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost
No. 451

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

Revelation 14:12

Here is the patience of the saints, here are those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus

Recent Services
September 2
Midnight Office, Matins and Ninth Hour were read.
Thirty-seven people came for Divine Liturgy.
September 3
Midnight Office, Matins, First Hour were read.
September 4
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
One person came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
September 5
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
One person came to read Ninth Hour and Psalms.
September 6
One person came to read in the morning and afternoon.
September 7
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.

Services This Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Today
Midnight Office, Matins, First Hour. Divine Liturgy. Parastos.

Mornings
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday 5:30 AM, Midnight Office, Matins, First Hour, Reading from Prologue.

Afternoons
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday 4:00 PM, Ninth Hour. Vespers.

Tuesday
8:00 AM Divine Liturgy.

Thursday
6:30 PM Akathists followed by Adult Class.

Saturday
10:00 AM Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Mission, Fairmont, W.Va.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

September 11 - Beheading of St. John the Baptist
September 14 - Church New Year
September 21 - Feast of the Nativity of the Theotokos
September 25 - Leave-taking of Feast of Nativity of the Theotokos
September 27 - Elevation of the Precious and Life-giving Cross
October 4 - Leavetaking of Exaltation of the Cross
October 14 - Protection of the Mother of God
October 19 - Holy Apostle Thomas
October 31 - Holy Apostle and Evangelist Luke

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

Parish Life

A warm welcome to Abbot Gerasim of St. Herman of Alaska Serbian Orthodox Monastery, Platina, California. Thank you to the Kolo for preparing for today.

Remember the miners and others employed in dangerous occupations including law enforcement, correctional officers and parole officers.

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

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

Read your Bible for the benefit of your soul.

Honor the fasts on Wednesdays and Fridays.

Remember the suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and Metohija.

Bring a friend to church.

Listen to the parish radio program. Tell others about it.

Melva Hunchuck mails more than 90 bulletins per week to individuals interested in the St. George Church.

Come to the Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, West Virginia and see the renovated chapel.

Adult Class this Thursday at 7:00 PM following the service.

From Proverbs

He who follows righteousness and mercy finds life, righteousness, and honor. A wise man scales the city of the mighty, and brings down the trusted stronghold. Whoever guards his mouth and tongue keeps his soul from troubles. A proud and haughty man-"Scoffer" is his name. He acts with arrogant pride. The desire of the lazy man kills him, for his hands refuse to labor. He covets greedily all day long, but the righteous gives and does not spare

(Prov. 21:21-26 )

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

To Consider

Expressed faith in God each day.
The long term results of daily faith in God.
The daily presence of God among the faithful

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

September 2 - Went to Holy Trinity Orthodox Church, New Salem, Pa.
September 4 - Went to Diocesan Center, Mars, Pa.
September 5 - Went to Mon Valley Hospital to be with parishioner.
September 8, 9 - Scheduled to attend Slava at Diocesan Center, Mars, Pa.

From the Desert Fathers

He (Abba Poemen) also said: "There are three things which I am not able to do without; food, clothing and sleep; but I can restrict them to some extent."


Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Matthew 22:35-46

Then one of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, and saying, "Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?" Jesus said to him, "You shall love the Lord Your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it; you shall 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets. "While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them, saying, What do you think about the Christ? Whose Son is He? They said to Him, "The Son of David." He said to them, "How does David in the Spirit call Him 'Lord,' saying: 'The Lord said to my Lord, "Sit at My right hand, till I make Your enemies Your footstool." "If David then calls Him 'Lord' how is He his Son?" And no one was able to answer Him a word, nor from that day on anyone dare question Him anymore.

Synaxis of Serbian Saints

Matthew 5:14-19

You are the light of the world. A city that is hidden on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a candle and put it under a basket, but on a lamp-stand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven. Do not think that I came to destroy the Law and the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled. Whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

Sunday has arrived. Each Sunday is a celebration of the Resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. Each Sunday is a joyous day. The Divine Liturgy provides believers with the opportunity to partake of the Precious Body and Blood of Christ.

Each Friday is a time to remember the Cross of Christ. Jesus Christ went to the Cross voluntarily in an unequalled act of humility.

The Gospel for this Sunday reminds believers to love the Lord God with complete mind, heart and soul. The Lord Jesus Christ wants men, women and children clearly believing in Him and committed to Him.

Through the centuries many have been martyred for Christ. The loyalty and faith of the Holy Martyrs is unquestioned. Often in the past century and even now, individuals have loved God with completeness of heart, mind and soul. They have given of themselves in serving God's Holy Church.

The present Gospel speaks about love of neighbor. In this present society, people and go in communities. In some areas, neighbors never see or greet each other.

Occasionally, a tragedy occurs which brings people together and love is manifested strangers. Serious Christians are attentive to the Gospel. Serious Christian make efforts to love their neighbors.

Joy comes through following Christ. The Cross is a part of the path to this joy. The Epistle to the Hebrews states Jesus endured the Cross because of the joy that was sent before Him. (Heb. 12:2)

Every Sunday is a time to reflect on the arrival of the new week. Every Sunday is a time to partake of the Precious Body and Blood of Christ. Every Sunday is a time to listen carefully to the Holy Gospel.

The Holy Gospel and the Precious Body and Blood of Christ transform serious believers. Individuals seeking to begin anew find direction and strength in the Holy Gospel.

Hope is necessary for believers. Hope inspires in time of weakness and in the face of distress. Hope enables believers to push on toward the Kingdom. Hope is founded in the Resurrected Christ.

A new ecclesiastical year arrives at the end of this week. The time to renew Christian goals is at hand. The time to push on toward the Kingdom of God is at hand.

Every day is a day to prepare for the glorious return of the Lord Jesus Christ. Every day is a day to be reconciled with God, with family and The Holy Apostle Paul counseled the Ephesians: "Do not let the sun go down on your wrath, nor give place to the devil." (Eph. 4:26-26)

Christians have a responsibility to be sensitive to the nature of relationships. Every relationship should reflect the love of Christ. Every relationship should reflect the honor of Christ.

The work of believers is to glorify God. The work of believers is to use talents from God in ways pleasing to God. The work of believers is to seek the Kingdom of God.

Through prayer, through fasting, through Holy Confession and Holy Communion, believers unite with Christ and find joy in Christ. The Holy Gospel is nourishment for the mind, the heart, and soul.

Believers do well to think carefully about the martyrs and saints through the centuries. They serve as examples for each generation. God needs saints and martyrs in every generation until the glorious Second Coming.

Faithful believers in each generation give completely of themselves for God's Holy Church and for the advancement of the Gospel. Faithful believers take the Gospel to heart and make it a part of their everyday lives.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
Synaxis of Serbian Enlighteners and Teachers.
August 27 / September 9, 2007

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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