St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 452 - September 3 / September 16, 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
September 3 / September 16, 2007
Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost
No. 452

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

I Thessalonians 1:2-4

We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers, remembering without ceasing your work of faith, labor of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ in the sight of our God and Father, knowing, beloved brethren, your election by God.

Recent Services
September 9
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Thirty-people came for Divine Liturgy. One communicant. Parastos.
Abbot Gerasim served from St. Herman of Alaska Monastery, Platina, California.
September 10
Midnight Office, Matins, First Hour were read.
Two people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
September 11
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins, First
Three people came for Divine Liturgy.
people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
One person came for Akathist to Jesus Christ Akathist to St. John the Baptist.
September 12
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins, and First Hour.
Four people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
September 13
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Five people came for Akathist to the Mother of God and Service When Children Begin Instruction.
Dimitre Dimtrov came to concelebrate.
September 14
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First One person came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
September 15
One person came to St. George Church for Midnight Office, Matins and First
Nine people came to Holy Trinity Mission, Fairmont, West Virginia for Divine Liturgy.
One person came to St. George Church for Ninth Hour and Vespers

Services This Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 5:30 AM.
Midnight Office, Matins, First Hour

Monday, Friday at 4:00 PM. Ninth Hour, Vespers.

Vespers at 6:30 PM followed by class.

8:00 AM-Divine Liturgy.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

September 21 - Feast of the Nativity of the Theotokos
September 25 - Leave-taking of Feast of Nativity of 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

If you are too busy to are too busy!

Parish Life

Thank you to all attending church last Sunday and staying to hear Abbot Gerasim.

Thank you to all preparing food for the luncheon last Sunday.

Five people came for Adult Class this past Thursday. Class again this Thursday.

Be informed about your local schools.

Be alert to the books young people are reading.

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 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

Sunday radio broadcasts may be at 6:15 PM when the Steelers have home games.

Listen to live services daily on the parish website.

Congratulations to St. Stephen of Decani Church in Columbus, Ohio on Fortieth Anniversary celebration today.

From Proverbs 22:1-5

-A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, loving favor rather than silver and gold.
-The rich and the poor have this in common. The Lord is the maker of them all.
-A prudent man foresees evil and hides himself, but the simple pass on and are punished.
-By humility and the fear of the Lord are riches and honor and life.
-Thorns and snares are in the way of the perverse; He who guards his soul will be far from them.

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

To Consider

The diversity of talents.
God as the Giver of talents.
Being thankful to God for talents received.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

September 11 - Pastoral visit to Ruby Hospital, Morgantown, W.Va.
September 12 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing purposes.
September 15 - Went to Fairmont, W.Va. for Divine Liturgy.

From the Desert Fathers

He (Poemen) also said, 'Everything that goes to excess comes from the demons.'

Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Matthew 25:14-30

For the kingdom of heaven is like a man traveling to a far country, who called his own servants and delivered his good to them. And to one he gave five talents to another two, and to another one, to each according to his own ability; and immediately he went on a journey. Then he who had received the five talents went and traded with them, and made another five talents. And likewise he who had received two gained two more also. But he who received one went and dug in the ground, and hid his lord's money. After a long time the lord of those servants came and settled accounts with them. So he who had received five talents came and brought five other talents, saying, 'Lord, you delivered to me five talents; look, I have gained five more talents besides them.' His lord said to him, 'Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.' He also who had received two talents came and said, 'Lord you delivered to me two talents; look, I have gained two more talents besides them.' His Lord said to him, 'Well done, good and faithful servant;You have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.' Then he who had received the one talent came and said, 'Lord, I knew you had to be a hard man, reaping where you have not sown, and gathering where you have not scatted seed. And I was afraid, and went and hid your talent in the ground. Look, t here you have what is yours.' But his lord answered and said to him, 'You wicked and lazy servant, you knew that I reap where I have not sown, and gather where I have not scattered seed. So you ought to have deposited my money with the bankers, and at my coming I would have received back my own with interest. Therefore take the talent from him, and give it to him who has ten talents. For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away. And cast the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

God distributes talents to individuals. The talents come at birth. They come during life. Not everyone receives the same talents in number or quality. The way the talents are used is determined by the individual.

God's way is made clear through His Church. God's way is made clear in the Holy Scriptures. God's way is revealed through the lives of the prophets, the saints and the martyrs.

The music, iconography and history of the Church reveal the way of God. Individuals using their talents for the glory of God will find those talents realize their fullest potential.

When talents are used in ways pleasing to God, five talents turn into ten, two talents turn into four. Individuals very possessive of their talents and selfish in their use do not realize the maximum potential.

God has ways of rewarding individuals using talents in ways pleasing to God. One only listen to people gifted in music who use the gift in the Church and for God-pleasing charitable purposes. A sense of fulfillment is experienced.

One need only look to craftsmen who use their talents to beautify God's holy churches and to construct items for people in need. Their work is blessed and the fruits of their talents are manifold.

One need only look to the work of iconographers. Icons and frescoes produced inspire and instruct countless numbers of individuals. The iconographer is blessed by the far-reaching effects of the talents employed.

One need only look to God-loving teachers instructing students with love and care. The students develop and touch countless lives due in large part to teachers filled with the love of God and willing to share it.

One need only look to husbands and wives, mothers and fathers, each with the talents of being able to get along in a Christ-filled home. These men and women share their talents of tolerance, love and care with each other, with children, with guests. The God-blessed results go well beyond the walls of the God-filled houses.

Talents are employed in ways pleasing to God when the individuals look to God first. St. Mark the Ascetic said: "Every blessing comes from the Lord providentially. But this fact escapes the notice of the ungrateful and the idle." 1

Serious believers are sensitive to the presence of God and make an effort to use talents in accordance with the ways of God. Talents given by God have can be used at home, in the workplace or in the community.

The abiding aspects in the use of talents are the motivation and the goal. If the goal is the kingdom of God and the talents are used with a sense of Christian love, believers have a solid foundation and are headed in the best direction.

At times believers may be stymied as to the best way to use talents. At times may feel a need to develop raw talents. Prayer to God will help believers understand the best use of talents and ways to develop talents.

A writing on "Spiritual Law" states: "I have seen unlearned men who were truly humble, and they became wiser than the wise." 2 Attitude has a big part in the development of talents.

God helps believers putting forth the effort. Two of the three individuals receiving talents in the present Gospel went to work and doubled the amount they received. They felt good about what they had done and their lord also was approving. Both men were rewarded.

The third person receiving a single talent did nothing with what he received. He was called wicked and lazy. His single talent was taken from him. God expects initiative. God expects productivity. God expects integrity.

On the job, in the home, in the neighborhood, in the community and in the parish church, believers are expected to put their God-given talents to use. The Lord Jesus Christ said: "You will know them by their fruits." (Mt. 7:16)

Daily individuals make decisions on the way to use their time, talents and treasurers. Individuals using time, talents and treasures in ways pleasing to God will hear the words: "Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord." (Mt. 25:23)

1 The Philokalia. Vol.i. Translated and Edited by G.E.H.Palmer, Philip Sherrard, and Kallistos Ware. Faber and Faber, London and Boston, 1979, p.113.

2Ibid. p. 115.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
St. Ioannicius II, First Patriarch of Serbia.
September 3 / September 16, 2007

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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