St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 453 - September 10 / September 23, 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 10 / September 23, 2007
Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost
No. 453

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

Matthew 15:28

Then Jesus answered and said to her, "O woman, great is your faith! Let it be to you as you desire." And her daughter was healed from that very hour.

Recent Services
September 16
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Seventeen people came for Divine Liturgy. One communicant.
September 17
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Three people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
September 18
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
One person came to read in the afternoon.
September 19
One person came to read in the morning.
One person came for reading of Ninth Hour and Vespers
September 20
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Father Dimitre and five individuals came for Ninth Hour and Vespers
September 21
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Four people came for Divine Liturgy. One communicant.
One person came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
September 22
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.

Mornings
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 5:30 AM.

Afternoons
Monday, Tuesday, Friday at 4:00 PM.
Wednesday at 3:30 PM.
Thursday at 6:30 PM.

Thursday
Divine Liturgy-7:45 AM.
Vespers at 6:30 PM followed by class.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

September 25 - Leave-taking of Feast of Nativity of Theotokos
September 26 - Vigil at St. Sava Church, Mckeesport
September 27 - Elevation of the Precious and Life-giving Cross
October 4 - Leavetaking of Exaltation of the Cross
October 9 - Repose of the Holy Apostle and Evangelist John the Theologian
October 14 - Protection of the Mother of God
October 19 - Holy Apostle Thomas
October 27 - Venerable Mother Parasceva of Serbia, St. Petka

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

Parish Life

Father Dimitre spoke at the Adult Class on Thursday. Four people attended. He also prepared a dinner as his church is named after the Feast of the Nativity of the Mother of God. Class again this Thursday following the evening service.

Honor the fast days of the Church. Use the church calendar as your daily guide.

Read the Bible for the benefit of your soul.

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..

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.

Be careful on local highways. Tragic accidents happen too often.

Thank you to the Kolo for baking this past week.

From Proverbs 23:15-18

My son, if your heart is wise, My heart will rejoice-indeed, I myself;
Yes, my inmost being will rejoice when your lips speak right things.
Do not let your heart envy sinners, but be zealous for the fear of the Lord all the day
For surely there is a hereafter, and your hope will not be cut off.

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

To Consider

The development of faith in our lives.
Personal steps taken to develop faith.
Consequences of failing to develop strong faith in God.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

September 18-19 - Was a Monastery Marcha to give talk on "Prayers by the Lake" the evening of the 18th. Went to Diocesan Center, Mars.
September 20 - Took friend of parish to Pittsburgh area.
September 21 - Went to Rolling Meadows Rehab and Nursing Home in Waynesburg to visit parishioner and say hello to two other residents.
September 22 - To attend Holy Trinity Cathedral Choir concert in Pittsburgh.

From the Desert Fathers

The same abba (Xanthias) said: 'A dog is better than I am, for he has love and he does not judge.'


The Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost

Matthew 15:21-28

Sunday before the Elevation of the Cross ---John 3:13-17

The Holy Gospel according to St. John states Jesus Christ came not to condemn but to save the world. Individuals seriously interested in their future will heed to the words of the Holy Gospel.

The Holy Gospel according to St. John states: "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life."

The decisions each person makes ultimately affects his or her future. Decisions made throughout the day should have the Kingdom of God as the ultimate goal.

The Lord Jesus Christ said: "Seek first the Kingdom of God..." (Mt. 6:33) All else falls into place when the Kingdom of God is the first priority of life.

The journey to the Kingdom of God is not without difficulty. Decisions needing to made are not always clear in their implications. Prayer and fasting, the reading of Holy Scriptures, and attending the Divine services of the Church help a believer sound decisions.

This week the Holy Orthodox Church will celebrate the Feast of the Exaltation of Precious and Life-Giving Cross. The joy of Christ's Resurrection was preceded by death upon the Cross.

Believers die with Christ at Holy Baptism and rise with Him in the newness of life. New life in Christ means living in ways pleasing to Christ. New life in Christ means joyfully living in Christ's Holy Church.

The mother of great faith in today's Gospel according to St. Matthew was severely demon-possessed. The mother was not content with her daughter's continuing The mother appealed in faith to the Lord Jesus Christ.

Jesus recognized the greatness of the mother's faith. Jesus healed the demon-possessed daughter. Each of us has demons in our lives. The Lord Jesus Christ can destroy the demons and provide permanent peace.

The Holy Apostle Paul told the Ephesians that Jesus Christ "is our peace.: (Eph. 2:14). The Holy Apostle Paul said Jesus: "came and preached peace to you who were afar off and to those who were near." (Ep. 2:17)

Finding personal peace requires turning to the Lord Jesus Christ with the greatest of seriousness. Being a Christian is a serious undertaking. Being a Christian is not to be taken casually.

individuals fall short of their initial profession of faith when they do not honor Christ throughout life as King and as God.

Every day, every moment is an opportunity to renew the baptismal commitment. Every day, every moment is an opportunity to repent and seek the Kingdom of God.

The mother with the demon-possessed daughter believed in the Lord Jesus Christ. She believed the Lord Jesus Christ would make a difference in the life of her daughter. The woman held to her faith in Christ. She was not disappointed.

The Gospel account of the healing of the demon-possessed daughter and the Gospel account of Jesus providing the way to everlasting life have endured the scrutiny of centuries.

The Holy Apostle Paul told the Romans: "Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God." (Rom.10:17). Believers need to be familiar with the Holy Gospel. Believers need to learn about the life of Christ.

Prayer and focusing the mind on Christ help the believer to develop faith and understanding. The love of Christ comes when a believer trusts in Christ and finds the trust is always honored by Christ.

While individuals have breath in the body and faculty of mind, improved faith is possible. Today and everyday is the time to be faithful to Christ and seek first the Kingdom of God.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
Sunday before the Elevation of the Precious and Life-Giving Cross.
Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost.
September 10 / September 23, 2007

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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