St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 454 - September 17 / September 30, 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 17 / September 30, 2007
Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost / Sunday after Holy Cross
No. 454

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

Philemon 4-5

I thank my God, making mention of you always in my prayers, hearing of your love and faith which you have towared the Lord Jesus and toward the saints.

Recent Services
September 23
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Thirty-two people came for Divine Liturgy. Two communicants.
September 24
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Two people came for Akathists to Holy Trinity, Mother of God and St. Panteleimon.
Three people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
September 25
One person came for Midnight Office.
One person came to read Ninth Hour and Psalms.
September 26
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Three people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
September 27
One person came for Canon of Repentance and Order of Preparation for Communion.
Five people came for Divine Liturgy. One communicant. Five people came for Akathist to Jesus Christ and Akathist to the Cross.
Father Dimitre came to serve.
September 28
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
One person came for Ninth Hour and Akathist to the Cross.
September 29
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour. Father Zivko Velimirovic served.
Thirteen people came for Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, West Virginia.
One person came for Ninth Hour and Vespers. Father Velimirovic served.

Services This Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

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

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

6:30 PM Two Akathists followed by Adult Class.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

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 are too busy!

Parish Life

The parish anniversary banquet will be on November 4.

Five people came to Adult Class on Thursday. Class again this Thursday following the evening service.

Sympathy extended to the family of Bill Kovach. Bill departed this life suddenly on Friday morning. The funeral is at 11:00 AM Tuesday in the church.

A warm welcome to Father Zivko Velimirovic visiting today from St. Sava Cathedral in New York City.

Use every moment of time wisely to prepare for the glorious Second Coming.

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.

From Proverbs 24:3-7

--Through wisdom a house is built,
And by understanding it is established.
knowledge the rooms are filled
With all precious and pleasant riches.
--A wise man is strong.
Yes, a man of knowledge increases strength;
-For by wise counsel you will wage your own war.
And in a multitude of counselors there is safety.

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

To Consider

The power of the Cross of Christ.
The love of Christ in going to the Cross.
The Cross as an instrument of life and not death.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

September 24 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing purposes.
September 25 - Went to Diocesan Center in Mars.
September 25 - Went to Ruby Hospital in Morgantown, W.Va. to visit friend of parish.
September 26 - Went to Holy Trinity Mission, Fairmont, W.Va.
September 26 - Went to St. Sava Church, Mckeesport.
September 28 - Went to funeral home in Pt. Marion to do service.
September 28 - Went to Pittsburgh Greyhound Station.
September 29 - Went to Holy Trinity Mission, Fairmont, W.Va.
September 29 - Went to home of parishioner.

From the Desert Fathers

He (Abba Poemen) said the beginning of evil is heedlessness.

Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost 2007

Luke 5:1-11

So it was, as the multitude pressed about Him to hear the word of God, that He stood by the Lake of Gennesaret, and saw two boats standing by the lake; but the fishermen had gone from them and were washing their nets. Then He got into one of the boats, which was Simon's, and asked him to put out a little from the land. And He sat down and taught the multitudes from the boat. When He had stopped speaking, He said to Simon, "Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch. But Simon answered and said to Him, "Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless, at Your word I will let down the net. And when they had done this, they caught a great number of fish, and their net was breaking. So they signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink. When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus' knees, saying, "Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord." For he all and who were with him were astonished at the catch of fish which they had taken; and so also were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, "Do not be afraid. From now on you will catch men." So when they had brought their boats to land, they forsook all and followed Him.

The present Gospel lesson teaches the value of listening to the Lord Jesus Christ. Whenever we do anything, if we listen to the Lord Jesus Christ, the results will be better.

In the book The Way of a Pilgrim, we find the words: "First learn to pray, and then you will easily perform all good works." 1 Whenever we begin an undertaking, the first step is to pray.

Whether it is going to work, taking a trip, beginning a meal, awakening in the morning or going to sleep at night, it is time best to begin with prayer. When we choose our life's work, when we choose our marital partner, when we decide about medical treatment, prayer needs to be the first order of business.

Through prayer, we can discern the way of God for our lives. Through prayer we can bring God our problems and receive the necessary help in their solution.

Peter and those with him were astonished at the results when they listened to Jesus. The great number of fish exceeded their expectations. When believers listen to God, life becomes more than believers can ever expect.

The Lord Jesus Christ said: "I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly." (Jn. 10:10)

Simon Peter, James and John followed Jesus. They forsook all. The experience with Jesus was sufficient to convince them. Simon Peter, James and John began a new life with the Lord Jesus Christ.

Believers begin a new life in Christ at Holy Baptism. At Holy Baptism the commitment is made to the way of Christ. The commitment is complete and is expected to be honored until the departure from this life.

While living, believers are expected to honor Christ in their lives, their homes and their work. Relationships of believers should be founded in Christ.

St. Theodoros the Great Ascetic said: "If you are a friend of Christ you should have as friends persons who are of benefit to you and contribute to your way of life. Let your friends be men of peace, spiritual brethren, holy fathers." 2

The journey from the baptismal fount to departure from this life is uncertain in length. The Psalmist said the average length of life is seventy to eighty years. (Ps. 89/90:10).

To be faithful to Christ for the remaining days of life requires vigilance. If the desire is to enter the Kingdom of God, every effort, every thought, every action should be directed toward the goal of the Kingdom.

Repentance is always necessary if the goal of life is the Kingdom. The Psalmist David said: "The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, a broken and contrite heart-These O God, Thou will not despise." (Ps. 50/51:17).

We do not know the time of our departure from earthly life. It can come upon a person unexpectedly. We do not know when the Lord Jesus Christ will return to judge the living and the dead. We must be ready.

God brings joy at Holy Baptism. God brings joy at Holy Communion. God brings peace at Holy Confession and at Holy Unction. God brings joy at Holy Matrimony and at the time of ordination.

The Resurrected Christ provides light where there is darkness and hope where there is despair. The Resurrected Christ provides direction for the lost and nourishment for the hungry.

Love replaces fear for individuals place their confidence in the Lord. (IJn.4:18) Believers realize the love of Christ when faithfully following Christ and serving Christ.

The martyrs through the centuries reveal the depth of love for and confidence in Christ. Martyrs die for Christ. Martyrs witness for Christ and against heresy. Martyrs determine living for Christ may mean dying for Christ. The decision is a sound decision.

The present Gospel lesson is a lesson in following Christ and listening to Christ. Christ speaks to each person. Each person determines whether to follow Christ or to the appeal.

The remaining days of life can be filled with Christ and Christian love. The remaining days of live can be filled with peace and joy as known in Christ. Choices by believers determine the way each moment of time is greeted and the way life is lived. Let every decision be an advance toward God's Kingdom.

1 The Way of a Pilgrim. Translated by Olga Savin. Shambala. Boston and London, 2001. p. 6.

2 The Philokalia. Vol. 2 Compiled by St. Nikodemus of the Holy Mountain. Translated by G.E.H. Palmer, Philip Sherrard, and Kallistos Ware. Faber and Faber, London and Boston, 1981, p. 24

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost.
September 17 / September 30, 2007

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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