St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 457 - October 8 / October 21, 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
October 8 / October 21, 2007
Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost
No. 457

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

Ephesians 6:16

Above all, taking the shield of faith with which you be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.

Recent Services
October 14
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Twenty-five people came for Divine Liturgy. One communicant.
One person came each day to read Psalms and the Hours, twice per day.
October 20
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.

Services This Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

5:30 AM Midnight Office, Matins, First Hour. 10:00 AM Divine Liturgy

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

4:00 PM Monday and Friday.

6:30 PM followed by Adult Class at 7:00 (Call to verify).

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

October 27 - Venerable Mother Parasceva of Serbia, St. Petka
October 31 - St. Luke, St. Peter of Cetinje
November 4 - Parish Anniversary Banquet
November 8 - St. Demetrius
November 16 - Choir Slava
November 21 - St. Archangel Michael
November 22 - St. Nectarios
November 24 - St. Stefan of Decani
November 26 - St. John Chrysostom
November 28 - Nativity Fast begins
December 4 - Entry of the Theotokos into the Temple
December 13 - St. Andrew the First-Called
December 19 - St. Nicholas

If you are too busy to are too busy!

Parish Life

Send your reservations in the Anniversary Banquet promptly.

Pray for individuals with mental illness and their families.

Remember the miners and others employed in dangerous occupations 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

Read your Bible for the benefit of your soul.

If you do not observe your Slava, it is time to begin.

Come to the Adult Classes and discuss contemporary issues.

From Proverbs 27:8

Like a bird that wanders from its nest is a man who wanders from his place.
Ointment and perfume delight the heart, and the sweetness of a man's friend gives delight by hearty counsel.
Do not forsake your own friend or your father's friend, nor go to you brother's house in the day of your calamity; Better is a neighbor nearby than a brother far away.
My son, be wise, and make my heart glad, that I may answer him who reproaches me.
A prudent man foresees evil and hides himself; The simple pass on and are punished.

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

To Consider

Forgiveness from God.
Freedom after having been forgiven.
Responsibility now that forgiveness has taken place

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

October 20 - Travelled to French Creek, West Virginia to visit parishioner.

From the Desert Fathers

He (John the Dwarf) also said: "Humility and the fear of God are above all virtues."

Twenty-First Sunday After Pentecost 2007

Luke 7:11-16

"A sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some fell by the wayside; and it was trampled down, and the birds of the air devoured it. Some fell on rock; and as soon as it sprang up, it withered away because it lacked moisture. And some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up with it and choked it. But others fell on good ground, and sprang up, and yielded a crop a hundredfold." When He had said these things He cried, "He who has ears to hear, let him hear!" Then His disciples asked Him, saying "What does this parable mean?" And He said, "To you it is has been given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God, but to the rest it is given in parables, that 'Seeing they may not see, and hearing they may not understand.' "Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. Those by the wayside are the ones who hear; then the devil comes and takes away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved. But the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, who believe for a while and in time of temptation fall away. Now the ones that fell among thorns are those who, when they have heard, go out and are choked with cares, riches, and pleasure of life, and bring no fruit to maturity. But the ones that fell on the good ground are those who, having heard the word with a noble and good heart, keep it and bear fruit with patience."

Holy Fathers of the Seventh Ecumenical Council

John 17:1-13

Jesus spoke these words, lifted up His eyes to heaven, and said: "Father, the hour has come. Glorify Your Son, that Your Son also may glorify You, as You have given Him authority over all flesh, that He should give eternal life to as many as You have given Him. And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. I have glorified You on the earth. I have finished the work which You have given Me to do. And now, O Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was. I have manifested Your name to the men whom You have given Me out of the world. They were Yours, You gave them to Me, and they have kept Your word. Now they have known that all things which You have given Me are from You. For I have given to them the words which You have given Me; and they have received them and have known surely that I came forth from You; and they have believed that You sent Me. I pray for them. I do not pray for the world but for those whom You have given Me, for they are Yours. And all Mine are Yours, and Yours are Mine, and I am glorified in them. Now I am no longer in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to You. Holy Father, keep through Your name those whom You have given Me, that they may be one as We are. While I was with them in the world, I kept them in Your name. Those whom You gave Me I have kept; and none of them is lost except the son of perdition, that the Scripture might be fulfilled. But now I come to You, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have My joy fulfilled in themselves.

Hearing the word of God and keeping it requires concentration, commitment, vigilance and self-examination. A believer must focus on the word of God and maintain that focus over the course of one's life.

It is easy to be distracted and tempted to divert the mind to things other than the word of God. Invitations appear. Temptations appear. Activities appear. Thoughts of rest or recreation may come to mind. Diverse interests may attract attention.

Vigilance to guard the mind and heart and soul and protect them as places for Christ is essential. Self-examination is necessary to verify the believer is faithful to Christ. Self-examination is necessary to verify the word of God is heard and kept.

A firm commitment to Christ is required. Willingness to forego all that detracts from the Christian life needs to exist. Being able to say "no" when temptations and diverse interests appear keeps the believer faithful to Christ.

The Lord Jesus Christ speaks about bearing fruit with patience. Hearers of the word of God and keepers of the word of God face barriers daily. Opponents of the Christian way of life appear in different ways and at different times. The believer hoping to achieve the Kingdom needs to be resolute.

The life and teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ are preserved in the Holy Gospel. Believers can turn to the Holy Scriptures and to the teachings of the Holy Orthodox Church with certainty.

The soul is enriched when the Holy Scriptures are read. The soul is enriched which a person attends the Divine Liturgy. The soul is enriched when the Gospel is proclaimed.

The Lord Jesus Christ defined eternal life: "This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent." (Jn. 17:3)

Jesus' definition of eternal life summons the believer to keep focused throughout life. At one point Jesus said: "You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free." (Jn. 8:32).

To experience the freedom Jesus was describing, one must know Jesus as the "Truth" for He said: I am the way, the truth, and the life." (Jn. 14:6).

Freedom comes in Christ: Freedom from the weight of sins through forgiveness; Freedom from want because Christ provides all that is needed; Freedom from hunger for Christ nourishes the body and soul; Freedom from torment because Christ brings peace; Freedom from fear because with Christ fear is overcome; Freedom from death because Christ conquered death.

The word of God provides a consuming joy for those choosing to hear the word of God and keep it. Jesus was very clear in saying: "Blessed are those who hear the word of God and keep it." Jesus' words are preserved in the Gospel of St. Luke (Lk.11:28).

The best way to hear the word of God and keep it is to go to the Divine Liturgy every available opportunity. The best way to hear the word of God and keep it is to read the word of God every day and make every effort to live by it.

Pray to God to be faithful to God. Pray to God to keep the necessary focus on God. Pray to God to cast off all that is not God and God's way. Pray to God for love for God's word and God's way.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost.
Holy Fathers of the Seventh Ecumenical Council
October 8 / October 21, 2007

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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