St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 465 - December 3 / December 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
December 3 / December 16, 2007
Twenty-Ninth Sunday after Pentecost
No. 465

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

Romans 4:20

He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God.

Recent Services
December 9
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Twenty-four people came for Divine Liturgy. One communicant.
December 14
Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.

Services This Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

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

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

Divine Liturgy at 9:30 AM

6:30 PM Akathists followed by Adult Class.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

December 19 - St. Nicholas
December 23 - Rescheduled date for Parish Annual Assembly
December 23 - Children's Day, St. John of Serbia.
December 26 - Hieromartyr Gavrilo of Serbia
December 26-29 - Youth Retreat at Shadeland
December 26 - Holy Martyrs Thursus, Leucius, Philemon, Appollonius and those with them.
December 30 - Holy Martyrs Deacon Avakum and Hegumen Paisius, Mothers Day
December 31 - St. Sebastian.
January 6 - Eve of Nativity of Christ, Fathers Day
January 7 - Feast of Nativity of Christ
January 8 - Synaxis of the Most Holy Theotokos
January 13 - Leavetaking of Nativity
January 14 - Circumscision of our Lord Jesus Christ. St. Basil the Great. New Year's Day
January 18 - Holy Cross Day
January 19 - Holy Theophany of our Lord Jesus Christ
January 20 - Synaxis of the Holy Glorious Prophet, Forerunner and Baptist John

If you are too busy to are too busy!

Parish Life

The Annual Assembly is rescheduled to January 23 following the Divine Liturgy.

This year is the first complete year in many years that +Dorothy Bozick and +Dolores Zivkovich have not served as financial officers.

Please use envelopes with your name or use checks to get appropriate credit for contributions.

Mildred Bezjak is collecting contributions for flowers for the church for Christmas.

Mildred Bezjak is coordinating a gift project for individuals who are homebound. Please see Mildred if you want to participate. Gift cost is $10.00.

Honor the Nativity Fast until the Feast in January.

A Nativity Fast Retreat for youths ages 10-18 is being held at Shadeland beginning December 26 and concluding December 29, 2007. See Father Rodney for details.

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..

Remember the suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and Metohija

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

The Greene County District Attorney's Office is sensitive to the victims of violent crimes throughout the year and particularly at this time of the year.

Psalm 4

When I called upon Thee, O God of my righteousness, Thou didst hearken unto me; in mine affliction Thou hast enlarged me. Have compassion on me and hear my prayer. O ye sons of men, how long will ye be slow of heart? Why do ye love vanity, and seek after falsehood? Know ye also that the Lord hath made wondrous His holy one; the Lord will hearken unto me when I cry unto Him. Be angry and sin not; feel compunction upon your beds for what ye say in your hearts. Sacrifice a sacrifice of righteousness, and hope in the Lord. Many say: Who will show unto us good things? The light of Thy countenance, O Lord, hath been signed upon us; Thou hast given gladness to my heart. From the fruit of their wheat, wine and oil are they multiplied. In peace in the same place I shall lay me down and sleep. For Thou O Lord, alone hast made me to dwell in hope.

(The Psalter Holy Transfiguration Monastery, Brookline, Ma. 1974 )

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

To Consider

The many lives affected by a parish church in a community.
The prevalence of hope when a parish church is present in a community.
The source of comfort a parish church provides for a community

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

December 14 - Visited patient at Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg.
December 15 - Attended Christian Education meeting at St. George Church, Lorain, Ohio.

From the Desert Fathers

Abba Serapion said, 'When the soldiers of the emperor are standing at attention, they cannot look to the right or left; it is the same for the man who stands before God and looks toward him in fear at all times; he cannot then fear anything from the enemy.'

Twenty-Ninth Sunday after Pentecost 2007

Luke 17:12-19

Then as He entered a certain village, there met Him ten men who were lepers, who stood afar off. And they lifted up their voices and said, "Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!" So when He saw them, He said to them, "Go, show yourselves to the priests." And so it was that as they went, they were cleansed. Now one of them, when he saw that he was healed, returned, and with a loud voice glorified God, and fell down on his face at His feet, giving Him thanks. And he was a Samaritan. So Jesus answered and said, "Were there not ten cleansed? But where are the nine? Were there not any found who returned to give glory to God except this foreigner? And He said to him, "Arise, go your way. Your faith has made you well."

The Holy Apostle Paul in his Epistle to the Ephesians speaks about being filled with the Spirit and "giving thanks always to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. (Eph. 5:18-20)

The current Gospel message speaks about the Samaritan taking time to give thanks to the Lord Jesus Christ after being cleansed. Individuals often turn to God in prayer. Not all individuals praying to God take time to thank God.

Each prayer should be accompanied by an expression of thanks to God. We need to thank God for listening and being available to listen. We need to thank God for the ability to formulate prayers and for the prayers of the Church passed down through the centuries.

We need to thank God for the life we have, for the breath we have, and for the faculty of mind we have. We need to thank God for the ability to think and to express ourselves.

God gives us hope. We need to be appreciative of that hope. The Lord Jesus Christ suffered upon the Cross, was buried and rose from the tomb. The Lord Jesus Christ endured much and humbled Himself beyond our comprehension.

We need to be appreciative of all the Lord Jesus Christ has done and continues to do for us. We will never comprehend fully what Christ has done and is doing. We will never be sufficient in our expressions of appreciation.

We should do what we can do to give thanks. "Giving thanks" is expressed not only in the form of words but by the way we live our lives. We show appreciation to God by the way we live. We show appreciation by what we say, think and do.

We show appreciation to God by the way we budget our time, our talents and resources. We show appreciation to God by the amount of time we give to God and in activities pleasing to God.

The current Gospel lesson indicates one out of ten lepers cleansed took time to thank the Lord Jesus Christ. Serious believers want to be counted among the appreciative and want to show appreciation.

Life is a blessing from God. New life in Christ is a blessing beyond measure. Healing provides new life and new ways of life in Christ. If we pray for healing, we take on the responsibility to live in ways pleasing to God when we are healed.

St. Nicholai in the Prologue from Ochrid describes a gravely-sick soldier who was healed by the prayers and instructions of St. Stephen the New. When the healed soldier was challenged by a non-believer, the soldier repudiated his actions of faith. Shortly afterwards, the soldier was thrown from his horse and died. St.Nicholai called the soldier's unexpected death a punishment for the sin of repudiation. 1

The current Gospel lesson is sufficient reason to think about Jesus Christ the healer. The believer does well to carefully think about the many documented healings performed by the Lord Jesus Christ.

Innumerable undocumented healings have also occurred. Some individuals have verbally rejoiced and shared their experiences with others. Other individuals have remained silent or confidentially shared the healings with a limited few.

Centuries of healings and accounts of healings cannot be summarized adequately. Believers look to the Lord Jesus Christ in faith. Believers need to look to the Lord Jesus Christ with confidence.

The heart is always in need of the healing power of the Lord Jesus Christ. The mind is always in need of the healing power of the Lord Jesus Christ. The person is always in need of the healing love of the Lord Jesus Christ.

The reassuring love of Jesus Christ establishes the worth of each person. The reassuring love of Jesus Christ is a bastion of protection for each person. The reassuring love of Christ provides the beacon of enduring hope for each person.

Depression and loneliness are common afflictions in contemporary life. Christ can eradicate depression. Christ can bring new life to the lonely. Individuals reaching out to Christ in faith are never disappointed.

Individuals can be confident in reaching out to Christ in faith. Patience is always necessary, Sensitivity to the place of the Cross in daily life is necessary.

Joy is always the experience of individuals turning to Christ in faith. Joy came at the birth of Christ (Lk. 2:10). Joy came at the Resurrection of Christ (Mt. 28:8). Joy comes always by Christ (Jn. 16:24).

Ten lepers were healed by Jesus. One of the lepers returned to give thanks. Believers are healed everyday by the Lord Jesus Christ. Reason exists everyday to turn to the Lord Jesus Christ in appreciation.

The Psalmist said: "Enter in His gates with thanksgiving, and His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting. And His truth endures to all generations." (Ps. 100:4-5)

1St. Nicholai (Velimirovic)The Prologue from Ochrid. Vol. 4 Translated by Mother Maria. Lazarica Press, Birmingham, England, 1986, p. 257.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
December 3 / December 16, 2007
Twenty-Eighth Sunday after Pentecost.
Prophet Zephaniah.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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