St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 503 - August 25 / September 7, 2008


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
August 25 / September 7, 2008
Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost
No. 503

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

I Thessalonians 5:8

But, since we belong to the day, let us be sober, and put on the breastplate of faith and love, and for a helmet the hope of salvation.

Recent Services
August 29
Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.
August 30
Midnight Office, Matins, First Hour were read. Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.
August 31
Midnight Office, Matins, First, Third and Sixth Hours were read.
Twenty-one people came for Divine Liturgy. Three communicants.
September 1
Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.
September 2
Midnight Office, Matins, First Hour were read.
One person came for Akathist to Jesus Christ.
Two people came for Akathist to St. George.
September 3
One person came for Midnight Office.
Matins and First Hour were read.
One person came for Akathist for the Dormition.
One person came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
September 4
Midnight Office was read.
One person came for Matins and First Hour.
Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.
September 5
Akathist for Dormition was read.
One person came to read Matins and First Hour.

Services This Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Today
Midnight Office, Matins, First, Third and Sixth Hours. Divine Liturgy.

Mornings
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 5:30 AM
Midnight Office. 6:30 AM, Matins and First Hour.

Afternoons
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 4:00 PM, Ninth Hour and Vespers.

Tuesday
6:30 PM Akathists followed by Adult Class at 7:00 PM.

Thursday Morning
8:00 AM Divine Liturgy.

Saturday Morning
10:00 AM Divine Liturgy in Fairmont, W.Va.

Next Sunday, September 14, Father Dimitre will serve Matins here at 8:50 AM. No Divine Liturgy

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

September 11 - Beheading of St. John the Baptist
September 14 - Church will begin at 8:50 AM, Father Dimitrov will serve Matins. No Divine Liturgy. Church New Year.
September 19 - Miracle of Archangel Michael.
September 21 - Nativity of Theotokos
September 27 - Elevation of Precious and Life-giving Cross

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

Pray for the Suffering Serbian People Throughout The World

Parish Life

Remember the service next Sunday will begin at 8:50 AM. No Divine Liturgy.

Come for Divine Liturgy on Thursday, the Beheading of St. John the Baptist.

Two people came for Adult Class this past week. Class again this Tuesday.

If you have not been to Holy Confession or Communion recently, it is time to prepare.

If you do not celebrate your Slava, please begin this year..

Remember the men and women working in dangerous occupations including those in the mines and criminal justice agencies, the police, correctional officers and parole agents.

Remember the sick, the suffering, the imprisoned, those in rehab centers, nursing homes, jails and prisons. Remember the staff members and caretakers.

Remember the men and women serving in the military and their families.

Remind your friends and neighbors to listen to the parish radio program.

Take a bulletin to give to someone that might be interested in the St. George Church.

Each parishioner is a missionary for the St. George Church.

Tropar from the Midnight Office

Remember Thy servants, O Lord, for Thou art good, and whatsoever sins they have committed in life, forgive them; for no one is sinless save Thee Who canst also give rest to those who have departed this life.

(The Horologian St. Tikhon's Seminary Press, South Canaan, Pa. )

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

To Consider

God's love for each of us.
Our love for God.
Giving thanksgiving to God

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

August 30 - Two trips to Morgantown for printing purposes.
August 31 - Blessed one grave in Masontown.
September 5 - Spoke at conference on Hospice and Palliative Care Nurses Association Pre-Conference. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania..
September 5 - Attended Vigi at St. Nikodim Chapel, Mars

From the Wisdom of Sirach
21:13

The knowledge of a wise man will increase like a flood, and his counsel like a flowing spring.


The Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost 2008
Matthew 19:16-26

Now behold, one came and said to Him, "Good Teacher, what good thing shall I do that I may have eternal life? So He said to him, "Why do you call Me good?" No one is good but One, that is, God. But if you want to enter into life, keep the commandments." He said to Him, "Which ones?" Jesus said, "You shall not murder" "You shall not commit adultery," "You shall not steal," "You shall not bear false witness," "Honor your father and your mother," and "You shall love your neighbor as yourself." The young man said to Him, "All these things I have kept from my youth. What do I still lack?" Jesus said to him, "If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me." But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions. Then Jesus said to His disciples, "Assuredly, I say to you that it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. And again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God." When His disciples heard it, they were greatly astonished, saying "Who then can be saved?" But Jesus looked at them and said to them, "With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible."

Many things can keep a person from being serious about God and a life pleasing to God. A person can be devoted to a career. A person can be obsessed with accumulating material wealth.

Some people do not want to put forth the effort to follow God. Others are disbelievers and have no faith in God. The present Gospel speaks about the requirements for eternal life.

Jesus told the inquiring man if he wanted to be perfect he was to sell his possessions, give to the poor and follow Christ. The man did not want to give up his possessions. He was too attached to them.

Sometimes people are attached to a way of life that is comfortable. They do not want to give up the comfortable way of life to follow Christ. The way of Christ involves the Cross.

The way of Christ involves fasting and prayer and almsgiving. The way of Christ involves repentance and Holy Confession and Holy Communion.

The way of Christ involves recognizing the contributions of the saints and martyrs and following their examples. Hardship and sacrifice are to be willingly embraced by Christians.

Not everyone is willing to repent and say "Get behind me Satan." Not everyone is willing to relinquish sinful activities. Not everyone is willing to fast and pray as expected.

Jesus told His disciples "With God all things are possible." Regardless of degree of sin, regardless of state in life, a person can make the effort, repent and seek the Kingdom of God if he or she is serious about it.

The joy of Christ beckons individuals willing to draw near. Believers draw near to the Holy Chalice and partake of the Precious Body and Blood of Christ. Believers draw near to hear the Holy Gospel. Believers draw near in prayer and when seeking forgiveness in Holy Confession.

Better to draw near to the Crucified and Risen Christ than to stay distant. Better to draw near in faith and love than stay away due to pride and negativism.

In the present Gospel, Jesus gave great value to the commandments. Being obedient to the ways of God is expected of Christians. When Christians fall short and violate the ways of God, repentance is expected.

Repentance involves a change in heart and a change in the direction of life. The kingdom of God is of primary interest to the repentant person. Individuals with no or little interest in the kingdom of God will sin freely.

Each Sunday and most days throughout the year, the Holy Orthodox Church provides Gospel readings. These readings are intended to produce change in the lives of believers.

Individuals need only act on their interest in wanting to change for the better. Jesus will provide the rest.

When the prodigal son made the initial step to return home, his father ran toward him, embraced him and celebrated his return. (Luke 15:11-32) Jesus helps returning sinners.

Jesus invites individuals who are weary. Jesus said: "Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me; for I am gentle and lowly in heart; and you will find rest for your souls." (Mt. 11:28-29)

Do not be denied the joy of the life in Christ. Make the effort to draw near to Christ in love and in repentance. Every investment in following Christ is an investment in the Kingdom of God.

Believers give thought to making financial preparations for retirement. More thought needs to be given to making preparations for eternal life.

Now is the time to repent. Today is the day to seek the Kingdom of God. Today and everyday is the day to seek the Kingdom of God. Wise individuals use the time in life provided by God. The time is used for the glory of God.

The commandments of God give structure to life. The commandments of God give order to life. The commandments of God are to become an integral part of life.

Joy comes through following the commandments. Joy comes through following Christ. Joy comes through partaking of the Precious Body and Blood of Christ and being united with Christ in prayer and thanksgiving.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
August 25 / September 7, 2008
Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost.
Translation of the Relics of the Holy Apostle Bartholomew.
Holy Apostle Titus of the Seventy.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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