St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 506 - September 15 / September 28, 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
September 15 / September 28, 2008
Sunday after Exaltation of the Precious Cross
No. 506

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

I Peter 1:21

Through Him you have confidence in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.

Recent Services
September 20
Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.
September 21
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
Third and Sixth Hour were read before the Divine Liturgy.
September 22
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
One person came for the Akathist to the Mother of God, St. Archangel Michael and St. Nicholas.
Ninth Hour and Vespers were read
September 23
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
Two people came for the Akathist to Jesus Christ and Akathist to St. George.
September 24
Midnight Office was read.
One person came for Matins and First Hour.
Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.
September 25
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
September 26
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
Two people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.

Services This Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Midnight Office, Matins, First Hour. Third and Sixth Hours followed by Divine Liturgy.

4:00 PM Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday.

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

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

October 4 - Apodosis of Feast of Elevation of Precious and Life-giving Cross.
October 14 - Protection of Mother of God
October 19 - Holy Apostle Thomas
October 27 - Venerable Mother Parasceva of Serbi, St. Petka
October 31 - St. Luke, St. Peter of Cetinje
November 2 - Fifty-Fourth Parish Anniversary Dinner
November 8 - St. Demetrius
November 16 - Choir Slava, Dedication of the Church of the Great Martyr George in Lydia.
November 21 - Holy Archangel Michael and other Bodiless Powers
November 22 - St. Nectarios Kephalas of Pentapolis
November 24 - St. Stephen of Dechani, King of Serbia.

If you are too busy to are too busy!

Pray for the Suffering Serbian People Throughout The World

Parish Life

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

Come to Adult Class and be an active participant.

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.

When the Steelers game begins at 1:00 PM, the radio broadcast at 6:15 PM.

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

Encourage your friends and neighbors to attend St. George Church.

Make sure when funeral plans are made, they conform to the teachings of the Orthodox Church.

A Thought from Father Deacon Gavrilo Milkovich

Being crucified in those days was a horrible way to die, and it was also associated with shame. You were nailed to a tree and displayed for everyone to see. In some cases people might survive several days before dying. It was painful, it was shameful, and you suffered a great deal and it was also meant to send a message. It is hard to imagine anyone would accept this kind of death, but one Person did, and He did it voluntarily and He did it out of love for us and for our redemption. His message though was quite different than the ones the Romans were sending.

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

To Consider

The Precious and Life-giving Cross.
The love of Christ shown on the Cross.
The love of Christ shown through the Resurrection.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

September 18 and 24th Went to Morgantown, West Virginia for printing purposes.
September 25th and 26th. Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for Management Institute.

From the Wisdom of Sirach

A man accustomed to use insulting words will never become disciplined all his days.

Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost 2008
Matthew 22:35-46

Then one of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, and saying, "Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?" Jesus said to him, "You shall love the Lord Your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it; you shall 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets. "While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them, saying, What do you think about the Christ? Whose Son is He? They said to Him, "The Son of David." He said to them, "How does David in the Spirit call Him 'Lord,' saying: 'The Lord said to my Lord, "Sit at My right hand, till I make Your enemies Your footstool." "If David then calls Him 'Lord' how is He his Son?" And no one was able to answer Him a word, nor from that day on did anyone dare question Him anymore.

Sunday after the Elevation of the Cross
Mark 8:34-9:1

When He called the people to Himself, with His disciples also, He said to them, "Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross and, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel's will save it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him the Son of Man also will be ashamed when he comes in the glory of His Father with the angels. And He said to them, "Assuredly, I say to you that there are some standing here who will not taste death till they see the kingdom of God present with power." 1, 2

Love of God and love of neighbor are the criteria Jesus established as the two summary commandments. Believers may find complete love of God and love of neighbor to be difficult.

Believers may have too many competing interests to give the full heart, mind and soul to God. Believers may perceive too many shortcomings in their neighbor to want to show love for the neighbor.

The Lord Jesus Christ said: "Judge not, that you not be judged. For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged..." (Mt. 7:1) Being non-judgmental toward our neighbor is difficult.

We cannot put ourselves in the other person's circumstances. We cannot account for the person's upbringing. We cannot account for the person's genetic composition.

Our primary responsibility is the care of our own soul. Our primary responsibility is to avoid sin, repent of sin and seek the kingdom of God. Our primary responsibility is to show love for others and to love God.

The soul has great value. The soul is compared by the Lord Jesus Christ to the value of the whole world. How many people consider their soul worth equal to or greater than the whole world?

How many people out of each generation treat their soul as having the value equal to, or greater than the whole world. The soul deserves constant attention. We can never give too much attention to our soul.

How we spend each day determines how we will spend eternity. If we care for our soul each day until we depart this life, God-willing, we will enter the joy of the kingdom.

If we neglect our soul or only give the soul casual attention, we have reason for concern, for anxiety, and for fear of judgment. We should look with great anticipation to the uniting of the soul with God.

Let us live joyfully the life in Christ and seek the fulfillment that comes with Christ. Let us not be bound in fear of the loving God. Let us look to the Crucified Christ and realize the extent He does love us.

Let us look to the forgiving God who frees us of sin at the time of Holy Confession and know immediately He loves us. Let us savor the life-giving joy of partaking of the Precious Body and Blood of Christ.

St. Gregory of Nyssa wrote that "a man advances farther on the path of perfection precisely insofar as he remains fixed and immovable in good." 3 Everyday we need to pray and not relent to be immovable in good.

St. Gregory of Nyssa, in his The Life of Moses stated: "He who elevates his life beyond earthly things through such ascents never fails to become even loftier than he was until, as I think, like an eagle in all things his life may be seen above and beyond the cloud whirling around the ether of the spiritual ascent."

To a certain extent, we become what we aspire to. As the Lord said,' Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." (Mt. 6:21) What we work towards seriously will materialize.

Care of the soul, love of God and love of neighbor are essential to the Christian life. For us to accept anything else makes us contrary to the teachings of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

We are in the midst of the celebration of the Feast of the Precious and Life-giving Cross. The Lord Jesus Christ turned the Cross from an instrument of death into the dominant Christian sign of victory.

Let us bow before the Cross and glorify the Lord Jesus Christ.

1The Orthodox Study Bible. Thomas Nelson Publishing, Nashville, Tennessee, 2008. This source is used for The Sunday after Pentecost text and all quotes in the body of the sermon.

2Gregory of Nyssa, From Glory to Glory. Translated by Herbert Musurillo, ST.Vladimir's Seminary Press, Crestwood, New York, 1979, p. 149.

3Gregory of Nyssa. The Life of Moses. Translated by Abraham J. Malherbe and Everett Ferguson. Paulist Press, New York, 1978, p. 133.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
September 15 / September 28, 2008
Fifteen Sunday after Pentecost,
Sunday after the Elevation of the Cross.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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