St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 548 - July 6 / July 19, 2009


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
July 6 / July 19, 2009
Sixth Sunday after Pentecost
No. 548

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

Matthew 9:2

Then they brought to Him a paralytic lying on a bed. When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, "Son, be of good cheer, your sins are forgiven you." (NKJV)

Recent Services
July 10
Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.
July 11
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
Divine Liturgy was held at Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church in Fairmont, West Virginia. Four people attended.
Seven people came for Vespers at St. George Church.
July 12
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
Third and Sixth Hour were read before the Divine Liturgy.
Forty-four people came for Divine Liturgy. Ten communicants.

Services This Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

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

Mornings
5:30 AM on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday.

Afternoons
4:00 PM on Monday, Wednesday.

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

Thursday
4:30 PM Holy Trinity Mission, Fairmont, W.Va, Vespers.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

July 25 - Monastery Marcha Slava celebrated
August 2 - St. Elijah, Diocesan Day at Shadeland. St. George Church closed.
August 8 - Parish Healthcare Seminar
August 9 - Parish Healthcare Day Dinner and Program
August 10-13 - Sabor, North Canton, Ohio
August 13 - Dormition Fast Begins
August 19 - Feast of Holy Transfiguration.
August 26 - Leave-taking of the Feast of Holy Transfiguration
August 28 - Feast of Dormition of the Mother of God.
September 5 - Leavetaking of Feast of Dormition of the Mother of God
September 11 - Beheading of St. John the Baptist
September 14 - Church New Year
September 21 - Feast of Nativity of the Mother of God
September 25 - Leavetaking of Feast of the Nativity of the Mother of God.
September 27 - Feast of Elevation of the Precious and Life-giving Cross

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

Remember the Suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and Metohija

Parish Life

Come to Adult Class on Tuesday evening.

Remember the sick, the suffering, the imprisoned, those in rehab centers, the homebound, the mentally ill, their caretakers and the institution staffs.

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

Remember the workers in mines, law-enforcement, corrections, probation and parole and firefighters, all working in dangerous occupations.

If you have a question about the Divine services or other questions ask Father Rodney.

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

Read your Bible daily.

Structure your daily life according to the calendar of the Church.

Learn the feasts and saints celebrated each day.

Do an act of charity this week known only to God.

Take time each day to pray on a regular basis.

Honor your Slava every year.

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

Plan to travel to Shadeland for Diocesan Day. See the many new improvements.

Experience Monastery Marcha, the only active women's monastery in our Diocese.

A Thought from His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN

It must not be concluded that the preparatory character of the Old Testament means it has no further meaning today, nor that it should be neglected. From the earliest of times the Church regarded the Old Testament as an integral part of Holy Scripture.

(Introduction to the New Testament )

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

To Consider

The multiple afflictions of the paralytic
The healing of the paralytic.
The forgiveness of the paralytic's sins.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

July 11 - Served Divine Liturgy in Fairmont, West Virginia.
July 12-18 - Was at Shadeland Camp, Springboro, Pa.

From Psalm 16:1

Preserve me , O God, for in You I put my trust. (NKJV)


Sixth Sunday after Pentecost
Matthew 9:1-8

Se He got into a boat, crossed over, and came to His own city. Then behold, they brought to Him a paralytic lying on a bed. When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, 'Son, be of good cheer; your sins are forgiven you." And at once some of the scribes said within themselves, 'This Man blasphemes!" But Jesus, knowing their thoughts said, 'Why do you think evil in your hearts? For which is easier to say, 'Your sins are forgiven you,' or to say, "Arise and walk'? "But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on to forgive sins"-then He said to the paralytic, 'Arise, take up your bed, and go to your house." And he arose and departed to his house. Now when the multitudes saw it, they marveled and glorified God, who had given such power to men.

The present Gospel is a lesson in the spiritual and physical healing power of God. Believers do well to think about the immeasurable power of God and the magnificence of God.

Believers do well to think about the Lord Jesus Christ healing this paralytic and forgiving his sins. Each person is laden with sin. Each person does well to measure his or her life according to the teachings of Christ to learn of personal sin.

Pride can keep a person from acknowledging personal sin. Vanity can keep a person from acknowledging personal sin. Fear can keep a person from acknowledging personal sin.

Failure to acknowledge personal sin does not help the sin to be taken away. The forgiveness of God is necessary for personal sin to be taken away. God's mercy and love is needed for sin to be taken away.

The Lord Jesus Christ upon the Cross made possible the taking away of sin. The Lord Jesus Christ involving Himself in the life of the paralytic enabled the taking away of the paralytic's sin.

Having sin forgiven frees a person from the paralysis resulting from sin. Sin can weigh on person's conscience. Sin can cause a person to be lethargic, depressed and frightened.

Sin can cause a person to be immobile. Sinful ways can lead to physical conditions that cause the body to deteriorate. The healing power of Christ brings spiritual health. The healing power of Christ can bring physical health.

The lesson of the healing of the paralytic is worthy of continuous consideration. The Church brings this lesson before believers every year. Believers are expected to learn something new from this Gospel reading each year.

Believers are expected to improve their relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ as a result of hearing this Gospel reading. Stagnancy has no place in the life of Christians. Christians are expected to grow in Christ.

Christians are expected to care for their souls. Caring for the soul requires deliberate attention. Just as believers care for the body and the mind, believers need to care for the soul.

Christ provides the nourishment for the soul. Christ provides the nourishment for the body. The Precious Body and Blood of Christ strengthen and nourish the person. The Precious Body and Blood unite the person with Christ.

Holy Confession and Holy Communion enable the person to experience healing and begin anew. Holy Confession and Holy Communion free a person from sins of the past and open a new future with Christ.

The paralytic was freed of his sin and made mobile by Christ to begin a new future created for him. The new future was due to the involvement of the Lord Jesus Christ in his life.

Our relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ is the most important relationship we have. Our relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ is revealed in the relationships we have with others.

If we are firmly united with Christ, this unity of Christ will be seen in our relationships with others. The paralytic experienced Christ in his life. The presence of Christ was manifested in the life of the paralytic.

The paralytic became a new man in Christ. He was no longer paralyzed. He was freed of his sins. He was free to relate to others as a new creation. Others would certainly need to relate to him differently.

Each Sunday believers have the opportunity to be renewed in Christ. The Divine Liturgy offers the Precious Body and Blood of Christ for those drawing near "In the fear of God and in faith."

Holy Confession is available throughout the year for believers desiring to repent and begin anew. Sin can weigh heavy on a person's conscience. Holy Confession can result in the weight being lifted.

The Lord Jesus Christ said: "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)

The future is uncertain for each person. Christ is the certainty to follow in going forth in the days to come. A person benefits by placing full confidence in Christ. A person is secure in placing full confidence in Christ.

Sin melts away when faced with the power of Christ. Spiritual paralysis is healed when treated with the love and mercy and forgiveness of Christ. The soul is of importance in each life.

Wise individuals take time each day to nourish and care for the soul. Wise individual continuously repent of sins and seek to grow in Christ. The healing of the paralytic is an inspiration for contemporary believers.

The healing of the paralytic has been an inspiration for centuries of believers.


St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
July 6 / July 19, 2009
Sixth Sunday after Pentecost
St. Sisoes the Great of Egypt.
New Monk Martyr Cyril of Hilandar.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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