St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 567 - November 16 / November 29, 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
November 16 / November 29, 2009
Twenty-Fifth Sunday after Pentecost / St. Matthew
No. 567

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

Acts 11:24

For he was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and of faith. And a great many people were added to the Lord.

Services Recently
November 19
Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.
November 20
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.
November 21
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
Eight people came for Divine Liturgy with Blessing of Kolach. Four communicants.
Vespers was read
November 22
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy and Parastos.
Thirty-four people attended. Five communicants.
November 23
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
One person came for reading of Akathist to Holy Trinity, Akathist to the Mother of God, the Healer and Akathist to Faith, Hope and Love and their Mother Sophia.
Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.
November 24
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.

Services This Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Third and Sixth Hours followed by Divine Liturgy.

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

4:00 PM on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday.

6:30 PM followed by Adult Class.

9:00 AM Divine Liturgy, Feast of Entry of Mother of God into the Temple

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

November 29 - Holy Apostle and Evangelist Matthew
December 3 - Forefeast of the Entry of the Theotokos into the Temple
December 4 - Entry of the Theotokos into the Temple
December 6 - Robena Mine Memorial at 1:00 PM.
December 8 - Leavetaking of the Entry of the Mother of God into the Temple.
December 13 - St. Andrew the First Called Apostle, Parish Annual Assembly
December 18 - St. Sabbas the Sanctified
December 19 - St. Nicholas
December 20 - Childrens Day (Detinjci)
December 27 - Mothers Day

If you are too busy to are too busy!

Remember the Serbian People in Kosovo and All Suffering People.

Parish Life

Thank you to Protopresbyter Lt. Col. Adam Yonitch for serving today.

The Nativity Fast has begun. Honor it until the Feast of the Nativity.

May God give comfort to the family of beloved +Mildred "Midge' Jones who departed this life this past week.

Remember the men and women serving in the military in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Help the Kolo to bake. Join the Kolo if you are not a member.

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 services or the Church, ask Father Rodney.

Each parishioner should take time to observe his or her Slava.

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

Listen to the parish radio program each week.

Invite a relative, friend or neighbor to come to the St. George Church.

Come to Adult Class this week and learn more about the Divine Liturgy.

A Thought from Very Reverend Stavrofor Dr. Nedeljko Grgurevich

St. Basil the Great and St. John Chrysostom did much work on the liturgy, precisely in the area of its formation, giving it its contemporary form. First the former and then the latter abbreviated the previous rite of liturgy. They shortened that which, according to their understanding, could be shortened. Most likely they considered those parts to be non-essential. But, that which Christ had established, they could not and dared not shorten.

(The Eucharist as Sacrifice. Johnstown, Pa. 1993, p. 155. )

To Consider

The Feast of the Entry of the Mother of God into the Temple
Parents committing their children to God.
Children being raised in a Christian home.

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

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

November 18 - Went to Morgantown for printing purposes.
November 21 - Attended memorial service for +Terry Chambers.
Went to a family Slava celebration

Psalm 35:9

And my soul shall be joyful in the Lord: It shall rejoice in His salvation.

Twenty-Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

Luke 10:25-37

And behold, a certain lawyer stood up and tested Him, saying "Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?" He said to him, "What is written in the law? What is your reading of it?" So he answered and said, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself." And He said to him, "You have answered rightly; do this and you will live." But he, wanting to justify himself, said to Jesus, "And who is my neighbor?" Then Jesus answered and said: "A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, who stripped him of his clothing, wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a certain priest came down that road. And when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. Likewise a Levite, when he arrived at the place, came and looked, and passed by on the other side. But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was. And when he saw him, he had compassion. So he went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; and he set him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. On the next day, when he departed, he took out two denari, gave them to the innkeeper, and said to him, "Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I come again, I will repay you. So which of these three do you think was the neighbor to him who fell among the thieves?" And he said, "He who showed mercy on him." Then Jesus said to him, "Go and do likewise."

The present Gospel speaks about the compassion of God. The present Gospel speaks about the compassion believers are to show to their neighbors.

God does not discriminate regarding people of need. We know from the words of the Lord Jesus Christ: "He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and the unjust." (Mt. 5:45)

The Lord Jesus Christ set the standard for Christians very high when He said: "Love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you." (Mt. 5:44)

Choosing to follow Christ is a completely voluntary decision. The decision to follow Christ is a decision to be made at every moment of time. At every moment of time, we either draw closer to the way of Christ or depart from it.

The current Gospel message emphasizes the expectation of believers to love God completely. The heart, the soul, full personal strength and the mind are to be committed to God. There is to be no deviation or weakening of commitment.

Love of neighbor is to be equated with love of self. The standards for Christians are the highest standards. The Lord Jesus Christ would not have established the standards if they were impossible to meet.

We know from the words of the Lord Jesus Christ, "With God, all things are possible." (Mt. 19:26). Coming to Christ is the most joyous undertaking. Holy Baptism and Chrismation are moments of great joy.

The standards set by Christ are to be embraced by believers with the greatest of joy. It is through Christ and the ways of Christ we experience eternal life. The Lord Jesus Christ said: "This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent." (Jn. 17:3)

The current Gospel emphasizes the importance of our relationships with the people we meet. We need to be attentive to the suffering in our midst. We need to do as much as we can about that suffering.

Too much greed exists in the world. Christians need to show there is a better way to live. Followers of Christ need to take to heart the message of the present Gospel and help whenever possible in daily life.

Recently we heard the Gospel account of Lazarus and the rich man. The rich man ignored poor Lazarus at his gate. (Lk. 16:19-31) In the present Gospel, two individuals passed by theinjured man. The third person, the Samaritan stopped to help. The Samaritan not only stopped to help. He went out of his way to help and even expended his own funds.

Jesus held the Samaritan up as an example to imitate. The love, compassion and commitment of the Samaritan are reminiscent of the poor widow who cast the two mites into the treasury. She gave all she had for the love of God. (Mk. 12:42-44)

Developing sensitivity for our neighbor requires a clear interest in the Lord God. Developing sensitivity for our neighbor requires a desire to please God and a commitment to love God and neighbor.

Each believer needs to address the hunger of the soul. Each believer needs to determine the best way to feed the hunger of the soul. Christ satisfies the hunger of the soul. Jesus said: "I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst." (Jn. 6:35)

Believers feeding their own soul with the Lord Jesus Christ will share this love of Christ with others. Believers truly caring about Christ will care about the people met in daily life.

The First Epistle of St. John states: "Let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God." (Jn. 4:7) The love of God was fully demonstrated when Jesus voluntarily went to the Cross.

Believers choosing to follow Christ are expected to take up their cross and follow Him. Jesus said: "If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me." (Mt. 16:24)

Helping the injured man that was robbed in the present Gospel was not an easy undertaking. The Samaritan who stopped may have unwittingly put himself at risk. He certainly got involved to a great degree caring for the injured man.

The Samaritan went beyond immediate care to providing for extended care of the robbery victim. In contemporary society, such demonstrations of compassion are not heard of sufficiently.

Too often we hear of crimes occurring and observers not wanting to get involved. Christians are expected to act decisively and with compassion for the injured and the needy.

Let us honor the commitment we made to the Lord Jesus Christ at Holy Baptism. Let us love God with all our heart, mind, strength and soul. Let us love our neighbors as ourselves.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
November 16 / November 29, 2009
Twenty-Fifth Sunday after Pentecost.
Apostle and Evangelist. Matthew.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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