St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 607 - August 23 / September 5, 2010

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 23 / September 5, 2010
Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost
No. 607

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

I Corinthians 13:13

And now abide faith, hope love, these three: but the greatest of these is love.

Recent Services
August 26
One person came for the Akathist to the Mother of God in Honor of the Miracle Working Icon, "Unexpected Joy", the Akathist to Simon the Zealot, and the Akathist to the Martyrs Faith, Hope, Love and their Mother Sophia
August 27
Three people came for Matins and First Hour. Two people came for Vespers.
August 29
Matins and First Hour were read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by the Divine Liturgy, Blessing of the Kolach and Koljivo. Three communicants. Twenty-six people came to the church.
August 30
One person came for Matins and First Hour. Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.
August 31
One person came for Matins and First Hour.
Three people came for the Akathist to the Dormition of the Mother of God.
September 1
One person came for Matins and First Hour.
Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.
September 2
One person came for Matins and First Hour.
Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.
September 3
One person came for Matins and First Hour

Services This Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

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

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

4:00 PM on Monday, Wednesday, Friday.

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

5:00 PM Vespers at Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church, Fairmont, W.Va.

8:00 AM Divine Liturgy-Beheading of St. John the Baptist

*Akathists and prayers for special needs will be done during the week on request.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

Today, September 5 - Leave-taking of Feast of Dormition
September 11 - Beheading of St. John the Baptist
September 19 - Miracle of Archangel Michael
September 21 - Nativity of the Theotokos
September 25 - Leavetaking of the Nativity of the Theotokos
September 27 - Feast of the Elevation of the Precious and Life-Giving Cross
September 30 - Holy Martyrs Faith, Hope and Love with their mother Sophia.
October 4 - Leavetaking of the Elevation of the Cross
October 14 - Protection of the Mother of God
October 19- - Holy Apostle Thomas

If you are too busy to are too busy!

Remember the Suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and Metohijia and All Suffering People Everywhere

Parish Life

Thank you to all participating in the Kolo Slava celebration.

Kimberly Quick is a joyful young presence during the Divine Liturgy.

Dr. Natalie Pavlovich always remembers the St. George Kolo.

Tomorrow is Labor Day. Let us remember and honor all the men and women who labor and have labored for the benefit of this country.

Four people came to Adult Class this past Tuesday. Class again this Tuesday at 7:00 PM following the 6:30 Akathist.

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 practices of the Church and want to learn more, ask the priest and come to Adult Class.

If your home has not been blessed and you want it blessed, contact the priest.

Bring a friend to church. Come to church during the week as often as possible.

The parish radio broadcast will be after 6:00 PM when the Steelers play on Sunday afternoon.

Honor your Slava every year.

A Thought from + His Eminence Metropolitan CHRISTOPHER

By the Grace of God, yours is the generation privileged to celebrate this historic and significant event. Our Diocese, and indeed, the entire Serbian Orthodox Church rejoices in what is for us all an important milestone in America. This is a time to express our thanksgiving, for the Lord Jesus Christ had bestowed upon those first humble Serbian settlers in Johnstown His peace and gift of the Holy Spirit, and He gave to His faithful people an inheritance which shall not be taken away from them forever.

( 75th Anniversary Book St. Nicholas Serbian Orthodox Church, Johnstown, Pa. 1981 )

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

To Consider

The Holy Prophets of God.
The inspiration of the lives of the Holy Prophets.
The personal benefit of reading about the Holy Prophets.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

August 27 - Went to Morgantown for printing purposes.
August 28 - Went to Diocesan Center and St. Sava Church in Mckeesport for KSS Federation Slava.
August 29 - Attended St. George Kolo Slava.
August 31 - Blessed grave and visited with parish family.
September 1 - Went to Morgantown for printing purposes.
September 1 - Visited parishioner.

Psalm 76/77:14

You are the God who does wonders: You have declared Your strength among the peoples.

The Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost

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.

The current Gospel and every Gospel lesson is intended to touch the heart, mind and soul of each person in attendance at the Divine Liturgy. Each person is expected to change as a result of hearing the Holy Gospel. Each person is expected to draw closer to God and be strengthened and nourished. Each person is at a different level of Christian development and has needs particular to his or herself. The Holy Gospel has the power to be particularized for each person and at the same time has a universal message.

God is to be loved by believers with the full heart, mind and soul. Complete love of God does not necessarily occur immediately for each believer. All believers do not reach the level of complete love for God. The believers who love God completely realize fullness of life. Life originates with God and is completed when we give ourselves fully to God. The joy experienced with God is clearly associated with love of our neighbor. We cannot disassociate our life in Christ from the relationships with each person we meet. We reveal what we think and believe about Christ in our personal relationships. When we treat others as Christ would have us treat them, we reflect a love and honor for Christ. When our relationships betray Christ by being contrary to His teachings, we reveal that we don't fully believe in Christ and the way He would have us live.

It takes the strongest of believers to remain fully faithful to Christ and to follow Christ's way in all circumstances. Prayer is the best means at our disposal for discovering ways to follow Christ in all relationships in all circumstances. Repentance is necessary when we fall short and seek to be reconciled with God. God is faithful and will not disappoint individuals choosing to give themselves fully to Him while absolutely loving their neighbors as themselves. The Gospel is confirmed in the lives of the saints and martyrs who have taken Christ seriously and have done their best to live in God-pleasing ways. Prayer helps believers find ways to solve thorny and difficult relationships. Prayer helps believers to find personal peace in the midst of adversity. Prayer enables believers to reach out to God seeking solutions to seemingly insurmountable problems.

Christ transforms believers in answer to prayer. Christ shows believers ways to address problems that result in internal peace and personal tranquility. The words of the Holy Apostle Paul are a good guide to put in perspective all that happens to us. The Holy Apostle Paul told the Ephesians to give "thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ." (Eph. 5:20). Let us look for God's presence and message for each of us in the daily occurrences we experience and in the people we meet each day. If we hold steady to first seeking the Kingdom of God and His righteousness (Mt.6:33), we will remain true to the path of the narrow gate that leads to life (Mt. 7:13-14)

The lawyer in the present Gospel sought to test Jesus. Rather than testing Jesus, believers do well to place full trust and confidence in Jesus. Rather than testing Jesus, believers do well to express appreciation and gratitude to Jesus for His unlimited love demonstrated by His death on the Cross and glorious Resurrection. Believers with broken hearts and experiencing sorrow do well to turn to Christ for healing and hope. Believers encountering stress, illness or conflict, benefit from turning to Christ seeking the peace that passes all understanding (Phil. 4:7).

According to the present Gospel, God wants to be loved completely by believers. This complete love emanates from the heart, the mind and the soul. Love for God draws the person into complete unity with God. This unity forms a bond that heals the believer of spiritual infirmities and leads to purity of the soul. When the believer is fully united with God, there is no room for sin to be present. God and sin cannot share the same space. When our love for our neighbor is founded in God and emanates from God we experience a joy that can only be derived from God. The Holy Apostle Peter said: "Always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you." ( I Pet. 3:15) The Crucified and Risen Christ provides the most authentic reason for enduring hope. Christ is going to return and will examine each person regarding his or her life. Our relationships will come under scrutiny. Our love of God or lack there of will come under scrutiny. We do not know when Christ will return. We do not know the day or the hour. (Mt. 25:13) It is important that we always be ready to give a good account for our thoughts, our words and our deeds.

The Holy Gospel proclaimed at each Divine Liturgy brings us Christ through the power of His words, His life and His teachings. Christ's miracles continue to change lives and offer hope for individuals of every century. Christ's teachings inspire, educate and guide the hungry of soul, heart and mind. The Gospel is always timely. The Lord "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever." (Heb. 13:8).

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
August 23 / September 5, 2010
Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Holy Hieromartyr Irenaeus of Lyons.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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