St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 609 - September 6 / September 19, 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
September 6 / September 19, 2010
Miracle of Archangel Michael
No. 609

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

Mt. 15:28

Then Jesus answered and said to her, "O woman, great is your faith! Let it be to you as you desire." And her daughter was healed from that very hour.

Recent Services
September 11
Matins and First Hour were read.
Five people came for Divine Liturgy. One communicant.
Two people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
September 12
Matins and First Hour were read.
Third and Sixth Hour were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Twenty people came. Two communicants
September 13
Matins and First Hour were read.
Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.
September 14
Matins and First Hour were read.
Four people came for the Akathist to the Icon of the Mother of God, Unexpected Joy.
September 15
Matins and First Hour were read.
September 16
Vespers was read.
September 17
Matins and First Hour were read.

Services This Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

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

5:30 AM on Monday and Tuesday. Matins and First Hour.

4:00 PM Monday

8:00 AM Divine Liturgy. Feast of the Nativity of the Theotokos.
6:30 PM followed by Adult Class at 7:00 PM.

4:00 PM Vespers

Akathists and Prayers for Special Needs will be scheduled during the week on request.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

Today, September 19 - Miracle of Archangel Michael, Parish Executive Board Meeting
September 21 - Feast of the 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 9 - Repose of Apostle and Evangelist John the Theologian, Memorial Saturday
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

Paulette Radock reported to the Adult Class on her attendance at a recent seminar.

Dr. Anatoli Peredera came to St. George Church on Tuesday evening. Maria Peredera is in her first year at the Air Force Academy.

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

Four people came for Adult Class last week. Join the class this week.

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. Come and learn about the Holy Gospel.

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. Invite your friends and relatives to listen with you.

Honor your Slava every year.

A Thought from +Very Reverend Radisa Purich

According to the polls religion in America is losing its influence and respect. Why? The answer is simple. We have made our religion too easy and anything made easy is no longer respected by man. How can we respect a religious which teaches us we can save our soul by making a telephone call. A religion which sells admission tickets to the kingdom of heaven for such a low price is not a religion man can respect. Christianity is a challenge, not an easy religion, and only by becoming once again a challenge can Christian religion regains its influence and respect. Our Orthodox Church teaches us that suffering is the road to holiness; the number one symbol of our Christian Faith is the cross; without the cross there is no Christianity.

( 1982 Calendar-The Serbian Orthodox Church in the United States of America and Canada. )

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

To Consider

The Holy Archangel Michael.
The Holy Archangel Gabriel
All the angels of God.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

September 11 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing purposes.
September 14 - Attended funeral of +Mildred Devich at St. Nicholas Serbian Orthodox Church, Monroeville, Pa.
September 16 - Attended meeting at Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church, Fairmont, W.Va.

Psalm 78/79:9

Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of Your name; And deliver us, and provide atonement for our sins, for your name's sake!

The Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost

Matthew 15:21-28

Then Jesus went out from there and departed to the region of Tyre and Sidon. And behold a woman of Canaan came from that region and cried out to Him, saying, "Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David! My daughter is severely demon possessed." But He answered her not a word. And His disciples came and urged Him, saying, "Send her away, for she cries out after us." But He answered and said, "I was not sent except to the lost sheep of the house of Israel." Then she came and worshipped Him, saying. "Lord, help me!" But He answered and said, "It is not good to take the children's bread and throw it to the little dogs." And she said, "Yes, Lord, yet even the little dogs eat the crumbs which fall from their master's table." Then Jesus answered and said to her, "O woman, great is your faith! Let it be to you as you desire." And her daughter was healed from that very hour.

Our relationship with the Lord God is a continuing relationship. From the time we first are conscious of God and as long as our mind continues to consciously function well, we make decisions about God. The decisions we make about God either strengthen or weaken the relationship we have with God. God continues to love us. Our decisions determine whether we continue to honor, love and direct our attention to God.

The woman in the present Gospel focused her attention upon the Lord Jesus Christ. She was resolute in purpose and in her focus. The woman came seeking mercy. She came seeking help for her demon-possessed daughter. The woman was a woman of faith. The Lord Jesus Christ recognized and acknowledged the greatness of the woman's faith. This woman of faith has become a lasting example of faith for believers of every century. The lasting power of faith is exemplified in this Gospel. Men and women of faith of every generation replicate the value of placing trust in the Lord Jesus Christ.

In every generation conscientious parents have concerns about their sons and daughters. These concerns last throughout their lives as parents have a continuous love for their sons and daughters. Sons and daughters may not always show love for their parents but they certainly benefit from and treasure being loved by their parents. The Holy Apostle Paul said: "Love never fails." (I Cor. 13:8)

The woman in the current Gospel loved her daughter to the degree that she was not going to depart from Jesus until she benefited from His mercy and the help that she was seeking for her daughter. The daughter was healed. Jesus provided the healing. The woman and the daughter had reasons to rejoice. They also had reasons to be thankful to the Lord Jesus Christ. The healing verified the value of faith placed in Christ. The healing certainly would serve as a building block and foundation for even greater faith to be placed in Christ by the mother and the healed daughter.

The healing of the daughter granted the daughter a new life and new opportunities in life. How the daughter and mother used the newness of life following the healing is not known. Current generations of believers having their prayers answered do well to think about whether they show appreciation to God for prayers answered and for healings that have occurred. Coming to God in prayer is an expectation of believers. Being grateful to God for blessings and answers to prayer is also a reasonable expectation.

The condition of the demon possessed daughter in the present Gospel was a test of the woman's faith and relationship with God. The woman could have complained she didn't deserve to have a demon-possessed daughter. She could have questioned "Why did this happen to me? " She could have felt sorry for herself and her daughter. Instead, she took the responsible action of going directly to the Lord Jesus Christ for help. This was a woman who had been informed about Jesus and believed what she had heard. The Gospel is preached in churches throughout the world every Sunday. People hearing the Gospel make decisions whether to believe and to act on the message of the Gospel. The Holy Apostle Paul told the Romans: "Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God." (Rom. 10:17)

The time between our earthly birth and our departure from this life is the time we have to live. The way we choose to live during that period will affect the way we experience eternity. The way we choose to live will affect our degree of joy or guilt during this life. The way we choose to live will affect whether we find fulfillment in life or feel uneasy and empty inside. The fruit of the Spirit are identified as: "love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control." (Gal. 5:22-23). We know if we live in ways pleasing to God and if our lives experience the fruit of the Spirit.

If the fruit of the Spirit are absent from our lives, if we experience anxiety or have a problem dealing with the stresses of life, we need to turn to the Lord Jesus Christ as did the woman in the present Gospel. We need to become men and women of faith as exemplified by the woman in the present Gospel. Demons that arise in life are defeated by faith in Christ.

The Lord Jesus Christ defeated death on the Cross. The Lord Jesus Christ is capable of defeating all evil confronting believers. Personal faith is nurtured and strengthened through the daily practice of prayer and the reading of the Holy Scriptures. Personal faith is nurtured and strengthened through attending the Divine services of the Church. Fasting makes a person more attentive of the presence of God and of the personal relationship with God. Repentance, Holy Confession and Holy Communion keep the relationship with God healthy and strong.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
September 6 / September 19, 2010
Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost.
Miracle of Archangel Michael.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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