St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 654 - July 18 / July 31, 2011

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

Phone 724-966-7428
Phone/Fax 724-966-7780
Cellular Phone 412-860-0944

No. 654
July 18 / July 31, 2011
Seventh Sunday after Pentecost

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

Hebrews 12:1

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the Cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.

Recent Services
July 24
Matins and First Hour were read.
Third and Sixth Hour were read followed by the Divine Liturgy. Twenty-nine people attended Divine Liturgy. Two communicants.
July 26
Matins and First Hour were read.
Two people came for the Akathist to the Mother of God, Joy of All Who Sorrow.
July 27
Matins and First Hour were read
July 28
Matins and First Hour were read
Vespers was read
July 29
One person came for Matins and First Hour.

Services This Coming Week. Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

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

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

4:00 PM Vespers on Monday, Thursday, Friday.

6:30 PM Akathist followed by Ad ult Class.

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

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

August 2 - St. Elijah
August 7 - Diocesan Day, Shadeland, St. George Church will be closed.
August 12 - Venerable Mother Angelina of Serbia
August 9 - St. Panteleimon, Healthcare Day Seminar
August 12 - Venerable Mother Angelina of Serbia
August 14 - Beginning of Dormition Fast
August 19 - Feast of Transfiguration
August 28 - Dormition of the Mother of God, St. George Kolo Slava
September 11 - Beheading of St. John the Baptist

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

Sign up in the church hall if you want to go by van to the Diocesan Day celebration on August 7, 2011.

The Fifth Annual Healthcare Seminar will focus on “Drug and Alcohol Abuse-Impact on Families and Individuals.” The seminar is scheduled for August 9, 2011. Plan to attend and help. Sign up today to attend.

Congratulations to Mike Dephilips recently promoted to Major in the U.S.Army reserves.

Three people attended class this past week. Adult Class again this week on Wednesday. Come and learn from St. Nikolai (Velimirovic).

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.

Celebrate your Slava every year.

Tell your friends and neighbors about the parish radio broadcast on the Uniontown station and internet.

A Thought from Protopresbyter Stephen Zaremba

We have come, brothers and sisters, to the tenth and last commandment which God gave to the Prophet Mosses on Mt. SInai. The first nine commandments taught us what to or what we dare not do. But the tenth goes further and teaches us to keep watch over the desires of our heart.A man's heart is a treasury and the type of treasure gathered in that treasury depends upon the desire of each person's heart. He who desires good gathers a good treasure, and he who desires evil gathers an evil treasure. Each of us has the power to choose what he wants, for God has given us a great gift, the gift of a free will. How are we to recognize what is beneficial to desire and what is harmful? God shows us what is good for He alone is Good. He gives us commandments that we may know what is good. Whoever chooses to keep the commandments of God knows what is good and he chooses to disobey the commandments of God knows what is evil.

( From a recent sermon in St. Petersburg, Florida. )

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

To Consider

The influence of the Ecumenical Councils.
The standards set by the Ecumenical Councils.
The lasting effects of the Ecumenical Councils.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

July 25 - Went to Monongahela Hospital while parishioner had surgery. Visited parishioner in Uniontown. Visted parishioner in McGee Hospital in Pittsburgh. Went to Morgantown for printing purposes.
July 27 - Visited patient in Mon General Hospital in Morgantown, W.Va. Visited parishioner in Uniontown.

Psalm 129/130:2

Lord hear my voice! Let Your ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications.

Seventh Sunday after Pentecost

Matthew 9:27-35

When Jesus departed from there, two blind men followed Him, crying out and saying, “Son of David, have mercy on us!” And when He had come into the house, the blind men came to Him. And Jesus said to them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” They said to Him, “Yes, Lord.” Then He touched their eyes, saying, “According to your faith let it be to you.” And their eyes were opened. And Jesus sternly warned them, saying, “See that no one knows it.” But when they had departed, they spread the news about Him in all that country. As they went out, behold they brought to Him a man, mute and demon-possessed. And when the demon was cast out, the mute spoke. And the multitudes marveled, saying, “It was never seen like this in Israel!” But the Pharisees said, “He casts out demons by the ruler of the demons.” Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.

Holy Fathers of the First Six Ecumenical Council

John 17:1-13

Jesus spoke these words, lifted up His eyes to heaven, and said: "Father, the hour has come. Glorify Your Son, that Your Son also may glorify You, as You have given Him authority over all flesh, that He should give eternal life to as many as You have given Him. And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. I have glorified You on the earth. I have finished the work which You have given Me to do. And now, O Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was. I have manifested Your name to the men whom You have given Me out of the world. They were Yours, You gave them to Me, and they have kept Your word. Now they have known that all things which You have given Me are from You. For I have given to them the words which You have given Me; and they have received them and have known surely that I came forth from You; and they have believed that You sent Me. I pray for them. I do not pray for the world but for those whom You have given Me, for they are Yours. And all Mine are Yours, and Yours are Mine, and I am glorified in them. Now I am no longer in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to You. Holy Father, keep through Your name those whom You have given Me, that they may be one as We are. While I was with them in the world, I kept them in Your name. Those whom You gave Me I have kept; and none of them is lost except the son of perdition, that the Scripture might be fulfilled. But now I come to You, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have My joy fulfilled in themselves.

We gather today in God’s Holy Church to worship and give thanks to God. We come seeking unity with the Lord Jesus Christ. We come seeking eternal life. We come seeking to experience the Kingdom of God. Repentance is a necessary part of our Christian lives. Holy Confession is a necessary part of our Christian lives.

Joy is found in partaking of the Precious Body and Blood of Christ. Joy is experienced in listening to the Holy Gospel. We experience God in the Church. The Divine Liturgy transforms lives. Each Divine Liturgy is the same. Each Divine Liturgy is different. Each time we enter a church we are different. Hopefully each time when we exit the church after worship, we are better than when we entered.

Being attentive in church is essential if we are to fully benefit. Savoring the words of the service including the Gospel benefits the soul. Our mind does well when it focuses on the content of the service. Our mind does well when the Holy Gospel is carefully considered.

Today’s Gospel of St. Matthew is a lesson in the healing power of God. Strong faith has a part in the healing process. The Holy Scriptures serve to nourish our faith. Nourishing our faith, nourishing our soul, deserves priority in our lives. Each person determines personal priorities. Seeking first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness are primary teachings of Christ (Mt. 6:33).

The goals we set in life affects where we will spend eternity. The love we have for Christ is reflected in the way we utilize the time of life. The amount of time we devote to God in daily life influences the shape and direction of our lives.

We cannot expect to experience the fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22) if we live in ways contrary to God. We can not expect to experience eternal life if consciously and repeatedly engage in sinful activities.

We must think about the atmosphere in our homes. Do our homes have the atmosphere of a small church? Are the images in our homes, on our computers, and on our television screens consistent with the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ? Does our attitude toward life reflect a faith in Christ that will foster the healing of our souls? Are the words that flow from our mouth said in love and with peace in mind?

Do we engage in behavior that is less than healthy for ourselves and for others? Do we reflect the love of Christ in our relationships with others? Are we blind to the presence of Christ in our daily lives? Do we fail in our understanding the Holy Gospel?

Are there times it is better that we remain silent rather than to spew words that are harmful to others and to ourselves? The present Gospel readings summon us to think about the Lord Jesus Christ. We do well to think about the Lord Jesus Christ throughout the day and night. We do well to have the name of the Lord Jesus Christ in our heart and on our lips throughout the day.

Jesus enabled the blind men to have their sight. He enabled the mute man to speak and be free of the demon that possessed him. The Lord Jesus Christ can give us a new view of the world. He can help us to speak words of peace and love. He can give us peace in our hearts and in our minds.

Let us marvel at the Lord God. Let us be forever grateful to the Lord God. May our hearts be filled with love for God. May our mouths confess the miracles of Christ and teachings of Christ. May we seek first His Kingdom and His righteousness.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
July 18 / July 31, 2011
Seventh Sunday after Pentecost.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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