It is with great pride and happiness that through God’s help, through the
protection of St. George, the Great Martyr and through the efforts of the Church
Board and parishioners, we are visibly marking our twentieth anniversary with the
renovation of our church, which looks like new both in the interior and exterior,
as does also the parish home.
Twentieth Anniversary Booklet of St. George Church, Carmichaels.
Remember the Students at St. Sava School of Theology, Libertyville, Illinois
---The Cross has a part in each Christian’s life.
---The Cross came before the Resurrection.
---The Cross and Resurrection are guides for daily life.
Recent Activities of Parish Priest
September 23 - Went to Morgantown for printing purpose
and with intention to visit parishioner.
September 28 - Went to Morgantown for printing purpose.
Happy are the people whose God is the Lord!
Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost
For the kingdom of heaven is like a man traveling to a far country, who called his own
servants and delivered his goods to them. And to one he gave five talents to another two,
and to another one, to each according to his own ability; and immediately he went on a
journey. Then he who had received the five talents went and traded with them, and made
another five talents. And likewise he who had received two gained two more also.
But he who received one went and dug in the ground, and hid his lord’s money.
After a long time the lord of those servants came and settled accounts with them.
So he who had received five talents came and brought five other talents, saying,
‘Lord, you delivered to me five talents; look, I have gained five more talents besides
them.’ His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful
over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your
lord.’ He also who had received two talents came and said, ’Lord you delivered to me
two talents; look, I have gained two more talents besides them.’ His Lord said to him,
‘Well done, good and faithful servant; You have been faithful over a few things,
I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’ Then he
who had received the one talent came and said, ‘Lord, I knew you had to be a hard man,
reaping where you have not sown, and gathering where you have not scatted seed.
And I was afraid, and went and hid your talent in the ground. Look, there you have
what is yours.’ But his lord answered and said to him, ’You wicked and lazy servant,
you knew that I reap where I have not sown, and gather where I have not scattered seed.
So you ought to have deposited my money with the bankers, and at my coming I would have
received back my own with interest. Therefore take the talent from him, and give it to
him who has ten talents. For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have
abundance; but from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away. And cast
the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
Sunday after the Elevation of the Precious and Life-giving Cross
When He had called the people to Himself, with His disciples, also, He said to them,
“Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and
follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his
life for My sake and the gospels, will save it. For what will it profit a man if he
gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange
for his soul? For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful
generation, of him the Son of Man also will be ashamed when He comes in the glory of
His Father, with the holy angels.” And He said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you that
there are some standing here who will not taste death till they see the kingdom of
God present with power.
Care of the soul is of primary importance. The Gospel of St. Mark 8:36 describes
the soul as having greater value than the whole world. How many individuals view the
soul with such great value? How many individuals pursue personal gains without benefit
of considering the soul and perhaps even sacrificing the soul in the process?
How many individuals compromise their soul through unethical practices? How many
individuals aware of the presence of God still go about their daily business with
little or no thought to living God-pleasing lives? Each person is accountable for
his or her personal soul. Each person does well to always be mindful of his or her own soul.
The Lord Jesus Christ said: “Why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye,
but do not consider the plank in your own eye?”
Each person has sufficient work to do on his or her own self. Every person is a sinner
and needs to consciously and consistently struggle for salvation and against sin.
The Lord Jesus Christ is very clear in the Gospel of St. Matthew that individuals
are to use their talents from God in beneficial ways. Talents from God are to be developed.
Talents from God are multiplied when used as God would have them used.
Daily life may bring unexpected difficulties. Daily life brings twenty four hours each
day. Each day only comes once and will not be repeated. The way a person addresses daily
life and puts his or her talents to work reveals the depths of the person’s faith in and
love for God.
Believers do well to give conscious thought of the best ways to use talents given
by God. Believers do well to always express thanks to God for talents given. Thanks to
God is demonstrated most specifically in the way a person uses his or her talents.
The Cross of Christ has a central part in every Christian’s life even in the use of
talents. Individuals must reject and die to sin if talents are to be put toward Godly
purposes. Opportunities for personal advancement due to the use of personal talents must
always be weighed against the standards of God. Such opportunities may not always be
consistent with the Christian life and the person may have to reject them in order to
live in God-pleasing ways. A person must be able to discern between the ways of God and
the ways of evil.
Personal decisions determine if a person holds true to following Christ in the use
of personal talents. The poor widow that gave all she had has been remembered through
the centuries because of her example. She did not act out of desire for personal glory
but out of the most noblest of desires.
God knows the contents of the heart. God knows the person’s must fundamental motivations.
Staying close to Christ, constantly seeking and maintaining unity with Christ is
the best way to ensure talents are developed and applied in ways pleasing to Christ.
When Christ is the Guide, the Goal and Standard for the use of talents, the person
is on the surest of grounds and the safest of roadways.
God tells each person in a unique and personal way whether the person is using
talents in God-pleasing ways. Sooner or later each person will experience the words:
“Well done good and faithful servant” or “You wicked and lazy servant!”
Time is limited and of the essence for each person. Each person does well to be
serious about Christ and unity with Christ. Each person does well to follow Christ and
apply all God-given talents to the way of Christ.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
September 19 / October 2, 2011
Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost.
Sunday after the Elevation of the Precious Cross.
Fr. Rodney Torbic
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