St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 707 - July 23 / August 5, 2012

The Orthodox Faith

Chronicle of St. George Serbian Orthodox Church
296 Old Route 21
Carmichaels, Pennsylvania 15320

No. 707
July 23 / August 5, 2012
Ninth Sunday after Pentecost

Diocesan Bishop - His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN

Parish Priest - Father Rodney Torbic

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

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

Matthew 14:31

And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” (NKJV)

Recent Services
July 26
Akathist to Mother of God was read at St. George Church.
Seventeen people came to Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church for Vespers in Fairmont, W.Va.
July 27
Matins and First Hour were read.
July 28
Vespers was read.
July 29
Matins and First Hour were read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Parostos. Thirty-seven people attended. Three communicants.
Akathist to Mother of God was read.
July 30
Matins and First Hour were read. Six people came for Vespers.
Two people came for the Akathist to the Mother of God.
July 31
Matins and First Hour were read. One person was present for the Akathist to Mother of God.
Six people came for Vespers.
August 1
Matins and First Hour were read. Akathist to Mother of God was read.
One person was present for reading of Akathist to Jesus Christ.
August 2
Matins and First Hour were read.
Two people came for Divine Liturgy. One communicant.
Akathist to Mother of God was read.
August 3
Matins and First Hour were read.

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 Matins and First Hour on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday.

4:00 PM on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday

7:00 AM Divine Liturgy. Akathist to St. Panteleimon in afternoon.

Akathists and Prayers for Special Needs held on Request During the Week.

Important Dates

August 9 - St. Panteliemon. Parish Healthcare Day.
August 12 - Diocesan Day at Shadeland. Parish churches closed.
August 14 - Dormition Fast Begins
August 19 - Feast of Transfiguration
August 25 - Eastern Region KSS. Kolo Slava. Shadeland.
August 26 - St. George Kolo Slava celebrated

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

Congratulations to the newly married Mitch and Alaina Brozik. Congratulations to the parents and kumovi.

Happy Slava to St. Elijah Serbian Orthodox Church in Aliquippa. Congratulations to Slava Kuma Mim Bizic!

Congratulations to Aaron Carson for his recent employment promotion.

Register today for the Healthcare seminar on Thursday. Offer to help. Don’t miss it!

Sympathy extended to Niko and Rose Ilich, Rose’s aunt recently departed this life.

The Serb National Federation is having a membership drive. Consider joining.

If you have questions about the teachings and practices of the Church, ask the priest.

Remember the workers in mines, law-enforcement, corrections, probation and parole and firefighters, all working in dangerous occupations.

Remember the men and women serving in the military and their families.

Remember the sick, the suffering, the imprisoned, those in rehab centers, the homebound, the mentally ill, their caretakers and the institution staffs.

Pray before and after any of your undertakings.

Congratulations to Nadiah Miciotto for her drawing entry in the Fayette County Fair.

Pray at the beginning and ending of each day.

Pray throughout the day.

If you have a question about the practices or teachings of the Church, ask the priest.

Thank God each day for the blessings received.

A Thought from His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN.

Unity in Christ and in the Church also brings in and of itself moral unity. When Christ dwells in our hearts by faith(Eph.3:17), then love for Him, for the Church and for one’s neighbor also abides. This meaning that the beginning of perfection is faith, and its end is love. (Col. 3:14; I Cor. 13:1-13; Rom. 13:8).

( The Teaching of Saint Apostle Paul on the Church. Translated by Protopresbyter Stefan Zaremba. Sremski Karlovac 2001, p. 68. )

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

To Consider

The veneration of St. Panteleimon.
Miracles attributed to St. Panteleimon.
Prayers offered to St. Panteliemon

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

July 27 - Attended viewing for +Joseph Salopek.
July 27-28 - Went to Monastery Marcha in Richfield, Ohio for monastery Slava.
July 31 - Visited patient at Ruby Memorial Hospita, Morgantown, W.Va.
August 2 - Went to parishioner’s family home for Slava celebration / home blessing.

Wisdom is Solomon 7:28

For God loves nothing so much as the man who lives with wisdom…

The Ninth Sunday after Pentecost

Matthew 14:22-34

Immediately Jesus made His disciples get into the boat and go before Him to the other side, while He sent the multitudes away. And when He had sent the multitudes away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. Now when evening came, He was alone there. But the boat was now in the middle of the sea, tossed by the waves, for the wind was contrary. Now in the middle of the fourth watch of the night Jesus went to them, walking on the sea. And when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out for fear. Abut immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying: “Be of good cheer! It is I, do not be afraid.” And Peter answer Him and said, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.” So, He said, “Come,” and when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus. But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!” And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. Then those who were in the boat came and worshipped Him, saying, “Truly You are the Son of God.” When they had crossed over, they came to the land of Gennesaret.

The present Gospel points to the importance of prayer. The Lord Jesus Christ took time to go to the mountain by Himself to pray. The Lord Jesus Christ set an example for believers to follow.

Taking time to turn to the Lord Jesus Christ and pray is important. Prayer enables life to be put in perspective. Prayer is a time to listen to God to determine the proper direction life is to take.

Prayer is a way to become united with Christ and to follow Christ. Prayer is a means to focus on the life in Christ and to cling to Christ. Prayer is a way to center the self in Christ and seek to expel thoughts foreign to Christ.

The current Gospel emphasizes the importance of faith. Faith enables believers to draw near to Christ in tumultuous times. Christ provided security for the Holy Apostle Peter when doubt caused Peter to begin to sink.

Christ provides security for believers reaching out to Him when the waves of life increase in intensity. Christ provides hope when clouds arise on the horizon of life. Christ provides light when darkness begins to cloud the vision for life.

Christ satisfies the hunger of the soul. Christ fulfills actions based in faith and hope. Christ gives direction in times when certainty is needed. Restlessness is resolved when believers turn to Christ in prayer and in faith.

The present Gospel is read each year because of the timeless lessons the Gospel reveals. New learning occurs with each reading of the Gospel. Believers are different each time they hear the Gospel.

Attentiveness to the Gospel enriches the listener. Listeners change with careful listening to the Holy Gospel. The total person is impacted when the Gospel is taken to heart.

The mind and the heart work together when the Holy Gospel is appreciated. The attentive believer is strengthened by the Holy Gospel. Listeners to the Gospel change and become different.

The Holy Apostle Peter became different after Christ stretched forth His hand and saved him. Jesus’ actions led to Jesus being recognized as the Son of God. Current believers do well to think carefully about Christ, the Son of God.

Current believers do well to think of the many times Jesus saved them from calamity and danger. Current believers do well to give thanks to God for saving actions leading to a new and extended life.

Christ’s saving actions become moments of joy. Christ is eternal joy for those centering their lives in Him. An individual greatly appreciating Christ can never get enough of Christ.

A person will never know all there is to learn about Christ. A person will never exhaust the ability to live in Christ and to grow in Christ. Every moment of life can be devoted to Christ and benefits will continue to accrue.

The present Gospel shows that a person will begin to sink when faith in Christ weakens. This is a lesson to be learned by all believers. Vigilance in faith is necessary to prevent devastation to the soul.

Jesus told the disciples to be of good cheer when He approached them. Christ is to be cheerfully welcomed into our lives at every moment of life. When Christ is first and foremost in life, life takes shape pleasing to God.

Christ enables believers to overcome temptations and situations perilous to the soul. Vigilance is always necessary to avoid laxity of care and the dangers of pride.

The present Gospel speaks about the water of the sea. Believers take on the Christian identity in the baptismal waters. Believers are renewed each year at Theophany with the blessing of water.

Water has life-giving qualities when approached from the Christian perspective. Individuals lacking in faith and living consciously in sin can drown in perilous waters.

Christ provides the firmness necessary for building a solid and secure life. Christ provides the foundation, the goal and the nourishment for life everlasting. Listening and learning from the present Gospel enables Christian growth.

Stagnation and laxity are perilous for the Christian. Regular prayer keeps the person united with Christ and open to learning. The Holy Gospel is a source of constant learning for Christian renewal.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
July 23 / August 5, 2012
Ninth Sunday after Pentecost.
Holy Martyrs Trophimus and Theophilus

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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