St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 712 - August 27 / September 9, 2012

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 712
August 27 / September 9, 2012
Synaxis of Serbian Saints

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.

Philemon 1:4-6

I thank my God, making mention of you always in my prayers, hearing of your love and faith which you have toward the Lord Jesus and toward all the saints, that the sharing of your faith may become effective by the acknowledgement of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus.

Recent Services
August 29
Vespers was read.
August 30
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
August 31
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
One person came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
September 1
Matins and First Hour were read at St. George Church.
Third and Sixth Hours were read at Holy Trinity Church in Fairmont,W.Va. where twelve people attended Divine Liturgy. Two communicants.
Five people came to St. George Church where Ninth Hour and Great Vespers were held.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
One grave was blessed.
September 2
Matins and First Hour were read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy,
Blessing of Slava Kolach and Koljivo. Very Rev. Lt. Col. Adam Yonitch came to serve and gave the sermon for the Kolo Slava.
September 3
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
Vespers was read.
September 4
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
Five people came for the Akathist to the Dormition of the Mother of God.
September 5
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to Mother of God was read.
One person came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
September 6
Matins was read.

Services This Coming Week. Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

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

No weekday services this week. No Adult Class this week.

4:00 PM Vespers (Call to confirm)

Akathist and Prayers for Special Needs Held on Request During the Week

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

Today, September 9 - Synaxis of Serbian Saints
September 11 - Beheading of St. John the Baptist
September 14 - Beginning of the Ecclesiastical Year
September 21 - Nativity of the Theotokos
September 27 - Elevation of the Precious and Life-giving Cross

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

Dr. Andrei Popa from Bakersfield, California always takes time to visit St. George Church when he is in the area.

Five people came to Adult Class on Tuesday. Next class is September 18.

Father Dragoljub Malich is planning a group to the Holy Land in October. See bulletin board for details if you want to go on the trip.

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.

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

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

A number of trees bordering the St. George Church property were removed this week as part the construction work for the new bridge being built nearby.

Traffic patterns change almost daily on nearby Rt. 21 due to construction work underway on the bridge. At times the traffic patterns are confusing and dangerous.

Thank God for the parishioners and friends of St. George Church.

A Thought from St. NIKOLAI (Velimirovich)

The people felt in Sava’s person a true friend and shepherd. They readily believed and obeyed him because they saw him doing what he was teaching. “The people were fed by his words as by honey.’ They loved his simplicity and his sincerity. For he went among the plain people with simplicity as one of them and yet with unobtrusive superiority of an apostle. Moreover God confirmed him as His own messenger by many miracles he wrought healing the sick by prayers.

( The Life of St. Sava. St. Vladimir’s Serminary Press, Crestwood, New York, 1989, p. 56. )

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

To Consider

The newness of life each day.
The value of repenting each day.
The joy of the life in Christ each day.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

August 30 - Traveled by bus to support United Mine Workers from Fairmont, W.Va to UMWA meeting in Charleston, W.Va.
September 1 - Served Divine Liturgy in Fairmont, W.Va. at Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church.

From the Wisdom of Solomon 19:22 (SAAS)

For in everything, O Lord, You have exalted and glorified Your people, and have not neglected to be present with them in every time and place.

The Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Matthew 22:1-14

And Jesus answered and spoke to them again by parables and said: “The kingdom of heaven is like a certain king who arranged a marriage for his son, and sent out his servants to call those who were invited to the wedding; and they were not willing to come. Again he sent out other servants, saying, “Tell those who are invited, ‘See, I have prepared my dinner; my oxen, and fatted cattle are killed, and all things are ready. Come to the wedding.’” But they made light of it and went their ways, one to his own farm, another to his business. And the rest seized his servants, treated them spitefully, and killed them. But when the king heard about it, he was furious. And he sent out his armies, destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city. Then he said to his servants, “The wedding is ready, but those who were invited are not worthy. Therefore go into the highways, and as many as you find, invite to the wedding.” So those servants went out into the highways and gathered together all whom they found, both bad and good. And the wedding hall was filled with guests. But when the king came in to see the guests, he saw a man there who did not have on a wedding garment. So he said to him, “Friend, how did you come in here without a wedding garment?” And he was speechless. Then the king said to the servants, “ Bind him hand and foot, take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there will be weeping gnashing of teeth.” For many are called, but few are chosen.

Synaxis of Serbian Saints

Matthew 5:14-19

You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven. Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law until all is fulfilled. Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

The Lord Jesus Christ welcomes believers to follow Him at every moment of every day. Some individuals accept the opportunity to follow Christ and joyfully enter the baptismal fount. Some individuals remain true to Christ throughout life.

The invitation to follow Christ requires renewal at every moment of every day. Too often individuals decline the invitation and turn their attention elsewhere. The desire to follow Christ may increase in times of danger or stress.

Christ offers the most incomparable banquet at each Divine Liturgy. He offers the opportunity to partake of His Precious Body and Blood. Relatively few believers choose to accept the invitation with regularity.

Relatively few individuals choose to follow Christ with great degrees of seriousness. The Church provides a structure for believers to utilize and adhere to as a means of being united with Christ and growing in Christ.

A small percent of believers actively participate in the life of the Church on a daily basis. A small percent of believers adhere to the fasts throughout the year. A small percent of believers celebrate the major feasts throughout the year.

Individuals choosing to live the life of Christ each day throughout the year benefit greatly from their commitment. They are strengthened in faith. They are nourished by Christ. They benefit from the prayers of intercessors.

Each believer benefits from turning to the Lord God and seeking assistance in being a more faithful believer and follower. Each believer benefits from an increased commitment to Christ. Each believer can draw closer to Christ.

Saying “yes” to the invitations of Christ throughout the day, every day for the remaining days of life is an overwhelming undertaking. Repentance and forgiveness are necessary for the times when believers fall short.

Repentance and forgiveness are necessary when choices have been made to decline to the follow the ways of Christ. Only by drawing near to Christ can believers be firmly united with Him.

Only by being nourished by Christ can believers become more Christ-like and become transformed by Christ. Only by repudiating ways of sin and embracing Christ can believers take great care of their souls.

The narrow way leading to eternal life offers promise for believers disciplined in faith and deeply concerned about their relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. (Mt. 7:13,14)

A person cannot live with reckless abandon and hope to enter into the Kingdom of God. A person cannot go through life turning down invitations from Christ and hope to be welcomed by Christ at the final judgment.

With the passing of each day, the return of Christ and the final judgment draws closer. Christ continues to invite individuals to draw near to Him. At some point, Christ will return and the invitations will no longer be extended.

At the time of Christ’s Second Coming, the final judgment will take place. Each person will face judgment. Individuals ending their lives having embraced Christ can look forward to better results than individuals rejecting Christ.

Each day is full of opportunities to live in Christ and be united with Christ. Each day is full of opportunities to be nourished by Christ through prayer, through Divine services, and through attentiveness to the Holy Gospel.

Being a Christian carries the expectation and responsibility of making conscious use of the mind, the heart and the body to live in Christ, to give glory to Christ and to share the love of Christ.

Believers will never exhaust all the different opportunities to live in Christ and to follow the path of Christ. Sufficient opportunities exist for each person to grow beyond human expectation to the fullest potential in Christ.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
August 27 / September 9, 2012
Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost.
Synaxis of Serbian Saints.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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