St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 762 - August 12 / August 25, 2013

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 762
August 12 / August 25, 2013
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.

Hebrews 11:30

By faith the walls of Jericho fell down, after they were compassed about seven days.

Recent Services
August 18
Matins and First Hour were read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Eight communicants. Thirty-seven people attended Divine Liturgy.
Vespers was read.
August 19
Matins and First Hour were read.
Nine people came for Divine Liturgy. One communicant.
August 20
Matins and First Hour were read.
Three people came for the Akathist to the Dormition of the Mother of God.
August 21
Matins was read
August 22
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 on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday.

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

6:30 PM Akathist followed by Adult Class.

8:00 AM Divine Liturgy, Feast of Dormition.

Akathists and Prayers for Special Needs held on request during the week.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

August 28 - Dormition of the Mother of God
September 1 - St. George Kolo will celebrate the Kolo Slava. Covered dish dinner and program. Plan to attend, participate and help.
September 7 - St. Nikodim Chapel Slava, Diocesan Residence Mars, Pa. Plan to attend.
September 11 - Beheading of St. John the Baptist
September 14 - Ecclesiastical New Year
September 21 - Feast of Nativity of the Mother of God
September 27 - Exaltation of the Honorable Cross
September 30 - Sts. Faith, Hope and Charity and their Mother Sophia, Martyrs.
October 5 - Memorial Saturday
October 6 - Conception of St. John the Forerunner and Baptist.
October 9 - St. John the Theologian, Apostle and Evangelist
October 14 - Protection of the Most Holy Theotokos
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

Congratulations to Luann Yancich Ljubic, recently having received a Master’s in Business Administration while living in Houston, Texas. She was here this week.

Proto Dragoljub Malich recently spoke highly of a new book by Mary Ann (Mirjana) Popovich of McKeesport, Pa. titled The Perfect Gift.

Mildred Bezjak, Felicia Williamson and Dr. Ezekiel Olagoke came to class on Tuesday. Class again this Tuesday.

Protinica Mirjana and Marta Majstorovic visited the parish last Sunday. They were here from St. Sava Church, New York City where Very Rev. Djokan Majstorovic is the priest.

Col. Richard and Diane Rogish Tanner visited St. George Church last Sunday.

Plan to attend the Kolo Slava celebration next Sunday

Attend the Divine Liturgy this Wednesday.

Remember the workers in the mines, law-enforcement, corrections, probation and parole, 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 institution staffs.

Make sure you have an Orthodox Study Bible in your home. Read it regularly.

Make sure you have an icon of your Slava (patronal saint/feast) in your home.

Bring a friend or relative to church when you come.

Honor the Dormition Fast

Be attentive to the calendar of the Church each day and benefit from it.

If you need prayers for particular needs or want your home blessed, ask the priest.

From the Holy Apostle Paul to the Corinthians (I Cor. 15:20)

But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the first fruits of them that slept.

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

To Consider

The Cross and the Resurrection are important throughout life.
The Transfiguration is important throughout life.
Our minds do well to ponder regularly, the Transfiguration, the Cross and Resurrection.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

August 17 - Went to Diocesan Council meeting at the Episcopal Residence, Mars, Pa.
August 20 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing purposes.
August 21 - Went to Episcopal Residence in Mars, Pa.

A Thought from Mirjana (Mary Ann) Popovich

One person can make a difference. One person always makes a difference. Love God first and make a difference. Humility is the foundation of the loving heart. The person who is able to humble himself will be elevated. With God, the giver is more precious than the gift. The gift is in the giver, not the gift.

( The Perfect Gift. St. Stephen Serbian Orthodox Church, Lackawanna, New York, Wisdom Within Publishing, Columbus, Ohio, 2013 )

The Ninth Sunday after Pentecost

Matthew 14:22-34

And straightway Jesus constrained His disciples to get into a ship, and to go before Him unto the other side, while He sent the multitudes away. And when He had sent the multitudes away, He went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, He was there alone. But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary. And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea. And when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear. But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid. And Peter answered Him and said, Lord, if it be Thou, bid me come unto Thee on the water. And He said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt? And when they were come into the ship, the wind ceased. Then they that were in the ship came and worshipped Him, saying, Of a truth thou art the Son of God. And when they were gone over, they came into the land of Gennesaret.

The present Gospel states the Lord Jesus Christ took time to be alone and to pray. The Lord Jesus Christ set an example for believers. Being alone with God in deep prayer deserves to be a regular practice of Christians.

The Lord Jesus Christ said: “But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.” (Mt. 6:6)

Take time to invest daily in serious prayer. Consider serious daily prayer an investment in the Kingdom of God. Treat the time invested in prayer as a very important investment. Hold to the practice of serious daily prayer without fail.

Bring to God in prayer matters of great importance. Heed the words of Elder Paisios of the Holy Mountain when he said: “We must not act like children and constantly ask God for minor things. When we are asking for something, which can be humanly accomplished, we must try, as much as we can, to do it ourselves.” 1

Believers have a responsibility to exert themselves in faith for the benefit of growth in Christ. The Holy Apostle Peter put forth a certain effort in faith in walking to Jesus on the water. Peter began to doubt and he put his life in danger.

Believers benefit by remaining firm in faith in all circumstances. Abraham set a lasting example of faith when he listened to God and took his only son Isaac to be sacrificed. (Gen. 22:1-14)

Holy Prophet Elijah showed his firmness of faith in God in the contest with the prophets of Baal on Mount Carmel. Elijah’s faith in God prevailed and the people declared: “The Lord, He is the God! The Lord, He is the God.” (I Kings 18:19-39)

The Lord did not did not disappoint Abraham. The Lord was attentive to the prayers of the Prophet Elijah. The Lord did not turn a deaf ear to the plea from the Holy Apostle Peter to save him.

Regular daily prayer is a major undertaking. Prayer involves being attentive to the presence of God and the attention of God. Prayer involves a reaching out to God. Prayer is an act of trust, expectation and faith.

Serious prayer is a reaching out to God from within the depths of the person. The act of prayer affects the person. The consciousness of the person is at work in prayer. Hope has a place in prayer.

The expectation that God listens to prayer accompanies prayers of faith. Praying is evidence of the person’s views and relationship with God. Praying is a declarative act of faith.

The Holy Apostle Peter stepped out in faith on the water. He began to draw near to Jesus. Peters’ experience on the water is an important lesson of remaining firm in faith when the winds of life blow in boisterous ways.

The Lord Jesus Christ has control over the winds. The Lord Jesus Christ has control over the waves of life. The Lord Jesus has the power to save individuals threatened by external circumstances. Jesus saved Peter from drowning.

Jesus heeded Peter’s plea to save him. When faced with seemingly overwhelming circumstances in life, reach out to Christ in the firmness of faith. Abraham learned that God can save a life when saving a life seems unlikely.

Elijah demonstrated that it is not the number of opponents that a person faces that makes a difference. Elijah was outnumbered. Elijah demonstrated that it is a matter of standing for God against the odds.

Peter learned that Jesus could walk on water. Peter learned Jesus could save him if he made a desperate plea before drowning. The lesson of hope is declared in the experiences of Abraham, Elijah and Peter.

At times, the daily news headlines can portray events of gloom in many different places. Today’s Gospel is a message of faith and hope. The Lord Jesus Christ is always a message of faith and hope.

The world was dark when Jesus was on the Cross. The Resurrected Christ is associated with the light shining out of the darkness. The disciples ascending Mt. Tabor with Jesus were treated to seeing Him as dazzling light. (Mt. 17:2)

Today and every day are occasions to remain firm in hope and faith in Christ. Today and every day are occasions to remain firm in love. God loves us and does not abandon us when circumstance seem dire.

The present Gospel and every Gospel account reveal and attest to the abiding love of God.

1 Priestmonk Christodoulous. Elder Paisios of the Holy Mountain. Translators include Fr. Nicholas Palis, Father Nikolaos Hatzinikiolaou, and with others. Holy Mountain, 1998, p. 80.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
August 12 / August 25, 2013
The Ninth Sunday after Pentecost.
Sts. Phoitius, Anicetus and Companions, Martyrs.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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