St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 786 - January 27 / February 9, 2014

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 786
January 27 / February 9, 2014
Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee

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.

Romans 4:20
He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God;

Recent Services
January 31
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
Vespers was read.
February 1
Midnight Office was read.
February 2
Matins was read.
Third and Sixth Hour were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Twenty-eight people came for Divine Liturgy
February 3
Matins was read.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
Vespers was read
February 4
Matins was read.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
Vespers was read
February 5
Matins was read.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
February 6
Matins was read. Akathist for the Departed was read.
One person came for the Akathist to Jesus Christ and Akathist of the Icon of the Mother of God, Unexpected Joy.
February 7
The complete Gospel of St. Mark was read.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
Two people came for Vespers.
February 8
Midnight Office was read.

Services This Coming Week. Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Third and Sixth Hours followed by Divine Liturgy

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

3:30 PM Akathist followed by Adult Class.

Akathists, Prayers for Special Needs and home blessings scheduled on request

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

Today, February 9 - Translation of Relics of St. John Chrysostom. Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee
February 12 - Synaxis of Three Holy Hierarchs. Divine Liturgy at 8:00 AM.
February 14 - St. Tryphon
February 15 - Presentation of the Lord. (Divine Liturgy will not be served.)
February 16 - Sunday of the Prodigal Son
February 23 - Meatfare Sunday
February 28-March 1 - Diocesan Assembly, Monroeville
March 2 - Cheese-fare Sunday. Forgiveness Vespers.
March 3 - Beginning of Great Lent

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

Sympathy extended to the family, friends and coworkers of Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole hearing examiner +Steve Keller recently departed this life.

Sympathy extended to the family and friends of +Diane (Belch) McCarthy recently departed this life.

Sympathy extended to the family and friends of +Shirley Rogish recently departed this life.

Welcome to Dr. Richard (Romanos) Pierce into the Orthodox Church.

Travis and Kathleen Waters of Glen Mills, Pennsylvania took time to come to St. George Church this week.

Thank you to our neighbors, the state highway workers. They have been working hard and continuously this winter to keep the roads clean and safe.

Plan to attend Adult Class on Thursday following the Akathist at 3:30 PM.

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 the families.

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

If you have a question about the teachings or services of the Church or want your home blessed, ask the priest.

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

To Consider

The Sundays leading to Great Lent.
The orderliness of the liturgical life of the Church.
The nourishing content of the daily services of the Church.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

January 31 - Went to Morgantown,W.Va. for printing purposes.
February 1 - Went to Diocesan Center, Mars, Pa. for Diocesan Council meeting.
February 7 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing purposes.
February 7 - Went to Uniontown to pay respects to the family of +Shirley Rogish.

A Thought from His Grace Bishop Dr.MITROPHAN.

Every member of the Church works on the growth of the Body of Christ, and this can be done only if one first builds the Church of God and a place of love for his neighbor in himself. Not only that, one must also work on oneís own growth. From the beginning and until the end of his life, man is a collaborator with God. The Divine synergism will not cease even in the next life. An example of such Theandric cooperation is given in the Lord Jesus Christ. Synergism is given in the Church and through the Church.

( The Teachings of Saint Apostle Paul on the Church. Translation Protopresbyter Stefan Zaremba. 2001, p. 59. )

The Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee

Luke 18:10-14

Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess. And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.

Each believer benefits from the example of the publican in the current Gospel. Both men went to the church to pray. The publican was recognized for his humility.

Believers do well to personally examine the way the draw near to God. Believers benefit from coming to God with full recognition of personal sin. Believers do well to draw near to God earnestly seeking Godís mercy.

The Pharisee had an exalted opinion of himself. The Pharisee considered himself as better than others. The current Gospel teaches the erroneous thinking of the Pharisee.

The way a person prays reflects the inner feelings and thoughts of the person. The way a person prays is shaped by the personís opinion of the self and of God. The way a person prays affects the results of the prayer.

A personís understanding of God is limited. Godís love and mercy are far more encompassing than a believer can ever measure. Believers benefit when drawing near to God seeking mercy for personal sinfulness.

The two men went to the temple to pray. The men had different approaches to prayer. They had distinctly different understandings of God and themselves. The way the men prayed revealed their understanding of God and of themselves.

Individuals come to churches for different reasons. Individuals approach God in parish churches with different motivations and understanding of God. Not everyone comes to a parish church sincerely interested in growing in Christ.

Not everyone comes to a parish church seeking to put sin behind and put Christ foremost in the heart and mind. Sinners sincerely interested in repentance and drawing near to Christ will find joy, peace and fulfillment.

Sinners sincerely repenting experience the love and forgiveness of Christ. The heart and mind determine the sincerity of a personís love for God. The heart and mind determine the personís willingness and faithfulness to follow Christ.

The Church is moving toward Great Lent. Concern and care for the soul are to increase with each moment of time. A personís interest in Christ is verified with conscious decisions made at each moment of time.

The use of time determines a personís primary interest. The use of time determines the direction of a personís life. Not all roads lead to the kingdom of God. Not all decisions take a person in the direction of Godí Kingdom.

Believers have more to learn from and about God than is readily comprehended. Believers have more personal sins than is readily recognized. Believers benefit from additional education to learn the degree of personal sin.

The publican felt deeply about his personal sins. The Pharisee was very involved with self-praise. The Pharisee held a view of himself that caused him to view others as less worthy.

The current Gospel lesson intends personal change among believers. Believers are expected to the leave the church being more unified with Christ than when having entered.

The present Gospel is cause for believers to examine personal attitudes toward God. Personal prayer and the understanding of God deserve the believerís continued reassessment.

Believers do well to reflect on the depth of personal love for God and neighbor. Believers do well to identify personal sin and fiercely battle to reject it. Constant nourishment from God is necessary to battle against sin.

Willingness to listen to God and draw near is vital in the battle against sin. Individuals do not know the length of earthly life. Individuals do not know the moment when Christ will return. Every moment of life needs to be used wisely.

Time in Church offers the opportunity to repent and confess sins. Time in church is the opportune time to fully embrace Christ. The church services nourish and strengthen believers. Holy Communion offers unity with Christ.

Prayer is a way to experience unity with Christ. Listening to the Holy Gospel is a way to be nourished by Christ. Reading the Holy Gospel increases unity with Christ.

The present Gospel has enduring value. The present Gospel offers newness in Christ for individuals attentive to the content. When the mind and heart are open to the Gospel, the person will experience growth in Christ.

The Pharisee in the current Gospel did not show an interest in further learning. The Pharisee did not demonstrate an interest in seeking to learn more about the ways of God.

The publican clearly knew he needed to change. The publican knew he was dependent on God for mercy. The publican realized change was necessary in his life. He wanted God to make a difference in his life.

Each of us faces questions at each moment of time. Do we want to draw near to Christ? Do we want to withdraw from the ways of Christ? Do we seek mercy? Do we justify ourselves while holding demeaning views of others?

Are we more like the Pharisee? Are we like the publican? Do we really want to be more like Christ? The decisions we make reveal our true interests and love.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
January 27 / February 9, 2014
Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee
Translation of Relics of St. John Chrysostom

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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