St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 787 - February 3 / February 16, 2014

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 787
February 3 / February 16, 2014
Sunday of the Prodigal Son

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
February 8
Midnight Office was read.
Third and Sixth Hour were read at Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. followed by Divine Liturgy. Eleven people attended. Four communicants.
One person came to St. George Church for Great Vespers.
February 9
Matins was read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Twenty-one people attended. One communicant.
Akathist to Mother of God was read.
February 10
Matins was read.
February 12
Matins was read.
One person came for Divine Liturgy
February 13
Matins was read.
Three people came to Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. for the Akathist to the Mother of God.

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

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
March 7 - 8:00 AM Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts
March 8 - Theodore Saturday
March 8 - Vespers for Sunday of Orthodoxy to be held in a Mon Valley Orthodox Church. Location to be announced.
March 9 - Sunday of Orthodoxy
March 12 - 8:00 AM Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts

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 and friends of Harry Mike Bozick recently departed this life.

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

One listener to the parish Christmas radio broadcast recently wrote to say the broadcast made her day and that the St. George Choir sounded beautiful.

A mother recently was happy to say her soon to be five year old daughter learned about Zacchaeus when listening to the St. George radio broadcast.

Do you take time to listen to the St. George radio broadcast each Sunday or on the parish website during the week?

Do you tell your friends and family members to listen to the parish radio broadcast?

When is the last time you invited a friend or family member to attend church?

Do you share the parish bulletin with others that might be interested?

When is the last time you came to church on a weekday?

When is the last time you came to Confession and prepared for Communion?

Do you spend each day getting ready for the return of the Lord Jesus Christ?

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 joy experienced upon the return of the Prodigal Son.
The love of the father for his returning son.
The love the returning prodigal son experienced when he returned home

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

February 8 - Went to Fairmont, W.Va for Divine Liturgy..
February 10-11 - Went to St. Stephen Serbian Orthodox Church in Lackawanna, New York for Standing Committee meeting on Christian Education.
February 12 - Went to Bridgeport and Morgantown, W.Va.
February 13 - Went to Fairmont, W.Va for Akathist and Adult Class. Three people attended.

A Thought from Protinica Victoria Trbuhovich

Itís good we are studying about saints, so people arenít afraid to welcome the idea of becoming a saint. Being a saint is no more than following Jesus Christ is a serious and sincere way. Itís a way of saying ďI want to be with you, Lord, and follow your teachings. I want to stay away from the bad things in this life, and experience the beautiful knowledge of Your Life and Teachings. And I want to be with you forever in the Kingdom of Heaven.Ē

( So Your Want to Be a Saint! Archimandrite Thomas Kazich, Editor Summer Camp Manual. Standing Committee of Christian Education. New Granica Monastery Press, 2013 )

The Sunday of the Prodigal Son

Luke 18:10-14

And He said, A certain man had two sons: And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living. And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living. And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want. And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him. And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father's have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee, And am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants. And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him. And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son. But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet: And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry: For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry. Now his elder son was in the field: and as he came and drew nigh to the house, he heard music and dancing. And he called one of the servants, and asked what these things meant. And he said unto him, Thy brother is come; and thy father hath killed the fatted calf, because he hath received him safe and sound. And he was angry, and would not go in: therefore came his father out, and intreated him. And he answering said to his father, Lo, these many years do I serve thee, neither transgressed I at any time thy commandment: and yet thou never gavest me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends: But as soon as this thy son was come, which hath devoured thy living with harlots, thou hast killed for him the fatted calf. And he said unto him, Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine. It was meet that we should make merry, and be glad: for this thy brother was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is found.

The Sunday of the Prodigal Son is a lasting lesson of the love of God and the mercy of God. Just as the father received his returning son, God receives sinners turning to Him with a repentant heart and mind.

Godís love reaches out to sinners and welcomes their return. Godís mercy is immeasurable. The father did not berate his returning son. The father embraced the son and welcomed him with love.

The fatherís action was an act of healing and restoration. God heals and restores wholeness and dignity to returning sinners. Sinners may be reluctant to turn to God in faith.

The present Gospel is a message of strong encouragement for sinners to turn to God in faith. Courage is necessary for individuals to return to church after long periods of absence. Courage is necessary for individuals to pray who never pray.

Individuals returning to church after a long period of absence are reason for great joy. Godís love is manifested when individuals come to church seeking nourishment for the soul. Courage is necessary to turn to God for nourishment.

The prodigal son knew the pangs of hunger. His father had the nourishment that would bring peace and contentment. Many people go away from the church at various times of their lives. The world does not offer nourishment for the soul.

Nourishment for the soul is found in the ďhome of all homesĒ, Godís Holy Church. Each family home can be a small church to the degree it is firmly a part of Godís Holy Church.

Returning to the full life in Godís Holy Church requires believers to consciously act in faith. Every person remains separated from Godís Holy Church to the degree he or she engages in sin.

Every person sins to a degree. Every person fails to make full use of the blessings and goodness of God. Every person falls short of perfection. Every person wastes resources and blessings given by God.

Every person is in a far country separated to a degree from God and the full nourishment available in God. Each Divine Liturgy offers returning prodigal sons and daughters the restoration of unity with Christ.

Every Divine Liturgy offers nourishment for individuals seeking to address the hunger of their souls. The mind needs to become alert to the benefits of drawing near to God.

The body needs to begin the journey of return from the far country to the welcoming God. The heart and mind need to be open to the outstretched arms of the loving God.

Christ took on human flesh. Christ became visible in a human body. Christ came and dwelt among humans as convincing evidence of His love. Todayís Gospel is an invitation for individuals to draw near with hope and in faith.

Individuals turning to God are not disappointed. Individuals coming to Godís Holy Church find the nourishment for the soul that brings peace. Godís Holy Church offers the warmth of love without equal.

The Psalmist wrote: ďFor thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy.Ē (Ps. 60/61:3) Individuals moving away from the ways of sin are nourished and protected in Godís Holy Church.

The present Gospel is a message of joy. Individuals need not live in despair and without hope. Individuals need not feel hunger of the soul with thoughts of having no place to turn.

Godís Holy Church is always open for returning sinners desiring to repent and begin anew. Godís Holy Church offers a ladder from the depths of despair and reaches to the Kingdom of God.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
February 3 / February 16, 2014
Sunday of the Prodigal Son.
St. Jakov, Serbian Archbishop.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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