St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 812 - July 28 / August 10, 2014

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 812
July 28 / August 10, 2014
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.

I Timothy 1:5
Whereas the aim of our charge is love that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and sincere faith.

Recent Services
August 3
Twenty-eight people attended Divine Liturgy. Father Rumen Stoychev served.
August 9
Nine people attend Divine Liturgy with Blessing of Slava Kolach and Koljivo. His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN came to serve.
Eight people came for the Akathist to St. Panteleimon.

Services This Coming Week. Call to Confirm Weekday Times.

5:30 AM on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday.

4:00 PM on Tuesday, Friday,

3:30 PM Akathist followed by Adult Class

Akathists and Prayers for Special Needs scheduled on request.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

Today, August 10 - Diocesan Day, Shadeland Camp. Most Holy Mother of God Monastery
Parish churches are closed. St. George Church will not have Divine Liturgy. Come to Shadeland.
August 14 - Beginning of Dormation Fast
August 19 - Feast of Transfiguration
August 28 - Eastern Diocese Kolo Federation Slava, St. George Church, Midland
August 31 - St. George Kolo Slava Celebration. Covered Dish Dinner and Program.
September 5 - Apodasis of the Dormition.
September 11 - Beheading of St. John the Baptist
September 14 - Ecclesiastical New Year

If you are too busy to are too busy!

Remember the Suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and Metohijia and All Suffering People

Parish Life

Congratulations to Healthcare DayKuma Paulette Radock. Thank you Healthcare Day speakers: Attorney Linda Chambers, Dr. Scott Michael Newton, Nurse Practitioner Millicent Mitzie Hunchuck, Nurse Anesthetist Christina Sivak.

Thank you to all helping and participating in the Healthcare Day.

Thank you to Fayette EMS and Southwest EMS for sending ambulances to be blessed.

Congratulations to Stan Brozik elected to the Central Church Council of the Serbian Orthodox Church.

Mr. Brozik and Sonia Janson attended the Sabor in Alhambra, California.

Contributions continue to be received to help the flood victims in Serbia.

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

Remember and appreciate 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.

If you want you want your home blessed, ask the priest.

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

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

To Consider

Keeping faith in Christ in all circumstances.
Praying to Christ as often as possible.
Maintaining hope in Christ at all times.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

August 1-3 - Participated in Hundredth Anniversary celebration of St. Elijah Serbian Orthodox Church, Aliquippa, Pa.
August 4-8 - Traveled to California for Sabor of the Serbian Orthodox Church in North and South America.
August 9 - Pariicipated in Parish Healthcare Day.

A Thought from Proto Stavrophor Radovan Milkovich

The purpose of corporate worship is threefold:
A. Prayer (praise, thanksgiving and intercession):
B. Instruction (Scripture readings, hymns, sermons): and
C. Sanctification (through the sacraments, hearing of the Divine Word and nearness to God in the house of His glory).

( Sermons and Speeches. Raska skola, Belgrade, 1999, p. 88 )

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. (KJV)

Peter stepped out in faith. He stepped out with an expectation that he could actually walk on the water. He actually did walk on the water. Trusting in Jesus enabled Peter to do a miraculous act. Trusting in Jesus brings out extraordinary abilities in individuals. Jesus is empowering to individuals trusting in Him with good intentions. In the present case, Peter’s interest was to draw near to Christ.

Drawing near to Christ is the wisest of actions. Drawing near to Christ is movement toward the good and away from the perilous. Peter definitively decided to draw near to Jesus. Peter stepped out on the water alone empowered by His belief in Christ. When an individual is empowered by Christ, his or her capabilities increase and attainments reach unexpected levels. Talents and treasurers used for the glory of God bring greater results than when used for alternative purposes.

The depth of Peter’s confidence in Christ was revealed by his fear. Peter’s faith in Christ had weakened. Fear set in and Peter began to sink. The loss of extraordinary power set in. Personal confidence was gone. Desperation was taking over. Death might be imminent. The best way to face life is have full faith and confidence in Christ. Faith and confidence in Christ provides individuals with the resoluteness to face every conceivable worldly circumstance. The First Epistle of St. John states: “He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.” (Jn. 4:4) The lives of the saints and martyrs facing adversity through the centuries bear witness to the power of resolute faith in God. When difficulties arise in life, believers do well to place complete confidence in Christ. Peter’s desperate cry to Jesus to save him would bear results.

Jesus did not let Peter drown. Jesus acknowledged Peter’s shallowness of faith and the presence of doubt. When Peter’s faith in Christ became less, Peter’s ability to act became less. The degree of faith and confidence a person places in Christ makes a big difference in the way each day of life is lived. The degree of faith and confidence a person places in Christ makes a big difference in the way a person develops and invests his or her life. Lives invested in Christ bear good fruit. The good fruit is abundant in comparison to the capabilities. Jesus told the parable of the talents where individuals invested in various ways. The individuals investing wisely would hear: “Well done, good and faithful servant, you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.” (Mt. 25:23) Plentiful evidence exists for placing confidence in Christ.

Jesus caused the wind to cease. Behold the power resting in Jesus. Behold His control over the wind. Think back to the time of the Holy Prophet Elijah. Through the prayers of the Holy Prophet Elijah, the rain stopped and the rain resumed. (James 5:17-18) The elements are controlled by God. Individuals do well to center their lives in God, to make God the center of their lives and the goal of their lives. The Lord Jesus Christ said: “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” (Mt. 11:28) Christians benefit immediately and directly by choosing to live in Christ. Christ is an insulation and protection against the strongest of the elements. Christ shines in the lives of individuals resting in Him and consistently choosing to live in Him. Christ saving Peter in the present Gospel is a permanent lesson of the value of reaching out to Christ in faith. Crying out to Christ in faith does not fall on deaf ears. At the same time, believers have a daily responsibility to live faithful to Christ. When believers recognize personal sin, repentance is in order. Once believers know about Christ, faithfulness is constantly expected. Christ warrants faithfulness with love and appreciation.

The disciples recognized Jesus as the Son of God. The disciples worshipped Him. Jesus walking on the water and Peter walking on the water was a miracle before their very eyes. Believers today will see miracles in their daily lives if they look at occurrences in daily life with great faith. Taking time to rejoice and give thanks to God for miracles is always appropriate. Taking time to give thanks to God for life each day is appropriate. Each breath, each thought, each movement of the body, each sound that is heard, each sight that is seen is a miracle from God. The miracles of God are plentiful and easily can become taken for granted. Taking time to consciously think about the miracles of God may lead to increased gratefulness to God.

The crossing of the sea on this particular occasion was more than routine. This particular crossing became of lasting importance. The miraculous work of Christ was demonstrated. The value of faith in Christ was a lesson learned. Peter’s experience with Christ showed that individuals are empowered in proportion to their faith and commitment to drawing near to Christ. Value exists in continuing to draw near to Christ and learn about Christ. Life increases in fulfillment as a person increases in faith in Christ. Individuals constantly must choose between seeking the Kingdom of God or devoting themselves to worldly goals. Wise individuals heed the teachings of Christ. Wise individuals seek first the Kingdom of God.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
July 28 / August 10, 2014
Ninth Sunday after Pentecost.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

Back to St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels - Home Page