St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 832 - December 15 / December 28, 2014

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 832
December 15 / December 28, 2014
Twenty-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 Thessalonians 1:3

Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labour of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father;

Recent Services
December 19
Eight people came for Divine Liturgy.
December 21
Matins was read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy.
December 22
Vespers was read.
December 23
Matins was read.
Five people came for Confession.
December 24
Matins was read.
Vespers was read
December 25
Matins was read.
December 26
Matins was read.

Services This Coming Week. Call to Confirm Weekday Times.

Third and Sixth Hour followed by Divine Liturgy.

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

4:00 PM on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday


Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

December 28, Today - Serbian Mother’s Day
December 30 - Holy Deacon Avvacum and Hegumen Paisius
January 4 - Serbian Father’s Day. Parish Annual Assembly. Plan to attend.
January 6 - Nativity Eve morning. Divine Liturgy at 8:00 AM.
January 6 - Christmas Eve. Blessing and Burning of Badjnak at 7:30 PM. Christmas Vigil to follow.
January 7 - Feast of the Nativity. Divine Liturgy 10:00 AM.
January 8 - 8:00 AM Divine Liturgy. Synaxis of the Mother of God.
January 9 - 8:00 AM Divine Liturgy. Archdeacon and Protomartyr Stephen.
January 14 - Circumcision of the Lord. St. Basil the Great. (New Year)
January 18 - Feast of Holy Cross. Blessing of River.

If you are too busy to pray, you are too busy

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

Parish Life

Plan to attend the parish Annual Meeting/Assembly next Sunday after Divine Liturgy.

The St. George Church radio broadcast began on Christmas, January 7, 2004.

His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN accompanied by Father Deacon Dragoslav Kosic served on the Feast of the Nativity, January 2004, the day of the first broadcast.

Tom Hunter has been engineeringing the radio broadcast since 2004.

Singing by Choir Director Sonia Janson and the St. George Choir are a part of each radio broadcast.

The Nativity radio broadcast is scheduled again this year on the evening of January 7 on Uniontown radio station WMBS, 590 AM on the radio dial.

The Nativity broadcast will be posted on the parish website.

The weekly parish radio broadcast can be heard on the parish website at any time.

Linda Porter is collecting for flowers for the church for Christmas.

Prepare for Confession and Communion during the Nativity Fast.

Heed the words of Christ to repent

Remember the 12 miners that lost their lives in Sago, W.Va. on Jan. 2, 2006. Remember their families and friends.

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, and the mentally ill. Appreciate their caretakers and the institution staffs.

If you want your home blessed, contact the priest.

If you want your marriage blessed in the Orthodox Church, talk to the priest.

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

Appreciate the Contributions of St. Sava School of Theology, Libertyville, Illinois

To Consider

Daily assessing our personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
Actively participating in the Divine services of the Church.
Consistently repenting of sins and drawing closer to God.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

December 20 - Went to Diocesan Center. Attended Cleveland Deanery Meeting on Christian Education at St. Sava Cathedral, Parma, Ohio.
December 23 - Went to Diocesan Center.

From the Wisdom of Sirach 1:10

The fear of the Lord will cheer the heart and will give gladness, joy and long life.

( The Orthodox Study Bible St. Athanasius Academy of Orthodox Theology, 2008. )

The Twenty Ninth Sunday after Pentecost

The Sunday of the Holy Forefathers

Luke 14:16-24

Then said he unto him, A certain man made a great supper, and bade many: And sent his servant at supper time to say to them that were bidden, Come; for all things are now ready. And they all with one consent began to make excuse. The first said unto him, I have bought a piece of ground, and I must needs go and see it: I pray thee have me excused. And another said, I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to prove them: I pray thee have me excused. And another said, I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come. So that servant came, and shewed his lord these things. Then the master of the house being angry said to his servant, Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in hither the poor, and the maimed, and the halt, and the blind. And the servant said, Lord, it is done as thou hast commanded, and yet there is room. And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled. For I say unto you, That none of those men which were bidden shall taste of my supper. (KJV)

Today’s Gospel speaks about individuals making excuses not to accept the invitation to come to the great supper. Christ invites individuals at every moment of life to draw near to Him.

The invitation to partake of the Precious Body and Blood of Christ is proclaimed at each Divine Liturgy. Very few believers prepare and draw near to partake of Holy Communion on a regular basis.

Many Christians are baptized but do not heed the continued invitation to follow Christ during the remaining time of their lives. Worldly interests and cares often erode an individual’s commitment to Christ.

Too often worldly interests and cares lead to Christians falling away from God’s Holy Church. If every baptized Christian attended church services regularly, existing churches would be full and new churches would be needed.

Life in the present world at times is demanding and hectic. Increased personal stress is often a factor in affecting personal prayer life and church attendance.

Headlines in the daily news and occurrences in local communities influence personal practices of prayer and worship. Personal experiences with family members or friends impact daily Christian life.

Christians returning to church seeking peace from God make a decided difference. Wars and domestic violence occur all too frequently and dominate the daily news. Christians experience a difference by being faithful to Christ.

Christians improve the world by being serious about Christ. Christians make personal improvements by repenting and being fervent in prayer. Christians improve their communities by being renewed in Christ.

Christ said: “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. (Mt. 11:28-29)

Many individuals are busy in today’s world. Too many individuals are so busy they have no time to pray. Too many individuals have no time for Christ. Too many individuals often say “no” to Christ and “yes” to worldly interests.

Peace in the heart and mind comes through faithfulness to Christ. Peace in the home and the community comes through the practice and presence of Christ’s love in personal relationships.

Individuals declining invitations from God would benefit from careful self-examination. Believers strengthen themselves by assessing personal goals and interests and measuring them against the lessons of the Holy Gospel.

The Lord Jesus Christ said: “Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness. (Mt. 6:33) Life improves when a person reviews personal efforts and goals to ensure they are consistent with seeking the Kingdom of God.

The Lord Jesus Christ said:” For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” (Mt. 6:21) Care of the soul involves carefully examining the heart and the treasures of heart to keep aligned with the Kingdom of God.

The Lord Jesus Christ said:” But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:” (Mt. 6:20)

Too often Christians take up daily pursuits that have nothing to do with the Kingdom of God. Too often believers procrastinate in seeking the Kingdom of God. Too often a person says “no” to God and “yes” to the ways of sin.

Decisions made throughout life have a cumulative effect. Saying “no” to invitations from God very quickly becomes habit forming. An in-grained pattern of pulling away from God becomes established very easily in today’s world.

Invitees saying “no” in the present Gospel took the first step of decline in their relationship with the person holding the supper. Each time a person says “no” to an invitation from Christ, the relationship with Christ is weakened.

Believers keep their relationship with Christ strong by constantly saying “yes” to Christ at each moment of time. Saying “yes” to invitations from Christ leads to life developing in ways pleasing to Christ.

Saying “yes” to invitations from Christ safeguards a believer from saying “yes” to sin. The invitations accepted and declined in daily life determine the outcome of life. Make an effort to say “yes” to Christ and “no” to sin.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
December 15 / December 28, 2014
Twenty-Ninth Sunday after Pentecost.
Sunday of the Holy Forefathers.
Mothers’ Day.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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