St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 838 - January 26 / February 8, 2015

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 838
January 26 / February 8, 2015
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.

Philemon 1:5

Hearing of thy love and faith, which thou hast toward the Lord Jesus, and toward all saints;

Recent Services
January 30
Matins was read.
Vespers was read.
January 31
Matins was read.
Baptism held of Madeleine Porter.
Vespers was read.
February 1
Matins was read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy and Parastos. Twenty-five people attended. One communicant.
February 2
Matins was read.
Vespers was read
February 3
Matins was read.
February 4
Two people came to the Akathist for Thanks at the Waynesburg University.
Five people came for Vespers at Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission in Fairmont, W.Va.
Three people came to class in Fairmont.
February 5
Matins was read.
Three people for the Akathist to the Icon of the Mother of God, Protector Against Misfortune.
February 6
Vespers was read.

Services This Coming Week. Call to Confirm Daily Schedule.

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

4:00 PM on Saturday.

3:00 PM Akathist with Adult Class to follow

8:00 AM Divine Liturgy, Three Hierarchs.


Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

Today, February 8 - Sunday of the Prodigal Son
February 12 - Three Hierarchs. Divine Liturgy at 8:00 AM.
February 14 - St. Tryphon. Memorial Saturday.
February 15 - Presentation of the Lord. Meatfare Sunday.
February 20/21 - Diocesan Assembly Weirton, W.Va.
February 22 - Cheesefare Sunday. Vespers at St. Sava Church, Mckeesport.
February 23 - Beginning of Great Lent
February 28 - Sunday of Orthodoxy. Vespers at St. Michael Church, Monessen

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

Congratulations to newly baptized Madeleine Kay Porter, parents, grandparents and kumovi.

Take time to read the bulletin board each week for beneficial information.

Be attentive to the Church calendar and honor it in planning your activities.

Paulette Radock, Mildred Bezjak and Felecia Williamson attended class on Thursday. Plan to attend class this week.

Class on Wednesday beginning with the Akathist at 3:00 PM.

If you want your house blessed, contact the priest.

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

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

To Consider

Lessons to be learned from the life of the Gospelís Prodigal Son.
Being responsible as a Christian in living each day.
Being more patient with and loving of others each day.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

January 29 - Attended a Slava celebration.
January 30 - Blessed three homes. At the third home, attended dinner as part of Waynesburg University Orthodox Christian Fellowship.
January 31 - Attended Baptism dinner.
February 1 - Attended memorial dinner.
February 3 - Went to Diocesan Center, Mars, Pa.
February 4 - Went to Waynesburg University for an Akathist, stopped in Morgantown, W.Va. for printing and then went to Fairmont, W.Va. for Vespers and Adult Class.
February 6 - Went to Fairmont, W.Va. for pastoral reasons. Blessed one home.

From the Wisdom of Sirach 6:12

Wisdom is radiant and unfading and is easily perceived by those who love her; For she is found by those who seek her.

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

The Sunday of the Prodigal Son

Luke 15:11-32

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 musick 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. (KJV)

The current Gospel is a reminder of the unwavering love of God. Regardless of how far we find ourselves away from God, God is prepared to welcome us with love when we come to ourselves and return to God.

Too often we depart from the path begun at Holy Baptism. Too often we squander the time and treasures given by God. Too often we exhaust ourselves and the blessings of God in fruitless living.

Too often we depart from the path of Christ. Too often we stray from the goal of the Kingdom of God. When we realize the errors of our ways, the present Gospel reminds us to return to the loving arms of God.

The father rejoiced in the return of his wayward son. God rejoices in the return of sinners. We all fail to make the best use of the blessings of life given by God. We all squander the time of life to a certain degree.

The time of life is treasure given by God. The talents and skills each person has is treasure from God. Failure to make the best use of the time of life and talents and skills from God is a misuse of the blessings from God.

When we realize our sinful way of life, God offers the possibility to begin anew. To begin anew and to redirect our lives to the path God would have us take requires personal honesty.

Holy Confession offers each person the opportunity to admit personal failure of the use of the time and blessings of life. Holy Confession offers the opportunity to enter into the merciful arms of God and be the beneficiary of Godís love.

Sugarcoating the way we have wasted our lives is not personal honesty with God. Rationalizing the errors of our ways is not honesty. God knows better than we know the extent we have not been true to our Holy Baptism.

God knows the ways we have wasted the time and blessings of life. God knows the thoughts that have gone through our minds. God knows the actions of our days and nights.

To enter into the joy of the Lord means we need to be honest with ourselves and with God. We have to admit our need to return to God. We have to acknowledge the blessings and fullness of life found only in God.

The current Gospel encourages the return to God. The current Gospel reaffirms the love of God that is ever present. The current Gospel offers the constant hope we need to take the courageous step to return to God.

Returning to God requires renunciation of the way of life that has resulted in our departure from God. Returning to God entails openness to Godís expectations for living daily life.

Godís Holy Church offers the structure and atmosphere to work out the remaining days of our lives in ways pleasing to God. Godís Holy Church offers the Gospel teachings to nourish and teach us the paths to take in life.

The young son set out on paths that took his life far from the way his father would have approved. Too often we exit the baptismal font and journey down roads far from the Kingdom of God.

Too often we rely on our own notions of what is right. Too often we reject the teachings of God found in the Church. Too often we are inattentive to the words and life of Christ.

Too often we fail to heed the messages of the Holy Prophets and Fathers of the Church. Too often we value our own thoughts over the tried and true teachings of Christ.

The present Gospel tells us it is not too late to return to God. The present Gospel tells us that life is better with God than living in a far country in despair. The present Gospel tells us that God still loves us and always will.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
January 26 / February 8, 2015
Sunday of the Prodigal Son.
Ven. Xenophon and Many with him

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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