St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 859 - June 22 / July 5, 2015

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 859
June 22 / July 5, 2015
Fifth 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.

Recent Services
June 27
Vespers was read.
June 28
Matins was read
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Twenty-three people attended. Two communicants.
June 29
Matins was read.
Vespers was read.
June 30
Matins was read.
Two people came for Ninth Hour, Vespers and Parastos.
July 1
Matins was read.

Services This Coming Week. Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule.

Third and Sixth Hours followed by Divine Liturgy.

5:30 AM Matins on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday.

4:00 PM on Monday, Tuesday.

8:00 AM Divine Liturgy.

4:00 PM Akathist followed by Adult Class.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

July 4 - Venerable Anastasia of Serbia
July 7 - Nativity of St. John the Baptist. Divine Liturgy at 8:00 AM.
July 12 - Sts. Peter and Paul
July 26 - Synaxis of Archangel Gabriel. St. George Outdoor Religious Program and Parish Picnic
August 2 - St. Elijah Day
August 4 - Holy Myhrr-bearer and Equal to the Apostles Mary Magdalene
August 9 - St. Panteleimon. Diocese Day. Parish church closed.
August 12 - Venerable Mother Angelina of Serbia
August 14 - Dormition Fast begins.
August 19 - Feast of Transfiguration

If You Are Too Busy To Pray, You Are Too Busy

Remember the Suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and Metohijia AND All Suffering People throughout the world.

Parish Life

Stan Brozik, Sonia Janson, Djelosh Milosevich, Paulette Radock, Aaron Carson, Rich and Linda Porter, Mildred Bezjak, Milosh Serb Krewasky, Anna Mae Knezovich, Dorothy Smargie, and Willie and Thekla Spens were part of the Vidovdan program.

Sign up today in the church hall to help with the parish picnic on July 26.

Honor the Apostles Fast until the Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul on July 12.

Consider the commitment of the Apostles.

Be inspired by the work of the Holy Apostles.

Be grateful to God for the lasting benefits of the Holy Apostles.

Plan a trip to Shadeland this summer.

Plan a trip to Monastery Marcha this summer.

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

If you want your house blessed, contact the priest to schedule the visit.

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 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.

Remember the St. Sava School of Theology in Libertyville with prayers and contributions.
St. Sava School of Theology has helped greatly to fill the continuing need for priests in established and new parishes.

To Consider

The constant availability of Christ.
The effectiveness of prayer throughout life.
The benefits of praying throughout each day.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

June 27 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing.

From the Wisdom of Sirach 23:20

Before all things were created, everything was known to Him. And the end of all things is also known to Him.

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

The Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

Matthew 8:28-9:1

And when he was come to the other side into the country of the Gergesenes, there met him two possessed with devils, coming out of the tombs, exceeding fierce, so that no man might pass by that way. And, behold, they cried out, saying, What have we to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God? art thou come hither to torment us before the time? And there was a good way off from them an herd of many swine feeding. So the devils besought him, saying, If thou cast us out, suffer us to go away into the herd of swine. And he said unto them, Go. And when they were come out, they went into the herd of swine: and, behold, the whole herd of swine ran violently down a steep place into the sea, and perished in the waters. And they that kept them fled, and went their ways into the city, and told every thing, and what was befallen to the possessed of the devils. And, behold, the whole city came out to meet Jesus: and when they saw him, they besought him that he would depart out of their coasts. And he entered into a ship, and passed over, and came into his own city. (KJV)

Mark 3:13-19

And he goeth up into a mountain, and calleth unto him whom he would: and they came unto him. And he ordained twelve, that they should be with him, and that he might send them forth to preach, And to have power to heal sicknesses, and to cast out devils: And Simon he surnamed Peter; And James the son of Zebedee, and John the brother of James; and he surnamed them Boanerges, which is, The sons of thunder: And Andrew, and Philip, and Bartholomew, and Matthew, and Thomas, and James the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus, and Simon the Canaanite, And Judas Iscariot, which also betrayed him: and they went into an house. (KJV)

The current Gospel reading according to St. Matthew reveals Jesus’s power over devils. Jesus cleared the roadway blocked by those possessed with devils. Jesus clears the roadways of life for believers following Him.

The current Gospel of St. Mark reveals Jesus empowered His apostles to heal sicknesses and cast out devils. Believers need not be frustrated with life. Believers always have reason to hope in Christ.

Daily life can at times seem filled with frustrations and setbacks. A person’s patience can be tested severely. Roadways of life may seem blocked at every turn. The Lord Jesus Christ will always clear the roadway to the Kingdom of God.

The Lord Jesus Christ said: “In your patience possess ye your souls.” (Lk. 21:19) Turning to Christ is necessary when frustrations and road blocks appear. Believers benefit from assessing the goals of personal efforts.

Is the Kingdom of God the primary goal in life? Is the road being travelled leading to the Kingdom of God? Is the path being followed, a pathway pleasing to Christ?

The Lord Jesus Christ said: “ I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. (Jn. 14:6) When demons are blocking the paths of life, choosing Christ is the way to overcome the demons.

When confronted with roadblocks in life, turn to the Lord Jesus Christ in prayer. When demons arise in the mind, expel them with the Jesus Prayer. When at a loss where to turn, turn to Christ in prayer.

The Jesus Prayer, “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me a sinner” works wonders in the most difficult moments of life. When faced with frustrations and roadblocks, the Jesus Prayer offers immediate peace.

The Jesus Prayer empowers believers. Christ is immediately experienced in the Jesus Prayer. Users of the Jesus Prayer find that Christ comes alive in the believer and becomes the driving force in the believer’s life.

The Holy Apostle Paul wrote to the Galatians: “Nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” (Gal. 2:20)

Believers put on Christ at Holy Baptism. Believers are unified with Christ at Holy Baptism. Unity in Christ is restored through repentance. Holy Confession and Holy Communion solidify the unity with Christ.

Believers repel the personal demons in life through repentance. Believers fortify themselves against the demons in life through prayer and fasting. Demons are not equal to the power available in Christ.

Individuals choose how to live each moment of life. When Christ is held near and dear in each moment of life, the richness of life is unequalled. The saints demonstrate Christ provides richness in life that cannot be tarnished by demons.

Christ puts life into perspective. Christ’s life and teachings in the Holy Gospel enable believers to be at peace. When Christ lives in the heart and mind, the roadway of the Kingdom of God is open for travel.

Gloomy reports often dominate the daily headlines. Personal progress in believers’ lives may seem beyond reach. Hope in Christ is the most dominant of forces in life. Christ is capable of removing the most difficult of obstacles.

Christ’s joy is always immediately accessible. The Jesus Prayer immediately accesses Christ’s peace and joy. The believer directly communicates with Christ through the Jesus Prayer.

Constant communication with Christ is necessary in daily life. Prayer is constant communication with Christ. Prayer keeps the roadways of life open to the Kingdom of God.

Prayer charts the pathways for believer’s to follow. Prayer reveals the best path to take when alternative choices arise. Prayer opens the heart and mind to the full and nourishing message of Christ.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
June 22 / July 5, 2015
The Fifth Sunday after Pentecost.
St. Anastasia of Serbia.
Holy Martyr Julian of Tarsus.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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