4:00 PM Akathist followed by Adult Class.
Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers
Today, August 2 - St. Elijah Day
August 4 - Holy Myhrr-bearer and Equal to the Apostles Mary Magdalene
August 9 - St. Panteleimon. Diocese Day at Shadeland.
Parish church closed.
August 12 - Venerable Mother Angelina of Serbia
August 14 - Dormition Fast begins.
August 19 - Feast of Transfiguration
August 28 - Dormition of the Mother of God.
Eastern Diocese Kolo Federation Slava to be celebrated here.
St. George Kolo Slava.
Note: August 30 Divine Liturgy at this St. George Church will be at 9:00 AM.
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
- Sympathy extended to Michael and Josephine Vuich and family.
Josephineís mother recently departed this life.
- Thank you to all helping with the picnic:
Sonia Janson, Andrea Janson, John and Felecia Williamson, Paulette Radock,
Dorothy and Janice Smargie, Mildred Bezjak, Dianna Brozich, Millicent Hunchuck,
Tekla Spens, Aaron Carson, Rich Porter, Tony Myers, Eric, Anita and Joseph Labons,
Stan Brozik. Baron Khartley, Josephine Gresko, Annie Thomas, Sandra Matuga
- Milosh Serb Krewaskyís Lambroasters and additional picnic workers
will be listed in the next bulletin.
- Happy Slava to St. Elijah Church in Aliquippa and to parishioners
- Congratulations to Very Reverend Stavrophor Svetozar Veselinovich
recently honored by His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN with the Pectoral Cross.
- Congratulations to Very Rev. Stavrophor Rade and Protinica Donna Merick
for being honored Kumovi for the Monastery Marcha Slava.
- Mildred Bezjak, Paulette Radock,Subdeacon Anthony Miralles and Felecia
Williamson came to class on Thursday.
- Attend Diocese Day at Shadeland on August 9.
See details on bulletin board.
- Note - This St. George Church will be closed.
No Divine Liturgy next Sunday.
- 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.
Learning about God from the Holy Prophet Elijah.
Rejoicing in the life of the Holy Prophet Elijah.
Learning about prayer demonstrated by the Holy Prophet Elijah.
Recent Activities of Parish Priest
July 23 - Went to Morgantown for printing. One person came for Confession
July 24-25 - Went to Monastery Marcha in Richfield, Ohio for Slava celebration.
Visited St. Archangel Michael Serbian Orthodox Church in Akron,
Ohio on return trip.
July 29 - Went to Fairmont, West Virginia for Vespers and class.
From the Wisdom of Sirach 27:6
As fruit reveals how a tree is cultivated,
so a manís reasoning process reveals his heart.
The Orthodox Study Bible
St. Athanasius Academy of Orthodox Theology, 2008.
The Ninth Sunday after Pentecost
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)
The Holy Prophet Elijah
And all bare him witness, and wondered at the gracious words which
proceeded out of his mouth. And they said, Is not this Joseph's son?
And he said unto them, Ye will surely say unto me this proverb, Physician,
heal thyself: whatsoever we have heard done in Capernaum, do also here in thy
country. And he said, Verily I say unto you, No prophet is accepted in his
own country. But I tell you of a truth, many widows were in Israel in the
days of Elias, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months,
when great famine was throughout all the land; But unto none of them was Elias sent,
save unto Sarepta, a city of Sidon, unto a woman that was a widow.
And many lepers were in Israel in the time of Eliseus the prophet;
and none of them was cleansed, saving Naaman the Syrian.
And all they in the synagogue, when they heard these things, were filled with wrath,
And rose up, and thrust him out of the city, and led him unto the brow of the hill
whereon their city was built, that they might cast him down headlong.
But he passing through the midst of them went his way, (KJV)
Todayís Gospel of St. Matthew describes Jesus going to a mountain to pray.
Prayer is a consistent and necessary part of the Christian life.
Each believer enriches his or her personal life through prayer.
Prayer is the means to sort through the difficulties and problems of life.
Prayer is direct communication with God. The Gospel theme of prayer continues
with todayís celebration of the Holy Prophet Elijah.
The Holy Prophet Elijah is a dominant figure through the centuries as a
great man of prayer. The Holy Prophet Elijah is joyously celebrated and his
life heartily proclaimed in Godís Holy Church.
The Holy Prophet Elijah is lasting lesson of unequivocal focus and faith in
prayer. The Holy Prophet Elijah is a sterling example of depth of faith in God.
The Holy Prophet Elijah demonstrates by example that God responds to prayer.
The Holy Prophet Elijah is a primary source of inspiration for believers.
The Holy Prophet Elijah had a showdown with the prophets of Baal.
The Prophet Elijah prayed fervently and God heard his prayer.
(I Kings 18:1-46)
In todayís Gospel of St. Matthew, we learn the Lord Jesus Christ rescued the
Holy Apostle Peter from drowning. Peterís faith weakened. The Lord Jesus Christ
compassionately stretched forth His hand to rescue Peter.
The Gospel teaches of the Lordís willingness to rescue individuals when
personal faith is weakened. Jesus does not abandon believers when the waters
of life are rough and stress occurs in life.
Believers have a responsibility to keep focused on Christ.
Believers benefit by viewing the example of the Holy Prophet Elijah.
The Holy Prophet Elijah was not intimidated when he was vastly
outnumbered by the prophets of Baal.
The Prophet Elijah was firm in his commitment to the Lord God.
He did not sway in the midst of a great number of others believing much differently.
In todayís world believers may face similar odds on certain social issues.
Orthodox Christians have a responsibility to remain well-grounded in Christís
teachings. Christians today can learn from the Holy Prophet the value of staying
faithful to God .The Holy Prophet did not sway in his belief in God.
Godís Holy Church has firm teachings about marriage and who appropriately
can get married. Godís Holy Church speaks clearly about the sanctity of life.
Courts and legislative bodies do not have power to define the teachings
of Godís Holy Church. Popular opinion does not hold sway over the content of
the Holy Gospel. Christís teaching is not subject to negotiation or popular vote.
At the final judgment each person will answer individually before Christ.
Godís Holy Church offers nourishment for each person to grow in Christ,
prepare for the end of life and the final judgment
Individuals are free to choose whether they will follow Christ or false prophets.
Individuals are free to reject Christ and travel freely down the path of sin.
Every decision a person makeís will influence the Christís final judgment.
No one will escape standing before the Lord at the end of time.
There are no second opportunities to relive the time of life.
Repentance affords new beginnings while a person still has life and faculty of mind.
Today let us heed the example of the Holy Prophet Elijah and stand firm in
commitment to the Lord God. Let us hold firm to the outstretched hand of Christ
and never let go. Let us rejoice and give thanks for the Holy Gospel.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
July 20 / August 2, 2015
Ninth Sunday after Pentecost.
Holy Prophet Elijah.
Fr. Rodney Torbic
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