St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 868 - August 24 / September 6, 2015

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 868
August 24 / September 6, 2015
Fourteenth 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 Corinthians 13:13

And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.

Recent Services
August 29
Midnight Office was read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, West Virginia. Two communicants. Seven people attended.
One person attended Great Vespers at St. George Church.
One grave was blessed in Masontown.
August 30
Matins was read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read before Divine Liturgy. Two communicants.
Twenty-two people came for church.
August 31
Matins was read.
September 1
Vespers was read.
September 2
Matins was read.
Five people came to Waynesburg University for the Akathist to Jesus Christ.
Twelve people came to Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. for Vespers.
Ten people came to class in Fairmont.
September 3
Matins was read.
Five people came for the Akathist to the Icon of the Mother of God, Abbess of Mt. Athos.
Six people came for class.
September 4
Midnight Office was read.
Vespers was read.

Services This Week. Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule.

Third and Sixth Hours and Divine Liturgy.

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

4:00 PM Vespers on Monday, Tuesday.

6:30 PM Vespers and class at Holy Trinity Mission, Fairmont, W.Va.

8:00 AM Divine Liturgy.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

September 11 - Beheading of St. John the Baptist
September 12 - Diocesan Chapel Slava. St. Sava Cathedral, New York City
September 14 - Beginning of Church Ecclesiastical Year.
September 19 - Miracle of Archangel Michael.
September 21 - Nativity of the Mother of God.

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

The Diocesan Chapel Slava is in New York City next week. See the bulletin board.

Congratulations to Bernard John, new assistant district attorney in Fayette County. Attorney John comes to St. George Church periodically during the year.

Thank you to Mr. Vince Giacetti and the five men from the SCI-Greene Community Service Program for painting porches and railings around the church and parish house.

Colonel Richard Menhart and Major Dustin Menhart represent the finest in the U.S. armed forces. Colonel Richard Menhart was in church last Sunday with his mother.

Mildred Bezjak, Paulette Radock, Felecia Williamson, Subdeacon Anthony Miralles, Dr. Ezekiel Olagoke and Dr. Richard Romanos Pierce attended class on Thursday.

Place canned goods or non-perishable food items in the box in the church hall for the Greene County Food Bank. Help feed the hungry in our area.

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 daily invitations from Christ to draw near to Him.
Honoring the invitations from Christ to draw near.
Experiencing the joy of drawing near to Christ and following Him.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

August 29 - Went to Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont,W.Va. for Divine Liturgy
August 29 - Blessed on grave in Masontown. Visited with parish family.
August 30 - Blessed food at the United Mine Workerís of America Pensioners Picnic and Rally in Clarksville, Pa.
September 2 - Went to Waynesburg University for Akathist to Jesus Christ with Orthodox faculty and students. In the evening went to Fairmont,West Virginia for Vespers and class. Was interviewed for Christian television program in Fairmont by Rev. D. D. Meighn.
September 3 - Went to Point Marion and Uniontown for radio program purposes.
September 4 - Went to Sewickley Hospital while patient had surgery.

From the Wisdom of Sirach 32:23

In every work entrust your soul to the Lord, for this is the keeping of the commandments.

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

The Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Matthew 22:1-14

And Jesus answered and spake unto them again by parables, and said, The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king, which made a marriage for his son, And sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the wedding: and they would not come. Again, he sent forth other servants, saying, Tell them which are bidden, Behold, I have prepared my dinner: my oxen and my fatlings are killed, and all things are ready: come unto the marriage. But they made light of it, and went their ways, one to his farm, another to his merchandise: And the remnant took his servants, and entreated them spitefully, and slew them. But when the king heard thereof, he was wroth: and he sent forth his armies, and destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city. Then saith he to his servants, The wedding is ready, but they which were bidden were not worthy. Go ye therefore into the highways, and as many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage. So those servants went out into the highways, and gathered together all as many as they found, both bad and good: and the wedding was furnished with guests. And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment: And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless. Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness, there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. For many are called, but few are chosen. (KJV)

Matthew 5:14-19

Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. (KJV)

The Lord Jesus Christ extends His invitation to come to Him at every moment of every day. Christ offers a continuous feast for the soul. Christ offers hospitality, nourishment and cause for celebration.

Not everyone chooses to accept Christís continuing invitation. Everyone fails to a degree to accept all of Christís invitations. Too often sin keeps a person from being attentive to Christ.

Too often Christís invitations are rejected. Christís invites individuals to rejoice in Him in prayer. How many individuals take time to pray seriously and extensively each day?

Christ offers nourishment in the Holy Scriptures. Readers of the Holy Gospel learn of Christís words, His life, death and resurrection. Readers of the Holy Scriptures find reasons to live in Christ.

How many individuals devote extensive time to the joy of reading the Holy Scriptures? How many individuals celebrate the life in Christ by attending the Divine Liturgy during all the great feasts of Godís Holy Church?

The invitation to draw closer to Christ and commune is extended at each Divine Liturgy? When everyone present in the church partakes of the Precious Body and Blood of Christ, Christ is physically within each person present.

Christ calls sinners to repentance. The opportunity to repent and draw near to Christ exists at every moment of life as long as their breath in the body and the mind has faculty of understanding.

Repentance and confession of sins requires trust in Christ. Repentance entails placing confidence and faith in Christ. How many individuals are willing to be honest about their sins and confess and repent with sincerity?

Love for Christ is exhibited in the daily use of time and efforts. Love of Christ involves the guarding of thoughts and the guarding of the heart. When Christ is the primary interest, invitations from Christ are gratefully accepted.

Hunger of the soul for the authenticity experienced in Christ is best satisfied by accepting Christís invitations. Living in Christ is a continuous banquet. Communing occurs through prayer, the Gospel and Holy Communion.

When interests other than Christ dominate the heart and mind, the soul is in peril. When time and efforts are expended on roads leading far from the Kingdom of God, danger exists to the soul.

Christ calls each person. Each person does not call out to Christ with willingness to accept Christ. Now is the time to pause and review personal experiences with Christ in His Holy Church.

Now is the time to examine personal practices of prayer, church attendance and the use of the heart and mind each day. Self-examination measured according to the teachings of Christ reveals the needed changes in personal life.

To bring personal life into more conformity with the teachings of Christ, repentance is always necessary. Confession lifts great weights from the heart and mind. Confession relieves personal stress.

The life in Christ is always worth living. Life is never too stressful to hasten the ending of life. Life in Christ brings immediate and lasting benefits. Life in Christ results in lasting joy.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
August 24 / September 6, 2015
Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost.
St. Eutychus, Hieromartyr; St. Sira, Martyr.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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