St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 869 - August 31 / September 13, 2015

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 869
August 31 / September 13, 2015
Fifteenth 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.

Ephesians 3:17

That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love.

Recent Services
September 5
Matins was read.
September 6
Matins was read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Twenty-one people attended. One communicant.
September 7
Matins was read.
Akathist to Jesus Christ was read in the home of a parishioner.
September 8
Midnight Office was read.
An icon of Christ Healing the Daughter of a Canaanite Woman was blessed at the chapel in United Hospital Center in Clarksburg, W.Va. The icon was a replica of an original in Decani Monastery.
Vespers was read.
September 9
Matins 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 Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday.

3:30 PM Akathist at Waynesburg University.
6:30 PM Vespers and class at Holy Trinity Mission, Fairmont, W.Va.

3:30 PM Akathist followed by Adult Class.

10:00 AM Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Mission, Fairmont, W.Va.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

September 14 - Beginning of Church Ecclesiastical Year.
September 19 - Miracle of Archangel Michael.
September 21 - Nativity of the Mother of God.
September 27 - Elevation of the Precious Life-creating Cross.
October 14 - Protection of the Mother of God
October 27 - Venerable Mother Paraskeva of Serbia. St. Petka.

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

Mildred Bezjak, Paulette Radock, John and Felecia Williamson, Rich and Linda Porter, Ryan, Juli and Madeleine Porter went to Holy Trinity Church, ROCOR, in California, Pa. on September 5 for Vespers in the presence of the Hawaiian Myrrh-Streaming Iveron Icon of the Mother of God at the invitation of Mitred Archpriest Stephen Romanchak

Congratulations to Kathleen Waters for having completed the St.Stephenís Program at the Antiochian House of Studies.

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

Daily concentrated love of God and love of neighbor.
Evidence in daily life of personal love of God and neighbor.
Personal thoughts dedicated to love of God and neighbor.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

September 5 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing.
September 5 - Went to Holy Trinity Church (ROCOR), in California, Pa. for Vespers.
September 7 - Served Akathist in the home of a parish family
September 8 - Went to United Hospital Center in Clarksburg, W.Va. for blessing of icon in the hospital chapel donated by Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission of Fairmont, W.Va.

From the Wisdom of Sirach 33:1

Evil will not befall the man who fears the Lord, but in trial He will deliver him again and again.

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

The Fifteen Sunday after Pentecost

Matthew 22:35-46

And Jesus answered and spake unto them again by parables, and said, Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked Him a question, tempting Him, and saying, Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them, Saying, What think ye of Christ? whose son is he? They say unto him, The son of David. He saith unto them, How then doth David in spirit call him Lord, saying, The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies thy footstool? If David then call him Lord, how is he his son? And no man was able to answer Him a word, neither durst any man from that day forth ask Him any more questions. (KJV)

Christ expects complete love. Complete love of God and neighbor is expected. To love God and neighbor completely requires constant interest in and nourishment from God.

Godís love and mercy enable a person to be fully united with God. Repentance and Godís forgiveness enable a person to be rid of sins and come to God completely.

Love of God and love of neighbor involves seeing Godís presence in every person. A believer is required to look at his or her every neighbor with the heart and mind fully governed by Christ.

When Christ governs the heart and mind, the believerís vision is much different. When Christ is the basis for personal vision, personal biases and prejudices lose their strength and influence.

Jesus said: ďThe light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.Ē (Mt. 6:22) The way we look at our neighbor correlates with the way we understand and love God.

The Epistle of St. John says: Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him. (JN 5:1)

Self-examination is necessary to see if personal views in the heart and mind are in accord with the words and way of God. Constant personal evaluation is necessary to repel sin.

Repentance and Godís forgiveness are necessary when God and neighbor are given less than fullness of love. Personal honesty is necessary to see the personal need for greater love of God and neighbor.

Greater adherence to the teachings and way of Christ are necessary for personal love of God and neighbor to increase. Fasting, repentance and prayer help bring about the necessary change.

Nourishment from the Holy Gospel and the Precious Body and Blood of Christ bring needed change. A person has to dwell with Christ in the heart and mind to want to be fully united with Him.

A person has to cherish the love of God to fully love his or her neighbor. The Gospel is clear about the importance of loving our neighbors. Loving our neighbors is not a matter for equivocation.

When loving our neighbors is difficult, turning to God for assistance and guidance is immediately necessary. We benefit from carefully considering that God finds our neighbors deserving of love.

We benefit by immersing ourselves in the words and teachings of Christ. We benefit from intense prayer. Honest self-examination will tell us how little we love God and neighbor.

The way we live tells us the degree we give ourselves to God. Our use of the time of life determines whether we truly love God with all our heart, mind and soul.

Our words, thoughts and actions in relationships serve as the continuing record for the final judgment as to whether we really love our neighbors. The present Gospel is written record of the importance of love of God and neighbor.

The Gospel is to be taken seriously by Christians. Believers are blessed to have the opportunity to hear the Gospel in freedom. Not everyone has the opportunity to hear the Gospel in freedom.

Hearing the Gospel brings with it the responsibility to live by the Gospel. The Gospel is oral and written formal notice for believers. The Gospel is formal instruction for those present and listening.

Individuals exposed to the teachings of Christ cannot plead ignorance. Failure to following the teachings of Christ is failure to act responsibly. At Baptism the whole person is dedicated to Christ.

The Baptismal commitment is understood to be for the duration of life. Christ lovingly provides the nourishment for the journey from the Baptismal font to departure from earthly life.

Responsible Christians cherish the daily nourishment from Christ. Responsible Christians seek daily unity with Christ. Being in church regularly and adhering to the ways of Christ lead to full unity with Christ.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
August 31 / September 13, 2015
Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost.
Deposition of the Cincture of the Most Holy Theotokos. Martyrs of Jasenovac.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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