St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 913 - July 4 / 17, 2016

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 913
July 4 / 17, 2016
Fourth 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

Matthew 8:13

And Jesus said unto the centurion, Go thy way; and as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee. And his servant was healed in the selfsame hour.

Recent Services
July 10
Third and Sixth Hours followed be Divine Liturgy. Very Reverend John Brancho was the visiting priest serving.

Services this Coming Week. Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule.

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

4:00 PM on Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday.

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

3:00 PM Akathist followed by Adult Class

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

Remember St. Mark Monastery and Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

July 26 - Synaxis of Archangel Gabriel
July 30 - Monastery Marcha Slava
August 2 - St. Elijah Day
August 7 - Diocesan Day at Shadeland. Parish church closed.
August 9 - St. Panteleimon. Healthcare Day Seminar. Parish Nurseís Office Slava.
August 12 - Venerable Mother Angelina of Serbia
August 13 - Divine Liturgy and Banquet Honoring His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN.
August 14 - Dormition Fast begins.
August 19 - Feast of Transfiguration
August 28 - Feast of the Dormition of the Mother of God. KSS Federation Slava. St. George Kolo Slava.
September 5 - Apodasis of Dormition

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

Remember the Suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and Metohijia, the Christians suffering in Syria and All People Suffering

Parish Life

Congratulations to Dr. Nathan and Lucy Klingensmith on the birth of their new son Andrew John born on July 6, Congratulations to the whole family.

Congratulations to Tess Meinert, recently completing her Masterís Degree.

Plan to attend the celebration honoring His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN at St. Elijah Church in Aliquippa on August 13. Make your reservations.

Plan to attend the Healthcare Day seminar on August 9 at St. George Church. The theme of the seminar is ďA Christian Ending to Our LifeĒ Bring a friend.

Continue to pray for the victims of recent flooding in West Virginia.

If you want your house blessed, ask the priest

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

If you have need for special prayers, ask the priest.

Pray for the miners and steel workers losing their jobs at a high rate. Pray for their families. Pray for all workers having their jobs, pensions and benefits threatened.

Support workers having conscientiously worked hard all their lives and now having their pensions and benefits threatened.

If you want your marriage blessed in the Orthodox Church, ask 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 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 questions 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 immeasurable value of having faith in God.
Going forward with strong faith in God.
Rejoicing in God at all times.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

July 9 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing.
July 9 - Went to Shadeland Camp for the week. Returned on July 16.

Proverbs 31: 2

ďWhat, my child, will you keep? What? The words of God.Ē My first born son, I say to you, ĒWhat the child of my womb? What, the child of my vows?Ē

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

The Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

Matthew 8:5-13

And when Jesus was entered into Capernaum, there came unto Him a centurion, beseeching Him, And saying, Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy, grievously tormented. And Jesus saith unto him, I will come and heal him. The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed. For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to this man, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it. When Jesus heard it, He marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel. And I say unto you, That many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven. But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. And Jesus said unto the centurion, Go thy way; and as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee. And his servant was healed in the selfsame hour. (KJV)

Strong faith in the Lord Jesus Christ is a constant expectation for Christians. The Lord Jesus Christ does not disappoint Christians with strong faith. Christ constantly reaffirms the importance of strong faith.

The centurion in the current Gospel had strong faith. The centurionís strong faith merited recognition by the Lord Jesus Christ. The centurionís request for the healing of his servant was granted.

The current Gospel records the intense and personal interchange between the centurion and the Lord Jesus Christ. Serious believers interact with the Lord Jesus Christ in prayer.

The Divine services of the Church reflect the corporate interaction of Christís believers with Christ. The intensity of the relationship between the believer and Christ is affected by the believerís depth of faith.

The relationship with Christ is formalized at Holy Baptism and is intended to last throughout earthly life and beyond. The relationship with Christ is to grow and mature just as individuals are expected to grow and mature in other ways.

A personís relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ is not limited to a brief period of interaction. Constant prayer is an expectation throughout life. Prayer is intended as a life-long practice of all believers.

Prayer takes on many forms. Reading formal written prayers is a common way for believers to relate with Christ. Prayer connects the believer with Christ. Prayer reflects the degree of a personís faith.

Prayer reveals a personís primary interests. A personís priorities become known in the way the person prays to God. The centurion in the current Gospel had the primary interest of having his servant healed.

The centurion was focused in his request directed to Christ. The centurion did not seek personal benefits for himself. The centurion was respectful of Christ when making the request.

Periodically it is good to examine what we personally say to God. Benefit exists in assessing the depth of faith we show in approaching God in prayer. Do the words we express to God conform to the content of our heart?

Do our mind and heart combine in fervency when we prayerfully approach God? Do we regularly nourish our souls with reading and listening to the Gospel in order to remain strong in faith?

Our relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ is the most important relationship in our life. The way we understand and relate with Christ is revealed in all other relationships.

The centurionís relationship with Christ benefitted his servant. The centurion benefitted from the servant being healed. When Christ is at work in the person, the benefits are far-reaching.

The interchange between Christ and the centurion was a very brief moment of time. The brief interchange has had lasting value. This simple interchange stands out among complexities in the world.

Value exists in being attentive to the simple occurrences in life. Attentive believers look for Christ in everyday life. Attentive believers rejoice when small blessings are experienced.

Many distractions exist in the world. The centurion probably faced many challenges. He was a disciplined person. He was intent in his servant being healed by Christ.

Present day Christians do well to follow the centurionís example. Present day Christians do well to have strong faith and clear focus on the needs in their lives.

Christ is ever present. Christ knows the degree of personal faith in each person. Individuals are best helped by Christ when the believer is clear with Christ. Being appreciative and respectful is always an essential part of the relationship.

Each Christian is challenged to remain faithful to Christ throughout. Temptation s and distractions always arise. The centurion had great responsibilities and duties.

The centurions found time and the way to nourish and strengthen his faith. He practiced personal discipline reaching out to Christ for the healing important and necessary in his life.

Christians today do well to practice firmness of faith in Christ and discipline in focus. Christians benefit by being respectful of Christ and clear in prayerful communications with Christ.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
July 4 / 17, 2016
Fourth Sunday after Pentecost.
St. Andrew of Crete.
Venerable Martha, Heiromartyr Sava of G. Karlovac

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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