St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 915 - July 18 / 31, 2016

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 915
July 18 / 31, 2016
Sixth 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 9:2-2

And, behold, they brought to him a man sick of the palsy, lying on a bed: and Jesus seeing their faith said unto the sick of the palsy; Son, be of good cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee.

Recent Services
July 22
Vespers was read.
July 23
Thrid and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy in Fairmont, W.Va. Three communicants. Parastos was held.
Vespers was read at St.George Church.
July 24
Matins was read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Twenty-eight people attended. Five communicants.
July 25
Matins was read.
Funeral was held for +Nelli Gostovich in Clairton, Pennsylvania. Burial in St. George Cemetery in Brentwood.
July 26
Vespers was read.
July 27
Matins was read.
One person came for the Akathist to Jesus Christ, Akathist to the Mother of God and Akathist to St. Panteimon.
Five people came for Great Vespers and class at Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission in Fairmont, W.Va.
July 28
Matins was read.
One person came for the Akathist to the Icon of the Mother of God, She Who Healeth.
Three people came for class.

Services this Coming Week. Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule.

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

4:00 PM on Monday, Friday.

8:00 AM Divine Liturgy

6:30 PM Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va

3:00 PM Akathist followed by Adult Class

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

August 2 - St. Elijah Day
August 4 - Holy Myhrr-bearer and Equal to the Apostles Mary Magdalene
August 7 - Diocese Day at Shadeland. St. George Church closed.
August 9 - St. Panteleimon. Healthcare Day Seminar. Parish Nurseís Office Slava.

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

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

Parish Life

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

Plan to attend Diocesan Day at Shadeland on August 7. Our church is closed on August 7.

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 Lives.Ē Bring a friend.

Sympathy extended to the family and friends of +John Rebich newly departed this life.

Thank you to Sonia Janson for singing at the funeral of +Nellie Gostovich.

Sonia Janson, Paulette Radock and Mildred Bezjak came for class. The results of the recent Great and Holy Council continue to be reviewed in class here and in Fairmont.

If you want your house blessed, ask the priest.

If you have need for special prayers, ask the priest

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

Deep faith influences a personís prayers.
Christ is at the heart of Christian prayer.
Prayer is for every moment of every day.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

July 23 - Went to Fairmont, West Virginia for Divine Liturgy. Stopped in Morgantown for printing.
July 25 - Went to Clairton, Pennsylvania for funeral of +Nellie Gostovich.
July 26 - Visited patient at Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh.
July 27 - Went to Fairmont, West Virginia for Great Vespers and class.

Wisdom of Solomon 3:1

But the souls of the righteous are in the hand of God and no torture will ever touch them.

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

The Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

Matthew 9:1-8

And he entered into a ship, and passed over, and came into his own city. And, behold, they brought to him a man sick of the palsy, lying on a bed: and Jesus seeing their faith said unto the sick of the palsy; Son, be of good cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee. And, behold, certain of the scribes said within themselves, This man blasphemeth. And Jesus knowing their thoughts said, Wherefore think ye evil in your hearts? For whether is easier, to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and walk? But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (then saith he to the sick of the palsy,) Arise, take up thy bed, and go unto thine house. And he arose, and departed to his house. But when the multitudes saw it, they marvelled, and glorified God, which had given such power unto men. (KJV)

Think of the magnificence of the Lord Jesus Christ. He has the power to forgive sins. He has the power to enable a sick person to walk. The current Gospel expresses a far reaching understanding of the Lord Jesus Christ.

The current Gospel gives hope to the physically afflicted. The current Gospel establishes hope for sinners. Sins can paralyze a person. Sins can limit a personís mobility and ability to think.

Sins affect bodily functioning. The forgiveness of sins empowers a person. The forgiveness of sins gives a person new mobility. Weight is lifted from the mind, heart and soul when sins are forgiveness.

People of strong faith face physical limitations with a new understanding by turning to the Lord Jesus Christ. The Church hears often of individuals being healed physically.

Faith in Christ changes personal lives. Strong faith was important in the current Gospel. Strong faith is always important in daily life. The Lord Jesus Christ healed the man in the Gospel physically and spiritually.

The physical and spiritual aspects of life deserve attention. Care of the body is a Christian responsibility. God is due gratitude for the bodies given to believers. Care of the soul is important and has lasting implications.

The way a person looks at life and approaches life has long range effects. Persons of strong faith work to be attentive to Christ. Staying close to Christ requires continuous effort.

Temptations and distractions must always be confronted and repelled for a person to remain united with Christ. Christians have a responsibility to be united with Christ.

The responsibility to follow Christ was accepted at Holy Baptism. Honoring that responsibility requires daily attention. Just as the body needs nourishment, the soul needs nourishment.

The man healed in the current Gospel owed a great debt of gratitude to the Lord Jesus Christ. The man had his sins forgiven. He had the newfound ability to walk. What great joy he experienced.

Christ brings joy to individuals seeking Him in faith. Faithfully following Christ leads to great joy. In todayís world it is necessary to look carefully for Christ.

Many paths are open for individuals to follow. Many different alternatives compete for an individualís attention. Many voices express opinions on how life should be lived.

In Jeremiah read these words: ďThus saith the Lord, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. (Jeremiah 6:16)

Godís Holy Church offers the sacred and protected path to the Kingdom of God. Godís Holy Church provides the safe environment to learn about Christ and to experience Christ.

The present Gospel has been preserved, proclaimed and protected in Godís Holy Church for centuries. Efforts to rebuff and repudiate the Gospel have not been successful.

Societal changes through the centuries have not stopped the spread of the Gospel. Individuals martyred for Christ inspire renewed commitment to the Gospel.

Churches and monasteries have arisen on sites where individuals have been martyred. Witnesses to the healing in the current Gospel certainly had a new understanding of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Witnesses to Christís miracles in each century lead to a spreading of the Gospel. Persons personally healed by Christ verify the divinity of Christ. Persons healed by Christ are living proof Christ is the same today.

Todayís Gospel is a Gospel of joy. odayís Gospel offers contrast to dominant societal news. Christ offers hop e and healing. Christ always offers hope and healing.

Society benefits when more people heed the words of Christ. Society benefits when the Gospel is given greater attention. Love and appreciation for Christ increase when His miracles and healing powers become better known.

Thank God for the current Gospel reading. Thank God the Lord Jesus Christ continues to heal and bring joy. Thank God for the opportunity to read and listen to the Holy Gospel.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
July 18 / 31, 2016
The Sixth Sunday after Pentecost.
St. Emilianus, Martyr.
St. Hyacinthus, Martyr.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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