St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 920 - August 22 / September 4, 2016

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 920
August 22 / September 4, 2016
Eleventh 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

James 1:2-4

My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. (KJV)

Recent Services
August 27
Midnight Office was read.
Vespers was read.
August 28
Matins was read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy with blessing of the Slava Kolac, Koljivo and flowers. Thirty-seven people attended. Nine communicants.
August 29
Matins was read.
August 30
One grave was blessed in Masontown.
August 31
Matins was read.
Five people came for the Akathist of Thanksgiving at Waynesburg University.
Four people came for the Akathist to the Dormition of the Mother of God and class at Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission in Fairmont, W.Va.
September 1
Matins was read.
Three people came for the Akathist for the Dormition.
Four people came for class.
September 2
Matins was read.

Services this Coming Week. Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule.

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

4:00 PM on Tuesday, Friday, Saturday.

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

Akathists and Prayers for Special Needs held on Request. Ask the Priest.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

September 5 - Apodosis of Dormition.
September 10 - Venerable Moses of Ethiopia.
September 11 - Beheading of St. John the Baptist. Synaxis of Serbian Saints.
September 14 - Ecclesiastical New Year.
September 16 - St. Joanikije, First Patriarch of Serbia.

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

Thank you to all participating in the Kolo Slava celebration.

The installation of His Grace Bishop Irinej will occur on October 1 at Holy Trinity Cathedral in Pittsburgh. See the bulletin board for details to make banquet reservations.

Subdeacon Anthony Miralles, Paulette Radock, Mildred Bezjak and Felecia Williamson came to class this week to discuss the Mission of the Orthodox Church in the World.

Thank you to all preparing refreshments for Coffee Hour each week. Thank you to Linda Porter for keeping the schedule current.

Pray for the people in nearby Connellsville affected by recent flooding.

Remember the contributions of men and women in the workforce this Labor Day. Remember the men and women who took action to improve working conditions.

Make sure you have the Bible and icons in your home of your patronal saint, Christ and the Mother of God.

If you want your house blessed, ask the priest.

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

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

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 continuing importance of forgiving the people in our lives.
The healthy results of forgiving others.
The connection between forgiving others and asking Godís forgiveness.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing on August 27.
Went to cemetery in Masontown for grave blessing.
Went to Waynesburg University for Akathist on August 31 and then to Fairmont, W.Va. for Vespers and class.

Wisdom of Solomon 8:1

Wisdom stretches out from one end of the earth to the other, and she governs all things well.

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

The Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost

Mt. 18:23-35

Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants. And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand talents. But forasmuch as he had not to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made. The servant therefore fell down, and worshipped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him the debt. But the same servant went out, and found one of his fellowservants, which owed him an hundred pence: and he laid hands on him, and took him by the throat, saying, Pay me that thou owest. And his fellowservant fell down at his feet, and besought him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt. So when his fellowservants saw what was done, they were very sorry, and came and told unto their lord all that was done. Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me: Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellowservant, even as I had pity on thee? And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him. So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses. (KJV)

Forgiveness is a powerful healer. We learn of forgiveness from our Lord Jesus Christ in the current Gospel. We learn of forgiveness each year on Forgiveness Sunday when Great Lent is about to begin.

Christís forgiveness is evident each time a believer repents and confesses in church. The Lordís Prayer with each recitation reminds believers of the enduring value of forgiveness.

Forgiveness is an expression of Christís love. Christ loves each person. Christ forgives sins and transgressions of individuals repenting and seeking to begin anew.

Believers having been forgiven by Christ are expected to be forgiving in daily interaction with others. Daily personal relationships have much to do with salvation.

The way person relates with others in the home, the workplace and the community is known to God. The daily relationships of Christians are to conform to Gospel teachings.

The message of the Gospel is expected to be incorporated into daily living. The Gospel is a message intended to inspire constant change for the better. With each hearing of the Gospel, believers are to come more Christ-like.

Sinful ways and unpleasing ways to God are to be set aside and rejected. Christ speaks to each person in the reading of the Holy Gospel. The attentive person will take the Gospel to heart and attempt to adhere to the message.

Christís willingness to forgive reflects the depths of His love for each person. Hardened career criminals have reason to hope in the forgiveness of Christ. Individuals serving life or death sentences can find forgiveness in Christ.

With forgiveness comes responsibility to be Christ-like in personal relations. The person initially forgiven in the current Gospel did not practice forgiveness in his relationships afterwards. He faced suffering as a result

Listeners to the present Gospel do well to learn the lesson of forgiveness. Every person is in need of forgiveness. Every person strays from the teachings and ways of Christ.

Every person commits sins. Every person says or does things that he or she wishes had not taken place. Seeking forgiveness from family members, friends and co-workers strengthens relationships.

Practicing forgiving preserves and improves relationships. Marriages are better and families are stronger when forgiveness takes place regularly. Parish churches are healthier when parishioners forgive each other in the spirit of Christ.

Daily individuals recite the Lordís Prayer. Daily individuals turn to Christ seeking forgiveness. Christians are encouraged to come to Holy Confession regularly seeking Godís forgiveness.

Holy Confession is a direct experience of Christís love. Parents show their love to their sons and daughters by being forgiving. Husbands and wives demonstrate love for each other through forgiveness.

Christ was on the Cross and spoke of forgiveness. He said of those crucifying Him: ďFather, forgive them; for they know not what they do.ď (Lk.23:34)

The challenge for each person is to be forgiving of others during the remaining days of earthly life. Each person is challenged to live up to the standards and teachings of Christ on forgiveness.

Christians test Christís patience when being judgmental. Christians test Christís mercy when failing to forgive others. Christians expose themselves to adverse judgment by Christ when being unforgiving of others in daily life.

Each moment of each day is an opportunity to grow closer to Christ. Each moment is an opportunity to be more Christ-like in personal thought and behavior. Being forgiving of others on a regular basis conforms to Christís teachings.

Today is the best day to personally increase the practice of forgiveness. Today is the best day to stop judging and harboring ill thoughts against others. Today is the best day to put past dark remembrances behind and to forgive in love.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
August 22 / September 4, 2016
The Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost.
St. Agathonicus, Martyr.
St. Gorazd of Prague, Hieromartyr.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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