St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 922 - September 5 / 18, 2016

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 922
September 5 / 18, 2016
Thirteenth 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

I John 5:4

For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.

Recent Services
September 10
Vespers was read.
September 11
Matins was read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy and Parastos. Thirty-three people attended. Eight communicants.
September 12
Matins was read.
September 13
Vespers was read.
September 14
Canon for Matins was read.
One person came for Divine Liturgy.
Four people came to Waynesburg University for the Akathist of Thanks.
Seven people came to Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. for Vespers and class.
September 15
Matins was read.
Three people came for the Akathist to Jesus Christ and class.
September 16
Matins was read.

Services this Coming Week. Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule.

5:30 AM on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday.

4:00 PM on Monday, Tuesday, Friday.

8:00 AM Divine Liturgy
3:30 PM Akathist at Waynesburg University
6:30 PM Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va

3:00 Akathist followed by adult class.

10:00 AM - Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Mission in Fairont, W.Va.

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

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

September 18 - Installation of His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN as the Serbian Orthodox Diocesan Bishop of Canada.
September 19 - Miracle of Archangel Michael
September 21 - Birth of the Most Holy Theotokos. Divine Liturgy at 8:00 AM
October 1 - Installation of His Grace Bishop IRINEJ as Bishop of Eastern America.

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

Sympathy extended to the family and friends of +Emul Skorich departed this life.

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 and Madeline Miralles, Mildred Bezjak and Felecia Williamson attended class on Thursday. The recent Great and Holy Council and the Ecumenical Councils were discussed. Come next Thursday to learn more.

Continue to bring non-perishable food to the church for the Greene County Food Bank.

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 suffering the Lord Jesus Christ experienced on the Cross.
The love of Christ for each person in each century.
The immeasurable humility of Christ in taking on human flesh.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

September 2 - Delivered donated boxes of food to Greene County Food bank.
September 10 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing.
September 10 - Attended United Mine Workers of America Pensionersí Picnic. Gave Invocation.
September 12 - Attended funeral of +Norma Lee Babich.
September 13 - Went to Redstone Cemetery in Brownsville for burial of +Emul Skorich-Served pomen.
September 14 - Went to Waynesburg University for Akathist and to Fairmont, W.Va. for Vespers and class.

Wisdom of Solomon 10:5

When the nations in evil concord were confused, wisdom knew the righteous man and preserved him blameless before God, and kept him strong in the time of his affection for his child.

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

The Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Mt. 21:33-42

Hear another parable: There was a certain householder, which planted a vineyard, and hedged it round about, and digged a winepress in it, and built a tower, and let it out to husbandmen, and went into a far country: And when the time of the fruit drew near, he sent his servants to the husbandmen, that they might receive the fruits of it. And the husbandmen took his servants, and beat one, and killed another, and stoned another. Again, he sent other servants more than the first: and they did unto them likewise. But last of all he sent unto them his son, saying, They will reverence my son. But when the husbandmen saw the son, they said among themselves, This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and let us seize on his inheritance. And they caught him, and cast him out of the vineyard, and slew him. When the lord therefore of the vineyard cometh, what will he do unto those husbandmen? They say unto him, He will miserably destroy those wicked men, and will let out his vineyard unto other husbandmen, which shall render him the fruits in their seasons. Jesus saith unto them, Did ye never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord's doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes? (KJV)

Think carefully about the way the world is being cared for. Think about the wastefulness and greed that exists. Think about the ruination of beautiful parcels of land, rivers and streams.

Think about the abuse of workers in many industries. Think about hostile work environments. The Lord God created the earth to be well-cared for. The inhabitants of the earth are created in the image and likeness of God.

The Lord Jesus Christ preached about love and is the embodiment of love. Care of the environment and love for one another are responsibilities of Christians. Christ sets the standards for daily living.

The Lord Jesus Christ will return to judge the living and the dead. The Lord Jesus Christ has already willingly suffered and died on the Cross. He rose from the Tomb showing His might over death and that in Him is life.

The days until Christís return are days for repentance and for honoring Christ. Each day is a blessing to live in glory and thanksgiving to God. Life is not to be lived in reckless abandon nor to be lived without thanksgiving to God.

Too often God is not a part of the decision-making process in the lives of individuals, organizations, corporations and government. Too often moral standards and Christian love are set aside and abandoned in daily living.

Christians profess belief that Christ will come again to judge the living and the dead. Too often Christians are silent when decisions are made that negatively affect the quality of daily life and are in direct contrast to moral standards.

Too often Christians fall silent when harmful greed is evident. Too often Christians tolerate conditions of unfairness and violence against innocent others. Too often Christians do not oppose ill motivated acts of aggression.

Christís return and final judgment are sobering for those taking them serious. Serious Christians heed the content of the Gospel. Serious Christians are mindful of Christís teachings.

To live in Christ requires constant attention to Christ. To live in Christ entails attentiveness to Christís teachings and expectations. The love of Christ governs daily life for those taking Christ seriously.

Too easily individuals fall away from Christ. Too easily families adopt priorities far from the way of Christ. Too often the hustle and bustle of daily life dilutes the necessary commitment to Christ.

Growth in Christ necessitates being fully Christian in all aspects of daily life. Being Christian includes consciousness that at Baptism the full person is dedicated to Christ.

Attentiveness to Christís gentleness and love is worthy of constant attention. In a world where abrasiveness and aggression seems all too frequent, gentleness and love in daily relationships are refreshing and radical improvements.

Turning to Christ in prayer is worthy investment. Daily evaluating personal thoughts and behavior to ensure they conform to Christís way is beneficial. Honoring the Churchís fasts is a discipline that keeps God in mind as the goal.

The current Gospel lesson is instructive. Every Gospel lesson is instructive. Christians are expected to remain firmly devoted to Christ. Christians are expected to repent and begin anew in Christ when having sinned and failed to follow Christ.

The life in Christ is a life of new beginnings throughout life. Christians always fail to some degree to fully follow Christ. Christ mercy and kindness are needed for believers to live up to the standards and teachings.

Christ is forgiving and loving for believers desiring to repent and begin anew. Christ is merciful in listening to believers reaching out in faith to Him. Christ provides strength for believers beginning anew in faith.

The remaining time of life for each person is uncertain. Christ will come again. Each person determines the degree to which he or she is prepared for Christís return.

Each person establishes a daily record that will be used by Christ for the final judgment. Each personís thoughts and actions will be available to Christ for use in the final decision-making.

Now is the time to repent. Now is the time to be certain that daily thoughts and actions conform to Christís ways. Now is the time to love and live in Christ throughout the day and night.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
September 5 / 18, 2016
Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost.
St. Zechariah the Prophet and Righteous Elizabeth.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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