St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 965 - July 3 / 16, 2017

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 965
July 3 / 16, 2017
Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

Diocesan Bishop - His Grace Bishop IRINEJ

Parish Priest - Father Rodney Torbic

Phone 724-966-7428
Phone/Fax 724-966-7780
Cellular Phone 412-860-0944

I Thessalonians 1:3

Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labour of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father;

Recent Services
July 7
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Five people attended. One communicant.
July 9
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Father Sava from Monastery Marcha served.

Services This Week. Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule.

Third and Sixth Hours
Divine Liturgy.

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

6:00 PM on Tuesday,

6:30 at Holy Trinity Mission, Fairmont, W.Va.

3:00 PM Akathist followed by Adult class.

4:00 PM

10:00 AM Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont,W.Va.

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

Important Dates

July 26 - Synaxix of Archangel Gabriel. Monastery Marcha Slava.
August 2 - Holy Prophet Elijah
August 5 - Diocese Day
August 8 - Holy Nun, martyr Parasceva of Rome. St. Sava III, Archbishop of Serbia
August 9 - St. Panteleimon, Parish Nurse’s Slava.
August 12 - Venerable Angelina of Serbia
August 14 - Dormition Fast begins.
August 19 - Feast of the Transfiguration of our Lord God and Saviour Jesus Christ
August 22 - Holy Apostle Matthias
August 28 - Feast of the Dormition. St. George Kolo Slava. KSS Federation 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 Monastery Marcha’s Slava on July 26.

Plan to attend Diocese Day on August 5 at Shadeland.

Pray fervently each day throughout the day and night.

Treasure the joy in reading and listening to the Holy Gospel.

Listen to the parish weekly radio broadcast on Uniontown station WMBS each Sunday or on the parish website during the week at any time.

Read the Church calendar each day to know the daily Scripture readings and saint or feast for the day.

Come to adult class on Thursday and a church service during the week.

Non-perishable donations continue to be needed 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.

If you want visited when in the hospital, ask the priest.

Pray for miners, steel workers and workers threatened with job and benefit loss.

Remember and appreciate the workers in mines, law-enforcement, corrections, probation and parole and firefighters, all working in dangerous occupations.

Pray for crime victims.

Pray for peace in the world where violence and terror are a daily fact of life.

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 teaching or services of the church, ask the priest.

Appreciate and honor the St. Sava School of Theology, Libertyville with prayers and contributions.
St. Sava School of Theology has helped greatly to fill the continuing need for parish and mission priests.



The Lord Jesus Christ’s power to forgive sins.
The authority granted to bishops and priests to hear confessions.
The joy of having sins forgiven.

Recent Activities of Parish Administrator

July 7 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va for printing.
July 8 - Went to St. Sava Camp Shadeland. Returned on July 15.

Wisdom of Sirach 34:16

The eyes of the Lord are upon those who love Him. He is a powerful protection and strong support:

( 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)

Certain scribes were not willing to accept Christ’s words. Many individuals today reject Christ’s words. Individuals not going to church are proof greater importance is placed other than on the Holy Gospel.

If more people accepted the authenticity of the words of Christ, greater numbers of people would be attending church regularly. Where individuals spend their time, where they spend their income and where they invest their talents are strong indications of where their interests are.

The Lord Jesus Christ said: “Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” (Mt. 6:21) The words of the critical scribes were challenging. They took issue with what Jesus had said.

The scribes’ words were an attack on His authority. Jesus was viewed simply as a man. His divinity was not recognized. The critical scribes did not give credence to the power of Jesus.

Their statement did not reflect understanding that the paralytic’s sins were forgiven. The cheer Jesus encouraged in the paralytic was in direct contrast to the mood conveyed by the critical scribes. Two views existed.

Jesus had the ability to know the thoughts of the critical scribes. Their motivation did not escape Jesus. Evil cannot be hidden from Jesus The scribes were witnesses and had the choice to rejoice at being present.

They had the choice to praise Christ and welcome His words. Some individuals today choose to reject and be critical of accounts of good by Jesus and in the name of Jesus.

Accepting and welcoming Christ requires conscious decisions. The power of choice rests with each individual. Jesus questioned the scribes as to why they had evil in their hearts.

How often today is the question asked as to why a certain individual has evil in his or her heart? Why is it that in a certain family that evil reigns in one member’s heart and good is present in the hearts of other family members?

Why is it that in certain families good seems to be ever present and in other families evil seems to be ever present? The heart is the battleground. When Christ prevails, good is forthcoming.

When evil prevails, the evil behavior reflects the contents of the heart. Care must be taken in what is permitted to enter and remain in the heart. Jesus wanted the scribes to appreciate His identity.

He wanted the scribes to realize the extent of His power. Jesus posed a question to the challenging scribes. The critical scribes had to weigh the complexities of the forgiveness of sins with the intricacies of physically healing.

The scribes had to determine who has the power to forgive sins and whether they were willing to recognize Jesus as the forgiver of sins. If done other than by Christ, healing the paralytic would be no easy matter.

If healing the paralytic physically were easy, perhaps it would have already taken place. The verbal exchange between Jesus and the critical scribes was not a simple exchange of words between the adverse scribes and a mere man.

The reading of the Gospel at each Divine Liturgy reaches deep into the minds of attentive listeners. Great attention is necessary when the Holy Gospel is being read.

Believers need to focus on the words of Christ and the thinking of Christ crafted in the words being used. Jesus uses the words “The Son of Man” in His response to the scribes.

Jesus’ identity becomes far reaching. Listeners to the Gospel today are required to think about the meaning of the “Son of Man.” Listeners to the Gospel have to consider the healing taking place and compare it with the forgiveness of sins.

Neither action can be taken lightly. The forgiveness of sins necessitates the greatest spiritual authority. Physical healing involves control of the body. Believers attending the Divine Liturgy are to use their minds to learn about God.

Believers are expected to leave the Divine Liturgy as better Christians than when they entered. Coming to the Divine Liturgy includes the expectation of experiencing the Kingdom of God.

The Divine Liturgy offers the experience of being united with God. Human beings find their origin in God. Human beings find their completeness in God. The power of choice in learning about God rests with the person.

Choosing to draw near to God and consciously being united with God rests with the person. The scribes would come to know more about Jesus. They would be subject to an experience of lasting value.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
July 3 / 16, 2017
The Sixth Sunday after Pentecost.
Holy Martyr Hyacinth.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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