St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 968 - July 24 / August 6, 2017

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 968
July 24 / August 6, 2017
Ninth 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

Ephesians 2:8

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

Recent Services
July 29
Matins was read
July 30
Matins was read
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Twenty-eight people attended. Three communicants.
July 31
Matins was read.
Six people came in the evening for the Akathist to St. Elijah.
August 1
Matins was read.

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 Monday.

8:00 AM Divine Liturgy St. Panteleimon.
6:30 at Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va.

3:00 PM Akathist followed by Adult class.

Tuesday and Friday
4:00 PM

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

Akathists and Prayers for Special Needs Scheduled on Request.

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

Important Dates

August 7 - Dormition of the Righteous Anna
August 8 - Holy Nun, martyr Parasceva of Rome. St. Sava III, Archbishop of Serbia.
August 9 - St. Panteleimon. Parish Nurseís Slava. Divine Liturgy at 8:00 AM.
August 12 - Venerable Angelina of Serbia
August 13 - Celebration of Parish Nurseís Office Slava. Covered Dish dinner and program.
August 14 - Dormition Fast begins.
August 19 - Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord.
August 22 - Holy Apostle Matthias
August 28 - Dormition of the Mother of God.

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

Congratulations to Dustin Menhart being promoted to Lt. Colonel in the United States Army.

Dr. Scott Michael Newton volunteered and participated in a medical clinic to benefit the homeless in Pittsburgh recently.

The parish picnic is scheduled for September 10, 2017. DIVINE LITURY WILL BEGIN AT 9:00 AM THE DAY OF THE PICNIC.

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.

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.


Recent Activities of Parish Administrator

July 28 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing.
July 29 - Went to St. Elijah Church Picnic grounds in Aliquippa for the honoring of Very Rev. Stavrophor Stevan Stepanov and celebration of the Fortieth Anniversary of the parish day camp. Congratulations to Father Stevan for starting and conducting the camp many years. Congratulations to Father Branislav Goli for continuing the camp. Congratulations to all participants and helpers during these forty years.
August 1 - Went to Fairmont, W.Va .festal reasons.

Wisdom of Sirach 36:1

Have mercy on us, O Lord, the God of all, and look upon us, and put Your fear on all the nations.

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

The Ninth Sunday after Pentecost

Matthew 14:22-34

And straightway Jesus constrained his disciples to get into a ship, and to go before him unto the other side, while he sent the multitudes away. And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone. But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary. And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea. And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear. But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid. And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water. And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt? And when they were come into the ship, the wind ceased. Then they that were in the ship came and worshipped him, saying, Of a truth thou art the Son of God. And when they were gone over, they came into the land of Gennesaret. (KJV)

In the present Gospel reading, Peter stepped out in faith. He stepped out with an expectation that he could actually walk on the water. He actually did walk on the water. Trusting in Jesus enabled Peter to do a miraculous act.

Trusting in Jesus brings out extraordinary abilities in individuals. Jesus is empowering to individuals trusting in Him with good intentions. Peterís interest was to draw near to Christ.

Drawing near to Christ is the wisest of actions. Drawing near to Christ is movement toward the good and away from the perilous. Peter definitively decided to draw near to Jesus.

Peter stepped out on the water alone empowered by His belief in Christ. When an individual is empowered by Christ, his or her capabilities increase and attainments reach unexpected levels.

Talents and treasurers used for the glory of God bring greater results than when used for alternative purposes. The depth of Peterís confidence in Christ was revealed by his fear.

Peterís faith in Christ had weakened. Fear set in and Peter began to sink. The loss of extraordinary power set in. Personal confidence was gone. Desperation was taking over. Death might be imminent.

The best way to face life is to have full faith and confidence in Christ. Faith and confidence in Christ provides individuals with the resoluteness to face every conceivable worldly circumstance.

The First Epistle of St. John states: ďHe who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.Ē (Jn. 4:4) The lives of the saints and martyrs facing adversity through the centuries bear witness to the power of resolute faith in God.

When difficulties arise in life, believers do well to place complete confidence in Christ. Peterís desperate cry to Jesus to save him would bear results. Jesus did not let Peter drown.

Jesus acknowledged Peterís shallowness of faith and the presence of doubt. When Peterís faith in Christ became less, Peterís ability to act became less. The degree of faith and confidence a person places in Christ makes a big difference.

The Gospel describes the wind ceasing after having been boisterous. Think back to the time of the Holy Prophet Elijah. Through the prayers of the Holy Prophet Elijah, the rain stopped and the rain resumed. (James 5:17-18)

The elements are controlled by God. Individuals do well to center their lives in God. The Lord Jesus Christ said: ďCome to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.Ē (Mt. 11:28)

Christians benefit immediately and directly by choosing to live in Christ. Christ is an insulation and protection against the strongest of the elements. Christ shines in the lives of individuals resting in Him and consistently living in Him.

Christ saving Peter in the present Gospel is a permanent lesson of value. Crying out to Christ in faith does not fall on deaf ears. Believers have a daily responsibility to live faithfully in Christ.

When believers recognize personal sin, repentance is in order. Once believers know about Christ, faithfulness is constantly expected. Christ warrants faithfulness with love and appreciation.

The disciples recognized Jesus as the Son of God. The disciples worshipped Him. Jesus walking on the water and Peter walking on the water was a miracle before their very eyes.

Believers today will see miracles in their daily lives if they look at occurrences in daily life with great faith. Taking time to rejoice and give thanks to God for miracles is always appropriate.

Taking time to give thanks to God for life each day is appropriate. Each breath, each thought, each movement of the body, each sound that is heard, each sight that is seen is a miracle from God.

The miracles of God are plentiful and easily can become taken for granted. Taking time to consciously think about the miracles of God may lead to increased gratefulness to God.

The crossing of the sea on this particular occasion was more than routine. This particular crossing became of lasting importance. The miraculous work of Christ was demonstrated.

The value of faith in Christ was a lesson learned. Peterís experience with Christ showed that individuals are empowered in proportion to their faith and commitment to drawing near to Christ.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
July 24 / August 6, 2017
The Ninth Sunday after Pentecost.
Holy Martyr Christina of Tyre.
Venerable Polycarp of the Kievan Caves.
Holy Martyrs of Preblovci and Lower Hercegovina

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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