St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 974 - September 4 / 17, 2017


The Orthodox Faith


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


No. 974
September 4 / 17, 2017
Fifteenth 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
Email stgeorge2@windstream.net



James 1:6

But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. (KJV)

Recent Services
September 9
Matins was read.
Vespers was read.
September 10
Matins was read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Forty-one people attended. Eight communicants.
September 11
Five people attended Divine Liturgy. One communicant.

Services This Week. Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule.

Today
Matins
Third and Sixth Hours
Divine Liturgy and Parastos.

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

Tuesday
4:00 PM Akathist at Waynesburg University

Wednesday
6:30 Great Vespers and class at Holy Trinity Mission, Fairmont, W.Va.

Thursday
8:00 AM Divine Liturgy Nativity of the Theotokos
3:00 PM Akathist and adult class

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

Important Dates

September 19 - Miracle of Archangel Michael.
September 21 - Nativity of the Theotokos. Divine Liturgy at 8:00 AM.
September 22 - Holy and Righteous Ancestor of God, Joachim and Anna.
September 23 - OCF Retreat at Waynesburg University 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM.
September 25 - Apodasis of Nativity of the Mother of God.
September 27 - Exaltation of the Precious and Life-giving Cross Divine Liturgy at 8:00 AM.
October 4 - Apodasis of the Exaltation of the Cross.
October 6 - Conception of St. John the Baptist.
October 14 - Protection of the Mother of God.
October 19 - Holy Apostle Thomas.
October 22 - Holy Apostle James, son of Alpheus.
October 27 - Venerable Mother Parasceva the Serb. St. Petka.

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 helping and attending the picnic

Parishioners from Aliquippa, Midland, Pittsburgh, McKeesport, Monroeville, Steubenville and Fairmont were at the picnic in addition to many friends of the parish.

A significant number of United Mine Workers attended the picnic.

Very Reverend Stavrophor Dragoljub Malich amd Reveremd Father Branislav and Popadija Golic with daughter Mila came for the picnic.

Today’s Coffee Hour collection will benefit recent hurricane victims.

Be faithful in reading the Holy Scripture and in daily prayer.

Be faithful in love of God and neighbor.

Pray for the victims and those suffering from the recent hurricanes.

Donations continue to be needed for the Greene County Food Bank.

If you want your home blessed, ask the priest

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

If you want visited at any time you might be 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 services, practices or teachings of the Church, ask the priest.

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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.

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Consider

Being faithful in love of God and neighbor.
Practice love and forgiveness at home and in the community.
Be an example of love and forgiveness at all times.

Recent Activities of Parish Administrator

September 8 - Went to Morgantown for printing.
September 9 - Participated in United Mine Workers of America Pensioners Picnic in Clarksville.
September 10 - Attended parish picnic.
September 14 - Attended service at Holy Trinity Orthodox Church, State College, Pa.

Wisdom of Sirach 42:15

I will now call to mind the works of the Lord, and will declare what I have seen. By the words of the Lord his works are done.

(The New Oxford Annotated Bible with Apocrypha. New York. Oxford University Press, 1977.)


The Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Matthew 22:35-46

Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked Him a question, tempting Him, and saying, Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them, Saying, What think ye of Christ? whose son is he? They say unto him, The son of David. He saith unto them, How then doth David in spirit call him Lord, saying, The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies thy footstool? If David then call him Lord, how is he his son? And no man was able to answer Him a word, neither durst any man from that day forth ask Him any more questions. (KJV)

Studying the Holy Gospel is important for believers. The Holy Orthodox Church has a set order to the Gospels that are to be read during the course of the year in the Divine Liturgy.

The Holy Gospel exposes church attendees to the words, teachings and life of the Lord Jesus Christ. The Holy Gospel provides nourishment for the mind, the soul and the body.

In the present Gospel, a lawyer put a question to the Lord Jesus Christ. It was considered a testing of Jesus. Believers benefit from wondering if their personal behavior tests the patience of Jesus.

Believers are baptized into Christ and are expected to honor Christ at all times. Given the abundance of sin that occurs among identified believers, Christ’s patience and love for those seeking to repent deserves everlasting gratitude.

We benefit by knowing that we can reach out to the Lord Jesus Christ with questions and that He will listen. We can turn to the Lord Jesus Christ in prayer for guidance and direction.

We do well to look to the Lord Jesus Christ for development of our lives. We will find in the Lord Jesus ways to resolve dilemmas we face. Jesus provides the strength for us to sin less and to follow Him more completely.

There is no benefit in trying to test Jesus. The Lord Jesus Christ died for us on the Cross and rose from the Tomb establishing the enduring hope for believers in all circumstances. Christ deserves our abundant love and gratitude.

We have no need for a lawyer to intercede for us with Jesus. At the final judgment we will face Christ alone and without a lawyer. Our guardian angel and any good that we have done may be to our benefit.

The judgment we face will be final and complete. Standing before the returning Christ at the glorious Second Coming needs always to be kept in mind. The prayers of the Midnight Office say we have done nothing good.

The lawyer asked Jesus about the great commandment in the law. The lawyer was seeking the most dominant commandment, the most compelling. His question was very pointed and direct.

We do well to evaluate our conversations with Jesus. We do well to think about the questions, statements or prayers we put forth before Christ. What we say and don’t say to Jesus speaks much about us and the condition of our souls.

The degree to which we are honest with Christ reflects the trust we have in Him. Christ already knows our innermost thoughts and sinful actions. We benefit from Holy Confession seeking forgiveness to have the weight of sin removed.

The life with Christ is the life of the heart, the mind and the soul. The commandments are to be embraced as structures reinforcing the life in Christ. Christ emphasized the love of God and neighbor in the present Gospel.

The lawyer identified Jesus as Teacher. We never exhaust the learning available in Christ. We will learn everything we need to learn by studying the life of Christ and the teachings of Christ.

Christ answered the lawyer without any noticeable hesitation. He answered directly and with certainty. The great commandment calls for complete love of God with the heart, mind and soul.

When a person is baptized, the person is fully covered with the baptismal waters. The total person is consecrated to Christ at Holy Baptism. The person is anointed with the seal of the gift of the Holy Spirit from head to foot.

God wants the complete person for the rest of the person’s life. Becoming a Christian carries with it great responsibility. The commitment is not to be made lightly and without forethought.

Complete love of God means the full person is devoted. When we give of ourselves completely we can expect to be received by God completely. God knows the commitment of the heart, mind and soul.

The Psalmist said: “O Lord, You have searched me and known me.” (Ps. 138/9:1) We cannot run from God. We cannot hide from God. We cannot deceive God or pretend to be better or more fully committed that we actually are.

God knows the truth about us. The Psalmist said: “Where can I go from Your Spirit, or where can I flee from Your presence?” (Ps. 138/9:7) It is better to be honest with God when we sin and to confess our shortcomings.

We all have different callings, gifts and talents. The Holy Apostle Paul told the Ephesians: “But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift.” (Eph. 4:7) We need to be true to Christ.

Love of God and love of neighbor need to be in the forefront of each Christian mind. Love of God and love of neighbor are preeminent guides for daily thoughts and actions.


St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
September 4 / 17, 2017
The Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost.
Holy Martyr Bablas.
Holy Prophet Moses.
Hieromartyr Peter of Dobar=Bosnia

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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