Holy Trinity
Serbian Orthodox Mission
Fairmont, WV

Bulletin 159 - December 21, 2008 / January 3, 2009

The Orthodox Mission

Chronicle of the Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission
Diocesan Bishop - His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN
Aministrator - Fr. Rodney Torbic
408 Morgantown Avenue
Fairmont, West Virginia 26544

December 21, 2008 / January 3, 2009
St. Julianna
No. 159
Phone 724-966-7428
Phone 304-534-5321
Phone 304-622-3681

Genesis 1:2

The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.

Six people came for Divine Liturgy on December 13, 2008.

The Feast of the Nativity of Christ is at hand. We are in the period of the Forefeast. Honor the Fast and rejoice at the time of the Feast.

Seek God in your life each day.

Pray everyday without fail and with fervor.

Read the Bible daily.

Prepare for Holy Confession and Holy Communion during the Nativity Fast.

Remember the Sligo miners.

Remember the Suffering Serbian People in Kosovo.

Remember the men and women working in dangerous occupations including those in the mines and criminal justice agencies, the police, correctional officers and parole agents.

Remember the sick, the suffering, the imprisoned, those in rehab centers, nursing homes, jails and prisons. Remember the staff members and caretakers.

Remember the men and women serving in the military and their families.

Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteers are needed in Harrison County. Support every child's right to a safe and permanent home, Contact Vesna Meinert, Volunteer Coordinator for the Harrison County CASA Program at 304-623-5749.

Psalm 1:1

Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful.

Patience - Perseverance

Matthew 18:26 - "The servant therefore fell down before him saying, 'Master, have patience with me, and I will pay you all.'"

When we come to God seeking mercy and request God's patience with us, we need to be forgiving and patient with others. The Lord's Prayer connects our forgiveness with the forgiveness of others.

We have family members, friends, neighbors, and co-workers. We are members of a parish. Our relationships reveal the extent of our Christian commitment. Our relationships determine the way we will be judged.

The First Epistle of St. John states: "And this commandment we have from Him: that he who loves God must love his brother also." (I Jn. 4:21) The relationships we maintain and develop reflect our love of God.

When we seek God to be understanding about the way we are and seek God's patience as we try to overcome sin, then we need to be patient regarding the shortcomings of others.

We cannot operate with two sets of standards...one standard for ourselves in which we expect God to be very charitable about our sins and shortcomings and a second more stringent standard for relating with others.

When coming to God seeking mercy and forgiveness, pure honesty is necessary. Pure fairness is necessary in the treatment of others. The patience we demonstrate with others should be the standard we expect for ourselves.

Developing patience includes trust of God. Developing patience with others includes seeing the image of God in others. Developing patience with others includes serious prayer for understanding and tolerance.

Relationships need a God-based standard. The teachings of Christ set forth certain fundamentals expected in relationships. Jesus used parables to teach how individuals are expected to relate.

The servant seeking patience from the king and receiving it, did not show equal forgiveness with a fellow servant. The unforgiving servant was given up to be tortured for his hard-heartedness. (Mt. 18:22-35)

Relationships are complex and deserve extensive thought. Believers benefit in relationships by being immersed in God-pleasing ways. Relationships grow and mature when believers live the life in Christ.

Standards set by Christ establish boundaries and directions for relationships to mature. Christ nourishes individuals hungry for growth and for the feeding of the soul.

The mind becomes clear and patience materializes when pleasing Christ governs each action with others. Confusion reigns when pleasing God is exclusively not the standard for each relationship.
Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission, Fairmont, West Virginia
December 21, 2008 / January 3, 2009

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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