Serbian Orthodox Mission
Bulletin 209 - January 8 / January 21, 2012
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
Bulletin No. 209
January 8 / January 21, 2012
Saturday after Theophany
I John 5:7
For there are three that bear witness in heaven: the Father,
the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one.
Nine people came for Divine Liturgy on January 14. One communicant.
The Vespers service is tentatively scheduled for February 2 at 5:00 PM.
The Mission was received into the Eastern American Diocese on April 15, 2000
when His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN served the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy.
Services have been held continuously on a twice monthly basis.
The Mission has been blessed with faithful parishioners and many friends and supporters.
Wayne and Joyce Kirby have been gracious in providing space for the Mission.
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 working in dangerous occupations including those in the mines
and criminal justice agencies, the police, correctional officers and parole agents.
Remember the men and women serving in the military and their families.
Bring a friend or relative to church the next time you come to church.
Thank God for the blessings of the Mission.
January 26 - Apodasis of Theophany
January 27 - St. Sava
January 31 - St. Athanasius the Great
February 5 - Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee
February 12 - Holy Three Hierarchs. Sunday of the Prodigal Son.
February 15 - Presentation of the Lord
If you are Too Busy to Pray...You are Too Busy!
Roman 8:35 - Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation,
or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
Security exists in knowing God is always present. Security exists in knowing
when there is no where else to turn, there is God. Security exists when a person
is feeling lonesome or alone, the person can turn to God in prayer.
The most isolated person in a super-maximum prison cell, the most bizarre
psychiatric patient in lock-up, the prisoner of war in a foreign country can
draw strength, comfort and support from the Lord Jesus Christ.
The third Psalm is a reminder of the courage God gives to the believer.
The Psalmist states: “I lay down and slept; I awoke, for the Lord sustained me.
I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people who have set themselves against
me all around.”
Individuals witnessing for Christ at times will be persecuted. Martyrs for
Christ face adversaries with firmness of conviction. Martyrs for Christ suffer
knowing that the Lord Jesus Christ endured suffering.
In the face of death, in the face of persecution, in the face of extreme adversity,
the love of Christ is the necessary nourishment and encouragement to endure. When a
person is ready to give up due to hardship, when a person is ready to give in to
pressure, when a person is willing to yield to bodily or mental tiredness,
knowing that unity with Christ exists in the effort is sufficient inspiration to continue.
The Holy Apostle Paul told the Ephesians: “Let us not grow weary while doing good,
for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.”
The love of Christ is sufficient to sustain a person under the most difficult of
circumstances. The love of Christ is sufficient to nourish and satisfy the hungriest of souls.
The love of Christ cannot be quantified. The love of Christ is available to each
person of each century. The love of Christ is not limited to individuals based upon
ethnicity or gender or of a certain age.
The love of Christ is inexhaustible. Centuries have passed and individuals continue
to fully experience the love of the Lord Jesus Christ. Centuries have passed and the
love of Christ remains fully available.
The love of Christ cannot be bought for dollars and cents. The love of Christ cannot
be sold by enterprising individuals seeking to deceive and mislead the susceptible.
The love of Christ does not exist only in a single or very limited number of
geographic locations. The love of Christ is best taught and experienced within the
context of God’s Holy Church. The love of Christ exceeds human capacity to fully appreciate.
Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission, Fairmont, West Virginia
January 8 / January 21, 2012
Fr. Rodney Torbic
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