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...is to tend to the flock of our Lord Jesus Christ and to spread the Good News of Christ to those outside the flock. The mission is to be accomplished by:
- Living a full and liturgical and sacramental life
- Proclaiming the Orthodox Christian Faith to all people
- Providing effective charitable and social programs
- Establishing strong spiritual leadership and educational resources
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“For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” - 1Cor 1:18
The words of St. Paul written above and those that follow in the Epistle Reading of this Great Feast of the Elevation of the Cross, are not likely among our favorites from the Great Apostle. They sound a little confusing, perhaps a bit threatening, and finally, better left alone until he says something more palatable to our spiritual taste. After all, this whole business of ‘the cross’ conjures up distasteful images and we prefer a sweeter biblical diet.
Under just a bit of scrutiny, however, it becomes evident that our beef is not with St. Paul’s expression of a deep understanding of Christian salvation theology, but it is with the our culture’s complete alienation from pain, suffering and death as being essential to our spiritual growth and well-being.
Here’s one example of this style of misunderstanding from everyday life and conversation. Mike says to Mary, “Hi, Mary, how are you today?” Mary replies, “Better than I deserve,” to which Mike decries, “Oh, no. You deserve the best.”
As a generous and loving sentiment from Mike to Mary, this response is what one might expect a friend to give. As an expression of Mary’s deserving good things in this life, Mike exposes the kind of attitude our culture’s world view is happiest with — surface niceties with little undergirding foundation. And while God, and Mike, may have intended “the best” for Mary and the rest of us, we, in our sin, deserve the “wages” of that sin, the natural result of our sin — death.
You see, the benefit to us humans in how Christ saves us by means of the Life-Giving Cross, includes a right understanding of Christ’s restoring work thereon and the necessity of our responding to that work in a fashion that allows it to make a difference in our own lives. As Adam’s death was rooted in his choice (missing the mark), so is our death rooted in ours.
When Christ died on the Cross, He completed in His perfect humanity the restoration of our race to its divine destiny. As the Second Adam, He fulfilled and accomplished on behalf of every human person what the first Adam failed to do — to live in communion with The One who made him. The first Adam made a simple and ignorant choice to live his life apart from the source of his life. This was an impossible choice that by its very nature brought death into play.
In response, the Second Adam, our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ, is sent by God the Father out of His love for His creation, to reconcile that broken, dead relationship by doing what the First would or could not. When Christ lives as we all have been called and intended to live, our humanity, the essence and nature that every human being participates in, including the Incarnate Christ, is healed by one Man’s “getting it right.”
The effect of Christ’s assuming and living in our humanity in perfect love and harmony with the Father, is that all of us who share our common human nature are free to choose either life, in the restored humanity of Christ, or death, in a replay of the sin of our first ancestor in the beginning.
Brothers and sisters, let us choose Life. As we gaze upon, bow before and venerate the weapon by which Christ has won our salvation for us — the Life Giving Cross — let us commit to the hard work of understanding this mystery of our salvation, the mystery of God’s Love. Let us strive to focus singularly on this reality, striving to grow in the understanding and living out of what it means for God to have become Man that we might become God.
“For the peace of the whole world…
...let us pray to the Lord.”
“Lord, have mercy.”
With the words in the title of this short piece, which are taken from the Great Litany of our Divine Services, we pray at the beginning of each Sacrament of the Church. We pray for the peace of the whole world. And no wonder. We need simply look around this world to discover so many things about which to cry out, “Lord, have mercy.” All we want is peace, right?
Beheadings, genocide, suicide, drug cartels, gangs, addictions of every kind, disease, the degrading of the environment, death and destruction, abortion, natural disasters, euthanasia, etc., could begin, but sadly not end, the list of laments we have to God regarding life as we know it.
“God, how could you let these things go on? Can you really exist when the world is such a mess? Or can you be who we claim you say you are and, yet, can’t, or won’t, do anything about our horrific situation? Do you care at all? How much can you love us if this is the best you can do?”
These comments resemble those of Righteous Job, who also questioned God about what He was up to. They reveal, however, little about God and much about us Christians, who keep forgetting that it is the loftiness for which we are created that gives us the potential to create anything, even the horror we behold all around us. It is our God given freedom, which He will not violate, and potential to be as He is—creators, that make us capable of wondrous achievements and nightmarish deeds.
If you live anywhere in the 15601 vicinity (that’s Greensburg, for those of you from Yorba Linda (inside joke, sorry)), however, I’ve got a question for you? After praying (which all of us should be doing all the time, in all places, about everything), what can we do about most of the things we are scared to death about (see the list above)? For the most part, absolutely nothing. They are not within our power or position to affect hardly at all. Yes, they are in our huge circle of concern, which encompasses virtually anything we can worry and wring our hands about, but they are not in our circle of influence, which has to do with things much closer and intimate, much simpler and immediate. (Thanks to Stephen Covey for the circle terminology.)
Our circle of influence, the arena in which we can affect change, is much smaller than our circle of concern, but it is the place where the peace we so long for begins. The “peace of the whole world” does not begin somewhere “out there” in that whole world, it begins in a place much smaller and closer to us, in fact, in a place inside us. As long as we are longing for peace out there and doing nothing about finding it in here, we will experience it nowhere. And that is the least peace imaginable.
So, if we want more peace in our world, we must first sit back and take notice of what we are putting out into the world. Are we generating and radiating harmony and love, cooperation and synergy, coinherence and communion wherever we go (just pay attention to the words you do understand)? On not?
Brothers and sisters, may the God Who is Omniscient Love, inspire us to see more clearly what is outside us and what is inside us, that we may find love, joy, peace, and all the other fruit of the Spirit in there somewhere and begin to manifest them in the whole world beginning with the world that we find right in front of our own faces.
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
At the Antiochian Women’s Meeting of this Summer’s Parish Life Conference, a suggestion was made for a good book to read to help enliven and deepen our participation in our worship of God in His Divine Services. The book is entitled, Help! I’m Bored in Church, by Father David Smith (available and reasonably priced in our Bookstore).
The Antiochian Women of St. Michael’s are planning to host/sponsor gatherings where at each convening we will read through and discuss a chapter or two of Fr. David’s book, that God may help us grow and mature in understanding and experience of what we do as worshiping Orthodox Christians.
If you are interested, please help us with the logistics:
Would you participate? If “YES,” please CLICK HERE, print the form, complete and give it to Dianne Anton (724-691-0319) or Miriam Yazge (724-691-0197).
His Eminence the Most Reverend Metropolitan Joseph
Metropolitan Joseph was consecrated to the Holy Episcopacy on June 30, 1991 at the St. Mary Cathedral in Damascus, after many years of serving as a deacon and a priest. His Eminence was born in Damascus, Syria, in 1950. He completed his basic schooling at the St. John of Damascus and al-Alliyeh schools in Damascus and then at Our Lady of Balamand Monastery in Koura, Lebanon. He completed his undergraduate studies at Lebanese University in Beirut and then earned his Master of Theology (M.Th.) with special studies in music and languages from Aristotle University in Thessaloniki, Greece. He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from St. Tikhon Seminary in South Canaan, Pennsylvania, in May, 2010.
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GET OUT YOUR DANCING SHOES...
and get ready to dance to the
WAYNE MACUGA BAND’s
Big Band Sound!
Saturday, October 4, 7:00 pm (following Vespers)
St. Michael’s Church Fellowship Hall
Snacks included in admission
BYOB and table snacks, if you wish!
You May Find the Text of the Divine Liturgy beginning on the bottom page 91 of the Service Book (gold embossed cross on the reddish brown cover) or in the green-spiral-bound book; sheet music can be found in the 8.5” x 11” large, spiral-bound booklet.
At the Kiss of Peace,our practice is for each of us to greet the person to our right and left with the bowing of our head, hands held in a prayerful clasp or crossed on the chest, while offering each other the Christian greeting, “Christ is in our midst!” and responding, “He is and shall be!”
Please remember that Holy Communion is reserved for those Chrismated Orthodox Christians who have appropriately prepared themselves through prayer, fasting and Confession to receive the Holy Mysteries of the Church. The bread (anti’doron, which means ’in place’ of the gifts) which we share after Communion and at the end of the Liturgy is for all.
Being mindful we are in church, let us always remember to…
...be quiet and attentive.Let us sing, pray, stand., sit, kneel and respond where responses are indicated. Let us not talk, look around, text message, play games, etc. Especially let us work at this in the Communion line and when in line to venerate the Cross and depart. If we cannot hear the post-Communion prayers being chanted during our departure, we are way too noisy.
...refrain from eating, drinking or chewing gum (most obviously and especially if you will be receiving Holy Communion).
...stay put. Except in rare cases, there are few of us who cannot stay in one location for two hours (usually less, for most of us).
Blessing of the Bells
Blessing of the Bells - 10/27/13
Dinner with Bishop Thomas, Father John and Deacon James - 10/25/13
ABOUT BISHOP THOMAS
His Grace, the Right Reverend Thomas (Joseph) is a bishop of the Antiochian Archdiocese of North America, serving in the Diocese of Charleston, Oakland and the Mid-Atlantic. READ MORE
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3 DAY CALENDAR
|Saturday, September 20th|
5:15pm Chant Rehearsal
6:00pm Great Vespers
|Sunday, September 21st|
9:30am Choir Rehearsal
10:00 Divine Liturgy
|Monday, September 22nd|
6:00pm Vesper Divine Liturgy
Conception of John the Baptist
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School Kit Thanks
Thank you to those who completed school kits for children in need around the world through International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC). Thank you to Connie Volchko has tote bags to be used to donate the necessary school items. See Connie for your bag and list of items needed for your kit.
Completed bags should be returned to Connie or the church TODAY!
CHURCH SCHOOL TEACHER NEEDED!
Keira Conley, our Church School Director, is looking for one additional teacher for Sunday Church School. Requirements: love of children, willingness to prepare a short lesson (information provided), and patience.
Contact Keira at 724-331-5947 or email@example.com.
Please Join Us on
Sunday, September 21st
For A Coffee Hour Luncheon Celebrating
Irene Papas’ 80th Birthday!
Hosted by The Papas Children
A presentation at the Omni Max Theatre
Downtown Pittsburgh at the Science Center
Thursday, September 25
Meet at St. Michael’s at 10:30 AM
Lunch at Kassab on the South Side
Presentation at 2:15 PM - Leaving Pittsburgh by 3:15 PM
$7.00 per person (if we have a group of at least 15)
Contact Michelle Gajewski
for more information or to make your reservation.
Can you kennel a dog or cat for a limited time while maintenance work is being accomplished at the Animal Friends of Westmoreland Shelter in Youngwood?
If you think you might be willing to do that, contact the shelter at 724-925-2555 for more information
ANTIOCHIAN WOMEN’S NEWS
Our Feast Baking has resumed! We need any help you can offer. On most Thursdays you can find us baking at the church. Come and help! There is a job for you. Specifically, we can also use some one who can manage our e-mail list that we continue to compile. We can also use a couple people who can be “shoppers,” going to designated stores to pick up food and supplies that we have ordered. See Sara Armanious and Valerie Flizanes if you can do either of these jobs.
Father John's 25th Anniversary Luncheon - from our You Tube site
Blessing of the Bells from our You Tube site
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It’s now a little less treacherous to navigate the Internet seas to our website and discover what’s happening at St. Michael’s! Set your course to a simplified ‘www.stmgbg.org’ and “Land-ho,” you are on our shores! “Argh,” to ’Skipper’ Ed Sam, Jr. for pacifying the web waters for us internet salty dogs, virgin voyagers and Landlubbers alike!
Vacation Bible School 2013
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Son Harvest Bible School Slideshow
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