Dear brothers and sisters,
Welcome to the web page of St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church of Issaquah, Washington. We greet you in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Welcome!
Bulletin The Way, December 2013 is available for download December 2013 Bulletin
His Grace Bishop Maxim (Vasiljevic) of Hum was elected for the Western Diocese at the regular assembly of the Hierarchs of the Serbian Orthodox Church in 2006. Bishop Maxim is docent of Divinity School at the Theological Faculty of the University of Belgrade, and for Christian Anthropology and Sociology at the Theological Faculty of the University of East Sarajevo.
Bishop Maxim graduated at the Theological Faculty of the Serbian Orthodox Church in 1993. In 1998 he completed his Masters of Theology at the University of Athens in 1996, and then three years later, in 1999, at the same university, he defended his doctorate in the field of Dogmatics and Patristics. He worked for one year on his post-doctorate in Paris and the Sorbonne in 2003-04, in the field of Byzantine History and Theology. During this time, he also delved in the theory and
practical application of painting, under the guidance of A. Pinkas at the French Academy of Fine Arts in Paris. He speaks Greek, French, Russian and English.
“See that ye all follow the bishop, even as Jesus Christ does the Father, and the presbytery as ye would the apostles; and reverence the deacons, as being the institution of God. Let no man do anything connected with the Church without the bishop. […] Wherever the bishop shall appear, there let the multitude [of the people] also be; even as, wherever Jesus Christ is, there is the Universal Church. […] Whatsoever [the bishop] shall approve of, that is also pleasing to God, so that everything that is done may be secure and valid.” (St. Ignatius: Letter to the Smyrnaeans; Ch 8)
LET US ALL GREET OUR FATHER AND BISHOP MAXIM IN FRONT OF OUR CHURCH AT 09:45 AM
AFTER THE DIVINE ARCHIERARCHICAL LITURGY, DURING THE LUNCH, WE WILL HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO TALK TO OUR BISHOP AND TO HEAR HIS PERSPECTIVE ON CERTAIN TOPICS AND CONTEMPORARY CHALENGES ORTHODOXY IS FACING TODAY
We invite you all, dear brothers and sisters, to our annual picnic gathering on October 12, 2013, starting at noon. This is a free event with home made food, music and most importantly fellowship.
Bulletin The Way, October 2013 is available for download [download PDF]
On this day are commemorated two events connected with the Precious Cross of Christ: the first, the finding of the Cross on Golgotha and the second the returning of the Cross to Jerusalem from Persia. Staying in the Holy Land, the holy Empress Helena decided to took for the Precious Cross of the Lord. An old Jew called Judah was the only person who knew the whereabouts of the Cross, and, under pressure from the Empress, he revealed that the Cross was buried under the Temple of Venus that the Emperor Hadrian had built on Golgotha. The Empress ordered that this idolatrous temple be pulled down, and then, digging deep below it, she found three crosses. While the Empress was in uncertainty about how to recognise which cross was the Lord’s, a funeral procession passed by. Then Patriarch Macarius told them to place the crosses one by one on the dead man. When they placed the first and second on him, the dead man remained unchanged, but when they placed the third on him, he was restored to life. By this, they knew that this was the Precious and life-giving Cross of Christ. After that, they placed it on a sick woman, and she recovered. Then the Patriarch raised the Cross aloft for all to see, and the people sang with tears: ‘Lord, have mercy!’ The Empress Helena had a silver casing made, and placed the precious Cross in it. Later, King Chozroes conquered Jerusalem, took the people into slavery and carried the Lord’s Cross off to Persia, where it remained for fourteen years. In 628, the Greek Emperor Heraclius was victorious over Chozroes and brought the Cross back to Jerusalem with great ceremony. Entering the city, Heraclius was carrying the Cross on his back, but suddenly the aged Emperor was unable to take another step. Patriarch Zacharias saw an angel directing the Emperor to take off his imperial robes and walk beneath the Cross along the way that Christ had walked, barefoot and humiliated as He had been. He passed this vision on to the Emperor, who stripped himself of his raiment and, in poor clothing and barefoot, took up the Cross, carried it to Golgotha and placed it in the Church of the Resurrection, to the joy and consolation of the whole Christian world.
Bulletin The Way, September 2013 is available for download [download PDF]
Bulletin The Way, March 2013 is available for download [download PDF]
Today, unfortunately, a lot of people do not live according to the Word of God and the commandments of Eastern Orthodox Church and, thus, do not walk on the road to salvation. This is the greatest tragedy of our generation. Where will you experience your eternal life? Will you be with God or will you be separated from God? The answer to these questions depends on you. The Eastern Orthodox Church clearly show that the only way to show love towards God and desire to be with God , is to obey God’s Word and clean the soul through prayer, fasting, repentance, and taking Holy Communion.
If you don’t understand some things about the Eastern Orthodox faith or you want to study the Word of God with other Orthodox Christians, you are always welcome to come to Bible study. Bible study has two aims. The first aim is allow Orthodox Christians to study in a group the Word of God since the Lord Jesus Christ Himself said, ”For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them” (Matthew 18:20). The second aim is to explain the ways that lead to God and eternal life to those people who are beginners in Eastern Orthodox faith.
The first Bible Study class for adults will begin on March 10, 2013 after lunch. Everyone is welcome.
Bulletin The Way, January 2013 is available for download [download PDF]
Dear Brothers & Sisters in Christ,
I just got back from the doctor and he says that I will not be able to serve this coming Saturday and Sunday. I have to stay home.
There will be a Reader’s Service this Sunday.
Remember that our Annual Meeting will be on Feb. 17, 2013.
Please pray for me!