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At St. Peter Orthodox Church, you will find a people committed to our Lord and to one another. Everything we do in our Parish is to either encourage us toward maturity in our Christian life or to be a means by which we can encounter the reality and grace of God toward the healing of our soul.

At St. Peter Orthodox Church, you will find a people committed to our Lord and to one another. Everything we do in our Parish is to either encourage us toward maturity in our Christian life or to be a means by which we can encounter the reality and grace of God toward the healing of our soul.
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At St. Peter Orthodox Church, you will find a people committed to our Lord and to one another. Everything we do in our Parish is to either encourage us toward maturity in our Christian life or to be a means by which we can encounter the reality and grace of God toward the healing of our soul.






Experiencing Love to Become Love

June 10, 2018 - On this first Sunday in the Season of Trinitytide, we are given an incredible teaching on becoming love as God is love by St. John in St. John Chapter 4. In this reflection we consider his words section by section. We remember that we cannot become love without first being recipients of the love of God in our own lives. What keeps us from experiencing God's love toward us? When the answers to that question are thrown down we are able to receive the limitless love of God...


Trinity Sunday: Invited into the Fellowship of the Holy Trinity

June 3, 2018 - This Trinity Sunday we reflect on the fellowship shared by the Holy Trinity: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. They are three distinct Persons that are so united in love, in one mind, and in singleness of purpose that the Three are indeed One. The result of their union is the giving of life. Scriptures tell us that we have been Baptized into Christ. Therefore, we being joined to the Fellowship of the Trinity are both recipients of life and, by God's desire, are the vessels...


Pentecost: From Your Hearts Will Flow Living Waters

May 27, 2018 - Today is the Feast of Pentecost and we hear again at the very beginning of Mass the vision of Ezekiel from Ezekiel 47 describing the water that would flow from the Temple; and everyone that the water would touch would be healed. Jesus said in the Gospel of St. John Chapter 7, "He who believes in me, out of his innermost being will flow living waters." The Holy Spirit would be poured out on the Day of Pentecost filling every believer with Living Water. Now, from us God...


1 Peter Part 6 "Living at the End of all Things"

St. Peter begins to conclude his First Epistle beginning with these words, "But the end of all things is at hand..." Based upon this reality, he ends this Epistle by teaching what is most important regarding how we should live in times such as these as believers and as Christ's holy Church. In this session we set our attention on his concluding things of having fervent love for one another, using our spiritual gifts for the benefit of one another, suffering for the sake of our Lord Jesus...


The Comforter Will Come

May 20, 2018 - On this week before Pentecost, Jesus tells His disciples that it is better for Him to return to the Father, for then the Comforter will come. Jesus is speaking of the Holy Spirit and one of the meanings of the word comforter means "one who will come along side." This homily explores how the Holy Spirit comes along side every Christian.


Feast of the Ascension 2018

May 16, 2018 - Today is one of the Twelve Major Feasts of the Christian Faith, the Feast of the Ascension of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is one of the Twelve Major Feasts specifically because of what Christ provided on our behalf by His Ascension to the Father. Today is a day of great rejoicing and this homily places before us a number of the incredible benefits made available to us through Christ by His Ascension.


Catechism Week 22: Our Sacred Order

The Church has always been governed by a hierarchy of order and oversight. What is the purpose and wisdom of such a framework and how does it function to oversee the faithful in Christ? This session seeks to help bring an understanding to these important questions.


1 Peter Part 5 "Be of One Mind"

St. Peter teaches the Church to, "Be of one mind." What an important reality we are being taught. For each living stone in Christ's Church to be of one mind is to exist like the Holy Trinity. Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are three Persons yet One. How are they One? The exist in the bonds of absolute love, unity, and harmony of the will. So the Church is called to be of one mind with one another and with our God. Our God is glorified in the wonder of Christian unity.


Doers of the Word & Holy Habits

May 13, 2018 - St. James teaches us to be doers of the Word and not hearers only. He says that those who are hearers only are deceiving themselves. Why? Because being a disciple of Christ, a follower of the Resurrected Jesus Christ, is an actual living experience and not just a mere intellectual or rational one. In this teaching, we examine the power of habits in our lives. Habits can either be life-giving to the Christian or they can be great distractions or even destructive to the...


1 Peter Part 4 "Practical Living that Glorifies God"

In the second half of 1 Peter 2 and the first half of 1 Peter 3, St. Peter instructs the Church on how they are to glorify God by the way in which they live; even and especially as they are facing Roman persecution. He begins by reminding Christians that they are sojourners and pilgrims in this world. Therefore, the world needs to see just how foreign the Christian is in this world. From there St. Peter moves to teach very practically how Christians must live in regards to submitting to...


Home as Church: Sacred Space in our Homes

Creating sacred space in the home, but also spending time with God in that sacred space, is a vital part of our ongoing experience of the union we have been giving with God. This class discusses prayer, our communion and fellowship with God, in the place in which we dwell.


Sing to the Lord a New Song

May 6, 2018 - On this 4th Sunday after Easter we listen as Psalm 98 tells us to "Sing to the Lord a new song, for He has done marvelous things." But what is the new song of the Christian. In this sermon we remember that the new song is Christ Himself. He is the content of the new song and we have all become the expression of that content. We are the voice and instruments to the song of the Resurrected Jesus Christ.


Our True Alligiance

April 29, 2018 - Today we remember the testimony of St. George the Martyr, who when the government persecuted Christians stood up against the government and would not bow down to their actions was martyred for his faith in Christ. St. Peter instructions us in our Epistle reading from 1 Peter that we are to submit to the government. So where does the Christian draw the line. We are to submit to our government for Christ allows all governments to be in place. In this homily reminds us,...


1 Peter Part 3 "The House that God Builds"

St. Peter ended chapter 1 of his first Epistle by calling the Church to live in the love of God toward one another. He begins chapter 2 encouraging the Church to lay aside all things that hinder us from loving one another. St. Peter then moves to remind us of who we are as individuals in Christ, but equally as important, who we are as the Body of Christ. He teaches us that Christ is the Cornerstone, the Apostles are the foundation, and we are are the Living Stones built upon that...


Catechism Week 20 "The Role of the Spiritual Father"

Today's Catechism Class focuses on the role of the Spiritual Father in the life of the Christian. In this teaching, we are encouraged to see the Priest as a familial Father who is placed in that position by God to help every Christian soul grow to maturity in Christ by feeding them all they need by his time, listening, teaching, and offering every Sacrament given by God for the health of all God's children. We are also encouraged to see the Priest as a physician; one we go to with the...


1 Peter Part 2 "Let the Suffering Set Their Eyes Upon Christ"

April 22, 2018 - Today we cover 1 Peter Chapter 1. Remembering that St. Peter is writing a pastoral letter to those suffering the beginning of the Roman persecution of the Church under Nero, St. Peter begins by calling the Church to great praise. And, by doing so, he is calling them to fix their eyes back up Christ in order to receive all of the grace He longs to give them to endure this time of trials. St. Peter also begins reminding them just how to live as the Church of our Lord Jesus...


The Good Shepherd & His Sheep

April 22, 2018 - Today is the Sunday of the Good Shepherd and we here the Gospel of St. John Chapter 10. In this sermon we remember Who it is that says He is our Good Shepherd. We also look at what our Lord Jesus actively does on our behalf in that role. Finally, it is also vitally important to know how to live as a sheep to the Good Shepherd that we might experience every benefit He offers us in this life and throughout eternity.


Help My Unbelief

April 15, 2018 - In the Gospel of St. John Chapter 20 the Resurrected Jesus Christ reveals Himself to Thomas granting him the gift of faith. The story of Thomas is the story of us all. One of the greatest prayers of the authentic follower of Christ is, "Lord, I believe. Help my unbelief." We all believe but also have areas in our lives where we are still weaker in our faith. This sermon encourages us as we look to see how Christ meets Thomas in a weak area of his faith and how He delights...


The Paschal Homily of St. John Chrysostom

April 8, 2018 - As is customary in the Orthodox Church, on Easter Sunday we hear the Paschal Homily of St. John Chrysostom; Archbishop of Constantinople in the late 4th century - the early 5th century.


Paschal Vigil: Light that Overcomes Darkness

April 7, 2018 - May the light of Christ gloriously rising scatter the darkness of heart and mind. This is the prayer we pray as the Paschal Candle is lit. Darkness cannot exist where light is present. In this reflection on the Resurrection we look at how the light of life overcame death, how the light of God releases us from our bondage, and how Christ has called us the light of the world having made us His dwelling place.