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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.






God in the Midst of Our Suffering Part 2: The Wilderness

As we discussed a week ago, our journey in Christ from Baptism to the day we pass through the veil is a wilderness journey. We have left the captivity of our enemy but are not yet in the fullness of the Promised Land. In this wilderness there will be suffering. Today, we look at the wilderness journey of the Hebrews to discover a pattern common to us all. In the wilderness there will be suffering, God's people lament to God of their suffering, God hears them and is fully acquainted with...


The Ones Who Love

September 17, 2018 - Reflecting on the last two week's Gospel readings of both the Good Samaritan and the 10 Lepers, Deacon Ken points out Jesus' comparison of those who were supposed to be righteous and the outcasts. In the Good Samaritan, it is not the Priest of the Levite that loves, but the Samaritan who was considered an outcast by the Jews. In the 10 lepers who were healed, it was the Samaritan leper that returned with love to praise Christ for His healing. Those who love are the one's...


The Power of the Cross in the Daily Life of the Christian

September 13, 2018 - We are taught in Holy Scripture, both in the Gospels and the Epistles, that our Lord Jesus Christ overthrew Satan and the demonic as He would be lifted up upon the Holy Cross. St. Paul tells us that on the Cross Jesus "disarmed the principalities and powers making a public spectacle of them." Today we look at these Scriptures, the teachings of the Early Church Fathers, and the prayers in the Mass for the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. We do so in order to be reminded that...


God in the Midst of our Suffering: An Introduction

Today we begin a teaching series entitled "God in the Midst of our Suffering." It is in this introduction to the series that we acknowledge our need to rediscover the Christian language of lament to God. In this life in a post-fallen world, we all will endure times of great suffering. But how do we reach out to God in times of suffering and how does God walk with us through these times? If left to ourselves, our humanity, the sufferings in this world produce nothing but further brokenness...


Free Us from Ourselves that We May do Thy Will

September 9, 2017 - One of the prayers found in an Orthodox Prayer Book is "O God, set our hearts at liberty from the service of ourselves, that we may do Thy will, through Jesus Christ our Lord." Today we look at these words carefully along with the teaching of St. Paul from Galatians 5. If Christ has called us to the ministry of the Good Samaritan, as we spoke of last week, then we need to acknowledge that a consistent focus on ourselves and our desires stands in the way of our becoming...


The Good Samaritan & The Mission of Christ

September 2, 2018 - In today's Gospel reading from St. Luke and chapter 10 we hear the Parable of the Good Samaritan. It is in this parable that the compassionate heart of God comes through very clearly and demonstrates the mission for which God became man. He came to bind up the broken and bring healing to those half-dead from the Fall of Man. As we see Christ very clearly in this parable we are reminded that Christ has filled us with Himself not only for our healing and salvation, but also...


The God of Limitless Mercy

August 26, 2018 -Last week as we reflected on the Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector, we were exhorted toward the humility of the Tax Collector who had Godly sorrow for his sin, presented himself to God, and cried out for mercy. In today's message we shift our focus to the God of mercy to Whom the tax collector came. We can never exhaust the mercy of God Who always desires to give us far beyond what we could ask or deserve.


The Humility of the Publican, The Posture of the Christian

August 19, 2018 - In the Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector Jesus offers us the way of justification. To be justified is to have the burden of a guilty conscience stripped away and, at the same time, to be made righteous by the God who transforms the soul. The way to this blessed gift is wrapped up in the virtue of humility. In this reflection, we examine this great virtue so that we may in humility cry out for mercy to the God who longs to bestow that great and limitless blessing...


Spiritual Gifts and the Virtue of Love

August 12, 2018 - In 1 Corinthians 12 St. Paul teaches on the subject of the gifts of the Holy Spirit. These are the manifestation of the Spirit, as he states, that are given for the common good of all. In this reflection, we look at the gifts of the Holy Spirit, their role in the Body of Christ as well as in the revelation of God to the world outside of the Church, and how we might realize these Spiritual Gifts in the life of the Church.


The Transfiguration of our Lord Jesus Christ

Aug. 5, 2018 - Today is the Feast of the Transfiguration of our Lord Jesus Christ. In this reflection we look at both the realities of the Transfiguration shown in Christ and also we look at the impact this must have had on the disciples that witnessed this incredible event. How can we, Christ's disciples, also be transformed by this great testimony?



July 29, 2018 - A very important aspect of Orthodox Christian spirituality is discernment; that is, testing the spirits and knowing what is and what is not from God by the help of the Holy Spirit. Today Fr. James Rooney teaches us both the need for discernment in critical aspects of our lives and how we hear from God as to what is and what is not truth.


What Do You Have?

July 22, 2018 - In the Gospel of St. Mark Chapter 8, the disciples are faced with an impossible situation. How can they provide enough food for thousands of people with seven loaves of bread and a few small fish? In this narrative, Jesus asks them one of the most profound questions that we need to consider. He looks at His disciples and asks them, "What do you have?" They offer only that which they had which was not enough for the need. He took their offering, blessed it, and did a wonder of...


A Life that Pursues God

July 8, 2018 - In Acts Chapter 17, St. Paul teaches that God made us for the time we have on earth to seek Him in hopes that we might grope for Him and find Him. He is speaking of a life that is dedicated to reaching to toward God out of our need for Him. Do we live a life deliberately moving toward God so that we might encounter Him in the moments of our life. We are to move toward a God who is always moving toward us and promises that those who seek Him will surely find Him.


A Stronghold in Times of Trouble

July 1, 2018 - Suffering is something everyone of us will endure at one time or another in this life. At the same time, we are assured that God is a refuge and strength, an ever present help in times of trouble. So where will we be found when calamity strikes our lives? Will we be outside the fortress enduring the brunt of the storm? Or will we be found in the fortress knowing God as our deliverer through and to the other side of the season of suffering?


The Nativity of St. John the Forerunner

June 24, 2018 - Today we celebrate the Nativity of St. John the Forerunner. When we look at the life of St. John we see the life of a Saint; a life to which we are all called and graced to become. Sometimes when we look at the lives of the Saints we begin to ask the most important questions about our own lives. Are we like them and what keeps us from living in that manner? These questions, when asked prayerfully to God, are questions our Lord longs to answer so that we can truly follow Him...



June 17, 2018 - Today, on Father's Day, we remember the importance of fatherhood. There are many fathers. We have the fathers of children, spiritual fathers, and we also have father figures. Our Heavenly Father presents the most true model for fatherhood and the order that comes from His fatherhood. It is no surprise that there is such an attack in recent generations on fatherhood and order. Today we are reminded of the goodness of fatherhood because of the goodness of our Father in Heaven.


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 which...


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 through...


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 desires...


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...