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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.






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...


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...


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.