St. Peter Epistle – July 21, 09 — Thoughts on Sunday’s Discussion

After Liturgy last Sunday, we discussed that Jesus was not the founder of Christianity. Instead, Christ enables the Gentiles (us) to enter the commonwealth of Israel. This means that the promise of God given to Abraham that through him a Savior through whom all the nations of the world would be blessed applied not only to the children of Abraham, but to the whole world. St. Paul discusses this extensively in the book of Romans. The Church is now the “New Israel” and we look to a “city not made with hands” but to a “heavenly Jerusalem.” A very good question was raised: how did Christianity … [Read more...]

St. Peter Epistle — July 1, 2009 Independence Day

We were created to be free On July 4 we celebrate the signing of the Declaration of Independence, a day we now understand as the founding of the United States of America. At the time, there was no guarantee that the brave men who declared independence from Britain would succeed. There were, for all purposes, signing their death warrants because if they failed, they would surely be hanged. But they did succeed and out of their efforts a new nation was born. And this nation, despite some grave moral inequities like slavery that would not be settled until years later at great cost to itself, … [Read more...]

St. Peter Orthodox Church featured in newspaper and website

The following article appeared on the web a few days ago. It will be published in the Estero/Bonita section of the Ft. Meyers News-Press newspaper on Friday, June 26, 2009. Orthodox Christian church starts in San Carlos Park BY CHRISTINA CEPERO • ccepero@news-press.com • June 11, 2009 Father Hans Jacobse welcomes all to his startup church, St. Peter Orthodox Mission, in San Carlos Park. “Our vision is just to reach out to anybody who is interested in Orthodox Christianity,” he said. “We’re reaching out to Christians who want a more substantial and deeper faith.” Jacobse gave the first … [Read more...]

St. Paul Orthodox Church invites all St. Peter friends and family to their summer barbecue!

When? Sunday, July 5 starting at noon. Where? St. Paul Antiochian Orthodox Church (Google map) (St. Paul website). Cost: Free! What do you need to do? Let St. Paul's know that you plan to attend before June 26. They need a count to know how many goodies to prepare. RSVP to St. Paul's at: (239) 348-0828 or send them an email at: stpaulaoc@embarqmail.com See you there! … [Read more...]

St. Peter Epistle — June 6, 2009

Saturday, June 6, 2009 Tomorrow we celebrate Pentecost. Pentecost (or "fifty days") was when the Holy Spirit descended upon the Apostles. This was the fulfillment of Christ's promise that he would send them a "Comforter" who "knows all things" and would "lead them into all truth." The icon of Pentecost shows fire above the heads of the Apostles. This image draws from scripture which says that the Holy Spirit descended on the Apostles like "tongues of fire." St. Luke writes:  When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all … [Read more...]

Ascension Service at St. Paul’s on Wednesday, May 27 at 7:00pm

The season of Pentecost draws to a close this Thursday as we celebrate the Ascension of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Often this crucial holy day gets overlooked because it falls during the week when we are working. But it is important for several reasons, the most important one being that it completes Christ's work of salvation. Christ came into the world as a new born baby, then leaves the world by ascending into heaven. He takes on our human nature and lives life as we do. He dies for our sake and is raised from the dead. Then, when all the work is complete He ascends back to the … [Read more...]

St. Peter Epistle (Newsletter) — May 7, 2009

Christ is Risen! Christos Anesti! El Messieh Kahm! Christos Voskress! Krishhti Unjall! Hristus A Inviat! Christus is Opgestaan! It was very rewarding to see the good turnout at our first Divine Liturgy last Sunday. I received many appreciative comments and I am grateful for them. The turnout is a strong sign I think that the work of establishing St. Peter Orthodox Church will be blessed by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I was hoping for 30 people and would have been satisfied with 20. When I arrived, our hotel liason told me 100 chairs had been set up by mistake and asked me if would I … [Read more...]

Church on Sunday?

I came across this well-written, thoughtful, and thoroughly engaging article on what American Orthodoxy increasingly looks like. He looks like a regular young guy — maybe late 20s or early 30s. Head shaved to mask a receding hairline, a black goatee to offset the baldness, the gold rim of his glasses glinting beneath his dark brows. A regular guy, except maybe for his robe. Though it has the sheen of satin, it does not drape or hang; it holds its shape, stiffly framing the man beneath. Though mostly creamy white, the robe beams with patterns of yellow gold. (If we were not in church, the … [Read more...]

FOCUS — Fellowship of Orthodox Christians United to Serve

My brothers and sister in Christ of St. Peter Mission: Make sure to read this article and listen to the podcast. Part of our vision must be to serve the poor, in obedience to Christ's teaching in Matthew 25. There is much we can do. Announcing a brand new humanitarian social service agency in the United States by the Orthodox Church. Listen to a podcast by Fr. Justin Matthews:   [audio:http://audio.ancientfaith.com/interviews/afp_2009-04-12.mp3] From Fr. Justin Matthews, Executive Director and CEO of Focus: The dream of an Orthodox Christian social action agency entirely dedicated … [Read more...]

St. Peter Newsletter — April 26, 2009

Christ is Risen! Christos Anesti! El Messieh Kahm! Christos Voskress! Krishhti Unjall! Hristus A Inviat! Christus is opgestaan! Our first Divine Liturgy will be held next Sunday at the Holiday Inn on I-75 and Alico Road beginning at 9:30am. We hope you will be there. We've been busy preparing. Our first Liturgy will be simple and develop from there. Christ, however, will be with us. What is our vision? First of all to shape a fellowship where Christ can be found. If we love one another, we love God, St. John tells us. The opposite is also true: If we love God then we love one another. … [Read more...]