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...]

St. Peter’s opens May 3!

Our first liturgy will be held on May 3 starting at 9:30 at the Holiday Inn (get directions). Tell your friends! This is the start of something that, with God's favor (and, yes, I believe God is blessing this) could be the start of something really good. My commitment to you? I will give you the Gospel of Christ and minister to you to the best of my ability. Your commitment? To love God and neighbor. With God all things are possible. … [Read more...]

We are making progress!

Tentative start date for St. Peter Orthodox Mission is Sunday, May 3. This will be confirmed tomorrow or the next day. We meet at the Holiday Inn on I 75 and Alico Road (get directions). The time that services will be held will be announced shortly. What can you do? Tell your friends! Tell them to check this website for news. Sign up for the St. Peter email newsletter which will publish all upcoming events and information. Questions? Contact us. What do we need? We are starting small, but by the grace of God it looks like we will have all the liturgical supplies we need by the time we open. … [Read more...]

Welcome to St. Peter’s

St Peter's was given this directive from Metropolitan Philip of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese: "Establish a parish that will draw people who have never stepped into a church before." It's a worthwhile challenge, and one that can be fulfilled because many people are searching for enduring and certain truth. Truth is found in Christ. "I am the way, the truth, and the life," Jesus said. We encounter Christ through hearing the Gospel, and the Gospel as it comprehended and understood in our Orthodox Christian faith has led many people to embrace the Orthodox Church as well. Here's … [Read more...]

The Mission is opening soon

We are working to secure the Holiday Inn at Town Center (get directions) as the first home of St. Peter Othodox Mission. Lord willing and if all goes well, we should start worship on May 3, 2009 -- the first Sunday in May. … [Read more...]