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 fabric would seem ostentatious, guilty of Louis XVI excess.) And over the robe, a stole, equally stiff and resplendent, making an X across his belly. … [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 to reaching out to help our neighbors here at home has long been in the making. It is a dream whose time has certainly come. I need not mention … [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. What does this mean in practical terms? That we treat one another with simple decency and respect, and that we welcome the newcomer and make him feel … [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. One parishioner is baking the prosphora and supplying the wine. Do you chant? Could you chant? Remember, we don't need perfection, just faithfulness. … [Read more...]