Stewardship

The subject of stewardship is a difficult one for me to write about because I am often a very poor steward. Yet again and again the Gospel challenges us to improve in this area of our spiritual life. One text that highlights stewardship for me is the story of the rich man and poor Lazarus. The simple moral of the story is that the rich man is condemned not because he is rich but because he does not use his wealth to alleviate the sufferings of a man outside his own door. The rich man, like … [Read more...]

Reflection, Making Plans and our Community’s Strategic Plan

Making a plan and deciding how you are going to progress in your spiritual life and relationship with Jesus Christ may at first appear a bit unusual. However, making plans and setting goals is a natural part of how we go about our daily lives. The same is true in the Church. Our God created the world and the universe according to an incredible plan. One of the prayers of the Church calls our Creator the Great Architect of our Souls. Meaning not only did God create the universe according to a … [Read more...]

The Dormition of the Mother of God

Transcript from remarks given by Fr. Evan on the feast of the Dormition of the Mother of God. Sermon 8.15.14 – The Dormition of the Theotokos In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen. Many years to all of you on this Great Feast Day, that of the Dormition or the Falling Asleep of the Mother of God. To many of you who celebrate your name day, we wish God’s blessings upon you. This morning, the Church assigns to the liturgy, a reading that may seem a bit … [Read more...]

Beauty and Saving the World

July 16, 2014 / Jean Hoefling This is an excerpt of the article originally published by Relief Journal, a Christian online publication. Click the link below for full article. Beauty will save the world. – Fyodor Dostoyevsky In the Orthodox Church, from Easter to the Ascension, an ethereal hymn is sung while the faithful partake of Eucharist. The brief lyrics implore all who will, to receive the Body of Christ, drink of the Fountain of Immortality. Assuming this transformation of … [Read more...]

I Need Lent

Recently, just a few days ago, I asked somebody, “How are you doing?” Their response was to some degree unexpected but to those who have struggled to live the Christian life, perhaps it wasn’t that unusual. The young man said to me, “Father, I need Lent.” He went on to say, “I think I’ve come to realize how wise the church is in providing this annual challenge. I need lent.” So needless to say, for the past few days I’ve been thinking about these simple three words, “I need Lent,” and you may … [Read more...]

Epiphany-Theophany-Feast of Lights

On January 6th the Church celebrates one of the great and wonderful events in the life of Jesus Christ, His Baptism. Jesus was baptized in the River Jordan by the Prophet and Saint, John the Baptist. In the New Testament we read how Jesus approached John who was preaching a life of repentance and spiritual purity in the wilderness and asked to be baptized. Saint John's famous response was simple and straightforward, "I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me" (Matthew 3.13)? While … [Read more...]

Advent

  Sermon, Advent, Fr. Evan Armatas: Each year on November 15 the Church begins its preparation for the coming Feast of the Nativity of Christ.  This date comes forty days before December 25 and is known by some as the Advent fast or even little lent. The strictness of this fast is not as severe as that preceding Great and Holy Pascha.  Yet many of the themes found in the Great Fast of the Church are also present here in this fast. Preparation is a main component of any … [Read more...]