Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church
Grand Junction, Colorado

Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople (AD 73)
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America (AD 1922)
Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Denver (AD 1979)

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worship with us
in Grand Junction:

Saint Nicholas Church,
located on the corner of:
12th Street & Horizon Drive
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Our Affiliations:

Ecumenical Patriarchate
of Constantinople

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Archdiocese of America

Greek Orthodox
Metropolis of Denver

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Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew

Archbishop Demetrios
of America

Metropolitan Isaiah
of Denver

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Orthodox Christianity on the Western Slope of Colorado!
Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church

Reverend Luke Uhl, Presiding Priest
3585 North 12th Street
Grand Junction, Colorado 81506

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Parish phone: 970-242-9590
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The First-Century Christian Church for 21st-Century America!
Join us for our annual Greek Festival!
Saturday, October 1st, 2016 from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm
Church tours, food, music, folk dancers, and fun for your family!

Everyone is welcome to worship God with us according to the ancient Christian tradition at Saint Nicholas Orthodox Church in Grand Junction, Colorado.

Do you have to be Greek?
Of course not!

We are just regular folks living in the Grand Valley, and our language is English. Our congregation is diverse, and everyone is welcome.

The term “Greek Orthodox” simply indicates that our Church has its origin where the Apostles — Paul, Timothy, Luke and Silas — first preached in Greek-speaking Asia Minor and Macedonia. Similarly, “Roman Catholic” designates that Church which has its origin in Rome.

The adjective “Greek” also identifies us as a parish of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Denver, of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, and of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople.

We are an American parish for everyone!

Who are our parishioners?
We are just regular folks from the Grand Valley.

Most of our parishioners are simply Americans — generally converts from the Roman Catholic and Protestant denominations.

Some of our congregation consists of the descendants of immigrants to western Colorado from Greece and other traditionally Orthodox countries.

Orthodox Christians comprise about 3.8% of the world population, and about 0.5% of the US population. In comparison, Roman Catholics comprise 17.4% of the World population, and 20.8% of the US population.

For additional statistical information regarding religions in the world and in the United States, see below.

Who are we affiliated with?
The Ecumenical Patriarchate.

We are under the spiritual and ecclesiastical jurisdiction of His Eminence Metropolitan Isaiah of Denver.

Our parish is in the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Denver, which is part of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America which, in turn, is an Eparchy (province) of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople.

What do we believe?
In summary: the Nicene Creed

We believe in one God: the Father Who creates all things, the Son through Whom all things are made, and the Holy Spirit Who is the Lord and Giver of life.

Click here to read the full text of the Nicene Creed.

We believe that Jesus Christ is God, the Son of the Father, Who became man, died on the Cross, and was resurrected on the FOURTH day for our salvation.

We believe in one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church.

One: it is the same worldwide for all of its 264 million adherents.

Holy: it is the Body of Christ.

Catholic: it is for all people, at all times, in every place.

Apostolic: it is the exact faith taught by Christ, preached by the Apostles, and maintained by faithful Christians for the past 2,000 years.

Our beliefs and practices continue to be historically consistent with those of the first-century Apostolic era.

We use the same Bible as other Christians.

More information?
Please contact us!

Do not hesitate to call us for more information.

You may contact our priest, Father Luke Uhl, at either:

phone: 970-242-9590

Who is our Priest?
Our pastor is Father Luke Uhl. He has served our parish since August 1995. For twenty years he served on a part-time basis while he was Chancellor of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Denver. As of November 1, 2015 he is our full-time priest.

Worship Schedule
Worship services are offered daily at our parish.

Sunday services are Great Vespers at 6:00 pm Saturday evening, as well as Matins (Morning Worship) at 8:45 am and Divine Liturgy at 10:00 am Sunday morning.

Weekday Feast Day services are “Vigil” (Small Compline, Great Vespers, Matins, and 1st Hour) at 5:00 pm the evening prior, as well as 3rd and 6th Hours at 6:30 am and Divine Liturgy at 7:00 am the day of the Feast.

Weekday daily services are usually Matins at 8:00 am and Vespers at 6:00 pm, as well as Paraklisis at 6:00 pm on Wednesday evenings.

On an occasional Sunday when our priest is out of town, we schedule a reader service, the Typika at 10:00 am, followed by a Bible Study.

The information above is for general guidance.

Please click here to view the most-current Parish Worship and Activity Schedule.

What language do we use in our services?
All services are in English.

The language of our parish is English; all of our services have been translated from their original New TestamentKoineGreek language into English.

Is “Koine” Greek ever used in the services?
Services may include some “liturgical” Greek.

By liturgical Greek, we mean the 2,000-year old “koine” Greek language of the New Testament. This is not the modern Greek language spoken in Greece today, which is quite different.

Whenever a hymn or refrain is sung more than once, it may be chanted in both its original New Testament Greek and then in English translation. Service language policy...

The Lord’s Prayer may also be repeated in as many languages as might be represented in the congregation. Usually the “Our Father” is recited in New Testament Greek, Latin, Ukrainian, Dutch, Spanish, and English.

How do we worship?
Our services are liturgical:

We follow the Orthodox liturgical tradition. Our services consist of Psalms, prayers, petitions, and Scripture readings. All services are chanted antiphonally by the priest and the congregation, without instrumental accompaniment. The words and melodies are in the traditional Byzantine style.

Our services are ancient:
Our services are ancient in structure and content. The Divine Liturgy was compiled (not composed) by Saint John Chrysostom in the fifth century.

Our services are sacramental:
Orthodox Christianity celebrates seven principal Sacraments: Baptism, Chrismation (Confirmation), Holy Eucharist (Communion), Repentance (Confession), Holy Unction (Anointing of the Sick), Holy Matrimony (Marriage), and Holy Orders.

Where can I find out more about the Orthodox Church and faith?
Click this link “Our Orthodox Faith” to read a selection of introductory articles on the Orthodox Church.

Click this link “Holy Orthodoxy: The Ancient Church of Acts in the 21st Century” to watch an excellent introductory video about Orthodox Christianity.

12 things I wish Id known...
...before my first Visit to an Orthodox Church

Orthodox worship is different! We recommend the article “12 Things I Wish I’d Known” by Frederica Mathews-Green, a helpful (and sometimes humorous) guide, answering some key questions you might have on your first visit.

Above all else, know that you are welcome!

The following two books provide an excellent overview of Orthodox Christianity.

The Orthodox Church
The history and faith of Orthodox Christianity by Timothy Ware (ISBN 0-14-014656-3) .
Introducing the Orthodox Church, Its Faith and Life
The faith and traditions of the Orthodox faith, by Father Anthony Coniaris (ISBN 0-937032-25-5) .

We offer a complimentary copy of either or both of these books to interested visitors; ask at the parish bookstore.

We also recommend the following introductory videos:

The Ancient Church of Acts

Discovering Orthodox Christianity
(video series)

Additional links and resources about the Orthodox Christian Faith:

Discover Orthodox Christianity
Introductory articles and topics on the Orthodox Christian faith.
Online Chapel
Todays Epistle and Gospel, and the saints commemorated on this date.
Daily Readings App
Download a Daily Scripture App for your Mobile Devices.
Introduction to Orthodoxy
Introductory articles about the Orthodox Christian faith.
Orthodox Videos
Videos about the Orthodox Christian faith and life from GOTelecom.

World and National Religion Statistics

Worldwide there are roughly 2.2 billion Christians (about one-FOURTH of the world population). There are also about 1.6 billion Moslems, 1.1 billion agnostic/atheist adherents, 1 billion Hindus, 500 million Buddhists, and 14 million Jews.

Of the 2.2 billion Christians, approximately 1.1 billion are Roman Catholics. In addition, there are 286 million Charismatics, 267 million Evangelicals, 264 million Orthodox, and 261 million Pentecostal Christians. Another 22 million belong to other groups, such as Christian Scientists, Mormons, and Jehovahs Witnesses.

Since the 264 million Orthodox faithful comprise one, single Church, they are the THIRD-largest unified Christian group worldwide, after the Roman Catholic Church.

In the United States, however, Orthodox Christians are one of the smallest faith groups, comprising only approximately 0.5% of the population. In comparison, Protestants are about 46.5%, Roman Catholics are 20.8%, Jews are 1.9%, Buddhists are 0.9%, and Muslims and Hindus are both 0.7%.

These broad statistics are only part of the story. A more-detailed comparison with other individual Christian denominations in the US provides an interesting perspective on the relative representation of Orthodox Christianity in America.

Click here to see a tabular comparison of relative religion populations in the US.

Click here to view the Pew Research Forum, 2014 Religious Landscape Study, conducted June 4-September 30, 2014.

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