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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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Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church

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

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Parish answering machine: 970-242-9590
Father Luke in Denver: 303-333-7794
Father Luke e-mail: chancellor@denver.goarch.org

Saint Nicholas Orthodox Church,
on the corner of 12th Street and Horizon Drive.
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Welcome!
Everyone is welcome to worship God with us according to the ancient Orthodox Christian tradition at Saint Nicholas Orthodox Church in Grand Junction, Colorado.

Who are we?
We are diverse

Part of our congregation consists of the descendants of immigrants to western Colorado from Greece and other traditionally Orthodox countries. Most of our parishioners are simply “Americans” — generally converts from the Roman Catholic and Protestant denominations.

There are approximately 350 million Orthodox Christians in the world. By comparison there are about one billion Roman Catholics. Orthodox Christianity is the second-largest Christian faith.

Worldwide there are roughly 2.1 billion Christians, 1.5 billion Moslems, 1.1 billion agnostic/atheist adherents, 900 million Hindus, 376 million Buddhists, and 14 million Jews.

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.

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

We believe in one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church. One: it is the same worldwide for all of its 350 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 the holy fathers.

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.

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 in Greek-speaking Asia Minor and Greece where the Apostles first preached. 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.

More information? Please contact us!
Of course not!

Do not hesitate to call us for more information.

You may contact our priest, Father Luke Uhl, at the Metropolis of Denver at either 303-333-7794 or chancellor@denver.goarch.org.

For local information, please contact our Parish Council president, Mr. Fred Fowler, at either 970-241-3279 or fncfowler@aol.com.

Worship Schedule
Services are offered every Sunday.

We do not have a full–time assigned priest, but over the past eighteen years we have been served by the Chancellor of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Denver, the Reverend Luke Uhl.

Father Luke visits the parish at least twice a month to celebrate the Sunday Services. He is also in residence during the major holy seasons and on most of the major holy days.

When a priest is not present on a Sunday morning, the congregation participates in a lay reader service, the Typika, which is followed by a Bible Study.

View the Worship Schedule
Go to the parish worship schedule page.

Please refer to the schedule often ...
changes may occur on short notice.

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 we celebrate was compiled (not composed) by Saint John Chrysostom in the fourth 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, and Holy Orders.

What language do we use?
Services are in English

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

Is Greek ever used in the services?
Every service has some Greek

By “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.

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.

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

Are any services totally in Greek?
Saturday Morning Services

Matins and the Divine Liturgy on Saturday mornings are chanted exactly as they have been for almost 2,000 years, in “New Testament,” or “koine.” Greek.

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

Orthodox worship is different! We recommend you read “12 Things I Wish I’d Known” by Frederica Mathews-Green. The article is a helpful breakdown of some key questions you might have on your first visit. Click to read more...

Where can I find out more about the Orthodox Church and faith?

The link titled Our Orthodox Faith on the upper, left-side corner of this page will provide you with some introductory articles on the Orthodox Church.

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.

Additional links and resources about the Orthodox Christian Faith:

Online Chapel
Today’s Epistle and Gospel, and the saints commemorated on this date.
Daily Readings App
Download a Daily Scripture App for your Mobile Devices.
Orthodox Calendar
A calendar listing of saints, feasts, and fasting periods in the Church.
Orthodox Videos
Videos about the Orthodox Christian faith and life from GOTelecom.
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