Come visit and
worship with us
in Grand Junction:
Saint Nicholas Church,
located on the corner of:
12th Street & Horizon Drive
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Saint Nicholas Orthodox Church
Reverend Luke Uhl, Presiding Priest
3585 North 12th Street
Grand Junction, Colorado 81506
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Father Luke e-mail:
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Come worship God with us!
is welcome to worship God with us according to the ancient
Christian tradition at Saint Nicholas Orthodox Church in Grand
Worship services are offered daily.
Sunday morning at 10:00 am
for the Divine Liturgy, preceded by Morning Worship (Matins)
at 8:45 am. Click
for the current worship schedule.
How do we worship?
Our worship is liturgical, ancient, and sacramental.
consist of Psalms, prayers, petitions, and Scripture readings.
Our services, beliefs, and practices are consistent with, and
unchanged from, those of the historic, first-century,
Apostolic, Christian era.
What language do we use in our services?
All services are in English.
language of our parish is English; all of our services
have been translated from their original in the
Greek language into English.
Is “Koiné” Greek ever used in the services?
Services may include some “liturgical” Greek.
a hymn or refrain is sung more than once, it may be
chanted in its original Koiné Greek and then in its English
translation. Please click
to read our Service Language Policy. The Lord’s Prayer may
be repeated the languages as might be represented in the
What do we believe?
The Nicene Creed summarizes our beliefs:
believe in one God, the Holy Trinity:
Father: the Creator of all things,
Son: the One through Whom all things are made,
Holy Spirit: the Lord and Giver of life.
believe that Jesus Christ is God. He is the Word, the Son of
the Father, Who became man, Who died on the Cross, and Who is
resurrected on the third day for our salvation.
believe in one, holy, catholic, and Apostolic Church:
it is the same worldwide for all of its 264 million adherents.
it is the Body of Christ.
it is for all people, at all times, in every place.
it is the exact faith taught by Christ, preached by the
Apostles, and maintained by faithful Christians for the past
here to read the full text of the Nicene Creed.
Do you have to be Greek?
Of course not!
are just average Americans living in the Grand Valley, and our
language is English. Our congregation is diverse, and everyone
Who are our parishioners?
We are regular folks from Mesa County, Colorado.
parishioners are your neighbors, just regular folks from the
Grand Valley. Most came from the Roman Catholic and Protestant
Who is our Priest?
The Reverend Luke Uhl.
pastor is “Father Luke.” 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.
Why are we called “Greek Orthodox”?
To reflect our historical background.
to a “Greek,” “Russian,” etc. Orthodox Church is comparable to
speaking about an “Irish,” “Polish,” etc. Roman Catholic Church.
Who are we affiliated with?
The Ecumenical Patriarchate.
are under the jurisdiction of
His Eminence Metropolitan Isaiah of Denver, bishop of the
Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Denver. The Metropolis is part of the
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, an eparchy of the
Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople.
“What Bible” do we use?
We use use the “same Bible” as other Christians.
“Bible” was defined by the Orthodox Church. The
on which all Biblical translations are based, was given to the
world by the Orthodox Church.
Where can I find out more about the Orthodox Church and faith?
“Our Orthodox Faith”
to be redirected to our web page containing numerous links to
introductory articles on the Orthodox Church and faith.
“Holy Orthodoxy: The Ancient Church of Acts in the 21st Century”
to watch an excellent introductory video about Orthodox
12 things I wish I’d known...
...before my first visit to an Orthodox Church:
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 key questions you might have on your first
all else, know that you are welcome!
Please contact us!
not hesitate to call us for more information. You may contact
our priest, Father Luke Uhl, at either:
following two books provide an excellent overview of
The Orthodox Church
The history and faith of Orthodox Christianity
by Timothy Ware
Introducing the Orthodox Church,
Its Faith and Life
Orthodox faith and traditions,
by Father Anthony Coniaris
offer a complimentary copy of either or both of these books to
interested visitors; ask at the parish bookstore.
also recommend the following introductory videos:
The Ancient Church of Acts (video)
Discovering Orthodox Christianity (videos)
links and resources about the Orthodox Christian Faith:
What does “Orthodox” mean?
The word “orthodox”
derives from two Greek words, orthós (ὀρθός) and dóxa (δόξα).
Orthós means upright
or straight, and implies normal or standard.
Dóxa means glory, and
implies opinion, honor, or worship.
The compound word
“orthodox” thus means that which is ordinary or usual, that which
is normal, or that which is generally or traditionally accepted as
right, true, established, or approved.
Within Judaism, for
instance, there are three generalized major variants or streams
reflecting differences in belief and practice: orthodox,
conservative, and liberal. See:
Christianity there are three major categorical variants: Orthodox,
Roman Catholic, and Protestant. See:
What does “Orthodox Church” mean?
The “Orthodox Church”
is the standard, or normative, expression of biblical, Apostolic
Christianity. All other Christian churches – Roman Catholic,
Protestant, and other – can be traced back historically to the
Two excellent graphic
representations of Christian Church history are:
March 4, 1991 US News and World Report
Saint Hilarion Press, Austin, Texas