Come worship God with us!
Everyone is welcome to
worship God with us according to the ancient Christian tradition
at Saint Nicholas Orthodox Church in Grand Junction, Colorado.
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 full worship schedule, including weekdays and Sundays.
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,
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
New Testament 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 in those languages represented in the
congregation on that day.
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.
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?
Reverend Protopresbyter 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
Metropolis of Denver. As of November 1, 2015 he
is our full-time priest.
Do you have to be Greek?
Of course not!
parish was founded in the the last century by descendents of
Greek immigrants. Today our congregation is very diverse, just
average Americans living in the Grand Valley. Our language is
English, and everyone is welcome.
Why are we called “Greek Orthodox”?
To reflect our historical background.
term Greek Orthodox is
comparable to Roman Catholic.
A “Greek” or “Russian” Orthodox Church is comparable to
an “Irish” or “Polish” Roman Catholic Church.
Who are we affiliated with?
The Ecumenical Patriarchate.
are under the jurisdiction of
His Eminence Metropolitan Isaiah of Denver, the 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.
“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!
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, usual, typical, 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:
“Judaism: Orthodox, Conservative and Progressive.”
Christianity there are three major categorical variants: Orthodox,
Roman Catholic, and Protestant. See:
“Comparison between Orthodoxy, Protestantism & Roman Catholicism.”
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 – are historically traced back to the
Two excellent graphic
representations of Christian Church history are:
March 4, 1991 US News and World Report©
Saint Hilarion Press, Austin, Texas©
I'm Orthodox: What Does that Mean?
30 Questions and Answers
A Concise and Practical Guidebook
From the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Toronto (Canada)
are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be
hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a
lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your
light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and
glorify your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:14-16).
order for us as Orthodox Christians to follow the words of Christ
recorded by Matthew the Evangelist, we must be properly educated about
the Truth of God and His Church, which is the Kingdom of Heaven
realized on earth...this small Question and Answer-formatted guidebook
was developed to help inform the faithful – and those interested in
learning about Orthodoxy – about our Christian faith, which alone
leads man to salvation in Christ.
this guidebook; contemplate the information provided in it; apply the
lessons on a daily basis; become an active Orthodox Christian who
prays, fasts, is a cheerful giver, merciful, goes to confession and
church services, and lives a sacramental life.
learning more about what a tremendous blessing it is to be an Orthodox
Christian, we can give light ... and shine before men in today’s
society and glorify the Triune God. We hope that this guidebook –
together with our Orthodox Catechism: Basic Teachings of the Orthodox
Faith book – enhances your relationship with the saints of our Church,
the Most Holy Theotokos and, above all, Christ, the only Redeemer and
Savior of the world.
Introductory comments by Metropolitan Sotirios of Toronto