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Saint John’s community sits at the base of the Chugach mountains in Eagle River, Alaska. It began as a ministry for young adults and eventually became part of the Orthodox Church.
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Transfiguration of Our Lord

August 6Vesperal Divine Liturgy will be live-streamed Wednesday evening, August 5, at 6:15pmSee One Accord quote below by Fr. Alexander Schmemann

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Sunday's Homily Excerpt -August 2, 2020

Even though we cannot all be together in one place, we are still together as a spiritual family. Our parish, our church stays united by us coming to this Holy Place and worshipping and receiving Holy Communion. Whether it is a small group of us on Wednesday or Saturday or Sunday, each time we receive the Holy Eucharist we are joined to God and also to one another. And when we are not able to be together, it is possible for us to hear the Church singing on Sunday and Feast Days through the technology of our times. We cannot force events to be different than they are, but we can believe in God. He is with us especially now, sees our needs and will have compassion on us. So let us continue to go forward, and as Christ showed us in the Gospel we heard today, take what we have, and do what we can, asking God to bless our efforts, believing that He will multiply His grace within us to be more than we need, more than we ever expected. Fr. Marc Dunaway-

"One Accord"

Excerpts from Christian writers Past and Present

One word dominates this feast in all its prayers, hymns and readings. This word is light. ‘Let your everlasting light shine also upon us sinners.’ The world is a dark, cold and terrifying place. And this darkness is not dispelled by the physical light of the sun. On the contrary, perhaps, the sun’s light makes human life seem even more terrible and hopeless as life surges relentlessly and inexorably, bound by sufferings and loneliness, toward death and annihilation. All is condemned, all suffers, all is subject to the incomprehensible and merciless law of sin and death. But then comes the appearance on earth, the entrance into the world, of a man, humble and homeless, who has no authority at all over anyone, who has no earthly power whatsoever. And He tells people that this kingdom of darkness, evil and death is not our true life; that this is not the world God created; that evil and suffering and finally death itself can and must be conquered; and that He is sent by God, his own Father, to save people from this terrible bondage to sin and death. - Fr. Alexander Schmemann - Celebration of Faith, Volume 2