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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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The Prodigal Son

The reading of this parable on Sunday tells us that God our Father in heaven, is always ready to receive us in his arms with love.'Foolishly have I run away from Your glory, O Father, wasting in sin the wealth that you gave me. Therefore with the words of the Prodigal I cry to You: I have sinned before You, compassionate Father. Accept me in repentance and make me as one of Your hired servants.' - Kontakion

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Sunday's Homily Excerpt -February 25, 2021

As Lent begins this year on March 15, it will have been one year exactly since our entire Church community was able to gather for Sunday Liturgy. Little did we know then that the pandemic would last an entire year. Now, at last, we are beginning to see an end in sight, as vaccines are administered and Covid cases decline. The sense, then, of Lent as a return has an additional meaning this year, as we take a step toward returning to be all together again... During this pandemic God has humbled us and called us to change. And now as we approach the season of Great Lent, we are called to humble ourselves before God and pray for His guidance in our lives even more. This takes not only humility, but even more, I think, courage. God never wants us to remain simply the same, stuck in our old habits and ideas, but always to move ever closer to Him and to journey to become more of what He meant us to be. - Parish Letter by Fr. Marc Dunaway-

"One Accord"

Excerpts from Christian writers Past and Present

The prodigal son, we are told, went to a far country and there spent all that he had. A far country! It is this unique definition of our human condition that we must assume and make ours as we begin our approach to God. A man who has never had that experience, be it only very briefly, who has never felt that he is exiled from God and from real life, will never understand what Christianity is about. And the one who is perfectly 'at home' in this world and its life, who has never been wounded by the nostalgic desire for another Reality, will not understand what is repentance. – Fr. Alexander Schmemann, Great Lent,