HERE ARE SOME SERMON SERIES AND SOME SINGLE SERMONS THAT MAY BE HELPFUL.
SERMON SERIES ON DOUBT
On May 3rd, Fr. Joseph began a two part sermon series on doubt. This first part dealt with doubt caused by trying to assimilate worldly values into are lives. By trying to be "of the world" when we are not. Part I may be heard by clicking here.
On May 10th, Fr. Joseph gave Part II of the sermon series on doubt. He explored doubt as occasioned by the scandals in the church. To listen to Part II click here.
For a complete selection of Fr. Joseph's sermon's ranging from the Sacraments to Funeral Practices to Respect Life from conception to natural death, click on "Audio Sermons" at the left.
SERMON ON PRESENT ECONOMIC SITUATION
On October 12th, Fr. Joseph preached a sermon applying Orthodox beliefs to the present economic times. True believers must show the world that they have faith in our provident Father. While America has put its trust in money, we, Orthodox, must help it to instead put its trust in God. To listen to the sermon click here.
SERMON SERIES ON THE HOLY MYSTERIES (SACRAMENTS)
A sermon series on the Holy Mysteries of the Orthodox Church by Fr. Joseph is available here on our website. This series, consisting of twelve parts, explores the seven sacraments as well as grace itself. Since we are a sacramental Church, Fr. Joseph thought it appropriate that we should explore these great gifts from God. Whether we are senior citizen cradle Orthodox or recent converts, these sermons shed light on the history, ritual and grace giving aspect of each of the Holy Mysteries. They may be played either as streaming audio or down loaded to an iPod or an mp3 player. To see the varying topics dealing with the sacraments as well as other past sermons click here.
PARISH FEATURED IN DIOCESAN NEWSPAPER ARTICLE
The latest issue of the Diocese of the South newspaper, The Dawn, carries a full page story about St. Philip the Apostle parish. Fr. Joseph was asked to author an article featuring the use of technology by the mission for both iconography and evangelization. The article may be viewed in the online edition of The Dawn by double clicking here and scrolling to page 3.
Our dream of a Christian bereavement ministry for all of Tampa has begun. In July our Sue Finzer, herself a widow, attended a week long bereavement ministry facilitator course in Massachusetts. If you or someone you know has lost a loved one and could use some help dealing with the loss please call Sue at (727) 692-9227.
Please click on our "Prayer Ministry" at left and if possible print the list of intentions and pray for them daily. This is a wonderful way to serve Jesus by serving the needs of those listed through prayer. We have recently received a number of urgent requests dealing with the health and welfare of children as well as several of our parishioners. Please pray daily for all of these intentions.
SEE WHAT ORTHODOXY IS DOING FOR THE SANCTITY OF LIFE
Click on "Orthodox Pro Life" at left. It also contains a link to the Zoe website which is the Orthodox pro life ministry.
St. Philip the Apostle is a mission parish of the Orthodox Church in America and is under the authority of His Beaditude Jonah, Metropolitan of all America and Canada and Locum Tenens of the Diocese of the South. Its purpose is threefold; to bring the true faith of Orthodoxy to Tampa and the Bay area in a parish where all services are in English, to seek out those Orthodox Christians in the Tampa Bay area who have fallen away from the practice of their faith, and to bring Orthodoxy to all citizens of the Bay area including Tampa, St. Petersburg and Clearwater.
On Nov. 6th, 2005 we celebrated our first Divine Liturgy in our new church at 9100 El Portal Drive. We are located just south of Chamberlain High School behind the North Branch Library.
If you are looking for the church that was founded by Christ, where the truth has been taught unchanged for 2,000 years, then visit us. If you want to hear the gospel proclaimed without fear or apology, then visit us. If you are looking for a loving spiritual home, then visit us. As St. Philip said to Nathaniel: "Come and see."
Sunday Divine Liturgy begins at 9:30 am.
Saturday evening vespers begins at 6 pm.
Bible Study is on Wednesday evenings following vespers which begins at 7 PM. All are welcome and can join the class at any time.
All Liturgies and services are in English. Inquirers and visitors are always welcome as our guests.
Fr. Joseph can be contacted at the numbers and address provided at the left under "contact information". We look forward to worshiping and growing in the faith with you.