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« on: March 27, 2013, 02:16:36 AM »

Many times when I was about to visit a Greek parish for divine liturgy, what I felt more worried about is the culture, ethnic norms and the acceptance from parishioners.  I always worry that if I have a chance to really get into the community rather than just being an outsider who attends liturgy occasionally. Sometimes I felt quite discouraged and unhappy, wanted to quite or try something else. Nevertheless, I realized later that I still have great interest in Orthodoxy and should keep exploring and maybe will be happy at the end. I know I can attend parishes from other jurisdictions such as OCA and Antiochian if I want, but will feel pretty bad if they are the only possible "best choices" from other people's suggestions. I always have conflicting ideas in my mind. At one hand, I try to tell myself that I cannot chance the norm and should consider something different. Ar the other hand, I feel it is more worthy for me to try something I like, because it is what I will appreciate.

I would like to ask some prayer for guidance and peace in my journey.
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« Reply #1 on: March 27, 2013, 02:41:39 AM »

Do not feel bad that you are going somewhere because that is where you feel comfortable.  As Christians the ideal of course is that we fit right in with any other Christian.  But the reality of a fallen world, we know that is not the case.  Take your time and don't feel that you have to be somewhere because of any reason other than you really feel you belong there.

You are in my prayers.
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« Reply #2 on: March 27, 2013, 08:14:08 PM »

Lord have mercy on Hurdle.
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« Reply #3 on: March 27, 2013, 10:59:55 PM »

Lord, have mercy on Hurdle.
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« Reply #4 on: March 28, 2013, 01:02:59 AM »

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« Reply #5 on: March 31, 2013, 02:09:32 PM »

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« Reply #6 on: April 02, 2013, 09:53:19 AM »

Don't worry about acceptance,culture or ethnic backgrounds. This is you and God.We are all Orthodox,Greek, OCA ,Antiochian,ect... Pray and fast about this. Then go and see that the Lord is good!
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« Reply #7 on: April 14, 2013, 09:08:41 PM »

I want to thank you everyone's prayer.

I went to service past Wednesday and had a great conversation with the priest. I will keep praying for Lord's guidance on my life and my faith journey.

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.
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« Reply #8 on: April 18, 2013, 10:53:37 PM »

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« Reply #9 on: April 19, 2013, 12:46:32 AM »

I want to thank you everyone's prayer.

I went to service past Wednesday and had a great conversation with the priest. I will keep praying for Lord's guidance on my life and my faith journey.

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.
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We all have obstacles, which is normal. I know of a Greek couple who attend ROCOR, some parishioners not going to a church because of the priest or for some other reasons. We go to a Church for salvation. Anything else is a bonus but totally unecessary. We are all the same in God's eyes. We don't go to a Greek, American, Russian or any other church. We are attending an Orthodox parish which happens to be composed of certain demographics. Don't let such things turn you away from the Church. I repeat you are not there to be Greek but to be Orthodox. May Lord help you overcome this obstacle and many more which all of us face in life. To God everything is possible.
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« Reply #10 on: April 22, 2013, 12:20:57 AM »

Thank you Anastasia and Putnik Namernik.

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We all have obstacles, which is normal. I know of a Greek couple who attend ROCOR, some parishioners not going to a church because of the priest or for some other reasons. We go to a Church for salvation. Anything else is a bonus but totally unecessary. We are all the same in God's eyes. We don't go to a Greek, American, Russian or any other church. We are attending an Orthodox parish which happens to be composed of certain demographics. Don't let such things turn you away from the Church. I repeat you are not there to be Greek but to be Orthodox. May Lord help you overcome this obstacle and many more which all of us face in life. To God everything is possible.

Thank you very much for your encouragement.
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« Reply #11 on: April 22, 2013, 07:40:02 AM »

Dear Hurdle,

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You will be fine,  just keep asking God for help, we can't really do anything by ourselves.  I am a member of a Greek Orthodox church and obviously not of Greek heritage.  Doesn't matter a bit! I think it good to interpret questions about your heritage as curiousity rather than hostility.   

This is an awesome time to begin attending, do try to get to some of the Holy Week services. 

Love, elephant
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« Reply #12 on: May 18, 2013, 09:27:46 AM »

Dear Hurdle,

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You will be fine,  just keep asking God for help, we can't really do anything by ourselves.  I am a member of a Greek Orthodox church and obviously not of Greek heritage.  Doesn't matter a bit! I think it good to interpret questions about your heritage as curiousity rather than hostility.   

This is an awesome time to begin attending, do try to get to some of the Holy Week services. 

Love, elephant
Dear Elephant, thank you very much for your prayer and encouragement. I attended most of my Holy Week services in a Russian Monastery nearby my school.

Update:
I am still being very confused with my spiritual journey. I wish one day that I will be baptized in a parish under Greek Archdiocese and have a church life in Greek parish. I even wish one day I can go to Holy Cross, but I know it's difficult for me since I am an Asian and do not have Greek heritage. I only feel comfortable of being attending services but not Coffee hours, other parish events and activities. I am also afraid when Greeks stare at me and ignore me. But no matter whether I worry or not, I  should accept the reality of life and it's entirely up to God's will where I will end up with as my spiritual home.

Besides my spiritual life, I also have other things being going on in my life. I have gave up my dream of going to Med schools and plan to go to grad school. There will still be a couple years in school for me till ending up with a job. As a 21 year old College student, I still need wisdom from the Lord to become a more mature and reliable person with patience, love and humility.

I want to thank everyone's prayer. Please keep praying for me.
 
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« Reply #13 on: May 18, 2013, 11:00:09 AM »

Lord have mercy on you. Wow,You just go the coffee hour and introduce yourself until everyone know who you are and you want to worship God there and be Orthodox!
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« Reply #14 on: May 18, 2013, 09:59:25 PM »

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« Reply #15 on: May 18, 2013, 10:59:09 PM »

Lord, have mercy on Hurdle.
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« Reply #16 on: May 19, 2013, 12:29:51 AM »

Continued prayers. Lord have mercy.
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