Welcome to St. Nicholas’ new website!
Our hope in developing this new site is two-fold:
1. To create a window for new people to quickly peek into to see what St. Nicholas is all about so that they may join our happy country parish.
2. To provide communication and resources to those currently going to St. Nicholas in order to bring them closer to God and closer to one another.
When I first heard about St. Nicholas, way before I even considered being the rector, I immediately searched the web. First, I couldn’t find it. When I googled “St. Nicholas, Hamilton,” I was sent to a Greek Orthodox church in some other country. When I finally found St. Nicholas on the web, I couldn’t learn much. This is in no way a slight to the fine people that worked on the website in those days. They did the best they could with the format they had. I found service times, and some directions, and a tiny little picture of the outside of the church. While this told me a bit about St. Nicholas, it didn’t quite provide me with the information I needed to make a life decision to go there.
When people search for a church home, they should do so with the intention of making a life decision.
It’s kind of like the blind guy that Jesus heals in Mark 8:
22 They came to Bethsaida. Some people* brought a blind man to him and begged him to touch him. 23He took the blind man by the hand and led him out of the village; and when he had put saliva on his eyes and laid his hands on him, he asked him, ‘Can you see anything?’ 24And the man looked up and said, ‘I can see people, but they look like trees, walking.’ 25Then Jesus laid his hands on his eyes again; and he looked intently and his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly.
When the blind man came to Jesus, he did so expecting to be completely have his sight restored and his life changed completely. He went with the intention of having his life changed. These days, I wonder if we seek churches and communities with the intention of having our lives changed. Instead, we tend to go because “the preacher’s good,” or “they’ve got good music,” or “the liturgy speaks to me” or “that’s where my friends go.” Do we go because we are seeking to have our lives changed? Do we go hoping to have our sight restored?
On first touch, Jesus doesn’t completely restore the blind man’s sight. He says he sees people, but they look like “trees, walking.” I love that phrase because it reminds me of life. We can never see things completely clearly, but our vision makes us see a lot of trees walking. The same is true of searching for churches. Do church websites draw people in or just give information? Do they help them see, and if so, is it full sight, or just fuzzy images?
I pray that this site helps you see just a little better. I pray it helps you see what St. Nicholas is all about. I pray it helps you see the many things out there that can draw you closer to your Creator. I pray it helps you deepen your relationships with other people, whether they’re here at St. Nicholas or across the world.
Working with technology is never perfect, so sometimes you’ll see things perfectly, and other times it may be like trees, walking. Either way, I hope it helps change your life.