Fr. Rick's Sermons

Heresies & Heretics
Sunday, January 18, 2015

God became man so that man could become God” (repeat). If this phrase sounds familiar, it should because it was a main theme of my sermon a few weeks ago on the Sunday before the Nativity of Christ. And you may also remember that this phrase (repeat) is attributed to St. Athanasios the Great.

Feast of Lights
Sunday, January 11, 2015

Last week we talked about the power of the Holy Spirit. We also mentioned the power of electricity. Electricity is what gives us light when it is dark. In the natural world, light is like water. It is one of our basic necessities. Without the light of the sun, nothing would grow.

Holy Spirit Power
Sunday, January 04, 2015

What would we do right now if the power went out? Could we function without electricity? Could we celebrate the Divine Liturgy? The answer is yes. It might be a little colder and it might be a little darker but we can still worship God with the keri (was candles) and candili (oil lamps) to give us light and warmth.

Joseph- Father Role Model
Sunday, December 28, 2014

The New Deal domestic agenda of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in the 1940s was a government response to the effects of the Great Depression in the 1930s. In the late 1960s President Lyndon Johnson launched his own program called the Great Society. Its main goal was to eliminate poverty and racial injustice.

Giving Birth to Christ
Sunday, December 21, 2014

If someone asked you to sum up your faith belief in one sentence, what would you say? How can we encapsulate Christianity in a single phrase? Try this one: “God became man so that man could become God.” This is not a something I just thought of.

Come! Jesus’ Invite
Sunday, December 14, 2014

Ella is not just a woman’s name.

Healing & Stewardship
Sunday, December 07, 2014

The state of healthcare in the United States continues to be strongly debated. People are concerned about accessibility and affordability. No doubt, a tremendous amount of resources are spent on healthcare each year. Some estimate that to be around 3 trillion dollars per year.

Saint Andrew & Religious Freedom
Sunday, November 30, 2014

On this day November 30th each year we commemorate the Apostle Andrew who is called ‘Protokletos’ or ‘First-Called.’ He was the first of the Apostles to by Jesus Christ to become one of His followers as recorded in today’s Gospel reading (John 1:35-52; see also Mt.4:18-22;

The Church is Christ’s Hospital
Sunday, November 16, 2014

STATE OF THE PARISH ADDRESS 2014

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Stewardship- A New Creation
Sunday, November 09, 2014

Some things never change! How often do we say this when we encounter someone doing something over and over that annoys us. There is nothing new under the sun! That’s another saying we use when a societal trend, like contentious political campaigning with opponents smearing each other occurs.

Faith vs Works
Sunday, November 02, 2014

The pastor of a large parish ran an ad for a caretaker-groundskeeper.

Name the Demons
Sunday, October 26, 2014

What is your name? This is not an uncommon question. “Hello, my name is Fr. Rick. What’s your name?” This is one of the first ways we begin to know another person.

Good Grief
Sunday, October 19, 2014

Do not weep!” This is what Jesus said to the widow of Nain, whose son had died as she was processing with his body to the place of burial.

Church Music Sunday
Sunday, October 05, 2014

18And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit, 19speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord,

In Christ – Christ in Me
Sunday, September 21, 2014

Whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it(Mark 8:35). These are the words of Jesus in today’s Gospel reading, assigned for the Sunday after the Universal Exaltation of the Precious and Life-Giving Cross.

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