Fr. Rick's Sermons
Sunday, May 31, 2015
There is a lot of violence, suffering and death in the world around us. The continuing war in the Middle East, the increasing murders in Baltimore and Chicago, the tragic deaths all over our own Twin Cities, whether due to crime, illness or accident. It all seems very tragic and at times random.
Sunday, May 24, 2015
I need a volunteer for today’s sermon. It does not mean that you will give the sermon but it does mean that you will become part of today’s sermon. Who would like to volunteer? Okay, _____ has volunteered.
Sunday, May 17, 2015
How many of us have been driving somewhere and arrived without being aware of what route we travelled or cannot remember anything along the way? This typically happens when our mind is preoccupied with something, an important deadline at work, a close friend or family member is seriously ill, a dear loved one who died
Sunday, May 10, 2015
Sunday, April 19, 2015
How many of us, in sharing our experiences of Holy Week and other elements of our Greek Orthodox Faith and Church, hear a response like, “Mmmm, that’s not in the Bible is it?” If someone said to us, “Sola
Sunday, April 12, 2015
Are you suffering? Are you hurting? Are you in pain? What is the nature of your difficulties? Suffering is one of the most common experiences of us human beings. We do not live in a perfect world.
Sunday, April 05, 2015
How many of us, in preparing for the coming Feast of Pascha, have a laundry list of things to do? Especially if we are hosting friends and relatives, we have lots of preparations to make: cleaning, food preparation, getting extra chairs, and the like.
Sunday, March 29, 2015
In today’s Epistle reading (Hebrews 9:11-14) for the Fifth Sunday of Great and Holy Lent, it begins with this verse: 11But Christ came as
Sunday, March 22, 2015
How many of us have used a ladder lately? If we are too old or too young, hopefully we have not used a ladder lately! A short stepladder has big steps that one can stand on but it doesn’t go very high. A tall ladder has small steps.
Sunday, March 15, 2015
Some of us are old enough to remember long car rides in cross-country vacations, going from state to state to see relatives, family, friends, national parks, scenic sights and historical places. Did it all happen in one day? No, there were stops along the way: to get gas, go to the bathroom, and/or rest for the night.
Sunday, March 01, 2015
When we were little kids how often did we say to our parents: “Mom, mom, look at me…Dad, dad, watch this…” We may have had something new or novel that we discovered or mastered and we wanted to show what we could do. It was important to us that our mom and dad saw us.
Sunday, February 22, 2015
A group of Orthodox Christians were socializing and engaging in conversation.
Sunday, February 15, 2015
How many of us have pets? Perhaps a dog or a cat or hamster? And do we notice how we talk to our pets? Often, we talk to them like we talk to babies, infants and toddlers—with an exaggerated affectionate voice. Good doggie, nice kitty. You’re so cute. You’re nice and cuddly.
Sunday, February 08, 2015
Today’s Gospel reading (of the 17th Sunday of Luke 15:11-32) is commonly known as the “Parable of the Prodigal Son” (Greek = ‘Asotou’). It is read every year between the Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee and the Sunday of Meatfare.
Sunday, February 01, 2015
Today we commemorate St. Tryphon the Martyr. He was born in the village of Lampsakos, in the district of Phyrgia of Asia Minor. Even from a young age, Tryphon was given the power to cast out demons and to heal various illnesses.
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