Fr. Rick's Sermons
Sunday, December 08, 2013
Every year on the Sunday of our Fall Parish Assembly meeting, I like to share a message called “The State of the Parish Address.” This message has taken several forms in order to educate, enlighten and inspire a broader vision for the overall mission and pur
Sunday, November 24, 2013
Does anyone remember their first time away from home, parents and family? Maybe it was a sleepover at a friend’s house or going to overnight summer camp. How did it feel? Were you scared? Were you sad? Perhaps you were crying and wanted your mom and dad. This is not unusual. It’s called homesickness.
Sunday, November 17, 2013
Christ in Me (11-17-2013)
I’m sure many of you notice that I have been quoting frequently as of late the writings of Fr. Anthony Coniaris. I’m sure most of you know also that Fr. Anthony was my parish priest growing up at our sister parish of St. Mary Greek Orthodox Church in Minneapolis.
Sunday, November 10, 2013
Regarding the people of Samaria, also known as Samaritans, Jews had no dealings with them. This is told to us in Gospel of John (4) when Jesus encounters the Samaritan woman at Jacob’s well.
Sunday, November 03, 2013
A sign posted at a bus stop read: “The trouble with this world is apathy.” Someone had scribbled below it: “Who cares.”
Sunday, October 27, 2013
Every year Parade Magazine, that brief national publication inserted into the Sunday newspaper, runs an issue with the same story “What People Earn.” And it lists different people, actual persons from all walks of life, with their name, their photo and their yearly salary.
Sunday, October 20, 2013
Very few people write checks issued from their bank to pay bills or purchase items at a store. While some prefer to pay in cash, more and more of us use credit cards for purchases.
Sunday, October 13, 2013
We human beings are designed and created by God in His image and likeness (Genesis 1:26). And what a wonderful design we have been given. Think of all the biological and chemical processes that work in near perfect synchronization, not to mention the engineering of our bone and muscle structure.
Sunday, October 06, 2013
Often we hear our civic leaders talk about “the greater good.” Typically, they mean service to our country and our fellow citizens. With the recent government shutdown thousands of government workers have been furloughed without pay but congressional leaders continue to receive a salary.
Sunday, September 29, 2013
When was the last time someone slapped you or hit you in the face? Maybe it was a parent when you talked back to them or used foul language. Maybe it was on the playground as a little kid or drunk at a bar in college. Maybe it never happened. We should be so fortunate.
Sunday, September 22, 2013
Where do miners go for coal and diamonds? Where does a driller go for oil? Where do steel companies go for iron ore? Where does Jesus tell Simon Peter to catch fish? The answer is deep. Coal, diamonds, oil, iron ore and all sorts of precious minerals are found deep in the earth.
Sunday, September 15, 2013
The Gopher football team won yesterday. They’re 3-0 now but likely, when they start the Big 10 schedule, they will start losing again. The Vikings lost last week. The Twins lost last night and are on their way to another solid losing season.
Sunday, September 08, 2013
When we meet someone, what is one of the first questions we ask? “What is your name?” Why? Because a name immediately becomes a foundation upon which we start building a memory of this person we are learning more about.
Sunday, September 01, 2013
Blessed and Happy New Year! Why am I saying this greeting to you? Does not the New Year begin on January 1st? Yes, the calendar year that most people recognized throughout the year begins on January 1st<
Sunday, August 25, 2013
A husband became physically and emotionally exhausted after enduring the pain and suffering of his wife’s terminal illness and death. Yet, he became spiritually renewed as he greeted hundreds of family and friends at her wake/visitation and funeral service.
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