Fr. Rick's Sermons
Sunday, January 12, 2014
“The only way to get rid of temptation is to yield to it.” This was said by the late 19th century British playwright Oscar Wilde.
Sunday, January 05, 2014
Today we celebrate the liturgical feast of the Sunday before Theophany. Because is also the Eve of Theophany the Typikon directs all parishes to conduct the Great Agiasmos. I have just used a few words that one might not be familiar with. So let’s go back with and explain a little further.
Sunday, December 22, 2013
Todays Epistle reading for the Sunday before Christmas (Hebrews 11:9-10,32-40) does not say anything explicit about the coming Feast of the Nativity of our Lord on December 25th.
Sunday, December 15, 2013
A very busy CEO of a company, in the midst of big deadline for a huge deal said, “Now where in the world did I put that pencil?” His administrative assistant said, “It’s behind your ear.” The CEO snapped back, “Come on now, I don’t have time for this. I’m in a hurry.
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
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.
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