Fr. Rick's Sermons

Spiritual Olympics
Sunday, August 12, 2012

   A couple weeks ago the 30th Olympiad or Olympic Games in London began and will continue for at least a few more days. Most of us have watched at least one event and probably have cheered for either the American or Greek competitors on to victory.

Ashes to Ashes: Cremation
Sunday, August 05, 2012

Introduction

   ?Ashes to ashes and dust to dust? is a common phrase we hear associated with funeral practices. This first appeared in the Church of England?s Book of Common Prayer in 1549. The phrase ?dust to dust? has some biblical origin from Gen.

You Feed Them
Sunday, July 29, 2012

   One day, in a nice neighborhood in an upscale suburb, a beggar showed up on the doorstep of a family?s home? The children playing in the front yard were curious with the different looking person.

St. Markella & Aurora CO Tragedy
Sunday, July 22, 2012

   Today we commemorate two famous saints, both women, one from 2,000 years ago and one from 500 years ago. The former, Mary Magdalene, was a Myrrhbearer of Christ and Equal to the Apostles. The latter, Markella, was Virgin Martyr of Chios who died in the year 1500.

Light Begins with Me
Sunday, July 15, 2012

   When an Orthodox Christian enters an Orthodox church, he or she typically lights a candle. But does anyone know why we light a candle? We light candles because of Jesus Christ, because He said, ?I am the light of the world.

Role of Faith, The
Sunday, July 01, 2012

   "Go your way; and as you have believed, so let it be done for you." The words of Jesus Christ to the centurion regarding his servant, now healed.

Happy Birthday John the Baptist
Sunday, June 24, 2012

   We have a birthday today. It is somebody you all know. He?s really a special person but were not going sing ?Happy Birthday? to him nor will there be a cake with candles. The only thing that he wants for a birthday present is for us to love and worship God.

Beatitudes - How to be Holy
Sunday, June 10, 2012

   Everyone wants to make a good impression, even a holy one. One day the priest came for a visit.

Babel vs. Pentecost
Sunday, June 03, 2012

   An Orthodox priest, who was involved in ecumenical activities, became acquainted with some Lutheran pastors and He invited them to a Holy Friday service. Three of them came but the church was already full. The priest noticed them standing in the back and wanted to show good hospitality.

Faith and Belief
Sunday, May 27, 2012

   The word ?believe? appears 163 (Jesus = 53) times in the Holy Bible. The word ?belief? appears only one time (2Th.2:13). However, the word ?faith? appears 229 times (Jesus = 28). The word ?believe? and the word ?faith? both are translated from the Greek word ?pistis?.

Revelation is a Crisis-Judgment
Sunday, May 20, 2012

   If we read the newspapers and watch the news we hear of many crises. The threat of terrorism and nuclear war still looms large. Economic instability still affects the job market. Moral misguidance seeks to influence changes in traditional values, especially regarding marriage.

Regular Water vs. Living Water
Sunday, May 13, 2012

   What do the words Perrier, Evian, Dasani, Aquafina, Poland Springs and Fiji bring to mind? They?re all bottled waters. When many of us were young, no one heard of bottled or filtered water.

Promises for the Dead
Sunday, May 06, 2012

   Have you ever asked yourself, ?What is the meaning of life?? Or, more specifically, ?What is the meaning of my life?? I look around and I see so much chaos, suffering and pain. I have experienced it myself. Why? What is this all about? How does it make sense? I continually ask myself these questions.

   I met a person recently and greeted them saying, ?Christos Anesti!? and he replied strongly ?Alithos Anesti!? And I thought that?s great that he responded with such power, ?Alithos Anesti!? And it touched me because some people, unfortunately, just reply ?Alithos? half under their breath.

Reward of Faith is Peace
Sunday, April 22, 2012

   Who are the happy, joyful people of this world? The naïve believers or the knowledgeable skeptics? The simple faithful or the intelligent atheists? To answer this question, I offer you a child, especially one who stays up late or gets up early on Christmas day.

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