Fr. Rick's Sermons

Prophecy & Promise
Sunday, June 23, 2013

   Today is the great Feast of Pentecost, fifty days after the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus. Ten days after His glorious Ascension into heaven. Like Pascha/Passover and many other holy days, Pentecost is rooted in the ancient practice of Judaism.

Holy Fathers & Father's Day
Sunday, June 16, 2013

   Today, on the Seventh Sunday of Pascha, we commemorate the Holy Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council. This Council was called by the Emperor Constantine in the year 325AD to settle, once and for all, the Arian controversy that had been plaguing the Church for years.

Prison Ministry
Sunday, June 09, 2013

   In today?s Epistle reading (Acts 16:16-34) from the Sixth Sunday of Pascha, we hear that Paul and Silas thrown into prison (v.23).

   A young little boy attended church with his family on Sunday morning.

Apostles Heal as Jesus Did
Sunday, May 26, 2013

   I heard a story about Jesus that is not in the Gospels. It goes like this: Jesus was walking along one day when He came upon a man crying, and He said, ?My friend, what?s wrong?? The man replied, ?I?m blind; can You help me?? Jesus healed the man and He went on His way.

The Sign of Marriage
Sunday, May 19, 2013

   If one is following the daily lectionary of appointed gospel and epistle readings, he/she would have read about the wedding at Cana of Galilee (John 2:1-11) this past Monday. The timing is ironic and sad for us Minnesotans because that is the day the state senate passed a law legalizing same-sex marriage.

The Power to Forgive Sins
Sunday, May 12, 2013

   A noted Roman Catholic priest was the guest of honor at a Washington DC banquet. After many heart-warming stories and accolades, he rose to the podium to speak. He said, when I first came to the nation?s capital some 25 years ago, I thought I had arrived at a terrible place.

   Humor Intro- A family was eating dinner together before Lent. The parents asked the children what they would like to give up for lent as a sacrifice for God, adding that it should be something they really like.

Jesus- The Great I Am
Sunday, April 28, 2013

   How many of you have heard of the musical group ?Black Eyed Peas?? Some people might be scratching their heads, thinking ?I never heard of them but I ate a lot of them during Lent.? This wildly famous hip hop band is led by world famous rapper ?William Adams.? Some of the young people might be saying, no

Conscience- God's Voice Within Us
Sunday, April 21, 2013

   Two long-time friends, Polyxeni and Sophia, lived about fifty miles away from each other. One day Polyxeni drove to visit Sophia and spend the afternoon together. They had a great time catching up on all the latest in life. When it came time for Polyxeni to leave, Sophia saw her out to the car.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

   Customers at a supermarket were paying more and more attention to a man who was pushing a cart carrying a screaming baby. The man repeated softly: ?Don?t get excited, Ethan; don?t scream, Ethan; don?t yell, Ethan; keep calm, Ethan; be patient, Ethan?.

God's Kingdom Comes with Power
Sunday, April 07, 2013

   A little girl was told by her mother to return home directly after school was dismissed. However, she arrived home from school late almost every day, even as much as twenty minutes.

Bringing our Children to Christ
Sunday, March 31, 2013

   I was amused by the story I read in Bit and Pieces about Jack?s mother who ran into the bedroom when she heard him scream and found his two-year-old sister pulling his hair. She gently released the little girl?s grip and said comfortingly to Jack, ?There, there. She didn?t mean it.

See Coniaris ?Meet Jesus in the Sunday Gospels, vol. 1? p.31

   A few weeks ago we used the analogy of a courtroom to help understand God?s judgment. That context is helpful today as well.

Adam & Eve's Real Mistake
Sunday, March 17, 2013

   Today is Cheesefare Sunday. Having already begun our fast from meat this past week, today is the last day we eat cheese and dairy products before beginning the strict fast of Great and Holy Lent, which starts tomorrow on Clean/Pure Monday. More importantly, Cheesefare is also known as the Sunday of Forgiveness.

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