Fr. Rick's Sermons
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.
Sunday, April 15, 2012
In just a few minutes the whole church will be darkened. Every light will be turned off and every candle and lamp will be extinguished. Because of the street lights and cars driving by outside, we will not experience total and complete darkness but in that moment we may be scared.
Sunday, March 18, 2012
If someone is bothering us, we can go somewhere else. If it is a boss, we can change jobs. If it is a neighbor, we can relocate and move. In our day and age, more than ever before, if it is a spouse, we can separate and divorce. We can even move away from God. He does not force us to stay near Him.
Sunday, March 04, 2012
In the Old Testament, God revealed to Moses the Tablets of the Law. The centerpiece of the Law was the Ten Commandments, which were the most basic instructions God gave to the Israelites so that they might live in righteousness and peace with God and each other.
Sunday, February 26, 2012
Great and Holy Lent begins tomorrow on Clean/Pure Monday. It marks the initial step in our six week journey to Pascha, the Resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Sunday, February 19, 2012
Although this winter has been very mild with warm temperatures and little snow, it?s still nice to sit in front of a nice warm fire. The warmth soothes aching muscles and bones that brace against the cold throughout the day. The glowing embers radiate a reassuring light as the sun sets at night.
Sunday, February 05, 2012
If you were invited to a special event, like a birthday party or a wedding reception, but you had never been there before, what would you do? Would you ask for directions? Would you get a paper map, unfold it, look at the table on the back that lists the streets alphabetically and then lists their
Sunday, January 29, 2012
Two people/families each have their own home. These houses are essentially the same. They are built on foundations with a basement. They are wood framed structures with everything one would want: living room, kitchen, dining room, family room, and several bedrooms and bathrooms.
Sunday, January 22, 2012
Every year on the Sunday closest to the anniversary of the Supreme Court?s fateful decision on Roe vs. Wade handed down in 1973, millions of Americans celebrate the sanctity of human life.
Sunday, January 15, 2012
A man was playing golf with his buddies. With each hole, he was having more difficulty, slicing the ball off one tee and hooking it from another, three putting on one green and four putting another. On the thirteenth tee, the group had to hit over a large pond to get on the fairway towards the green.
Sunday, January 08, 2012
A high school student went out to dinner with his parents and some others at a very nice restaurant. One of the people in the larger group was a world-famous astronomer (one who studies ?the law of the stars?).
Sunday, January 01, 2012
Two weeks ago, in my sermon, I talked about the meaning of a name and how it signifies everything that we are, our uniqueness and our personhood.
Sunday, December 18, 2011
In today?s Gospel reading, for the Sunday before the Nativity of Christ (Matthew 1:1-25), it begins with a somewhat tedious list of names, recounting the genealogy of Christ.
Sunday, December 11, 2011
During this time preceding the holidays, our life becomes very busy with office parties, concerts, pageants, programs, buying gifts, decorating our homes. It?s a time or a season of anticipation. These rituals and traditions are based on the Feast of Christmas.
Sunday, December 04, 2011
The American holiday of Thanksgiving each year brings us an opportunity to take vacation from work or to take a break from classes and studying, and to come together with family and friends and reflect on all the blessings God has given us.
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