Fr. Rick's Sermons

Jesus Teaches Us How to Die
Sunday, October 07, 2012

   When we need advice about anything, a medical issue, buying a house, a legal matter, we go to an expert, someone highly trained in their field of study or profession. Or at least we go to someone, whether a friend or relative or acquaintance who has some experience.

Loving our Enemies
Sunday, September 30, 2012

   Tragically, this past week the Twin Cities was struck by the senseless epidemic of workplace violence. A man, who was recently fired from his job, took a gun and shot eight people at his work place killing five men. Please include these victims and their families in your prayers.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

  In his sermon titled, ?Nevertheless? (Message of the Sunday Gospels vol.1), Fr.

What is God Like (Attributes)?
Sunday, September 02, 2012

   ?Do you know George? What is he like? Have you ever met Georgia? What do you think of her?? These are common questions in conversations between people that occur every day. We often ask each other because we want to compare other people?s perceptions with our own experience.

Let Go! Let God!
Sunday, August 26, 2012

   How many of us have heard the saying, ?Let go, let God?? It?s a little play on words, or more actually a play on letters. Well, actually it?s a play on just one letter.

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


   ?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?.

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