Fr. Rick's Sermons

Born to be Baptised
Sunday, December 31, 2017

Born to be Baptized: From Nativity to Theophany

  Do you ever wonder why many Eastern Orthodox celebrate Christmas on December 25th with the rest of the Christian world but many other Orthodox observe the Lord’s Nativity on January 7th? The simple answer is those who

Jesus the Godman
Sunday, December 24, 2017

Jesus the God-man

(see Father Anthony Coniaris “Born of Man and Born of God” from Meet Jesus in the Sunday Gospels vol.

Prophets Daniel & 3 Youths
Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Prophets Daniel & Three Holy Youths

   Today is not only the Second Sunday before the Feast of our Lord’s Nativity but being December 17th it is also the day we commemorate several significant saints.

Spiritual Armor of God
Sunday, December 10, 2017

Spiritual Armor of God

   We are well aware of the continuing war against terror in the Middle East and beyond. This war, like all wars before it, is violent with many casualties and deaths on both sides of the conflict. War and violence is present in history from the beginning of mankind.

Church is Here to Help Heal
Sunday, December 03, 2017

Church is Here to Help Heal (State of the Parish Address)

   Today we will have our annual parish assembly meeting to review our programs and ministries, and set the budget for next year. Parish assemblies can be a little anxiety-provoking because we tend to worry about money.

We Are All Rich
Sunday, November 26, 2017

We Are All Rich

   Some of us are old enough to remember a man named Robin Leech, who with his distinctive British accent, narrated the once popular television show “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous.” Many of us watched to see how “the other half” lived.

Bigger Barns or Bigger Church
Sunday, November 19, 2017

Bigger Barns or Bigger Church

   This is a true story: a Greek Orthodox parish community was contemplating building a brand new, larger, more beautiful sanctuary. Of course, there was lots of lively discussion and debate. During a parish assembly meeting, one person rose to speak.

God Loves a Cheerful Giver
Sunday, November 12, 2017

God Loves a Cheerful Giver - Good Samaritan

   One of my favorite bible passages is “This is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it” (Psalm 118:24). I try to say it each day in the morning to remember that, no matter what happens, I should be joyful.

Stewardship & Eternal Life
Sunday, November 05, 2017

Stewardship and Eternal Life

   If you went around asking people, “What is the purpose of life?”, you’ll get many answers: “to be happy…to live a good, long make a name for yourself…to be fulfilled…to find your purpose…” etc.

Don’t Bother Jesus
Sunday, October 29, 2017

What is Your Name?
Sunday, October 22, 2017

When you strike up a conversation with a person you have never met before, what is one of the first important questions to be asked? What is your name? And then, my name is (blank). The name becomes very important to begin assimilating additional information about the person.

Seed & Soil
Sunday, October 15, 2017

Great big things can come from little tiny ones. Human life begins when a tiny sperm fertilizes a very small egg and in about 15 years we have a full-grown man or woman. A huge oak tree comes from a tiny acorn. So also, a way of life or a lifetime of activity can grow from a tiny thought or idea in our mind.

God Calls Us
Sunday, September 17, 2017

If someone says, “I’m going to call you,” immediately we think of a phone call. If I tell another person, “So and so called me,” they would think the same.

A New Creation
Sunday, September 10, 2017

Gay or straight, republican or democrat, conservative or liberal, man or woman, black or white, pro-choice or pro-life: these are all familiar labels we hear many people identify themselves as are used a pejorative to label someone else.

Jesus is the Rock/Cornerstone
Sunday, September 03, 2017

With all the rain and flooding due to Hurricane Harvey that struck south Texas and Houston this past week, some places received over 50 inches of rain, we are reminded of the great flood at the time of Noah as recorded in Genesis 6-7.

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