Fr. Rick's Sermons

Glory in Tribulation & Suffering
Sunday, June 28, 2009

   ?Rejoice in hope!? (v.2) is what St. Paul says in today?s epistle reading (3rd Sunday of Matthew, Romans 5:1-11). Elsewhere in the scriptures we hear, ?This is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it? (Psalm 118:24) and St.

The Wrath of God
Sunday, June 21, 2009

   Happy Father?s Day! Remember when Dad spanked us or yelled at us for being naughty? Or when we were teenagers, he?d tell us to pick-up our room or stop picking our nose and we?d respond with a loud voice, ?Stop yelling at me?? Think about that for moment.

The Gifts of the Spirit
Sunday, June 07, 2009

   Orthodoxy Christianity is not a society of historians. The Orthodox Church is not a system of museums throughout the country. Liturgy is not a drama club presentation. These statements may seem obvious to some but to others they could be a revelation of sorts?a new perspective on the Faith.

Finding Your Calling in Life
Sunday, May 31, 2009

When we consider the Orthodox Christian understanding of vocation, several points can be made. The most obvious are the following:

 

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Satisfying Our Thirst
Sunday, May 17, 2009

   Every Sunday morning, newspapers are delivered to households across the country and in the Sunday paper are a plethora of advertisements. Some of us may have looked them over before coming to church this morning.

Be Healed Like the Paralytic
Sunday, May 10, 2009

   Introduction- 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. Jesus continued along and came upon another man sitting and crying.

What is Faith in Christ
Sunday, May 03, 2009

   Most of us probably think there is one Gospel reading for the Orthodox Funeral Service. That is for good reason because only one passage, John 5:24-30, is read in the Greek Orthodox practice. However, the ancient tradition calls for a different reading for each day of the week.

Believing without Seeing
Sunday, April 26, 2009

   Christ is Risen! This is our greeting of the past week since the celebration of Pascha and we will continue to use it for the next five weeks in order to spread the Good News that Jesus our Lord has defeated sin and death.

The Sign of Jonah
Sunday, April 19, 2009

A little less than half way through the Gospel of Matthew, Chapter 12 we hear that:

38Then some of the scribes and Pharisees answered [Jesus], saying, ?Teacher, we want to see a sign from You.? 39But He answered and said to them,

   Between the strict Fast of Great and Holy Lent and the austere Fast of Great and Holy Week is a two day period of great joy and celebrating. It?s kind of like a soldier who goes through basic training and then gets a furlough before having to report for duty on the battlefield.

The High Priesthood of Christ
Sunday, April 05, 2009

   If we have been reading the scriptures regularly during Great Lent according to the Lectionary of the Church, we notice that the Epistle readings on Sundays all come from the book of Hebrews. Why is this? Plain and simple, one of the main themes of Hebrews is the High Priesthood of Jesus Christ.

The Rewards of Fasting
Sunday, March 29, 2009

   Have you ever felt like you have a problem that never goes away? Or you feel like you have one problem after the next? They just keeps coming and coming?somewhat relentlessly. Most of us do, if you do not, you are blessed. Most of us are fighting against problems in our life.

The Road Less Traveled
Sunday, March 22, 2009

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Spiritual Paralysis
Sunday, March 15, 2009

   In today?s gospel reading, the Second Sunday of Great Lent, we read from Mark 2:1-12 and we hear about the Paralytic at the town of Capernaum. What or who is a ?paralytic?? ?Paralytikos? comes from ?paralysis/paralyo? in Greek which is the same word we use in English.

Come and See
Sunday, March 08, 2009

   Dwight Moody told a story of a man who was asked by his ten-year-old son, ?Daddy, why don?t you ever go to church with us?? The father replied, ?I don?t need to go to church, son. My faith is established.? Later that same day the man drove his horses out of the barn and hitched them to a buggy.

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