Fr. Rick's Sermons

Sowing the Seed of Stewardship
Sunday, October 12, 2008

   Did you hear about the fellow who went into business on a shoestring and tripled his investment? Now he?s trying to figure out what to do with three shoestrings! After this past week?s stock market plunge, I?m sure many people feel like all they have left is three shoestrings.

   In today?s Gospel reading, the 2nd Sunday of Luke 6:31-36, Jesus tells His followers to ?love your enemies? (v.35). Who is my enemy? An enemy is a person who hates us, fosters harmful designs against us or engages in antagonistic activities against us. St.

Faith in Christ, Not our works
Sunday, September 21, 2008

   There is a story about a monk who despaired of the cross God had given him and complained of it constantly. God finally relented and offered him a chance to select a different cross. He led the monk into a room filled with several crosses from which to pick.

Boasting in the Cross
Wednesday, September 17, 2008

   It is easy to be proud of our own accomplishments like good grades in school, a promotion at work, winning a race or competition.

Hanging from Our Cross with Faith
Sunday, September 14, 2008

   Three ministers were talking about prayer in general and the most appropriate and effective positions for prayer. As they were talking, a telephone repairman was working on the phone system on the other side of the room. One minister said that he felt the key was in the hands.

Who is Your Father
Sunday, August 24, 2008

It?s unfortunate that today?s scripture readings, from the 10th Sunday of Matthew do not coincide with our American celebration of Father?s Day. As we know, the Church has its own sense of time and her lectionary system was constructed many centuries ago. Yet, we have two good examples of fathers today.

Getting Out of Debt
Tuesday, August 19, 2008

   How many of us own a home? Perhaps I should ask how many of live in a home that our bank owns? Many people have mortgages on our homes. If we watch the news we know that a mortgage or lending crisis exists. Several national banks have gone belly-up and closed within the past year.

   During our Greek Festival this weekend we are giving church tours of our temple of worship as tool to share our Orthodox Christian Faith. In today?s epistle reading (9th Sun. of Matthew from 1Corinthians 3:9-17) St.

   10Now I plead with you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment. These powerful words St.

   A few weeks have passed since I last spoke about the material from the book: Christian Faith and Same-Sex Attraction by Fr. Thomas Hopko.

Forgiveness is Healing
Sunday, July 27, 2008

   I once had a conversation with a certain man. He was angry with me because he thought I had said some disparaging remarks about him to other people.

   The theme of our most recent Archdiocese Clergy-Laity Congress was ?Gather My People to My Home.? Our beloved Archbishop Demetrios delivered the keynote on this theme and has written extensively since to elaborate on its deeper meaning.

   Have you ever wondered what other people thought of you? What they say about you to others? For most of us it is a central activity of our life. Some of us probably need to worry less about what others think and say about us. Perhaps some of us need to ponder this more often.

Introduction to Adapted Sermon on June 22, 2008 by Fr. Richard Andrews

   Two weeks ago we talked about Christian Faith and Same-Sex Attraction based on a book of the same title by Fr. Thomas Hopko. At that time, we covered the issues of God?s creation, goodness, passion and sin.

   When we hear the term ?rags to riches? we know the reference is to a person who was poor and at the end of his rope. Then, through a sudden turn of events or through a process of hard work and determination, the person attains a huge amount of wealth.

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