Fr. Rick's Sermons

Ten Commandments of Love
Sunday, August 27, 2017

See Coniaris “Love is the Great Command” (Homilies from an Orthodox Pulpit, pp.113-116)

   Millions of people watch the news including CNN which stands for Cable News Network. It was the first news network on cable television.

Preparing for the Parousia
Sunday, August 20, 2017

   During this weekend of our Greek Festival, we are proudly offering our ethnic food, music and dancing. We also are seeking to share our faith through our bookstore, free literature and church tours. In the tour of the church we use the architecture and iconography to explain Eastern Orthodox Christianity.

Glory of God (Apodosis Transfig)
Sunday, August 13, 2017

During the season of summer in America, we are inundated with messages of patriotism. Commercials resound with themes of American flags, apple pies, hot dogs, fireworks, and Chevy trucks.

Listen to Jesus
Sunday, August 06, 2017

Anyone who has been married a few years or has been a parent to a teenager can tell about the phenomenon of selective listening. At one moment, a spouse can hear the quietest whisper. At another moment, it is as if the same person is completely deaf.

Do You Belong to Christ?
Sunday, July 30, 2017

How often in conversation do we hear people say things similar to this: “I go to such and such church because I like the pastor there”? Or “We stopped going to that church because they have a new priest, and well, he’s just different.” I am continually amazed, or disappointed might be more apt,

What Are You, Blind?
Sunday, July 23, 2017

It’s hard to believe it has been eight years since Kevin Heinz and Jill Peterson danced their way into fame. The the couple from Saint Paul, Minnesota and their wedding party danced down the aisle of Christ Lutheran Church on June 20, 2009 to the song “Forever” by Chris Brown.

How to Let Your Light Shine
Sunday, July 16, 2017

At Summer Church Camp two weeks ago the senior boys and girls went from cabin to cabin one evening serenading the young campers. One of the songs they sang goes like this.

Who is Satan?
Sunday, July 09, 2017

Humor- Once there was a poor young couple, and the husband served as a minister.  He complained to his wife for breaking her promise not to buy a new dress. She responded, “The devil made me do it.

Don’t Rest on Laurels/Baptism
Sunday, July 02, 2017

Sin of Perfectionism
Sunday, June 18, 2017

Humor- Once upon a time a church’s pastor was struck with a serious illness. Every week an update was posted in the bulletin about the pastor’s condition.

How to love God more than Family
Sunday, June 11, 2017

How much are we to love our family? What does God say about the love we should have for our fathers, mothers, brothers and sisters? As we know from the Scriptures, we are to love and respect them. However, the love is always expressed in the context of our relationship with God Himself.

Holy Spirit Changes our Mind
Sunday, June 04, 2017

The Holy Spirit Changes Our Mind

  With a sad heart we celebrate today this great Feast of Pentecost.

A Wealthy Inheritance
Sunday, May 28, 2017

   If you received a $1 million, $5M, or $10M inheritance, what would you do with it? Would you spend it or invest it? Would you put in a will or trust for you own children? Think for a moment about wealthy parents who gave most of their estate to their children? Perhaps you know some of these kids.

20/20 Vision
Sunday, May 21, 2017

   The parents of two teenagers visited a doctor because they were very worried about their children’s failing eyesight.

Women Evangelists/Apostles
Sunday, May 14, 2017

One of the most frequent questions I get from people, both Orthodox Christians and those outside our Faith tradition, is “Do you have woman priests?” Of course, the answer is no, we do not but I remind them that women can serve in any and every other role in the life of the Church: choir, chanter, reader,

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