Fr. Rick's Sermons

Adults: General Instructions by James
Sunday, October 23, 2016

   Usually my sermons each week focus on a specific topic but today I want to give you a variety of little tidbits, kernels of wisdoms, and nuggets of gold.

No Roots--No Fruits
Sunday, October 16, 2016

   There is a short phrase in Greek “Kalo Riziko!” that is said to people who are moving into a new city or home. It means “may you put down good roots.” Being uprooted and moved to another place is often traumatic, especially in the case of refugees, i.e. war-torn Syria.

Adults: Two Processions
Sunday, October 09, 2016

   In the coming election we have two political parties and two candidates representing each party…but I am not going to talk about either one. Now that I have your attention I am going to talk about two things. In the Divine Liturgy there are two processions called the Small Entrance and the Great Entrance.

Adults- Better Than Average 2016
Sunday, October 02, 2016

   How many Orthodox Christians live in the United States? Over the years, several different answers have been offered. In the recent past, some church authorities estimated between four and six million Orthodox faithful. Our own Greek Archdiocese claimed upwards of two million faithful.

Adults- Worth of Your Soul
Sunday, September 18, 2016

   You don’t have to be part of Weight Watchers to watch your weight. For some of us this might be a daily routine, to step on a scale. Many of today’s scales are electronic with a digital readout, but the older model scales still exist.

Cross & 9/11 2016
Sunday, September 11, 2016

   When someone says 9-11 almost everyone in America will know that it refers to September 11, 2001, the day of the infamous attacks on the United States by 19 hijackers who flew two airline passenger jets into the World Trade Center in New York, one into the Pentagon near Washington DC, and one that crashed into a

Miracle of Forgiveness
Sunday, September 04, 2016

        Coniaris - The Miracle of Forgiveness (Gems vol.2, p.123).

   Often times, when we read the Holy Scriptures and we listen to the stories of the miracles that Jesus worked to heal people of their diseases, don’t we wish that we could see more miracles or any miracles in our

Acting vs. Reacting
Sunday, August 28, 2016

   As many of you know I am studying in a doctoral program in marriage and family therapy at Argosy University.

Who is My Foundation?
Sunday, August 21, 2016

Coniaris: No Other Foundation (Treasures from Paul’s Letters vol.1, p.7)

   When we hear the word foundation what do we think of? Some may think of a charitable trust or fund that receives money from donors and then distributes grants to organizations and causes based on the foundations mission

   Many people have a picture of Jesus followers and the early Church as an open, loving, warm community. However, today’s Gospel reading from the Eighth Sunday of Matthew (14:14-22) shows in fact the opposite.

He is Able- God's Power
Sunday, August 07, 2016

   There is much discussion about the potential for an energy crisis. Renewable energy is ever expanding priority as we seek to move away from fossil fuels, concerned about the potential for global warming and climate change. Some see it as essential to save the planet and protect the people who live on it.

Jesus: Ultimate Mind Reader
Sunday, July 31, 2016

   Moms and dads tend to worry when kids are out of eyesight but loud and rambunctious. They can’t see them but they hear them and they wonder if anyone is going to get hurt or something is going to break. But parents are more worried when kids can’t be seen nor can they be heard.

Searching for Salvation
Sunday, July 24, 2016

   Last year on July 20th the United States commemorated the 40th Anniversary of the first lunar landing. On that day in 1969 Neil Armstrong became the first man to set foot on the moon. Several would follow him on successive trips. He said some infamous words that day.

You Are the Light of the World
Sunday, July 17, 2016

   As we know the events of this past week have been very tumultuous with the terrorist attack in Nice, France, as well as the seemed to be failed military coup in the country of Turkey, and the protests that continue to go on in our city and cities around the country (regarding recent deadly police shootings).

Pray for Peace
Sunday, July 10, 2016