Fr. Rick's Sermons

Confessing our Sins
Sunday, January 03, 2016

   Remember back when we were children, how easy it was to take something that was not ours. Whether it was a toy from our toddler playmates, a piece of candy or gum at the convenience store, a nice shirt, purse or jersey left behind at school. We wanted it, it was there and we claimed it.

Jesus the God who Saves Me
Sunday, December 20, 2015

   During this season of anticipation, we hear many familiar Christmas hymns. We live in a culture dominated by Western religious tradition. Therefore, we may know some of its songs better than our own.

The weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas are filled with a flurry of activity. Dinners and parties abound. We receive invitations from neighbors, friends, colleagues at work, and family. The invites come by mail, a phone call, email and Evites. Some parties and dinners we will attend.

Broken to be More Beautiful
Sunday, December 06, 2015

How many of us have broken a bone in our body? Probably it was due to an accident or an injury but it might have been purposeful during a surgery to repair something that is impairing health or healing. How does it feel when a bone is broken? It hurts a lot when a bone breaks, it is very painful.

One Thing You Still Lack
Sunday, November 29, 2015

I was speaking to a college student recently about computer programming. He lamented the extreme detail required to write and edit code. Code is the programming language used to write software that tells computers how to process and display data.

Exploring Orthodox Generosity Part 3
Sunday, November 15, 2015

Today is the first day of

Exploring Orthodox Generosity Part 2
Sunday, November 08, 2015

Last week I shared with you some results from the recent survey that explored Orthodox Generosity in the United States. Briefly, let us review some of the statistics. 2,825 parishioners participate in the survey. 61% of Greek Orthodox Archdiocese (GOA) households earn more than $70,000 per year.

Exploring Orthodox Generosity Part 1
Sunday, November 01, 2015

Introduction

In today’s (Nov.1st

St. Luke the Dynamo
Sunday, October 18, 2015

When we describe a person as ‘dynamic’ we often mean that they are “energetic, hardworking, and even forceful.” Most people rarely use the noun ‘dynamo’ when referring to a dynamic person.

Uproot Thorns & Riches
Sunday, October 11, 2015

As the weather turns colder, perhaps we are cleaning out our yard, and raking up leaves. If we have a garden, we might be pulling up the weeds and even the dying plants themselves to prepare the ground for next Spring.

The Platinum Rule
Sunday, October 04, 2015

The Golden Rule! What is the Golden Rule? Simply stated the Golden Rule is “Do unto others as you would have them do to you.” Sound familiar? Well it should since we just heard Jesus say it in the first verse of today’s Gospel reading from the

God's Family
Sunday, September 27, 2015

Family (oikogenia), to the Greeks family is everything, and the most important thing. The loyalty to family is paramount. Mothers and fathers work hard to provide for their children, to make sure that they have more opportunities to succeed in life.

Godly Righteousness vs. Human Justice
Sunday, September 20, 2015

   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.

He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not
Sunday, September 13, 2015

When you were younger, perhaps a young teenager, do you remember playing a game in which you grabbed a flower and began to pick off the petals? The game was meant to determine if someone you liked, liked you.

Wedding Garment
Sunday, September 06, 2015

I have nothing to wear! I need to buy a new outfit! Sound familiar? This is a refrain we might hear when our kids say with the start of a new school year upon us. Or we might hear this when adults are invited to an important social gathering like a charity banquet or a wedding and reception.

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