Fr. Rick's Sermons
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.
Sunday, November 01, 2015
In today’s (Nov.1st
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sunday, August 30, 2015
Take a moment to think of some of the most talented people in the world, the ones you really admire. They can be an athlete, a singer, a performer, a scientist, a teacher, or anything. I would assert that these very talented persons become that way often because of two extremes.
Sunday, August 23, 2015
During the many church tours we give during our Greek Festival and at other times during the year.
Sunday, August 16, 2015
A great deal of discussion has occurred recently about the problem of mass criminal incarceration in the United States. State and federal prisons have approximately 1.5 million in mates. On any given day about 700,000 persons are in local jails but millions more pass in and out of the jail system every year.
Sunday, August 09, 2015
Are brothers and sisters in certain parts of our country continue to grieve as family and friends are lost to tragic and violent deaths carried out by certain perpetrators.
Sunday, August 02, 2015
When Presvytera and I moved to Boston to attend the seminary, it was the first time that either one of us had lived anyplace other than the Twin Cities as adults. Both of us had moved around quite a bit as kids but Minnesota was definitely home. Many new and different things caught our attention.
Sunday, July 26, 2015
Picture this: a teenager standing in front of refrigerator or a cupboard full of food and saying, “There is nothing to eat around here.” Sound familiar? We ourselves have probably done the same thing and then decided to go out to eat or
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