Fr. Rick's Sermons

Palamas on the Paralytic
Sunday, March 04, 2018

Saint Gregory Palamas on the Healing of the Paralytic in Capernaum

  On the second Sunday of Great and Holy Lent each year we commemorate our father among the saints Gregory Palamas,

Squandering Our Inheritance
Sunday, February 04, 2018

Squandering Our Inheritance

  What do we think of when we hear the word inheritance? Most probably think of money and wealth that one receives when a parent or grandparent dies.

Pride Spoils Righteousness
Sunday, January 28, 2018

Pride Spoils Righteousness

Two Men Went Up Into the Temple to Pray By Saint Theophylact Archbishop of Ochrid and Bulgaria

God Seeks/Finds Us
Sunday, January 21, 2018

God Seeks/Finds Us

When an Orthodox Christian loses something like the car keys, a wallet, or a purse, what should he or she do? The easy answer is go look for it. Another answer would be pray to St. Phanourios, the patron of lost things.

Epiphany’s Closing Ceremony
Sunday, January 14, 2018

Epiphany’s Closing Ceremony

  The Winter Olympic games will be hosted by Pyeongchang, South Korea next month February 9-25.

Synaxis of John the Baptist
Sunday, January 07, 2018

Synaxis of John the Baptist

   The Minnesota Vikings football team is having a remarkable season and they are poised to possibly become the first team in NFL history to play the Super Bowl in their home stadium, since we host the 52nd Super Bowl in the newly

Born to be Baptised
Sunday, December 31, 2017

Born to be Baptized: From Nativity to Theophany

  Do you ever wonder why many Eastern Orthodox celebrate Christmas on December 25th with the rest of the Christian world but many other Orthodox observe the Lord’s Nativity on January 7th? The simple answer is those who

Jesus the Godman
Sunday, December 24, 2017

Jesus the God-man

(see Father Anthony Coniaris “Born of Man and Born of God” from Meet Jesus in the Sunday Gospels vol.

Prophets Daniel & 3 Youths
Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Prophets Daniel & Three Holy Youths

   Today is not only the Second Sunday before the Feast of our Lord’s Nativity but being December 17th it is also the day we commemorate several significant saints.

Spiritual Armor of God
Sunday, December 10, 2017

Spiritual Armor of God

   We are well aware of the continuing war against terror in the Middle East and beyond. This war, like all wars before it, is violent with many casualties and deaths on both sides of the conflict. War and violence is present in history from the beginning of mankind.

Church is Here to Help Heal
Sunday, December 03, 2017

Church is Here to Help Heal (State of the Parish Address)

   Today we will have our annual parish assembly meeting to review our programs and ministries, and set the budget for next year. Parish assemblies can be a little anxiety-provoking because we tend to worry about money.

We Are All Rich
Sunday, November 26, 2017

We Are All Rich

   Some of us are old enough to remember a man named Robin Leech, who with his distinctive British accent, narrated the once popular television show “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous.” Many of us watched to see how “the other half” lived.

Bigger Barns or Bigger Church
Sunday, November 19, 2017

Bigger Barns or Bigger Church

   This is a true story: a Greek Orthodox parish community was contemplating building a brand new, larger, more beautiful sanctuary. Of course, there was lots of lively discussion and debate. During a parish assembly meeting, one person rose to speak.

God Loves a Cheerful Giver
Sunday, November 12, 2017

God Loves a Cheerful Giver - Good Samaritan

   One of my favorite bible passages is “This is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it” (Psalm 118:24). I try to say it each day in the morning to remember that, no matter what happens, I should be joyful.

Stewardship & Eternal Life
Sunday, November 05, 2017

Stewardship and Eternal Life

   If you went around asking people, “What is the purpose of life?”, you’ll get many answers: “to be happy…to live a good, long life...to make a name for yourself…to be fulfilled…to find your purpose…” etc.

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