Fr. Rick's Sermons
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,
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.
Sunday, January 28, 2018
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.
Sunday, January 14, 2018
Epiphany’s Closing Ceremony
The Winter Olympic games will be hosted by Pyeongchang, South Korea next month February 9-25.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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