Fr. Rick's Sermons

Falling Down before Jesus
Sunday, October 28, 2012

   How many of us have been tripped up lately? We may have tripped on/over something we did not see?a toy on the floor; our dog walking in front of us; our untied shoelace; a tiny little rise/crack in the sidewalk.

The Nones - No Religious Affiliation
Sunday, October 21, 2012

   How many of us know what the acronym ?SBNR? means? I?m serious, does anyone know what it means? SBNR stands for ?Spiritual But Not Religious? and is used by some to characterize themselves in terms of their religious identity and/or practice.

Growing Roots
Sunday, October 14, 2012

   I recently was doing some landscaping in my yard that required me to remove some sod. I did it to repair some damage that had been done earlier in this spring. At that time, the new sod, which of course are thin rolls of grass already grown into soil, was easy to remove and work on.

Jesus Teaches Us How to Die
Sunday, October 07, 2012

   When we need advice about anything, a medical issue, buying a house, a legal matter, we go to an expert, someone highly trained in their field of study or profession. Or at least we go to someone, whether a friend or relative or acquaintance who has some experience.

Loving our Enemies
Sunday, September 30, 2012

   Tragically, this past week the Twin Cities was struck by the senseless epidemic of workplace violence. A man, who was recently fired from his job, took a gun and shot eight people at his work place killing five men. Please include these victims and their families in your prayers.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

  In his sermon titled, ?Nevertheless? (Message of the Sunday Gospels vol.1), Fr.

What is God Like (Attributes)?
Sunday, September 02, 2012

   ?Do you know George? What is he like? Have you ever met Georgia? What do you think of her?? These are common questions in conversations between people that occur every day. We often ask each other because we want to compare other people?s perceptions with our own experience.

Let Go! Let God!
Sunday, August 26, 2012

   How many of us have heard the saying, ?Let go, let God?? It?s a little play on words, or more actually a play on letters. Well, actually it?s a play on just one letter.

Getting Out of Debt
Sunday, August 19, 2012

   How many of us own a home? Perhaps I should ask how many of live in a home that our bank owns? Many people have mortgages on our homes. If we watch the news we know that a mortgage or lending crisis exists. Several national banks have gone belly-up and closed within the past year.

Spiritual Olympics
Sunday, August 12, 2012

   A couple weeks ago the 30th Olympiad or Olympic Games in London began and will continue for at least a few more days. Most of us have watched at least one event and probably have cheered for either the American or Greek competitors on to victory.

Ashes to Ashes: Cremation
Sunday, August 05, 2012


   ?Ashes to ashes and dust to dust? is a common phrase we hear associated with funeral practices. This first appeared in the Church of England?s Book of Common Prayer in 1549. The phrase ?dust to dust? has some biblical origin from Gen.

You Feed Them
Sunday, July 29, 2012

   One day, in a nice neighborhood in an upscale suburb, a beggar showed up on the doorstep of a family?s home? The children playing in the front yard were curious with the different looking person.

St. Markella & Aurora CO Tragedy
Sunday, July 22, 2012

   Today we commemorate two famous saints, both women, one from 2,000 years ago and one from 500 years ago. The former, Mary Magdalene, was a Myrrhbearer of Christ and Equal to the Apostles. The latter, Markella, was Virgin Martyr of Chios who died in the year 1500.

Light Begins with Me
Sunday, July 15, 2012

   When an Orthodox Christian enters an Orthodox church, he or she typically lights a candle. But does anyone know why we light a candle? We light candles because of Jesus Christ, because He said, ?I am the light of the world.

Role of Faith, The
Sunday, July 01, 2012

   "Go your way; and as you have believed, so let it be done for you." The words of Jesus Christ to the centurion regarding his servant, now healed.

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