Fr. Rick's Sermons

Encouragement of the Scriptures
Sunday, August 11, 2013

   How many people do we know that are discouraged, downtrodden and without hope, even if it only be temporarily? It seems that every week we hear of another tragedy where someone has given up hope and then taken committed suicide their own life and maybe some other person or persons with them.

The Authority of Jesus
Sunday, August 04, 2013

   In today?s world of relativism and lack of absolutes, is there anyone who speaks with authority? We consult all sorts of experts and leaders for advice and direction on a variety of issues including finances, politics, and religion. The word ?Authority? has the word ?author? as its root.

Slave to Sin or to God
Sunday, July 21, 2013

   St. Paul speaks of slavery in today?s Epistle reading (Romans 6:18-23) from the Fourth Sunday of Matthew. It was an easy thing to understand because its practice was quite prevalent 2000 years ago.

Created for Good Works
Sunday, July 14, 2013

   8 This is a faithful saying, and these things I want you to affirm constantly, that those who have believed in God should be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable to men.

Facebook vs. FaceGod
Sunday, July 07, 2013

   How many of you have a Facebook or Twitter account? How many of you use it on a daily or at least weekly basis? For those of us who do not use or perhaps even know what Facebook or Twitter is, let me briefly explain. Both of them are known as ?social media? sites on the internet or world wide web.

Christian Rewards Program
Sunday, June 30, 2013

   A railroad worker once said, ?I never work on Sundays except for the Lord.? A friend asked him, ?What?s the pay?? He replied, ?Well, the pay is not so hot, but you can?t beat the retirement plan.? In today?s Gospel lesson (Mt.10:32-33,27-28; 19:27-30), from the Sunday of All Saints, Jesus speaks of this

Prophecy & Promise
Sunday, June 23, 2013

   Today is the great Feast of Pentecost, fifty days after the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus. Ten days after His glorious Ascension into heaven. Like Pascha/Passover and many other holy days, Pentecost is rooted in the ancient practice of Judaism.

Holy Fathers & Father's Day
Sunday, June 16, 2013

   Today, on the Seventh Sunday of Pascha, we commemorate the Holy Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council. This Council was called by the Emperor Constantine in the year 325AD to settle, once and for all, the Arian controversy that had been plaguing the Church for years.

Prison Ministry
Sunday, June 09, 2013

   In today?s Epistle reading (Acts 16:16-34) from the Sixth Sunday of Pascha, we hear that Paul and Silas thrown into prison (v.23).

   A young little boy attended church with his family on Sunday morning.

Apostles Heal as Jesus Did
Sunday, May 26, 2013

   I heard a story about Jesus that is not in the Gospels. It goes like this: Jesus was walking along one day when He came upon a man crying, and He said, ?My friend, what?s wrong?? The man replied, ?I?m blind; can You help me?? Jesus healed the man and He went on His way.

The Sign of Marriage
Sunday, May 19, 2013

   If one is following the daily lectionary of appointed gospel and epistle readings, he/she would have read about the wedding at Cana of Galilee (John 2:1-11) this past Monday. The timing is ironic and sad for us Minnesotans because that is the day the state senate passed a law legalizing same-sex marriage.

The Power to Forgive Sins
Sunday, May 12, 2013

   A noted Roman Catholic priest was the guest of honor at a Washington DC banquet. After many heart-warming stories and accolades, he rose to the podium to speak. He said, when I first came to the nation?s capital some 25 years ago, I thought I had arrived at a terrible place.

   Humor Intro- A family was eating dinner together before Lent. The parents asked the children what they would like to give up for lent as a sacrifice for God, adding that it should be something they really like.

Jesus- The Great I Am
Sunday, April 28, 2013

   How many of you have heard of the musical group ?Black Eyed Peas?? Some people might be scratching their heads, thinking ?I never heard of them but I ate a lot of them during Lent.? This wildly famous hip hop band is led by world famous rapper ?William Adams.? Some of the young people might be saying, no

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