Fr. Rick's Sermons

Who is Rich/Poor?
Sunday, October 31, 2010

Meet Jesus in the Sunday Gosples, vol.2; by A. Coniaris, p.121 (1986)

   Tonight millions of kids and adults will dress up in costume and masks to celebrate Halloween. Many of us bought candy to hand out for treats instead of tricks.

Jesus: Divine Alarm Clock
Sunday, October 24, 2010

   In hotel and motel rooms there is a little sign or placard hanging on the door handle. What does it say? It says, ?Do Not Disturb.? The sign is there because most people are either on some sort of vacation and want to sleep in or they want privacy like they have in their own home.

Remembering the Seed
Sunday, October 17, 2010

   This past week we were confronted with yet another tragedy involving teenagers. Jacob Campbell and Lisa Grijalva died when he, a 14 year old, shot her a 15 year old, and then turned the gun on himself.

What is Prayer?
Sunday, October 10, 2010

            ?I will pray for you?Please pray for me? We went to church today and I prayed for them.?  We talk often about prayer and praying, but do we really take the time to understand the meaning of prayer and its importance?  When the priest petitions, ?Let

   Everyone is probably familiar with Charles Darwin, the 19th century author of ?The Origin of Species? and proponent of Evolutionary Theory. This theory is based upon a supposition that animal species, including humans, develop over thousands of years by adapting to their environment.

The Fear of God
Sunday, September 26, 2010

   A bit later in our Divine Liturgy, just before Holy Communion is offered, the priest will say, ?With the fear of God, with faith and with love, draw near!? In Greek ? ?Meta phobou Theou, pisteos, kai agapes, proselthete!? That may seem somewhat paradoxical because usually we don?t draw near to things we are

True Crosses
Sunday, September 19, 2010

   How many of us would say that today, or yesterday or this past week, we have suffered in some form or another, that we?ve had a bad day or a difficult moment in which we felt pain and despair? And when we felt this way did we ask: why me, why now or just why? And where was this question directed: towards another

Snakes and Serpents
Sunday, September 12, 2010

   How many of us love snakes and have a pet snake at home? Probably not too many. Why? They are cool, creepy and slithery, kind of the opposite of an affectionate dog or puppy with fur.

The Great Commandment
Sunday, September 05, 2010

   In just a little over a month, on October 16th, we will have are Eighth Annual Art Auction fundraiser. Many of you purchased art at previous auctions. Hopefully, you have gotten around to displaying some of those beautiful pieces in your home.

The Banquet of Evil
Sunday, August 29, 2010

   When we see the Holy Altar Table in an Orthodox Christian Church with the offering of Bread and Wine upon it during the Divine Liturgy and hear Jesus? words of institution, ?Take eat this is My Body?Drink of this all of you, this is My Blood??, our minds are immediately drawn to the event of the Lord

Working in God's Vineyard
Sunday, August 22, 2010

   How many of us have a garden? In that garden grow fruits and mostly vegetables (tomatoes, cucumbers, lettuce, etc). We cook or can the vegetables or make lots of salads in the summer. We give some away to share our abundant crop with neighbors and friends.

Virgin Mary Shows Meaning of Life
Sunday, August 15, 2010

   Remember when we were little children and we asked questions that touched on important issues in life? Like, do dogs and cats go to heaven or how are babies made? Our parents or other adults often gave us very simple answers that we readily accepted.

Fools for Christ
Monday, August 02, 2010

   Someone once said, ?It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open one?s mouth and remove all doubt.? Another person said, ?The mouth is the grocer?s friend, the dentist?s fortune, the orator?s pride and the fool?s trap.? The dictionary defines a ?fool? as: ?<

Prayer - Alone but Not Lonely
Sunday, July 25, 2010

   Ever been in a room full of people yet felt all alone? Ever been all alone and yet your mind is racing with thoughts that elevate your heart rate? Ever made yourself so busy or sought out the company of others so that you may be distracted from you thoughts and feelings? Ever felt the demands of life were so grea

Freedom & Free Will in Christ
Sunday, July 04, 2010

   Today our nation celebrates one of its major holidays. In fact, Independence Day is the preeminent day of the year in our nation?s history. As we know, July 4th is the anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence from Great Britain by the Continental Congress in 1776.

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