Fr. Rick's Sermons

Meaning of Circumcision
Sunday, January 01, 2012

   Two weeks ago, in my sermon, I talked about the meaning of a name and how it signifies everything that we are, our uniqueness and our personhood.

What's In a Name?
Sunday, December 18, 2011

   In today?s Gospel reading, for the Sunday before the Nativity of Christ (Matthew 1:1-25), it begins with a somewhat tedious list of names, recounting the genealogy of Christ.

Christmas- Anticipate & Prepare
Sunday, December 11, 2011

   During this time preceding the holidays, our life becomes very busy with office parties, concerts, pageants, programs, buying gifts, decorating our homes. It?s a time or a season of anticipation. These rituals and traditions are based on the Feast of Christmas.

God Mends our Brokenness
Sunday, December 04, 2011

   The American holiday of Thanksgiving each year brings us an opportunity to take vacation from work or to take a break from classes and studying, and to come together with family and friends and reflect on all the blessings God has given us.

State of the Parish
Sunday, November 13, 2011

God Reveals Himself To Me
Sunday, October 30, 2011

   When someone says to you, ?I had a revelation!? or ?I had an epiphany!?, you might think he/she had a bright idea.

Committing our Whole Life to God
Sunday, October 23, 2011

   At a recent seminar I saw a video about a man, perhaps you?ve heard of him, his name is W Mitchell. The law school down the street from us is not named after him but W Mitchell is a world renowned motivational speaker, like a Tony Robbins.

Tilling the Heart
Sunday, October 16, 2011

   In the past few weeks, we heard of several more tragedies that seem to be a growing trend.

Signs of Spiritual Death
Sunday, October 09, 2011

   How can we tell if someone is dead? How do we know if they have died? We can tell if a person is still living in two ways. Number one is breathing, if the lungs are taking in and expelling air.

Just Say No
Sunday, September 18, 2011

   Growing up as little children what are some of the first words we learned? Some may say, ?Mommy? or ?Daddy?; others may say ?Hi? or ?Bye-Bye?; but inevitably one of those words would be??No.? Perhaps for some of us the word ?No? is seared into our childhood psyche like no other word.

The Cross and 911
Sunday, September 11, 2011

   When some one says 9-11 almost everyone in America will know that it refers to September 11, 2001, the day of the infamous attacks on the United States by 19 hijackers who flew two airline passenger jets into the World Trade Center in New York, one into the Pentagon near Washington DC, and one that crashed

Sunday, August 28, 2011

   Nothing can be more infuriating than dealing with someone who pretends to be something they are not. The disdain may come in different ways. We may feel jealous that the person receives praise, accolades and recognition that he/she truly does not deserve.

What is and Why Fasting?
Sunday, August 21, 2011

   Welcome to our Greek Festival! In a short while the Divine Liturgy will finish and you will be able to partake of some of the tastiest food in the Twin Cities. Gyro sandwiches, lamb and chicken dinners, Greek salad, and one of my favorites: souvlaki. My mouth is watering just talking about them.

How to Prepare a Meal
Sunday, August 07, 2011

   Twenty or thirty years ago, if someone wanted to learn how to prepare a meal, they would probably ask a host for a recipe, get yiayia and theia to show them, or buy a recipe book. We can still do these today, although yiayia and theia might leave out a key ingredient to preserve the secret recipe.

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