Fr. Rick's Sermons

Welcome One Another
Sunday, July 31, 2011

   How many of us were invited to a summer gathering at a friends or neighbor?s house? Perhaps, we hosted such an event at our own home. What did we do to prepare for the event? Probably we cleaned the house, made food or told certain guests what type of food to bring to share.

Different Gifts from God
Sunday, July 24, 2011

   I and my family had the great blessing to travel to Colorado this past week for a nephew?s wedding and a vacation in the mountains. Being there, and especially during our ascent to the summit of Pikes Peak at 14,000 feet, I could not help but marvel at the gift of God?s creation.

   If anyone is reading the news headlines lately, you have probably noticed a lot of talk about marriage. Talk like the adulterous affair between the famous actor and former governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger and his long-time housemaid.

Bellyachers & Blessings
Sunday, May 15, 2011

(Negativism/Legalism/Hypocrisy of Jewish Leaders- carrying mat on Sabbath)

   A conscientious wife tried hard to please her overly critical husband. He was the most cantankerous at breakfast. If she prepared scrambled eggs, he wanted poached.

Contemporary Tombs
Sunday, May 08, 2011

                (Based on ?The Message of Sunday Gospel Readings? vol.2 by Coniaris (p.43-47))

   ?God is dead!? This is the infamous proclamation of the 19th century German philosopher Friedrich

The Endless Cycle
Sunday, May 01, 2011

   How many of us have witnessed or experience a vicious circle? A vicious circle is like an endless cycle of negative experiences that compound and aggravate each other creating there own perpetual motion.

Sabbath Rest
Sunday, April 24, 2011

   How many of us took a nap in order to stay up late for tonight?s service? How many of us needed some extra sleep after the extra worship services of Holy Week? I imagine there has been a little extra sleeping going on and there will be more siestas tomorrow afternoon.

Rude Awakenings to Repentance
Sunday, April 10, 2011

   How many of us are rudely awakened by an alarm every morning for work? Those darn things are designed to make the most annoying noises to rest us out of our blissful sleep, pull us out of bed and get our day rolling.

Ladders in Life
Sunday, April 03, 2011

   How many of us have climbed a ladder to get up on the roof of our home or to trim branches from a tree in our yard? When I was younger, I used to race up and down ladders for painting and tree trimming.

Antidote to Apathy
Sunday, March 27, 2011

   During the winter months some have experienced and we all have seen the flu and various common colds, both mild and severe, among our people.

Silence & the Inner Life
Sunday, March 20, 2011

   Let?s try a little experiment today. I would like all of us to be silent for 30 seconds starting now. I?ll time it. Now it should not have been relatively easy to not talk at this time because we?re used listening to the sermon.

Come & See- A Plan for Growth
Sunday, March 13, 2011

   At last week?s parish assembly meeting, a request was made to see a plan for growing the parish. It is a good suggestion for we should always being thinking about how we can grow, both personally and corporately as a community.

Pillars of Lent
Sunday, March 06, 2011

   I want everyone to think of a table, a chair or a stool. Ok, how many legs does it have? Does the chair have two legs? Does the table have three legs? More than likely, the image everyone has contains a chair, table or stool with four legs. Why? Because it?s more stable and sturdy.

Second Coming in the Scriptures
Sunday, February 27, 2011

   Introduction- How do act when we are looking forward to something, seeing a dear friend, going to a highly touted sports contest, engaging in an activity or beloved hobby? We?re probably excited, maybe anxious and even a little impatient. We mark the date on the calendar.

The Loving-Forgiving Father
Sunday, February 20, 2011

   Today?s Gospel reading (of the 17th Sunday of Luke 15:11-32) is commonly known as the ?Parable of the Prodigal Son? (Greek = ?Asotou?). It is read every year between the Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee and the Sunday of Meatfare.

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