Fr. Rick's Sermons

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

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

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

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.

The Centurion- A Model Father
Sunday, June 20, 2010

   Happy Father?s Day! Kali Emera ton Pateron! What is the origin of Father?s Day? There are a few stories but the strongest promoter was a lady, Mrs. Bruce John Dodd of Spokane, WA. Her father was a civil war veteran, whose wife died young and he raised six children without their mother. In 1909, Mrs.

The Eye is the Lamp of the Body
Sunday, June 13, 2010

   One summer a tailor toured Europe. Somehow he arranged for a meeting with the Pope.

Your Conscience - God's Calling
Sunday, June 06, 2010

   Perhaps you have heard of a person named Warren Buffet. He is a multi-billionaire who built up the holding company Berkshire Hathaway. Warren?s son, Peter, an Emmy Award winning musician, has recently written a book titled: Life is What You Make It.

I am the Light of the World
Sunday, May 09, 2010

   We are now in the middle of Spring moving towards Summer. What defines these two seasons? Technically, Spring and Summer are determined by the position of Sun relative to the latitude of the Earth.

Words Can Hurt or Heal
Sunday, April 25, 2010

   I love you. I forgive you. You are a wonderful person. When you hear these words, they sooth and warm the heart because they have the power to heal. On the other hand, when we say, ?I hate you. I will never forgive you.

11th Eothinon- Do You Love Christ
Sunday, April 18, 2010

   Christ is Risen! Back in January we began our series on the Eleven Eothina. Today we reach the Eleventh and last Eothinon bringing our journey to an end. I hope that we learned a few things.

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