Fr. Rick's Sermons
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Sunday, November 09, 2008
Last night we celebrated a Paraklesis, or Prayer Service of Supplication, to St. Nektarios the Wonderworker. Over sixty people attended and were anointed with the oil near his relics from his shrine in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Sunday, November 02, 2008
Last week Jesus asked the Gerasene Demoniac, ?What is your name?? What?s in a name? A name signifies which person one is talking about and brings to mind all of his/her characteristics. George, I know George. Georgia, she?s a good person.
Sunday, October 26, 2008
A young child came to her mother complaining that her stomach hurt. ?Oh, honey, your stomach is probably empty,? the mother responded.
Sunday, October 19, 2008
A woman who was shopping took a break for some coffee and cookies. She sat in the one unoccupied chair across from a man reading a newspaper. She sipped her coffee and reached for a cookie only to see the man across from her also taking a cookie.
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Did you hear about the fellow who went into business on a shoestring and tripled his investment? Now he?s trying to figure out what to do with three shoestrings! After this past week?s stock market plunge, I?m sure many people feel like all they have left is three shoestrings.
Sunday, October 05, 2008
In today?s Gospel reading, the 2nd Sunday of Luke 6:31-36, Jesus tells His followers to ?love your enemies? (v.35). Who is my enemy? An enemy is a person who hates us, fosters harmful designs against us or engages in antagonistic activities against us. St.
Sunday, September 21, 2008
There is a story about a monk who despaired of the cross God had given him and complained of it constantly. God finally relented and offered him a chance to select a different cross. He led the monk into a room filled with several crosses from which to pick.
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
It is easy to be proud of our own accomplishments like good grades in school, a promotion at work, winning a race or competition.
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Three ministers were talking about prayer in general and the most appropriate and effective positions for prayer. As they were talking, a telephone repairman was working on the phone system on the other side of the room. One minister said that he felt the key was in the hands.
Sunday, August 24, 2008
It?s unfortunate that today?s scripture readings, from the 10th Sunday of Matthew do not coincide with our American celebration of Father?s Day. As we know, the Church has its own sense of time and her lectionary system was constructed many centuries ago. Yet, we have two good examples of fathers today.
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
How many of us own a home? Perhaps I should ask how many of live in a home that our bank owns? Many people have mortgages on our homes. If we watch the news we know that a mortgage or lending crisis exists. Several national banks have gone belly-up and closed within the past year.
Sunday, August 17, 2008
During our Greek Festival this weekend we are giving church tours of our temple of worship as tool to share our Orthodox Christian Faith. In today?s epistle reading (9th Sun. of Matthew from 1Corinthians 3:9-17) St.
Sunday, August 10, 2008
10Now I plead with you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment. These powerful words St.
Sunday, August 03, 2008
A few weeks have passed since I last spoke about the material from the book: Christian Faith and Same-Sex Attraction by Fr. Thomas Hopko.
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