Fr. Rick's Sermons

Nativity 2008 Patriarch Bartholomew
Thursday, December 25, 2008

Nativity 2008 Archbishop Demetrios
Thursday, December 25, 2008

Nativity 2008 Metropolitan Iakovos
Thursday, December 25, 2008

Getting into the Spirit of Christmas
Sunday, December 07, 2008

   The economic news continues to worsen. One half million jobs were lost in November. The three largest car manufacturers are on the verge of bankruptcy. It?s official?we?re now in a recession.

   Our economy continues to be troubled and we along with it. As we watch our stocks, our 401k?s and our home prices plummet, we wonder where it will end. We wonder what to do. What are the financial experts saying? One thing they say is don?t panic and don?t start selling-off everything.

State of Parish 2008
Sunday, November 16, 2008

God's Grace Comes Through Things
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.

Who is Lazaros?
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.

Resisting the Legion of Thoughts
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.

Providing for Christ and His Church
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.

Sowing the Seed of Stewardship
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.

   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.

Faith in Christ, Not our works
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.

Boasting in the Cross
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.

Hanging from Our Cross with Faith
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.

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