Fr. Rick's Sermons

Who is Your Father
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.

Getting Out of Debt
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.

   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.

   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.

   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.

Forgiveness is Healing
Sunday, July 27, 2008

   I once had a conversation with a certain man. He was angry with me because he thought I had said some disparaging remarks about him to other people.

   The theme of our most recent Archdiocese Clergy-Laity Congress was ?Gather My People to My Home.? Our beloved Archbishop Demetrios delivered the keynote on this theme and has written extensively since to elaborate on its deeper meaning.

   Have you ever wondered what other people thought of you? What they say about you to others? For most of us it is a central activity of our life. Some of us probably need to worry less about what others think and say about us. Perhaps some of us need to ponder this more often.

Introduction to Adapted Sermon on June 22, 2008 by Fr. Richard Andrews

   Two weeks ago we talked about Christian Faith and Same-Sex Attraction based on a book of the same title by Fr. Thomas Hopko. At that time, we covered the issues of God?s creation, goodness, passion and sin.

   When we hear the term ?rags to riches? we know the reference is to a person who was poor and at the end of his rope. Then, through a sudden turn of events or through a process of hard work and determination, the person attains a huge amount of wealth.

Christian Faith & Homosexuality
Sunday, June 08, 2008

Introduction in adapted Sermon of June 1, 2008 by Fr. Richard Andrews

   Three weeks ago, the Supreme Court of California struck down two state laws limiting marriages to unions between a man and a woman and thus ruled that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry.

A Different Path Towards Faith
Sunday, June 01, 2008

   Most often in the miraculous healings of Christ, a certain pattern emerges.

 

   Tomorrow, Memorial Day is a United States federal holiday that is observed

Jesus is the Bread of Life
Sunday, May 18, 2008

Introduction- Bread

   When I was young, every turkey, ham or roast beef sandwich was made with the same kind of bread. If you went to a restaurant and ordered toast, the waitress didn?t ask what kind of bread I wanted.

   Beginning in Latin America, ?Liberation Theology is based on the belief that the Christian Gospel demands "a preferential option for the poor," and that the church should be involved in the struggle for economic and political justice in the contemporary world?particularly in

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