Fr. Rick's Sermons

We Are All Rich
Sunday, November 26, 2017

We Are All Rich

   Some of us are old enough to remember a man named Robin Leech, who with his distinctive British accent, narrated the once popular television show “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous.” Many of us watched to see how “the other half” lived.

Bigger Barns or Bigger Church
Sunday, November 19, 2017

Bigger Barns or Bigger Church

   This is a true story: a Greek Orthodox parish community was contemplating building a brand new, larger, more beautiful sanctuary. Of course, there was lots of lively discussion and debate. During a parish assembly meeting, one person rose to speak.

God Loves a Cheerful Giver
Sunday, November 12, 2017

God Loves a Cheerful Giver - Good Samaritan

   One of my favorite bible passages is “This is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it” (Psalm 118:24). I try to say it each day in the morning to remember that, no matter what happens, I should be joyful.

Stewardship & Eternal Life
Sunday, November 05, 2017

Stewardship and Eternal Life

   If you went around asking people, “What is the purpose of life?”, you’ll get many answers: “to be happy…to live a good, long make a name for yourself…to be fulfilled…to find your purpose…” etc.

Don’t Bother Jesus
Sunday, October 29, 2017

What is Your Name?
Sunday, October 22, 2017

When you strike up a conversation with a person you have never met before, what is one of the first important questions to be asked? What is your name? And then, my name is (blank). The name becomes very important to begin assimilating additional information about the person.

Seed & Soil
Sunday, October 15, 2017

Great big things can come from little tiny ones. Human life begins when a tiny sperm fertilizes a very small egg and in about 15 years we have a full-grown man or woman. A huge oak tree comes from a tiny acorn. So also, a way of life or a lifetime of activity can grow from a tiny thought or idea in our mind.

God Calls Us
Sunday, September 17, 2017

If someone says, “I’m going to call you,” immediately we think of a phone call. If I tell another person, “So and so called me,” they would think the same.

A New Creation
Sunday, September 10, 2017

Gay or straight, republican or democrat, conservative or liberal, man or woman, black or white, pro-choice or pro-life: these are all familiar labels we hear many people identify themselves as are used a pejorative to label someone else.

Jesus is the Rock/Cornerstone
Sunday, September 03, 2017

With all the rain and flooding due to Hurricane Harvey that struck south Texas and Houston this past week, some places received over 50 inches of rain, we are reminded of the great flood at the time of Noah as recorded in Genesis 6-7.

Ten Commandments of Love
Sunday, August 27, 2017

See Coniaris “Love is the Great Command” (Homilies from an Orthodox Pulpit, pp.113-116)

   Millions of people watch the news including CNN which stands for Cable News Network. It was the first news network on cable television.

Preparing for the Parousia
Sunday, August 20, 2017

   During this weekend of our Greek Festival, we are proudly offering our ethnic food, music and dancing. We also are seeking to share our faith through our bookstore, free literature and church tours. In the tour of the church we use the architecture and iconography to explain Eastern Orthodox Christianity.

Glory of God (Apodosis Transfig)
Sunday, August 13, 2017

During the season of summer in America, we are inundated with messages of patriotism. Commercials resound with themes of American flags, apple pies, hot dogs, fireworks, and Chevy trucks.

Listen to Jesus
Sunday, August 06, 2017

Anyone who has been married a few years or has been a parent to a teenager can tell about the phenomenon of selective listening. At one moment, a spouse can hear the quietest whisper. At another moment, it is as if the same person is completely deaf.

Do You Belong to Christ?
Sunday, July 30, 2017

How often in conversation do we hear people say things similar to this: “I go to such and such church because I like the pastor there”? Or “We stopped going to that church because they have a new priest, and well, he’s just different.” I am continually amazed, or disappointed might be more apt,

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