Fr. Rick's Sermons

God’s U-Turn: Repentance
Sunday, January 08, 2017

How many of us, in driving towards a destination, miss the turn off the road? Then realizing it, we want to turn around but at every intersection there is a NO U TURN sign. Sometimes, when driving to a place we have never been before, we just get lost.

Spiritual Circumcision
Sunday, January 01, 2017

Two weeks ago, the Sunday before Christmas, the gospel reading recounted the genealogy of Christ and the numerous names of His ancestors.

Narrow Door to Christmas
Sunday, December 18, 2016

Last week we spoke about being invited to the homes of family and friends for the holidays. When we go and arrive at their doorstep, we will ring the doorbell or knock. We will be greeted by the hosts and welcomed in. We talked about the great banquet of the Lord and how we often refuse His invitation.

Jesus’ Birthday Invite
Sunday, December 11, 2016

Just like we receive numerous holiday and Christmas cards from family and friends, we likely receive several invitations to holiday parties and gatherings. My guess is we probably accept most, if not all, of those invitations to go, whether it be from friends, family, colleagues at work or neighbors.

Sabbath and Healing
Sunday, December 04, 2016

The holiday season is upon us. It seems to start earlier and earlier every year. The Christmas displays in stores and shops start going up after Halloween. Television and print advertisements become more frequent and voluminous.

Wealth & Happiness
Sunday, November 27, 2016

How many of us play the lottery, the Powerball or like to go to one of the local casinos? Ok, you don’t have to answer.

Don’t Be a Fool
Sunday, November 20, 2016

Many say we live in the “Information Age.” Primarily because of the internet we have infinitely more information available to us than previous generation. Information technology has become an industry in itself, where barely nothing existed just twenty-five years ago.

The Inn of the Church
Sunday, November 13, 2016

Pres. Jane and I traveled to New England for vacation this past summer. We stayed with our son’s godparents and visited a lot of our old stomping grounds from seminary days including Newport Rhode Island, Boston and Cape Cod. On the Cape we stayed at a place called Ship Knees Inn.

Priest Interrupted
Sunday, November 06, 2016

In 1999 two young actresses starred in a movie about a woman who attempts suicide and then is committed to a mental hospital. Both were considered breakout roles for both Winona Ryder and Angelina Jolie.

Who is Lazaros? The Church
Sunday, October 30, 2016

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.

Adults: General Instructions by James
Sunday, October 23, 2016

   Usually my sermons each week focus on a specific topic but today I want to give you a variety of little tidbits, kernels of wisdoms, and nuggets of gold.

No Roots--No Fruits
Sunday, October 16, 2016

   There is a short phrase in Greek “Kalo Riziko!” that is said to people who are moving into a new city or home. It means “may you put down good roots.” Being uprooted and moved to another place is often traumatic, especially in the case of refugees, i.e. war-torn Syria.

Adults: Two Processions
Sunday, October 09, 2016

   In the coming election we have two political parties and two candidates representing each party…but I am not going to talk about either one. Now that I have your attention I am going to talk about two things. In the Divine Liturgy there are two processions called the Small Entrance and the Great Entrance.

Adults- Better Than Average 2016
Sunday, October 02, 2016

   How many Orthodox Christians live in the United States? Over the years, several different answers have been offered. In the recent past, some church authorities estimated between four and six million Orthodox faithful. Our own Greek Archdiocese claimed upwards of two million faithful.

Adults- Worth of Your Soul
Sunday, September 18, 2016

   You don’t have to be part of Weight Watchers to watch your weight. For some of us this might be a daily routine, to step on a scale. Many of today’s scales are electronic with a digital readout, but the older model scales still exist.

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