Posts Categorized: Sermons

A sermon preached by The Revd RL Ficks III at Saint John’s Church, Worthington, Ohio on the First Sunday in Lent (2/18), 2018

Genesis 9:8-17; 1 Peter 3:18-22; Mark 1:9-15 In a small Southern town…on the banks of a small crystal-clear river…a local Pastor was baptizing. He was baptizing a young man of 15 years, and both of them were in the river up to their waists. The Pastor pushed the young man over backwards and held him… Read more

A sermon preached by the Revd RL Ficks III at Saint John’s Church, Worthington, Ohio on the Last Sunday after the Epiphany (February 11, 2018)

2 Kings 2:1-12; 2 Corinthians 4:3-6; Mark 9:2-9 Oddly, I recall that, some fourteen or fifteen years ago, I was struck with sadness by the death of Fred Rogers. His presence on the television screen of our home as Mr Rogers of “Mr Roger’s Neighborhood” for a considerable portion of the formative years of our… Read more

Sermon for 12-31-17; Rev. R.L. Ficks III

Isaiah 61:10-62:3; Galatians 3:23-25, 4:4-7; John1:1-18 In 1878, Ivan Turgenev wrote his stunning prose poem, Kristos. In it, he finds himself in a dream standing in a village church amongst the peasant congregation. A man comes and stands beside him…a man at whom he did not look but who he “felt was Christ.” When, eventually… Read more

Sermon for 12-10-17; Rev. R.L. Ficks III

Isaiah 40:1-11; 2 Peter 3:8-15a; Mark 1:1-8 Thomas Merton, one of this last century’s more stalwart examples of spiritual honesty and searching, wrote, amongst many compelling works, a book entitled, The Wisdom of the Desert. In it, he refers at length to those Christianity knows as the Desert Fathers, individuals who in the first century… Read more

A sermon preached by the Revd RL Ficks III | Feast of Christ the King (11/26/17)

Ezekiel 34:11-16,20-24; Ephesians 1:15-23; Matthew 25:31-46 There are occasions on which I am annoyed with the “new” hymnal. One might note that nowhere but the Episcopal Church would a book published in 1982 be called the “new” hymnal. Regardless, there has been, on more, than one instance within it, mischief played with the poetry of… Read more