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Sermons at St. Nicholas

Each week, we hear the current Sunday sermon from St. Nicholas Orthodox Church in Mckees Rocks, PA by Fr. Tom Soroka. Fr. Tom is also heard on The Path, available Monday through Friday.

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    How to Grow the Gift of Faith

    The parable of the talents can sometimes seem unfair. Why ...

    The parable of the talents can sometimes seem unfair. Why have some been given more than others? Fr Thomas relates this parable to the contemporary decline in religious faith and reminds us that, today, our cross is to take up the gift of faith and grow i

    Sep 25, 2015 Read more
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    How the Cross Strengthens Our Faith

    On the Sunday before the Elevation of the Precious and ...

    On the Sunday before the Elevation of the Precious and Life-Giving Cross, the Church presents readings to prepare us to celebrate the feast. Fr Thomas reminds us that the Cross is lifted up in our midst to encourage us and to show us how to become more fa

    Sep 14, 2015 Read more
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    We’re All Responsible For The Church (I Cor 16:13-24)

    Bishops and priests are most accountable before God for the ...

    Bishops and priests are most accountable before God for the state of the church. But Fr Thomas reminds us that all of us share responsibility for our church communities and gives practical advice on how to remain faithful and focused.

    Sep 2, 2015 Read more
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    Applying The Gospel In Our Life (Mt 19:16-26)

    Being a believer in Christ is more than just assenting ...

    Being a believer in Christ is more than just assenting to doctrines about God. In a stirring homily, Fr Thomas reminds us that it's not "what the gospel means to me" that's important, it's how we apply the true meaning of the gospel in our life that helps

    Aug 23, 2015 Read more
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    What Kind Of God Is That?! (Mt 18:23-35)

    In the press and popular culture we're hearing more and ...

    In the press and popular culture we're hearing more and more that the God of the Christians is "too demanding" and "angry" and often point to scriptures such as this parable of the Unforgiving Servant to make their point. Fr Thomas reminds us that to have

    Aug 18, 2015 Read more
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    Why Do Bad Things Happen To Christians?

    One of the most enduring questions in the minds of ...

    One of the most enduring questions in the minds of people is, "Why do bad things happen to good people?" Christians are certainly not immune from either bad things happening or questioning why. Fr Thomas, using the story of Jesus walking on the water, rem

    Aug 5, 2015 Read more
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    Why We Have “Closed Communion”

    Often the Orthodox Church is criticized for practicing what is ...

    Often the Orthodox Church is criticized for practicing what is sometimes called "closed communion," which means only Orthodox Christians are permitted to receive the Eucharist. Using the story of the miracle of feeding the five thousand, Fr Thomas reminds

    Jul 27, 2015 Read more
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    The Authority of Caesar and the Authority of God

    In light of recent events regarding the racist slaying of ...

    In light of recent events regarding the racist slaying of African-American Christians and the Supreme Court ruling on so-called "same-sex marriage," Fr Thomas delivers a stirring and challenging message from the scriptures asking, "Who is your authority?"

    Jun 28, 2015 Read more
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    Saints and the Rise of the “Dones” (Mt 10:32-33,37-38,19:27-30)

    On the Sunday of All Saints, the gospel reading reminds ...

    On the Sunday of All Saints, the gospel reading reminds us of the narrow way of being a disciple of Christ. Fr Thomas powerfully contrasts the imperatives in Christ's teaching on discipleship with the contemporary rise of the "Dones," those who illogicall

    Jun 7, 2015 Read more
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    Evangelism 101 (John 4:5-42)

    In Christ's encounter with the Samaritan woman at the well, ...

    In Christ's encounter with the Samaritan woman at the well, we find the Master Teacher deftly bringing her to faith in Him. Fr Thomas relates this gospel message to the imperative of sharing our own story of faith in Christ with those who are thirsting fo

    May 10, 2015 Read more
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