Community of Tampa | St. Pete | Florida

Sermons by Fr. Hovnan Demerjian

Fruit Fast

“Sir, let it alone for one more year, until I dig round it and put manure on it. If it bears fruit next year, well and good; but if not, you can cut it down.” ’–Luke 13:9 It’s hard to let God be God. We long to explain things only God can know. We human beings have…

Drain the Swamp!

Do not keep striving for what you are to eat and what you are to drink, and do not keep worrying. For it is the nations of the world that strive after all these things, and your Father knows that you need them. Instead, strive for his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.…

The Money Handshake

“We have been filled, with your good things, O Lord, by tasting of your Body and Blood. Glory in the highest to you who sustain us.” My uncle Joe Sarkisian passed away last year, after a long life. He was the brother of my grandfather and my favorite great uncle.  He taught us to play…

Saints Undercover

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely. (Heb 12.1) This weekend is the Feast of All Saints in the Armenian Church, or as the official title says, Տօն ամեն սուրբերու, հին եւ նոր, ծանոթ եւ անծանոթ; The…

Power Inverter

“God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, things that are not, to reduce to nothing things that are, so that no one might boast in the presence of God.” 1 Cor.…

Stretch The Rules

“God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, in order to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as children.” -Gal 4:4-5 Rules are amazing things.  Following rules can both save our lives and take them away.  This is a principal of life which applies from the…