Sermons by Lori Leopold

Sermons by Lori Leopold

Wandering Heart…Here’s My Heart

In many ways, our scripture passage for this Sunday brings us full circle… back to fishermen by the seashore, doing what they do best:  fishing. In this passage from John, the disciples encounter the risen Christ who prepares breakfast for them over an open fire.

Wandering Heart… Songs of Loudest Praise

On Palm Sunday, after everything the disciples had been through, after everything Peter knew (and still didn’t know) about Jesus, what must he have felt as he watched Jesus and heard the hopeful songs of the crowd?

Wandering Heart…Teach Me

We are quickly approaching the events of Holy Week but make one last stop with Peter and Jesus as Peter asks a sincere question of his teacher…how many times do I forgive?

Wandering Heart…I’m Fixed Upon It

Today’s scripture passage opens our eyes to the fact that Peter, while he had the right words, didn’t entirely have the right understanding. He was “fixed” on the notion of a Messiah who would free them from Roman rule, but Jesus had other plans. Peter’s experience invites us to reflect on our experience. What happens to us in the face of tough times? How do we hold the reality of suffering, our own or others, alongside a belief in a loving God?

Wandering Heart…Praise the Mount

Today we consider Jesus question, “Who do you say that I am?” along with Simon’s response. This interaction invites us to reflect on our own faith journeys. When have we seen Jesus clearly and how do we speak with conviction about what we know? What we believe?

When Things Go Downhill

How did that mountaintop moment change or equip Jesus and the disciples for what was ahead as Jesus’ path takes a decisive turn toward Jerusalem and the cross? How do moments of light, awe, wonder and glory change and equip us for the ups and downs of life’s journey?


Our scripture reading from Mark invites us to reflect on the notion of “seeking.” When and how does “seeking” impede the movement of the Spirit and when and how does it lead us deeper into relationship, light and life?