Sermons by Lori Leopold (Page 3)
Today is Ascension Sunday and we take a look at the account of the recently resurrected Christ being taken up or ascending to heaven. We don’t like to wait, but what if that’s how we become open to blessing?
Today we continue in what’s known as the “Farewell Discourse” in the Gospel of John, taking a deeper dive into what exactly it means to follow in Christ’s Way. Jesus had some very specifics “asks” of disciples then and now AND he offered the promise of divine presence that would remain with his followers always. What exactly does it means to follow in Christ’s Way?
What does it mean that Jesus prepares a place for us? How is that a present reality in addition to a future promise? And what difference does it make for how we think about creating place and space for one another?
The story of Jesus on the road to Emmaus guides this Sunday. It’s an account that invites us to contemplate how we live into our understanding of “resurrection” and the role of our “traveling companions” on this sacred journey.
Let us open our hearts and spirits this Easter to receive the glorious news once again. As our own cups are filled, may our lives become vessels that carry that life giving news to others.
These stories from Ezekiel and John talk about hope. During this particular time and place, what do our hearts and lives need in the way of hope and how are we called to share that hope with others?
Jesus’ healing of a man born blind raises all kinds of questions. What kind of questions are good and what kind are bad? In what ways did the blind man see/perceive while the others did not?
The story of Jesus asking the Samaritan woman for a drink inspires us to reflect on how we can learn from his example and cross boundaries to engage others?
How have we experienced “beginning again” in our lives? Why do we sometimes resist it? How might God be inviting us to “begin again” this Lenten season?
This week we begin with the story of Eve in the Garden and Jesus’ temptation in the wilderness. These accounts remind us of something essential…that seeking begins with listening.