Sermons on John
We have come of age together in a new way during this time of transitional ministry.
God’s dream for the world might also become our own.
This morning’s message is the last in a series of five sermons on the Bread of Life Discourse found in the sixth chapter of the gospel according to John. Some of you will, no doubt, be heaving a huge sigh of relief. Others of you will be thinking, “Oh, no, I love the symbolism, the mystery, and the complex language and concepts found in John’s gospel”. Some of you will be saying, “I don’t want anyone to even try to…
For me, these stories from scripture reach out to us from across the vast space of time and eternity and they remind us that God’s got time for us.
Laura continues our discourse on the meaning of “sharing bread” as explained in John’s gospel. The book of John is full of miracle stories but they alone are not John’s prime message, he takes a more mystical view.
Jesus, God with skin on, invites us to come and see and believe relationship with him is essential for our spiritual well being.
Starting this morning and for the next four Sundays in a row, our worship services are built around the sixth chapter of the gospel according to John!
Haida Gwaii is an example of a sabbath place.
As we celebrate our ongoing need to grapple with the doctrine of the Trinity dating back to its inception some 300 years after Jesus walked the earth, my fond prayer is that we might risk daring to re-visit the topic anew.
Of course, its not a schmaltzy or romantic understanding of love-its more of an understanding of love as self-emptying.
I want to challenge you to be open to thinking and acting in new ways, including being more attentive to your relationships with Jesus through God and how they inform your faith life and your ministries.
Let us be sure then to listen for how the Good Shepherd’s comforting but edgy voice calls, guides, and leads us …
Christ greets his followers with the words “Peace be with you”. These same words invite us, too, to lean in to the gift of this promise.
I don’t know about you, but I find the older I get, the more fearful I become. This, of course, is born of some recent experiences over the last decade or so. Experiences like tripping over my own feet and then learning to live with the inconvenience and pain of a broken ankle, a sprained arm, a swollen toe, or a fractured wrist; all these things have taught me well how to be in relationship with family, friends, and sometimes…
We look at the story from John, as if through a Kaleidoscope.