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Sermons from April 2022

Life Beckons

We are each immersed in worldviews shaped and molded and understood by the culture we have been raised in, or the various cultures we have experienced in our lifetime. We may understand suffering and joy, all life events, and their consequences, through the lens of our upbringing and our formative years. This can lead to a single narrative, a way of feeling stuck. I invite us this morning to examine two worldviews, two religions, two ways of living, that we may be unfamiliar with: Taoism, and Buddhism. In doing so, I offer an invitation for each of us to awaken. To awaken to the true wonder of our lives – ways to engage with ourselves and the world around us. Ways to cultivate strength.

Hope and Love Await

The Easter story offers a powerful metaphor. Each year, we are reminded that hope, love, and life persevere and triumph over hate, violence and death. The resurrection of Jesus offers us a tale of spiritual transformation that can help shape us. Furthermore, resurrection can be understood as a form of awakening, of finding warmth and love in surprising places. This Sunday we explore what happens when hope, love, transformation, and awakening overlap.

Awakening to Meaning

We may find ourselves immersed in routine or lost in superficial goals as we pass life by in a state of hibernation. This Sunday, we seek to distinguish between those surface needs and desires and those of the heart, as we awaken to find true meaning in our lives. We strive to create purpose in each of our days, knowing both that who we are at our core is beautiful, and that there is always room to grow ever stronger and wiser.