sermons of Kimiko Karpoff
Welcome to the sermon, or reflection page. This is a selection of reflections, some older, some newer. I'm not primarily a preacher, so I don't have new reflections every week. I also don't always write what I will speak. And sometimes I use visual story or drama which you really have to experience. My hope is that you find something that speaks to you in these posted reflections.
On the Road
I remember summers as a child when my family would spend long tracts of the summer travelling in our Ford pickup truck with the camper mounted on the back. The summer that we drove across Canada I was just about to turn twelve and my brother was 13.
This was the summer that we decided to become super heroes. Not like the super heroes that have special powers because of freak accident or having come, literally, from another world. But like Batman, Robin and Batgirl, regular folk who have trained themselves to be extraordinary, driven by a passion for justice in the world.
Healing the Leper - Richard's Story
February 22, 2015 - 2 Kings 5:1-14, Mark 1:40 - 45
A story about healing a leper, is not really intended to be a medical story. A story about healing a leper is a social story. The leper represents the outcast.Think of this as a contemporary 'healing of a leper' story.
" It is difficult to acknowledge what life is like when you have to live on $500 a month. The things you think, the plans you make.
It is an isolated place, a nowhere in the middle of everything.
A loneliness among the multitude of the impoverished."
Walk Out the Gate:
April 5, 2014 - Mark 16:1-8
We are poised in a new Easter moment. It is our turn to trust resurrecting. Not resurrection, something that has already happened at some distant time and place. This resurrecting is for us to live through.
Who Soever Beloves Him
February 15, 2015 - John 3:14-21
This is, perhaps, one of the best known, and maybe even beloved scriptures of the gospels. For some people it is a summation of the gospel message.
For other people, it is also one of the most challenging scriptures because it is both popular and professes to sum up the gospel in a way that they fundamentally disagree with. I am closer to the latter camp than the former.
These are the questions I had. What is the nature of God's love for the world and how does Jesus fit into that? What does it mean to believe? And is eternal life really just about me?