Sermons by Leigh Eason Tolton

Creation in Travail

There are many different visions of the future. Sometimes the future seems fearful and we fear we are going towards a national dictatorship, and that there are wars and mangled lives and tortured souls in so many places in the world, we might not see any hope of peace to anchor ourselves for.  But these…

Restoring Hope

“In actions and in truth.”  Powerful words with the emphasis being on the last word today – Truth. But trust is hard to restore once lost.  Saying, “I’m sorry is not enough.”  You will have to see that I love you in action and in truth.             People in general have lost trust in humanity…

Jesus on the Beach

The scripture we heard was about the disciples’ third time of seeing Jesus after the resurrection.  The scene takes place at least a week after  the resurrection, and after Jesus had sent them out with specific instructions to forgive the sins of others.  “So send I you,” are the words we best know that Christ…

The Women of Easter

In the story of Jesus’ passion walk through the streets, his punishments, his legal trials, illegal trials, to the cross and beyond to the grave and the resurrection, women played a significant role in the Easter story. Women were depicted as the only courageously strong people who cared deeply for Jesus and were repeatedly not…

What Is Justice?

The poem read by Mike this morning has great relevance in today’s adversarial climate.  Remember when we were taught to keep things civil, just talk about the weather.  Well, we can’t do that any longer because there is such disagreement about why our weather is a bit erratic and too warm.  From what we read…

Praying without Ceasing — Thoughts?

This job has some light times and fun times involved with it. One of my fun jobs this past month has been researching children’s materials that are Quaker and about Quakers. I found this book called We’re Going to Meeting by Stacey Currie. It is for 6-8 year olds or reading to preschoolers. I’ll read…

What is Justice?

The poem read by Mike this morning has great relevance in today’s adversarial climate.  Remember when we were taught to keep things civil, just talk about the weather.  Well, we can’t do that any longer because there is such disagreement about why our weather is a bit erratic and too warm.  From what we read…

Koinonia Through Gratitude

The scripture Joe just read has an amazing word in it for fellowship. They were setting up a society that was simple, peaceful, had integrity, was equal, communal and with it staying together in some form, hopefully here, sustainable. But playing church can sometimes keep us from reaching this state of fellowship, Koinonia — to…