Tricked into Conversion – Aug. 13, 2017

Rachel preaching on August 13, 2017.Rachel spoke from Genesis 38, a passage not included in the lectionary readings and rarely included in sermons.  It’s a difficult passage for us, particularly to understand in our current age.

While Tamar’s actions seem strange to us, you could say she was engaging in nonviolent direct action. Tamar took risks, exposed wrongs, invited repentance, changed hearts and bore new life.

This story shows us that even when it seems we have no options, even when it seems that injustice and inaction will win, we are invited to find a way to subvert the system itself.

How have you been tricked into being more righteous?

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Being Considered the Enemy – June 25, 2017

Joy preaches at RMC on February 5, 2017 Before Joy spoke from Jeremiah 20:7-13 and Matthew 10:24-39, the poem “Say Yes” by Andrea Gibson was read by Luz, Alyssa and Red.

Jeremiah named his enemies as his friends even while still proclaiming the violence and destruction around him.  Jesus understood he had enemies who would call him and his followers names and plot against him.

But that’s the opportunity for transformation. To reflect about why we’re seen as the enemy to others.

Can we one day name our enemies as friends?

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While we were still sinners – June 18, 2017

Melissa Florer-BixlerMelissa spoke from Psalm 100 and Romans 5:1-8. God doesn’t change God’s mind about you; you change your mind about God. Sin is pernicious because it warps this most central part of the Christian life – it warps our image of God. Sin turns God into a judge, standing in judgment over us, waiting to pounce on our wrong decisions. If you have rejected that God then you are exactly where God wants you to be.

You don’t come to confession to have your sins forgiven; you come to celebrate that your sins are forgiven. The grace we receive is unexpected and unearned.

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The Miracle of Being Jesus’ Body – May 21, 2017

Melissa Florer-Bixler speaking at RMC May 22, 2016Prior to the message, Anali read St Teresa of Avila’s poem, Christ Has No Body.   Melissa then spoke from John 14:1-21, where Jesus was preparing his disciples to physically be away from them, but promised to continue to show them the way. It confuses the disciples. Christ lived on through his disciples and he lives on today through us.

On this Covenant Sunday, we take time to share how we’ve seen Jesus in each other, how we’ve been the church, together. Part of the message included an opportunity for us to share stories of how this church has been the hands, feet, eyes and ears of Jesus for each other. Because some of stories shared were personal in nature, the full recording is not publicly available.

For regular attenders who would like to hear the stories, reach out to Stan and he can share the rest of the message with you.

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