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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Jerusalem Flash Mob

Melissa preaches on Sunday, April 9, 2017Melissa spoke from Matthew 21:1-17 on this Palm Sunday.

“So it is that on Palm Sunday street theater, a flash mob, turns into reality. When Jesus enters Jerusalem, when he turns over the tables in the Temple, he is initiating a new reality. The theater becomes the real thing. We, Jesus’ disciples, are set on this path, this path of upending economic oppression, of bringing this new world into being.”

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He whom you love is ill – April 2, 2017

Mellissa speaking at RMC Nov. 20, 2016Melissa’s sermon today was broken up into five parts, interspersed between readings from John 11 by Lowell, Ruth, Chris and Kari,  as well as by music (which is not included in this recording). One section of the message is the poem Forsythia Bush, by Brian Doyle. During the last portion, she talks about the death of Michael “MJ” Sharp who was recently kidnapped and killed along with at least two others while working for the United Nations to bring about peace in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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A God Who Stays – Feb. 26, 2017

Melissa speaking at Christmas Eve Service, 2016Melissa brought the message this morning. Before she spoke and at the conclusion of her message Pam read a poem by Mark Jarman, The Transfiguration, Part VII.

Scripture readings were from Exodus 24:12-18 and Matthew 17:1-9.

The story of the Transfiguration forms a hinge in the church year. The door swings open into Ash Wednesday, the door that points the way to Jerusalem, towards Gethsemane, towards the cross, towards death, towards dying alone.

Sometimes it may be that the story needs to sit here, filled with longing and loneliness and incongruity.

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