Daryl Byler, executive director of Eastern Mennonite University’s Center for Justice & Peacebuilding, preached from the lectionary readings of Amos 6:1,4-7, I Timothy 6:6-10,17-19 and Luke 16:19-31. The readings all talk about wealth. They can be a bit unsettling since by most global measures most of us fit into the category of being wealthy. What is our responsibility when there are so many disparities here in the U.S., but even more so world-wide? Daryl used a number of slides to illustrate his sermon and provide some suggestions.
Anali spent 2015-16 serving in Colorado Springs as part of the Service Adventure unit there. This Sunday she shared about her experiences and reflected on the impact it’s had on her life so far. Scripture for the meditation was from Psalm 121, which was the passage the Colorado Springs unit chose for the year.
(Anali is the tall one in the middle, in this photo with the rest of the 2015-16 Colorado Springs Service Adventure household.)
Following Anali’s sharing, Susan Nisly, director of the Mennonite Mission Network’s Service Adventure program, shared more about the program and expressed appreciation for the 17 years Raleigh Mennonite hosted a Service Adventure unit. During that time, 71 participants and 16 leaders were a part of RMC, serving in the community. Many have reflected back on the influential role that experience has had on their lives.
Hans spoke about how God not only expects our praise, but also our laments and reclamation. Much of his message was in response to the incidents of violence that occurred this past week.
The Bender family returned to Raleigh this weekend and we had a wonderful time catching up and reflecting on the past, present and future. Marilyn and John are the founding co-pastors of Raleigh Mennonite and served with us for 18 years.