Renewal is God’s Work – Feb. 8, 2015

Duane preaching with his shepherd's crook.Most people participating in worship this Sunday would agree there was a special sense of the Spirit at work. As part of his message, Duane shared a model of the church as the body of Christ, illustrating four quadrants of how the church lives out Jesus’ teachings, particularly in the context of difficult discussions that have been taking place within our congregation, throughout Mennonite Church USA as well as in the broader church. MCUSA Director of Leadership Development  Terry Shue first originated the model, based on the DiSC personal assessment tool.

Prior to the sermon, a readers’ theater read Ephesians 4:1-16. Following the first part of Duane’s sermon, Richelle read from Revelation 2:1-7, and led the congregation in reciting Psalm 23. Following the second part of the sermon, Duane led into a time of communion.


The View is Spectacular! – Jan. 11, 2015

Duane preaching at RMCAfter sharing about Luz’s paintings that she did each Sunday during Lent, Duane has the congregation participate in painting a picture of Jesus, visualizing a large canvas and posting words  that describe Jesus. He also walked us through RMC’s vision using a graphic as part of an ongoing conversation about where RMC is headed. These words tied in well with the scripture for today from Romans 12.



Shine, Your Light Has Come – Jan. 4, 2015

Duane preaching at RMCDuane started off the new year with a message of God-with-us (Jesus, Emmanuel) bringing light to the world. He included some slides that provided (con)text for his spoken words as we reflected on how God-with-us is still totally dependent on people who love and care for him. A radical thought.  Text from Matthew 2:1-12.

During the 2014 Advent and Christmas Season, congregation member Luz Frye used her artistic gifts to interpret each week’s Scripture lesson and worship theme visually. This week’s painting was based on the Matthew passage.