Melissa speaking at the Dec. 24, 2018 Christmas Eve service.

The Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard

Matthew 20:1-16

A farmer hires workers throughout the day. Some work all day others just short time but the farmer pays all of them the same wages. This may not be fair but it is right. God does not bless people according to title, power, salary or any measure, God’s grace is freely given to everyone. This is good news or as Melissa put it “the full employment at a living wage parable”.

Melissa also address the erroneous use of this parable to raise Christians above others. Dividing people and causing harm.

The Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard

 
 
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Melissa preaching at RMC Feb. 24, 2019

A Prickly Parable – March 10, 2019

During Lent, RMC is focusing on some of Jesus’ parables. This first Sunday of Lent Melissa spoke from Matthew 18:21-35, the difficult parable of the slave who owed a great sum of money.

A Prickly Parable – March 10, 2019

 
 
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Melissa preaching at RMC Feb. 24, 2019

This is good – March 3, 2019

Melissa hearkened back to her memories of the Westminster Catechism to remind us what our chief purpose is: To glorify God and delight in God forever. (A slight paraphrase.) “I pray wasted time for each of you this week.” Matthew 16:24-17:8

This is good – March 3, 2019

 
 
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Melissa preaching at RMC Feb. 24, 2019

We have nothing – Feb. 24, 2019

As Melissa recounts the story of Jesus feeding of the 5,000, she ponders what we have to offer. Just five loaves and two fishes. God can take the little and make it much. Matthew 14:13-33

We have nothing – Feb. 24, 2019

 
 
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Nathan Hershberger preaching at RMC Feb. 17, 2019

God, the Good Campesino – Feb. 17, 2019

Guest speaker Nathan Hershberger provided the sermon based on Matthew 13:24-43. God demands justice but will bring it about without our violence. In the meantime, we water and keep the mixed fields of our souls, and join together to water and keep the mixed fields of our churches and our world.

God, the Good Campesino – Feb. 17, 2019

 
 
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Rachel preaching July 15, 2018

Pondering Parables – Feb. 10, 2019

Rachel helped us take a broader view of a number of Jesus’ parables found in the Gospel of Matthew, providing some background and giving the congregation an opportunity to reflect on them in a new way.

Pondering Parables – Feb. 10, 2019

 
 
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Melissa preaching on October 21, 2018

The Lord’s Prayer – Feb. 3, 2019

Melissa preaches from Matthew 6:7-21.

The Lord’s Prayer – Feb. 3, 2019

 
 
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Melissa speaking at the Dec. 24, 2018 Christmas Eve service.

The Beatitudes – January 27, 2019

The Beatitudes – January 27, 2019
Raleigh Mennonite Church Sermons

 
 

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Melissa preaching Nov. 25, 2018

Temptations of Jesus – January 20, 2019

Melissa recounts the story of Jesus being tempted in the wilderness. It might be viewed as a test to see if Jesus is really who he claims to be. Jesus believes he is God’s beloved. We might not be able to pass the tests Jesus was faced with, but we also are God’s beloved. Matthew 4:1-17

Temptations of Jesus – January 20, 2019
Raleigh Mennonite Church Sermons

 
 

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Melissa speaking at the Dec. 24, 2018 Christmas Eve service.

Baptism of Jesus – January 13, 2019

In the second message in the series on Jesus’ life as told in Matthew, we come to Jesus’ baptism. Melissa provides a fresh perspective on this age-old story and invites those of us who have been baptized to reflect back on what it means. Matthew 3:1-17

Baptism of Jesus – January 13, 2019
Raleigh Mennonite Church Sermons

 
 

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Melissa speaking at the Dec. 24, 2018 Christmas Eve service.

Pondering – Dec. 30, 2018

Melissa preached from Matthew 1:17-25, the story of an incredibly creative act of God. The doctrine of the virgin birth becomes, as Karl Barth says, “The guard at the door of the mystery of Christmas.”

Pondering – Dec. 30, 2018

 
 
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Melissa speaking at the Dec. 24, 2018 Christmas Eve service.

Love has found a way – Dec. 24, 2018

Melissa provided a Christmas Eve sermon. Our lives, as Jesus’ life begin in want. From the beginning they are bound up in gifts. In giving and receiving what is precious. Of sharing it with others.

Love has found a way – Dec. 24, 2018

 
 
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Rachel preaching July 15, 2018

An Advent Story – Dec. 23, 2018

Rachel tells the story of William Kamkwamba, a boy in Malawi whose family faced starvation due to extreme drought. Ultimately a story of resilience and hope, along with creativity and ingenuity, what makes this an Advent story is because of the faithfulness and trust in the midst of incredible adversity. We may be longing for food, for shelter, or for clarity or friendship, or for justice or a sense of God’s nearness. The Magnificat is a prophetic word for God’s hungry people. Luke 1:46b-55, Micah 5:2-5a.

An Advent Story – Dec. 23, 2018

 
 
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Melissa preaching on October 21, 2018

Enemies – Dec. 16, 2018

We are being called out of enmity over and over again and into friendship with God. We are now called friends because of God’s love for us. It’s this same love we are to show our enemies. Luke 3:1-14

Enemies – Dec. 16, 2018

 
 

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Melissa preaching on October 21, 2018

Stand Up! – Dec. 2, 2018

Melissa spoke from Jeremiah 33:14-16 and Luke 21-25-36. Look around; the time is now. Stand up! Raise your heads. Don’t hide, don’t run away, don’t weep and gnash your teeth. Don’t numb yourself against this world, shutting it out with whatever distractions you can find. During this time of Advent, take hope. Hope is a posture of your body; the way your body acts in the world. Hope is unraveling itself among us as Jesus continues to come into the world.

 

Stand Up! – Dec. 2, 2018

 
 

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