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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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

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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Melissa preaching Nov. 25, 2018

The Kin-dom of Christ – Nov. 25, 2018

In the 37 times that Jesus describes the reign of God in the Gospels, not once is the kingdom of God like a kingdom of earth. Each time, Jesus tells them stories. Over and over again he roots the liberation of God in ordinary life, in what happens around us, not in throne rooms with princes and crowns but in baking bread and sowing seeds.

Melissa’s sermon was based on John 18:33-37.  She also has a version of it online at https://sojo.net/articles/kin-dom-christ

 

The Kin-dom of Christ – Nov. 25, 2018

 
 

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Doug Luginbill preaching at RMC on Nov. 18, 2018

Poeting the Word – Nov. 18, 2018

Doug Luginbill, Central District Conference minister, joined us this Sunday to ordain Melissa and install Rachel. This recording includes the ordination and installation, as well as Doug’s sermon from the lectionary reading of Isaiah 36:14; 13-20; 37:1-7; 2:1-4. Together pastors and congregations clarify the vision to which God is calling them. They discern the gifts of the congregation, identify where God is at work, and join the journey.

This service was also webcast and is available on YouTube.

Blessing Melissa at her ordination on Nov. 18, 2018

Prayer of installation for Rachel on Nov. 18. 2018

Poeting the Word – Nov. 18, 2018

 
 

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Mennonite Saints – November 4, 2018

Mennonites do not have a canon of Saints. If they did it might include St. Francis of Assisi, Edna Ruth Byler (founder of Ten Thousand Villages), Rowena Lark (Black Mennonite church planter) and our own Zinith Barbee.  Craig, Brenda, Hans, Rachel and Red introduce us to these Mennonite “Saints.”

Mennonite Saints – November 4, 2018

 
 

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Melissa preaching on October 21, 2018

Confessions – Oct. 21, 2018

Melissa spoke from 2 Samuel 11:1-5, 26-27, 12:1-9 and Psalm 51.  David makes a tragic and terrible decision and the results are heinous. When we see or hear of acts like this, we seek a confession from the wrongdoer, though David doesn’t come clean until he’s confronted by Nathan.

Once we let the truth out, it’s no longer ours alone. When we confess publicly, it makes us dependent upon one another. What kind of a community do we need to be that we are able to confess into it, where we can nurture a truth about our lives instead of pretending and walking around like everyone’s okay?

Confessions – Oct. 21, 2018

 
 

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