Being Mennonite: Body – Jan. 15, 2017

Melissa Florer-Bixler speaking on Sept. 18, 2016Melissa started a new four-part series on Mennonite identity this Sunday. Before the sermon, Pam read the poem “Mennonites,” by Julia Kasdorf and Joy read the response, “A New Mennonite Replies to Julia Kasdorf,” by David Wright.  (Sorry, cant’ find a version of the second one online.)

The sermon text was from Colossians 3:12-17 and I Corinthians 12:12-26.

Being Mennonite is not something rooted in birth or cultural traditions. It’s a disposition of patience, a slow coming into the life of a community, being vulnerable to one another’s voices, of learning how to receive the gift of another.

We’re all in this together as a community, where everyone has a part, where every person sings a song.

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Life altering encounters – Aug. 14, 2016

Drawing from Luke 7:11-17 and I Corinthians 12:12-26, as well as a TED talk given by Drew Dudley, Stan reminds us that our words and actions–individually and collectively as the embodiment of Christ in our world–matter.  Even when we may not be aware of it we are impacted by and have an impact on others, sometimes through chance encounters, but more often through our ongoing encounters in community.