Audio from Raleigh Mennonite Church: primarily the sermons from Sunday morning worship, but some other surprises show up occasionally as well.
Team Jesus? – May 22, 2022
It was our annual covenant renewal Sunday, plus the opportunity to welcome new members, plus baby dedication for two of our newest beloveds, along with communion. A full Sunday!
In covenanting with others at Raleigh Mennonite, we're deciding together to trust that a certain story is true, that we can trust that story to shape our lives, and that we are going to figure out how to do that as a community. In doing so, we're going to get into all sorts of good trouble together.
Stitching Stories from Prison – May 8, 2022
Scripture: Matthew 25:31-45
We were honored to have Sarah Jobe and Cindy Locklear share in today's service. Melissa introduced chaplain Sarah Jobe from the Interfaith Prison Ministry for Women who shared about the prison awareness quilt crocheted by women incarcerated at North Carolina Correctional Institution for Women as they survived COVID in prison. Cindy shared her testimony about her reliance on her faith during her time in prison and particularly what it was like during the pandemic.
Following their message, the congregation had the opportunity to pray for women in prison while meditating on the quilt and listening to two Conviction Songs.
Come and have breakfast – May 1, 2022
Scripture: John 21:1-19
Jesus visits the disciples a third time after his resurrection, this time as some of them have been fishing.
"Where is Melissa going with this sermon?" That's what many were thinking as she started her sermon, telling us that our bodies are "an island of creatures."
The real body of Jesus joins the disciples and eats fish and bread with them. We're invited to a fleshy resurrection. The human and divine. Same but different. By being human, Jesus links his body to what's going on in the world. He becomes part of our biome.
Being Tricksters – April 24, 2022
Melissa starts out with a story of Brer Rabbit for the children on this Holy Humor Sunday. She then recounts how those who had been enslaved in our country knew how to quietly and secretly assert their resistance, trickery, and humor. They would use ordinary means to confront power they could not fight openly.
When we say that Jesus plays a trick on the devil, we mean that Jesus puts on a life like ours, and gets into the heart of brokenness and destruction, and then turns himself over to it. And then something breaks open.
Creation is reborn – April 17, 2022
On this Easter Sunday we celebrate that creation is reborn, and we with it. The tomb opens and life is born from it.
You can't thwart it or destroy it. You can't even unbelieve it, or overpower it. Because all that's left to do here is to bear witness.
Creation cries out – April 10, 2022
We're brought up in a system that divides people from commodities. All that other stuff--oceans, animals, trees--all of it is neutral material used to benefit people to make us happier or richer, or to give us more space or more stuff.
But we can't separate ourselves from other creatures because over and over in the story of our faith we discover that creatures have a vocation, a particular role to play in the drama of salvation. Colts that are untied for Jesus to ride into Jerusalem, trees that bear witness and rocks that cry out...