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Audio from Raleigh Mennonite Church: primarily the sermons from Sunday morning worship, but some other surprises show up occasionally as well.

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Audio from Raleigh Mennonite Church: primarily the sermons from Sunday morning worship, but some other surprises show up occasionally as well.

    Ain’t Gonna Study War No More – Nov. 27, 2022

    Ain’t Gonna Study War No More – Nov. 27, 2022

    Scripture: Isaiah 2:1-5



    Melissa began her sermon on this first Sunday of Advent by sharing a rendition of Down by the Riverside by Rosetta Tharpe.



    In the Isaiah passage, God paints a picture for Isaiah of a world where tools of war become obsolete. That is a pretty bold vision for people locked into a city waiting for starvation to overtake them. And it is a bold vision for people starving for freedom in cotton and tobacco fields under whip and chain. Ain't gonna study war no more.



    Spirituals, like the ones we heard today, refused to let suffering be the last word. They offered vision, an imagination for a world that no longer required war, because God's expansive flood changed every nation it swept along.



    For all of us who prop up our lives with the safety afforded by nuclear threats and the stock market and police brutality and oil reserves, for us the roaring of the flood may sound like the end of the world. It turns out that's just not true. This is just the beginning.

    • 12 min
    Women of the Resurrection – Nov. 6, 2022

    Women of the Resurrection – Nov. 6, 2022

    Melissa reflects on and gives voice to the hypothetical woman who was married to seven brothers from the story in Luke 20:27-38.



    The Sadducees pose this question about the resurrection, but all along what Jesus wanted to tell the Sadducees, wanted to tell us, is that all women, all people, need good news. We need good news that announces to us that we can carve out an existence that is not centered on fear, but around love.

    • 15 min
    Ordinary Saints – Oct. 30, 2022

    Ordinary Saints – Oct. 30, 2022

    Scripture: Ephesians 1:11-23



    On this All Saints Day Melissa provided the message, explaining that saints are people who have lived in a way that help us believe that God is real. They are not necessarily the ones who are the best at believing stuff. Saints carry faith for one another and make make God credible to others.

    • 11 min
    A Gift With No Strings

    A Gift With No Strings

    Melissa shared The Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector (Luke 18:9-14) in its original form and as it might play out right here at Raleigh Mennonite. This version as acted out had a Bishop, a philanthropist, an activist and a payday lender. The first three were smug in their righteousness and celebrated that they were "not like the payday lender" who wept and exclaimed "God have mercy on me a sinner."



    Jesus said, I tell you, this man went down to his home to justify rather than others,
    who, for all who exalt themselves. You can't do anything to earn God's love, and nothing you could ever do could turn it away from you. It's a gift with no strings attached

    • 13 min
    Standing up for Justice – Oct. 16, 2022

    Standing up for Justice – Oct. 16, 2022

    Melissa began the four-part message sharing the story of the widow who demanded justice from the judge in Luke 18:1-8. This was followed by three stories of RMCers who shared out of their calling to work for social justice in their varied roles: Rachel "RED" Davis, Elizabeth Korver-Glen and David Rohrer.

    • 17 min
    Seeing Out to the Margins – Oct. 2, 2022

    Seeing Out to the Margins – Oct. 2, 2022

    Susan brought the message from Luke 16:19-31, telling the story of the rich man and Lazarus.



    How often are we so caught up in our own world that we miss those at the margins? And it's not just about being blind to those at the margins but about being so sure you know what God is doing that you're blind to what God is doing in front of you.

    • 12 min

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