Audio from Raleigh Mennonite Church: primarily the sermons from Sunday morning worship, but some other surprises show up occasionally as well.
Holy Humor: Surprising with Joy – April 11, 2021
Scripture: John 20:19-31
On this “Holy Humor Sunday,” our Sermonator, aka Hans Linnartz, provided an explanation of different types of humor and read the story of Jesus appearing among the disciples after his resurrection from the “Implified Version” of the Gospel of John.
The best humor is the best humor when it surprises us with joy!
Easter Sunday, The Good News – April 4th, 2021
God has a way of turning bad news into good news. Easter, the “good news” comes on the heals of some very bad news. This year’s bad news was the pandemic. It affected everything, including being able to meet in person on Easter Sunday. Yet in the mist of the bad news there is “good news,” including an amazing RMC Easter Pageant. Produced by Racheal Taylor, edited by David Rohrer and starring a multitude of RMCers the RMC pageant reminds us He is Risen!
Click here to start the pageant.
Following the pageant, Melissa provided a short homily.
Palms not Guns – March 28, 2021
Scripture: Mark 11:1-11
Melissa reflected on the strange triumph and sorrow and hope mixed together that people in El Salvador might be feeling. Palm Sunday of 1980 was the funeral for Archbishop Oscar Romero. He died because he took the side of the poor during the conflict that lead up to the Salvadorans Civil War.
…low your king comes to you triumphant and victorious is he, humbled and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey…”Zechariah 9:9
On this Palm Sunday, we believe that God is bringing people together, gathering people who will shape their lives around the good news of Jesus to free creation. That God will free all of us, both oppressor and oppressed alike, from the tyranny of greed and excess in securing power by might.
Telling the Truth – March 21, 2021
Scripture: John 12:23-32, Jeremiah 31:31-34, Psalm 51:1-12
God is in the midst of the messiness of human life. Rather than a prescription for how to live, the psalms provide a description of God’s presence in that messiness.
Psalm 51 describes David telling the truth about his sin. There’s no getting out of the work of repenting and repairing ahead of David, or for any of us. In the midst of the psalm and in the midst of our lives God keeps showing up, making whole what was broken.
Eternal Life Begins Now – March 14, 2021
Scripture passages: Numbers 21:4-9 & John 3:14-21
After Dave and Nina read the scripture passages, Tripp Helms provided the morning message during our Zoom service.
Nicodemus came to Jesus to ask some questions and Jesus uses the example of the snake being lifted up in the wilderness by Moses to explain how he must also be lifted up. It’s another way of talking about the freshness and the joy and the peace that comes with Jesus. Jesus came and preached food for the hungry, healing for the sick, freedom for the captives in this life. Jesus didn’t come with talk just about the future. Eternal life begins now with God.
Clearing the clutter – March 7, 2021
Today’s scripture is John 2:13-16 where Jesus overturns the tables of money lenders in the Temple. Jesus is not against commerce but he is furious with people using to Temple to conduct their commerce. For turning the into a shopping mall. It’s easy to set ourselves up against despicable behavior. It’s much harder to recognize evil resulting from the compromises we make or done in the name of convenience.