Seattle Mennonite Church is an active Anabaptist Mennonite Christian congregation working faithfully at following Jesus in our urban context. All are welcome! Listen in to our Sunday morning sermons to get a sense of who we are.
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We welcomed back to the pulpit our former intern Christie Dahlin to reflect on the ways we laugh - from discomfort or to keep from grief, to the pleasure of shared joy. As Sarah and Abraham have their lives and laughter transformed from bitter and pained to disbelieving delight at the welcome of their son, they realize that truly nothing is too wonderful the confound the mystery of God's work in their lives.+++Episode artwork by Guille Alvarez on Unsplash, who says this about his image, "I love to visit my grandma when I’m in Barcelona. She’s an example of fight against all odds. She was born before a Civil War, lived under a dictatorship for 40 years, with his father disappearing forever after exile. She then lost her husband very early and has lived more than 25 years alone in their flat in the city, always finding time to make her children and grandchildren smile."
Compared to the first chapter of Genesis, the story of creation in chapter two is tender and intimate, and speaks of God's caring closeness. God's fingerprints are all over creation and God's breath animates all creatures. When God scoops up some mud and created the first earth-ling then breathed into it, life begins! In times of stress and anxiety, in times of stillness and calm, we can still remember with each deep breath that God breathes within us and that we are connected to all other humans - just a bunch of God-formed mud-people - through the breath of God. Full text manuscript of this sermon is here.Aslan revives stone figures with his breath.More about the book Jabari Jumps by Gaia Cornwall.LaVar Burton Reads, a podcast in which your favorite star of Reading Rainbow and Startrek TNG reads his favorite short stories.
Long-time SMC member Lenae Nofziger recounts the places in her own life and in scripture where she find hope. She includes her own bout with depression, the strength of the prophets, the compassion and empathy of Jesus possible because of his own suffering. Suffering is not part of some cosmic plan by God, but "if suffering were unavoidable even for the son of God, how could anyone else avoid it?" Through it all, Lenae gives and account of the hope that is in her.
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