Seattle Mennonite Church Sermons

Seattle Mennonite Church Sermons
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.

Hannah’s prayers
Oct 18 • 45 min
Both in her “wretched” distress and joyous confidence, Hannah prays. She brings her “hot, holy mess” to her God, and she also prophetically sings of God’s joyous and just Jubilee vision before it is visible to her or realized in the world. Perhaps her…
When Love IS Anger
Oct 11 • 50 min
God is angry at the Hebrew people over their casting of a golden calf for false worship, mere months after God has liberated them from slavery. God is angry. SO angry, in fact, that God seems ready to destroy them all… again. God ultimately relents…
Celebrating MCC’s Centennial
Oct 4 • 54 min
The Mennonite congregations across Washington State worked together to create a celebration video in honor of Mennonite Central Committee turning 100 years old. Normally we would have gathered this weekend for the annual Mennonite Country Auction, but…
What Becomes of Dreamers
Sep 28 • 47 min
As a powerful Egyptian ruler, Joseph welcomes his family back into relationship and care saying, “Even though you intended to do harm to me, God intended it for good.” Though many people interpret this to mean that terror or trauma experienced by…
Peacemaking IS Accompaniment
Sep 20 • 45 min
We joined with Mennonite World Conference congregations around the globe in celebrating Peace Sunday. According to 1 Corinthians, when one of us suffers all of us suffer, and when one of us rejoices all of us rejoice. This, we as global Mennonites were…
Creation: Relationship & Fracture
Sep 13 • 56 min
We are back to the Narrative Lectionary, and we kick off this year’s journey through the biblical text with a Genesis creation account. In it, humans are created from the earth, for the plants, intrinsically connected to one another, and intimately…
Common Life & Common Space
Sep 6 • 52 min
We spend one final summer week with commentator Willie James Jennings, the Book of Acts, Paul imprisoned (yet again…), and the Holy Spirit calling Jesus-followers into common life and common space with one another. [sermon begins at…
Listening & Learning: Jerrell Williams
Aug 31 • 65 min
In this last Sunday of hearing from in our summer series: Jerrell Williams, pastor of Salem Mennonite Church, a fellow Pacific Northwest Mennonite Conference congregation. Jerrell takes us on a journey with Hagar into the wilderness, a journey in which…
Citizen Discipleship
Aug 17 • 48 min
We consider how to follow Paul’s example of making his citizenship in empire a tool for witness to the Reign of God.
Listening & Learning: Shannon Dycus
Aug 9 • 46 min
We continue our summer worship series in which we listen to and learn from Black preachers. Today: Shannon Dycus, former pastor of First Mennonite Church in Indianapolis IN, and current Dean of Students at Eastern Mennonite University. We listened to…
Listening & Learning: Austin Channing Brown
Aug 2 • 54 min
We continue our summer worship series in which we listen to and learn from Black preachers. Today: Austin Channing Brown, author of best-selling book, I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness, and a powerful preacher. We listened to…
Easy Yokes & Light Burdens??
Jul 26 • 41 min
Nothing about the yoke of intractable racism feels easy. Nothing about the burden of a runaway pandemic feels light. Is there any good news at all in these supposedly comforting words of Jesus? And what’s the deal with all those words of judgment that…
Listening & Learning: Glen Guyton
Jul 19 • 55 min
We continue our summer worship series in which we listen to and learn from Black preachers. Today: Glen Guyton, the Executive Director of our denomination, Mennonite Church USA. He loves pie and is funny (though his wife may disagree). And he preaches a…
Listening and Learning: Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III
Jul 13 • 60 min
We begin our summer worship series in which we listen and learn from Black preachers. We start with Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III, pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago. With him we cry in lament for Ahmaud Arbery and so many other Black…
Jailer, Jailed, Judge, Jury: None are free until all are free!
Jul 5 • 50 min
In our annual Interdependence Day worship - on the Sunday nearest the 4th - we again expose the lie of supposed independence, and instead claim the joy of justly-ordered mutual dependence and collective liberation! Willie James Jennings’s fiery,…
Circling Back to Gratitude
Jun 28 • 44 min
We return to God in thanksgiving along with our kindred across Pacific Northwest Mennonite Conference
“The Common”
Jun 21 • 56 min
In the drama of Acts, the Holy Spirit is the main character and the plot is The Common. What IS “The Common”? In short, it’s the spectacular joining of God’s people which enables collective boldness, criminal discipleship, and shared life. Pastor Megan…
Do Not Lose Heart: Blessings for Graduates
Jun 14 • 52 min
Blessings for graduates abound! Today’s homily by Pastor Megan (starts at 19:00) is a pastoral blessing for high school graduates and ALL. About not losing heart… until we inevitably do… and then what?? Also: pudgie pies & inherited tradition,…
I’m sorry. I’m listening. I’m learning.
Jun 7 • 54 min
Today, we tented with some Black Anabaptist kindred: Osheta Moore, Jerrell Williams, and Glen Guyton. Sister Osheta called her “Dear White Peacemakers” following to show up for anti-racism in better ways than we are. Pastor Megan follows her lead: I’m…
Burn and Breathe - Zoom Church
Jun 1 • 52 min
We call on the Spirit to breath into us the holy fire of justice.
Bodies Matter to God - Zoom Church
May 25 • 41 min
Death swallowed up in life? That might be a little hard to swallow, considering the mounting statistics or loss of beloved ones in our lives. But when it comes down to it, what Paul is trying to communicate to the Corinthian church is how important our…
The Loooooove Chapter - Zoom Church
May 17 • 37 min
What can be said of 1 Corinthians 13, the “love chapter,” that you haven’t already heard at one hundred weddings? How might we refuse to dismiss it as just another smarmy love song, and instead live every more fully, beautifully, heartachingly into its…
It’s not about you AND it’s all about you - Zoom Church
May 10 • 48 min
The early community of Jesus-followers in Corinth struggled with factionalism - over-identifying with particular leaders. Just as Paul urged his friends to re-center Jesus, we too seek to center our collective call to discern how to walk the Jesus Way…
World Turned Upside Down - Zoom Church
May 4 • 40 min
What does the Thessalonian community have to do with popular broadways musical Hamilton? Like the musical’s tribute to the battle of Yorktown, Paul’s arrival in Thessalonica shook up the established Jewish community and turned their world upside down. …
A Gaze That Heals and Sparks Joy - Zoom Church
Apr 26 • 47 min
Joy infuses our worship and singing together; longing ignites our prayers. Pastor Megan’s homily explores how biblical stories that seem to equate healing with miraculous physical cures, at best confound the deeper and more beautiful complexity of what…
Anything but normal - Zoom Church
Apr 19 • 45 min
This week, we jump from the gospel of Mark into Luke’s distinctly different world and voice, as experienced in the book of Acts. Jesus is kidnapped by a cloud (!!!), and the disciples are left, jaws dropped, gawking at the sky. They are looking in the…
The Final Word - Easter Zoom Church
Apr 12 • 55 min
Easter comes whether we’re ready or not. Thanks be to God! We gather to hear Mark’s (short! sweet! scandalous!) resurrection account, to sing a couple of our favorite Easter chestnuts, to create a joyous cacophony of Hallelujahs, and to pray for and…
Good Friday - Passion According to Mark
Apr 10 • 28 min
We gathered for a Good Friday service via zoom, to hear Mark’s Passion Narrative, to sing, and to pray together.+++Mark 15.16-39+++Permission to podcast the music in this service obtained from One License with license #A-726929. All rights…
More Than One Kind of Good News - Zoom Church (4/5/2020)
Apr 6 • 34 min
We celebrate the entrance of Jesus into Jerusalem with Jesus and shouts of Hosanna and waving our branches. Then Pastor Amy reflects on the good news of love poured out. Jesus silences the haters who would shame a woman for her loving gift and affirms…
It’s only the apocalypse - Zoom Church (3/29/20)
Mar 29 • 39 min
Sermon-in-a-sentence this week: “Keep alert and don’t worry; its only the apocalypse.” Tune in to hear Pastor Megan’s brief reflection on reading the apocalyptic text of Mark 13 during a global pandemic, and to join our prayers and singing and sharing…
The rest is commentary - Zoom Church (3/22/20)
Mar 23 • 35 min
Our new rhythm of gathering for zoom church from our respective homes each Sunday morning prompts Pastor Megan to claim with more regular intention her occasional practice of sharing a “sermon-in-a-sentence.” This week’s scriptural reflection can be…
Zoom Church! (3/15/20)
Mar 16 • 40 min
There were 69 households participating in worship this past Sunday! Listen along to the prayers and sharing, music and reflection on scripture. Use the links below to find some of the resources named in the recording.Scripture: Mark 12:1-12Children’s…
Zoom Church! (3/8/20)
Mar 8 • 32 min
Our first experience of gathering as church via Zoom. While absolutely nothing can replace being in the same space with our whole body-spirit selves, given the circumstances, this was a delight. Forty or more of us logged in for Lenten worship and…
Jesus made me do it
Mar 1 • 15 min
Not going to lie: this is a TOUGH message about the laughable impossibility of wealth in God’s kindom and the dispiriting reality of growing homelessness on the West Coast and specifically on our front doorstep. But it’s also about Jesus’ love for we…
A Markan Fulcrum & Evocative Transfiguring
Feb 16 • 20 min
Smack dab in the middle of Mark’s gospel and SOMEone finally knows how to answer the persistent question: Who is Jesus? Peter responds, “You are the Christ.” At this fulcrum, we’ve now tipped over to the second half of the gospel in which Jesus sets out…
Heads Will Roll
Feb 9 • 21 min
The story of an insane, self-important, opportunistic, incestuous, tyrannical (but pretty small-time) political family is dropped into the Gospel of Mark just as Jesus’ ministry is taking off: Herod. He thinks he can stop the Gospel message, but the…
An Audacious Reach
Feb 2 • 20 min
A woman audaciously reaches for her own belonging and healing. There’s not much left for Jesus to do… except to stop, seek her out, and quietly create the conditions for her to speak her whole truth in the presence of the community that has amplified…
Movement & Trouble
Jan 12 • 20 min
We are just starting our journey with Jesus through Mark’s gospel, and already there’s a pattern to his movement: margins —> centers of power —> get into / cause trouble —> retreat to margins for prayer and rest (and around and around). This…
The Call to Discipleship
Jan 6 • 23 min
Using poetry from Lifting Hearts off the Ground: Declaring Indigenous Rights in Poetry, by Lyla June Johnston & Joy De Vito, Pastor Melanie reflects on the beginning of Jesus’ ministry and on what Jesus’ followers are called to - both in scripture…
Reflections on South Africa and the U.S.
Dec 29, 2019 • 20 min
After a brief introduction by Dan, Kathryn Smith Derksen shares reflections on 4 years of life in (complicated and diverse, awe-inspiring and pain-filled) South Africa. And then she beautifully brings the message home with gracious truth-telling about…
What Are We Waiting For? LIBERATION!
Dec 27, 2019 • 6 min
Daryl Morris powerfully raises his voice in word and song to reflect on his experience of seeking liberation from white supremacy. He raises his voice in longing and expectation for liberation as a response to the listening he has done to the voices of…
Longing for Liberation
Dec 22, 2019 • 18 min
An Advent sermon about longing and liberation, scrooge-y Zechariah and prophetic singing, despair and hope. Pastor Megan tosses out her written manuscript and dives deeper into why Advent is her truest spiritual home, and why she can’t do faith solo.
What Are We Waiting For? JUSTICE!
Dec 17, 2019 • 6 min
Kat Goering works for justice through her work with immigrant communities.
What are we waiting for? COMFORT!
Dec 13, 2019 • 5 min
God calls on Israel to offer each other comfort through their experience of loss and trauma.
Waiting for God’s Justice (& NOT waiting to be part of it!)
Dec 1, 2019 • 18 min
Jeremiah writes as his nation crumbles around him - from a prison in occupied Jerusalem, on the brink of the mass deportation of his people. Which makes his words of promise for justice and hope that God is making things right throughout the land…
High Priest Hilkiah & The Temple of Doom
Nov 24, 2019 • 19 min
Okay, so Hilkiah isn’t *actually* Indiana Jones, but a whole epic adventure begins when he is sent on a mission into the under-construction temple and (re-)discovers the lost book of the law. Hearers of the lost-and-found-again scroll, including King…
Re-Wilding & A Stubborn God
Nov 17, 2019 • 13 min
In startling twists: 1) cockroaches will apparently NOT be the last ones standing in a global apocalypse, 2) like a screeching record, a love ballad delivers lyrics of divine judgment, and 3) despite our best (read: worst) efforts, God’s hope in us…
Love at the pointy end of betrayal
Nov 10, 2019 • 21 min
If you’ve ever found yourself on the pointy end of betrayal, I bet you’d tell a story of someone you loved. Or love still. So it is with God and God’s people - at the time of the prophet Hosea and now. How can we ever come back from the ways in which we…
Saints and Troublemakers
Nov 4, 2019 • 14 min
Elijah makes good trouble: courageously, humbly and humorously speaking truth and inviting people back to God.
Needing More Beauty (Pt 1)
Oct 28, 2019 • 19 min
Sheldon Burkhalter explores the paradox and beauty of the woman who offers Jesus the gift of anointing.
Needing More Beauty (Pt 2)
Oct 28, 2019 • 8 min
Sheldon Burkhalter explores the paradox and beauty of the woman who offers Jesus the gift of anointing.
David Is Not Jesus
Oct 22, 2019 • 15 min
Pastor Amy doesn’t like David.
Hello My Name Is…
Sep 29, 2019 • 10 min
Pastor Amy explores the unnamed/many named God revealed to Moses at the burning bush.
Sep 25, 2019 • 17 min
Pastor Tim Kuepfer from Chinatown Peace Church Vancouver brings a powerful word about the God who is willing to wrestle us and to bless us.
Laughter, Longing and the Confounding Mystery of God
Sep 16, 2019 • 15 min
Christie Dahlin to reflect on the ways we laugh - from discomfort or to keep from grief, to the pleasure of shared joy.
Breathed into Life
Sep 10, 2019 • 15 min
God’s fingerprints and God’s breath make us all intimately loved by our Creator.
Hope in Suffering
Aug 27, 2019 • 10 min
Through personal stories and through scripture, Lenae weaves a narrative of God’s presence through the wilderness of human suffering.
Madeleine Kelly Kellogg’s Youth Assembly Reflections
Aug 20, 2019 • 4 min
Madeleine Kelly Kellogg reflects on the highlights and experiences of being a youth at Mennonite Church USA youth assembly.
Sabrina Lindquist’s MCUSA Reflections
Aug 20, 2019 • 8 min
Doug Basinger reads the contribution of Sabrina Lindquist, SMC’s representative to the Mennonite Church USA delegate assembly.
Jennifer Delanty’s PNMC Reflections
Aug 20, 2019 • 3 min
Pastor Jonathan reads from Jennifer’s experience of Pacific Northwest Mennonite Conference.
Coming Home
Aug 20, 2019 • 8 min
God is waiting for us to find home and God’s self in the solitude of our own souls and selves.
Jul 28, 2019 • 23 min
Yep, that’s ALL-CAPS on the COMMAND. What are we - a people who don’t much like to be commanded at all - to do about having been commanded to remember the sabbath and keep it holy? What are we to do about the fact that we - on the regular - DON’T…
Reorientation: Praise and Trust
Jul 21, 2019 • 17 min
AJ Block reflects on worship and praise, hurt and freedom, the rhythms of reorientation, the embodied manifestation of the prophetic in our gathered body, and God’s intention for us.
Healing for the Disoriented
Jul 14, 2019 • 12 min
After hearing Mike read the gospel from Luke, Anna & Kevin each reflect - thoughtfully, vulnerably, honestly - on the story of Jesus offering healing to all 10 lepers though only one would say thanks, and God’s coming to those (like us) most…
Avery’s Story
Jun 30, 2019 • 24 min
Avery Kanode shares his experience being a trans man - how he came to understand that about himself and his process of beginning to live his true identity.
The Overwhelming Flood
Jun 30, 2019 • 17 min
The flood is rising and I am about to be overwhemed, the Psalmist says. We’ve all felt overwhelmed, anxious and despairing. The Psalmist gives us words of laments and helps us hand those emotions to the one who loves us.
Faith Action Climate Team - reflections
Jun 23, 2019 • 24 min
What a gift to have these contemporary prophets & friends leading us in worship. Listen to inspiring stories and inspired reflections from members of the ecumenical / interfaith “Faith Action Climate Team” here in Seattle: Abby Brockway, Lynn…
A Psalm for something as fickle as happiness
Jun 16, 2019 • 13 min
We begin a worship series on the Psalms and, with huge credit to Walter Brueggemann, Pastor Megan begins by exploring how folks “on the desperate edge of their lives” cried these prayers and songs destined to last and resonate for thousands of year. And…
A whirlwind of God’s Spirit in Romans 8
Jun 9, 2019 • 18 min
Listen to reflections from Pastor Megan interspersed with the reading of most of Romans 8 by Pastors Melanie & Jonathan. It’s a whirlwind tour, but in the wind of that whirlwind, in the breath that allows words to be heard, and the breath that…
Weapons for Justice
Jun 3, 2019 • 19 min
Our bodies as weapons for justice are powerful in the battle against systemic sin of white supremacy, sexism and heterosexism.
Seattle MVS Reflections: 2019-06-02
Jun 2, 2019 • 32 min
In our congregational meeting on June 2, 2019, we created space for telling the story of Mennonite Voluntary Service in Seattle, and for sharing memories and reflections.
A greeting, some CliffsNotes, & a nugget of good news from Paul’s letter to the Romans
May 19, 2019 • 20 min
It’s all in that (long!) title: Pastor Megan begins her sermon with a greeting, based on Paul’s greeting to the gentile Jesus-followers in Rome, then offers some CliffsNotes on Paul and his letter to the Romans, and concludes by sharing a bit of good…
Small and Faltering Steps: Rooting in Remembering
May 12, 2019 • 18 min
We journeyed along with Paul and Barnabas, as they sought to follow Jesus and end up get mistaken as gods and frantically seeking to redirect! Pastoral Intern Christie explores the invitation and permission to go and do, even with the risk of making…
A wild and wooly, mad and holy Spirit for ALL
May 5, 2019 • 22 min
“What God has made clean, you must not call profane.” Peter has visions of (forbidden) food while hungry and praying on a rooftop in Joppa, but it turns out to be far more than just a hunger-induced delusion. It turns out to be inspiration for him and…
Worship. Doubt. Disciple.
Apr 28, 2019 • 15 min
The ‘Great Commission’? More like Not-So-Great Commission that might be redeemable.
Dispatches from the Uprising
Apr 21, 2019 • 22 min
The Empire tried to squash the Jesus Way of liberating love by killing him, and failed… miserably. Because life rose up. People, empowered by the Spirit of God, rose up. To proclaim and LIVE liberation and revolution and powerful insurrections of love…
Palms and Protest
Apr 15, 2019 • 15 min
Disciples of Jesus are called on for Hosanna action.
Judgment Day & Jesus’ Fam
Apr 7, 2019 • 12 min
Ye ol’ sheep & goats. Pastor Megan shares how this passage meant so much to her in a time of shifting theologies and a changing faithview. Also making an appearance: Menno Simons, Mother Teresa, chevre, and #notallgoats. [Photo by Peter Lloyd on…
Weeping & Gnashing of Teeth: Grace?
Mar 24, 2019 • 9 min
It’s our Gifts Discernment Sunday so there’s only time for a brief homily, but Pastor Megan dips her toes in yet another “weeping & gnashing of teeth” kin-dom of God parable from Matthew and wonders if what sounds like punishment might, in fact, be…
I can talk about … forgiveness
Mar 10, 2019 • 15 min
Pastor Megan dives into both the thorns and roses of Matthew 18 and dares to say a few things about the fraught and tender topic of forgiveness. [Photo by Megan Ramer, Warm Beach WA]
Weeds, Wheat, & Yeast
Feb 17, 2019 • 17 min
“I gotta say: I really hate it when one of Jesus’ stories ends with evildoers getting thrown into fire. Don’t get me wrong, I dislike ‘evildoers’ as much as the next person, but burning them alive seems a little extreme…” Pastor Megan dives into some…
An episodic exploration of generosity
Feb 3, 2019 • 18 min
Pastor Megan took us on a journey in this sermon. It is - to start - an invitation to prayer, then a snapshot, a wondering, a snippet, a slippery word, a preference, a story, a question, a complication, an affirmation, an encouragement, and - at last -…
Telling Stories of Land and Ancestors
Jan 29, 2019 • 22 min
Jennifer Delanty and Kyle Reimergartin reclaim stories that they’d been told about their families and the land their ancestors settled on in a way that seeks to acknowledge the indigenous folks who were displaced.
Power of Ritual
Jan 13, 2019 • 28 min
Jesus is baptized by John the Baptist in the River Jordan. This water ritual does more than simply mark his shift to public ministry; it effects that significant transition. Pastor Megan explores the inherent power in ritual to help effect transition in…
Refugees & Weeping
Jan 6, 2019 • 21 min
Jesus was a refugee. Jesus IS a refugee (and their name is Jakelin Caal Maquin, Felipe Gomez Alonzo). A weeping mother refuses to be consoled. What if the truest thing we can say from this Scripture is that we too ought to be inconsolable in the face of…
I Am From
Dec 30, 2018 • 15 min
Jesus’ genealogy (and especially the women in it) tells the story of who and where he comes from.
Roots for Windstorms
Dec 24, 2018 • 19 min
Here in Seattle, we’ve experienced an unusually windstormy couple of weeks, which makes an apt metaphor for our lives of gusty national politics, devastating news cycles, and the sturm & drang of December activities, expectations, and negotiations…
No Justice, No Peace: The Courage of Esther
Dec 10, 2018 • 18 min
Esther was more than just a vapid beauty queen. When her people were in danger she put her life on her line and used her power and privilege to accomplish justice. Esther’s risk can teach us something about when and how we can examine our privilege…
Nevertheless: An Advent Sermon on Lament & Hope
Dec 2, 2018 • 16 min
A sermon from the depths of my soul for my favorite season of the year, Advent. On the lovely (accompanied by strings) and dangerous (banned by Nazis) Habakkuk, waiting, and the purest form of faith and hope summed up in a single word: nevertheless….
Tender & Infinitely Fallible
Nov 25, 2018 • 9 min
Like a good spiritual director who knows we are both tender (in need of care) and infinitely fallible (in need of challenge), the prophet Jeremiah attends to a people in despair, and Pastor Megan invites us to receive his care and challenge in our own…
SMC Storytellers - Pete Lagerwey
Nov 19, 2018 • 6 min
Creative Peacemaking in an Age of Perpetual War
Nov 18, 2018 • 15 min
What does it mean to be Christians in an age of perpetual war? Seminary Intern Christie, explores this question as we hear the words of the Prophet Isaiah, of swords to garden tools and nation not rising sword against nation; juxtaposed with a story of…
SMC Storytellers - Anna Maguire
Nov 14, 2018 • 5 min
When you seek a cure, but find healing instead
Nov 11, 2018 • 17 min
We hear the story, rich with details and characters, of Naaman seeking a cure for his leprosy. Naaman’s dogged pursuit of a cure is transactional and full of all the power plays he’s accustomed to utilizing to his advantage, and it turns out he needs to…
A Jubilee Epistle for All Saints
Nov 4, 2018 • 8 min
“To the angel of the Mennonite Church of Seattle…” Our 50-year-anniversary celebration weekend built toward our All Saints worship in which we heard letters of greeting, remembrance, and blessing from many of our former pastors. Pastor Megan shared…
Not of this world?
Oct 28, 2018 • 19 min
King Solomon plays a deadly game of chicken, with an infant’s life at stake, and for this is he is called wise. Pastor Megan explores the anti-monarchy sentiment buried within this and other stories related to ancient Israel’s kings, and considers the…
SMC Storytellers - Rita Kowats
Oct 23, 2018 • 15 min
A story that moves from the quickstep to the tango.
Bathsheba’s #MeToo
Oct 21, 2018 • 21 min
Every woman has a story in which her body was in some way violated by a man. In which her consent was not sought. For Bathsheba her #MeToo moment changed the entire direction of her life. When David assaulted her she had no recourse. While there’s…
SMC Storytellers - Hannah Notess
Oct 14, 2018 • 6 min
Hannah shares her experience in community, benefiting from the fruit that other’s planted and nurtured, and in turn sowing seeds that will grow plants from which others can harvest.
Final Words
Oct 14, 2018 • 11 min
We continue our journey with the Narrative Lectionary into Joshua. Pastor Megan reflects on Joshua’s final oration to his beloved people. You’ll have to listen to figure out what on earth Yoda’s got to do with it.
SMC Storytellers - Bob Pauw
Oct 9, 2018 • 10 min
On his 40th Anniversary with his late wife Linda, Bob reflects on the way community has made God present over his and Linda’s relationship with our church.
How Do You Feel About Boundaries?
Oct 9, 2018 • 20 min
Katherine Jameson Pitts on the gift of covenant boundaries.
The Bad Guy Needs to Die
Sep 30, 2018 • 14 min
Death is disturbing but necessary in this story.
A Can of Worms & Immigration Stories
Sep 23, 2018 • 15 min
What a week to hear this story! Listen as Pastor Megan exposes some of the troubling and resonant layers of our Genesis story of Joseph and Potiphar’s unnamed wife. And yet heed the call to mark (Just)Peace Sunday with our Mennonite kindred across the…
A Call No One Would Want
Sep 16, 2018 • 13 min
Pastor Megan explores the extreme vulnerability Abram & Sarai must have experienced as part of their call to leave their land and kindred.
Wrestled Claims About God
Sep 9, 2018 • 22 min
On this first Sunday of our Narrative Lectionary adventure, we start at the very beginning: Genesis. Pastor Megan wrestles with how Creator God becomes Destroyer God in the story of the flood, and the re-covenanting that takes place after. [Image: The…
Choosing Armor
Sep 9, 2018 • 23 min
SMC member Melissa Kelly invites us to consider what the armor of God, fighting racism, the Deathstar takedown and attachment parenting have in common. And how we are called on as followers of Jesus to take off the armor of empire and put on the armor…
Holy Desire, Sacred Sensuality
Sep 2, 2018 • 17 min
The explicit desire expressed in the Song of Songs can make us squirm, which is why we don’t hear it in worship very often. But this book gives voice to human longing and and expression to the the desire between two lovers. It’s been explained away by…
Aug 19, 2018 • 21 min
Pastor Megan reflects on the people we carry around within us, “releasing” and “retaining” the sins of others, and the ongoing practice of forgiveness.
Aug 5, 2018 • 14 min
On this Sunday, Pastor Megan shared the words of Jan Richardson, offering them as sustenance. © Jan Richardson, “The Gastronomical Jesus,” Reading from the Gospels, Year B, Proper 13 / Ordinary 18 / Pentecost +9: John 6.24-35,…
Bathed in the Spirit
Aug 2, 2018 • 7 min
Holy Spirit as Advocate and Creative Force
Hometown Reject
Jul 22, 2018 • 12 min
Rejection by Jesus’ hometown becomes empowerment for ministry that grows.
Church Meeting Brings … Hope?!!
Jul 15, 2018 • 24 min
A large groups of SMCers traveled to Boise this summer and had a great time! Pastor Megan reports on the annual meeting of Pacific Northwest Mennonite Conference that took place in Boise ID at the end of June. She shares stories, reflections, business,…
Fire & Brimstone
Jun 24, 2018 • 16 min
We welcomed Erica Lea-Simka, pastor of Albuquerque Mennonite Church in Albuquerque NM, to preach for our Pride Sunday worship.
Seeds Grow
Jun 17, 2018 • 15 min
Pastor Megan reflects on the most “boring” of all parables in which nothings happens … or is it EVERYthing happens? Listen for punch lines like: “the smallest of all seeds which, when sown, grows and becomes the greatest of all … shrubs!” and “if…
Jun 10, 2018 • 18 min
Reflecting on Mark’s story of Jesus facing accusers very early in his ministry, Pastor Megan explore how “Scribes … they’re just like us!”, has a few words to say about the supposed “unforgiveable sin,” and shares her desire to be among the misfits…
A Collage of God
May 27, 2018 • 19 min
On Trinity-ish / Trinity-PLUS Sunday, Pastor Megan shares snapshots of some of the MANY names for God and images of God that make up her limited yet growing collage of who God is.
I Will Put My Spirit Within You
May 20, 2018 • 11 min
God word to the people of God: I shall put my spirit within you and you will live!
May 13, 2018 • 16 min
All goodbyes are not created equal. Listen as Pastor Megan reflects on a couple of the goodbyes she’s experienced, her semi-obsession with good goodbyes, and what we can learn about all of this from the time Jesus said goodbye for the last time to his…
Building Social Capital
Apr 29, 2018 • 18 min
Pastor Melanie reflects on the story of the Ethiopian eunuch and Philip from the book of Acts, listening for some resonance with our Community Ministries here in the Lake City neighborhood. From something about Jesus that is attractive and…
Other Sheep
Apr 22, 2018 • 17 min
I have other sheep that do not belong to this fold, Jesus said. I must bring them also… So there will be one flock, one shepherd. Pastor Megan reflects on those other metaphorical sheep. In the particular. Who are they? Who are WE? [Photo by Jose…
In Strides Jesus
Apr 8, 2018 • 9 min
Pastor Megan reflects on fearful disciples gathered behind locked doors in Jerusalem. Through the locked doors of their fear, in strides Jesus. Speaking a word of peace, in strides Jesus. [Photo by Bogdan Dada on Unsplash]
Can anything good come out of a trap house?
Apr 1, 2018 • 18 min
Pastor Jonathan reflects on when life goes sideways and finding hope amidst the impossible and fearful. Sharing stories of the unexpected uprising of life in our own community, this sermon is not to be missed.
Cross and the Lynching Tree
Mar 25, 2018 • 19 min
Jesus’ carefully calculated and lampooning political march into Jerusalem helped ensure that he would need to be crucified, along with many other brave prophets before and after him. Pastor Megan reflects on James Cones’ eye-opening theological work in…
Glory & Death
Mar 18, 2018 • 15 min
Jason Rust preaches for us - reflecting on glory and death and earthiness and bodies and Mary Oliver poetry and unplanted seeds and lassitude and recklessness in love. You’ll just have to listen to how these delightful strands are woven into an…
A Slithering Slew of Venomous Vipers
Mar 11, 2018 • 18 min
What to do with the story in Numbers of God sending poisonous snakes to mortally wound the Israelites in the desert? What on earth could this story have to say to us? Listen as Pastor Megan takes a crack at seeking understanding and a word of good news…
Small Things Matter
Mar 7, 2018 • 17 min
As Christians we’ve inherited a rather confused message about “The Law.” Historically Christians have loved the Ten Commandments, even advocating for their physical presence at our public places (hello … separation of church and state??), while…
Names That Are True
Feb 25, 2018 • 14 min
God’s call and covenant for us goes beyond gender and yet is profoundly rooted in identity and naming.
Lament & A Rainbow Promise for All
Feb 18, 2018 • 20 min
Pastor Megan leads us in lament for victims of gun violence, specifically the 17 precious youth and adults gunned down by a teenager with an assault rifle in Parkland, Florida this past week. And then she reflects on the very first covenant described by…
Joining My Voice
Feb 4, 2018 • 15 min
Pastor Megan invites us - like Jesus did when he retreated for prayer in the dark early morning hours - to dwell with the Psalms as we begin to process together having heard a challenging word from our Peace Lecture guests last Sunday, Waziyatawin and…
Naming Injustice to Find Justice: Ecocide
Jan 28, 2018 • 12 min
WHAT DOES JUSTICE LOOK LIKE? The Struggles for Liberation in Indigenous Homelands. Speakers Wazitayawin and John Stoesz shared with us the experience of the Dakota struggle for land justice in Minnesota, and explored its application for communities like…
Naming Injustice to Find Justice: Land Left & Return
Jan 28, 2018 • 11 min
WHAT DOES JUSTICE LOOK LIKE? The Struggles for Liberation in Indigenous Homelands. Speakers Wazitayawin and John Stoesz shared with us the experience of the Dakota struggle for land justice in Minnesota, and explored its application for communities like…
Naming Injustice to Find Justice: Genocide
Jan 28, 2018 • 23 min
WHAT DOES JUSTICE LOOK LIKE? The Struggles for Liberation in Indigenous Homelands. Speakers Wazitayawin and John Stoesz shared with us the experience of the Dakota struggle for land justice in Minnesota, and explored its application for communities like…
Naming Injustice to Find Justice: Ethnicide
Jan 28, 2018 • 14 min
WHAT DOES JUSTICE LOOK LIKE? The Struggles for Liberation in Indigenous Homelands. Speakers Wazitayawin and John Stoesz shared with us the experience of the Dakota struggle for land justice in Minnesota, and explored its application for communities like…
Zebedee: Abandoned
Jan 21, 2018 • 18 min
Pastor Megan preaches about Zebedee left standing in the boat when his sons leave to follow Jesus. [Please note there’s a long silence in the middle of this recording. It is not accidental.] Photo by Trevor Cole on Unsplash
Light Quality
Jan 9, 2018 • 14 min
Pastor Amy explores the way the ‘light’ of empire, exemplified by the violent and cruel reign of Herod is of a fundamentally different nature than the light of the star guiding the magi. Like the song says, “Jesus is now our star divine, brighter and…
Joy in the midst of chaos
Dec 17, 2017 • 10 min
How to preach joy on the week when one of our beloved friends has died … and far too young?
God be with you till we meet again
Dec 11, 2017 • 1 min
Abide with me
Dec 6, 2017 • 3 min
Hymnal: A Worship Book 653
Hope in the midst of chaos
Dec 3, 2017 • 19 min
Advent, again, begins with a bang. An apocalyptic bang. We are welcomed into this season with the startling yet strangely familiar words of Jesus from Mark’s “little apocalypse.” Pastor Megan invites us to consider how we simultaneously inhabit two…
What God Requires
Nov 19, 2017 • 14 min
We look at Micah 6 – the full chapter in which beloved verse 8 (“What does God require of you? But to do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with your God.”) finds a home. Pastor Megan invites us to reflect on the heart of God’s Jubilee vision,…
A Plaintiff God
Nov 12, 2017 • 1 min
We look at Micah 6 - the full chapter in which beloved verse 8 (“What does God require of you? But to do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with your God.”) finds a home. The setting for that most familiar and beloved verse - a verse that…
Stranger Things
Nov 5, 2017 • 8 min
When you learn to follow Jesus, you might act a little strange. As we celebrate All Saints day, we look to the strange saints and weirdos who followed Jesus against what our culture tells us is normal and right.
Final Messages
Oct 22, 2017 • 15 min
Pastor Megan wraps up our worship series with Paul’s letter to the Corinthians by reflecting a bit on Paul’s final messages to his friends in Corinth.
Oct 15, 2017 • 17 min
Pastor Megan continues our worship adventure with the church at Corinth with a reflection on chapter 12, Paul’s use of the familiar Greco-Roman body metaphor with a significant subversive twist for the church, and his call for the church to not just be…
Over Her Own Head.mp3
Oct 9, 2017 • 16 min
Pastor Amy reflects on men and women, hair and head coverings, praying and prophesying. What does it mean to be faithful?
Oct 1, 2017 • 12 min
Pastor Megan continues our adventure with the congregation at Corinth by reflecting on Paul’s mixed metaphors (are we God’s field or God’s building?!), and the distractions that keep us from claiming our foundational unity.
Food: Communion Economics
Sep 24, 2017 • 14 min
The communion table has greater implications than just the gathering on a Sunday morning. The way we share food together around the Lord’s table should be reflective of the way we share all our resources in community and with our neighbors.
Sep 17, 2017 • 18 min
Pastor Megan kicks off our 6-week series on 1 Corinthians reflecting on what it’s like to read someone else’s mail from 2000 years ago and across the globe, what resonance there might be between ancient Corinth and our own contemporary Seattle, and what…
Not Fair
Sep 10, 2017 • 13 min
Pastor Megan reflects on the parable of the day laborers from Matthew 20.1-16, the lack of fairness in life (no one said it would be…), and the (sometimes annoying) generosity of God.
Aug 27, 2017 • 15 min
Rex Rempel auctioned off a sermon on the topic of bid-winner’s choosing to support our youth traveling to Orlando for the Mennonite Church USA gathering. Pete Lagerwey won the bid and set him up with two stories from Matthew of God naming Jesus “My…
Rich Food
Aug 6, 2017 • 18 min
Pastor Megan reflects on packing for a 7-day backpacking trip, Isaiah’s prophetic encouragement to eat what is good and delight in rich foods, the life (and imminent death) of one of our own SMC saints, and our tendency to overpack for meeting God.
2017-07-30 Ordinary and Subversive AME.m4a
Jul 30, 2017 • 14 min
The reign of the loving God sneaks in and gets in the way and grows and is a nuisance. But it’s so sweet!
God’s Heart
Jul 23, 2017 • 25 min
A rich time of storytelling about God’s heart for the refugee, foreigner, and immigrant! We heard from our own Caitlin and Zach, as well as Caitlin’s co-worker Alex. We were treated to stories about the epic state-crossing biking fundraiser known as…
Reflections from MCUSA in Orlando
Jul 9, 2017 • 27 min
Pastor Megan shares some stories and initial reflections from her time at the biennial gathering of Mennonite Church USA in Orlando, July 4-8.
It Takes Two to Tango
Jul 2, 2017 • 16 min
Pastor Amy reflects on our interdependence in this weekend of celebrating July 4th and the nation telling us how independent we should be.
Gutsy Compassion
Jun 18, 2017 • 13 min
Pastor Megan reflects on the compassion Jesus has for the “helpless, harassed, oppressed, and discarded” crowds of his day as well as our day. What compassion is stirring and rising from deep within you; sending you to proclaim the good news of the…
The Alchemy of Quilting & Community
Jun 4, 2017 • 18 min
Remembering the childhood enchantment of lying under a quilt in its frame while her grandmother quilted, Pastor Megan reflects on the magic of forever binding together three disparate pieces into a single whole. Jesus, breathing the Holy Spirit into his…
Wait, Worship, Witness
May 28, 2017 • 17 min
“Wait. Do it actively and with intention and expect the Holy Spirit to show up. Worship. Refocus on loving and being loved by God. Witness. Tell the story of Jesus. Enact the story of Jesus. Be the body of Christ. He left in order that we could be.”
Calling Cows & Listening for God
May 7, 2017 • 16 min
Jesus said that the sheep know the shepherd’s voice. Pastor Megan reflects on her experience as a farmhand on a Swiss dairy farm - calling cows in from pasture who knew the voice of their actual farmer - and wonders how we might discern the voice of God…
We Had Hoped
Apr 30, 2017 • 13 min
Pastor Amy explores the place between disappointment and hope with the disciples who encounter the risen Jesus on the road and at the table.
Proximity & Proclamation: For MJ Sharp
Apr 16, 2017 • 22 min
Pastor Megan reflects on the untimely and violent death of dart-throwing, prankster peacemaker MJ Sharp, Mary Magdalene weeping at the tomb of Jesus on that first Easter Sunday morning, and proximity that leads to proclamation.
Procession of the Ridiculous
Apr 9, 2017 • 19 min
An undomesticated look at the Palm Processional and just how funny, just how serious, and just how dangerous it was for Jesus to ride a baby donkey into the eastern gate of Jerusalem while Pontius Pilate was riding a stallion into the western gate….
Interview with Sarah Sommers
Apr 2, 2017 • 18 min
Pastor Megan interviews Sarah Sommers from Christian Peacemaker Teams, asking her to reflect on the actively nonviolent way of Jesus as it connects with the gospel story of encountering Martha and Mary in the their grief, and calling Lazarus from the tomb.
Mud made with spit & a pool called Sent
Mar 26, 2017 • 11 min
Pastor Megan tells the story of the man born blind who has a healing encounter with Jesus and then tense encounters with some would-be prosecutors in John 9, and reflects on her own experience with a prosecuting attorney after having been arrested at…
Softening the stories we tell ourselves
Mar 19, 2017 • 15 min
Pastor Jonathan reflects on Jesus encountering the woman at the well and offering her living water. What harsh stories do we tell about ourselves and what self-judgments do we hold onto? How might Jesus receive us and invite us to receive the…
Nighttime Musings
Mar 12, 2017 • 8 min
Nicodemus comes to Jesus under cover of night. Pastor Megan preaches the third Sunday of Lent
Attended by Angels
Mar 5, 2017 • 12 min
Jesus is tempted in the wilderness and then attended to by angels. Pastor Megan preaches the first Sunday of Lent.
Transfigured Earth
Feb 26, 2017 • 14 min
Pastor Megan preaches the final sermon in our 4-week “A Place We Love” series, all about Watershed Discipleship. Having moved from learning to knowing to loving, we conclude with “protecting,” making links with the story of the Transfiguration.
Neighborly Waters
Feb 19, 2017 • 14 min
Pastor Megan reflects on how we come to know our waters as our neighbors and, as such, to love them as ourselves. The third Sunday in our Watershed Discipleship worship series “A Place We Love.”
Gloom & Nourishment
Feb 5, 2017 • 20 min
The first in our worship series “A Place We Love,” Pastor Megan reflects on where we find hope and nourishment in gloomy times, and how disconnection from our watersheds and bioregions may contribute to that gloom.
Story of a Week
Jan 22, 2017 • 17 min
Pastor Megan tells the story of her week: listening to her favorite of Martin Luther King Jr.’s speeches, “A Time to Break Silence” delivered at Riverside Church, listening to a public reading of King’s powerful Letter from a Birmingham Jail addressed…
Remembering the Future
Jan 8, 2017 • 15 min
In her final sermon before being sent with our blessing into her sabbatical, Pastor Amy reflects on the Epiphany story of the magi, power and kingship, and remembering the future of who Jesus will be.
Overhearing someone else’s good news
Dec 18, 2016 • 15 min
Pastor Megan preaches on the fourth and final Sunday of our Advent “Revolutionary Songs” worship series. She reflects on overhearing someone else’s good news - both biblical and contemporary exiles - and joining our voices with Revolutionary Mama…
Ain’t Gonna Study
Dec 4, 2016 • 22 min
Pastor Megan preaches the second Sunday of Advent, reflecting on hot fires, bouncy anvils, and - of course - revolutionary songs.
Singing Sustains
Nov 27, 2016 • 16 min
Pastor Megan opens our Advent season of Revolutionary Songs with a sermon reflecting on how singing has sustained movements of just peace across time and place. Encounter the story of Bernice Johnson Reagon, founder of the Freedom Singers during the…
It Jesus Tweeted: #actuallyblessed
Nov 20, 2016 • 14 min
Pastor Amy discussed how the understanding of what it means to be blessed has been misunderstood. In our weakness and vulnerability, there is more room for knowing God’s presence, and that is #actuallyblessed
Salt & Light
Nov 13, 2016 • 11 min
Pastor Megan invites us to kneel at the feet of Jesus and hear just the word we need to hear on this hard post-election week.
All Saints
Nov 6, 2016 • 9 min
Pastor Megan offers a brief homily, reflecting on the introspection of this season, the intimacy of joy and sorrow, and invites the living saints of SMC to remember with candlelight and word those beloveds who have died in the past year.
Just Peace among the Peoples
Oct 30, 2016 • 20 min
Pastor Megan preaches the final in our Just Peace series, reflecting on Jesus’ teaching to pray for and love our enemies, and telling a story of the prayerful communing of tea-drinking in Israel-Palestine.
Just Peace in the Marketplace
Oct 23, 2016 • 19 min
Pastor Amy continues our series on Just Peace with a sermon that highlights the community-ist vision of the early church and challenges us to communal and individual discernment of how we share resources. We are particularly challenged to think about…
Just Peace with the Earth
Oct 16, 2016 • 13 min
Our honored guest speaker is Edie Loyer Nelson, member of the Duwamish Tribe, first people of Seattle and the land on which our church building sits.
Just Peace in the Community
Oct 9, 2016 • 22 min
…so that all may live free from fear. Pastor Jonathan preaches the first in a 4-week series on Just Peace, based on the 4 pillars established in the World Council of Churches document, “An Ecumenical Call to Just Peace.” Can anything at all new be…
Jubilee: A Grand Dinner
Oct 2, 2016 • 20 min
Pastor Megan preaches the final in a 3-week series on Biblical Jubilee. Featuring “The Parable of the Grand Dinner,” also known as “The Parable of the Lame Excuses!” How might we be compelled beyond what blocks us and into the joy of Jubilee?
Jubilee: Totally Impractical
Sep 25, 2016 • 22 min
Pastor Megan preaches her first ever sermon on the riveting and inspiring (*ahem*) book of Leviticus. Dive in to the Levitical vision of Jubilee, with its roots in the Exodus and its implications for us today.
Jubilee: All the Years
Sep 18, 2016 • 18 min
Pastor Amy preaches the first in a series on Biblical Jubilee. Jesus proclaims Jubilee in the synagogue, calling on the tradition of the prophets. We are called to live Jubilee now and for all the years to come.
Sep 11, 2016 • 17 min
Pastor Megan reflects on Jesus returning to his hometown in Luke 4, and marking one year of her ministry at SMC, for our annual Ingathering Sunday celebration.