Seattle Mennonite Church Sermons

Seattle Mennonite Church Sermons

www.seattlemennonite.org
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.


Breathed into Life
Sep 10 • 15 min
God’s fingerprints and God’s breath make us all intimately loved by our Creator.
Hope in Suffering
Aug 27 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 3 min
Pastor Jonathan reads from Jennifer’s experience of Pacific Northwest Mennonite Conference.
Coming Home
Aug 20 • 8 min
God is waiting for us to find home and God’s self in the solitude of our own souls and selves.
A Sabbath COMMAND
Jul 28 • 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 -…
Reorientation: Praise and Trust
Jul 21 • 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 • 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 dis…
Avery’s Story
Jun 30 • 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 • 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 • 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 Fi…
A Psalm for something as fickle as happiness
Jun 16 • 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….
A whirlwind of God’s Spirit in Romans 8
Jun 9 • 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 c…
Weapons for Justice
Jun 3 • 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 • 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 • 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 goo…
Small and Faltering Steps: Rooting in Remembering
May 12 • 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 • 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 a…
Worship. Doubt. Disciple.
Apr 28 • 15 min
The ‘Great Commission’? More like Not-So-Great Commission that might be redeemable.
Dispatches from the Uprising
Apr 21 • 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 …
Palms and Protest
Apr 15 • 15 min
Disciples of Jesus are called on for Hosanna action.
Judgment Day & Jesus’ Fam
Apr 7 • 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
Weeping & Gnashing of Teeth: Grace?
Mar 24 • 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,…
I can talk about … forgiveness
Mar 10 • 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 • 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 s…
An episodic exploration of generosity
Feb 3 • 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 las…
Telling Stories of Land and Ancestors
Jan 29 • 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 • 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 transitio…
Refugees & Weeping
Jan 6 • 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 fac…
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 negotiatio…
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 ou…
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 o…
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…
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 need…
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 share…
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 t…
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 recours…
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 b…
Forgiveness
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.
Sustenance
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, www.paintedprayerbook.com…
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 t…
Misfits
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 w…
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!
Goodbyes
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 transformati…
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 intrica…
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 dismi…
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 b…
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 lik…
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 lik…
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 lik…
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 lik…
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 ent…
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, fou…
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 beautifu…
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.
Family
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?
Foundation
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.
Foolishness
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 wha…
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.
Beloved
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 Bel…
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 Se…
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 Com…
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 hi…
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 Go…
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. Whi…
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 t…
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 R…
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 transform…
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 Maria…
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 Ci…
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 sa…
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.
Ingathering
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.