Nighttime Musings

nightNicodemus comes to Jesus under cover of night. Pastor Megan preaches the third Sunday of Lent.

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Attended by Angels

candleJesus is tempted in the wilderness and then attended to by angels. Pastor Megan preaches the first Sunday of Lent.

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Transfigured Earth

transfiguration-jesusmafa-438Pastor 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 gospel story of the Transfiguration and the biblical visions of a transfigured earth.

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Neighborly Waters

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You have heard that it was said, Water is a precious resource to tend carefully and preserve. But I say to you, Water is a neighbor. Water is a relative. Water is life.

“You have heard that it was said, God created all of creation and commanded us to be good stewards of this gift. But I say to you, You belong to creation. You are not set apart. You must be re-placed in your watershed, rooted in your place, your wholeness & wellbeing bound up with the wholeness & wellbeing of your bioregion.

“You have heard that it was said, You must live on this land with great care. But I say to you, You will only truly live when you know that you don’t live on any land, but that you live in a place, within a bioregion, woven into a watershed.”

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.”

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Gloom & Nourishment

salish“Our disconnection from our place, from our bioregion, from our watershed, is certainly not the only cause of our gloom; it may not even be primary among the causes of our gloom. But I wonder if it might be a bigger cause than we typically acknowledge? If this disconnect, at a deep spiritual level, deprives and distances us from the shalom wholeness God desires for us and for all peoples and all creation?”

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. The first Sunday in our worship series “A Place We Love.”

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Story of a Week

mlk-in-birmingham-jailPastor Megan tells the story of her week: listening to her favorite of Martin Luther King Jr.’s speeches, “Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence” delivered at Riverside Church, listening to a public reading of King’s powerful Letter from a Birmingham Jail addressed to white clergy, pondering Matthew’s take on the beginning of Jesus’ public ministry – beginning with the jailing of John the Baptizer and quoting from Isaiah who was writing to those living in the deep anguish of exile, and finally marching with millions on Saturday.

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SMC goes to Snow Camp!

camrec-skiiersThere will be NO worship at our Seattle building this coming Sunday, January 15. Church will be gathered at Camp Camrec for our annual church retreat and snow camp.
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If you are planning to join us in the mountains, find details here: snow-camp-2017-menu
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And if you’re staying closer to home, we encourage you to consider visiting a neighborhood congregation or joining our kin at Evergreen Mennonite Church for worship at 10:45 a.m.

Overhearing someone else’s good news

last-magnificatPastor 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’s song (Magnificat – Luke 1.46-55), singing ourselves home to God’s irresistible shalom vision.

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Ain’t Gonna Study

hopePastor Megan preaches the second Sunday of Advent, reflecting on hot fires, bouncy anvils, and – of course – revolutionary songs.

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Singing Sustains

truthPastor 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 Civil Rights Movement and Sweet Honey in the Rock since then.

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