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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If Jesus Tweeted: #actuallyblessed

palliativecarehandsPastor Amy opens up the way the world thinks about blessing and the way Jesus thinks about blessing.  Hint: they are not the same.

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Salt & Light

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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.

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All Saints

IMG_5293.JPGPastor 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.

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Just Peace among the Peoples: So that human lives are protected

03-jerusalem-bereavedPastor 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.

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