A Hope-Filled Crowd
Crowds. They can be riotous, violent, insurrectionist mobs, afraid of losing power and hellbent on throwing a prophet off a cliff. Or they can be boisterous, hope-filled, sleeves-rolled-up masses resolved to build a movement for liberation. We meet both kinds in Luke’s gospel and in our nation, both past and present. Recalling Jesus’ inaugural teaching in his hometown, and honoring the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Pastor Megan ponders finding a home in the hope-filled crowd that support movements for liberation and celebrates good news for the outsiders of the outsiders. To watch the moving 2-minute film with archival footage, follow the link in “Additional Resources” below.
Sermon begins at minute 15:03
Megan M Ramer
Narrative Lectionary – Year 3
- Land Acknowledgement: Real Rent Duwamish
- Film by SALT, with archival footage of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom – https://www.saltproject.org/progressive-christian-blog/2021/1/4/free-film-for-martin-luther-king-jr-day (all footage in the film are from Pond5’s public domain section; the film’s music is also purchased from Pond5).
- Offering: donations to Seattle Mennonite Church
- Image: Photo by History in HD on Unsplash
Permission to podcast the music in this service obtained from One License with license #A-726929. All rights reserved.
- Guide my feet – Text and Music: African American Spiritual; harm. Wendell Whalum, © Wendell Whalum Estate
- Nothing is lost on the breath of God – Text and Music by Colin Gibson ©1996 Hope Publishing Co.
- Jesus be the Center – Words and Music by Michael Frye © 1999 Vineyard Songs.