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Sermon | What’s a street/Sabbath/body/_______ for?  
Texts: Isaiah 58:9b-14, Luke 13:10-17
Speaker: Joel Miller

On days I ride my bike into church the commute home includes a left turn off High St by Global Gallery followed by a nice long coast down Dunedin Road towards the river.  Not every day, but what has felt like most days this summer, a group of kids is out playing on Dunedin near the bottom of the hill.  And when I say playing on Dunedin I mean on Dunedin.  On the street.  The play frequently involves bikes and scooters turning circles and tricks, weaving back and forth from curb to curb.  Cars slow as they approach and wait for the street to clear before passing.  Even a grown up on a bike cruising at gravity-assisted speed has to ride the...

 

 

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Isaiah 5:1-7

“What more could have been done for My vineyard?”

Columbus Mennonite Church - August 14, 2022

Benjamin Rudeen Kreider

Country music’s twang has been in my ears and on my mind this week. I love the kind of country music full of love found and lost, full of sadness and unfulfilled hopes; songs that tell stories with gritty details and end in twists heartbreaking or heartwarming alike.

I’m not speaking of “bro-country” as it’s sometimes called, which boasts of big trucks and red Solo cups. Rather I’m thinking about the prison songs of Johnny Cash, the timelessness of Dolly Parton, the nasally ballads of Willie Nelson, the fierce spirit of the Highwomen, and the storytelling chops of John Prine. I love the songs that draw you in and then end and you...

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Sermon | Having faith 
Text: Hebrews 11:1-16
Speaker: Joel Miller                  

Wendell Berry, poet and author, Kentucky farmer, turned 88 on Friday.  He once wrote: “Put your faith in the two inches of humus that will build under the trees every thousand years.”  These words come at the end of his Mad Farmer Liberation Front Manifesto in which he chastises the many other things in which humanity has placed its faith: the quick profit, mindless consumption, the generals and politicos.  At 88 and counting, Wendell Berry is living a full life.  But according to his own math -- 1000 years to form two inches of humus – the length of his life, so far, is only time for .176 inches of that richest of soils...

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Faith Begins By Letting Go – Voices Together #585. Text: Carl P. Daw Jr. (USA), 1995, © 1996 Hope Publishing Company. Music: David J. Gonzol (USA), © 2019 David J. Gonzol.  All rights reserved.   Permission to podcast/stream the music in this service obtained from ONE LICENSE, license #A-727859.  All rights reserved.  

He Came Down - Voices Together #239. Text: Cameroon traditional. Music: Cameroon traditional; arr. John L. Bell (Scotland). © 1990 WGRG, Iona Community (admin. GIA Publications, Inc.). All rights reserved.  Permission to podcast/stream the music in this service obtained from ONE LICENSE, license #A-727859.  All rights reserved.

We Dream of a Turning - Voices Together #209. Text: Adam M. L. Tice (USA), 2008, © 2009 GIA Publications, Inc.; Music: Scottish traditional; arr. Kathryn Harsha (USA), © 2019 Kathryn Harsha (admin. MennoMedia).  All rights reserved.   Permission...

 

 

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Sermon | “Teach us to pray” 
Texts: Genesis 18:22-33; Luke 11:1-4
Speaker: Joel Miller

One day Jesus was praying.  Afterwards, one of his disciples, apparently speaking for the group, asks: “Lord teach us to pray.”

It’s a curious question.  The disciples would have been around prayer their whole lives and no doubt had given it a try a few times themselves.  They had been surrounded by liturgies, and blessings, and intercessions, and benedictions from birth to the present moment and yet they come to Jesus with this simple, loaded request: “Teach us to pray.”  

And Jesus, for once, gives a pretty direct answer to an inquiry. 

He said to them, “When you pray, say:
Father, hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come.
Give us each day our daily bread.
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