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Hans Denck: Polarization, Pestilence, and Divine Love 
Texts: Matthew 5:1-10; 1 John 4:7-8

Speaker: Joel Miller

January 21, 1525 – That’s the date most frequently cited as the beginning of the Anabaptist movement.  That’s the day a group of mostly young dissidents met in a home in Zurich, Switzerland.  It was a tumultuous time – religiously, politically, economically.  After discussion and prayer, this small group decided this was the day each of them was going to be baptized – re-baptized.  Their infant baptism had joined them to a church they could no longer claim as their own.  It was their conviction that this second baptism, as free-willing adults, was a public statement of their commitment to follow the way of the gospel and to live out its economic, political, and religious implications. 

That very same day, January 21, 1525, over 250 miles away in Nuremberg, Germany, a young headmaster at a...

 

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Order of Worship | Worship and Visual Art 

Prelude

Welcome 

Land Acknowledgement | VT 878

Call to Worship | VT 13 | Isaiah 2:3-4

Peace Candle 

VT 44 | We Long to Know Her 

Children’s Time 

Offering/Dedication Prayer

Scripture | Psalm 19:1-10

Reflections on Worship and Visual Art

     VT 12  | Tree of Life by SaeJin Lee

     VT 11  | Mountain of God 

 

   VT 104 | Sing the Goodness by Meg Harder

   VT 103 | Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee  

 

   VT 230 | We Owe Them a Complicated Debt by Rachel Epp Buller

   VT 229 | Unexpected...

 

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Worship and Names for God

Texts: Genesis 1:1-5; Genesis 3:8-10; Isaiah 42:13-16; John 3:1-5

Speaker: Joel Miller

 

The American theologian Marcus Borg liked to say: “Tell me your image of God, and I will tell you your politics.”

Mary Daly, an early feminist theologian, wrote: “If God is male, then the male is God.” (Beyond God the Father, 1973).

The writer Anne Lamott proposed: “You can safely assume you have created God in your own image when it turns out God hates all the same people you do.”  (Bird by Bird, 1994).

What these writers are naming is something we already know on a gut level: The images and language we use for God matter.  They shape us from a young age and follow us into adulthood. 

Very few if any of us have a blank slate when it comes to God-language.  We’re either repeating, rejecting, or...

 

 

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Sermon | Worship Forms Community

Text | Mark 10:35-45

Speaker | Mark Rupp

I have a very vivid memory from when I was in High School and got the opportunity to attend some kind of youth leadership seminar.  Now, I don’t remember anything about what the speaker had to say, but what has always stuck with me was one of the illustrations he used.  He had the entire assembly stand up, then he gave pitches to have us sing a major chord, starting with low voices and building on up. 

I don’t think this seminar was specifically for choir kids, but I do think it’s scientifically proven that all the best leaders have at least some musical ability.

The group was fairly large, and so the chord we built was really nice and full, and we all sort of basked in this unexpected moment of harmony.  But that wasn’t the end of the illustration.  Once the...

 

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Sermon | Worship and Justice 

Texts: Micah 6:6-8; Mark 15:16-24

Speaker: Joel Miller

If you came to church this morning needing some good news, here you go: The Ohio legislature is close to abolishing the death penalty in our state. 

If you checked in to worship feeling isolated and disconnected from community, then consider this: We are one of many participants in the Death Penalty Abolition Week for Ohio Faith Communities.  As the Cleveland Jewish News reports:  “The faith communities involved represent a broad spectrum of beliefs, including Judaism, Sikhism, Paganism, Zoroastrianism, Catholicism, interfaith communities, and several Christian denominations like Methodists, Episcopalians, the United Church of Christ, Evangelical congregations and the Mennonites.” 
Something interesting has to be going on when Mennonites end up on the same list as Pagans, Evangelicals, and Zoroastrians. 

Throw in Pope Francis’s 2018 edit to the Catholic Catechism and we’re really in business:

“The Church teaches, in the light...

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