Text: Luke 4:16-30
Speaker: Mark Rupp
Let me begin by saying what an honor it is to have been called to serve Columbus Mennonite. The opportunity to serve a church in a pastoral role is something that, for a long time, I was not sure would ever be a possibility for me. And so I thank you for being a congregation that is willing to live into your commitment to welcome all people. I thank you for being a congregation that refuses to allow requests for patience to drown out cries of injustice. I thank you for knowing that we cannot be silent when we know that God is near. I am truly humbled by the opportunity to serve a congregation that has felt like home long before I even applied for this position. May God’s Spirit continue to be felt strongly here among us as we enter into this journey together.
This past week, when someone found out which scripture I had picked for today’s sermon, she told me she could not even imagine what I was going to say about it. This passage actually happens to be one of my favorite stories to preach about because, in...