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From Romans 14:17 and 15:16.

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A sermon from Mark 3:1-6 and Colossians 3:1-17.

Jason Wagner began this past year as quarter-time chaplain for the Rockingham Regional Jail. Because the jail has no funds for such ministry, he serves under a VMM Mission Support Team. Jason was formally licensed to the Christian ministry by Virginia Mennonite Conference last Sunday afternoon, as officiated by Chaplains’ Overseer Carl Smeltzer.

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On Pentecost Sunday, Barbara Moyer Lehman preaches from John 20:19-23 and Acts 2:1-21. (Note: The audio starts a few minutes in to the sermon.)

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Following Vernon Jantzi's introduction to the Memorial Day service, Shirley Yoder Brubaker reads "The Seagoing Cowboy" to the children and then interviews four of the cowboys, Herb Weaver, Kenton Brubaker, Earl Rosenberger, and John Martin. Finally, Barbara Moyer Lehman leads a panel discussion with Vi Dutcher, Harley Showalter, Joe Longacher, and Harold Lehman.

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Easter 6: Pastor Moriah Hurst preaches from Acts 17:22-31 and 1 Peter 3:13-22. 

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Pastor Phil Kniss preaches on the theme of "creation care," drawing first from the words of Jesus in John 3:16, and then more fully from the creation narrative in Genesis, emphasizing how much God's loves all of creation.

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On Easter morning, Pastor Phil reflects on Matthew’s version of the resurrection narrative, which emphasizes the cataclysmic and fear-inducing intervention of God in Jesus’ resurrection, that conquered the powers of death and instituted new creation. He encourages us to embrace both the hope and the fear inherent in God’s resurrection shakeup of life as we knew it.

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On Palm Sunday Pastor Phil encourages us to take another look at the “Triumphal Entry” and see it not as a repudiation of a political kingdom of God, per se, but as a repudiation of the power politics of the Empire, and as a confrontation of his own people, who were buying into those same power politics and letting it corrupt their identity and practices as a people of God.

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On the 5th Sunday in Lent, Pastor Phil preaches from the Gospel story of the raising of Lazarus (John 11), and encourages us to be challenged and inspired by the willingness and determination of Jesus and his disciples to “walk toward death” because of their trust in the Spirit of Life that walked with them, and invite us to do the same in our own walk as disciples of Jesus today, in a world where death is prevalent.

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Pastor Phil Kniss preaches from the lengthy healing story in John 9, in which, on a Sabbath Day, Jesus heals a man born blind, disturbing the religious leaders and setting off a sequence of reactions and heated debates. Like Jesus, we are called to a wholistic healing ministry that reaches out in compassion to the suffering individuals and persons, but also invites God’s “trouble-making healing” into the deeper brokenness in our systems and society.

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