Dare to Imagine God’s Goodness

November 28, 2021 – While the Babylonian armies besiege Jerusalem with no end in sight, the prophet Jeremiah is being detained for prophesying doom and gloom in Jerusalem’s immediate future. Yet despite the atrocities of war and his dismal situation, Jeremiah holds onto hope as he dares to imagine God’s goodness: eventual, holistic restoration through Jesus!

Scripture: Jeremiah 33:1–2, 10–16

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Roots & Fruits

November 21, 2021 – This week as we eavesdrop on the author of James, we walk into the middle of a full-blown diatribe seeking to correct a distorted relationship between faith and works. Can we comb through the forceful language to uncover the author’s nuanced intent?

Scripture: James 2:14–20, 26

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Echoes

November 14, 2021 – For millennia, people have turned to the Psalms to put words to their experiences. We continue in our month of celebration with a psalm of gratitude for God’s faithfulness in bringing the psalmist through difficult, even harrowing, times to a place of celebration. What echoes or resonances of this psalm do you hear in your individual and collective lives?

Scripture: Psalm 30

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Leading a Community of Purpose

November 7, 2021 – We celebrated the installation of our new pastor, Monica Miller. Blaine Detwiler, a mentor of Monica’s, preached the sermon.

Scripture: Deuteronomy 6:4–6; Matthew 22:34–40; Romans 12:9–16

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The Great Procession

October 31, 2021 – As we celebrate All Saints’ Day, we remember and honor the long stream of people who have gone before us – some recently and some in the distant past. Many have participated in building and making possible this worshiping community and many have been encouragers and shapers of our own journeys. Let us remember and give thanks for the lives of the saints.

Scripture: Isaiah 25:6-9

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A Great Comfort

October 24, 2021 – Frances Ringenberg preaches the reading this Sunday from Hebrews and offers insight for exploring this important dimension of our spiritual walk.

Frances shares a quote from Elizabeth O’Connor – We are never diminished by our confession. Quite the opposite. We have the feeling of having expanded a little bit, and actually, this is what happens. We come into possession of more of ourselves, and so have more of ourselves to bring…

Scripture: Hebrews 4:12-16

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Present Tense Jesus

October 17, 2021 – David Boshart, President of Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary comes as our preacher this Sunday. David explores the vivid scene of Jesus rising up in the temple and proclaiming the powerful words of the prophet Isaiah. First, there was praise for Jesus and then fury. What is our response to the words of Jesus? How is the prophecy fulfilled in our midst?

Scripture: Luke 4:14-30

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Following Jesus Across Barriers

October 3, 2021 – The gospel of Jesus Christ reaches across boundaries of race, class, economics, and politics. Following Jesus across barriers is the theme of the July 2022 Mennonite World Conference to be held in Indonesia. Mennonite World Conference president Nelson Kraybill shares about how and why the conference is working at crossing these boundaries.

Scripture: Ephesians 2:11-20

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Sermons from First Mennonite Church, Indianapolis
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Becoming a Welcoming Space

September 26, 2021 – Adult Sunday school on the topic of becoming a welcoming space. Led by Pastor Frances Ringenberg.

Sunday School
Sunday School
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Living Water

September 26, 2021 – The Feast of Tabernacles (also known as Feast of Booths or Sukkot) is being celebrated in Jewish communities around the world. Jesus used this ancient festival to again proclaim the deep truth of his identity and mission. Along with many festival participants we also meet outside this Sunday. Come and hear the proclamation Jesus offers!

Scripture: John 7:37-44

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Sermons from First Mennonite Church, Indianapolis
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