Listening with Epiphany

January 9, 2022 – On this Epiphany Sunday, we kick off a sermon series on spiritual practices. What are spiritual practices? Are they important? Why do we do them? Attention to spiritual practices may have been the difference between life and death for the magi on their politically disruptive pilgrimage.

Scripture: Matthew 2:1-12

Sermons from First Mennonite Church, Indianapolis
Sermons from First Mennonite Church, Indianapolis
Listening with Epiphany
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Remnant Restoration

January 2, 2022 – The message comes from Joanne Gallardo, conference minister of Indiana-Michigan Mennonite Conference of Mennonite Church USA in Goshen, Indiana. Originally from northwest Ohio, Joanne is a graduate of Goshen College and Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart, Indiana.

Scripture: Jeremiah 31:7-14

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Sermons from First Mennonite Church, Indianapolis
Remnant Restoration
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Dare to Image God’s Face

December 26, 2021 – What’s in a name? Why the name “Jesus”? What’s this “Emmanuel” curve ball from left field? Jesus Emmanuel is born… let’s explore and celebrate the significance of that name together!

Scripture: Matthew 1:18–25

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Sermons from First Mennonite Church, Indianapolis
Dare to Image God's Face
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Dare to Imagine God’s Robe

December 19, 2021 – The author of Colossians probably wasn’t a fashion designer, but they’ve sure got a heavenly design sense. Set that Christmas sweater aside this year, and dare to imagine God’s robe! What does it look like to dress like Christ?

Scripture: Colossians 3:12–17

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Sermons from First Mennonite Church, Indianapolis
Dare to Imagine God's Robe
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Dare to Imagine God’s Song

December 12, 2021 – We continue our Advent theme by daring to imagine God’s song. Against a backdrop of pride, idolatry, and injustice, the prophet Zephaniah dares to imagine a world that rings with God’s song of peace, justice, and love. As we anticipate Jesus’s birth, God invites us to sing along!

Scripture: Zephaniah 3:14-20

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Sermons from First Mennonite Church, Indianapolis
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Dare to Imagine God’s Embrace

December 5, 2021 – Today’s Advent theme is Dare to Imagine God’s Embrace. Four members of our Care Team— Donna Haines, Melanie Schmucker, Kevin Rosner, and Mary Liechty—share stories on the theme.

Scripture: Luke 3:1-6

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Sermons from First Mennonite Church, Indianapolis
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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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Sermons from First Mennonite Church, Indianapolis
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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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Sermons from First Mennonite Church, Indianapolis
Roots & Fruits
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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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Sermons from First Mennonite Church, Indianapolis
Echoes
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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

Sermons from First Mennonite Church, Indianapolis
Sermons from First Mennonite Church, Indianapolis
Leading a Community of Purpose
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