Welcome to Pasadena Mennonite Church!
We are an Anabaptist community of people from throughout the Los Angeles, CA area—meeting in Pasadena.
Our Sunday gatherings begin with fellowship at 10:00am and worship beginning at 10:30am.
As a Mennonite community we value Christ centered-worship, community, and active peace-making.
We are convinced that Jesus came to turn this world upside-down, and invites us to follow.
On Easter morning, reflecting on Isaiah 65:17-25 and John 20:1-18, Sam Bills spoke to us about the resurrection story. Early in the morning, Mary approaches the tomb where Jesus had been laid with ointments to tend to the body. She suspects foul play when she sees the stone blocking the entrance has been moved aside — and runs back for reinforcements. Peter and John hurry back to the tomb with her.
John sees the burial wrappings on the ground — Peter enters the tomb. Peter sees the cloth that had covered Jesus’ face set to the side. John joins him. Yet they do not understand.
But they remember Jesus’ words about the temple of his body being raised — and put together with the situation in the tomb, they believe. This is a quick transition from seeing to believing. But having believed, they return home. Have they grasped what is happening?
On April 14, Palm Sunday, Tim Reardon spoke about the Jesus’ Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem, Luke 19:28-44, and his words from the cross in Luke 23:32-46. The celebration of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem is tinged by coming of the cross, and the willingness of those who had celebrated to now condemn him.
Emmanuel, God with us. God surrounds us, has tabernacled among us, has become flesh, and has taken up space with us in Jesus so that our bodies might be formed into God’s body. We are forgiven, released. God has come to bring peace and justness. God has come not to condemn the world but to draw the world into an embrace of new life.
On March 24, Lauren Murtidjaja addressed Genesis 16, and referenced Genesis 21 — to talk about the story of Hagar. Hagar’s story is sandwiched in between God promising Abram a child despite his old age. In the midst of the stories of Abram and Sarai, Hagar’s story seems to be forgotten. If she is remembered, it is generally in the context of a too-human moment of taking things into our own hands rather than trusting God. Is Hagar just an innocent bystander who happened to get roped into Abram and Sarai’s moment of faithlessness? Was she simply a means to an end, forgotten once Isaac comes into the picture? The feminist biblical scholar, Phyllis Trible, calls this a “text of terror.” And it is. It’s one of the many biblical stories we don’t know what to do with. So what do we do with these stories? And what do we do with Hagar?
On March 17, our Poet of the King, Tim Reardon, revisited the Exodus through Exodus 13:2-10 and Luke 9:51-56. Our interaction with Sarah Augustine and learning about the Doctrine of Discovery have offered a rereading of these passages. We in Pasadena meet in land originally inhabited by the Tongva people. And so what does it mean to be an Exodus people?