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.
Engaging with the reading of Matthew 5:38-48, Tim Reardon tackled the topic of peace. The Christian peace tradition was Tim’s draw to the Mennonite denomination during the build-up to the second Iraq war.
This is peace not relegated to our hearts while taking up arms against enemies, nor as an ideal or demand or a work or a law, nor peace a feeling — but peace as a way of being. This peace cannot be grasped or owned, but something sought after, and which by God’s grace seeks after us. It is inhabited with and for others. For Tim, this became a non-negotiable in his faith walk.
Bekah Estrada asks, “What does it mean to be missional?” She describes this as a wholistic understanding of what missions is. It’s about participating in the kingdom of God — about acting out our faith. And talking about faith is just one small part of this.
Based in Luke 2:25-38, with Simeon and Anna in the temple recognizing Jesus as the Christ, and Luke 10:38-42, with Mary and Martha tending to Jesus — Bekah asks us as a church what motivates us to missional? And on Mother’s Day, Bekah looks primarily to the scriptural testimonies of women.
Accompanied by slides and a demonstration on a potter’s wheel, Al Dueck spoke to us on April 7th from Jeremiah 18:1-5 and Isaiah 64:1-2. His reflections follow.
I would like this morning to reflect on two ways of being Christian. To a certain extent they reflect the difference between these two representations: photographic and impressionistic. There is a tension in the texts between the potter and the clay and two ways of creating pottery.
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?