Menno Musings

Thought offerings from our Community


PMC on Mission: Becoming Light & Salty

PMC Pastor Tim Reardon talks about our commitment as members of a lay-led church, our recent leadership planning and visioning day, and the need for us to take many roles to move our mission forward. We are the church, and we choose our direction together as a community in the jubilee economy of God.


Pentecost—A Baptism of Love

On June 3rd, Melissa Hofstetter spoke to Mark 2:23-3:6, beginning with the connection of baptism to census and taxation at the time of the formation of the Mennonite faith, and a move to adult baptism as a sign of discipleship—just as Jesus was baptized as an adult. Pentecost is a season when believers celebrate their collective baptism in the Holy Spirit. For Jesus, this time would have been Shavuot, which marked the harvest festival 7 Sabbaths after Passover. Pentecost, the pouring out of the Spirit of Jesus, marks a harvest of his disciples, reaping the radical love that Jesus has sown in their hearts.


See the Kingdom

Sermon by Tim Almquist from Sunday, May 27, 2018. “Today I want to focus on both our passages from Isaiah and the Gospel of John and discuss how these texts communicate what it means to “See the Kingdom of God.” I realize this idea of sight and a visual interaction is a metaphor that both breaks down and may not work for all of us. So when we use the word see, I’d like us to think more broadly about noticing, recognizing and encountering God….”

Gospel According to St. John

Eavesdropping on Jesus

On May 13th, Rob Muthiah spoke to John 17:6-19, as Jesus talks to God within the hearing of the disciples about how they will be cared for in Jesus absence.

Rob elaborates on the themes of name (character), word (truth), and world (in this case as those who do not recognize Jesus as Messiah).


How to Survive Everything

This week, Lisa Finlay spoke in the context of a service dedicated to the theme of healing prayer, and Matthew 11: 28-29. Lisa talked about longing for wisdom in her toughest moments as a therapist supporting others in great difficulty. She shares excerpts and responses to Kate Bowler’s book, “Everything Happens for a Reason and Other Lies I’ve Loved.”


The Journey

Guest preacher Glen Guyton, the new Executive Director of MCUSA, walks through aspects of his journey, “Surely God was in this place, and I wasn’t even aware…”


Spaces in Mark: The Mountain

So, along the journey, we are afforded a glimpse, a revelation in a holy place of the true order of the world. We are brought to a “thin place” that gives us new perspective of our journey and of Jesus. We are not called to stay on that mountain and bask in the glory. Rather, the transfiguration gives us vision and understanding of the Jesus of the journey. In the transfiguration, the journey makes sense, and reveals the new order that we are working towards and the resurrection that is to come.


Spaces in Mark: The Journey

Bekah led us this week in a reflection on Mark 10:46-51, the story of Bartimaeus. Delving deeply into her own story of hurt and healing, Bekah speaks of Jesus’s healing and the road that we walk that is a journey through the cross to resurrection. Along the way, Bartimaeus takes his own voice, is named, has agency, and is involved deeply in his own healing, engaging with Jesus as he is coming through Jericho, and choosing to follow Jesus on the journey.

Contact Info

Pasadena Mennonite Church
Meeting at Pasadena Church of the Brethren
1041 North Altadena Drive
Pasadena CA 91107

Sunday Services begin with fellowship at 10:00am —
Worship begins at 10:30am