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 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?
On March 10th, we heard from Matt Palombo, with recordings from Guled Omar. Matt Palombo has been working in Minneapolis on mass incarceration and the war on terror. He is a philosophy professor at Minneapolis College, where there is a large Muslim Somali refugee population. Many of his students are part of this Somali community. The scripture reading for the morning was Psalm 27. The psalmist is in a place of fear, surrounded by hate and violence. The reading was chosen by Guled Omar, who relates to this surrounding — serving a 35-year sentence for terrorist-related charges in Ft. Levensworth, Kansas. Guled was taped reading the psalm on a phone call, which was played for us to begin the sermon.