Peace School - The Sermon on the Mount has been one of the most emphasized parts of Jesus' ministry for Mennonites and other Anabaptist Christians. While some Christians emphasize the virgin birth, execution and resurrection stories, Anabaptists have made the Sermon on the Mount just as central. While Anabaptists may differ on whether Jesus' stories of a virgin birth and resurrection are literal/factual, they has been little disagreement on the validity of the Sermon on the Mount. Anabaptists, conservative and liberal and otherwise, believe that following Jesus in our daily actions matters the most. The sermon on the mount optimizes Jesus' values and encourages people to embrace a different set of priorities compared to the Roman Emperor/Empire, the Jewish leaders, and the other elites. It does matter what we believe about Jesus. But instead of focusing on the birth or resurrection, do we really believe in loving our enemies, caring for the poor, and that the kingdom of God includes the poorest, weakest, and forgotten?
Explore - Ash Wednesday is March 1st. Here's an Activity to observe 'Ash Wednesday' with your child and/or household. It reminds us to renew our minds and mend the relationships in our life to God, self and others.
Reflect - Learn more about the different sections in the Sermon on the Mount:
The Beatitudes, Matthew 5:1-12 (Spark 264, Shine 194)
Love Your Enemies, Matt. 5:38-48 (Spark 274, Shine 196)
The Lord's Prayer, Matt. 6:1-18 (Spark 278, Shine 198)
Do Not Worry, Matt. 6:25-34 (Spark 276, Shine 200)
House on the Rock, Matt. 7:24-27 (Spark 282, Shine 202)
The Sower, Mark 4:1-20 (Spark 292, Shine 204)
Pray - this season of Epiphany we'll be focusing on Psalm 23. Probably the most well known of all the Psalms.
Jan.-March Young Voices for Peace
March 5 1:30pm YVP Concert at FMC
March 10-12 Annual Winter Retreat at RMMC - contact Rachel B. for details. Registration concludes Feb. 26
May 21 Peace School Finale and potluck picnic