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Manhattan Mennonite Fellowship

Manhattan Mennonite Fellowship

By Manhattan Mennonite Fellowship
Manhattan Mennonite Fellowship's purpose is to "Seek the Peace of the City." We meet every Sunday at 5 PM at the Meeting House in the heart of Manhattan. All are welcome to join this peace movement.
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Elijah the Prophet
Message by Pastor Jason Storbakken 1 Kings 17-19
June 20, 2022
Reflections on the Love Doctrine
Message by Jason Storbakken Song by Mory Ortman
May 16, 2022
"Do you love me?"
John 21 Message by Pastor Jason Storbakken
May 02, 2022
Warring and the Bible
A reflection rooted in the Beatitudes that moves through warring in the Bible (as well as warring today, and the warring that often happens within persons and relationships).  #antiviolence
March 07, 2022
The Good News (Part 4): Many lepers
This series explores Luke 4:14-30, including the content (Isaiah 61:1-3, 1 Kings 17, and 2 Kings 5) and context (synagogue at Nazareth) of Jesus' message. In this fourth installment, Jesus says "And there were many in Israel with leprosy in the time of Elisha the prophet, yet not one of them was cleansed—only Naaman the Syrian." This message centers on the prophet Elisha and his healing of a foreign military general.
February 28, 2022
The Good News (Part 3): Many widows
Just when we thought the series was a two-parter, there's a third part to this series (and likely, at least, a fourth!). Pastor Jason explores Jesus' reference to the Elijah and the widow. Luke 4:16-30. 1 Kings 17:8-16.
February 20, 2022
Getting What You Can't Get Back
Guest preacher, Rev. Shawn P. Torres-Anderson. Joel 2:25-28 #BlackHistoryMonth #Epiphany
February 14, 2022
The Good News (Part 2): A Gospel... that disrupts
Pastor Jason concludes this 2-part series. Luke 4:21-30
February 07, 2022
The Good News (Part 1)
Pastor Jason shares a message on Luke 4:14-21
January 24, 2022
The Meaning of Life
Deut. 6:1-9 Mark 12:28-34 Message by Rev. Jason Storbakken
November 01, 2021
Peace Sunday
Pastor Jason shares a message for Peace Sunday.  Matthew 26:47-56
September 20, 2021
Sue Park-Hur (guest speaker)
Sue Park-Hur, denominational minister of transformative peacemaking at Mennonite Church USA. #BringThePeace #BeTransformed
September 07, 2021
Quick to listen
A message on the importance of deep listening. "You must understand this, my beloved: let everyone be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger." James 1:19-27
August 23, 2021
Anger, sin, and the new life
Pastor Jason reflects on Ephesians 4:25-5:2.  "I ride my bike to the Bowery every weekday morning. And there are some crazy drivers out there. One day, a truck nearly hit me. And I became angry, and just about lost my witness. I then recalled that I had recently learned that anger is a secondary emotion. And so I paused and searched my heart... I realized I was scared... When Paul says, “Don’t let the sun go down on your anger.” This calls us to consider the deeper emotion we may be experiencing."
August 16, 2021
Seeking the peace of the City!
Pastor Jason explores the mission of Manhattan Mennonite Fellowship: "Seeking the peace of the City!"
July 19, 2021
Radical acceptance (Edafe Okporo)
Guest speaker, Edafe Okporo was born in Warri, Nigeria. A native of Egbo Uhurie, Ughelli South Local government in Delta State Nigeria. He migrated to the United States in 2016 as an asylum seeker and now a refugee of the United States, residing in New York. Edafe is a global gay rights activist and the executive director of the RDJ Refugee Shelter in Harlem. Edafe is among the inaugural winners of the David Prize 2020, The David Prize is a celebration of individuals and ideas to create a better, brighter New York City. Genesis 9:1-17
July 12, 2021
Pressing forward in prayer
Dr. Sibonokuhle Ncube (guest speaker) is from Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. She is a mother, social justice advocate and development expert. Sibonokuhle has served as a deaconess and is known for her passionate speaking, intergenerational and cross-cultural insights.  She has more than 18 years of experience working with climate change responses, climate finance governance, and disaster preparedness in southern Africa.  She is a member of the Brethren in Christ Church of Zimbabwe, and recently served as National Coordinator of Compassionate Development Services. She is currently studying at the Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary. #Bringthepeace
June 20, 2021
Exegeting Ezekiel
Ezekiel 17:22-24 Reflections by Pastor Jason.
June 14, 2021
Rebirth of a nation
Message by guest preacher, Edgar Hayes. Trinity Sunday. 100th anniversary of Tulsa Massacre
May 30, 2021
A renewing fire
Pentecost Sunday sermon from Pastor Jason Storakken. #Bringthepeace
May 24, 2021
Maternal Deity
This message was preached on Mothers' Day by Pastor Jason Storbakken.
May 09, 2021
Seminarian reflections
Davis Logan and Chihchun Yuan, both nearing completion of their graduate programs at Union Theological Seminary, reflect on their journey. #BringThePeace
May 03, 2021
Ched Myers on the Emmaus Road
Ched Myers joined MMF to share a message entitled, "Resurrection: Reckoning with the Traumatic Somatic." Luke 24:33-48
April 11, 2021
"...terror and amazement..." (An Easter story)
Pastor Jason Storbakken shares an Easter message from Mark 16:1-8.
April 05, 2021
Palm Sunday
Message by Deacon Mel Lehman.
April 05, 2021
Rahab: The Subversive Hero
A message by Sara Wenger Shenk, president emerita of Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary.
March 16, 2021
Sabbath and space-time (Part 3)
Part 3 of a 3-part Sabbath series. Meditation and Sabbath teaching by Jason Storbakken. Hang drum and a/v production by Brian Burnett.
February 15, 2021
Sabbath and social transformation (Part 2)
Part 2 of a 3-part Sabbath series. Meditation and Sabbath teaching by Jason Storbakken. Hang drum and a/v production by Brian Burnett.
February 15, 2021
Valentine's Day (and all the holidays this weekend!)
Take a tour through the holidays this weekend and the coming week - Chinese Lunar New Year, Valentine's Day, President's Day, and Lent!
February 15, 2021
Three Anabaptists Each Tell a Story
For Anabaptist World Fellowship Sunday, three members from Manhattan Mennonite Fellowship tell their story. These members include Nancy Benignus, Nindyo Sasongko, and Chihchun Yuan.
January 25, 2021
Sabbath and personal transformation (Part 1)
Part 1 of a 3-part Sabbath series.  Meditation and Sabbath teaching by Jason Storbakken. Hang drum and a/v production by Brian Burnett.
January 18, 2021
Let Justice Roll Down Like Water (Elizabeth Soto)
Amos 5:21-24 MLK Sunday About the guest speaker: Elizabeth Soto was born in Arecibo, Puerto Rico and in the last 30 years has been a proud resident of the southeast part of the city of Lancaster. She worked 10 yrs with Lancaster Theological Seminary as Professor of Practice coordinating field education, designing the cross-cultural courses and teaching. Served as a ChaplainInterpreter at W&B Hospital/LGH. Elizabeth was ordained as a minister in Colombia, South America in 2004, and presently the Atlantic Coast Conference of Mennonite Churches holds her credentials. Most recently she completed 14 months serving as a consultant with Mennonite Disaster Service as the administrator of the response on Hurricane Maria’s disaster in Puerto Rico. Elizabeth has a MAR from Seminario Evangélico de Puerto Rico & Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart IN. In 2005 Elizabeth completed a doctorate in ministry emphasis on International Feminism. She published her D.Min dissertation in 2007 with Orbis Books on the theme of Family Violence and Theology of Non Violence of Jesus. Most recently her long dream project came out in September 2020, published by T&T Clark, she co-edited Liberating the Politics of Jesus: Renewing Peace Theology Through the Wisdom of Women. She has been a writer on other projects both in Spanish and English for leadership formation in her denomination in the US and Latin America/Caribbean. She is passionate on women’s issues/Latina identity, racial justice and community development for the unprivileged. Elizabeth served as Moderator of Mennonite Church USA from 2013-2015, being the first Latina to serve in that position. She is married to Frank Albrecht, a high school teacher, and a loving mother of two young adult daughters and her spouses. Currently her church is Laurel St. Mennonite church in the south west of the city and works as a Spanish Interpreter in local hospitals.
January 18, 2021
Hope even in insurgency
Minister Carolyn May shared this message the Sunday following the insurgency on the Capitol.
January 12, 2021
The Baptizer
Pastor Jason explores the role and urgency of John the Baptizer as he prophesied and bore witness to the First Advent in the person of Jesus of Nazareth.
November 30, 2020
Peace within
Message provided by Hyacinth Stevens, pastor at King of Glory Tabernacle and bishop in the Lancaster Mennonite Conference.
November 17, 2020
Jesus finds us in the breaking
An autumnal-themed message framed by the story of the disciples who meet Jesus on the Emmaus Road.
November 02, 2020
Take Care of Yourself
Message by Deacon Mel Lehman Matthew 22:34-40
October 12, 2020
Sexual violence and belief in the wake of crucifixion
A message by Dr. Hilary Scarsella, professor of ethics & director of women and gender studies.  The content and discussion in this message necessarily engages with sexual violence. Much of it will be emotionally and intellectually challenging to engage with.  Three questions/statements posed by Dr. Scarsella for reflection:  1. Anabaptism would do well to center sexual violence in its ethical, community reflections. 2. Anabaptist theology needs to re-conceptualize its idea of peace and sexual violence. 3. Anabaptists need concrete spiritual, theological, social practices that make it possible for us to act in solidarity with survivors.
September 28, 2020
Sabbath Peace
What is the relationship between Sabbath-keeping and peacebuilding?  Message by Jason Storbakken, pastor at Manhattan Mennonite Fellowship
August 24, 2020
Recapturing an Enchanted World
Message by Rev. John Rempel. John was the first official pastor at MMF (early 1990s to the early '00s). He has written many books and articles, edited the Minister's Manual (Mennonite Church USA), and contributed greatly to shaping Mennonite and Anabaptist culture over the last several decades. This message is adapted from his recently released book, "Recapturing an Enchanted World" (IVP).
August 17, 2020
Rev. Erica Lea-Simka, pastor at Albquerque Mennonite Church, was MMF's guest speaker in the Becoming series. #Pride #LGBTQ #QueerLiberation
July 06, 2020
Smashing Idols
Message by Sasha Zamler-Carhart. #Pride
June 15, 2020
Valley of bones
This service was originally recorded via Zoom during the coronavirus crisis in New York City.
March 30, 2020
Faith stories
Stories of faith and meaning from three new members of MMF.
March 11, 2020
Wilderness stories
Two stories from members of our community. Clarke Bell shares his wilderness story of mental illness. And Sasha Zamler-Carhart shares their story of “coming out” of the wilderness. Matthew 4:1-11
March 02, 2020
Solidarity on the mountain
Transfiguration message by Jason Storbakken.
February 24, 2020
Overcoming obstacles, defeating enemies
Exodus 14:21-25
February 16, 2020
A stone
Message by guest preacher, Min. Gwen Horner
February 09, 2020
Communion conversations
Reflections from four members of MMF on the meaning and importance of communion.
February 02, 2020
Peace if Christ
Message by Todd Komarnicki
January 26, 2020
Like a dove
Matthew 3:13-17. Message by Jason Storbakken.
January 12, 2020
Be like magis
Message for Epiphany by Jason Storbakken
January 05, 2020
Light increases
Scripture: Matthew 1:18-25. Message by Jason Storbakken.
December 22, 2019
Message by Glen Guyton, executive director of Mennonite Church USA.
December 08, 2019
Yearning for Christ
First Sunday of Advent. Message by Jason Storbakken.
December 02, 2019
Giving thanks through the struggle
Message by Minister Kendrick Arthur Kemp. Scripture: Genesis 32:22-32.
November 18, 2019
A Jesus parable
A parable of Jesus. Message by Jason Storbakken.
October 27, 2019
Lament births hope
A message from chapter 3 of the Book of Lamentations by Pastor Jason Storbakken.
October 13, 2019
Contemplative communion
This is the first service in our monthly communion service where we will be practicing various modes and techniques of contemplative spirituality.
October 06, 2019
Creation groans
Pastor Jason Storbakken shares a message that builds on the recent climate strike, and explores how the Scriptures call us to partner with creation.
September 23, 2019
Luke 15:1-10. What if Christianity is a parable?
September 15, 2019
One foundation
Message by Jason Storbakken. 1 Corinthians 3
September 01, 2019
Outdoing Jesus
Doug Pagitt joins Manhattan Mennonite to share a message and tell us about his new book.
August 18, 2019
“Pray like this...”
Jesus taught his disciples how to pray by modeling the Lord’s Prayer. In this message, Jason explores the prayer’s implications for a prayerful life in the 21st-century.
August 12, 2019
Living Beyond "I"
Rev. Nindyo Sasongko, theologian-in-residence at Manhattan Mennonite Fellowship, shares a timely message.
August 07, 2019
Incarcerated Christ, Executed God
Message by Jason Storbakken. Matthew 25. This message is in response to the attorney general’s recent announcement to move forward with five federal executions.
July 28, 2019
Mysticism & Revolutionary Social Change
Guest speaker: Dr. Chung Hyun Kyung, professor of ecumenical studies at Union Theological Seminary.
July 21, 2019
“Peace to this house”
Message by Carolyn May. Luke 10.
July 08, 2019
Elijah calls fire from heaven (Fire & Vision series)
Message by Jason Storbakken, pastor at Manhattan Mennonite Fellowship.
June 30, 2019
Moses and the Burning Bush (Fire & Vision series)
Part one of a three-part sermon series called Fire & Vision.
June 23, 2019
Trinity, Compassion, friendship
Trinity Sunday message by Nindyo Sasongko, theologian-in-residence at Manhattan Mennonite Fellowship.
June 16, 2019
Fire by Night
Pentecost Sunday message by Min. Melissa Florer-Bixler, pastor at Raleigh Mennonite Church.
June 09, 2019
Elation Revealed (or Revelation 2.0)
This message, preached by Jason Storbakken, is rooted in Revelation 22, the last chapter of the Bible. This sermon was preached on the last Sunday in the Easter season 2019.
June 03, 2019
Message by Jason Storbakken. This service celebrated students, teachers, and recent graduates.
May 27, 2019
Radical Vision
Message by Jason Storbakken
May 20, 2019
Forgiveness and healing: stories from Rwanda
Remembering the Rwandan genocide 25 years later with Denise Umiwana, author of FROM RED EARTH.
May 13, 2019
Touching the Wounds
On this second Sunday of Easter, Jason explores Thomas touching Jesus’ wounds as a liminal space (or what Celtic spirituality calls a "thin place" where transformation occurs.
April 28, 2019
Christ is Risen (Easter)
Message by Jason Storbakken
April 21, 2019
Ride on, King Jesus!
Message by Jason Storbakken. Palm Sunday 2019.
April 15, 2019
Always Persevere (and other life lessons from underdog superheroes)
Ephesians 6:10-20 Video is available here. Unfortunately, our recording of last week's sermons failed. So, today we're sharing a classic from the archives on the topic of perseverance. This sermon delves into Marvel comics, which is appropriate as Marvel Endgame releases later this month. Enjoy and be edified! #marvel #moongirl #mennonite
April 09, 2019
Could It Happen to Me?
Message by Michelle Kennel Shenk Woman's History Month series Luke 13:1-6
March 25, 2019
Perseverance and Audacity
Minister Carolyn May, Manhattan Mennonite Fellowship's intern from Union Theological Seminary, brings a message of hope, perseverance, and audacity. This message is part of the women's preaching series during Women's History Month. Text: Mark 5:21-43.
March 18, 2019
Does Anyone Care?
Candace Simpson, minister at Concord Baptist Church of Christ (Brooklyn, NYC) brings a prophetic message from Habakkuk 1:1-7.
March 10, 2019
Revelatory Prayer
The Transfiguration of Jesus, his tiredness and frustration, and our need to press through even when it might seem easier to give up.
March 04, 2019
Blessing Already (Beatitudes)
The Sunday sermon from 2/24/19 by Jason Storbakken, pastor at Manhattan Mennonite Fellowship. Scripture: Luke 6:20-26.
February 26, 2019