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Unifying Prayer

Aaron Yoder
John 17:9-26
Unity, Christians, Grace
We conclude this series on an overview of prayer from Jesus and the New Testament by looking at the final sections of Jesus' 'High Priestly Prayer.'  Today, we specifically look at Jesus' prayer of unity among His disciples.


  • I Am The Vine Listen

    Paul Walles - August 15, 2021

    Jesus concludes his 'I Am' statements in John's Gospel with a vivid illustration for his disciples - one of fruit and the vine.  Listen as guest Paul Walles shares about Jesus' desire to be connected to His people. 
  • I Am The Way Listen

    Aaron Yoder - August 01, 2021

    What did Jesus mean when He said that He was 'The Way?'  Then, what does it take for disciples of Jesus to follow Him as such?  In this message, we unpack these questions in light of John 14:1-11.
  • The Sequel To Life Listen

    Aaron Yoder - July 27, 2021

    In the midst of life’s pains, clinging to the sovereignty of God doesn’t always feel like it’s enough.  Perhaps that is why our gracious God has revealed portions of ‘His sequel' - eternal life in heaven.  But, our hope can grow even stronger when we remember that Jesus is the resurrection right now.
  • I Am The Resurrection Listen

    Aaron Yoder - July 25, 2021

    Which truths about resurrection life does God reveal to us through Jesus' interaction with Martha before Jesus said "Lazarus, come forth?" In this sermon, we study Jesus' complex emotions and his dialogue with Martha to better understand the eternal life which comes through Jesus. Join us at First Mennonite Church of Morton in this series on the "I AM" statements of Jesus.
  • Shepherding Listen

    Tom Linderman - July 20, 2021

    How to shepherd like Jesus
  • I Am The Good Shepherd Listen

    Tom Linderman - July 18, 2021

    Discover the difference between a "bad" and "good" Shepherd.
  • Exclusive Access Listen

    Aaron Yoder - July 13, 2021

    The Kingdom of God is best understood as Jesus described it in John 10 - as abundant life.  It is a life which is overflowing with inner peace, joyful contentment and freedom with God which helps us endure the various the trials of this broken world.  But there is only one entrance to it...
  • I Am The Door Listen

    Aaron Yoder - July 11, 2021

    Where do you turn for lasting peace and comfort? Jesus longs for us to come to Him since He is the door to life. Study John 10:7-10 with us at First Mennonite Church of Morton as we continue to look at the "I AM" statements of Jesus.
  • The Light of Life Listen

    Aaron Yoder - July 06, 2021

    Jesus, our Lord, is the perpetual ‘beacon of light’ who brings life to all who receive Him by faith.  But what does His 'light of life' look like in people?  In a's FREEDOM!  Consider how the Apostle John describes this life.
  • I Am The Light Listen

    Aaron Yoder - July 04, 2021

    What did Jesus communicate to the Jewish audience when he said, 'I Am the light of the world?' What does it mean to walk in darkness or experience His light of life? In this message from First Mennonite Church of Morton we unpackage Jesus' famous statement from John 8:12.
  • Jesus, The Bread Of Life Listen

    Tom Linderman - June 27, 2021

    Discover how God supplies, saves you for eternity and gives strength for every day now!
  • The Work of Sabbath Listen

    Aaron Yoder - June 22, 2021

    Although ‘Sabbath’ changed during the time of the Early Church, the practice of establishing a regular time to worship the Lord and celebrate His sanctifying work with others remained.  Because Jesus is working, we can set aside our small tasks and delight in His sovereign care.  But it won't happen unless we are intentional about it.
  • I Am Working Listen

    Aaron Yoder - June 20, 2021

    Jesus disrupted the religious' leaders definition of 'Sabbath' (day of rest) by making it clear that He is working, as God always works. What is Sabbath? How does it apply to us today? If Jesus is working now, what does that mean for us? Explore those questions with us at First Mennonite Church of Morton as we start a new series on the 'I AM' statements of Jesus.
  • New Conversations Listen

    Aaron Yoder - June 01, 2021

    Meeting new people and moving into the realm of ‘spiritual conversations’ can be quite difficult for many of us.  However, if we are to take the Lord’s calling upon our lives seriously, we must venture beyond our comfort zone.
  • New Spiritual Conversations Listen

    Aaron Yoder - May 30, 2021

    How can we meet new people and begin to talk about spiritual matters? Jesus sets the perfect example for us in John 4. Join us at First Mennonite Church as we look at 'Practical Disciplemaking' especially among the unreached.
  • Extending Invitations Listen

    Aaron Yoder - May 16, 2021

    What is disciple-making? How do we take steps towards building those kind of relationships? In part one of our series on Practical Disciplemaking, we explore Jesus' invitations and instructions about these first steps.
  • As Jesus Loves Listen

    Aaron Yoder - March 30, 2021

    How should we love one another?  Consider Jesus' example.  Of course, the cross is the pinnacle of His love, but every personal encounter in Jesus' public ministry sets for us daily examples of sacrificial love.
  • Loving With Purpose Listen

    Aaron Yoder - March 28, 2021

    How does God define love and why does Jesus call it a 'new' commandment? As we celebrate Palm Sunday, we study the relevant topic of love by looking at Jesus as our source of power, our pattern and our purpose for loving.
  • Friend Like Jesus Listen

    Tom Linderman - February 24, 2021

    The more we know God's love, the better we can share it!
  • A Voice From Above Listen

    Tom Linderman - January 05, 2021

  • Know Yourself with Jesus Listen

    Tom Linderman - January 03, 2021

    John 1:24-34  John knows himself, know the Lamb of God and knows Jesus will baptize with the Holy Spirit!
  • A Voice in the Wilderness Listen

    Aaron Yoder - December 27, 2020

    How can Christians live intentionally between the birth of Jesus and the second coming of Jesus? To answer this question, we look at the example of John the Baptist from John 1:19-28 and Mark 1:4-6. Join us at First Mennonite Church of Morton as we study the Word of God at the conclusion of 2020.
  • Seeing His Glory Listen

    Aaron Yoder - December 20, 2020

    What is the meaning of Christmas? The answer comes to us as we look to the glory of Jesus and receive His abundant grace. Join us at First Mennonite Church of Morton as we study John 1:14-17 in this Advent Sunday before Christmas 2020.
  • Light Up The World Listen

    Tom Linderman - December 15, 2020

    When Jesus returned to Heaven, He sent the Holy Spirit to live in all believers.  Since then, Christ-followers have used whatever they have to highlight the good news of Jesus!
  • Receiving and Believing Jesus Listen

    Tom Linderman - December 13, 2020

    Jesus' love is available to all, but not all actually have it. In order to fully receiving, there is some action on our part. Learn more with First Mennonite Church as we study John 1:9-13 during this third Sunday of the Advent season.
  • Light In The Darkness Listen

    Aaron Yoder - December 09, 2020

    As adults we know that there exists a discomforting darkness which cannot be dealt with by simply turning the on the lights.  When faced with this grim reality, it can seem as though the darkness has won, or at least is winning.  What then should we do?  Is there hope?
  • A Witness To The Light Listen

    Aaron Yoder - December 06, 2020

    When the Bible contrasts light and darkness, what does that really mean?  How did John serve as a 'twilight' before Jesus' public ministry.  In this sermon, we'll dig into those questions as we study God's Word in the Gospel of John.
  • Fully Divine Listen

    Aaron Yoder - November 29, 2020

    John begins his gospel by speaking of Jesus' divine nature. What claims did Jesus make regarding His nature and what did He do in His public ministry to prove that He is God? As the Advent season begins, join us at First Mennonite Church in our study of the prologue to John's gospel.
  • Whom Do You Seek Listen

    Aaron Yoder - April 09, 2020

    Journey To The Cross - Day 14
  • I AM the Way Listen

    Tom Linderman - April 07, 2020

    Journey To The Cross - Day 12
  • What Love Requires Listen

    Aaron Yoder - April 06, 2020

    Lenten Devotional - Day 11
  • From Peace to Joy Listen

    Aaron Yoder - April 05, 2020

    COVID-19 Shutdown - week 5 | As Jesus' disciples were expressing their troubled hearts, Jesus was offering them the reality of both peace and joy.  How can we experience joy, even during troubling seasons?  Join in this with study from John 14.
  • The Ruler Will Be Cast Out Listen

    Tom Linderman - April 03, 2020

    Journey To The Cross - Day 10
  • Lay It Down Listen

    Aaron Yoder - April 02, 2020

    Journey To The Cross - Day 9
  • The Visible Seeker Listen

    Aaron Yoder - July 21, 2019

    What happened in history between the Old Testament and the New Testament?  How did God send His light into the world?  How can we know for certain that Jesus was that light?  We answer these questions as we look at John, chapter 1 and consider the ministry and life of Jesus of Nazareth.
  • Loving Jesus Listen

    Tom Linderman - April 08, 2018

    What does a faithful, maturing disciple of Jesus from FMC look like?  In 2017, our Nurture Commission set five statements in answer to this question.  Today, Pastor Tom gives an overview of these statements by reminding us that it all comes out of a faith which trusts in Jesus' love for us.
  • Unifying Prayer Listen

    Aaron Yoder - February 26, 2017

    We conclude this series on an overview of prayer from Jesus and the New Testament by looking at the final sections of Jesus' 'High Priestly Prayer.'  Today, we specifically look at Jesus' prayer of unity among His disciples.
  • Glorifying His Name Listen

    Aaron Yoder - February 19, 2017

    Ultimately, why should Christians pray?  We dig into this critic topic by studying the first portion of Jesus' "High Priestly Prayer" from John 17.
  • Live Out in Mission Listen

    Ervin Stutzman - April 09, 2016

    Ervin Stutzman returns to give his closing message on the topic of living out our faith by the promptings of the Holy Spirit.
  • Confessing Our Sin Listen

    Ervin Stutzman - April 08, 2016

    Ervin Stutzman shares during this evening session of Illinois Mennonite Conference's Annual Assembly on the importance of confessing our personal sins before the Lord and before one another.
  • Discerning the Holy Spirit Listen

    Ervin Stutzman - April 08, 2016

    Ervin Stutzman offers some various tools for listening for the Holy Spirit in our daily lives.  Recorded at the Illinois Mennonite Conference's Annual Assembly 2016.
  • He Changed My Name Listen

    Aaron Yoder - January 10, 2016

    Jesus came to give you a new identity, a new purpose and name.   Listen to the first two recorded encounters that Simon Peter had with Jesus to hear more about this promise and how it invites you into Jesus' mission.