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Worship for May 24, 2020

By |2020-05-24T16:25:00-04:00May 24th, 2020|Uncategorized|

Join us for worship today. We hope to livestream the service at 10 am on Facebook. You can also view the service at anytime via youtube by clicking here.  Below is the text for this morning's sermon.     Rev. Sarah Buteux                   May 24, 2020 “Into the Great Unknown” Ascension Sunday, Year A  Acts 1:6-14 It’s been 68 thousand days since the shut down began and I don’t know anyone who feels like they are just crushing it anymore, if they ever were. I know a lot of us went into this great pause thinking we’d use the time well. I think a lot of people thought they’d use this time to re-organize their closets, learn to bake bread, finally paint the spare bedroom, get in shape, or write the next [...]

“Road to Emmaus” Sermon Text for April 26

By |2020-04-27T11:47:36-04:00April 27th, 2020|Uncategorized|

Road to Emmaus by Rev. Sarah Buteux Luke 24:13-35 Easter 3,Year A I’ve never assigned homework for a sermon before, but if you got our Friday e-mailing I’m hoping you clicked on the link I sent to a 3 minute clip by comedian Julie Nolke.  Or maybe you’d already seen it on facebook. If you haven’t watched it yet, go ahead and pause the service - you can do that now -  and google: “Explaining the Pandemic to My Past Self.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ms7capx4Cb8 We’ll wait.  I’ll be right here. Because this is where I live now…inside this little box. Ok, you done? You back? You liked it? Good. It’s funny isn’t it, trying to watch someone explain what we’re going through now, to someone way back in the year 2019… without too much detail of course, because - you know - [...]

Some Parades Aren’t Meant to Be – A Sheltered Palm Sunday

By |2020-04-06T14:02:31-04:00April 6th, 2020|Sermons|

April 5, 2020 – Palm Sunday Click Here to watch Video Rev. Todd Weir Matthew 21:1-17   I love a good parade – always have.  As a child my mother loaded me in a red wagon and took me to the humongous parades at Iowa State University.  Students put all their Springtime yearnings and creativity into the floats.  It was Spring 1968, and I remember marching bands and one group of hippies, all wearing overalls and playing “This Land is Your Land” by blowing on Coke bottles.  The PRIDE March in Northampton is my favorite parade, with its rainbow of joy, and celebration that love is love.  Parades celebrate who we are.  They can also be a protest against what is unjust, and a hope for a better future.  It is heart-breaking when it rains on our parade, or worse, [...]

Can Our Dry Bones Live?

By |2020-04-01T09:46:14-04:00March 30th, 2020|Sermons|

Click here to watch video Rev. Todd Weir Ezekiel 37:1-14                                                                       March 29, 2020   Can you still remember what you gave up for Lent?  We have given up a lot in the past few weeks – handshakes, warm embraces, shopping, haircuts and a cup of coffee with a friend.  Worse, things have been taken away from us – Sunday gatherings, security, health, 3 million jobs.  In the midst of adapting and worrying and flattening the curve, I have forgotten what I pledged to do for Lent.  Yet I feel like I am living Lent more deeply, facing the vulnerability and uncertainty of our human condition.  Lent feels unavoidable.   A pastor on a Facebook forum raised the issue if Easter could be moved back a few weeks till we gather again.  I’m sympathetic. Virtual Easter will be weird.   But something [...]