The Rev. Sarah Buteux July 2, 2017 Matthew 10:40-42 Before worship began last Sunday a man came to the door of the church on crutches needing help. Ernie welcomed him in and made him comfortable before he set off to find me and let me know we had a guest. As soon as I heard, I went up, offered him a cup of cold water - (because that’s just what you do, I swear I hadn’t read ahead in the lectionary) and I sat down for a few minutes to hear his story. This is not an unusual occurrence here at First Churches. We are a downtown church, after all, and I’m thankful to say that church still means something to people, especially when they’re down and out. Whether or not they are religious, people seem to feel a little [...]
by the Rev. Sarah Buteux June 25, 2017 Matthew 10:24-39 Sometimes I just want the Bible to be easy. It’s summer after all. We’ve all worked very hard this past year and - I don’t care how old you are - it has not been an easy year. But now, schools out. Our van is packed. My family is ready to head up to our cabin in Maine as soon as church is over and I’ve spent a respectable amount of time at coffee hour. It’s hot. And frankly, I just don’t want to have to think very hard …about anything …for like 2 months. So when I checked the lectionary this week, I was really hoping for a few nice words from Jesus, maybe some encouraging words; a healing story perhaps or something about the need to take it [...]
Rev. Sarah Buteux June 4, 2017 Confirmation Sunday Acts 2:1- 21 “Coming into one’s own.” Have you ever heard that expression before? It’s kind of what we’re doing today, right? Today is the day you affirm the faith you have been raised in as your own. But it’s kind of a strange phrase and a strange concept, when you think about it. Strange: this idea that you can actually ever reach a stage in life where you know yourself to have become your full self, your best self; this idea that you can come to a place where you know you have reached your full potential and are solid and secure in who you are, what you do, all you know. Can any of you out there remember the moment when you finally came into your own? Have any [...]
At Thursday Night's Common Ground we began with these words of welcome: Good evening everyone and welcome to Common Ground. Tonight, as we cook and eat and pray and sing together we hope to make some thing holy together. We hope to make church together, which connects beautifully to our theme for this evening, because the truth is that church has always been something we have made together. Christianity has always been a work in progress. Contrary to popular institutional opinion, there was no blueprint handed down to a chosen few the day Jesus ascended into heaven. There was no instruction booklet left behind with all the rules and creeds and rituals and traditions of our faith laid out for all time. What was given, what was handed down to us, were stories…stories of hope and healing, stories of peace [...]
Rev. Sarah Buteux April 23, 2017 Change We Must Believe In John 20:19-23 In our church we listen for a still speaking God, a God whose voice, I believe, came through strongly when Chief Seattle spoke the words on the cover of your bulletin: “Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect.” Let us pray: O God, may the words of my mouth and the meditations of our hearts be acceptable in your sight, you who are our rock and our redeemer. amen. I was looking for a birthday card for Todd the other day and came across one with big bold letters that read: “Happy Birthday: Life doesn’t get any better than this!” OK, [...]
This daily devotional was written by teens in Massachusetts to help us love throughout Lent. This week we focus on learning to love God. April 16 Easter Sunday HE IS RISEN!!!
This daily devotional was written by teens in Massachusetts to help us love throughout Lent. This week we focus on learning to love God. April 15 The day after Jesus was crucified, the world seemed unbalanced...like the edges of the ice.
This daily devotional was written by teens in Massachusetts to help us love throughout Lent. This week we focus on learning to love God. April 14 This psalm reminds us of the gruesome story of the crucifixion of Jesus. I wonder what it must have been like to be a person in the crowd watching this horrible thing happen to someone who loved him. I wonder how Jesus' mother felt. I wonder how the soldiers felt? How do you feel today knowing what Jesus did for you? I wonder... Psalm 22:1-21 To the leader: according to The Deer of the Dawn. A Psalm of David. My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from helping me, from the words of my groaning? O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer; [...]
This daily devotional was written by teens in Massachusetts to help us love throughout Lent. This week we focus on learning to love God. April 13 In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus says, “I give you a new commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.” Contemplate Jesus' words as you watch the attached video of Beth Moore. https://youtu.be/Xtk5WgzZcYA
This daily devotional was written by teens in Massachusetts to help us love throughout Lent. This week we focus on learning to love God. April 12 My Silent Knowing by Liquid Mind ~Meditation music https://youtu.be/8f__Ml77XTQ Have you ever tried meditation? It's an opportunity to center yourself in the present moment. Allow yourself to feel the calm and the relaxation. Don't worry if it's difficult. Your mind may wander, but that's ok. Just lovingly accept the thoughts that enter. You can repeat the following words to help center yourself. As you slowly inhale, you can say, “Perfect Love.” As you exhale, you can say, “Cast our fear.” Another example is to inhale and say, “Be Still.” Exhale saying, “And know.” Inhale: “That I.” Exhale: “Am God.” Keep practicing. Allow yourself to feel the peace. Allow yourself to feel God.