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.
Rev. Sarah Buteux April 9, 2017 Palm Sunday, Year A Matthew 21:1-11 If you’ve ever been to London then you’ve probably been to Trafalgar Square and seen the monument to Admiral Nelson, though you might not remember it all that well because when you’re in London there are so many squares full of monuments to dead people it’s kind of hard to keep track. However Trafalgar Square is special for a couple of reasons. First off, it is right in the center of the city. People tend to think of it as the heart of London, which means, if you want to protest or celebrate or show something off, Trafalgar is the place to do it. And it’s not just full of statues and fountains, it’s full of really big statues and fountains. In the middle of the square, surrounded [...]
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 11 https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=RJMaRWsi9Kk What benefits have you found from working with a team versus working alone? How does it feel knowing you can count on your teammates? Even when you may think you are alone, you always have the ultimate teammate. God always has your back. "What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?" Romans 8:31