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Imperfect Witnesses

Rev. Sarah Buteux January 5, 2020 John 1:1-18 Second Sunday after Christmas/Epiphany Year A It is words that brought this world into being and sometimes I fear it is words which will bring it to an end.  “Let there be light,” said God, and there was light. God said - just said - “Let the waters bring forth living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth… and let the land bring forth living creatures…and (with those words) it was so.” Playing off that great mystery, John begins his gospel with a tribute to the Word personified, claiming that the Word made flesh - the one called Jesus - “was in the beginning with God. All things - the sun, the moon, the stars, all the creepy things and the crawly things and the cuddly things (like baby Yoda) - [...]

By |2020-01-05T13:59:02-05:00January 5th, 2020|Sermons, Worship|0 Comments

I Believe Her

by Rev. Rev. Sarah Buteux         December 22, 2019 Advent 4, Year A Matthew 1:18-25   There is this meme floating around by Carlos Rodriguez that begins, “Christmas is about believing what a woman said about her sex life.” Have any of you seen it? It’s a pretty audacious statement coming from an evangelical pastor, but it’s true. It goes on to say: Christmas is about finding safety as asylum seekers.  Christmas is about a child receiving support from the wealthy.  Christmas is about God identifying with the marginalized, not the powerful.” It’s good stuff. How many of you have seen it?  How many of you have shared it?  And how many of you, going back to that first line - “Christmas is about believing what a woman said about her sex life” - have found yourself rethinking [...]

By |2019-12-22T16:43:08-05:00December 22nd, 2019|Sermons, Worship|0 Comments

It’s All Going to be O.K. …Really.

Rev. Sarah Buteux Reign of Christ, Year C Colossians 1:11-20 What if you knew it was going to be ok? All of it. Whatever it is that’s troubling you right now. What if you knew it was all going to be ok? Your parents. Your kids. Our country. The planet. Thanksgiving dinner and that weird mole on your back.  What if you knew it was all going to be ok? It would make a difference, wouldn’t it? If you knew your parent’s retirement funds were sufficient, you’d worry about them a little less.  If you knew your child was going to make it into a good college, it would be a a lot easier to stay up late helping them with calculus or allowing them to take that mental health day they keep begging for. If you knew which of [...]

By |2019-11-25T12:12:16-05:00November 25th, 2019|Sermons|0 Comments

Blessed Are Those Who Mourn

Rev. Sarah Buteux               November 3, 2019 To watch the sermon click here Blessed Are Those Who Mourn Luke 6:20-31 All Saints Year C Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh. Luke 6:21 Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Matthew 5:4   O God, may the words of my mouth and the meditations of our hearts be acceptable in your sight. May they bring the comfort we long for. May they be the words we need to hear. Amen.   Barbara Parsons. Denise Karuth. Margery, Paul, Robin, Cammi,… some of these names are being read for the first time today and the pain we feel as the chime rings for them is as cold and bright as a new blade.  It is a grief so sharp, it [...]

By |2019-11-06T09:56:14-05:00November 6th, 2019|Sermons, Worship|0 Comments

The Power of Persistence

Rev. Sarah Buteux October 20, 2019 Luke 18:1-8 Proper Year C (Click here to watch) A few weeks ago we had a half day planning retreat here at the church and Todd and I thought it would be a good idea to have us all begin by talking about where we were at spiritually.  So he led off with the question: “Where are you growing in your faith?” And the people at my table all looked a little bit stunned. And I thought, O gosh, what were we thinking. Who asks a question like that to a group of mainline protestants on a Saturday morning.  “Where are you growing in your faith?”  I think half the people in the room would have felt more comfortable talking about their net worth or using a group-on for simultaneous root canals. New Englanders [...]

By |2019-10-22T12:32:46-04:00October 20th, 2019|Sermons, Worship|0 Comments

Mind the Gap: the Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus

  September 29, 2019 Luke 16:19-31 Proper 21 Year C To listen via Facebook live, click here I like the difficult passages in the Bible. I like delving deep into the texts of terror that seem so out of place in a book that is supposed to teach us how to be good. I like hunting for hidden details in the seemingly boring genealogies and long lists of rules and regulations.  I’m all about the stones in the road and the sticky wickets, revelatory etymologies, and uncovering that one little nugget of historical context that makes an old passage come alive with new relevance.  I’m not afraid to preach on the book of Revelation and I love the parables of Jesus - the more inscrutable the better. Which is why I was jealous, actually jealous, that Todd got to preach on [...]

By |2019-10-03T07:30:33-04:00October 3rd, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

“Slaves No Longer:” Philemon, Onesimus, and a New Kind of Kin-dom”

The Rev. Sarah Buteux      September 8, 2019  Luke 14:25-33, Philemon 1 Proper 18 Year C Everyone says, this love will change you.  Well, I ask, isn’t that what loves supposed to do.  - The Weepies   Friends, our first reading this morning is all about the cost of discipleship. Jesus doesn’t just come into the world to save the world, he comes to change it, disrupt, and upend it.  He comes to give sight to the blind, set the captives free, and provide the poor with the good things they need by emptying the rich of those things they don’t really need at all.  And Jesus knows that as happy as that will make people on the outside and underside of the empire, it is going to greatly upset those in positions of privilege and power. Which is [...]

By |2019-09-09T10:21:09-04:00September 9th, 2019|Sermons, Worship|0 Comments

Enough Already: Reflections on Mary and Martha

Rev. Sarah Buteux July 21, 2019 Proper 11, Year C.        Luke 10:38-42 What to wear?  It’s the quintessential question of summer. Not simply because we need to navigate our way from the blistering heat of the out doors to the artic tundras of our offices and grocery stores on a daily basis, but because summer brings on a rash of social engagements - everything from your neighbor’s pool party to the company picnic - and you don’t want to overdress for the one any more than you want to under dress for the other. Am I right? But perhaps no event of the season brings on as much sartorial angst as the outdoor wedding.  High heels and lawns, extreme humidity and wool suits, heat waves and thunderstorms - I don’t care if you’re male or female, picking [...]

By |2019-07-28T20:42:33-04:00July 28th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Role of Evangelism and the Progressive Church

by Rev. Sarah Buteux preached at Common Ground Luke 10:1-12 A few Sunday’s ago, Julie and Mary took me to Iconica Social Club for brunch. Have you been to Iconica yet? Imagine if Harry Potter and a unicorn had a steampunk baby.  It’s got that sort of vibe and the menu is to die for. They have those Japanese souffle pancakes, amazing juices, lotus root salad?! It was awesome. So the following Sunday, when new friends moved to town, I took them to Iconica. Why? Because it was wonderful and I wanted to share the goodness of Iconica with them. Evangelism is a loaded word, but all it really means is “sharing the good news.”  It was a Greek word (evangelion) that the Romans used. Whenever the emperor wanted to send a message out to the people, it was called [...]

By |2019-12-04T09:24:57-05:00July 20th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

O Lord, Have Mercy On Me: Reflections on Jesus’ Parable of the Good Samaritan.

Rev. Sarah Buteux July 14, 20019 Mary Luti wrote a brilliant little daily devotional for the UCC a few weeks ago called “Guests among Guests.” Did any of you read it?  The Still Speaking Devotionals are little mediations the UCC puts out via e-mail, and in this one she challenged Christians to re-think our role in the church.  You may have noticed that in churches like ours, we go out of our way to extend an extravagant welcome to all, and one of the most striking places that is evident is our emphasis on open communion.  On the first Sunday of every month we welcome all people -be they friends, members, believers, or seekers - to break bread and share the cup at our table because Jesus welcomed everyone at his table.  All of which sounds good, except for the [...]

By |2019-07-15T15:18:56-04:00July 15th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments