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Miracles and Mystery on the Sea of Galilee

Rev. Sarah Buteux June 20, 2021 Mark 4:35-41 To watch this morning's service click here.   March 18, 1990. It was a dark and stormy night. Maybe not on the streets of Brookline, but certainly on the canvas as it was lifted off the wall of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Rembrandt’s “Storm on the Sea at Galilee,” along with 13 other masterpieces, was stolen 30 years ago in the largest art heist in U.S. history.   On that fateful night, security guards were duped into allowing two men disguised as police officers to enter the museum. They tied up the guards, absconded with the art, and the rest is history.   No one knows who stole it. No one knows who sold it. No one has ever been caught. No one has ever confessed. The greatest mystery in the contemporary art [...]

By |2021-06-20T16:21:18-04:00June 20th, 2021|Sermons, Worship|1 Comment

Seeds of Change

Rev. Sarah Buteux                             Mark 4:26-34 Proper 6, Year B (To watch this morning's sermon, click here.) The greek philosopher Heraclitus once said… anyone?…  "You cannot step into the same river twice.”  (Audience participation - that’s what I’m talking about! I love it! Yes.)  The greek philosopher Heraclitus once said, ”You cannot step into the same river twice.”  I’m sure he said other things too, but when it comes to the saying of Heraclitus, that’s about the only one any of us knows.  Right? And that’s ok, because it’s a good one.  "You cannot step into the same river twice,” because it is not the same river and you are not the same person.  The water moves on and so do we. The river is always changing [...]

By |2021-06-13T18:32:32-04:00June 13th, 2021|Sermons, Worship|0 Comments

All Together Now

by Rev. Sarah Buteux             Pentecost, Year B, Acts 2:1-21   I don’t like being lost, but it helps if there’s someone else with me.  I don’t like walking into a meeting blind, but I don’t mind it as much if I know I have an ally in the room.  I don’t particularly like job interviews or making a motion at a town hall meeting or preaching to a congregations I don’t know, but it helps if there’s a friendly face in the crowd.  When you’re not exactly sure where you stand, what to do, where you’re going, or what’s coming next, it can be hard to hold it together. I don’t like that feeling. I suppose no one does. But when times like that come, it sure helps to know that you are not alone.  [...]

By |2021-05-23T13:24:56-04:00May 23rd, 2021|Sermons, Worship|0 Comments

Resurrection Matters

by the Rev. Sarah Buteux Easter 3, Year B Luke 24:36b-48 What would you do if the authorities were out to get to you?  What would you do if the very people whose job it was to protect and serve you, treated you like you had target on your back?  Would you fight or take flight?  I’ll give you a moment to think about it….  I don’t know about you because we are still apart, but my first instinct would be flight. I’m terrified of pain and I’m too young to die, so I’d run if I could and I’d hide.  Had I lived back in Jesus’ day, I doubt I would have had the courage to accompany the other women to the tomb. I probably would have hung back and hid out with the disciples. I certainly wouldn’t have [...]

By |2021-04-19T07:36:19-04:00April 19th, 2021|Sermons, Worship|0 Comments

Seeing and Believing

  Easter 2 B, John 20:19-31 by the Rev. Sarah Buteux My parents didn’t believe in training wheels. In all fairness, I’m not sure anyone’s parents did back in the early 80’s. It was a lawless time when hair was big, seatbelts were optional, and smoking happened in “sections.”  So when I learned to ride a bike, my Dad just ran alongside me until I found my balance… and then I was off.  We lived on a quiet street - a circle in fact - so once I got going I just kept going. My parents waved as I went around and around and around and then finally grew tired and went inside.  That was all well and good until I realized that although I had learned how to ride a bike, I hadn’t yet learned how to stop one. [...]

By |2021-04-11T11:49:07-04:00April 11th, 2021|Sermons, Worship|0 Comments

The Great Pause

  By the Rev. Sarah Buteux March, 28, 2021 Palm Sunday, Year B Mark 11:1-11   Palm Sunday is a Sunday when we make a little more noise than usual. In imitation of what happened on that day in Jerusalem 2000 years ago, Christians around the world stand up and sing “Hosannah!” We march up and down the aisles of our churches waving palms. Heck, in our church, we march up and down the streets. And it’s fun. And it’s silly. And I miss it.   I love meeting up with St. John’s and Edwards in Pulaski Park. I love seeing people, especially the kids, running around from priest to pastor in an effort to collect a different kind of palm from each church. I love watching people watch us as we try to walk, wave our palms, and sing “All Glory [...]

By |2021-03-30T08:13:25-04:00March 30th, 2021|Sermons|0 Comments

“Turning Tables Till the World Turns”

Rev. Sarah Buteux Lent 3, Year B John 2:13-21 “Father forgive me for the times I desired a seat at a table you would've flipped.”  - Juliany Gonzalez Nieves   Friends, this is the point in our service where I ask you to pray with me before I begin to preach. And more often then not, I pray the words of the Psalmist: “O God, may the words of my mouth and the meditations of our hearts be acceptable in your sight, our rock and our redeemer” (19:14).  I cling to those words most Sundays, because the last thing I want to do is get this wrong. But I don’t feel like I can pray those words today because I already know I’m going to get this wrong.  I don’t trust that the words of my mouth or the mediations [...]

By |2021-03-08T13:33:59-05:00March 8th, 2021|Sermons, Worship|0 Comments

Lent in The Not So Lonesome Valley

    Rev. Sarah Buteux Preached on February 21, 2020, Lent 1 Year B , Mark 1:9-15   And the Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness.  He was in the wilderness for forty days, tempted by Satan;  and he was with the wild beasts; and the angels waited on him. - Mark 1:12-13   A week and a half into lockdown, way, way back in March of 2020, I asked Heather to open our worship by singing:  Jesus Walked This Lonesome Valley. (You know the words) He had to walk it by himself,  O nobody else could walk it for him,  he had to walk it by himself. We must walk this lonesome valley; We have to walk it by ourselves… You must go and stand your trial,  you must stand it by yourself Oh, nobody else can stand it for [...]

By |2021-02-26T10:11:45-05:00February 26th, 2021|Uncategorized|0 Comments

What Good Can You Do

Epiphany 5, Year B Mark 1:29-39 “The secret is not to allow the fact that you can’t do everything  to keep you from doing something.  Something, then rest. Something then rest.” -Glennon Doyle One of the hardest lessons you learn in ministry is that you can’t do it all. I say ministry, but I’m sure the same goes for teachers and caregivers, doctors and nurses, activists and civil servants, social workers and police officers.  Come to think of it, I’m sure all parents feel this way, especially when it comes to caring for their children and most children feel this way when it comes time to care for their parents.  So maybe what I should say is that one of the hardest lessons you learn in life, is that no one can do it all.  You just can’t.  You can’t [...]

By |2021-02-07T14:42:12-05:00February 7th, 2021|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Julia Khan’s Ecclesiastical Council

The Hampshire Association Southern New England Conference United Church of Christ Ecclesiastical Council for Julia Khan First Churches of Northampton, MA February 7, 2021   Agenda Call to Order                                                                         Rev. Ton Whiteside, Moderator Roll Call of Churches                                                           Judy Stone, Scribe Welcome                                                                       [...]

By |2021-02-05T13:00:45-05:00February 7th, 2021|Uncategorized|0 Comments
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