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Click here to watch the video! Rev. Sarah Buteux March 22, 2020 Lent 4, Year A Psalm 23 John 9:1-7 “Christ is present to us, insofar as we are present to each other.” -Herbert McCabe “Rabbi,” asked the disciples, “who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” It may have been Andrew or Philip who asked. John just says it was “the disciples.” But I bet it was Nathaniel. “Can anything good come out of Nazareth,” Nathaniel. Yeah. He always struck me as a bit judgy. “Who sinned” asked Nathaniel, “…that this man was born blind? “Who sinned,” and caused this ostensibly bad thing to happen? I don’t know if it’s a good question, but it’s certainly an understandable one. Because if we could just figure out whose fault it is when bad things happen, we [...]
by Rev. Sarah Buteux March 8, 2020, Lent 2, Year A, Genesis 12:1-9 John 3:1-6 “The difficult is what takes a little time. The impossible is what takes a little longer.” – Fridtjof Nansen I voted this past week and I wore a little sticker to prove it. Did you all vote if you were able? Good. Like many of you, I thought long and hard over these last few months about who I would vote for when the primary finally rolled around. And like everyone else in America, I wrestled with the question of electability vs. each candidate’s ability to do the job and do it well. And until this past weekend, I still wasn’t entirely sure who I was going to vote for. But then Tuesday came [...]
Rev. Sarah Buteux Epiphany 7, Year A Matthew 5:21-48 To view sermon click here O.K. time for a little spiritual inventory. In your program this morning you will find one of those little tests like the ones you find in magazines or on buzz feed to help you determine whether or not you’re a good manager, or friend, or kisser. Only I based this one on Matthew 5, to help you determine whether or not you’re a good Christian. You all know how these things work. So let’s run down the list and see how we do. Circle 1. if you think the statement is true all of the time, 2. most of the time, 3. some of the time, and 4. if it’s not true at all. 1 always 2 most of the time 3 some of the time [...]
Rev. Sarah Buteux February 3, 2020 Epiphany 6, Year A Deut. 30:15-20 Mat. 5:1-12 I think I can honestly say that there was a point in my life when I had parenting all figured out. I really understood the importance of discipline and consistency, obedience and tough love. I shook my head at all the other parents out there who would count to three, not get their way, and then count to three all over again. I chuckled at the bribes and shuddered at some of the threats I overheard at the grocery store, in the parking lot, on the playground. And I’d think to myself: come on people, it’s not that complicated. Seriously, it’s all about follow through. If you say you’re going to take the toy away when you get to three, then just take the [...]
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 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 [...]
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 [...]