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“This is My Body”

Sermon by Rev. Todd Weir August 5, 2018 Scripture text: Mark 14:12-26  Click play above to hear the sermon. Have you ever been in a situation when you were discouraged to participate in communion, or unworthy, or simply not allowed or welcome at the table?  It shouldn’t be so hard to share in a sacred meal together, without all the worry of who is in or out, how we serve, what we serve.   Let us break bread together.  Sharing bread and cup is the central act of community in the Christian faith.  The word “communion” contains all but the last two letters of the word “community” and all of the word “union.”  The Latin word communiomeans “mutual participation.”  When we share bread and cup, we don’t do it alone.  To think, “I’m going to have a little [...]

By |2018-08-07T12:55:29+00:00August 7th, 2018|Sermons|0 Comments

Does Baptism Make You More Than Wet?

Sermon by Rev. Todd Weir September 27, 2018 Scripture:  Mark 1:9-12   What happened at your baptism?  If you were an adult, was there a feeling of warmth in your heart, a special sense of God’s presence, or did you just get uncomfortably wet and couldn’t wait for some dry clothes?  If you were baptized as an infant, it’s unlikely you remember anything, so how does your baptism matter to you?  Does something happen beyond your conscious awareness in baptism?  Does the Holy Spirit literally descend and be present at the sacramental moment, entering you, infusing you with love and wisdom, doing some kind of mystical work?  Or is the sacrament a symbolic act, where we as a community affirm that you belong, and we love you on God’s behalf.   I was baptized at age 14, on Easter Sunday [...]

By |2018-08-08T11:56:00+00:00August 1st, 2018|Sermons|0 Comments

How Can Repentance Be Good News?

What if Vital in Religion:  Part III How Repentance Can be Good News Preached by Rev. Todd Weir July 15, 2018 (click the play button to listen) A tourist rang the church doorbell, who was an antique Bible salesman, who also loved Jonathan Edwards.  I lead them to the meeting house for a tour, but what he really wanted was stand in the pulpit and shout “Repent!” Once is fine.  Twice is awkward.  The third time is disturbing.  He was enjoying this too much.  He explained to his wife how people would gather down front, “Right here!” and they would groan for their sins.  I thought of explaining this is the fifth meeting house and that was the third, which burned down, but that might be unkind.  Besides he was committed to the story and likely to keep telling [...]

By |2018-07-24T13:54:54+00:00July 24th, 2018|Sermons|0 Comments

Holy Ground

Part II:  What is Vital in Religion? Holy Ground Exodus 3:1-15                                                                         Rev. Todd Weir -   July 15, 2018  (click above on play to listen) I you were to make a Top 10 list of stories about spiritual encounters in human history, Moses and the burning bush would be on it. You might include the Buddha experiencing enlightenment under the Bodhi tree, Mohammad meeting Gabriel in the cave of Hira, Saul being struck blind on the road to Damascus, Joan of Arc’s visions or St. Theresa of Avila’s vision of an interior castle.  Moses would have to be near the top due to the impact of this brief moment on three major world religions.  Moses and the book of Exodus are foundational for Judaism. The liberation from slavery is the fundamental act of God, that reveals who God is, God’s [...]

By |2018-07-24T15:34:01+00:00July 17th, 2018|Sermons|0 Comments

What is Vital in Religion? Part I: The Fruit We Bear

Rev. Todd Weir Sunday, July 8, 2018 Click play for audio: John 15:1-5 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) Jesus the True Vine 15 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinegrower. 2 He removes every branch in me that bears no fruit. Every branch that bears fruit he prunes[a] to make it bear more fruit. 3 You have already been cleansed[b] by the word that I have spoken to you. 4 Abide in me as I abide in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me. 5 I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing.   I’m departing from the lectionary during the summer [...]

By |2018-07-12T13:27:59+00:00July 12th, 2018|Sermons|0 Comments

Jesus Confronts the Propagandists

Sermon By Rev. Todd Weir June 10, 2018  Scripture:  Mark 3:20-35      Mark’s Gospel lesson today shows us how propaganda works.  Set the terms of a debate by labeling your opponent first, and attach them to something abhorrent.  Here is how Jesus’s opponents do it.  “You are in league with Beezlebul.”   You’re working for the devil, aren’t you, that is where your power comes from!  We see variations of this regularly.  Since 9/11, an effective smear is to say your opponent is supporting terrorism.  This works well against pro-immigration policies.  “We can’t just have terrorist flooding in from Muslim countries!  And drug dealers and murderers too.”  New NRA President Oliver North recently took this strategy to new heights,  calling Parkland student gun-control activists “terrorists.”  Imagine how North can say this with a straight face, after famously trading with a US designated terrorist state of Iran, sending anti-air and anti-tank missiles to [...]

By |2018-06-11T14:53:45+00:00June 11th, 2018|Sermons|0 Comments

Trinity Sunday: “God is Love in Alignment”

Sermon by Rev. Todd Weir May 27, 2018 Scripture:  Isaiah 6:1-8 (click above to listen) Today is known as Trinity Sunday.  In talking about God as three persons in one substance, we can get lost in the intellectual challenge of defining how the creator, Jesus and the Holy Spirit are inter-related.  A neglected topic is how more images of God creates a depth and balance to our understanding of God.  Our imagination of God has implications for how we live, our ethics, self-understanding and purpose.  Religious dreams, like Isaiah’s vision of God and flying seraphs, are strange and wondrous things, that shape our view of God.   St. Theresa had a vision of the soul as a diamond in the shape of a castle, with seven mansions, which were symbolic of seven stages of spiritual development. This vision became a [...]

By |2018-05-29T16:50:34+00:00May 29th, 2018|Sermons|0 Comments

“Where the Spirit Meets Us”

Sermon by Rev. Todd Weir May 20, 2018 - Pentecost Sunday Scripture:  Romans 8:22-27 The Pentecost story is supercharged with rushing wind, tongues of flames, ecstatic speaking in many languages as a mass phenomenon.  Pentecost is described like a mass rally, charged with energy, a great outburst.  It’s the Pride March on Holy Spirit steroids. Its tempting to preach this story, especially in this time of rallies, in a small city where we have weekly rallies for something.  But the lectionary text of Paul’s epistle to the Romans compels me.  I live more of my life outside the supercharged environment, in that space where I experience a groaning, hoping, not knowing, needing help to pray and a spirit that will be with me when the words don’t come.   My morning news reading is full of the groanings, of all creation, waiting [...]

By |2018-05-21T14:28:52+00:00May 21st, 2018|Music, Sermons|0 Comments

Sing a New Song

Sermon by Rev. Todd Weir Cantata Sunday, May 13, 2018 Scripture:  Psalm 96   My mornings have changed dramatically the last few days.  Since November, the house has been shut tight against the cold, and therefore the sounds of the outdoors.  Now we open our windows a crack for the fresh air, and very early with the rosy, fingered dawn, the birds begin to chirp and sing.  (figure out who is first, and what calls) Mornings now begin with music.   Imagine for a moment if the writer of John’s Gospel had thought to write, “In the beginning was the tone, the note, and then the cord, the scale, (play these on the piano as you say them.)  I wonder which came first, the words or the music?   What if the writer of Genesis had thought about music, on [...]

By |2018-05-16T15:01:08+00:00May 16th, 2018|Sermons|0 Comments

Where the Welcome Meets the Road

Sermon by Rev. Todd Weir April 29, 2018 Scripture:  Acts 8:26-40   How did Christianity spread to become the dominant religion of the Roman Empire in the 4thcentury after Jesus?  At this weekend’s Awakening Conference, Bart Erman, author of “The Triumph of Christianity, tried to answer the question.  One school of thought is that Christianity prospered because of its exclusivist and missionary nature, and after the conversion of Constantine, the power of the Roman State was used to crush all the pagan religions as the emperor used religion to consolidate power.   School number two holds that Christianity was a more egalitarian religion that grew gradually among the lower classes.  There was more room for women and slaves to participate.  And early Christianity had a system of care for widows and orphans, the most vulnerable people in society.  When two [...]

By |2018-05-01T16:47:09+00:00May 1st, 2018|Sermons|0 Comments