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Image Is Everything

Sermon by Rev. Todd Weir Text: Matthew 22:15-22 October 22, 2017   What is money really?  Did you see the front-page picture in the Hampshire Gazette throwing $389 in the air and walking away, and people scrambling to happily pick up?  He said it was a freeing thing to say it is just paper.  Any decent economist will tell you it is only worth what value we give it.  Money is a proxy for something else.  Therefore, it is important to see what we put on our money, because it shows what is the real value behind the fives, tens and zeros.   For example, the when the Euro was created, the new EU had a contest to choose a design.  The winner proposed European architectural time periods, the 5 Euro was Classical Greece, the 10 is Romanesque, the 20 [...]

By | 2017-10-23T07:08:25+00:00 October 23rd, 2017|Sermons|0 Comments

Wicked Tenants, Wild Grapes and a Massacre

Sermon by Rev. Todd Weir October 8, 2017 Scripture:  Matthew 21:33-46, Isaiah 5:1-7 Click below to play: It’s hard to write a sermon in the eye of an emotional hurricane.  My life isn’t that difficult, but that doesn’t matter when I see angry clouds all around.  I grew up in tornado-ally, so when clouds circle, it’s time to head to the basement.  Which brings me to Monday.  I went through my morning routine of journaling and preparing myself spiritually for the day, with no news, wrote the beginning to my sermon, then the Las Vegas shooting popped on my phone alerts.  Over 50 dead, automatic weapon fire, angry white male without an apparent motive, and the ritual of prayers for the victims begins.  I slammed the door on all of it and went to my emotional basement.  No, [...]

By | 2017-10-09T13:49:42+00:00 October 9th, 2017|Sermons|0 Comments

Sermon: The Insider’s Guide to Volunteering

Sermon by Rev. Todd Weir September 24, 2017 Matthew 20:1-16   Click above to listen There is one person in every group who has mastered the art of slacking.  You have been cleaning up the kitchen for an hour, and the slacker comes near the end, “Anything I can do to help?”  They dry two glasses and say something like, “Many hands make light work!”  In your job, when a work team forms, you cringe when you get “the slacker” on your team, because you know you will have to pull their weight, but everyone gets credit.  I dreaded group projects in school, where my grade depended on someone who partied and waited till the last minute to do their part. If you have a sense of responsibility, you can be taken advantage of and resentment can build [...]

By | 2017-09-24T18:29:29+00:00 September 24th, 2017|Sermons|0 Comments

What Would the World Be Like Without Forgiveness?

Sermon preached on September 17 Rev. Todd Weir Scripture:  Matthew 18:21-35 In theory, we think forgiveness is one of the Best. Spiritual. Ideas. Ever.  In practice, we have our reservations.  Second chances are something we all hope to get.  I have gone through divorce and remarriage, so my happiness is dependent on a second chance.  Second chances, even third, are built into the national pastime-baseball.  Imagine baseball if you were out after one strike.  The pitcher throws a fastball.  “Strike one, you’re out!”  Next batter, and the pitcher tries his slider.  “Swing and a miss.  You’re out.”  What will the pitcher throw now?  Here it comes and the batter makes contact and the ball rockets to right field and it drifts foul.  You know what a foul ball is?  It’s a strike, and that is it for the inning.  Baseball [...]

By | 2017-09-19T15:40:57+00:00 September 19th, 2017|Sermons|0 Comments

You Will Never Be Successful in Community Unless You Do Thi

Preached by Rev. Todd Weir Sunday, September 10, 2017 Scripture:  Matthew 18:15-20   Since you are sitting in a pew this morning, I know community matters to you.  You could do spirituality by yourself, meditating or reading good books, but people seldom stick with anything without a community.  Most of you are going to coffee hour after this service, and it is not because we have the best coffee.  (There is nothing wrong with our coffee!  Its Fair Trade and strong!)  But you are going to coffee hour to talk to people, for community.  Weight Watchers and 12 Step groups all know this truth.  Community sustains us.   What so healthy communities need?  We need a sense of purpose, resources, good organization, caring-all of these matter.  But there is the one thing healthy communities need to do or they will [...]

By | 2017-09-11T09:04:32+00:00 September 11th, 2017|Sermons|0 Comments

Charlottesville and Sunday Worship

This weekend's news of the White Supremacist rally in Charlottesville once again brought the nation's conflicts and news cycle into our Sunday.  It is always challenging to decide which events to preach about, because the current turmoil brings us a new topic every week.  Each week I try to balance the experience of worship, the integrity of the liturgical season, and the fast-breaking reality of events that impact us.  I chose to say a few words after the sermon; and you can read my  remarks, plus the pastoral prayer; graciously shared by seminarian Lauren Grubaugh.  (She was in Charlottesville and wrote an especially powerful prayer.)  Today I have begun the process of arranging Anti-Racism training for our congregation this Fall through the Massachusetts UCC Conference. Pastor Todd   "I need to add a few words about the storm of bigotry and [...]

By | 2017-08-14T13:39:15+00:00 August 14th, 2017|News, Worship|1 Comment

Sermon: “Into the Storm”

Sermon preached on August 13, 2017 Text:  Matthew 13:22-33 For Pastor Todd's comments on the Charlottesville rally and pastoral prayer from Sunday, click here. As miracles go, walking on water is ostentatious.  Remember Herod’s song in Jesus Christ Superstar, “Turn my water into wine, walk across my swimming pool.”  Notice Herod did not say, fill the poor with good things, and cure the sick.  Those are very practical, compassionate demonstrations of the nature of God.  When we say, “He thinks he walks on water,” we mean the person is arrogant.  So, I’m not wild about this miracle at first glance.   Let’s start at the beginning and give the text its due.  Listen closely to the first line,   “Immediately he made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to the other side, while he dismissed the [...]

By | 2017-08-14T14:06:21+00:00 August 14th, 2017|Sermons|0 Comments

Sermon: “Everything We Need”

Sermon preached by Rev. Todd Weir August 6, 2017 Scripture: Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52 Any busy, overwhelmed pastor and congregation can relate to this scripture passage.  Like many pastors - after the Lenten study series, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Sunday, the crowds and the energy output, Jesus tries to take a mini-vacation.  He rents a boat, I imagine it was a little sailboat.  Jesus spent a lot of time with fisherman boating around the Sea of Galilee, so he probably knew port from starboard.  He gets out into the water, the wind fills his sails, and he starts to relax and ponder.   If Jesus was a modern-day pastor, he might have already consulted his ministry coach by phone call to define what issues he needs to discern.  Based on Matthew 13, he has 3 big issues.  Number one, he [...]

By | 2017-08-08T12:23:12+00:00 August 8th, 2017|Sermons|0 Comments

Sermon: Who Plants Mustard?

I have preached on this passage many times and I realized this week that I have often missed the real point.  This is a great passage to run out to the Indian grocer, buy some mustard seed for the children’s sermon, and talk about what a wondrous plant comes from humble beginnings.  Therefore, if the Kingdom of Heaven is like a tiny mustard seed, we can have hope when we feel our efforts are unremarkable compared to the world’s need, and trust that God is going to do great things from our small plantings, and spread the Kingdom among us.  Don’t be afraid to start small in life, because God always has a bigger plan.  Small is beautiful! That is not a bad sermon to preach.  I do believe that God can often be found in the small things and [...]

By | 2017-07-31T16:43:05+00:00 July 31st, 2017|Sermons|0 Comments

Sermon: Jesus Knows His Weeds

Sermon by Rev. Todd Weir July 23, 2107 Matthew 13: 24-30, 36-43 I learned more about weeds than I ever wanted to know growing up in Iowa.  I walked the soybean fields pulling weeds as my summer job from age 13.  A wise farmer taught me that all weeds were not the same and could not be destroyed in the same way.  A cockle burr had shallow but widespread roots and had to be pulled to get all the roots.  If you hacked it off at the ground level, it would be back in a week.  A milkweed had a very long tap root that could not be pulled out.  If you did try to pull it, three separate sprouts would be back.  Milkweeds had to be hacked off and would die as the sap ran out.  If you didn’t [...]

By | 2017-07-24T13:17:58+00:00 July 24th, 2017|Sermons|0 Comments