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You Are Not Far from the Kingdom

  Sermon by Rev. Todd Weir Scripture:  Mark 12 October 24, 2020   The Great Commandment to love God and neighbor is central to my spirituality.  The affirmation of both inward spirituality and outward compassion and justice grounds me.  My soul is inspired by contemplatives like Thomas Merton, St. Benedict and St. Theresa of Avila; as well as Social Gospel preachers ranging from Martin Luther King, Jr., abolitionists like the Harriet Beecher Stowe and her family of clergy, to Rev. William Barber today.  It may seem quiet contemplates and noisy activists are polar opposites, but this is what moves my soul, and I think this is true for Jesus too.  I won’t give either side up, especially in a week like this.   As we near two short weeks till an election that feels like it has been going on [...]

By |2020-10-28T11:56:11-04:00October 28th, 2020|Sermons|0 Comments

A Step Ahead of Our Thirst

Sermon by Rev. Todd Weir Scripture:  Exodus 17: 1-7 September 27, 2020 Reading about Moses inspires me.  He is a bold advocate for justice, speaks truth to power as he confronts Pharaoh.  He gets into “good trouble” many times, as he navigates multiple threats. Pharaoh’s armies, hunger, thirst and the flagging faith of the people he leads.  Throughout everything Moses continually deepens his relationship with God.  He is propelled by an inner vision, which makes him a great leader.  He adapts and keeps people together.  Any pastor or congregation is well served to study Moses. Watch full service here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c-vhvmLcgwU The standard view of Exodus is that Moses guided the quarrelsome people single-handed through trials and tribulation.  The literary style emphasizes Moses’s faith over against the peoples’ lack of faith.  He is the one who saw the burning bush, who performs [...]

By |2020-10-28T11:38:43-04:00September 27th, 2020|Sermons|0 Comments

Doom-Scrolling in the Wilderness

Sermon by Rev. Todd Weir Scripture:  Exodus 16 “Doom-scrolling” is now on the new word watchlist for the Marriam-Webster dictionary.  It means “the tendency to continue to surf or scroll {online} through bad news, even though that news is saddening, disheartening, or depressing.”  Welcome to a typical Thursday while I read the news and write my pastoral prayers.  Should I start with the scenes of Oregon amid Dante’s Inferno?  Or the Twitter video of anti-mask protestors chanting at Target, proclaiming their freedom as COVID spreaders?  Should I read about another Hurricane, the barking-mad rantings of talk show hosts or even government officials, or forced hysterectomies of detainees by ICE doctors. How can I tell if I’m a doom-scroller or just well informed? Click here to watch Sunday's Service    As I contemplated the people complaining against Moses, I felt a [...]

By |2020-09-21T14:44:21-04:00September 21st, 2020|Sermons|0 Comments

Moses vs. Pharaoh Part II: Superpower Battles of Creation vs. Chaos

Sermon for September 13, 2020 by Rev. Todd Weir Scripture:  Exodus 14      This would be a great time for a Superhero to come in and fix things.  How are ancient miracle stories like the parting of the Red Sea relevant to us now?  Do you believe Moses commanded the waters to part allowing the dramatic escape of slaves to freedom?   Do we really expect God to dramatically intervene, bending the forces of creation as a modern Moses lifts his commanding hand?  Do we have to choose between science and faith?  Many commentators try to rescue the text by looking for a way the parting of the Red Sea could happen as a natural phenomenon.  Under certain tidal and wind conditions, a passageway could temporarily appear, and the Hebrews could walk across the land bridge.  The heavy chariots and [...]

By |2020-09-15T12:14:44-04:00September 15th, 2020|Sermons|0 Comments

Passover, Plagues and Praise

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cdacF0C2ExY&t=40s Sermon by Rev. Todd Weir September 6, 2020 Scripture:  Exodus 12 Today’s biblical text begins with the 10th and final plague on Egypt.  Because of COVID, I have some new questions about this scripture.  What does it take to recognize a plague is a real threat?  What did the average Egyptian think as Moses and Pharaoh dueled over the fate of the Hebrew slaves?  First, the water turned red.  That is a real thing.  Plankton can create a bioluminescent red tide, so that could have been a natural occurrence.  Then came the frogs.  At first, the kids ran in the streets trying to catch them.  Frogs are cute, think Kermit.  But at night, it gets pretty loud.  Then came the annoying gnats, the pesky flies.  I was once swarmed on a trail and any exposed flesh was attacked.  Flies [...]

By |2020-09-07T11:20:17-04:00September 7th, 2020|Sermons|0 Comments

Parables for a Liminal Space

Rev. Todd Weir Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52                                                                   July 26, 2020 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 [...]

By |2020-08-29T15:02:56-04:00July 26th, 2020|Sermons|0 Comments

Some Parades Aren’t Meant to Be – A Sheltered Palm Sunday

April 5, 2020 – Palm Sunday Click Here to watch Video Rev. Todd Weir Matthew 21:1-17   I love a good parade – always have.  As a child my mother loaded me in a red wagon and took me to the humongous parades at Iowa State University.  Students put all their Springtime yearnings and creativity into the floats.  It was Spring 1968, and I remember marching bands and one group of hippies, all wearing overalls and playing “This Land is Your Land” by blowing on Coke bottles.  The PRIDE March in Northampton is my favorite parade, with its rainbow of joy, and celebration that love is love.  Parades celebrate who we are.  They can also be a protest against what is unjust, and a hope for a better future.  It is heart-breaking when it rains on our parade, or worse, [...]

By |2020-04-06T14:02:31-04:00April 6th, 2020|Sermons|0 Comments

Can Our Dry Bones Live?

Click here to watch video Rev. Todd Weir Ezekiel 37:1-14                                                                       March 29, 2020   Can you still remember what you gave up for Lent?  We have given up a lot in the past few weeks – handshakes, warm embraces, shopping, haircuts and a cup of coffee with a friend.  Worse, things have been taken away from us – Sunday gatherings, security, health, 3 million jobs.  In the midst of adapting and worrying and flattening the curve, I have forgotten what I pledged to do for Lent.  Yet I feel like I am living Lent more deeply, facing the vulnerability and uncertainty of our human condition.  Lent feels unavoidable.   A pastor on a Facebook forum raised the issue if Easter could be moved back a few weeks till we gather again.  I’m sympathetic. Virtual Easter will be weird.   But something [...]

By |2020-04-01T09:46:14-04:00March 30th, 2020|Sermons|0 Comments

Faith in a Time of Fear – Click on the photo to watch video

Rev. Todd Weir Exodus 17:1-7                                                                         March 15, 2019   I was taken aback when I walked into the conference room at my first church.  The faded institutional yellow paint was peeling.  A beat up wooden table was surrounded by metal folding chairs.  A decades old stretcher in the corner on battered wooden poles, and the army green canvas was brittle and frayed.  At a council meeting I asked why the stretcher was there.  “Oh, that is an important church artifact.  During the flu epidemic of 1918, the church chapel was used as a hospital.  We have kept this stretcher ever since to remember.”  That’s great.  But why is it behind the door?  If it is important, why not mount it on the wall of the chapel and put up a plaque to remember?”   This suggestion was met with awkward [...]

By |2020-03-18T11:13:39-04:00March 15th, 2020|Sermons|1 Comment
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