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Sunday Worship, June 21, 2020

To join us for worship, click here.   Following, is the text for this morning's sermon:   Rev. Sarah Buteux June 21, 2020 “Not Peace, but a Sword”  Making Sense of the Hard Sayings of Jesus. Matthew 10:24-39 In her interview with Brene Brown this past week, Austin Channing Brown talked about how, in growing up in both the black church and the the world of white evangelicalism, she was exposed to two different kinds of Jesus.  “I learned the hard way,” she said, “I learned the hard way that there is a deep difference between the Jesus that black folks worship and the Jesus that white Christians worship.”  “Tell me the difference,” said Brene. “The Jesus that black folks worship,” said Austin, “doesn't ask questions like, ‘but does the gospel really have anything to do with race and justice?’ [...]

By |2020-06-21T09:47:42-04:00June 21st, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Worship for May 24, 2020

Join us for worship today. We hope to livestream the service at 10 am on Facebook. You can also view the service at anytime via youtube by clicking here.  Below is the text for this morning's sermon.     Rev. Sarah Buteux                   May 24, 2020 “Into the Great Unknown” Ascension Sunday, Year A  Acts 1:6-14 It’s been 68 thousand days since the shut down began and I don’t know anyone who feels like they are just crushing it anymore, if they ever were. I know a lot of us went into this great pause thinking we’d use the time well. I think a lot of people thought they’d use this time to re-organize their closets, learn to bake bread, finally paint the spare bedroom, get in shape, or write the next [...]

By |2020-05-24T16:25:00-04:00May 24th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

“Road to Emmaus” Sermon Text for April 26

Road to Emmaus by Rev. Sarah Buteux Luke 24:13-35 Easter 3,Year A I’ve never assigned homework for a sermon before, but if you got our Friday e-mailing I’m hoping you clicked on the link I sent to a 3 minute clip by comedian Julie Nolke.  Or maybe you’d already seen it on facebook. If you haven’t watched it yet, go ahead and pause the service - you can do that now -  and google: “Explaining the Pandemic to My Past Self.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ms7capx4Cb8 We’ll wait.  I’ll be right here. Because this is where I live now…inside this little box. Ok, you done? You back? You liked it? Good. It’s funny isn’t it, trying to watch someone explain what we’re going through now, to someone way back in the year 2019… without too much detail of course, because - you know - [...]

By |2020-04-27T11:47:36-04:00April 27th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

We Must Work…

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 |2020-03-23T13:57:45-04:00March 22nd, 2020|Sermons, Uncategorized, Worship|0 Comments

Notes from All-Church Planning Retreat – September 29

Growing Together at First Churches As another busy Fall unfolds, it is helpful to pull back and see the big picture, so we can clarify our mission and actions for the coming year.  About 25 people gathered Saturday, September 28 to join together in this work. By the end of our time together we had identified a need for 3 new teams: Stewardship Team – This team will 1) work to create a spirit of generosity and giving in the life of the church, 2) keep the congregation informed about our mission and budget. 3) Work with the congregation to cultivate a healthy culture around money. Vision and Strategic Planning Team – This team will explore ways to expand our capacity for ministry, including developing stronger financial, human and spiritual resources to carry out our work. Welcome Team – Develop [...]

By |2019-10-10T16:55:26-04:00October 10th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Mind the Gap: the Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus

  September 29, 2019 Luke 16:19-31 Proper 21 Year C To listen via Facebook live, click here I like the difficult passages in the Bible. I like delving deep into the texts of terror that seem so out of place in a book that is supposed to teach us how to be good. I like hunting for hidden details in the seemingly boring genealogies and long lists of rules and regulations.  I’m all about the stones in the road and the sticky wickets, revelatory etymologies, and uncovering that one little nugget of historical context that makes an old passage come alive with new relevance.  I’m not afraid to preach on the book of Revelation and I love the parables of Jesus - the more inscrutable the better. Which is why I was jealous, actually jealous, that Todd got to preach on [...]

By |2019-10-03T07:30:33-04:00October 3rd, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Enough Already: Reflections on Mary and Martha

Rev. Sarah Buteux July 21, 2019 Proper 11, Year C.        Luke 10:38-42 What to wear?  It’s the quintessential question of summer. Not simply because we need to navigate our way from the blistering heat of the out doors to the artic tundras of our offices and grocery stores on a daily basis, but because summer brings on a rash of social engagements - everything from your neighbor’s pool party to the company picnic - and you don’t want to overdress for the one any more than you want to under dress for the other. Am I right? But perhaps no event of the season brings on as much sartorial angst as the outdoor wedding.  High heels and lawns, extreme humidity and wool suits, heat waves and thunderstorms - I don’t care if you’re male or female, picking [...]

By |2019-07-28T20:42:33-04:00July 28th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments