Access: the Way to Jesus

by Rev. Joanne Graves Sunday October 10, 2021 Mark 2:1-12 Today’s scripture lesson will be shared in a storytelling format which has its roots in Jewish midrash. I will be sharing the nuances of these passages from a first-person point of view. These perspectives are within the text, but sometimes are not so obvious. The process of storytelling enables the interpreter to bring out unexpected or overlooked details in the story. Sometimes, the story is not even what you thought it to be. “The Story Another day is done. Well, I survived with the help of my friends: James, Peter, Obed, Isaiah, and Mary. They have carried me. Made my dinner. Doctored the sores on my back and bottom. Changed my clothes. Washed me everywhere. Helped me eat. Made up a fresh bed. Laundered my clothes. Changed my diapers. They’ve [...]

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A Hopeful Word Spoken Out of Place

Rev. Todd Weir Isaiah 35: 1-10                                                                                    September 5, 2021   The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad, the desert shall rejoice and blossom;   Somewhere around 2008, Isaiah 35 became my favorite bible verse.  Hope did not come easy for me at that time.  I was still working through a divorce that felt more like a war of attrition after three years.  I lived with a colostomy bag on my stomach and waited for a fifth surgery in 18 months.  I had moved in with Jeanne, which was more accurately a crash landing.  We were trying to blend families with teenagers, and my job at a shelter involved dealing with drug relapses and people on a hard road to recovery.  I decided it was time to write, so I started a blog on the weekly scriptures from working [...]

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“To Whom Can We Go?”

To View this morning's sermon click here Rev. Sarah Buteux August 22, 2021 John 6:56-69 Proper 16, Year B “Lord, to whom can we go? You have the words of eternal life.” Has life always been this hard?  I’m not asking for a friend. I am really looking around at the state of the world and the church, my life and your lives, and wondering: has life always been this hard? This overwhelming? This sad? Most of you know that I came back home this week after leading my father-in-law’s memorial service up in Maine. It was beautiful and fitting and good, and I thank you all for giving my family the time and space to honor him and mourn his passing. That time was a gift.  But it also took a lot out of me, and I knew it [...]

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All in the Family

by the Rev. Sarah Buteux Proper 8, Year B Mark 5:21-33 To view today's service in its entirety, click here Glennon Doyle’s “Untamed,” is many things: a bestseller, a powerful meditation on the roots of our discontent, an unsparing look at the ways women in particular are conditioned to silence our deepest longings, and a book about what it takes to set a soul free.  Within its pages, Glennon talks about racism, sex, body issues, addiction, love, faith, divorce, and redemption. It is a powerful book. But the chapter that I remember most, the one that haunts me to this day, the entry I can’t get out of my mind… is the one about cream cheese.  Has anyone else read, “Untamed?” Do you remember the chapter about cream cheese? It’s so good and it’s so short that I’m going to [...]

By |2021-06-27T18:11:48-04:00June 27th, 2021|Sermons, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Lent in The Not So Lonesome Valley

    Rev. Sarah Buteux Preached on February 21, 2020, Lent 1 Year B , Mark 1:9-15   And the Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness.  He was in the wilderness for forty days, tempted by Satan;  and he was with the wild beasts; and the angels waited on him. - Mark 1:12-13   A week and a half into lockdown, way, way back in March of 2020, I asked Heather to open our worship by singing:  Jesus Walked This Lonesome Valley. (You know the words) He had to walk it by himself,  O nobody else could walk it for him,  he had to walk it by himself. We must walk this lonesome valley; We have to walk it by ourselves… You must go and stand your trial,  you must stand it by yourself Oh, nobody else can stand it for [...]

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What Good Can You Do

Epiphany 5, Year B Mark 1:29-39 “The secret is not to allow the fact that you can’t do everything  to keep you from doing something.  Something, then rest. Something then rest.” -Glennon Doyle One of the hardest lessons you learn in ministry is that you can’t do it all. I say ministry, but I’m sure the same goes for teachers and caregivers, doctors and nurses, activists and civil servants, social workers and police officers.  Come to think of it, I’m sure all parents feel this way, especially when it comes to caring for their children and most children feel this way when it comes time to care for their parents.  So maybe what I should say is that one of the hardest lessons you learn in life, is that no one can do it all.  You just can’t.  You can’t [...]

By |2021-02-07T14:42:12-05:00February 7th, 2021|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Julia Khan’s Ecclesiastical Council

The Hampshire Association Southern New England Conference United Church of Christ Ecclesiastical Council for Julia Khan First Churches of Northampton, MA February 7, 2021   Agenda Call to Order                                                                         Rev. Ton Whiteside, Moderator Roll Call of Churches                                                           Judy Stone, Scribe Welcome                                                                       [...]

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Back to the Beginning

Rev. Sarah Buteux December 6, 2020 Back to the Beginning Advent 2, Year B Peace Mark 1:1-8 Anyone who writes - stories, poems, sermons, thank you notes - can tell you that the hardest part of writing is getting started.  Beginnings are hard because there’s no one way or right way to begin.  Starting a new job or a new year, settling into a new house or bringing home a new baby (as if there’s any other kind of baby), falling in love with a new person, finding our way in a new city…the newness of it all can be exhilarating, but it can also be terrifying.  There is just so much possibility - possibility for good, yes, but also the possibility that we might mess it all up, lose our way, falter, or even fail.  There may be no one [...]

By |2020-12-06T09:59:24-05:00December 6th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Worship for August 30, 2020

Please join us for worship by clicking here.   Here is the sermon text: Rev. Sarah Buteux                  All the Feels Romans 12:9-21, Proper 17, Year A Hymns “My Shepherd will supply my need” Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. I’m here to tell you this morning that it’s ok….you’re ok. Not the world. Certainly not our country. Our country is !*!&%$ing $#!* show right now.  Watching the news feels like watching a horror film on a loop with different actors stepping in to play the same roles of unarmed black man or biased white police officer or angry white male with a gun.  Campuses are replacing nursing homes as ideal settings for the spread Covid. California is on fire. We’ve seen that show before. But now, so is [...]

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