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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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Worship August 23, 2020

Join us for worship by clicking here. Following is the text for the sermon:   The Rev. Sarah Buteux ‘Blessed Are You!’ a sermon for good people with no good answers   Matthew 16:13-23, Proper 16 Year A    “Do the best you can until you know better.  Then when you know better, do better.”  Those are the words of Maya Angelou and they are timely words for us as we continue to wrestle with issues of racial justice… especially timely for white people as we learn more and more about what it is like to live as a person of color in this country.  I think there are more and more of us everyday who are earnestly doing the best we can until we know better. And when we know better, we are trying to do better. But Angelou’s [...]

By |2020-08-30T13:38:28-04:00August 23rd, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

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 [...]

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