Resurrection Matters

by the Rev. Sarah Buteux Easter 3, Year B Luke 24:36b-48 What would you do if the authorities were out to get to you?  What would you do if the very people whose job it was to protect and serve you, treated you like you had target on your back?  Would you fight or take flight?  I’ll give you a moment to think about it….  I don’t know about you because we are still apart, but my first instinct would be flight. I’m terrified of pain and I’m too young to die, so I’d run if I could and I’d hide.  Had I lived back in Jesus’ day, I doubt I would have had the courage to accompany the other women to the tomb. I probably would have hung back and hid out with the disciples. I certainly wouldn’t have [...]

By |2021-04-19T07:36:19-04:00April 19th, 2021|Sermons, Worship|0 Comments

Seeing and Believing

  Easter 2 B, John 20:19-31 by the Rev. Sarah Buteux My parents didn’t believe in training wheels. In all fairness, I’m not sure anyone’s parents did back in the early 80’s. It was a lawless time when hair was big, seatbelts were optional, and smoking happened in “sections.”  So when I learned to ride a bike, my Dad just ran alongside me until I found my balance… and then I was off.  We lived on a quiet street - a circle in fact - so once I got going I just kept going. My parents waved as I went around and around and around and then finally grew tired and went inside.  That was all well and good until I realized that although I had learned how to ride a bike, I hadn’t yet learned how to stop one. [...]

By |2021-04-11T11:49:07-04:00April 11th, 2021|Sermons, Worship|0 Comments

When Is An Ending Not an End?

Rev. Todd Weir Preached on Easter Sunday, April 4, 2021 Scripture:  Mark 16:1-8   “When is an ending not the end?  When a dead man rises from the tomb-and when a Gospel ends in the middle of a sentence.”   A great story is only as good as the ending.  I like stories where the plot twists surprise me.  The surprise can’t be too out of the blue, like aliens suddenly appear unless aliens are there from the beginning.  The big twist needs foreshadowing.  I also like movies where the main characters overcome an obstacle and have to grow and find something inside they didn’t know they had.  Most action movies with great car chase scenes and lots of shooting fail.  What was the point of “Fast and Furious 5”?  Do Vin Deisel or Bruce Willis ever learn anything about themselves?  I want an ending like the “Lord of [...]

By |2021-04-13T16:52:33-04:00April 4th, 2021|Sermons|0 Comments

The Great Pause

  By the Rev. Sarah Buteux March, 28, 2021 Palm Sunday, Year B Mark 11:1-11   Palm Sunday is a Sunday when we make a little more noise than usual. In imitation of what happened on that day in Jerusalem 2000 years ago, Christians around the world stand up and sing “Hosannah!” We march up and down the aisles of our churches waving palms. Heck, in our church, we march up and down the streets. And it’s fun. And it’s silly. And I miss it.   I love meeting up with St. John’s and Edwards in Pulaski Park. I love seeing people, especially the kids, running around from priest to pastor in an effort to collect a different kind of palm from each church. I love watching people watch us as we try to walk, wave our palms, and sing “All Glory [...]

By |2021-03-30T08:13:25-04:00March 30th, 2021|Sermons|0 Comments

“Turning Tables Till the World Turns”

Rev. Sarah Buteux Lent 3, Year B John 2:13-21 “Father forgive me for the times I desired a seat at a table you would've flipped.”  - Juliany Gonzalez Nieves   Friends, this is the point in our service where I ask you to pray with me before I begin to preach. And more often then not, I pray the words of the Psalmist: “O God, may the words of my mouth and the meditations of our hearts be acceptable in your sight, our rock and our redeemer” (19:14).  I cling to those words most Sundays, because the last thing I want to do is get this wrong. But I don’t feel like I can pray those words today because I already know I’m going to get this wrong.  I don’t trust that the words of my mouth or the mediations [...]

By |2021-03-08T13:33:59-05:00March 8th, 2021|Sermons, Worship|0 Comments

Once More Into Nineveh

Epiphany 3, Year B       Jonah 3:1-5, 10, 4 Two weeks ago, I bought these amazing triple chocolate cupcakes at Trader Joes…for the kids. You know, because I don’t eat stuff like that. I mean, I might have a little bite every now and then but, rarely, will I eat a whole cupcake.  Don’t get me wrong, I love good food and I really enjoy eating, nor am I better, healthier, or more disciplined then anyone else, I’m just not a compulsive eater. I’ve read about people who are and I have some understanding of why, but my wiring tends to run the opposite direction. Until now.  There was just something about the events of January 6th that pushed me over an edge I didn’t even know was there. I went to the pantry and saw the cupcakes [...]

By |2021-01-24T12:27:32-05:00January 24th, 2021|Sermons, Worship|0 Comments

Come and See

Sermon by Rev. Todd Weir January 17, 2021 John 1:43-51   "Can any good come out of Nazareth?" Hearing Nathaniel's ugly question brings a flash of red to my cheeks.  This story is supposed to be inspiring about Jesus calling his first disciples, declaring the wonders they will see, like Jacob's ladder where angels ascend and descend, connecting heaven and earth. I'll get there, but I can't step over Nathaniel's small-minded question.   I'm sensitive to expressions of prejudice right now.  Some of this is personal.  Can any good come from Nazareth isn't far from; can any good come from Boone, Iowa, my hometown.  When I came to seminary in Boston, my classmates were bemused there was such a place.  Did Daniel Boone actually live there?  (No, his son Nathaniel founded the town.). I think I flew over Iowa once. [...]

By |2021-01-15T09:33:32-05:00January 17th, 2021|Sermons|0 Comments

No Way Out But Through

    No Way Out But Through by the Rev. Sarah Buteux Mark 1:4-13, Baptism of Jesus, Year B   “If you’re going through Hell, keep going” - Winston Churchill    I’ve been looking at Airbnb’s recently.  Airbnb’s and real estate ads on Zillow.  Not because I have any serious plans to travel or relocate, though after the events of Wednesday I may expand my search to Canada. Just kidding. It’s ok. I’m not going anywhere. Because I can’t! I’ve simply been imagining alternate lives outside of this one: lives where I walk on different paths, read by different fires, maybe go out to eat at an actual restaurant.  I love my life and the walls I call home, but I’m feeling tired of them all the same. I’m an introvert and a homebody by nature, but something in even me [...]

By |2021-01-10T09:34:11-05:00January 10th, 2021|Sermons|0 Comments

A Lighthouse to Guide Us Home

Sermon by Rev. Todd Weir John 1:9-18 January 3, 2021 "The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world." We’ve had wonderful celestial lights in this solstice season of long nights and short days.  I was awakened by the big full moon, glowing yellow and orange as it sets in the morning sky.  The planets in our solar system aligned for the first time in 800 years.  It recalls the magi's story as a bright star aligned to guide them toward a newborn king. We look up at the heavenly lights in wonder, searching for astrological signs from the gods which will tell us who we are and what will happen next.  We see constellations, stories, patterns, comets and speculate what it all means.  The starry heavens provide more profound stability beyond our anxious days.  Mariners found the [...]

By |2020-12-31T16:09:51-05:00January 1st, 2021|Sermons|0 Comments

The Power of What You Are Not

Sermon by Rev. Todd Weir John 1:6-8, 19-28 December 13, 2020 I know many of you ready to get to the main event of Christmas 12 days from now.  Some people put up Christmas lights the day after Halloween.  We went to get our tree on the first Saturday of December because we noticed several Jewish families in the neighborhood were decorating ahead of us. Our supplier was running out of good trees because everyone was early. This year we don't know how a pandemic Christmas will be.  We might be masked up, Zoomed in, or quarantined at the last minute.  I hear some people relieved of the big holiday gathering burdens, and others are deeply saddened and grieving.   I'm OK with Christmas, but Advent is a sacred season that fits me.  I like quietly lighting candles. I prefer [...]

By |2020-12-19T11:42:13-05:00December 13th, 2020|Sermons|0 Comments
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