A Ransom for Many

Rev. Sarah Buteux October 17, 2021 Mark 10:35-45 To view todays' service click here Has anyone here ever heard of beer and hymns…wait for it…as a thing you do together? Cause it’s a thing.  I doubt it’s been happening much lately thanks to Covid, but you’d be amazed how many different types of people will turn out to sing old hymns and drink fresh beer just for fun.  One YouTuber describes Beer and Hymns as “like a karaoke all-skate of songs that are nostalgic and meaningful, whether you love them because of their history or your present beliefs.”1 Back in the day when I used to go to progressive Christian conferences, there would almost always be a Beer and Hymns night where hordes of ex-evangelicals and mainliners would gather to sing all the hymns we don’t sing so much anymore [...]

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Put People First

Rev. Sarah Buteux Mark 10:2-16 Proper 22, Year B To view today's service click here. The sermon begins around the 9 minute mark. My favorite moment in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, by C. S. Lewis, is when Susan and Lucy ask Mr. and Mrs. Beaver to describe Aslan (Lewis's representation of Jesus). They ask if he is a man and Mr. Beaver replies. "Aslan a man? Certainly not. I tell you he is the King of the wood and the son of the great Emperor-beyond-the Sea. Don't you know who is the King of Beasts? Aslan is a lion-- the Lion, the great Lion." "Ooh!" said Susan. "I'd thought he was a man. Is he--quite safe? I shall feel rather nervous about meeting a lion." "That you will, dearie, and make no mistake," said Mrs. Beaver, "if there's anyone [...]

By |2021-10-03T19:59:19-04:00October 3rd, 2021|Sermons, Worship|0 Comments

Hellfire and Millstones: Sinners in the Hands of a Loving God

Rev. Sarah Buteux September 26, 2021 Proper year B Mark 9:39-50 May the words of my mouth and the meditations of our hearts be acceptable in your sight, our rock and our redeemer. Amen Roughly two hundred and eighty years ago, Jonathan Edwards preached not just his most famous sermon, but perhaps the most famous sermon ever heard on American soil. Which was? “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God.” Yes, and it’s striking that most of you know that.  I mean, can anyone recall the title of last week’s sermon? Or the sermon from two weeks ago? Or the title of any sermon you’ve heard here over the last 9 years? Me either. And I chose the title for a bunch of them. But we all know about that sermon, whether we’ve read it or not, [...]

By |2021-09-26T14:22:08-04:00September 26th, 2021|Sermons, Worship|0 Comments

Game Changer

Rev. Sarah Buteux September 12, 2021 Mark 8:27-38 Proper 19, Year B To watch today's service, click here. (the sermon begins at the 12 minute mark) Would you hire Jesus to pastor our church?  Take a moment and think about it. Like, really think about it. Would you hire Jesus to pastor our church? I know how much you all love this church. I know a little less about how much you all love Jesus, because that’s personal, and I’m not about to get up in anybody’s business. But given the fact that you’re here I’m assuming you love Jesus on some level. Right? Right? Let me see those jazz hands.Yeah. We love our church and we love Jesus.  But after what you just heard, do you love him so much that you’d put him in charge around here?  With [...]

By |2021-09-12T19:54:56-04:00September 12th, 2021|Sermons, Worship|0 Comments

Wash Your Hands. Protect Your Heart.

By Rev. Sarah Buteux                                                   August 29, 2021 Mark 7:1-23 Proper 17, Year B Do you not see that whatever goes into a person from outside cannot defile,  since it enters, not the heart but the stomach - Mark 7:18 To watch today's service click here.   Last week on Substack, Nadia Bolz-Weber came out with an essay on circuit breakers that really spoke to me, (which is saying something since I barely understand what a circuit breaker is or does or whatever). But listen in, because I think this will really speak to you too: I used to live, (she writes,) in a very old apartment building with super sketchy electrical wiring. Were I to audaciously [...]

By |2021-08-29T13:31:52-04:00August 29th, 2021|Sermons, Worship|0 Comments

Who Do You Think You Are?!

Rev. Sarah Buteux       August 8,2021 Proper 14, Year B John 6:35, 41-51 Fan. Follower. Admirer. Reader. Sister. Subscriber. I don’t quite know how to sum it up, but when it comes to questions of faith, justice, and what it means to love and follow Jesus, one of the voices I trust most in this world right now, is that of Sarah Bessey. If you’ve tuned in for church or vespers over the last many months you’ve almost certainly heard me quote Sarah or share a prayer by her. For those of you who don’t know who I’m talking about, Sarah Bessey was a blogger who broke on to the progressive church scene around 9 years ago with her book, “Jesus Feminist,” - a title she was pretty sure would offend almost everyone. Sarah is not a seminary [...]

By |2021-08-08T13:50:29-04:00August 8th, 2021|Sermons, Worship|0 Comments

Walking With Jesus in Herod’s World

Scripture:  Mark 6:14-29 Rev. Todd Weir (Click below to watch full service) https://youtu.be/VjF75H5Wy1Y How many of you thrive on conflict?   Some people enjoy the struggle and get energy from opposition.  Arguing and pressing for a cause ignites them.  This trait makes some people excellent social activists, and others are just bullies.  But the majority of us are exhausted by conflict.  When Jeanne and I argue, neither of us can sleep until we have come to better terms with each other.  I spent a Sabbatical learning about conflict resolution and transformation because it was hard on me.   How do you think Jesus handled conflict?  If you think of Jesus as the wise, compassionate, and forgiving friend and savior, you might think he was so good at handling conflict that he always resolved it.  Therefore, if we are patient, kind, and [...]

By |2021-07-13T12:25:27-04:00July 11th, 2021|Sermons|0 Comments

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

Miracles and Mystery on the Sea of Galilee

Rev. Sarah Buteux June 20, 2021 Mark 4:35-41 To watch this morning's service click here.   March 18, 1990. It was a dark and stormy night. Maybe not on the streets of Brookline, but certainly on the canvas as it was lifted off the wall of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Rembrandt’s “Storm on the Sea at Galilee,” along with 13 other masterpieces, was stolen 30 years ago in the largest art heist in U.S. history.   On that fateful night, security guards were duped into allowing two men disguised as police officers to enter the museum. They tied up the guards, absconded with the art, and the rest is history.   No one knows who stole it. No one knows who sold it. No one has ever been caught. No one has ever confessed. The greatest mystery in the contemporary art [...]

By |2021-06-20T16:21:18-04:00June 20th, 2021|Sermons, Worship|1 Comment

Seeds of Change

Rev. Sarah Buteux                             Mark 4:26-34 Proper 6, Year B (To watch this morning's sermon, click here.) The greek philosopher Heraclitus once said… anyone?…  "You cannot step into the same river twice.”  (Audience participation - that’s what I’m talking about! I love it! Yes.)  The greek philosopher Heraclitus once said, ”You cannot step into the same river twice.”  I’m sure he said other things too, but when it comes to the saying of Heraclitus, that’s about the only one any of us knows.  Right? And that’s ok, because it’s a good one.  "You cannot step into the same river twice,” because it is not the same river and you are not the same person.  The water moves on and so do we. The river is always changing [...]

By |2021-06-13T18:32:32-04:00June 13th, 2021|Sermons, Worship|0 Comments
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