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

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

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, [...]

John L. O’Meally’s Memorial Service

By |2021-09-21T09:52:01-04:00September 21st, 2021|News|

The O’Meally family sends heartfelt thanks to all who joined us for John O’Meally’s September 17th memorial service whether in-person or via livestream, and who’ve shared their love, support and words of comfort during this difficult time. MEMORIAL SERVICE Click here to view a video recording of the memorial service, held on Friday September 17th, 2021, here at First Churches. SHARE YOUR STORIES The memories you’ve shared about your time with our family’s patriarch have touched our hearts. We’ve created an online Memory Board where we can all share words, pictures & remembrances of John. Click here to add to the Memory Board, and feel free to share this link with others.   COOLEY DICKINSON VA & HOSPICE Please consider a gift of support to this organization, which helped both Dorothy & Larry transition with comfort & dignity: https://www.cooleydickinson.org/programs…/vna-hospice/ CONTACT Please contact the [...]

Game Changer

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

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 [...]

A Hopeful Word Spoken Out of Place

By |2021-09-06T09:59:42-04:00September 6th, 2021|Uncategorized|

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 [...]

Wash Your Hands. Protect Your Heart.

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

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 [...]

“To Whom Can We Go?”

By |2021-08-22T13:50:41-04:00August 22nd, 2021|Uncategorized|

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 [...]

Who Do You Think You Are?!

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

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 [...]

Walking With Jesus in Herod’s World

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

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 [...]

All in the Family

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

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 [...]

Miracles and Mystery on the Sea of Galilee

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

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 [...]

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