Seeds of Change

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

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 [...]

All Together Now

By |2021-05-23T13:24:56-04:00May 23rd, 2021|Sermons, Worship|

by Rev. Sarah Buteux             Pentecost, Year B, Acts 2:1-21   I don’t like being lost, but it helps if there’s someone else with me.  I don’t like walking into a meeting blind, but I don’t mind it as much if I know I have an ally in the room.  I don’t particularly like job interviews or making a motion at a town hall meeting or preaching to a congregations I don’t know, but it helps if there’s a friendly face in the crowd.  When you’re not exactly sure where you stand, what to do, where you’re going, or what’s coming next, it can be hard to hold it together. I don’t like that feeling. I suppose no one does. But when times like that come, it sure helps to know that you are not alone.  [...]

Where Do We Go From Here?

By |2021-05-24T13:00:16-04:00May 16th, 2021|Sermons|

Ascension Sunday, May 16, 2021 Sermon by Rev. Todd Weir Acts 1:15-26   Where do we go from here?  What does the new Jesus Movement do after Christ ascends into heaven?  Acts of the Apostles is the next chapter of Luke’s two-part series. Forty days ago, two disciples walked to Emmaus and met the Risen Christ in the breaking of bread.  After 40 days of wondrous appearances to many followers, Christ has now ascended into the sunset.  How will this fledgling movement handle the loss of its leader? Imagine a church where your leader was convicted in court and brutally executed as a criminal.  And yet he lives, hope is restored, but there he goes again.  The disciples probably wonder, “Now what?  It is all on us, and what will we do, who will lead us, how will we organize ourselves?  [...]

You Have One Job

By |2021-05-05T14:45:39-04:00May 2nd, 2021|Sermons|

Sermon by Rev. Todd Weir I John 4:7-21 May 2, 2021 A popular meme series on Facebook called “You had one job.”   It shows how often we fail at things which should be simple.  Imagine a misspelled stop sign.   A cryptic sign on a trash bin reads “empty when full.”  There is a “back-to-school” display of large kitchen knives.  That seems inappropriate, unless it’s a cooking school, perhaps?  A cake decorator was too literal with the directions and put these four words on the cake “Just Write Happy Birthday.”   Or the sign that says, “Give cyclists space,” which sits in the middle of the bike lane.  You wonder what happened in each situation.  Was someone in a rush?  Were they distracted or just too lazy to care?  There are enough fails to publish a yearly calendar with a “You had [...]

Open Wide Your Hearts

By |2021-04-29T11:24:53-04:00April 25th, 2021|Sermons|

Sermon by Rev. Todd Weir II Corinthians 6:1-13 April 25, 2021   Paul says , “Open wide your hearts.”  How do we do that?  Put your hand on your heart, as you do when you pledge, and try to feel the beat. The heart's job is to pump blood through the circulatory system.  Oxygen-rich blood travels to 30 trillion cells in your body, so they can survive and do their work. An average heart beats 60 to 70 times per minute.  Today your heart will thump away over 115,000 times. In an average lifespan, it was hammer away 3 billion times.  The heart never sleeps, never stops to rest. Its rhythm keeps the body alive.  Hearts serve life, a constant giving, flowing out into its small world of our bodies. Think about that before you order a Baconator Burger. When [...]

Resurrection Matters

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

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 [...]

Seeing and Believing

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

  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. [...]

When Is An Ending Not an End?

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

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 [...]

The Great Pause

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

  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 [...]

“Turning Tables Till the World Turns”

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

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 [...]

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