Shame vs. Guilt: a sermon for Lent

Rev. Sarah Buteux Preached at Common Ground on March 7, 2019 Psalm 51   There is a song by Kelley McRae where she sings:  Break us by the power of your grace O Lord, won’t break us, by the power of your grace  Break us Remake us Don’t let the sorrow take us Oh Break us, by the power of your grace  I love this song, and in my own spiritual walk, there are times when I need to hear those words, when that is my prayer…break me God, break me down, break me open, break in and break up the lies and the patterns and the habits that are hurting me and the those around me.  Break me, O God and then re-make me into someone whose life is pleasing to you. Re-make me into someone who is living [...]

By |2019-03-10T14:05:19-04:00March 10th, 2019|Common Ground, Sermons, Worship|0 Comments

To Blame or to Build?

The Rev. Sarah Buteux Preached at Common Ground on October 5, 2017 To Blame or to Build? Walking down the street, Jesus saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked, “Rabbi, who sinned: this man or his parents, causing him to be born blind?”   Jesus said, “You’re asking the wrong question. You’re looking for someone to blame. There is no such cause-effect here. Look instead for what God can do. We need to be energetically at work for the One who sent me here, working while the sun shines. When night falls, the workday is over. For as long as I am in the world, there is plenty of light. I am the world’s Light.”  He said this and then spit in the dust, made a clay paste with the saliva, rubbed the paste on the blind man’s [...]

By |2017-10-06T10:05:45-04:00October 6th, 2017|Common Ground, Sermons, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Common Ground: an innovative farm-to-table dinner ministry where people make church together

By the Rev. Sarah Buteux; Published by The Christian Citizen It’s Thursday night and people are starting to arrive for Common Ground, a farm-to-table dinner ministry at First Churches of Northampton, Mass. Folks come through the door, hang up their coats, and then put on aprons because worship for us starts in the kitchen. Our liturgy actually begins with a recipe that will highlight food we have either grown in our community garden or sourced as locally as possible. Once the soup is on and the salad is prepared, people spread out to set tables, learn music, catch up with one another or explore the evening’s theme through art that will grace our worship space. By six o’clock, most everyone has arrived, and I begin to sing a simple call-and-response melody. As I sing, the congregation gathers in a circle [...]

By |2017-06-13T10:52:06-04:00June 13th, 2017|Common Ground|0 Comments

Is There Safe Space at the Open Table?

At Thursday Night's Common Ground we began with these words of welcome: Good evening everyone and welcome to Common Ground. Tonight, as we cook and eat and pray and sing together we hope to make some thing holy together. We hope to make church together, which connects beautifully to our theme for this evening, because the truth is that church has always been something we have made together. Christianity has always been a work in progress. Contrary to popular institutional opinion, there was no blueprint handed down to a chosen few the day Jesus ascended into heaven. There was no instruction booklet left behind with all the rules and creeds and rituals and traditions of our faith laid out for all time. What was given, what was handed down to us, were stories…stories of hope and healing, stories of peace [...]

By |2017-05-05T10:34:34-04:00May 5th, 2017|Common Ground, Sermons, Worship|0 Comments

Mending Fences

      This sermon was preached at Common Ground on November 17,2016 by Sarah Buteux   We began with a poem. Mending Wall BY ROBERT FROST Something there is that doesn't love a wall, That sends the frozen-ground-swell under it, And spills the upper boulders in the sun; And makes gaps even two can pass abreast. The work of hunters is another thing: I have come after them and made repair Where they have left not one stone on a stone, But they would have the rabbit out of hiding, To please the yelping dogs. The gaps I mean, No one has seen them made or heard them made, But at spring mending-time we find them there. I let my neighbour know beyond the hill; And on a day we meet to walk the line And set the wall [...]

By |2017-01-18T20:14:56-05:00November 23rd, 2016|Common Ground, Sermons, Worship|0 Comments

Common Ground in the News

By Heather Adams |  Follow on Twitter on September 26, 2016 at 10:40 AM As the sun begins to set, approximately two dozen people line picnic tables topped with fresh tomatoes, bread and fruits in the middle of Grow Food Northampton Organic Community Garden. Most of the food at the dinner was grown in the community garden by members of Common Ground, a farm-to-table dinner church through First Churches of Northampton. Read the full story here

By |2017-01-18T20:14:57-05:00September 26th, 2016|Common Ground, News|0 Comments

Join us this Sunday at Grow Food Northampton

Calling All Gardeners We can really use your help this Sunday September 11! We're hoping for a good turnout at our gardens between 4:30-6:00 to do our usual harvesting and watering, but also some other jobs, like weeding, mowing, mulching, and putting some of the garden to bed. Please come if you can.

By |2016-09-08T12:11:35-04:00September 8th, 2016|Common Ground, News|0 Comments
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