Casting About

By |2022-06-19T14:57:23-04:00June 19th, 2022|Sermons, Worship|

Rev. Sarah Buteux June 19, 2022 Proper 7, Year C Psalms 42 &43 To watch Today's service click here. The Sermon begins at the 41 minute mark. “Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you disquieted within me?  Hope in God; for I shall again praise him…” Back in the fall I set what I thought was a very modest goal for us as a church.  I stood up here in front of you all and said:  “My goal for this year is to help nurture you and our church back to health with God’s help.”  That was it. No biggie. No grand plans to pay off the mortgage, restore our programs to their former glory, or grow the church by 20%.  After a year and a half of Covid, school closures, church on-line, racial reckoning, [...]

“You Are The Hope”

By |2022-06-05T13:44:46-04:00June 5th, 2022|Sermons, Worship|

Rev. Sarah Buteux June 5, 2022 Pentecost, Year C Genesis 11:1-9  Acts 2:1-21 (You can watch this morning's service here. The sermon begins at the 37 minute mark.) The heat was almost unbearable this past Tuesday night when we hosted the Town Hall Meeting for Congressmen Jim McGovern and Jaime Raskin, and yet they kept coming.  We filled up every last pew, and yet they kept coming. We put out extra seating. People lined the walls. They crammed into the narthex and they sat on the floor even as dozens were turned back at the door and hundreds more fired up their laptops and watched us on-line.  But as the temperature rose and the evening wore on, it became very clear to me that people had not just come out in droves to hear Raskin talk about the January 6 [...]

Finding Peace in the Struggle

By |2022-05-22T14:02:20-04:00May 22nd, 2022|Uncategorized|

Rev. Sarah Buteux May 22, 2022 John 14:21-29,  Easter 6 Year C To watch the full service click here. Sermon begins at the 38 minute mark.   Geraldine Talley Celestine Chaney Roberta Drury Marcus Morrison Andrea Mackniel Aaron Salter Heyward Patterson Katherine Massey Ruth Whitfield Pearl Young I’ve been sitting with these names all week; the names of 10 innocent people who were killed last Sunday because it is still so dangerous to be black in America.  John Cheng John was a member of the Taiwanese Presbyterian Church in California. He died last Sunday because it is dangerous to be Asian too.   In a country where there are more guns than people, the truth is that it’s dangerous to be anyone at all, but when you combine systemic racism with easy access to firearms, it is people of color [...]

A Firm Foundation

By |2022-05-15T14:59:37-04:00May 15th, 2022|Sermons, Worship|

Rev. Sarah Buteux   May 15, 2022 Stewardship Sunday Matthew 7:24-27 To View this Morning's sermon click here . The sermon begins at the 44 minute mark. Friends, I think you know me well enough by now to know that there is nothing pollyanna-ish about my approach to the world or the Church. I pride myself on staying well-informed so I can make a clear eyed assessment about the challenges that lie ahead for us as a congregation and as people of faith.   And because I refuse to minimize the troubles that surround us, I know I can come across as a wee bit depressed at times…because, well, I am. It’s rough out there and I won’t deny it.  So what I am about to say may surprise you, but it comes from a very real and realistic place inside [...]

Show and Tell

By |2022-05-08T16:20:36-04:00May 8th, 2022|Sermons, Worship|

Rev. Sarah Buteux                                         May 8, 2022  Easter 4, Year C Psalm 23 & John 10:22-30 Click here to watch today's service. The sermon begins at the 36 minute mark. “Hey Sarah! How are you?” It was an innocuous question. But when I arrived at Taize on Wednesday night - which is a prayer service we do once a month up at St. Johns - I couldn’t just say, “Fine.”  I looked at Reynolds, who plays guitar for the service, and I sighed.  “How am I?… I don’t know, man. Sometimes I feel like I’m living through one long continuous dumpster fire. How about you?”  Do you all know what I mean? Anyone else feel that way?  Our little cohort of [...]

Good Enough for God

By |2022-05-01T15:45:31-04:00May 1st, 2022|Sermons, Worship|

Rev. Sarah Buteux                                               May 1, 2022 Easter 3, Year C, John 21: 1-19 To watch today's service click here. The sermon begins at the 41 minute mark.   There is perhaps no deeper need in the human psyche than the need to know you are wanted, you are cherished, you are loved; that in spite of all the hardships life can throw at you and all the ways you can mess up, there is still a place where you belong and a people to whom you matter.   When we don’t have that it messes us up…big time. It sets us, not on a path, but on a treadmill… a treadmill where we are forever trying to prove [...]

“Why Do You Look for The Living Among the Dead?”

By |2022-05-01T15:39:23-04:00May 1st, 2022|Sermons, Worship|

Rev. Sarah Buteux             April 17, 2022 Easter, Year C, Luke 24:1-12 To view this service click here. The sermon begins at the 33 minute mark.   Ok I’m just going to come out and say what I know we’re all thinking:  Those angels were rude. Like, seriously obnoxious - right?  “Why do you look for the living among the dead?”  I mean, come on, that has got to be be the most self-righteous, passive aggressive, I know something you don’t know, gotcha question of all time.  What a horrible thing to ask people in the deep throes of grief. Because you know and I know and those angels sure as heaven knew, that the women weren’t looking for the living amongst the dead.  They weren’t looking for a resurrected Jesus when they set out for [...]

“He Said What?!”

By |2022-04-10T13:31:07-04:00April 10th, 2022|Uncategorized|

Rev. Sarah Buteux April 10, 2022 Palm Sunday, Year C Luke 19:28-44 (To watch this morning's service click here. The sermon begins at the 30 minute mark.) Andrew and I met 28 years ago this past week, and we have been together ever since. You don’t last that long as a couple without developing both a sense of humor about each other’s deficiencies and creative ways to call them out.  And one of the greatest deficiencies we each bring to this marriage is our inability to give each other our full attention. It’s hard to imagine, I know, but it’s true.  So, one of the more common refrains you will hear in our house is the phrase: “… so I ordered one in green and they said they’ll deliver it on Thursday.”  Because, you see, if you’re paying attention enough [...]

Love Lingers

By |2022-04-05T09:54:36-04:00April 5th, 2022|Worship|

by Rev. Sarah Buteux               Lent 5, Year C, April 3, 2022 Deuteronomy 15:7-11  John 12:1-8 To watch this morning's service click here. The sermon begins at the 28 minute mark. I don’t think it was a full year’s wages that went into that one night, 31 years ago, but it was a lot. On December 18, in the year of our Lord, 1990, my best friend Melissa turned 16.  Her older brother Kenneth, who was a highly successful waiter at …(wait for it)… our local Friendly’s, had been saving up for year’s to make her birthday the most spectacular celebration we could imagine.  He told us to pack an overnight bag with nice clothes and be ready for pick up at 1:00 in the afternoon. At 1:00, on the dot, a limo pulled [...]

The Lost Son

By |2022-03-27T13:40:19-04:00March 27th, 2022|Sermons, Worship|

Rev. Sarah Buteux March 27, 2022 Lent 4, Year C Luke 15:1-3a, 11-31 (We had some technical difficulties this morning so our service begins just a little ways into the scripture. The sermon begins at the 4 minute mark. Click here to watch) 2000 years ago, Jesus sat down and broke bread with a bunch of sinners.  Other than the tax collectors, we don’t know exactly what sort of trouble these folks got up to, but the fact that they were recognized as sinners meant that they were the sort of people who sinned in a way everyone else could see, which somehow made their sins just that much worse.  And when the scribes and the Pharisees saw these folks sitting around Jesus, they were pretty seriously put off.   The scribes and Pharisees were good men after all: smart, literate, [...]

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