Entries by Rev. Sarah TevisTownes

Sermon: Faithful Choices

Sermon: “Faithful Choices” This sermon explores the challenges of ethical decisions and how to separate “right” and “wrong” choices from “faithful” choices. Scripture: Isaiah 60:1-6 and Matthew 2:1-12 —- The story of the magi usually focuses around gifts. But that is only part of the story. Today, I want to us to look more closely […]

Sermon: A New Heaven and a New Earth

  This sermon references a much longer article in Narratively, which includes a pastor’s story of coming out as a Christian to his atheist parents and coming out as a pastor with a non-binary gender identity. You can read the full article here: https://narratively.com/the-holiness-and-heartbreak-of-a-nonbinary-pastor/. I highly recommend it! The sermon, based on Revelation 21:1-6, challenges us to […]

Sermon – Hanging on to Hope

This post has 2 parts – an introduction to scripture and then the sermon itself. 1) Intro to Joshua 2 and Genesis 38 In the first chapter of Matthew, the author traces Jesus genealogy for 41 generations, from Abraham to Mary and Joseph.   I’ve spared us that reading and those 40+ Hebrew names, and […]

Sermon: Thanks for Giving – Finding Wholeness…

In 2016, after the presidential election, Ellen DeGeneres did a segment where she created a program called “Mobile Moderator,” where families could invite a professional moderator like Anderson Cooper or Wolf Blitzer to come over for Thanksgiving dinner to moderate the inevitable political conversations that would crop up over turkey and stuffing. In the demonstration, […]

2 Samuel and Speaking Truth to Power

This sermon was initially going to be about “speaking truth to power.” Perhaps we are the power that needs speaking to… 2 Samuel 12:1-7 12 1 and the Lord sent Nathan to David. He came to him, and said to him, “There were two men in a certain city, the one rich and the other poor. 2 The […]

Be Bold in Listening – Sermon on John 21

John 21:15-25 A note on the translation: Our scripture today describes a conversation between Jesus and Simon Peter, a Disciple of Jesus. Simon Peter has a unique name, because his first name, Simon, means “Listener,” and his second name, Peter, means “Rock.” Pay attention to when Jesus addresses him as “Simon” (listener) and when the […]

Mammals are not meant to spin forever… reflections on Sabbath in the midst of crisis

Exodus 20:1-11 The 2nd half of the sermon spoke about the Kavanaugh hearings, the earthquakes and tsunamis, and crises affecting our members. It included personal information not included in the online version. Just know that whatever you’re going through…in times like these, taking sabbath is even more essential than ever… Sermon: “Be Bold in Taking […]

Exodus 3:1-14 – Say “Yes!”

When I arrived at my assignment for the Jesuit Volunteers International, which is kind of like a Christian Peace Corps, I had no clue what was going to happen. I only knew I was WAY in over my head.   My assignment was at a high school that was also a trade school, and in […]