Entries by Rev. Sarah TevisTownes

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 […]

Be the Church: Protect the Environment

Job 12:7-10 <Sarah has a moving box> What’s in the box? It doesn’t matter. But it must be important. Because I’ve moved it across 4 states!  And you’d think that after 10 years, I’d realize that maybe, whatever’s in here might be okay to find its way from my house to the Assistance League or […]

Be the Church: Care for the Poor

“Be the Church: Care for the Poor” James 2:1-6, Sirach 4:1-10 I want to start out today with an exercise…   EXERCISE: Use the race track and watch your progress. You may end well ahead of the starting line or behind it… 1 If you are right-handed, take one step forward.   2 If English […]