Entries by Rev. Sarah TevisTownes

Easter Sermon: “Living into Liberation”

Scripture: John 20: 1-23 For children’s time, Pastor Sarah brought out bags and bags of luggage and invited the children to try to hold them all. Some of the bags had big stickers on them that said things like “anger” and “fights: I don’t remember how they started” and “self doubt.” We talked about how […]

Sermon – Enjoy!!! Savor!!!

Luke 9:28-36 It’s transfiguration Sunday! Said no one excitedly ever. This is actually a big holiday in the Eastern church, along with Easter and Christmas, But in Protestant churches in particular, we tend to ignore it. And who can blame us. It’s an odd story…. Peter and John go with Jesus up a mountain. It’s […]

Sermon on Luke 5 – “Gone Fishing”

“Gone Fishing” This sermon talks about persistence (and when not to be persistent) – what it means to put ourselves out there to help people. Luke 5:1-11 SERMON Do we have any fishermen or women in here today? It’s been a while, but I used to really enjoy it. I used to fish with my […]

Sermon – Cyrus, the Messiah, and the Super Bowl

Sermon – “Cyrus, the Messiah, and the Super Bowl” 1 Corinthians 12:12-31 Today is the American holiday we call the Super Bowl. It’s a celebration of athleticism and patriotism and brilliance in advertising. It’s also a chance for people to get together and eat lots of chips and dip and barbeque. I’ll admit, I probably […]

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 […]