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Sermons by Rev. Sarah Weaver. Unless otherwise noted, sermons are given at the Rehoboth Congregational Church, United Church of Christ in Rehoboth, MA.
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May 16, 2018

I am very behind in posting sermons!  I've got three that are going to go up today.  This one is from three weeks ago.  Enjoy!

-Sarah

Apr 26, 2018

Psalm 23 is never an easy one to preach on - everyone knows it so well!  Every time it comes up in the lectionary I try to come up with something new and revolutionary to say about it, but every time I think I realize I just need to let it speak for itself.  So that's what I did!  I reflect on it briefly, but at the end just center us all back and read the Psalm to close my sermon.

Hope you all are having a great week! xo

-Sarah

Apr 16, 2018

Hi friends and happy Marathon Monday!  I cannot believe this weather - every single runner earned their race medal ten times over today.

Here is my sermon from yesterday.  I preached on the Gospel passage from Luke where Jesus appears to the disciples, shows them the wounds on his hands and feet and then shared a meal with them.  I pulled six lessons out of this passage that are still very much relevant to the world we are living in today.  I think every now and then it's nice to hear something super practical and easy to understand.

Enjoy!

-Sarah

Apr 16, 2018

Hi Friends!

I've got two sermons to post today, one from yesterday and one from last week.  Last week I preached from Acts of the Apostles and I talked about doing church - church as a verb, not as a noun.  During my children's sermon I had everyone do the wave.  At one point I yelled, "freeze!" and we looked at how everyone was doing something different.  And even though they were all doing something different, together they were all doing the wave.  I explained that's the way church works - we all do something different, but together we're all doing church.

Enjoy!

-Sarah

Apr 5, 2018

Hi friends!  Happy Easter!  I hope you all have a wonderful and joyous resurrection celebration.  We were busy and blessed at the church.  There was a lot going on, but I felt like we had something for everyone on different walks of life.

Here is my sermon - short and sweet!  This story speaks for itself.

Mar 26, 2018

Hi Friends!

This was one of those sermons where I had outlined something completely different, but when I sat down to write it, I just went in a completely different direction - but then everyone walked out of church and said to me, "You have no idea how badly I needed to hear that sermon today!"

Such a God thing.

Anyway, here is my sermon from yesterday.  I am wishing you many many blessings on your Holy Week!  We have worship service on Thursday evening and a potluck and round table discussion on Friday evening.  Our Easter Egg Hunt is on Saturday morning and then on Easter Sunday we have two services - a sunrise service at 6AM at the Anawan Club (13 Gorham Street, Rehoboth) and our intergenerational service at 10AM at RCC.  If you are in the area, please join us!  We would love to experience the resurrection with you.

Blessings, friends ... <3

Sarah

Mar 26, 2018

Hi friends!  I'm a week behind in posting my sermons, so I am going to post last week's and this week's today.  Blessings into your Holy Week!  If you live near Rehoboth, please join us for some of our services. We would love to see you and experience the resurrection together.

<3

-Sarah

Feb 26, 2018

Hi Friends!

Ignore the fact that I kind of sound like a baritone in the audio this week.  I'm pretty sure one of us has been sick at some point throughout the entire month of February.  I'm SO ready for spring!

I decided to preach through the Epistle selections in the lectionary throughout the Lenten season this year.  Obviously, I preached the Gospel last week (Lent 1 = Jesus in the wilderness), but I am going to try to stay in the letters from here on out.  I preached out of Romans this week, which was paired with the Abraham narrative in Genesis, because Paul talks about having a faith like Abraham's.  We sang and danced to Father Abraham during the children's sermon and then I talked about looking at the entire Abraham narrative when we think about having faith like his.

Enjoy!

-Sarah

Feb 20, 2018

I'll be honest, I'm having a hard time sharing this one.  As a preacher, I feel so vulnerable the week following a shooting.  I don't think there is a "right" thing to say.  I try to tread carefully and that may or may not be the right thing to do, either.  I don't want to stir up a debate, but I also don't want anyone to think that I'm afraid to speak hard truths, either.  I want to pray for the victims of this shooting, but I also know that, like so many others have said, thoughts and prayers are just not enough anymore.

Ugh.  It's so hard.  I spoke a truth that I think my people needed to hear and could take with them and apply to their lives.  Hopefully that was enough.  I pray that God will continue to work out the details and I will be obedient in my preaching.  Because it's not easy!

So here is my sermon.  Lent 1, Jesus in the wilderness, the weekend after a shooting in our country.

- Rev. Sarah

Feb 20, 2018

And now in the category of "better late than never," here is my sermon from LAST Sunday, Transfiguration Sunday.  We had a Mardi Gras Sunday at the church that day (check out the pictures on our Facebook page!) and I talked in my sermon about the Transfiguration reminds us that our lives truly can be transformed by our faith.  I hope yours is, as well!

- Rev. Sarah

Feb 5, 2018

Hi Friends!

Not the Super Bowl outcome any of my church members were hoping for last night, but we are moving on and getting ready for Mardi Gras Sunday!  We've never done this before (at least not to the degree we are this year), so follow me on Instagram (@revsarahweaver) to see some behind the scenes this week!

I continued to preach through the first chapter of the Gospel of Mark this week.  I am having so much fun following this chronologically!  Part of me would love to go off lectionary sometime and preach through a Gospel in a more intentional way.  I love that the lectionary brings us through different parts of the bible, but this has also been a lot of fun.

There is a LOT going on in this morning's passage.  My sermon could have gone in so many different directions.  I ended up focusing on Jesus retreating to a deserted place to pray.  I used the acronym, SIP - sabbath, intentional prayer - as an illustration.  So take a sip!

Enjoy ...

Rev. Sarah

Jan 30, 2018

Hi Friends!

This text challenges me every time it pops up in the lectionary.  We don't talk about casting out evil spirits very often up here in New England, so I usually end up kind of preaching around it.  But for some reason, I decided to just tackle it head on this week.  And by the end of my sermon, I had the entire church chant with me, "Not Today, Satan!"

I'd call that a success.

Hard to believe next weekend is the first Sunday in February.  We've got another Super Bowl challenge going on at the church - go Pats!

- Rev. Sarah

Jan 23, 2018

Hi Friends!

I recorded the intro to my podcast last night and edited it and then never uploaded it and there is a part of me that wants to re-record the intro (because I say, "It's Monday, January 22nd" and now it's Tuesday), but there is a bigger part of me that is just going to go with it because imperfection is a sign of grace, bible study starts in 30 minutes and I love Harrison squealing at the end of the intro I recorded last night.

So I'm going to go with it!

Here is my sermon from Sunday.  I preached on the call of the disciples, quoted the village people and shared some of my struggles as of late.  Enjoy!

-Sarah

Jan 21, 2018

Ack!  I need to get in the habit of posting these sermons on Sunday night because once I get into the office on Tuesday, I hit the ground running and don't have time to sit down and get it done.  I had a really busy week, both at home and at church (which is made obvious by the fact that you can hear Harrison shrieking in my intro to this week's podcast).  I know life is just full of seasons, so I am trying to dance with the crazy instead of just looking to get past it.

Here is last week's sermon!  It is the call story of Philip and Nathanael from the Gospel of John.  I actually kind of preached on star words again.  If I remember correctly, I did this last year - I preached on star words the week we handed them out and then talked about them again the following week in case people weren't in church the week before (also giving those folks a chance to get star words the following week!).  I'm not sure I actually meant to do it again, but it worked!

Here's my sermon!  Enjoy ...

- Rev. Sarah

Jan 8, 2018

Hi friends!

Yesterday was Star Sunday at the Rehoboth Congregational Church.  We did this for the first time last year and I think it really started to gain traction this year.  My sermon is part sermon and part star story.  After I preached, I invited three members of the congregation to stand up and share their star stories.  It was wonderful!  I hope next year more people are interested in sharing, as well.

Have a great week, everyone!

-Sarah

Jan 3, 2018

Hi friends!  Happy New Year!  I hope y'all had a wonderful Christmas celebration.  I am posting (albeit very delayed) my sermon from Christmas Eve.  Probably not super relevant at the moment considering we've all moved past Christmas (although my tree is still up #waitingforepiphany #actuallyjustdontfeelliketakingitdown), BUT I do think the concept of living in both worlds is super applicable to our faith throughout the year, not just on Christmas.

Enjoy!

Dec 19, 2017

I was SO excited about worship this week.  The amazingly talented Mary Bee was in town and singing in worship.  She sang the Francesca Battistelli song, Heaven Everywhere and also Sweet Little Jesus Boy.  I was able to bring in a drummer and a bass player for Heaven Everywhere, which just rounded out the sound.  It was so much fun!

Next Sunday is Christmas Eve!  That's so hard to believe.  I know technically it is Advent 4, but we are going to have our Family Worship & Pageant at the 10AM service this year.  The pageant is shaping up to be adorable, as always (and I am not just saying that because my son is going to be a lamb).  One of the parents came to me with a really cute idea and it's going to be so fun to see it all come together.

I hope you all are are finding God's hope, peace, joy and love this season!  Thank you for being part of my year.  I am thankful for you!

Many blessings,
Sarah

Dec 13, 2017

I completely shifted gears this week in terms of my approach to Advent.  I spent the first two weeks talking about the magic and joy of the season and this week I talked about what it means to be in a dark or sad place during this season.  If you are feeling pain or grief this season, please know that this season is just as much for you as it is for those who are experiencing joy.  You do not have to fake happiness or joy to participate in this season of waiting - be who you are, where you are.

If you are in a dark place this year, please leave me a comment or email me and let me know how I can pray for you.

Happy Advent, friends. <3

- Rev. Sarah

Dec 7, 2017

Hi Friends!

When I went to upload my sermon I was reminded that I have three separate documents with three different versions of Sunday's sermon.  I couldn't figure it out!  It just wasn't working - probably because I was preaching on repentance and - ugh.  That's hard.

I hope you enjoy my sermon!  I named my struggle right off the bat and I think people really relate when I do that.  But working through this actually gave me a lot to think about as I approach my own Advent season.

Have a great week, everyone!

- Rev. Sarah

Nov 29, 2017

Hi Friends!

We moved up the start of Advent for several reasons this year, most of which I outlined in my sermon.  According to Facebook, I would say it was pretty evenly split as to whether people moved up the start of Advent or are waiting until next week.

My second year in Rehoboth, I did a Hanging of the Greens service.  That first year, everyone pretty much thought I was nuts.  The second year, the flower committee tried to help me set up, but ended pretty much decorating everything the day before.  The third or fourth year, Bruce and I got into an argument about whether or not we could pull off the greens on the balcony could be hung during the service itself (or if we had to be totally lame and pre-hang them).  Last year, his point was proven when the greens almost fell off the balcony during The Holly and the Ivy.

Suffice is to say, it's a work in progress.

That being said, every year the service has gone a little bit smoother and I thought this year was the smoothest it has ever gone!  I asked for extra help and - gracious - it's amazing what happens when you ask for help!

Here is my sermon - a little bit shorter, since the beginning of worship was a little bit longer with the hanging of the greens.  Enjoy!

Nov 25, 2017

Hi Friends!  I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving.  For the fifth year in a row, we trotted for Bella at the turkey trot in Pawtucket, RI.  It was extra special this year, because she had been admitted to Hasbro Children's Hospital the night before.

Here is my sermon from last weekend.  I talked about living in God's light and, the funny thing about this sermon was that it was POURING when I arrived at church that morning, but when church was over, the sun was coming out!  I guess when you preach on light, light shine!

Enjoy!
Rev. Sarah

Nov 15, 2017

I don't normally preach on Homeless Awareness Weekend, but it light of what happened in Sutherland Springs, TX the week before, I really needed to respond from the pulpit.  We ended up having a really nice service - following my remarks and the choir anthem, I interviewed the kids that took part in Homeless Awareness Weekend and they were able to each talk a little bit about their experiences over the weekend.

Here's my sermon!  Enjoy ... 

- Rev. Sarah

Nov 15, 2017

GUYS.

It's been too long.  I actually took two weeks off from preaching because we had testimonies as part of our stewardship campaign and then last week was so nutty at the church that I never was able to upload my sermon.

SO - he we go.  This is my sermon from November 5th.  I used the All Saints Day liturgy, but tied it into our church bazaar weekend (which is a BIG DEAL in Rehoboth).  We received new members that Sunday and shared communion, so it was a busy Sunday with not a lot of time to preach.  That being said - it didn't need to be a long sermon!  The message was succinct.

Enjoy!

- Rev. Sarah

Oct 15, 2017

I kicked off stewardship this morning and someone said to me as they were leaving church, "That was the best stewardship sermon I've ever heard, I forgot you were talking about money for awhile!"

Jury's still out as to whether or not that's a good thing or a bad thing. ;)

I followed the lectionary and it just happened to line up really well with our theme for the year, It Takes A Church In The Village.  I really love the theme this year, because it puts to words what I have been learning about this community for the past 6+ years.  We are a church founded in our community and I am so glad we are finally celebrating that!

Full text is available on my blog, www.preachinginpumps.com.  Have a great week, everyone!

- Rev. Sarah

Oct 15, 2017

Well, if you were wondering how I'm finding the whole balance between motherhood and ministry, the fact that I am here with LAST week's sermon might give you an indication (insert face palm emoji here).

I preached on the Ten Commandments the week after the Las Vegas shooting.  I think every now and then we need to remind ourselves that we need to hold one another (and ourselves!) accountable for our actions and our faith.  We don't really like rules in the protestant church (particularly this old congregational ones), but we do need to take responsibility and live our lives worthy of God's grace.

Here is last week's sermon.  Full text is available on my blog, www.preachinginpumps.com - enjoy!

- Rev. Sarah

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