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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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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

Oct 4, 2017

Oh friends - I am not even sure where to begin following Sunday night's senseless acts of violence in Las Vegas.  We held a prayer service at the church on Monday night and I continue to discern what God is calling me to say this weekend.

Monday morning I posted the following to Facebook:

I am at a loss for words. I went to sleep last night so grateful for the unity we celebrated yesterday on World Communion Sunday, for the opportunity to remind my congregation that around the communion table light shines, love wins and grace comes alive.

And just like that ... 50 people are dead in Vegas.

I still believe in the promises I preached yesterday. Maybe even more so now. But our brokenness is real, raw and undeniable right now. There is still so much work that needs to be done.

Vegas, my prayers are worth you.

Here is my sermon from this past weekend.  I think it speaks even more powerfully now.  The full text is available at my blog, preachinginpumps.com.

Have a great week, everyone. <3

Sep 25, 2017

Hi all!  I hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend.  It kind of feels like summer came back around for one final hurrah - we were debating robing this morning!  Not that I'm wanting it to snow or anything, but I'm definitely ready for fall.

Here is my sermon from this morning.  This was not an easy text to preach on!  I am always grateful for the opportunity to use preaching as a way of deepening my own faith and listening to the bold and radical call of God in my life.

Enjoy!

Sep 19, 2017

You'll see in my sermon that I gave my church a charge this week to go into fellowship after worship and talk to someone they had never talked to before.  I wasn't sure how it would go, but it was awesome!  I posted this on Facebook on Sunday night:

During my sermon this morning, I charged everyone to go into fellowship after worship and talk to someone they had never talked to before. Not necessarily someone new - just someone they didn't know. We all know how easy it is to just get comfortable in our little groups and social circles but are never sure how to break the cycle. Might as well all give it a shot together, right? I told everyone if they needed an ice breaker, they could either talk about the weather OR use the opening line, "Can you believe Sarah is making us do this?" And seriously - by the time I went downstairs to my office to drop off my robe and walked into fellowship, I literally NOTICED a difference in conversation in the room. I saw people I know didn't know each other talking and laughing. The only people who came over to talk to me were people who wanted to introduce me to someone who had worshipped with us for the first time. People left and called to me, "I talked to two new people today! I talked to three!" I'm so grateful for my people who humor me and follow along with my crazy ideas. Praise be to God for hospitality, new friendships and a community strengthened by fellowship. ❤️ #rccstrong

I have nothing else to say!  Here's my sermon - enjoy!

Sep 19, 2017

Oh my goodness, y'all I am SO sorry I am so delayed in posting this.  I keep asking veteran mamas what ages their kids were when they managed to pull themselves back together and they all just laugh at me.  Ha!  So I'm doing the best I can, but definitely still working out the kinks of my new schedule.

Anyway, here is my sermon from last week.  I think this is a message we all need to hear - a reminder that so much of the Gospel boils down to the simple commandment to love one another.

Enjoy!

- Rev. Sarah

Sep 5, 2017

Oh friends, I told Bruce last night that "everything is changing this week!"  I am back to work full time, my sweet Baby Harrison started daycare and we have two new staff members starting on Sunday.  This past Sunday was Jordan's last Sunday and we sent him off with love and music!  If you follow us on Facebook, you saw that we sang Piano Man with re-written lyrics, complete with a harmonica, solos for everyone and a singalong at the end.  It really was incredible!

I hope you enjoy my sermon.  It really was a tribute to the work Jordan has put in at the church over the past 4 1/2 and the impact he's had on all of us.

Good luck in Austin, Jordan!  They don't know how lucky they are.

See y'all next week.  On to new beginnings ... 

Aug 29, 2017

So sorry for the horrible eclipse joke that didn't even make any sense!  I think the sleep deprivation is starting to get to me.  Regardless, this is one of my favorite passages to preach on - I love thinking about how the Body of Christ comes alive in local churches!

- Rev. Sarah

Aug 13, 2017

Hi friends ... I don't know about the rest of you, but I am humbled by the inadequacy of words right now.  I don't know how to reflect on what happened in Charlottesville this weekend and yet I know my silence is deafening and part of the problem right now.

I thought about scrapping my sermon and starting over last night, but ultimately I decided to address what happened in Charlottesville at the beginning of the service and in my pastoral prayer.  Next week is Beatles Sunday at church and Jordan and I are planning weaving the theme of Love Wins throughout the service.  It won't change anything that happened, but maybe it will inspire us all to continue to fight to resist the evil, hatred and racism in the world.

Have a great week, everyone.

Rev. Sarah

Aug 7, 2017

It felt so great to be back in the pulpit yesterday after nine weeks of maternity leave!  I preached on the feeding of the multitude, filled the altar with bread and we feasted on it afterwards.  As always, the full text is available on my blog, www.preachinginpumps.com.

Enjoy!

- Rev. Sarah

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