Sermons & Musings from Rev. Mary Beene

Rev. Mary Beene has served at Windsor Presbyterian Church since February 2020.

Prior to that she founded a spiritual direction practice Openings: Let the Spirit In in Savannah, GA.  She continues her work as a spiritual director as well as pastor, and speaks and leads retreats as she can.

In addition to an M.Div from Boston University School of Theology, Rev. Beene has an M.P. A. in Organizational Development from American University in Washington, DC. She is also trained in spiritual direction by The Shalem Institute in Washington, DC and is a Georgia Certified Civil Mediator. Her special interests include the connection between God’s creation and spirituality, creative prayer practices and spiritual writing and autobiography.

She lives in Windsor with her husband, Eric, and son, Isaac.

The Dirty Work of Soul Healing

A sermon on Luke 8: 40-42 & 49-56 Those of you in the medical field know that healing bodies can be dirty work -- so many bodily fluids, ick! But it turns out healing our souls can be hard work too. It requires connection, and that connection means feeling other people's pain and problems too. The Bible shares many stories of Jesus … [Read more...]

Healing the Body

A monologue sermon on Luke 8: 42-48 In this Bible story, Jesus heals a woman who has been sick for 12 years. But maybe it is more accurate to say that this woman healed herself by reaching out for Jesus. Here is a fictional monologue about how that healing might have affected her life. Watch Here. … [Read more...]

Healing the Body

A monologue on Luke 8: 42b - 48 Click here to see Pastor Mary offering a monologue from the woman who touched Jesus' cloak and was healed after 12 years of illness. … [Read more...]

Come & Stay

Acts 16: 9-15 The big news in this story of Lydia? That it is a story about Lydia -- a woman in a world here women were rarely named and even more rarely named as business owners and heads of households. Paul spoke on the Sabbath to women outside the city gates -- and her heart was opened. Who are the "women" of our society -- the people who … [Read more...]

Devoted

A sermon on Acts 9: 36-43 I’ve been weighed down this week by some pretty heavy conversations about death.  I talked to someone who is afraid that her own life may be in danger from disease.  I spoke with several people about loved ones who are close to death, and another person who has an elderly family member they struggle to love who may be … [Read more...]

Who, me?

A sermon on Acts 9: 1-20 Most people want to make Saul the hero of this story. After all, he turns from being a wicked persecutor to a champion for Jesus in the end. But I always want to lift up Ananias, who goes to help Saul, at risk to his own life, just because a voice from heaven told him to. Do some of the things Jesus asks you to do … [Read more...]

Obeying God

A sermon on Acts 5: 27-39 So after worship this Sunday, one of our regulars said that this was the closest to a "fire and brimstone" sermon he'd ever heard me preach - and he liked it! Wow! And all I said was that one of our responsibilities when we choose to follow Jesus is radical obedience - even when it's hard. Yep, I guess that's pretty … [Read more...]

Who’s the Messenger?

An Easter sermon on Luke 24: 1-12 God had big plans for Mary Magdalene, and Joanna, and Mary the mother of James and the other women who went to Jesus’ tomb one dark morning millennia ago.   They were the messengers!  They were the first to learn of Jesus’ resurrection – they were tasked to tell the news to all the world – they went running back … [Read more...]

Celebrating Lent

A sermon on Luke 19: 28-40 It's Palm Sunday! For those in the Christian "know" Jesus came into town on a donkey and the people waved palms celebrating his arrival. Are we allowed to celebrate during the serious, solemn season of Lent? This week's sermon is a monologue from one of the Pharisees in the crowd. Enjoy this original imagination … [Read more...]

Anointing Lent

A sermon on John 12: 1-8 I thought about this passage where Mary of Bethany anoints Jesus' feet while I was in Mexico on vacation. Why? Because I was having a pedicure. We do not very often let other people take care of our bodies in this way -- washing, trimming, painting. And when we do, we can feel guilty -- shouldn't this money I'm … [Read more...]