Sermons & Musings from Rev. Mary Beene

Where’s that Star?

A sermon based on Matthew 2: 1-12 It always takes me aback to hear that Herod was among the first to recognize the birth of our Savior.  There was so much evil darkness in his rule, and yet the light shone even there.  It didn’t change his heart, but he also couldn’t un-know what he knew.  In their own way, the magi walked in darkness too -- … [Read more...]

Songs

A sermon based on Luke 2: 22-32 At Allegheny College's choral concerts the choir always sings the Nunc Dimittis, Simeon's song from the Scripture passage and it was deeply meaningful to me. "Lord, now lettest thy thou servant depart in peace, according to Thy word, for my eyes have seen thy salvation which thou hast prepared before the face … [Read more...]

Christmas Eve Fun

Windsor Presbyterian Church hosted a zoom birthday party for Jesus on December 24th. See all the fun here. … [Read more...]

Can’t Have One Without the Other

A sermon on Luke 1: 26-38 & 46-55 So there’s a traditional vision of Mary, the Mother of Jesus in the world.  She was gentle and meek and mild.  She didn’t raise her voice or question authority.  She was demure and knew her place in the world – a lower, humble place.  She was the epitome of peaceful countenances all over … [Read more...]

A Seed Sown in Darkness

A Sermon on Psalm 126 There have been those who say that 2020 has been our own version of exile, where we wait for God to save us from one another and from ourselves, from the ways we have not cared for one another, wreaked havoc on our earth, stolen from those who already had little to build our own little kingdoms.  But our kingdoms have not … [Read more...]

What if it’s Not All About Me?

A Sermon from Mark 1: 1-8 Mark jumps right to the good news about it all – there is another one on the way who is coming to make it all right.  Like John, we’re just the workers in the field, we’re just the messengers, we’re just the people making a path or a church or a Christmas tree to proclaim that one more powerful than us is really in … [Read more...]

You Mean There’s More?

A Sermon from Luke 17: 11-19 So, I totally missed the whole murder hornet thing this year.  I remember it crossing my newsfeed in Facebook and I just kept on going.  “Not one more thing!”  No way could I handle one more thing in 2020.  But this story about healing keeps adding more and more to Jesus' healing of ten people with what was then … [Read more...]

There was an Airplane…

I took a week off from writing so I could “retreat” to the mountains for prayer.  I spent five days with 90 of my closest contemplative friends, and yet I was completely alone.  Because, of course, the other 89 were far away on Zoom, in their homes or in other retreat settings around the world. The resort I stayed at was lovely and … [Read more...]

Meet Our Three Beene Salad

Hi. I'm Rev. Mary Beene. I have been the pastor here at Windsor Presbyterian Church for seven months now, so I think it's time to start writing on the Pastor's Page. This has been one of those "important, but not urgent" tasks that keeps falling to the bottom of the "to do" list. So I thought maybe if I talked about something I love, I'd move it … [Read more...]