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.

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...]

There’s always something

a sermon on Luke 9: 28-43 We have these exceptional mountaintop experiences and then something happens and we're cast back down into the valley again. That's ok, because it turns out Jesus does his best work in the valley. Listen to this whole sermon on the transfiguration here. … [Read more...]

Prophesy Lent

a sermon on Luke 13: 31-35 In this text, Jesus is warned that Herod wants to kill him, and he seems to tempt fate, by telling his friends that he's not stopping what he's doing and on his way to Jerusalem. It must have frustrated the people who made the dangerous journey to warn him. I think they likely misunderstood his bravado in the face … [Read more...]

An Opportune Time

a sermon on Luke 9: 28-43 "I refuse to preach a sad Lent!" I'm not sure that's really a Lenten theme or just a promise to myself. There's so much sadness in the world already, that it seemed more appropriate to preach an active Lent -- a Lent where we do things despite or even to help with the sad things in the world as we turn our attention … [Read more...]

Are You Sure?

A sermon monologue on Luke 5: 1-11 Today was not a typical sermon - instead I did a monologue as a person in the boat with Simon when Jesus helped them catch an abundance of fish. Simon was afraid Jesus was there to condemn him, but instead Jesus recruited him - and John and James too. Was there anyone else on those boats who might have been … [Read more...]


A sermon on Luke 4: 14-21 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,    because he has anointed me        to bring good news to the poor.He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives    and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free,19 to … [Read more...]

Saving the Best for Last

A sermon on John 2: 1-11 So, who doesn’t want to party with Jesus?  Two thousand years before we’re all wearing masks and worrying about whether we can take them off long enough to sip a tiny cup of grape juice, Jesus is whooping it up with his disciples in Cana.  I can’t wait until we can do that again. Then – the wine runs out.  Now … [Read more...]