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Peace and presence by the sea…

Union Church is an interdenominational Christian church that welcomes those who wish to journey with us as we seek to receive and follow God’s sacred spirit and the ethical teachings of Jesus Christ. We are an evolving community of faith that seeks to reflect the love and compassion of God through our conduct. We follow the teaching of Jesus to love God, neighbor, and self. We have reverence for Earth and all living creatures. We are a worshiping community that gathers to give thanks and to celebrate the Holy Presence of God in all things. We welcome all visitors.

From the Pastor…

As I write this morning, the third Nor’Easter in weeks is hitting northern New England.  Sadly, I cannot see even the buds of crocuses in my front garden, now buried under more than two feet of snow, and yet, I know they are there.  As the French philosopher Albert Camus once wrote, “In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer.  And that makes me happy. For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there’s something stronger – something better, pushing right back.” I may not feel the hope of summer quite yet, but with recent sunny days and the change of clocks, I do feel that spring, at least, is on the horizon.

Lent is the season of lengthening days and of remembering the 40 days that Jesus spent in the desert in preparation for his public ministry which would inevitably lead to his death on Good Friday.  We have been exploring important themes during Lent with the invitation that we mark this time with prayer and reflection, with asking for and extending forgiveness, and exploring the important relationships within our lives with family, friends, ourselves and with our Creator.  It is a time to focus and to do the work that enables us to be in right relationship with others as we understand how beloved we are in the eyes of God.

When we are able to immerse ourselves in the ‘work’ of Lent, we become better prepared to truly share in the joy of Easter and to understand that love is stronger than death and that even in the frozen places of our own hearts or the places of heartache in our world, hope is always possible, for God indeed has a hope for our world. We are invited to help build this beloved community where all may live in peace and dignity.  As we journey through these final days of Lent, may you spend some moments connecting to the deepest spiritual places within yourself so that you may in turn share the hope, the peace, and the joy of Easter.



Rev. Paula Norbert

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