Sermons

Union Church words to live by, words of inspiration.

On Laughter

September 8, 2019 — Rev. Paula Norbert For many years, I enjoyed the Prairie Home Companion whenever I could listen to it on Saturday evenings. You may recall that he had a segment that always started out, “It’s been a quiet week in Lake Woebegone…” and then Garrison Keillor would weave together a story with…

Who Will Share Our Table?

September 1, 2019 — Rev. Paula Norbert Focus Scripture: Luke 14:1, 7-14 True hospitality is welcoming the stranger on her own terms. This kind of hospitality can only be offered by those who’ve found the center of their lives in their own hearts. —Henri Nouwen On one occasion when Jesus was going to the house…

The Consolation of Animals

August 18, 2019 — Rev. Paula Norbert The great romantic poet, William Wordsworth, once wrote, The World is too much with us, late and soon, Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers: Little we see in Nature that is ours; We have given our hearts away.” Wordsworth often wrote about the relationship between the…

The Music of Our Souls

August 11, 2019 — Rev. Paula Norbert Throughout Scripture, we hear words of praise to God, praise for singing and music, a gratitude for the ways in which music is heard throughout nature and through our Psalms. We all know that music touches something within us that is very profound, something beyond words, a deep, deep…

Meditations on Peace

August 4, 2019 — Rev. Paula Norbert In Paul’s lovely letter to the Colossians, we hear these inspiring words, “Clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.” Earlier this summer, we commemorated the 75th anniversary of the DDay invasion on June the 6th, 1944, which is considered the beginning of the end…

I Will Follow You

July 28, 2019 — Rev. Paula Norbert 2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14,   Luke 9:51-57 As they were going along the road to Jerusalem, someone said to Jesus, “I will follow you wherever you go.”  Over time, these humble followers of Jesus had come to respect and love their teacher, their Rabbi; they had been inspired by…

Amen. Let It Be!

July 21, 2019 — Rev. Dr. Nancy Parent Bancroft Readings: Excerpts from the Gospel of John, Chapters 14 and 15; Discouragement by Deborah Burke     Discouragement can be defined as a loss of confidence or enthusiasm. It can feel like dispiritedness,downheartedness, dejection, depression, demoralization, disappointment, despondency, hopelessness, or a lack of enthusiasm. It can lead…

The Good Samaritan

July 14, 2017 — Rev. Paula Norbert   Summer is a wonderful time for reading whether on the beach or while on the porch in the evening with a cool breeze blowing through; it’s a great time for stories to be told and shared within families and among friends during our vacations or simply when…

Surprising Prophets

July 7, 2019 — Rev. Nancy Parent Bancroft   Readings: 2 Kings 5:1-14 John 1:43-46 Luke 10:1-2 Jeremiah, Hosea, John the Baptist, Jesus, Martin Luther King, John F Kennedy, Samantha Smith, Denise Kenney, Greta Thunberg, Jen Comeau – What do these  people have in common? They are prophets. What is a prophet? Although some prophets…

A More Perfect Union

June 30, 2019 — Rev. Paula Norbert   Micah 6:8 God has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? 1 Timothy 2:1-4 1. Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers,…