Sermons

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Reflections on Service and Faith

January 12, 2020 — Rev. Paula Norbert   Brief Reflections after Martha Jacques: We’re so grateful to Martha for joining us today and sharing some stories from her important work at Alternative Pathways.  I know that several people from our church have been dedicated volunteers there in recent years and that it has meant a…

On the Epiphany

January 5, 2020 — Rev. Paula Norbert   Our reading from Matthew’s Gospel about the visit of the Magi to the infant child has long been a part of the Christmas story which is told each year during this Season.  This story reads in some ways like a fairy tale; there is a star, there…

Hearts of Compassion

December 29, 2019 — Rev. Paula Norbert Isaiah 63: 7-9, Matthew 2:13-23   I hope that you all enjoyed a lovely Christmas filled with much joy and peace.  As we gather on this Sunday, just a few days after all the celebration, we are invited in our reading from Isaiah to think about the kindness…

Christmas Eve Meditation

December 24, 2019 — Rev. Paula Norbert   Over two centuries ago in a quiet corner of the world in a little town called Bethlehem, a child was born who would change the world in ways his parents may never have imagined.  Tonight, we gather to listen to this story once again, to imagine what…

Quiet Joy and Peace

December 22 — Rev. Paula Norbert Isaiah 7: 13-15, Matthew 1: 18-25   Today is our fourth Sunday in Advent and in just two days, we will celebrate  Christmas Eve.  We have slowly been making our way through some of the wonderful readings of the prophet Isaiah,  listening to his writings about the hopes and…

Joy Beyond Measure

December 15, 2019 — Rev. Paula Norbert   On this third Sunday of Advent, we continue to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the hymn, Joy to the World.  As we listen to those words in a new way, “heaven and nature sing,” we may ask, how do we join in with this song?  How do…

Surprised by Joy

December 8, 2019 – Rev. Paula Norbert   As we gather on this second Sunday of Advent, we hear this lovely reading from Isaiah, which presents these images which have been depicted in religious art over time.  It was called the “Peaceable Kingdom” and we imagine that picture of the various animals coming together in…

Signs of Hope

December 1, 2019 – Rev. Paula Norbert   I hope you all enjoyed a lovely Thanksgiving with family, friends, good food and time to relax.  So quickly after, we find ourselves in the first Sunday of Advent today as we begin this cycle once again and look to the birth of Jesus at Christmastime.  Last…

Walking Home

November 24, 2019 — Rev. Paula Norbert   The lovely reflection today on Listening to Autumn is part of an earlier reading we shared back in October.  It reminds us of the gifts that come to us in this season if we open our hearts  and truly listen to the gifts that come to us. …

Musings on Darkness and Light

November 17, 2019 — Stephen Fox   Stephen Fox gave a sermon on Darkness and Light and included some personal stories extemporaneously that are not included in the written text posted as his sermon.   The twelfth verse of Psalm 139 tells us that Darkness is not dark for you and night shines as the…