Sermons

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Hearts Untroubled

May 12, 2019 — Rev. Paula Norbert   In today’s reading, we hear Jesus speaking to his friends with words that might be important for us to hear today too.  He says, “Do not let your hearts be troubled.”  In light of so much going on in our nation and the world, we might pause…

Reflection – The Second Mountain

May 5, 2019 — Rev. Paula Norbert   Today, I would like to share the following piece that was published by columnist, David Brooks of the New York Times, back in April. The Moral Peril of Meritocracy    By David Brooks Many of the people I admire lead lives that have a two-mountain shape. They got…

Even From an Old Stump – Revisited

April 28, 2019 — Rev. Jan Hryniewicz Text:  Isaiah 58: 1 – 12 & Colossians 3: 15 – 17   Recently Ed and I took a 4,500 mile trip in our tiny green Ford Fiesta…to explore the south and get away from the ice and snow.   I brought three things home from that trip…a refrigerator…

Easter Morning, 2019

April 21, 2019 — Rev. Paula Norbert John 20:1-18   In the hushed quiet of the early morning she made her way to the tomb, while the dew was fresh and the sun had not risen yet…Mary Magdalene.  In each of the four Gospels, with some variations, we encounter her, the loving and dedicated disciple…

Reflection-Palm Sunday

April 14, 2009 — Rev. Kathryn Matthews   From our readings today, we accompany Jesus in the events of the final week of his ministry as we move through this important drama in the life of Jesus, from his triumphant entry into Jerusalem, to the last supper he shared with his dearest friends, and then…

Slowing Down

 April 7, 2019 — Rev. Paula Norbert   Ecclesiastes 3:1-13 For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; a time to kill, and a time to…

Lighten the Load

March 31, 2019 — Rev. Paula Norbert   Luke 12:29-34 “And do not keep striving for what you are to eat and what you are to drink, and do not keep worrying. For it is the nations of the world that strive after all these things, and God knows that you need them. Instead, strive…

Revisiting Martha and Mary

March 24, 2019 — Rev. Paula Norbert   Scripture-Luke 10:38-42 “Now as they went on their way, he entered a certain village, where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. She had a sister named Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to what he was saying. But Martha was distracted…

The Gift of Connections

March 17, 2019 — Rev. Paula Norbert   We gather this Sunday as we continue on our journey through Lent.  This is meant to be a time when we are called to turn around, consider our thoughts and habits in new ways, and open our minds and hearts to the movement of the Spirit of…

Becoming Unbusy

March 10, 2019 — Rev. Paula Norbert Scripture:  Matthew 11:28-30   Reader: Come to me all you who are weary and are carrying heavy burdens and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your…