Sermons

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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…

Thin Places

March 3, 2019 — Rev. Paula Norbert   This is the last Sunday of the Season of Epiphany; we know that  Lent begins this week on Ash Wednesday.  For Luke, the Transfiguration is in many ways the greatest of all of the epiphany stories.  You may remember that the word “epiphany” means “showing forth.”  Far…

On Forgiveness, Again?

February 24, 2019 — Rev. Paula Norbert Genesis 45:3-11, 15, Luke 6:27-28   Today, we hear the continuation in Luke of the Sermon on the Plain that we began last week, with these challenging words from Jesus, “I say to you that listen, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those…

Yours is the Kingdom of God

February 17, 2019 — Rev. Paula Norbert   We hear today the familiar passage from Luke that is often called the Beatitudes. This reflects the beginning of his preaching and it is a summary of some of the important things that he then will live out in his public ministry and repeat in both his…

Transformational Love

February 10, 2019 — Rev. Paula Norbert   In a few days, we will celebrate Valentine’s Day, which is a day when many people give cards or flowers or chocolates to a special loved one….and perhaps to family members or dear friends. I’ve always enjoyed celebrating this day, even when I haven’t been in a special…

Whoever Said It Would Be Easy?

February 3, 2019 — Rev. Paula Norbert   Last week, I spent some time speaking about prophets in our midst as we remembered the legacy of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Today, we find Jesus back in his hometown after he had been speaking in his synagogue to a crowd that had gathered that day. He…

Prophets In Our Midst

January 27, 2019 — Rev. Paula Norbert   We celebrate Martin Luther King today and as a national holiday last Monday in our nation. For all of us who have paid attention to the news in recent years, we know there is still much work to be done in our world to fulfill the dream Rev….

Beauty – The Divine Embrace

January 13, 2019 — Rev. Nancy Parent Bancroft Readings: Isaiah 42:1-4, 6-7. Luke 3:15-16, 21-22   Irish poet, author, priest, and philosopher John O’Donohue once wrote, “We live between the act of awakening and the act surrender. Each morning we awaken to the light and the invitation to a new day in the world of time; each…

Illuminating Presence

January 6, 2019 — Rev. Paula Norbert   Happy New Year to everyone!  Today, as many of you know, is the Epiphany, January 6th, the date by which we mark the visit of the 3 Wise Men, the Magi to the newborn King, Jesus.  This is typically the final story in the birth narratives which are…