Sermons

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Meditations for World Communion

October 6, 2019 — Rev. Paula Norbert   But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope…

Everyday Grace

September 29, 2019 — Rev. Paula Norbert   We have often called the writings in the New Testament the Good News, because they speak of the words and actions of Jesus that brought good news to a people desperately in need of hope, of healing, and mercy.   In a writing from Isaiah (52:6-8), we hear…

Standing With Those Who Often Suffer Silently

September 22, 2019 — Rev. Paula Norbert   Today, we gather to share our collective concern and support for those suffering with mental health issues and for their families and friends.  It’s a difficult topic to speak about and yet struggles with mental health affect many, many families.  September is the month dedicated to raising…

Wrestling An Angel

September 15, 2019 — Rich Westley   Today’s reading from Genesis presents one of the most captivating and powerful images in all of Scripture:  Jacob wrestling his angel, although the original text calls the angel simply ‘a man’. I have always had, and I’m thinking many of us have likewise experienced, a visceral response to…

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…