Sermons

Union Church words to live by, words of inspiration.

Remembering With Love

November 12, 2017 — Rev. Paula Norbert Reading: Luke 19:1-10   We hear another wonderful and familiar story today in Luke’s Gospel about Zacchaeus and it’s one that many children have been drawn to over the years.  You may even remember the simple children’s song about him climbing the tree.  Children really like this story, because like…

Inspired to Serve

In today’s Gospel from Matthew, we have the opportunity to listen in as Jesus shares words of wisdom with the crowd gathered that day.  It is clear that he is trying to present a vision of what it means to be holy people, what it means to really follow the word of God.  He cautions…

Being Presence

October 22, 2017 — Rev. Paula Norbert Readings: Exodus, 1 Thessalonians   In our first reading from Exodus today, we hear of Moses and the Israelite people still on their journey to freedom, fearful and unsure of what is to come. God, with the help of Moses, is attempting to cultivate a covenantal relationship with the…

Miracles from Heaven

October 15, 2017 — Rev. Paula Norbert Readings: Luke 11, Phil 4   Today in our reading from Luke, we revisit the time when Jesus modeled how to pray for his disciples.  Along with that prayer, which is perhaps the first common prayer we all learned as children, he invites them to persevere in asking God for…

Seeking Wisdom and Consolation

October 8, 2017 — Rev. Paula Norbert   “The heavens are telling the glory of God,” we hear today in Psalm 19.  I thought of those words when I stepped outside last Tuesday evening to look up at the beautiful moon and the bright stars on a crisp, autumn night in Maine.   Maybe some of you…

Wonderfully Made

October 1, 2017 — Rev. Paula Norbert   As we head into the beautiful season of autumn on this first day of  October,  it is such a wonderful time to remind ourselves of how fortunate we are to live here near the coast of Maine.  Our reading from Psalm 139 describes the very close relationship that…

The Art of Grumbling

September 24, 2017 — Rev. Paula Norbert   One of the things that stands out in both the first and second readings today is that we hear the people complaining.  First we read in Exodus, when the people are really hungry as they are traveling with Moses, “The whole congregation of the Israelites complained against Moses…

Natural Disaster, Spiritual Hope

September 17, 2017 — Rev. Paula Norbert “Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be afraid, for I am your God.”  In Isaiah’s words today, we hear this wonderful reassurance that God is present to God’s people, that for those who are in the midst of storms and turmoil, God is there, saying,…

Standing on Holy Ground

September 10, 2017 — Rev. Paula Norbert   In this wonderful passage from Exodus, we hear God telling Moses to take off his shoes because the place where he is standing is Holy Ground.  I have been thinking about that image as I prepared to begin my ministry here at Union Church.  The place where I…

What Will You Bring to the Feast?

September 3, 2017 — Nancy Bancroft Scripture Reading: I Corinthians 12: 4-11    In the animated movie Ice Age, when saber-tooth tigers attack a tribe of nomads, a mother and her baby attempt to outrun the beasts but are cornered at a raging waterfall. The little boy is discovered by a wooly mammoth named Manfred, a…