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…

Missions

August 27, 2017 — Ken Murray & Members of the Mission Committee   Micah 6.6-8 6“With what shall I come before the Lord, and bow myself before God on high? Shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves a year old? 7Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams, with tens of thousands…

Committed to Respond

August 20, 2017 — Nancy Bancroft Readings: Psalms 104: 1-34, Colossians 1:16-17   It was about two and a half years ago that Jenny Comeau gave her time and incredible organizational skills to us as she led us through a process of developing our church profile. She collated what we identified as the important components of…

Worship the Lord with Gladness & Song

August 13, 2017 — Nancy Bancroft Readings: 1 Chronicles 13:5-8; Colossians 3: 16-17   The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour was a variety show that premiered in August 1971. It starred American pop-singer Cher and her husband at the time, Sonny Bono. The show was canceled in 1974, due to the couple’s divorce, but it was…

We are a Pilgrim People

Nancy Bancroft — August 6, 2017 Readings: Genesis 12:1-9; Hebrews 11:8-16 When we here in the United States hear the word pilgrim, our first thought is usually of the Puritans, who were among the earliest European settlers of this country. This is particularly true around the time of Thanksgiving, when the words pilgrim and Puritan are…

Reverberate in the Lord!

July 30, 2017 — Nancy Bancroft Readings: Psalm 150, Romans 12: 1-18   In 2001 I was hired as an ethicist for a large health system based in Michigan but with hospitals, nursing homes, home health agencies and clinics all over the country.  It was a meaningful and interesting position. It paid very well, I interacted…

Blessed Are Those in Right Relationship

July 23, 2017 — Nancy Bancroft Readings: Matthew 5:1-12 (two versions)   I missed it.  Since 2013, the United Nations has celebrated March 20 as the International Day of Happiness. It’s a day to be intentionally happy, and most especially a way to recognize the importance of happiness in the lives of people around the world….