Sermons

Union Church words to live by, words of inspiration.

Reflections by Rosie DiBella of Safe Passage

Our speaker today is Rosie DiBella, who serves as the Deputy Director of Development/Subdirectora de Desarrollo of Safe Passage, an organization which originated in Maine in 1999.  Rosie’s passion for programming and development for the Latinx communities drives her to continue her efforts promoting the expansion of educational services to the children and families of the…

Reflection on All Saints Day

November 3, 2019 — Rev. Paula Norbert   Last Friday, the day after Halloween, was All Saints Day, when the Christian church has historically honored those who have died as witnesses to their faith. All Saints Day originated sometime in the 4th Century, most likely in Ireland, and was originally celebrated on the first Sunday…

Making Room for the Divine Within

October 27, 2019 — Rev. Paula Norbert   Luke 18:9-14 He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and regarded others with contempt: “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax-collector. The Pharisee, standing by himself, was praying thus,…

The Rituals of Autumn

October 20, 2019 — Rev. Paula Norbert   We are now a full month into the season of autumn, a beautiful season in New England as we enjoy the spectacular foliage, the slightly cooler days, the chores we undertake to prepare our yards for the coming of winter as well as the traditional fall cleaning…

On the Meaning of Life

October 13, 2019 — Rev. Paula Norbert   Today’s passage from Jeremiah presents some advice to the community of that day for how to live a full life.  I imagine that there are countless books that have been written on the search for the meaning of life.  Great minds have pondered this question over the centuries,…

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…