Sermons

Union Church words to live by, words of inspiration.

Reign of Christ

November 25, 2018 — Rev. Paula Norbert   Today we celebrate what we call the Feast of Christ the King.  It is always observed on the last Sunday of the liturgical year and next week, we begin again with the first Sunday in Advent.  Throughout the year, we hear royal language to describe the leadership…

Sharing Our Gifts With Gratitude

November 18, 2018 — Rev. Paula Norbert   We have an early Thanksgiving this year.  I believe it is always held on the 4th Thursday of November and since the first of November fell on a Thursday, this is the earliest date that this national holiday falls.  We know the story of that first Thanksgiving, or…

Gentle Among You

November 11, 2018 — Rev. Paula Norbert   We gather today on this Veteran’s Day as we honor those among us who have served.  We are also in the midst of November when we are mindful  of Thanksgiving  fast approaching and the many blessings of our lives.  Last Sunday, we had the opportunity to remember and…

Tithing Justice

October 28, 2018 — Rev. Shirley Bowen   “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint, dill, and cummin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faith. It is these you ought to have practiced without neglecting the others.” Pow! What an extraordinary idea! Tithing Justice,…

Serving Those That Are Hard to Serve

October 21, 2018 — Stephen Fox   In the reading today Jesus talks to his disciples about serving those in need: Those in need of food and drink, clothing, those who are sick and those who are imprisoned. He says to the disciples, “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of…

Deep Gladness

October 14, 2018 — Rev. Paula Norbert   Mark 10:17-31 New Revised Standard Version    The Rich Man 17As he was setting out on a journey, a man ran up and knelt before him, and asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 18 Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good?…

World Communion Sunday

October 7, 2018 — Rev. Paula Norbert   As we gather today, we join churches around the world as we celebrate what has come to be called World Communion Sunday. We gather to strengthen the ties within our community and to be reminded of the bonds we share with our neighbors around the world who follow…

Reflections on Worry

September 30, 2018 — Rev. Paula Norbert Matthew 6:25-34   I’d like to begin by reading some passages from Matthew’s Gospel, chapter six. We hear the words of Jesus as he speaks to those gathered about the burden of worry and he invites us into a spirit of calm reassurance that even on the most difficult…

Welcoming the Children

September 23, 2018 — Rev. Paula Norbert   Our reading from Mark’s Gospel today is a story  that demonstrates the importance Jesus placed on the children in his midst and reminds us yet again that children are our responsibility, that we are to care for them, value them for who they are, and respect them, ensuring…

Of Grief and Hope

September 16, 2018 — Rev. Paula Norbert   This past week, we remembered that very painful day 17 years ago when we were changed forever. September 11th will never sound the same to those of us who have a full memory of that date.  It’s hard to remember that day and yet, it feels altogether wrong…