Sermons

Union Church words to live by, words of inspiration.

Re-Thinking Mother’s Day

May 13, 2018 — Lisa Barstow   Today we are celebrating Mother’s Day and while I am very happy that there is a day on the calendar that honors women who have taken this role and have experienced its blessing in their lives, I am aware that there are many women who have either not been…

Be Here Now

April 29, 2018 — Rev. Paula Norbert   “I am the Real Vine and my Father is the Farmer. He cuts off every branch of me that doesn’t bear grapes. And every branch that is grape-bearing he prunes back so it will bear even more. You are already pruned back by the message I have spoken….

Loving Our Earth

April 22, 2018 — Rev. Paula Norbert   “In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless voice and darkness covered the face of the deep…then God said, let there be light and God saw the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness.”  Today, as…

Lessons From Springtime

April 15, 2018 — Rev. Paula Norbert Luke 24:13-35   Today we share a beloved story from Luke’s Gospel of the travelers on the road to Emmaus.  There were actually ten or so encounters with Jesus after the Resurrection and this is a favorite. One of the companions is Cleopas and the other is not named;…

We Are Easter People

April 8, 2018 — Rev. Paula Norbert   Our reading today from John’s Gospel is the familiar story of when Jesus’ disciples are reunited with him after the resurrection.  Thomas is not there to witness this firsthand and so, across the years, he has become known as doubting Thomas.  Of course, he represents each of us…

Love Is Always Stronger

Easter Sunday, April 1, 2018 — Rev. Paula Norbert Matthew 28:  1-10   Happy, Happy Easter!  We gather this morning to remember that first Easter so long ago, and yet, in the history of our planet, not so very long ago.  We come to rejoice in the fact that God’s ways are not our ways, that…

Easter Sunrise Reflection

Easter Sunrise, Sunday, April 1, 2018 — Rev. Paula Norbert   Since this moment (the resurrection), the universe is no longer what it was;  nature has received another meaning; history is transformed and you and I are no more, and should not be anymore, what we were before. ~Paul Tillich   So what do I believe…

Why So Utterly Alone?

March 25, 2018 (Palm Sunday) — Rev. Paula Norbert   In our reading today, we remember the last night that Jesus spent with his disciples, when he invites three of them to accompany him to the Garden at Gethsemane while he spends some time in prayer.  He anticipates what he will soon be facing and he…

Why Suffering?

March 18, 2018 — Rev. Paula Norbert   The Apostle Paul writes in his second letter to the Corinthians today, “Blessed be the God of mercies and the God of all consolation,  who consoles us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to console those who are in any affliction with the consolation…

To Whom Am I Neighbor?

March 11, 2018 — Rev. Paula Norbert   We find ourselves today on the fourth Sunday in Lent, this time of daylight lengthening, a particular time in the church calendar when we reflect upon the stories of Jesus and what meaning they have for our own lives today.  The reading from Mark today is a short…