Sermons

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Thy Will Be Done

January 22, 2017 — Nancy Bancroft Readings: Isaiah 42: 1-7; Luke 11: 1-4:Matthew 6: 9-10   This morning, Cris read two versions of the Lord’s Prayer. In the first from Luke, the disciples see Jesus praying  and ask him to teach them how to pray.  In the second reading Jesus gives this same prayer in a…

May We Trust in Presence and Live in Peace

January 15, 2017 — Nancy Bancroft Readings: 2 Samuel 7:18-29; 1 Corinthians 1:10-17   Those of us who are old enough may recall the 1960s with fondness. Troubled as the times were, it started as a hopeful decade, a period when many of us dreamed that better days were on the horizon. We sang and…

Arise! Shine! Your Light has Come!

January 8, 2017 — Nancy Bancroft Readings: Isaiah 60:1-6; Matthew 2:1-12   Epiphany is a complex feast. Originating in the Eastern Church and formed by the mentality of a people whose thought processes differ sharply from our own, the Epiphany is like a rich Oriental tapestry in which the various themes are interwoven; first looked at…

Hope for the Journey

January 1, 2017 — Nancy Bancroft Readings: Revelations 21:1-6a; Matthew 25:31-40   Last Saturday we had two beautiful Christmas Eve celebrations. Despite many people having debilitating colds we had a gorgeous church, wondrous music, angels, drummers, beautifully proclaimed words and together we all celebrated Emmanuel –God-with-us. And it truly was a celebration. The music and the…

Star of Wonder, Guide Us to Thy Perfect Light

December 24, 2016 — Nancy Bancroft Scripture Reading: Luke2:1-20   As I thought back to Christmases gone by I remembered that one of my favorite gifts was an Alice in Wonderland watch that came in a glass tea cup. Many of my friends that year got a Cinderella watch that came in a glass slipper, but…

All You Need is Love

December 18, 2016 — Nancy Bancroft Readings: Psalms 103: 1-8: Matt. 1: 18-25   I’ve asked Michelle to help with the sermon this morning, and I’d like you to help as well. She’ll start us off and you’ll know when to come in. Michelle Currie: All You Need Is Love Yes, all we need is love….

My Soul Magnifies the Lord

December 11, 2016 — Nancy Bancroft Readings: Isaiah 35:1-10; Luke 1: 46b-55   Some of you have noticed and commented that I’ve become a bit of a fashionista with my vestments.  I design and make all of my stoles. One reason is that I find that most of what’s available out there is rather boring. The…

Peace is Built Every Day

December 4, 2016 — Nancy Bancroft Readings: Psalms 72:1-7, 18-19; Romans 15:4-13   It is fitting that our advent candles are placed within a wreath, because though each one represents a separate virtue, they are all interconnected. Last week’s candle Hope is, as Bob shared so well, dependent on Faith.  To the degree that we believe,…

Even From an Old Stump Revisited

November 27, 2016 — Rev. Jan Hryniewicz Text:  Isaiah 11: 1 – 10 & Romans 8: 18 – 25 First Sunday of Advent:  Candle of HOPE   Let me begin by making something very clear:  In my sermon title, I am not referring to ME as the “OLD STUMP returning!”   Though that may apply! On June…

Now Thank We All Our God

November 20, 2016 — Nancy Bancroft Readings: Deuteronomy 26: 1-10; Ephesians 1:15-23   Twice each month I breakfast with area clergy. It’s an informal support group. Sometimes we problem-solve, other times we just enjoy each other’s company.  Tonight’s Community Thanksgiving service, which I hope you all attend, developed from this group. This kind of clergy get-together…