Sermons

Union Church words to live by, words of inspiration.

Sermon on Loss

March 26, 2017 — Lisa Barstow   When Nancy asked me to present this sermon on the subject of loss I wondered if it was something I wanted to spend much time on. After all, due to loss I have given grief many, many hours of my life. But then I read the following words by…

Who Is My Neighbor?

March 19, 2017 — Rev. Dr. Edward Dougherty   Lee Gabay is an English teacher at Brooklyn Democracy Academy in the Brownville section of Brooklyn. His students were reading John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men and Mr. Gabay began by congratulating his students for finishing the book, “That was a beautiful thing you did today,” he said….

The Power of Forgiveness

March 12, 2017 — Rev. Lamar Robinson Readings: Matthew 18:21-22, Luke 23:32-34, Matthew 6:12   This message will not be lengthy – I will try to stop talking just before you stop listening – sometimes it works…but then again… It is always an honor and a privileges to lead worship at Union Church, in the absence of…

What Am I Doing Here?

March 5, 2017 — Nancy Bancroft Readings: 1 Kings 19:8- 13; Matthew 4:1-11    There’s a story of three women who were having lunch together.  One said to the other two, “I don’t know what’s happening to my memory! I go to the refrigerator to get something and when I open the door, I’ve forgotten what…

Dare We Lament?

February 19, 2017 — Nancy Bancroft Readings: Exodus 3:7-12 and 16-21; Colossians 3:16-17   In today’s second reading, St. Paul, in his letter to the Colossians gives advice about how to live as members of a spiritual community.  First he says, let the messages of Christ, in his words and actions really become a part of…

The Best Valentine’s Day Ever

February 12, 2017 — Nancy Bancroft Readings: Psalm 100; John 13: 34-35   A young, nervous boy asked the girl, “Do you have a date for Valentine’s Day?” Hoping to be helpful she answered, “Yes, February 14th.”  Well, this is not February 14th, but my hope is that today’s message will help you to have the…

Blest Be the Tie That Binds

February 5, 2017 — Nancy Bancroft Readings: Isaiah 25:6-9; John 15:1-5   As most of you know, when Tom and I came to Union Church, we immediately fell in love with it; the welcoming community, the services, sermons, music, missions; all of it. And I liked that we gathered around in a circle at the end…

From Winter Wondering, Wisdom Rendered

January 29, 2017 — Rev. Jan Hryniewicz Text: Isaiah 55:10- 13 & Philippians 4: 4 – 9   May the Holy Spirit carry each and all of us to deeper understandings as we pause and ponder today in these holy moments in the season of Winter. What beautiful, creative, poetic words we are hearing about the…

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…