Sermons

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Written On Our Hearts

March 4, 2018 — Rev. Paula Norbert   This is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 34 No longer…

Part of Me is Dead But Can be Found

February 25, 2018 — Rev. Nancy Bancroft   Rev. Paula sent me her sermon, and gave me permission to read it or do something of my own. I felt that I couldn’t do it justice and decided to share my own reflections about the readings. But I’ve borrowed the stories that she offered and would like…

Transfiguration Mountaintop Moments

February 11, 2018 — Rev. Paula Norbert   Our reading today reminds us of the important moment when Jesus invites a few of his followers to join him up on the mountaintop where they will be amazed and changed by what they witness. It is life changing for them, and it probably inspired them even more…

Healing and Care

January 28, 2018 — Rev. Paula Norbert   “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall be shown mercy.”  These words are taken from our reading today from Matthew, which we commonly refer to as the Beatitudes.  If we listen carefully, we can hear the important themes of Jesus’ ministry.  This is his great Sermon; we often call…

Service for Healers

Katie Koles presented this reflection as part of the sermon – January 28, 2017   It is my belief that God positions all people in situations to do His work.   As nurses, we are invited to be present at critical moments in people’s lives.  And I believe that nurses are the threads God uses to…

From Mysticism to the Internet

January 21, 2018 — Rev. Ned Dougherty Lessons: Jonah 3:1, Psalm 62: 6-14, Mark 1:14-20   My wife says that I may be trying to cover too much territory in one sermon, so I thought I would summarize it one sentence: From mysticism to the internet age in 15 minutes. Here goes. How many of you would…

A Faith That Does Justice

January 14, 2018 — Rev. Paula Norbert   The prophet Micah responds to one of the great questions in Scripture that people of faith have wondered about for centuries,saying, “ what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God.” (Micah 6)  As we…

A Blessing for Today

December 31, 2017 — Rev. Paula Norbert   In our Gospel reading today, Luke speaks of Jesus’ presentation in the temple.  In Luke’s story, his parents bring the infant Jesus to the temple that day to fulfill the Law of Moses.  They make the offering of a poor family.  In the temple, the family is greeted…

Christmas Eve Message

December 24, 2017 (5PM Service) — Rev. Paula Norbert Over 800 years ago in a small town in Italy, a man named Francis wanted to re-create the experience of the first Christmas.  He felt that people at his time had lost the true spirit of the birth of Christ, and so he gathered with a small…

And a Child Shall Lead Them

December 24, 2017 (10AM Service) — Rev. Paula Norbert   Beautiful words we hear today from Isaiah, this prophet- poet, speaking about a child “born for us” who shall be called wonderful counselor, mighty God, and prince of peace.  Early in Advent, we read from Isaiah the passage we call the peaceable kingdom where Isaiah prophesies…