Sermons

Union Church words to live by, words of inspiration.

I Must be a Guest in Your Home Today

November 13, 2016 — Nancy Bancroft Readings: Psalms 139:1-18, Luke 19: 1-10   What a week! Whether your candidate for president won or lost, there was shock on both sides. For many, shock about the outcome of the election. Perhaps for all, shock in the realization of the degree to which are broken as a society….

This Little Light of Mine

November 6, 2016 — Nancy Bancroft Readings: Genesis 1: 1-5, John 8:1, Matthew 5: 14-16   Since Daylight Saving Time ended this morning at 2:00 a.m. I thought it apt to reflect on light.  We had three readings this morning and I could have selected many others about this topic because scripture, both Old and…

I Approve This Moment

October 30, 2016 — Jennifer Comeau   Let me begin by telling you a little story. It starts back when I was a buck-toothed, stringy-haired, eager-to-please eleven year old in 6th grade. My sister, Elaine, who was a year older, was making her Confirmation. One of the presents she received was this book mark. For some…

The Quality of Mercy

October 23, 2016 — Nancy Bancroft Readings: Isaiah 58:5-8; Luke 10:25-37   From the 1940’s to the 1980’s, Englishman Gregory Bateson worked as an anthropologist, social scientist, linguist, and in many other fields including cybernetics. He spent the last decade of his life developing a “meta-science” to bring together the various early forms of systems theory…

Where Do We Find God?

October 16, 2016 — Rev. Dr. Edward Dougherty   Where do we find God? Or to use the phrase I prefer, where do we find the Divine Presence? Do we find that Presence in our Sunday worship service, in the hearts of other people, in the awesome beauty of our natural surroundings, or in the…

Change: Good News, Bad News

October 9, 2016 — Nancy Bancroft Readings: Isaiah 61:1-6; Romans 8: 35-39   Several weeks ago I made a list of themes for each service for the rest of the year.  I then sent the list to Michelle, Gail and the library ladies, so I’m kind of committed to these themes. The bad news is…

The Harvest is Great

October 2, 2016 — Nancy Bancroft Readings: Deuteronomy 16:13-15; Matthew 9:35-37   The feast of Tabernacles is a harvest celebration and one of the three holy days listed in the Old Testament that the Israelites are directed to observe. Each of these feast days, Passover, Tabernacles and Pentecost, are meant to be joyful occasions. Today’s…

Facing Giants

September 25, 2016 — Nancy Bancroft Readings: 1 Samuel 17: 2-50; Matthew 11:28-29   The Story of David and Goliath is likely a historical event. Just as likely, some of the details, such as Goliath being nine feet tall, were increasingly exaggerated through multiple retellings until  the story was put in writing.  Tales about giants…

Why I Read

September 18, 2016 — Tom Bancroft   I have never thought of reading as a hobby. When I was thinking of writing something on a hobby, I thought –I don’t hunt or fish, I don’t play golf, I don’t collect stamps- maybe I don’t have any hobbies. It was only when I thought about what…

Writing

September 18, 2016 — Lisa Barstow   When I was a teenager I began keeping little scraps of paper with my thoughts scrawled on them in what I called my “important drawer.”  An idea would pop into my mind that seemed worthy of remembering and I’d write it down on whatever I could find, fold…