Sermons

Union Church words to live by, words of inspiration.

Peace is in the Now

June 12, 2016 — Nancy Bancroft Readings: Psalms 90:1-4; 12-17, John 14:25-27, 2 Thessalonians 3:16   The three readings today have two things in common; time and peace.  Tough both are gifts from God, time and peace are often in conflict with each other. What is time?  Time has long been a major subject of…

We Are the Hands of God

June 5, 2016 — Nancy Bancroft Readings: Psalm 4; John 7: 33-36; 2 Corinthians 4:6-12   You’ve probably all heard this one, but it fits today’s theme, so I’ll share it. A small town was experiencing a terrible storm and local officials sent out an emergency warning that the riverbanks would soon overflow and flood…

Mi Casa es Su Casa

May 29, 2016 — Nancy Bancroft Readings: Ecclesiastes 3: 1-13; Mt 10: 40-42   Memorial Day is a holiday that has evolved to incorporate a number of celebrations The holiday, originated as Decoration Day in 1868, after the American Civil War, when the Grand Army of the Republic, an organization of Union veterans, established it…

Delighting in the Human Journey

May 22, 2016 — Nancy Bancroft Readings: John 1: 1-5; John 16:12-15 In Time magazine’s May 2 issue in which they list who they consider to be today’s 100 most influential people, there is a story about Nadia Murad, age 23. The article reads: “Nadia Murad stands in a long, invisible history of fierce, indomitable…

One in the Spirit

May 15, 2016 — Nancy Bancroft Readings: Genesis 11:1-9; Acts 2:1-13   I think that the Bible is a beautiful and apt symbol for Union Church.  As a unity in diversity, the Bible expresses its message in a rich variety of literary forms. The literature of the Bible is an aesthetically beautiful interpretation of divine…

Pure and Noble Motherhood

May 8, 2016 — Nancy Bancroft Readings: 2Timothy 1: 3-7; I Corinthians 13: 4-7   In his 1974 book, Like it is, Howard Cosell, asks, “Why are you so critical of baseball? … something pure and noble like the American flag, motherhood and apple pie.” Across all cultures, motherhood is considered pure and noble. In…

On Being Church

May 1, 2016 — Nancy Bancroft Readings: Leviticus 26: 9-13; Acts 2:41-47 As you know, we are awaiting the birth of our third grandson. Rachel and Christopher have been preparing their other two boys for Beau’s arrival. Kane was just 2 ½ when Mace was born, so he doesn’t remember the adjustment of not having…

Do We Really Love Our Earth?

April 24, 2016 — Nancy Bancroft Anniversaries are important.  In most cultures people celebrate the anniversary of their birth. It’s a time to be grateful for our lives, and for people who love us to also show that they appreciate us. Wedding anniversaries are also important celebrations. They are opportunities for a couple to show…

Bottom Line Ministry

April 17, 2016—Rev. Jan Hryniewicz Ordination of Dr. Nancy Parent Bancroft Text:  Micah 6:7-8; John 21:15-17   Wow….. a whole lot has happened here in Union Church since I waded reluctantly into the sea of retirement exactly 3 months ago today!    Foot washing on Maundy Thursday, a Palm Sunday parade and overnight retreats!! That’s  what…

Thoughts on Courage

April 10, 2016 — Nancy Bancroft Scripture Readings: Deut. 31 5-8; John 20:19-20 & Luke 24:37-49   From time to time I like to imagine myself in a gospel story. Doing so often gives me insights that I might not otherwise have. The gospels were written after about one hundred years of passing the stories…