Sermons

Union Church words to live by, words of inspiration.

Spring: A Season, a State of Mind

April 23, 2017 — Jennifer Comeau   Remember a few months ago when I asked for a show of hands, “who loves winter?” Today I’ll ask for a show of hands, “Who hates spring?” (None of us do!) During spring, we experience a quickening, an easing, a lightening. Simply put: we experience expansion. Suddenly, after months…

Sing a New Song to the Lord!

April 16, 2017 — Nancy Bancroft Readings: Psalm 96; Matthew 28:1-10   Have you ever got a song stuck in your head? Even a good tune that goes on and on and on eventually drives most of us a little crazy. When our children were young they took music lessons and we were glad of it…

The World is Waiting for the Sunrise

April 16,2017 — Nancy Bancroft Easter Sunrise Sermon   Why Are We Here?         We got up and going very early this morning.  It was dark when we left our warm beds, and our homes. It was dark when we got here.  Why did we come? In the 1950s the husband-and-wife musical team Les Paul and Mary…

Tat Twam Asi

April 9, 2017 — Nancy Bancroft Readings: Matthew 21: 1-11; Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29   Many of you know that I am a well-organized planner.  It seems to be the only way I function.  I have a lot of interests and the way I can accomplish a lot is organizing myself and starting things early.  So I…

A Prayer for Compassion

April 2, 2017 — Nancy Bancroft Reading: John 11: 1-44    Okay, a sermonette it is. I can take a hint. And yes, as Jim sang so beautifully, it is about love; as it always is. God is love. And we are created in God’s image. We are truly ourselves; we live most fully when we love…

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…