Sermons

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My Soul Magnifies the Lord

December 11, 2016 — Nancy Bancroft Readings: Isaiah 35:1-10; Luke 1: 46b-55   Some of you have noticed and commented that I’ve become a bit of a fashionista with my vestments.  I design and make all of my stoles. One reason is that I find that most of what’s available out there is rather boring. The…

Peace is Built Every Day

December 4, 2016 — Nancy Bancroft Readings: Psalms 72:1-7, 18-19; Romans 15:4-13   It is fitting that our advent candles are placed within a wreath, because though each one represents a separate virtue, they are all interconnected. Last week’s candle Hope is, as Bob shared so well, dependent on Faith.  To the degree that we believe,…

Even From an Old Stump Revisited

November 27, 2016 — Rev. Jan Hryniewicz Text:  Isaiah 11: 1 – 10 & Romans 8: 18 – 25 First Sunday of Advent:  Candle of HOPE   Let me begin by making something very clear:  In my sermon title, I am not referring to ME as the “OLD STUMP returning!”   Though that may apply! On June…

Now Thank We All Our God

November 20, 2016 — Nancy Bancroft Readings: Deuteronomy 26: 1-10; Ephesians 1:15-23   Twice each month I breakfast with area clergy. It’s an informal support group. Sometimes we problem-solve, other times we just enjoy each other’s company.  Tonight’s Community Thanksgiving service, which I hope you all attend, developed from this group. This kind of clergy get-together…

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…