Sermons

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Prophets In Our Midst

January 27, 2019 — Rev. Paula Norbert   We celebrate Martin Luther King today and as a national holiday last Monday in our nation. For all of us who have paid attention to the news in recent years, we know there is still much work to be done in our world to fulfill the dream Rev….

Beauty – The Divine Embrace

January 13, 2019 — Rev. Nancy Parent Bancroft Readings: Isaiah 42:1-4, 6-7. Luke 3:15-16, 21-22   Irish poet, author, priest, and philosopher John O’Donohue once wrote, “We live between the act of awakening and the act surrender. Each morning we awaken to the light and the invitation to a new day in the world of time; each…

Illuminating Presence

January 6, 2019 — Rev. Paula Norbert   Happy New Year to everyone!  Today, as many of you know, is the Epiphany, January 6th, the date by which we mark the visit of the 3 Wise Men, the Magi to the newborn King, Jesus.  This is typically the final story in the birth narratives which are…

Christmas Eve Message

December 24, 2018 — Rev. Paula Norbert   Not so very long ago in the great history of humankind, and yet for us, a very long time indeed, a child was born in a little town called Bethlehem.  And we know that he didn’t grow up to be a King or a great leader in terms…

Reflections on Hope Before Christmas

December 23, 2018 — Rev. Paula Norbert The last verse of Silent Night invites us to raise our voices in alleluia’s to the one who is “King.” This descriptor was more radical for the people of Jesus’ time as it resisted the powers of empire that threatened “the least of these” that Jesus came to serve….

Love’s Pure Light

December 16, 2018 — Rev. Paula Norbert   “Silent night, holy night, Son of God, love’s pure light, Radiant beams from Thy holy face, With the dawn of redeeming grace, Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth, Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth” – vs. 3 We gather today on this third Sunday in Advent as we move ever…

Unexpected Joy

December 9, 2018 — Rev. Paula Norbert   As we move through these weeks of Advent this year, we are reflecting on the themes in a different order than we usually find them, but sometimes, I like to take things out of order because it draws our attention to them in a new way.  It wakes…

Reflecting God’s Light and True Peace

December 2, 2018 — Rev. Paula Norbert   Today, we begin our journey to Christmas as we observe this first Sunday in Advent.  We read the texts from Isaiah so that we may revisit the prophetic vision of peace that would have been familiar to the Jewish people in the time of Jesus. As we hear…

Reign of Christ

November 25, 2018 — Rev. Paula Norbert   Today we celebrate what we call the Feast of Christ the King.  It is always observed on the last Sunday of the liturgical year and next week, we begin again with the first Sunday in Advent.  Throughout the year, we hear royal language to describe the leadership…

Sharing Our Gifts With Gratitude

November 18, 2018 — Rev. Paula Norbert   We have an early Thanksgiving this year.  I believe it is always held on the 4th Thursday of November and since the first of November fell on a Thursday, this is the earliest date that this national holiday falls.  We know the story of that first Thanksgiving, or…