Sermons

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Joy Beyond Measure

December 15, 2019 — Rev. Paula Norbert   On this third Sunday of Advent, we continue to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the hymn, Joy to the World.  As we listen to those words in a new way, “heaven and nature sing,” we may ask, how do we join in with this song?  How do…

Surprised by Joy

December 8, 2019 – Rev. Paula Norbert   As we gather on this second Sunday of Advent, we hear this lovely reading from Isaiah, which presents these images which have been depicted in religious art over time.  It was called the “Peaceable Kingdom” and we imagine that picture of the various animals coming together in…

Signs of Hope

December 1, 2019 – Rev. Paula Norbert   I hope you all enjoyed a lovely Thanksgiving with family, friends, good food and time to relax.  So quickly after, we find ourselves in the first Sunday of Advent today as we begin this cycle once again and look to the birth of Jesus at Christmastime.  Last…

Walking Home

November 24, 2019 — Rev. Paula Norbert   The lovely reflection today on Listening to Autumn is part of an earlier reading we shared back in October.  It reminds us of the gifts that come to us in this season if we open our hearts  and truly listen to the gifts that come to us. …

Musings on Darkness and Light

November 17, 2019 — Stephen Fox   Stephen Fox gave a sermon on Darkness and Light and included some personal stories extemporaneously that are not included in the written text posted as his sermon.   The twelfth verse of Psalm 139 tells us that Darkness is not dark for you and night shines as the…

Reflections by Rosie DiBella of Safe Passage

Our speaker today is Rosie DiBella, who serves as the Deputy Director of Development/Subdirectora de Desarrollo of Safe Passage, an organization which originated in Maine in 1999.  Rosie’s passion for programming and development for the Latinx communities drives her to continue her efforts promoting the expansion of educational services to the children and families of the…

Reflection on All Saints Day

November 3, 2019 — Rev. Paula Norbert   Last Friday, the day after Halloween, was All Saints Day, when the Christian church has historically honored those who have died as witnesses to their faith. All Saints Day originated sometime in the 4th Century, most likely in Ireland, and was originally celebrated on the first Sunday…

Making Room for the Divine Within

October 27, 2019 — Rev. Paula Norbert   Luke 18:9-14 He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and regarded others with contempt: “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax-collector. The Pharisee, standing by himself, was praying thus,…

The Rituals of Autumn

October 20, 2019 — Rev. Paula Norbert   We are now a full month into the season of autumn, a beautiful season in New England as we enjoy the spectacular foliage, the slightly cooler days, the chores we undertake to prepare our yards for the coming of winter as well as the traditional fall cleaning…

On the Meaning of Life

October 13, 2019 — Rev. Paula Norbert   Today’s passage from Jeremiah presents some advice to the community of that day for how to live a full life.  I imagine that there are countless books that have been written on the search for the meaning of life.  Great minds have pondered this question over the centuries,…