Sermons

Union Church words to live by, words of inspiration.

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…

Have You Seen the Risen Christ Lately?

April 3, 2016 — Rev. Lamar Robinson   The Reader’s Digest periodically carries an article in its monthly magazine with the title of “Ten things your doctor, lawyer, accountant, whoever won’t tell you.”  These are things you really don’t want to know, but perhaps you should.  In the March issue it was “Things your sleep…

Show Me

March 27,2016 (10:00 a.m. Service) — Nancy Bancroft Readings: Psalm 96, Mark 16:9-14   May the words of my mouth and the meditations of our hearts be found pleasing to you, Oh God. Show Me A long, long time ago I attended college in Missouri. It’s known as the Show Me state, and Missourians are…

The Rest of the Story

March 27, 2016 (Sunrise Service) — Nancy Bancroft   Paul Harvey Aurandt better known as Paul Harvey was a conservative American radio broadcaster for the ABC Radio Networks. Paul Harvey, for any of you who may remember, had a distinctive style. His on-air persona was influenced by sportscaster Bill Stern, who had an emphatic manner…