Sermons

Union Church words to live by, words of inspiration.

No Pain, No Gain!?

October 25, 2015 – Rev. Jan Hryniewicz Text:  Psalm 36:  5 – 9 & Habakkuk 3: 17 – 19 Author Elizabeth Gilbert writes in her best selling book Eat Pray Love:  “I’ve had a lot of time to formulate my opinions about divinity since that night on the bathroom floor when I spoke to God…

What’s YOUR Reason?

October 18, 2015 Text:  Isaiah 55: 1 – 13 & 1 Corinthians 12: 4 – 7 Lady Edith Crawley of Downton Abby experienced a big disappointment in her life. She was jilted at the altar by her fiancé́ who said “ I can’t go through with this” and walked away. Time passes, and she ventures…

Entertaining Angels Unaware

October 11, 2015 – Rev. Jan Hryniewicz Text:  Hebrews 13: 1 – 3 & Romans 15: 1 – 7   Last week we discussed Barbara Brown Taylor’s inspiring book An Altar in the World, a geography of faith focusing on the importance of being present to God….the practice of waking up to the Divine Spirit…

Encountering Altars

October 4, 2015 – Rev. Jan Hryniewicz Genesis 28: 10 – 22 Isn’t it interesting how precious time becomes when we know its running out?  How we savor the remaining warm days, the lingering flowers and vegetables in our fading gardens, one last swim or boat ride… a final ice cream cone at Goose Rocks…

The Joy of Being Found

September 27, 2015 – Rev. Jan Hryniewicz Psalm 23 & Luke 15: 1 – 10 During his physical, the doctor asked the patient about his daily activity level. He described a typical day this way: “Well, yesterday afternoon, I waded along the edge of a lake, escaped from wild dogs in the heavy brush, marched…

Peace Sunday Remarks

Peace Sunday Remarks, 13 Sep 2015 Jen Fullmer When Pastor Jan asked me to say a few words today about “[my] commitment to this nation and to the ultimate cause of peace on earth,” I immediately agreed and thought about how very fundamental to my being that commitment has been, and always will be. However,…

Being Leaven

September 6, 2015 – Rev. Jan Hryniewicz Text:  1 Chronicles 22: 13- 16 & Matthew 25: 31 – 40 Labor Day weekend, a weekend some dread and others adore!  Summer draws to a close ….and we move either gleefully or reluctantly into a new season.  Brand new back packs filled with blank notebooks and sharp…

Created for Love

August 30, 2015 – Rev. Jan Hryniewicz Union Church, Biddeford Pool, Maine Text:  Hosea  14: 4 – 9 &  John 15: 9 – 17 “Hi Sarah, hey listen I only have a minute.  I’m about to get picked up for a blind date, can you call me in a half hour just in case it’s going…

Wings and Arms

August 16, 2015 – Rev. Jan Hryniewicz   Text:  Matthew 13:  1 -9 & 18 – 23   This past week, I had face to face conversations with two clergy friends of mine who are currently serving churches. After discussing a variety of topics, each one asked me what I was preaching about on Sunday.  …

In Pursuit of Peace

August 2, 2015 – Rev. Jan Hryniewicz Text: Psalm 34: 11 – 14 & Romans 12: 9 – 21 A young Jewish man excitedly tells his mother he’s fallen in love and that he is going to get married. He says, “Just for fun, Ma, I’m going to bring over three women and you try…