Sermons

Union Church words to live by, words of inspiration.

Slowing Down

 April 7, 2019 — Rev. Paula Norbert   Ecclesiastes 3:1-13 For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; a time to kill, and a time to…

Lighten the Load

March 31, 2019 — Rev. Paula Norbert   Luke 12:29-34 “And do not keep striving for what you are to eat and what you are to drink, and do not keep worrying. For it is the nations of the world that strive after all these things, and God knows that you need them. Instead, strive…

Revisiting Martha and Mary

March 24, 2019 — Rev. Paula Norbert   Scripture-Luke 10:38-42 “Now as they went on their way, he entered a certain village, where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. She had a sister named Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to what he was saying. But Martha was distracted…

The Gift of Connections

March 17, 2019 — Rev. Paula Norbert   We gather this Sunday as we continue on our journey through Lent.  This is meant to be a time when we are called to turn around, consider our thoughts and habits in new ways, and open our minds and hearts to the movement of the Spirit of…

Becoming Unbusy

March 10, 2019 — Rev. Paula Norbert Scripture:  Matthew 11:28-30   Reader: Come to me all you who are weary and are carrying heavy burdens and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your…

Thin Places

March 3, 2019 — Rev. Paula Norbert   This is the last Sunday of the Season of Epiphany; we know that  Lent begins this week on Ash Wednesday.  For Luke, the Transfiguration is in many ways the greatest of all of the epiphany stories.  You may remember that the word “epiphany” means “showing forth.”  Far…

On Forgiveness, Again?

February 24, 2019 — Rev. Paula Norbert Genesis 45:3-11, 15, Luke 6:27-28   Today, we hear the continuation in Luke of the Sermon on the Plain that we began last week, with these challenging words from Jesus, “I say to you that listen, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those…

Yours is the Kingdom of God

February 17, 2019 — Rev. Paula Norbert   We hear today the familiar passage from Luke that is often called the Beatitudes. This reflects the beginning of his preaching and it is a summary of some of the important things that he then will live out in his public ministry and repeat in both his…

Transformational Love

February 10, 2019 — Rev. Paula Norbert   In a few days, we will celebrate Valentine’s Day, which is a day when many people give cards or flowers or chocolates to a special loved one….and perhaps to family members or dear friends. I’ve always enjoyed celebrating this day, even when I haven’t been in a special…

Whoever Said It Would Be Easy?

February 3, 2019 — Rev. Paula Norbert   Last week, I spent some time speaking about prophets in our midst as we remembered the legacy of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Today, we find Jesus back in his hometown after he had been speaking in his synagogue to a crowd that had gathered that day. He…