Sermons

Union Church words to live by, words of inspiration.

Gratitude and Prayer

June 10, 2018 — Rev. Paula Norbert Focus Scripture: 1 Timothy 2:1-7   First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings should be made for everyone, for kings and all who are in high positions, so that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and dignity. This is…

The Gift of the Sabbath

June 3, 2018 — Rev. Paula Norbert   In many families, we love to tell the stories of our past, of when and where we were born, of those who came before us, and as a faith community, we too share a desire to tell the story of our creation…of who we are and where…

Memorial Day

May 27, 2018 — Rev. Paula Norbert   In our reading from John’s Gospel today, we hear the words of Jesus to his friends before he knows that he will leave them.  He acknowledges that parting will cause great pain and sorrow, but he encourages them to look ahead to the days when they will know…

Memorial Reflections

May 27, 2018 — Don Chretien   Thank you, Pastor Paula, for giving me this opportunity to share my personal reflections on the eve of Memorial Day. Good Morning all, my name is Don Chretien, I served in the Marine Corps from 1967-1972 as a helicopter pilot. I was in Vietnam from Dec. 1969 – Dec….

How Hungry Are You?

May 20, 2018 — Rev. Paula Norbert   Over the last several months, two groups from our church have been meeting to spend time in prayer and discussion about how we might select an issue of Social Justice to learn more about so that we might imagine ways we could make some difference in our local…

Re-Thinking Mother’s Day

May 13, 2018 — Lisa Barstow   Today we are celebrating Mother’s Day and while I am very happy that there is a day on the calendar that honors women who have taken this role and have experienced its blessing in their lives, I am aware that there are many women who have either not been…

Be Here Now

April 29, 2018 — Rev. Paula Norbert   “I am the Real Vine and my Father is the Farmer. He cuts off every branch of me that doesn’t bear grapes. And every branch that is grape-bearing he prunes back so it will bear even more. You are already pruned back by the message I have spoken….

Loving Our Earth

April 22, 2018 — Rev. Paula Norbert   “In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless voice and darkness covered the face of the deep…then God said, let there be light and God saw the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness.”  Today, as…

Lessons From Springtime

April 15, 2018 — Rev. Paula Norbert Luke 24:13-35   Today we share a beloved story from Luke’s Gospel of the travelers on the road to Emmaus.  There were actually ten or so encounters with Jesus after the Resurrection and this is a favorite. One of the companions is Cleopas and the other is not named;…

We Are Easter People

April 8, 2018 — Rev. Paula Norbert   Our reading today from John’s Gospel is the familiar story of when Jesus’ disciples are reunited with him after the resurrection.  Thomas is not there to witness this firsthand and so, across the years, he has become known as doubting Thomas.  Of course, he represents each of us…