Sermons

Union Church words to live by, words of inspiration.

Healing and Care

January 28, 2018 — Rev. Paula Norbert   “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall be shown mercy.”  These words are taken from our reading today from Matthew, which we commonly refer to as the Beatitudes.  If we listen carefully, we can hear the important themes of Jesus’ ministry.  This is his great Sermon; we often call…

Service for Healers

Katie Koles presented this reflection as part of the sermon – January 28, 2017   It is my belief that God positions all people in situations to do His work.   As nurses, we are invited to be present at critical moments in people’s lives.  And I believe that nurses are the threads God uses to…

From Mysticism to the Internet

January 21, 2018 — Rev. Ned Dougherty Lessons: Jonah 3:1, Psalm 62: 6-14, Mark 1:14-20   My wife says that I may be trying to cover too much territory in one sermon, so I thought I would summarize it one sentence: From mysticism to the internet age in 15 minutes. Here goes. How many of you would…

A Faith That Does Justice

January 14, 2018 — Rev. Paula Norbert   The prophet Micah responds to one of the great questions in Scripture that people of faith have wondered about for centuries,saying, “ what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God.” (Micah 6)  As we…

A Blessing for Today

December 31, 2017 — Rev. Paula Norbert   In our Gospel reading today, Luke speaks of Jesus’ presentation in the temple.  In Luke’s story, his parents bring the infant Jesus to the temple that day to fulfill the Law of Moses.  They make the offering of a poor family.  In the temple, the family is greeted…

Christmas Eve Message

December 24, 2017 (5PM Service) — Rev. Paula Norbert Over 800 years ago in a small town in Italy, a man named Francis wanted to re-create the experience of the first Christmas.  He felt that people at his time had lost the true spirit of the birth of Christ, and so he gathered with a small…

And a Child Shall Lead Them

December 24, 2017 (10AM Service) — Rev. Paula Norbert   Beautiful words we hear today from Isaiah, this prophet- poet, speaking about a child “born for us” who shall be called wonderful counselor, mighty God, and prince of peace.  Early in Advent, we read from Isaiah the passage we call the peaceable kingdom where Isaiah prophesies…

Love’s Presence Among Us

December 10, 2017 — Rev. Paula Norbert   We have arrived at the second Sunday in Advent and today we celebrate Love.  As so many have done before us, we remember the stories of the birth of Jesus, only told by Gospel writers Matthew and Luke; we read these stories to remember the promises of old…

Walk in the Light

December 3, 2017 — Rev. Paula Norbert   Today is the first Sunday in Advent…and we are invited to prepare our hearts and minds once again for the coming of Jesus at Christmas.  We read again from the great prophet Isaiah where he speaks of the coming of the Messiah, the long expected one, the one…

What Then Must We Do?

November 26, 2017 — Rev. Paula Norbert   “Whenever you did this to the least of my brothers and sisters, you did it to me.” In this often-quoted passage from Matthew, we are invited to think and think hard about the concrete ways we live out the message of Christ in our lives.  If we listen…