Sermons

Union Church words to live by, words of inspiration.

What Will You Bring to the Feast?

September 3, 2017 — Nancy Bancroft Scripture Reading: I Corinthians 12: 4-11    In the animated movie Ice Age, when saber-tooth tigers attack a tribe of nomads, a mother and her baby attempt to outrun the beasts but are cornered at a raging waterfall. The little boy is discovered by a wooly mammoth named Manfred, a…

Missions

August 27, 2017 — Ken Murray & Members of the Mission Committee   Micah 6.6-8 6“With what shall I come before the Lord, and bow myself before God on high? Shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves a year old? 7Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams, with tens of thousands…

Committed to Respond

August 20, 2017 — Nancy Bancroft Readings: Psalms 104: 1-34, Colossians 1:16-17   It was about two and a half years ago that Jenny Comeau gave her time and incredible organizational skills to us as she led us through a process of developing our church profile. She collated what we identified as the important components of…

Worship the Lord with Gladness & Song

August 13, 2017 — Nancy Bancroft Readings: 1 Chronicles 13:5-8; Colossians 3: 16-17   The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour was a variety show that premiered in August 1971. It starred American pop-singer Cher and her husband at the time, Sonny Bono. The show was canceled in 1974, due to the couple’s divorce, but it was…

We are a Pilgrim People

Nancy Bancroft — August 6, 2017 Readings: Genesis 12:1-9; Hebrews 11:8-16 When we here in the United States hear the word pilgrim, our first thought is usually of the Puritans, who were among the earliest European settlers of this country. This is particularly true around the time of Thanksgiving, when the words pilgrim and Puritan are…

Reverberate in the Lord!

July 30, 2017 — Nancy Bancroft Readings: Psalm 150, Romans 12: 1-18   In 2001 I was hired as an ethicist for a large health system based in Michigan but with hospitals, nursing homes, home health agencies and clinics all over the country.  It was a meaningful and interesting position. It paid very well, I interacted…

Blessed Are Those in Right Relationship

July 23, 2017 — Nancy Bancroft Readings: Matthew 5:1-12 (two versions)   I missed it.  Since 2013, the United Nations has celebrated March 20 as the International Day of Happiness. It’s a day to be intentionally happy, and most especially a way to recognize the importance of happiness in the lives of people around the world….

Reverence for the Earth

July 16, 2017 — Lisa Barstow   46 years ago astronaut Ed Mitchell took a photograph of what he called the “blue green marble”  He was on his way home to Earth from the moon and it was the first time that human beings had seen their planet as part of the cosmos suspended in space….

Rest in Peace

July 9, 2017 — Nancy Bancroft Readings: Psalm 46: 1-5; 10; 2 Thessalonians 1:-1-4; 3:16-18   Last week we considered the difference between happiness that is wonderful but transitory and joy, which can sustain us even in times of difficulty.  Today, our theme is relaxation, which is enjoyable and beneficial, but can also be sporadic. Relaxation…

Rejoice in the Lord Always

July 2, 2017 — Nancy Bancroft Readings: Isaiah 9: 2-3; Philippians 4:4-9   Lucy is trying to comfort Charlie Brown after his strikeout: “That’s all right, Charlie Brown. You win some, you lose some.” Charlie Brown replies, “That would be wonderful!” Poor Charlie Brown! Deep in our hearts we agree with Lucy in the PEANUTS…