Sermons

Union Church words to live by, words of inspiration.

Reflections on Worry

September 30, 2018 — Rev. Paula Norbert Matthew 6:25-34   I’d like to begin by reading some passages from Matthew’s Gospel, chapter six. We hear the words of Jesus as he speaks to those gathered about the burden of worry and he invites us into a spirit of calm reassurance that even on the most difficult…

Welcoming the Children

September 23, 2018 — Rev. Paula Norbert   Our reading from Mark’s Gospel today is a story  that demonstrates the importance Jesus placed on the children in his midst and reminds us yet again that children are our responsibility, that we are to care for them, value them for who they are, and respect them, ensuring…

Of Grief and Hope

September 16, 2018 — Rev. Paula Norbert   This past week, we remembered that very painful day 17 years ago when we were changed forever. September 11th will never sound the same to those of us who have a full memory of that date.  It’s hard to remember that day and yet, it feels altogether wrong…

In Praise of Teachers

September 9, 2018 — Rev. Paula Norbert   We are now past Labor Day and schools at almost every level are back in session.  Even if it has been years since we have attended school, I think it’s hard to forget the mixed emotions of back to school time as September comes around again.  Since I…

Finding Our Way

September 2, 2018 — Rev. Paula Norbert   In our reading from James today, we hear some great advice about how to live out one’s faith.  He writes, “Be doers of the word and not hearers only.”  And he continues by adding that the doers who act will be blessed in their doing.  James is providing…

Dare to Hope–Dare to be Hope

August 26, 2018 — Rev. Nancy Parent Bancroft Readings: Psalm 137: 1-6; 1 Corinthians 1:10-13; John 14:27 Clergy, like all other working groups, have their professional journals. And the big topic being discussed in them this year and often among clergy when they get together is how to preach given the present divisiveness and political climate.  And…

Music That Moves Me

August 19, 2018 — Rev. Paula Norbert   Today, we celebrate Music Sunday here at Union Church.  When I first began to explore the possibility of applying for the position as Pastor here, one of the most important things that people shared again and again was how much they loved the music.  That really intrigued me…

Finding Refreshment – Woman at the Well

August 12, 2018 — Rev. Paula Norbert   So today, we hear this long, but really wonderful story of Jesus, who himself has become thirsty in the noonday sun, after traveling from Jerusalem in the south to Gaililee in the north.  He and his disciples take the quickest route, through Samaria, and we hear that Jesus…

A Learner’s Story

August 5, 2018 — Rev. Paula Norbert   Today we listen again to the story of Moses when God rained manna from heaven to feed the Israelites in response to their complaining and suffering.  In Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, he writes to remind them of their unity in Christ as a community.  He uses that…

The Souls of Animals

July 29, 2018 — Rev. Paula Norbert   Since I first came to Union Church last September, one of the things that has truly impressed me is the number of people here who share a great love of animals…their dogs, cats, horses and other pets as well as their commitment to the well being of animals…