Sermons

Union Church words to live by, words of inspiration.

The Play

June 18, 2017 — Nancy Bancroft Readings : Psalm 100; Mt. 11: 28 – 12:8   It is known simply as “The Play.”  “The Play” is arguably the name of the greatest game of football ever played- at least up until the last Super Bowl.  Can anyone here this morning tell me the teams that played…

There May Be Angels

June 11, 2017 — Nancy Bancroft Readings: Genesis 18:1-16; Hebrews 13:1-3   There’s a story about a boy who was wandering around the narthex of a large downtown church one Sunday morning and stopped to examine a large bronze plaque that was hung on the wall.  “What are all those names up there?” he asked one…

The Debt to Love One Another

May 28, 2017 — Nancy Bancroft Readings: Philippians 1:3-11; John 15:9-13   This sermon, The Debt to Love One Another, will be in part, a work session, and you’ll need a pen or pencil. It was a spring morning in 1866, just after the Civil War that had devastated the South. A group of Southerners did…

I Will Not Leave You Orphans

May 21, 2017 — Nancy Bancroft Readings: Excerpts from Psalm 104; John 14:15-21   I will not leave you orphaned Paula Norbert and I had a long lunch together this week.  I had spoken with her on several occasions, but this meeting was 1) a real get-acquainted meeting and 2) a sharing with her about how…

Who Do You Say That I Am

May 14, 2017 — Nancy Bancroft Readings: Exodus 3:13-15; Matthew 16: 13-18   A young woman brought her fiancé home to meet her parents. After dinner, her mother told her father to find out about the young man. The father invited the fiancé to the den for a talk. “So what are your plans?” the father…

Beyond Our Imaginings

May 7, 2017 — Rev. Paula Norbert   It is a real pleasure and a privilege to be with you today.  As I have come to know some of the members of Union Church in recent months, I have been so profoundly impressed by your love for this gathered community, your care for one another and…

Living Hope

April 30, 2017 — Nancy Bancroft Readings: Psalm 27; 1 Peter 1:3-9; 13   Hope, joy, optimism and exuberance characterize the epistle of First Peter that Tom read this morning. The recipients of this letter are known as the diaspora; those Jew and Gentile Christians who made their homes in the extreme northern reaches of Asia…

Spring: A Season, a State of Mind

April 23, 2017 — Jennifer Comeau   Remember a few months ago when I asked for a show of hands, “who loves winter?” Today I’ll ask for a show of hands, “Who hates spring?” (None of us do!) During spring, we experience a quickening, an easing, a lightening. Simply put: we experience expansion. Suddenly, after months…

Sing a New Song to the Lord!

April 16, 2017 — Nancy Bancroft Readings: Psalm 96; Matthew 28:1-10   Have you ever got a song stuck in your head? Even a good tune that goes on and on and on eventually drives most of us a little crazy. When our children were young they took music lessons and we were glad of it…

The World is Waiting for the Sunrise

April 16,2017 — Nancy Bancroft Easter Sunrise Sermon   Why Are We Here?         We got up and going very early this morning.  It was dark when we left our warm beds, and our homes. It was dark when we got here.  Why did we come? In the 1950s the husband-and-wife musical team Les Paul and Mary…