Sermons

Union Church words to live by, words of inspiration.

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…

Counting Our Blessings

November 19, 2017 — Rev. Paula Norbert   We gather here this week before Thanksgiving to take time out of our week to come together, to worship and give thanks to God, and to find time to be mindful of the many blessings of our lives.  As you may all know, Thanksgiving is a uniquely American…

Remembering With Love

November 12, 2017 — Rev. Paula Norbert Reading: Luke 19:1-10   We hear another wonderful and familiar story today in Luke’s Gospel about Zacchaeus and it’s one that many children have been drawn to over the years.  You may even remember the simple children’s song about him climbing the tree.  Children really like this story, because like…

Inspired to Serve

In today’s Gospel from Matthew, we have the opportunity to listen in as Jesus shares words of wisdom with the crowd gathered that day.  It is clear that he is trying to present a vision of what it means to be holy people, what it means to really follow the word of God.  He cautions…