Standing on Tip Toe

November 28, 2021 Who would have imagined I’d be preaching from my messy office in Ocean Park and you’d be tuning in via Zoom!? When last we were together at Union Church, did we even know what Zoom was let alone know how to connect to it!!! Every time I do Zoom or live stream…I hope […]

Even From an Old Stump – Revisited

April 28, 2019 — Rev. Jan Hryniewicz Text:  Isaiah 58: 1 – 12 & Colossians 3: 15 – 17   Recently Ed and I took a 4,500 mile trip in our tiny green Ford Fiesta…to explore the south and get away from the ice and snow.   I brought three things home from that trip…a refrigerator […]

From Winter Wondering, Wisdom Rendered

January 29, 2017 — Rev. Jan Hryniewicz Text: Isaiah 55:10- 13 & Philippians 4: 4 – 9   May the Holy Spirit carry each and all of us to deeper understandings as we pause and ponder today in these holy moments in the season of Winter. What beautiful, creative, poetic words we are hearing about the […]

Even From an Old Stump Revisited

November 27, 2016 — Rev. Jan Hryniewicz Text:  Isaiah 11: 1 – 10 & Romans 8: 18 – 25 First Sunday of Advent:  Candle of HOPE   Let me begin by making something very clear:  In my sermon title, I am not referring to ME as the “OLD STUMP returning!”   Though that may apply! On June […]

Bottom Line Ministry

April 17, 2016—Rev. Jan Hryniewicz Ordination of Dr. Nancy Parent Bancroft Text:  Micah 6:7-8; John 21:15-17   Wow….. a whole lot has happened here in Union Church since I waded reluctantly into the sea of retirement exactly 3 months ago today!    Foot washing on Maundy Thursday, a Palm Sunday parade and overnight retreats!! That’s  what […]

Be Aglow with the Spirit

January 17, 2016 — Rev. Jan Hryniewicz Text: Psalm 23 & Romans 12: 1 – 21   On a New Member Sunday , August 26th , 2007,  I shared  sermon message called “The Church as a Nesting Place”.     Here’s an excerpt: As I was walking in the woods, I came upon a perfectly formed little […]

Set Free to Laugh

January 10, 2016 – Rev. Jan Hryniewicz Text:  Zephaniah 3: 17 &  Beatitudes paraphrased   Call to Worship I cry out to the Sculptor who does not hear me from within the stone. This tomb is cold and dark and heavy. My words echo endlessly, repeating, repeating, growing quieter with each pass. My feet cannot […]

Recognizing Our Star

January 3, 2016 – Rev. Jan Hryniewicz Text: Isaiah 60: 1 – 3 & Matthew 2: 1 – 12 A pastor had just begun his Christmas Eve sermon when all the lights went out…..a power outage. The ushers found some candles and placed them around the sanctuary. Then the pastor reentered the pulpit, shuffled his […]

Rekindling the Spiritual Hearth

December 27, 2015 – Rev. Jan Hryniewicz Text: Proverbs3 1- 6 & Colossians 3: 12- 17 Call to Worship “It is not over, this birthing. There are always newer skies into which God can throw stars. When we begin to think that we can predict the Advent of God, that we can box the Christ […]

Embodying the Light

December 20, 2015 – Rev. Jan Hryniewicz Text: Isaiah 9: 2 – 7 & Luke 1: 26 – 38   As a little girl climbed onto Santa’s lap, Santa asked the usual, “And what would you like for Christmas?” The child stared at him open mouthed and horrified for a minute, then gasped: “Didn’t you […]