Amen. Let It Be!

July 21, 2019 — Rev. Dr. Nancy Parent Bancroft Readings: Excerpts from the Gospel of John, Chapters 14 and 15; Discouragement by Deborah Burke     Discouragement can be defined as a loss of confidence or enthusiasm. It can feel like dispiritedness,downheartedness, dejection, depression, demoralization, disappointment, despondency, hopelessness, or a lack of enthusiasm. It can lead […]

Surprising Prophets

July 7, 2019 — Rev. Nancy Parent Bancroft   Readings: 2 Kings 5:1-14 John 1:43-46 Luke 10:1-2 Jeremiah, Hosea, John the Baptist, Jesus, Martin Luther King, John F Kennedy, Samantha Smith, Denise Kenney, Greta Thunberg, Jen Comeau – What do these  people have in common? They are prophets. What is a prophet? Although some prophets […]

Beauty – The Divine Embrace

January 13, 2019 — Rev. Nancy Parent Bancroft Readings: Isaiah 42:1-4, 6-7. Luke 3:15-16, 21-22   Irish poet, author, priest, and philosopher John O’Donohue once wrote, “We live between the act of awakening and the act surrender. Each morning we awaken to the light and the invitation to a new day in the world of time; each […]

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 […]

Part of Me is Dead But Can be Found

February 25, 2018 — Rev. Nancy Bancroft   Rev. Paula sent me her sermon, and gave me permission to read it or do something of my own. I felt that I couldn’t do it justice and decided to share my own reflections about the readings. But I’ve borrowed the stories that she offered and would like […]

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 […]

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 […]