Blessed Are Those in Right Relationship

July 23, 2017 — Nancy Bancroft Readings: Matthew 5:1-12 (two versions)   I missed it.  Since 2013, the United Nations has celebrated March 20 as the International Day of Happiness. It’s a day to be intentionally happy, and most especially a way to recognize the importance of happiness in the lives of people around the world. […]

Rest in Peace

July 9, 2017 — Nancy Bancroft Readings: Psalm 46: 1-5; 10; 2 Thessalonians 1:-1-4; 3:16-18   Last week we considered the difference between happiness that is wonderful but transitory and joy, which can sustain us even in times of difficulty.  Today, our theme is relaxation, which is enjoyable and beneficial, but can also be sporadic. Relaxation […]

Rejoice in the Lord Always

July 2, 2017 — Nancy Bancroft Readings: Isaiah 9: 2-3; Philippians 4:4-9   Lucy is trying to comfort Charlie Brown after his strikeout: “That’s all right, Charlie Brown. You win some, you lose some.” Charlie Brown replies, “That would be wonderful!” Poor Charlie Brown! Deep in our hearts we agree with Lucy in the PEANUTS […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]