We Are Tired of War!

Link to Service In this morning’s reading from Paul’s Letter to the Romans, we hear an extended description of what it means to be a follower of Christ.  He writes, “If it is possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.” As we watch the ongoing suffering in Ukraine and in […]

In which we learn about life and love from Winnie the Pooh and Friends

  Link to Service This morning, we take a moment to remember our ancestors; we remember the grandparents and parents, aunts and uncles, perhaps brothers and sisters and cousins who shared our life but are no longer with us.  So many of these people helped to shape who we are and how we lived our lives.  […]

There is Always Light

Link to Service “Comfort, comfort my people, says your God” These words  from the great prophet Isaiah in chapter 40  express the deep yearnings of all peoples but especially those now living in fear and sorrow in the Middle East. And we too yearn for comfort, comfort from the reality of the horrors that continue […]

Honesty and Unity

Link to Service Many years ago, I had the privilege of taking a graduate course when I was doing my graduate in work in education that was called “Politics, Education and Oppressed Peoples.” The class brought together students from around the world, including black south Africans during a time of Apartheid, Palestinians from the West […]

Love Will Be Our Judge

Link to Bulletin Our readings this morning remind us of something we have known all along.  Love is at the heart of the Bible; love is at the heart of the Gospels; Love is what the central message of Jesus was all about.  And yet, too many people feel that they are not loved; too […]

Are You There God?

Link to Service Bulletin The summer season has long been a time for people to relax, to take time away from our work and daily routines and enjoy the beauty of the outdoors.  The warmer temperatures beckon us to come out of our homes and to step away from the chores and worries of life.  […]

What Then Must We Do?

Link to Service We hold in our hearts this day all those in the wake of Hurricane Idalia that was moving across Florida as I began to compose this reflection earlier in the week.  Once again, an historic storm bringing extreme weather has left a path of destruction across several states.  Even before this, we […]

A Beautiful Banquet

Link to Bulletin                                                                                    Sermon August 28 2022                                      Quote St. Vincent de Paul “You will find out that Charity is a heavy burden to carry, heavier than the kettle of soup and the full basket. But you will keep your gentleness and your smile. It is not enough to give soup and bread.  […]

God Is In: Celebrating Presence

Link to Bulletin                                                       Sermon August 21, 2022       Today, we conclude our series on Celtic Spirituality by celebrating our heightened sense of God’s presence in all things, in all people, and in all times. Over these weeks, we have been reminded of the ways in which God blesses us through each moment of our […]

Lessons in Winter

February 23, 2020 — Rev. Paula Norbert   Our Gospel reading today from Matthew is read each year before the beginning of the Lenten Season.  It is a story that takes place towards to the end of Jesus’ public life when he’s heading to Jerusalem.  He understands in some way what is before him and […]