Surprised by Joy

December 8, 2019 – Rev. Paula Norbert   As we gather on this second Sunday of Advent, we hear this lovely reading from Isaiah, which presents these images which have been depicted in religious art over time.  It was called the “Peaceable Kingdom” and we imagine that picture of the various animals coming together in […]

Signs of Hope

December 1, 2019 – Rev. Paula Norbert   I hope you all enjoyed a lovely Thanksgiving with family, friends, good food and time to relax.  So quickly after, we find ourselves in the first Sunday of Advent today as we begin this cycle once again and look to the birth of Jesus at Christmastime.  Last […]

Walking Home

November 24, 2019 — Rev. Paula Norbert   The lovely reflection today on Listening to Autumn is part of an earlier reading we shared back in October.  It reminds us of the gifts that come to us in this season if we open our hearts  and truly listen to the gifts that come to us.  […]

Reflection on All Saints Day

November 3, 2019 — Rev. Paula Norbert   Last Friday, the day after Halloween, was All Saints Day, when the Christian church has historically honored those who have died as witnesses to their faith. All Saints Day originated sometime in the 4th Century, most likely in Ireland, and was originally celebrated on the first Sunday […]

Making Room for the Divine Within

October 27, 2019 — Rev. Paula Norbert   Luke 18:9-14 He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and regarded others with contempt: “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax-collector. The Pharisee, standing by himself, was praying thus, […]

The Rituals of Autumn

October 20, 2019 — Rev. Paula Norbert   We are now a full month into the season of autumn, a beautiful season in New England as we enjoy the spectacular foliage, the slightly cooler days, the chores we undertake to prepare our yards for the coming of winter as well as the traditional fall cleaning […]

On the Meaning of Life

October 13, 2019 — Rev. Paula Norbert   Today’s passage from Jeremiah presents some advice to the community of that day for how to live a full life.  I imagine that there are countless books that have been written on the search for the meaning of life.  Great minds have pondered this question over the centuries, […]

Meditations for World Communion

October 6, 2019 — Rev. Paula Norbert   But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope […]

Everyday Grace

September 29, 2019 — Rev. Paula Norbert   We have often called the writings in the New Testament the Good News, because they speak of the words and actions of Jesus that brought good news to a people desperately in need of hope, of healing, and mercy.   In a writing from Isaiah (52:6-8), we hear […]

Standing With Those Who Often Suffer Silently

September 22, 2019 — Rev. Paula Norbert   Today, we gather to share our collective concern and support for those suffering with mental health issues and for their families and friends.  It’s a difficult topic to speak about and yet struggles with mental health affect many, many families.  September is the month dedicated to raising […]