Peek-a-Boo

Isaiah 40:1-5    November 29, 2020Union University ChurchReverend Laurie DeMott I want to talk for a second about the game of Peek-a-Boo.  Depending on where you’re from in the world, you may call this game “Peep-pie,” “Pee-po,” “Peep-ho,” or “Beebo,” but whatever you call it, the game involves covering your face in front of a baby and … More Peek-a-Boo

Save the Skinks

John 5:1-9    November 22, 2020Union University ChurchReverend Laurie DeMott How many of you know which animal the World Wildlife Fund uses for its logo?   Probably more of you than you think.  The World Wildlife Fund is an organization that works to protect the habitat of declining species, and in 1961, it chose the panda for … More Save the Skinks

Paul and Silas

Acts 16:16-40November 15, 2020Union University ChurchReverend Laurie DeMott Do you remember way back in the spring, as the disasters of 2020 were piling up, how we tried to find humor in the unbelievable catalogue of tragedies? “Wildfires, hurricanes, pestilence; what’s next?” we asked smiling, “locusts?” and then to our chagrin, gigantic swarms of locusts did descend … More Paul and Silas

Creating a Hybrid Worship for people on Zoom and for those worshipping live in the sanctuary

When some of the restrictions on gathering in-place were eased in New York State, our church re-opened the sanctuary for worship. Only about a third of our congregation, however, wanted to return to the sanctuary while the rest, because of health issues, regular exposure to our college student population (more prone to Covid outbreaks), or … More Creating a Hybrid Worship for people on Zoom and for those worshipping live in the sanctuary

All Saint’s Day

The Book of RuthNovember 1, 2020Union University ChurchReverend Laurie DeMott Introduction to scripture On All Saints’ Day, we remember loved ones who have died, honoring them by speaking their names aloud and lighting candles as a way of expressing how much they continue to live in our hearts even though they are physically gone from … More All Saint’s Day