Forgiveness

II Corinthians 2:1-10September 6, 2020Union University ChurchReverend Laurie DeMott After the Sept 11th attack, a journalist was interviewing a couple who lost a son in the World Trade Center bombing and the journalist said, “I know you are Christians.  Will you be attending church this week to seek consolation to help you cope with this … More Forgiveness

Consolation

II Corinthians 1:1-11August 30, 2020Union University ChurchReverend Laurie DeMott There is a popular children’s book that is titled Alexander’s Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.  Well, we can all sympathize with Alexander this year because 2020 is turning into our national Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Year.  Every day we have to take … More Consolation

Deep Calls to Deep

August 23, 2020Psalm 42:6-8Union University ChurchReverend Laurie DeMott I’ve been thinking about God a lot this week.  Now, many of you are probably saying to yourself, “Laurie, you’re a minister.  Don’t you think about God all of the time?” and that’s true, but most of the time, the kinds of things I am thinking about … More Deep Calls to Deep

Faith and Creativity

Genesis 1Ephesians 2:10Union University ChurchReverend Laurie DeMott Bereshit bara Elohim et hashamayim ve’et ha’aretz.   This is the original Hebrew of the very first verse in our Bible, Genesis 1. Bereshit bara Elohim et hashamayim ve’et ha’aretz:  “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” When I took Hebrew in seminary, our professor … More Faith and Creativity

The Birdbath

July 12, 2020Mark 4:26-29Union University ChurchReverend Laurie DeMott [Jesus] said, “The kingdom of God is as if someone would scatter seed on the ground, and would sleep and rise night and day, and the seed would sprout and grow, he does not know how. The earth produces of itself, first the stalk, then the head, … More The Birdbath

The Beatitudes

July 5, 2020Matthew 5:1-12Union University ChurchReverend Laurie DeMott The twelve verses which I just read are called the Beatitudes, from the Latin beatitudo meaning blessed.  In these twelve short verses, Jesus describes the full spectrum of human life and if you were to place these verses over the days of your time here on earth, … More The Beatitudes

Faith is Trust

June 21, 2020Galatians 2:19-21Union University ChurchReverend Laurie DeMott We’ve celebrated our children and youth who participated in the 2019-2020 program year, and now I want briefly to share with you a story from one of my first youth groups way back in the 1980s.  This was a group that included Judy Bowden, Marcia Stevens, Tom … More Faith is Trust