The Last One

I Corinthians 3:5-9December 26, 2021Union University ChurchReverend Laurie DeMott One of the exercises that ministers often use when they get writer’s block is to try to imagine that the sermon they are working on is the last sermon they will ever preach.  Supposedly this exercise helps us to clear out all of our extraneous distracting … More The Last One

Gaudete

Zephaniah 3:14-18Luke 2:10-11December 12, 2021Union University ChurchReverend Laurie DeMott When I was a child, my church didn’t celebrate Advent.  We were Baptists and at the time, Advent was considered something that only high liturgical churches did and there was the feeling that if we celebrated Advent, the next thing you knew, we’d be burning incense … More Gaudete

The Prince of Peace

Isaiah 9:2-7December 5, 2021Union University ChurchReverend Laurie DeMott “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given… And he shall be called ‘Prince of peace.’” As most of you know, I studied Biology as an undergraduate student but after receiving my Bachelor degree, I changed course and went into seminary for … More The Prince of Peace

The Realm of Hoping

Isaiah 2:1-5Romans 8:24-25November 28, 2021Union University ChurchReverend Laurie DeMott Today is the beginning of Advent and one of my annual Advent traditions is to read The Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.  There are now enough televised versions of it that in a busy year, I will cheat and watch it instead of reading it but … More The Realm of Hoping

All is Safely Gathered In

Revelation 1:4-9  November 21, 2021Union University ChurchReverend Laurie DeMott Every year, as Thanksgiving approaches, the refrain “All is safely gathered in,” runs constantly through my brain.  Beginning in October, I start checking off the items on my winter preparation list: the snowblower must get its tune-up, my car must have snow tires; I have to compost … More All is Safely Gathered In

Amazing Grace

Romans 8:31-39November 14, 2021Union University ChurchReverend Laurie DeMott On the bookshelf in my living room, taking up nearly an entire shelf, is my twelve volume set of the New Interpreter’s Bible, commentaries on all 66 books of the Bible containing biblical analysis and suggestions for preaching themes and reflections.  Right next to those 12 volumes … More Amazing Grace

One, Yet Many

I Corinthians 12:12-14, 25-26November 7, 2021Union University ChurchReverend Laurie DeMott When I was growing up, one of the stories we liked to hear my mother tell was the story of how she and my father met.  When he was a senior in high school, my father was the President of the Monroe County American Baptist … More One, Yet Many

Enriched by Christ

I Corinthians 1:1-9    October 31, 2021    Union University Church Reverend Laurie DeMott I want to talk to you today about salvation which I know will immediately make some of you squirm uncomfortably.  We mainline Christians don’t like to talk about salvation much because the word has been so misused that it makes us uncomfortable.  It reeks of … More Enriched by Christ

Trips and Journeys

Acts 11:19-26Galatians 2:7-13   October 17, 2021Union University ChurchReverend Laurie DeMott Introduction to scripture: I have been preaching this fall through the historical periods of the Hebrew scriptures, talking about the faith lessons the Bible wants us to learn from those periods and we are now going to turn to the Christian scriptures, the New Testament.  While … More Trips and Journeys