Spittin’ Mad

Luke 4:16-30 February 4, 2018 Union University Church Reverend Laurie DeMott In today’s passage from Luke, Jesus stands up in worship before his neighbors and friends in his hometown of Nazareth and reads from the scroll of Isaiah. Initially, the people are pleased with him, proud of his scholarship and the eloquence of this man … More Spittin’ Mad

Into the Wilderness

Luke 4:1-15 January 28, 2018 Union University Church Reverend Laurie DeMott Winter in western NY can be harsh.  Even in a fairly mild winter, there will be days when the wind scours your skin and the cold burrows into your bones, when you walk with creaks and clackings, a brittle skeleton of living icicles.  When … More Into the Wilderness

Our Spiritual Attic

Luke 3:23-38 January 21, 2018 Union University Church Reverend Laurie DeMott No matter how old we get, no matter how far from childhood we’ve come, family always seems to be with us.  And I don’t mean it in a physical sense like they’re always dropping in with a car full of luggage to disrupt your … More Our Spiritual Attic

The Most Holy Contest

Luke 3 and 6 January 14, 2018 Union University Church Reverend Laurie DeMott Today is a 3 for the price of 1 Day! Instead of getting just one measly sermon for your money this morning, you will also get a little bible study and a church history lesson complete with visual aids. And by the … More The Most Holy Contest

Are You Saved?

Luke 2:21-35 January 7, 2018 Union University Church Reverend Laurie DeMott A young man once climbed to the top of the bell tower of the local Episcopal church hoping to impress his girlfriend with his courage but to his embarrassment, he got stuck up there and couldn’t get down. Seeing the rector passing by below, … More Are You Saved?

Our Spiritual Resolutions

December 31, 2017 Union University Church Reverend Laurie DeMott NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS  “From the desert monastics” by Daniel B. Clendenin Daniel Clendenin is a professor of theology who earned his Ph.D. from Drew University, taught at William Tyndale College in Michigan, and then at Moscow State University for four years.  Though raised an evangelical, his … More Our Spiritual Resolutions

The Power of the Powerless

Philippians 2:1-5 December 24, 2017 Union University Church Reverend Laurie DeMott At Christmas time, we tell stories of shepherds and angels, of stars and magi, and of stables and cattle a-lowing, and every year, news magazines run articles that evaluate the historicity of the nativity story. Astronomers discuss whether the star of Bethlehem might have … More The Power of the Powerless

Commissioned

Isaiah 61:1-4 Luke 1:46-55, Luke 4:16-21 December 10, 2017 Union University Church Reverend Laurie DeMott I have a number of creches in my house which I will be carefully unpacking this week to display on my window sills and high shelves.  Most, like the one that I have been showing at Children’s Time, are ceramic … More Commissioned

Not Impossible

Joel 2:15-17, 21-27 Luke 1: 26-28 December 3, 2017 Union University Church Reverend Laurie DeMott Dorothy Delay was a violin teacher who taught many famous violinists, including Itzhak Perlman, and she was celebrated for her ability to look at her students, evaluate their personalities, and know how best to help them grow musically.  She didn’t … More Not Impossible

Give Us a King!

I Samuel 8:4-22 November 26, 2017 Union University Church Reverend Laurie DeMott As many of you know, the only sport I follow is baseball (unless you count Four Square with the youth,) and over the years, I have collected a number of books about baseball. Here, for example, I have a book called Baseball: An … More Give Us a King!