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

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

Blessing of the Animals

Job 12:7-8    October 3, 2021    Union University ChurchReverend Laurie DeMott Tomorrow, October 4th, is the Feast of Saint Francis in the Catholic Church and so today around the globe many churches are participating in the ceremony of the Blessing of the Animals dedicated to his memory.  St. Francis is one of those cross-over saints who has become … More Blessing of the Animals

Eat Your Vegetables

Daniel 1Zechariah 7:4-10September 26, 2021Union University ChurchReverend Laurie DeMott Introduction I have been preaching through the historical periods of the Hebrew scriptures discussing the lessons that we can learn from each of them.  To review: we heard about the call of Abraham and Sarah to follow a God who can accomplish what seems to our … More Eat Your Vegetables

The Flaming Fiery Furnace

Daniel 3:1-30September 19, 2021Union University ChurchReverend Laurie DeMott A couple of weeks ago, I gave the ceremonial prayers at Alfred University’s convocation.  As the platform party waited to process, I watched the flock of incoming students shuffle by us to take their seats and noted, as I do every year, how awkward and self-conscious they … More The Flaming Fiery Furnace

David and Goliath

I Samuel 17September 5, 2021 Union University Church Reverend Laurie DeMott I am preaching through the historical periods of the Hebrew scriptures and the lessons we are supposed to draw from each of them.  In the stories of the father and mother of our faith — Abraham and Sarah — we learn that what seems … More David and Goliath

The Fable of the Trees

Judges 9:1-21August 29, 2021Union University ChurchReverend Laurie DeMott The Bible is a book for all ages.  For the tender young ears of our littlest ones there is the story of Noah with his floating zoo or the story of Jonah swallowed by a whale like Pinocchio.  For the graying seniors, there are the psalms of … More The Fable of the Trees