Praise God

Psalm 150 July 9, 2017 Union University Church Reverend Laurie DeMott This past week, I had the most ordinary day:  I had to go to the grocery store so I drove to Hornell and everyone on the roads drove a reasonable speed and not once did I think to myself, “What a dangerous driver!”  When … More Praise God

A Mite Confused

Psalm 30 July 2, 2017 Union University Church Reverend Laurie DeMott One of the iconic figures of American history, Daniel Boone, was a frontiersman who in the late 1700s helped settle parts of the wilderness that we now know today as Kentucky and Tennessee. Boone wandered over huge swaths of forest land in the Appalachian … More A Mite Confused

Lie Down!

Psalm 46 June 25, 2017 Reverend Laurie DeMott Union University Church I am preaching a 4 week series on the psalms of which this is week two. The Psalms have had a central place in both Jewish and Christian worship for thousands of years and Jesus himself undoubtedly recited the same psalms in his synagogue … More Lie Down!

How Long, O Lord?

Psalm 13 June 18, 2017 Union University Church Reverend Laurie DeMott In small churches across America, congregations constantly ask, “How can we get more young people to come to church?”  They look at their graying members and worry that they are becoming increasingly irrelevant to the next generation and so they discuss how they can … More How Long, O Lord?

The Voice of the Spirit

Galatians 5:22-26 June 4, 2017 Union University Church Reverend Laurie DeMott Have you ever had anyone tell you that they needed to “find their voice?”  If so, the person was probably not referring to a case of laryngitis but rather to a kind of inner exploration.  This phrase, “finding your voice,” has been adopted in … More The Voice of the Spirit

The Urge to Belong

Galatians 2:11-21 May 28, 2017 Union University Church Reverend Laurie DeMott If you have ever taken a creative writing course, led a youth group experience, joined a “Journaling” class, or been part of a life improvement seminar, you have probably participated in the classic exercise called, “Write your own obituary.”  In this exercise, participants are … More The Urge to Belong

A Walk with Christ

Acts 15:1-21 May 7, 2017 Union University Church Reverend Laurie DeMott The Bible often describes faith as a walk. The Psalmist says to God, “I walk in faithfulness to you,” Isaiah implores us “to walk in the way of the Lord,” and Paul says that we should “walk by faith, not by sight.” Today following … More A Walk with Christ

Clear the Mechanism

Colossians 3:1-17 April 30, 2017 Union University Church Reverend Laurie DeMott I’d like you to take a moment to consider the wonder of your brain. According to a website called “Brain facts”, your brain has “85 billion neurons completing upwards of five trillion chemical reactions each second at speeds of over 260 miles per hour.” … More Clear the Mechanism

Bright Week

II Corinthians 4:7-11, 16-18 April 23, 2017 Union University Church Reverend Laurie DeMott In the Eastern Orthodox church, the week following Easter is called Bright Week: the liturgies are all sung liturgies, the music is joyful in tone, and people spend the week outside of church in festive activity. On Easter, the men throw water … More Bright Week