“Lo, Here it Is”

I Thessalonians 4:13-18;  Luke 17:20–21 June 10, 2018 Union University Church Reverend Laurie DeMott Do you remember what you were doing last September 23rd?  If it helps, it was a Saturday — the fourth Saturday in September.  Did you sleep in?  Were you working, traveling, cleaning the house?  How were you feeling that day, do … More “Lo, Here it Is”

The Trinity of Our Souls

Romans 14:7-9 Union University Church June 3, 2018 Reverend Laurie DeMott For years I have been putting quotes in the bulletin based on the theme of the service and when I first began that practice, I collected quotes from my reading or looked up topics in Bartlett’s Quotations but now I get my quotes from … More The Trinity of Our Souls

Breath of God

I Corinthians 9:19-23 May 20, 2018 Union University Church Reverend Laurie DeMott The story of Pentecost that we heard read this morning in a babble of different languages is found in the book of Acts, written by Luke as a sequel to his gospel. The full title of the Book of Acts in our Bible … More Breath of God


Philippians 1: 1-11     May 13, 2018      Union University Church  Reverend Laurie DeMott   Paul began every letter with a reminder of grace and he spoke about grace a lot in the body of those letters. “For all of you share in God’s grace with me,” he tells the Philippians, “whether in prison and as we … More Grace

An Embodied Faith

I Corinthians 6:9-20;   The Message translation (attached at end) May 6, 2018 Union University Church  Reverend Laurie DeMott One of my first years in ministry, I was asked to give the sermon at the high school Baccalaureate.  Back in those days, all of the churches still gathered every June to honor the graduating seniors in a … More An Embodied Faith


Romans 13:1-7 Apr 29, 2018 Union University Church  Reverend Laurie DeMott In the 70’s there was Watergate; in the 80s, Irangate; in the 90s, Nannygate, in the aughts, Leakgate, in 2015, Deflategate; and now before the decade is finished, we have Chaplain-gate — the controversy that has surrounded the resignation of Father Patrick Conroy as … More Chaplain-gate

A Time Motion Video

Ecclesiastes 1:1-10 II Corinthians 5:12-21 April 22, 2018 Union University Church Reverend Laurie DeMott When I was a teenager, my family always had an Easter egg hunt on Easter afternoon, but this was no tame suburban type Easter egg hunt.  We lived on a six acre piece of land near Geneseo and my father would … More A Time Motion Video

Deja Vu, All Over Again

John 21:1-17 April 15, 2018 Union University Church Reverend Laurie DeMott Yankees catcher Yogi Berra famously said, “It’s deja vu, all over again.”  Well, here in the final chapter of the gospel of John, it’s deja vu all over again.  Peter and the other disciples are fishing, casting their nets continuously into the water only … More Deja Vu, All Over Again

Would You Rather?

John 20:19-31    April 8, 2018 Union University Church Reverend Laurie DeMott If you are looking for games that provoke a lot of discussion, laughter, and occasionally disgust, you might want to try a game called “Would you rather?” I’ve been playing this game for years with my youth group but for those who would like … More Would You Rather?