Take Up Your Cross

April 4, 2004, revised April 5, 2020John 12:12-36Union University ChurchReverend Laurie DeMott I am preaching this in my living room because, as those who are listening in real time know, New York State is under “stay-at-home” orders during the coronavirus pandemic.  It is Palm Sunday, the first day of Holy Week, and during Holy Week, … More Take Up Your Cross

Christianity and Covid-19

Mark 12:28-34March 15, 2020Union University ChurchReverend Laurie DeMott So this is the third sermon I have worked on this week.  When I did my bulletin on Thursday — just three days ago — I was working on a sermon about Jesus’ statement to give to Caesar what is Caesar’s because I am preaching through Mark … More Christianity and Covid-19

Greenbacks, Dough, Capital, Wealth, Moolah… What Jesus Says about Money

Mark 10:17-27March 8, 2020    Union University ChurchReverend Laurie DeMott To prepare for today’s sermon, I dug deep into the Bible.  Starting with Jesus’ command to the rich man here in the gospel of Mark to “… sell all that you have, and give the money to the poor,” I did a word search and read all … More Greenbacks, Dough, Capital, Wealth, Moolah… What Jesus Says about Money

Imposter Syndrome

Mark 9:14-29March 1, 2020   Union University ChurchReverend Laurie DeMott In the popular comic strip, “Calvin and Hobbes,” six year old Calvin often worries that there might be monsters living under his bed so in one strip, Calvin and his pet tiger Hobbes decide that the best defense is offense.  That night before turning off the lights … More Imposter Syndrome


Mark 9:2-8February 23, 2020Union University ChurchReverend Laurie DeMott If you remember from last week, Jesus had sent the disciples out into the world to preach and heal, and when they came back from their mission, they were tired and in need of rest, but instead Jesus continued his preaching and even demanded that they use … More Awe

Loaves and Fishes

Mark 6:34-44February 16, 2020   Union University ChurchReverend Laurie DeMott It is late.  The disciples are tired. More than tired – they are bone weary from sitting on the hill listening to Jesus teach the same material they have heard 100 times.  Though the sun is sliding down the western sky, the heat remains stifling and they … More Loaves and Fishes

Intercessory Prayer

February 9, 2020Mark 5:24-34  Union University ChurchReverend Laurie DeMott Every Sunday, we begin our worship with prayer concerns.  We lift the names of those who are sick or struggling so that we can include them in our prayers of intercession, prayers we offer on others’ behalf.  It’s what we do; we are Christians and Christians pray … More Intercessory Prayer