Sunday, June 20, 2021: Danger in the Water

DANGER IN THE WATER Sermon Preached by the Dr. Rev. Lindley G. DeGarmo Union Church of Pocantico Hills June 20, 2021 Psalm 9:9-20 Mark 4:35-41 There is danger in the water. That’s the point of this text for today, and on at least one level, we understand that point well. Oh, sure, there’s also beauty […]

Sunday, June 13, 2021: Miracle Grow

MIRACLE GROW Sermon Preached by the Rev. Dr. Lindley G. DeGarmo Union Church of Pocantico Hills June 13, 2021 2 Corinthians 5:1-10, 14-17 Mark 4:26-34 I have some old friends—a couple who live in the country—who complement one another in an interesting way. He is a gardener and she is a worrier. The gardener is […]

Sunday, June 6, 2021: Family Values

FAMILY VALUES Sermon Preached by the Rev. Dr. Lindley G. DeGarmo Union Church of Pocantico Hills June 6, 2021 Psalm 138 Mark 3:20-21, 30-35 As we heard in this morning’s gospel lesson, the family into which Jesus was born did not approve of his zeal for the kingdom of God. They reckoned it overwrought, even […]

Sunday, May 30, 20121: The Nearness and Farness of God

THE NEARNESS AND FARNESS OF GOD Sermon Preached by the Rev. Dr. Lindley G. DeGarmo Union Church of Pocantico Hills May 30, 2021 Isaiah 6:1-8 Romans 8:12-17 Barbara Ehrenreich, the social commentator and author, has written about the modern tendency to domesticate the awesome. She gives the example of how when centuries of technological striving […]

Sunday, May 23, 2021: The Spirit of Truth

THE SPIRIT OF TRUTH Sermon Preached by the Rev. Dr. Lindley G. DeGarmo Union Church of Pocantico Hills May 23, 2021 Acts 10:44-48 John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15 It is a fact that the nature of God is a mystery to our finite human minds, and yet the mysteriousness of God does not stop us from wanting […]

Sunday, May 16, 2021: Ignore It at Your Peril

IGNORE IT AT YOUR PERIL Sermon Preached by the Rev. Dr. Lindley G. DeGarmo Union Church of Pocantico Hills May 16, 2021 Luke 24:44-53 Acts 1:1-11 Last Thursday, the fortieth day after Easter Sunday, the church calendar called for the observance of the Ascension of our Lord. Ascension Day marks the events described in this […]

Sunday, May 9, 2021: No Longer Servants

NO LONGER SERVANTS Sermon Preached by the Rev. Dr. Lindley G. DeGarmo Union Church of Pocantico Hills May 9, 2021 1 John 5:1-6 John 15:9-17 Shopping for Mothers’ Day cards this week, one that especially caught my fancy gave thanks for the sender’s good fortune in having a devoted mother who had gone on to […]

Sunday, May 2, 2021: God Is Love

GOD IS LOVE Sermon Preached by the Rev. Dr. Lindley G. DeGarmo Union Church of Pocantico Hills May 2, 2021 1 John 4:7-21 John 15:1-10 In school, one of the books many of us had to read was The Odyssey by the ancient Greek poet Homer. Over the years I have gone back and reread […]

Sunday, April 25, 2021: No Words

NO WORDS Sermon Preached by the Rev. Dr. Lindley G. DeGarmo Union Church of Pocantico Hills April 25, 2021 1 John 3:16-21 John 10:11-18 Today is Fourth Sunday of Easter, sometimes called “Shepherd Sunday” because the biblical passages for the day all have shepherd themes. The Bible has many of these, and we could read […]

Sunday, April 18, 2021: Body Matters

BODY MATTERS Sermon Preached by the Rev. Dr. Lindley G. DeGarmo Union Church of Pocantico Hills April 18, 2021 1 John 1:1-4 Luke 24:36b-48 A woman lost her husband; he died of heart disease when they were still middle-aged. The men from the undertaker arrived to take the body away. The husband’s condition had been […]