Sunday, November 7, 2021: Called to Give

CALLED TO GIVE Sermon Preached by the Rev. Dr. Lindley G. DeGarmo Union Church of Pocantico Hills November 7, 2021 Psalm 146 Mark 12:38-44 Money is a powerful motivator—for good as well as bad—and we all are subject to changing our tune when substantial amounts of it are involved. We become more agreeable. We flatter […]

Sunday, October 31, 2021: When God Disappoints

WHEN GOD DISAPPOINTS Sermon Preached by the Rev. Dr. Lindley G. DeGarmo Union Church of Pocantico Hills October 31, 2021 Psalm 128 Genesis 4:1-10 The story of Cain and Abel is the first glimpse we get of life outside of the Garden of Eden. It appears to be a story of conflict between two brothers, […]

Sunday, October 24, 2021: Intimacy

INTIMACY Sermon Preached by the Rev. Dr. Lindley G. DeGarmo Union Church of Pocantico Hills October 24, 2021 Psalm 139:1–12, 23–24 Genesis 2:18-24 This morning I am concluding a series of sermons on Creation. The thesis of this series is that everything God created was given as a means of communion with God. The first […]

Sunday, October 17, 2021: The Hunger for God

THE HUNGER FOR GOD Sermon Preached by the Rev. Dr. Lindley G. DeGarmo Union Church of Pocantico Hills October 17, 2021 Psalm 119:105-112 Genesis 2:15-17 You are in the car. You have been driving all day, and into the night. Hours ago you left the interstate and have been quietly snaking your way along a […]

Sunday, October 10, 2021: Holy Rest

HOLY REST Sermon Preached by the Rev. Dr. Lindley G. DeGarmo Union Church of Pocantico Hills October 10, 2021 Psalm 145:8-14 Genesis 2:1-3 The creation narratives are holy and inspired verses of scripture that serve not as a science text, but as a poetic description of the truth of our lives. Last week, we looked […]

Sunday, October 3, 2021: Taste and See

TASTE AND SEE Sermon Preached by the Rev. Dr. Lindley G. DeGarmo Union Church of Pocantico Hills October 3, 2021 Psalm 34:1-10, 22 Genesis 1:26-31 From the beginning, we have yearned to find some image of the Creator among us. In ancient society, it was common to portray the image of gods by constructing huge, […]

Sunday, September 26, 2021: The Great Cloud of Witnesses

THE GREAT CLOUD OF WITNESSES Sermon Preached by the Rev. Dr. Lindley G. DeGarmo Union Church of Pocantico Hills September 26, 2021 Psalm 80:1-2, 8-19 Hebrews 11:29 – 12:2 Numbers are on my mind this morning. The number twenty-four, for example. That was the number of worshipers who gathered here last Sunday, including Rick and […]

Sunday, September 12, 2021: Giving the Heart

GIVING THE HEART Sermon Preached by the Rev. Dr. Lindley G. DeGarmo Union Church of Pocantico Hills September 12, 2021 Psalm 19 Mark 8:27-33 When Oregon State University students in a class on religion and American culture were asked a few years ago to describe their impressions of Christianity, they consistently responded with five adjectives. […]

Sunday, September 5, 2021: David and His Family

DAVID AND HIS FAMILY Sermon Preached by the Rev. Dr. Lindley G. DeGarmo Union Church of Pocantico Hills September 5, 2021 Psalm 3 2 Samuel 12:7-12 Last week we heard the story of David and Bathsheba: David’s misuse of his power to commit adultery and murder, and how the prophet Nathan confronted the king and […]

Sunday, August 29, 2021; David and Bathsheba

DAVID AND BATHSHEBA Sermon Preached by the Rev. Dr. Lindley G. DeGarmo Union Church of Pocantico Hills August 29, 2021 Psalm 51:1-17 2 Samuel 11:1-5 Today, we turn to the story of David and Bathsheba, wife of Uriah the Hittite. David commits adultery with Bathsheba, and when it proves impossible to trick Uriah into thinking […]