Sunday, April 11, 2021: Speak Out

SPEAK OUT Sermon Preached by the Rev. Dr. Lindley G. DeGarmo Union Church of Pocantico Hills April 11, 2021 Acts 4:32–35 John 20:19-31 After the glorious crescendo of Easter morning, there is a tendency in many churches to experience the ecclesiastical equivalent of an exhausted collapse. Typically, the preacher and the music director take a […]

Sunday, April 4, 2021: In the End is the Beginning

Some news is bigger than our ability to say it. That’s why we have hymns and arias and great organ music on Easter. Words alone aren’t big enough. From his prison cell in Nazi Germany, the pastor and theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote to his parents, “It’s a year now since I actually heard a hymn. […]

Sunday, March 28, 2021: Join the Parade

JOIN THE PARADE Sermon Preached by the Rev. Dr. Lindley G. DeGarmo Union Church of Pocantico Hills March 28, 2021 Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29 Mark 1:1-11 Everyone loves a parade. There is something irresistible about marching bands, military units in precision, floats and dignitaries, fire engines, horse troops, and clowns on stilts. Who doesn’t love a […]

Sunday, March 21, 2021: Lifted Up

LIFTED UP Sermon Preached by the Rev. Dr. Lindley G. DeGarmo Union Church of Pocantico Hills March 21, 2021 Jeremiah 31:31-34 John 12:20-33 This morning’s gospel lesson comes from John’s account of Jesus’ final days in Jerusalem. Jesus has been making quite a stir, with great crowds coming to hear him and some, of course, […]

Sunday, March 14, 2021: From Subway to Space and Beyond

FROM SUBWAY TO SPACE AND BEYOND Sermon Preached by the Rev. Dr. Lindley G. DeGarmo Union Church of Pocantico Hills March 14, 2021 Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22 John 3:14-21 Our Gospel lesson this morning includes what is arguably the most familiar verse in the whole Bible, John 3:16. Many of us know it in the stately […]

Sunday, March 7, 2021: Overturning Tables

OVERTURNING TABLES Sermon Preached by the Rev. Dr. Lindley G. DeGarmo Union Church of Pocantico Hills March 7, 2021 Psalm 19 John 2:13-22 Even if you forgot every word Jesus said, you would not forget what he did on the day he visited the temple in Jerusalem. His action was in the tradition of Israel’s […]

Sunday, February 28, 2021: One Life to Give

ONE LIFE TO GIVE Sermon Preached by the Rev. Dr. Lindley G. DeGarmo Union Church of Pocantico Hills February 28, 2021 Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16 Mark 8:31-38 Some of you may remember that I attended Union Theological Seminary in New York City. Union has a long, proud history. The 1930s, 40s and 50s were a particularly […]

Sunday, February 21, 2021: Beyond Wilderness

When it comes to the way the Gospels tell the story of the testing of Jesus, I like Mark’s bare-bones approach the best. Luke and Matthew use a lot of ink describing the details of the temptations that Satan sets before Jesus. And thus preachers use a lot of pulpit time analyzing those temptations: turn […]

Sunday, February 14, 2021: Is Your Head in the Clouds?

2 Kings 2:1-12 and Mark 9:2-9 The future of a church—even one as historic as Union Church—is always uncertain. It is, after all, the nature of the beast. We are not born knowing Jesus Christ by name. It takes one generation to teach the next, and the church is always, therefore, just a single generation […]

Sunday, February 7, 2021: By the Hand

Psalm 147:1-11, 20c and Mark 1:29-39 When the Bible speaks of someone as “possessed by a demon”, what does it mean? Unfortunately, there is no built-in glossary, only those we create from inference and historical analysis. When I hear that phrase, I always think of my brother-in-law, Steve, a brilliant banker and entrepreneur whose financial […]