Author Archives: Steve LaMotte

About Steve LaMotte

Husband of Andrea and father of four amazing children. Pastor of Orchard Church in Magnolia, Delaware. Elder in the Pen-Del Conference.

Lessons from a Flat Tire

Last week, I helped Andrea and her co-teacher transfer some items we stored out our house to their classroom in order to get ready for school. When I left the school, I heard an unwanted noise coming from my car. … Continue reading

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Learning from Frederick Douglass

Over the last two years, I have been trying to read more books on racial inequality as a way to better understand and stand with my African American brothers and sisters. (I still have a ways to go). I started … Continue reading

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Answering the Call

This past Sunday, in my first message at my new appointment, I preached on Genesis 12 which is the account of God calling Abram to leave his country, his kin, and his father’s house to go to the land that … Continue reading

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Stepping Out of the Boat

Nine years ago, I preached my final sermon at Avenue United Methodist Church in Milford, DE. I had served there for nine years as Youth Pastor/Associate Pastor. That final sermon was from the story of Jesus walking on water in … Continue reading

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On The Move (or, I’ve Been Reappointed)

On Sunday, February 7th I announced that the Bishop was re-appointing me from my current ministry to Avenue United Methodist Church in Milford, DE beginning July 1, 2019. (For non-United Methodist, Clergy ‘itinerate’ and are deployed through the leadership of … Continue reading

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Advent: The Christ Candle

*A week or so late, but I wanted to post.* Over the past four weeks, we have been in the season of Advent. Advent is not a countdown to Christmas, but a season of waiting, expectation, and self-examination as we … Continue reading

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Fourth Sunday of Advent: Peace

Through our Advent Journey, we have practiced a rhythm of watching and waiting by looking at God’s faithfulness, God’s love, and the joy that God brings us. This morning we light the fourth candle, the Candle of Peace. Our scripture … Continue reading

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