Author Archives: Steve LaMotte

About Steve LaMotte

Husband of Andrea and father of four amazing children. Pastor at Avenue United Methodist Church in Milford, Delaware.

Seeking The Welfare of Our Nation

Today, Joe Biden will be inaugurated as the 46th President of The United States of America. There are many in our community who will celebrate the incoming President. There are many others who would’ve liked a different outcome. As Americans, … Continue reading

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Epiphany | The Revelation

Yesterday marked the beginning of the season of Epiphany. Epiphany is the time when we recognize the revelation that God Incarnate as Jesus. We often think about the star leading the Magi from the East to Bethlehem to worship Jesus … Continue reading

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Hope Gives Us Purpose

[This sermon was given at Avenue United Methodist Church on December 20, 2020. You can listen to the sermon here and watch on our Youtube Channel.] In 2004, I led a mission trip to Paraguay, where we had the opportunity … Continue reading

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COVID, Advent, and Hope

As I sit down to type out this post, the first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine are said to be made available in Delaware (where I live) and throughout The United States. Over the last nine months, the COVID-19 pandemic … Continue reading

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Hope for the Broken

[Sermon preached December 13, 2020 at Avenue United Methodist Church. You can listen to the sermon on our website or watch on Youtube.] One Christmas in the mid-1980’s, my parents got my sister and I a cardboard space shuttle. My … Continue reading

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Hope in the Darkness

When I was the youth pastor here at Avenue in the early 2000’s I had the privilege of leading a mission trip to Jellico, Tennessee for a week of home repair. We worked hard during the week and ended the … Continue reading

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Hope Keeps Us Awake

[Sermon preached on November 29th, 2020 at Avenue United Methodist Church. First sermon in our series, “A Thrill of Hope.”] Our family stayed home on Thanksgiving and while we missed seeing our extended family, we had a lot fun together … Continue reading

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Advent and The Clone Wars

Sunday is the beginning of Advent. Advent is the beginning of the year of the Christian calendar. Where the world sees Advent as a countdown to Christmas the Church sees Advent, as Fleming Rutledge writes as “a seas of the … Continue reading

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Trading Our Birthright

Do you remember the story of Esau and Jacob in the book of Exodus? They were twin brothers and could not be more different. Isaac became a skilled hunter and Jacob stayed at home with his mother. Isaac, as a … Continue reading

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The Separation of Church and Hate | Neighborly Engagement

We all know the type. The know-it-all, the “I know-more-than-you-do,” the “I Stayed-at-a-Holiday-Inn-Express Last night” Expert. Whether the topic is politics, COVID, or even theology, they think they know more than anyone else. They may have some knowledge but they … Continue reading

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