Title: Advent Hope
Scripture Lesson: Isaiah 64
Isaiah reminded Israel of the God who had been with them and saved in ways they had not expected and could not have anticipated.
Advent is a time to remember our hope is in the same God, who surprised the world by appearing as an infant, and surprise us still with a radical gospel of justice, peace, and forgiveness.
Today’s guest pastor is Minnesota UCC Conference minister Shari Prestemon.
Today we look at what fear does to our lives and how we might begin to overcome it.
Scripture: Matthew 25:14-30
Guest pastor Bill Peterson, music by Dawn Husmann and Mary Pat Kleven
Enjoy today’s service of music, prayers and encouragement. Have a blessed week!
Scpriture: 2 Corinthians 1:3-11
Our losses come in all shapes and sizes, but each one may contain a lesson. If we are patient with ourselves in our grieving, and long to find some meaning that can not only help us heal but reshape our lives, what we can learn from our pain might be valuable to us and for others.
This week’s scripture: Job 38:1-11, 16-18, 25-27; 42:1-6
Job had the worst day ever: all he owned, and his whole family, were taken from him. He was left only with his grief and his questions. He wanted God to explain why this had happened, but God was nowhere to be found. When God does show up, Job’ question goes unanswered. He was given something more helpful. It’s given to us, too: an answer to a question we never thought to ask.
Grief is hard. We are all grieving now, through this pandemic and the losses it has brought to nearly every aspect of our lives. How we grieve, and how we walk with each other through grief, is a daily challenge. This sermon, the first in a series of three, offers a look at what helps us grieve well as we grieve together.
Scripture: Psalms 77:1-10
Pastor Glen Herrington-Hall.
Music is done by Dawn Husmann
The A-list guests ignore the invitation to the wedding feast for the king’s son, so the king has them all murdered. (Sounds like an episode of Game of Thrones.) So the king decides to invite everyone else – the B-list, and even those not on anyone’s list. But for some reason, the king decides to throw even one of these guests out. Who is that guy, and why is he so unwelcome? You get to decide who he is. And you might want to join him.
Scripture: Matthew 22:1-14
Pastor Glen Herrington-Hall.
The music is done by Dawn Husmann.
First Congregational Church of Cannon Falls MN October 4, 2020 Worship Service
Sermon title: In God’s Hands
The reading from Leviticus is instruction on presenting loaves of bread on the altar, 12 loaves, one for each of the 12 tribes of Israel, to remind God of the faithfulness of all Israel.
In God’s Hands is a picture book, an ancient Jewish folktale retold by Lawrence Kushner and Gary Schmidt. It is a reminder to us that ordinary deeds, done in faith, can create their own miracles.
Scripture – Leviticus 24:5-9
Pastor Glen Herrington-Hall
Music by Dawn Husmann