First Congregational United Church of Christ Posts
We are meeting in person again! Services are on Sundays at 9:30 a.m. Here are the guidelines that are in place.
For our safety, health, and comfort in worship, the guidelines below will be in place until the mandates and advice from the Minnesota Department of Health, the CDC Interim Guidance for Communities of Faith, the Minnesota UCC Conference Minister, and related health and church professionals indicate otherwise. They were developed by the Reunion Team and made available to all members in the annual meeting information in January. They will be amended as needed as conditions change.
Face masks are required. Face masks will be provided if needed. Children under 2 yrs. of age should not wear a face mask. Persons who have difficulty wearing a face mask should consider not attending until masks are no longer required.
Please maintain proper social distance (6 ft.) from anyone other than those in your household, while entering, exiting, and sitting. Pews will be marked with tape at 2 ft. intervals; every other pew will be kept vacant. This means there will be no fellowship time after
services for the foreseeable future.
As you enter the building, there will be a sign-in sheet should contact tracing be necessary. As you enter the narthex, there will be a table with the bulletins for the day; take one. There will also be a box for offering; we will not be passing plates hand-to-hand at this
Our heating system and the fans will not be in use while we are in the sanctuary. These only recirculate the air, which is not safe. The sanctuary will be heated prior to worship as needed and windows and doors will be open as weather permits.
Only one person at a time will be allowed to enter each restroom, unless the occupant needs assistance.
There will be no congregational singing until guidelines say that singing is safe again; we will have music, however. Spoken responses by the congregation should be done with soft voices.
It is recommended that indoor worship last no more than 40-45 minutes; the weekly liturgy has been and will continue to be adjusted to reflect that until the positivity rate, caseloads, and vaccination numbers indicate we are back to the best approximation of normal we can expect. The less time we spend in a room together, seated in a room with a closed system, even masked and distanced, the safer we will be. A Communion liturgy is being drafted that will allow us to again celebrate the Lord’s Supper monthly, hopefully by the end of April.
Services are being recorded and are posted later in the week; an email notification with the link is sent out to the church community. To get on the email list to receive links to the services, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call the church office.
Sermon: Now What? Galilee
Scripture: Psalm 118:1-2,14-24 and Mark 16:1-8
Sermon Title: Donkey
Scripture: Mark 11:1-11, Philippians 2:3-13
It’s Palm Sunday. Jesus couldn’t have done it without a donkey, Not much different than his whole ministry. And it was a borrowed donkey. Again, not much different than his whole ministry. And maybe not much different than the ministry we are called to.
Music produced by Dawn Husmann
Sermon provided by Paster Glen Herrington-Hall
This week we will be talking about The Servants-Community from The Prodigal Son by Todd Portinga from Cannon River-Cross of Christ Church
Sermon title: No One Asked for This
God is in the “heart-shaping” business. How have our hearts been shaped in the season, this Lent we’ve been living in for a year? If we have not been changed, have not become more compassionate, more forgiving, more grateful, more… more loving, then the biggest tragedy of this last year has not been the pandemic.
Pastor Glen Herrington-Hall
Music director Dawn Husmann
This week we will be talking about The Mother from The Prodigal Son Parable by Cindy & Nick Fisher-Broin From Spring Garden Church
Scripture: Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22; John 3:16-21
Eternal life is not the big prize at the end of our lives; it’s more like when we begin living. It’s when we find ourselves living in the light – in the presence of God here and now, as revealed in Jesus’ own life and teaching. Going toward the light is an act of faith, of trust; living in the light is where we witness to the one whose love is a longing to save all humanity.
This week we will be talking about The Father – “The Heart of God” from The Prodigal Son Parable by Randy Fett from St. Ansgar’s Church.