All posts by Cindy Mae Nelson

Pastor Glen Ash Wednesday 2021

On Ash Wednesday (Feb. 17) we will begin our Lenten exploration of what we know as the parable of the Prodigal Son. Each week, one of the local Cannon Falls pastors will invite us to reflect on how our lives might intersect with the life of one of the characters in the story. We begin this Wednesday with my reflection on the whole parable as a story of an entire family being lost.


January 24, 2021 Service

Sermon title: What Happened at Work Today, Honey?

Text: Mark 1:14-20
When Jesus said, “Follow me,” the first disciples seemed to drop everything without a thought and take off after him, leaving everything else behind. How we read that story reveals what we believe about Jesus and the disciples. And about ourselves. Rather than feel like, “I could never do that,” I think we actually can. And now is the right time to do just what they did.

November 29, 2020 Service : Advent Hope

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.

October 4, 2020 Worship Service

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

September 6, 2020 Worship Service

First Congregational Church of Cannon Falls MN September 6, 2020 Worship Service

Sermon title: The Sign of the Cross     

Most of us may think of the cross as a symbol of Jesus’ death and resurrection, the ultimate sacrifice paid
for our sins and our salvation. I want us to think about the cross as a witness to the power of God’s love,
and our call to live out that love in opposition to the forces that continue to put to death God’s way of love in the world.
 And what does that love look like? Paul spells it out for us pretty clearly, and I believe such love is the true sign of the cross.

Scripture –  Romans 12:9-21, 13:8-14

Pastor Glen Herrington-Hall

Music by Dawn Husmann

A Pandemic Pentecost – May 31, 2020 Service

A Pandemic Pentecost – May 31, 2020 Service

Acts 2:1-8, 12-24, & 32-36

What Christians recognize as Pentecost took place on a Jewish harvest festival, when the city of Jerusalem was filled with people form many paces seeking many different languages. It was not just an event, though, it was a vision of what was and is to come: a world transformed, lives changed, boundaries broken, God’s spirit setting people free. And more than a vision, it is our vocation.