First Congregational United Church of Christ Posts

Have you ever been as mad as a monkey with a cucumber?  I know you have, even if you don’t know what that means.  Here’s why, how, and what to do about it.

Scripture: Matthew 20:1-16

Pastor Glen Herrington-Hall.

Music done by Dawn Husmann.

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Forgiveness is something we all need, but find it hard to offer to others. And as easily as we pray each week “Forgive us as we forgive others,” I’m not sure we fully understand what forgiveness is and what it isn’t, and how central it is to who we are as Christians and how we move through the world. Jesus’ parable in Matthew 18:21-35 opens a door for our understanding of the power of forgiveness.

Scripture: Matthew 18:21-35

Pastor Glen Herrington-Hall.

Music done by Dawn Husmann. 

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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

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Pastor Glen shares a prayer written by Minnesota UCC Conference Minister, the Rev. Shari Prestemon, written while watching the news late Wednesday night, as Hurricane Laura made landfall and Minneapolis erupted again with violence in the streets. A beautiful prayer fitting for difficult days and painful nights.

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The disciples had a mid-term exam. Two questions. Who do people say that I am? and Who do you say I am? The first question was just a warm-up. Peter was the only one who dared an answer to the second question, and it changed everything for them. How we answer that question still matters because it changes everything for us too. And that’s not just preacher-talk; I mean it. It changes everything for us.

Scripture – Matthew 16:13-23

Pastor Glen Herrington-Hall

Music by Dawn Husmann

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Ever wonder what’s going to happen to all those who are wrong? You know, the unrepentant, the non-believers, who have fallen away, who don’t believe the right things or aren’t living the right way, like you and me. That question raises big spiritual problems. But not the ones you might think. This is the third, and last (for now) in a series on Life is a Spiritual Issue, and it begins with Paul worrying about the fate of his fellow Jews, asking who’s in and who’s out.

Scripture – Romans 9:1-5.  Pastor  Glen Herrinton-Hall; music by Dawn Husmann.

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Nothing. We fear having nothing, feeling like nothing. Inadequacy, insufficiency. But Jesus did his best work with nothing, and with nobodies. “Nothing” is another spiritual problem with a spiritual solution.

 

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Jacob, an ancestor of our faith, struggled through this life, not realizing his problems were spiritual, and so were the solutions. Which is true for all of us, most, if not, all of the time. Life itself is a spiritual experience for people of faith, like Jacob. That’s this week’s message from Pastor Glen Herrington-Hall: Life is a Spiritual Experience: Jacob.

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