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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.

 

 

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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

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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.

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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

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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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