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Pay Attention
Scripture: Psalm 19

With 24 hour news on TV, the same stories keep recycling until the images are burned into our brains. I heard a comedian today who suggested we just change the name of the news programs on TV to “What’s Wrong”. It’s easy to get overwhelmed and discouraged when so much seems to be going wrong.
The Psalms remind us that God’s faithfulness is for all creation, and for all time. If we pay attention, we might begin to see where God has been, where God is, and how God can make a difference, in us and through us.

Music provided by Dawn Husmann
Sermon by Pastor Glen Herrington-Hall

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Title: The Elder Son

This week’s lesson is from the The Elder Son’s view from the Parable of the Prodigal Son.

 

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Somebody is Always in Lent

Scripture: Psalm 22:22-31

Lent is a season to look at where and why we struggle as followers of the way of Jesus, how to stay faithful as disciples. Psalm 22 (the whole psalm, not just these verses) is about staying faithful, not because faithfulness is easy for us, but because faithfulness is who God is. And knowing we never have to do this alone.

Music produced by Dawn Husmann

Sermon provided by Paster Glen Herrington-Hall

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Title: The Prodigal Son

This week’s lesson is from the Prodigal Son’s view from the Parable of the Prodigal Son.

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Title: Welcome To the Great Fast
Scripture: Psalm 25:1-10
Lent is a season for self-reflection: what is keeping me from deeper faith, getting in the way of my following the way of Jesus.
Psalm 25 is a wonderful hymn, a perfect prayer for us as we begin Lent this year.

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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.

 

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Life can change in an instant. And it does, for good or ill. God is in the change, in the movement between the before and the after.
But we can also be the change, and be the Gifts needed to make the difference between before and after. We can be “the gifts of God for the people of God,” for all of God’s people.

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Two Banquets

Scripture: Mark 6:14-29

We are invited to attend two parties.  Everyday.  Which one we choose says a lot about who we believe God to be and how we live in the world.  Everyday.

Music produced by Dawn Husmann

Sermon provided by Paster Glen Herrington-Hall

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What Have You to Do With Us?
Scripture: Mark 1:21​-39

Jesus’ healings were not about healing. Something more was going on, something bigger. And that ‘something bigger’ has something to do with us. Truthfully, I think it has everything to do with us

Music produced by Dawn Husmann
Sermon provided by Paster Glen Herrington-Hall

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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.
https://youtu.be/N2UPF51WrUk

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