Sermons for October 2010

Gifts that Save

10/31/10; Luke 19:1-10 a sermon preached by Rev. Jane McBride, First Congregational Church of MN, UCC Bare, sandy soil, punctuated by shaggy blades of grass. Muddy, stagnant puddles. Shelters constructed out of recycled refuse, perched on foundations of garbage. People subsisting on waste scavenged from the nearby city. I toured this community near Porte Alegre,… Read More

Sermon 10/24/10: “In Need”

“In Need” a sermon by the Rev. Abigail Henderson, preached on Oct. 24, 2010, at First Congregational Church of Minnesota. Psalm 65; Luke 18: 9–14 My father always had a saying:  “From the outside, one can never truly understand someone else’s marriage or financial situation.” Growing up in New Jersey, his father, a Wall Street… Read More

Don’t Lose Heart

Children’s Sabbath, 10/17/10; Luke 18:1-8 Rev. Jane McBride, First Congregational Church of MN, UCC Justice. Today, our scripture focuses on justice; human justice, God’s justice. As we celebrate Children’s Sabbath, we join with many congregations in seeking justice for children.  But what do we mean by justice?  Is it a matter of fairness?  Or doing… Read More

Sermon 10-10-10: Immersion

Immersion Jer 29:1,4-7; Luke 17:11-19 A sermon preached by the Rev. Abigail Henderson at First Congregational Church of Minnesota, UCC, on Oct. 10, 2010. When I was growing up in New England, I had a friend named Elizabeth who went to “language immersion” camp right here in Minnesota.   Guess what the language was?  Swedish! She… Read More

By the Rivers of Babylon

October 3, 2010; Ps 137; 2 Tim 1:1-14 Rev. Jane McBride, First Congregational Church of MN, UCC The young man, a high school Junior, stepped forward to the mic.  His relatively small stature, slightly stooped posture, and blond hair falling unevenly over his forehead suggested a timid demeanor.  Yet his voice came through with clarity… Read More