Category Archives: Pastors Blog

Joy

Our theme for Sunday is JOY. One thing I’ve noticed about joy is that is heightened after a period of sorrow or struggle. I can’t even imagine what it must have been like for Mary after learning about her mysterious pregnancy. What terror she must have felt! And yet … her joy is manifest from […]

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Hesed – The Power of Pause

Sunday’s text from the Hebrew Bible is the first chapter of ‘second Isaiah.’ Let me explain: Actors and comedians know the power of the pause. Rather than immediately speaking the next line or joke, they simply stop speaking, waiting for just the right moment to speak again, catching the audience’s full attention with that silence. […]

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First Advent

Sunday, Dec. 3rd marks the first day of Advent. Traditionally, Advent is a time of waiting and watching. For some, it’s waiting for Christmas and presents. For some, it’s watching for an apocalyptic end or a new beginning. From our UCC Advent devotional come important insights. “… To know the hour of judgment and grace […]

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Thanksgiving

In this week before Thanksgiving, I can appreciate the gratitude in the air. I’ve noticed that we express gratitude for the positive things in our lives – family, friends, health, and home. It is good and right to be grateful. I’m also feeling an unusual sense of gratitude for the uncomfortable stuff of life – […]

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ISAIAH

Sunday, after worship, we have a unique opportunity to hear about ISAIAH from our area organizer, Laura Johnson. Several of you attended their big event in January 2016 when we heard from Doran Schrantz (Executive Director), Rev. James Alberts (president), Mayor Betsy Hodges, and Senator Al Franken (to name a few.) From their website: “ISAIAH […]

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Thank you! Gracias! Danke! Merci beaucoup!

Our Stewardship Commitment Sunday was a wonderful morning celebrating your generosity. We also celebrated All Saints Day by remembering the saints in our lives. We have much to be grateful for at Union Church and it’s because of the radiant divine image that is each of you! As we continue the process of discernment about […]

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500th anniversary of the Reformation

We say in the UCC there are no tests of faith. Well … this isn’t a test of faith but a test of knowledge. How’s your church history? On Sunday, October 29th we’ll celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. We all know that any history is complex and mostly written by the ‘winners,’ but […]

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Journey to Generosity

In this pledge/stewardship season as we make the Journey to Generosity, we will be talking about money at church. Yes, it’s a hot topic. Money plays a major role in our personalities. Money influences the way we live, the way we relate to other people, our life-time goals, and the way other people describe us. […]

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Thunderstorms

Thunderstorms in Minnesota scare me! I’ve learned a very healthy respect for the power of Mother Nature. I can understand how ancient people thought God was angry with them or the god of thunder was punishing them – nature’s kind of power can hurt you! One of the texts for Sunday is from Exodus 20. […]

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Fall Events and Faith

September has flown by, but our programming is just getting started! This week is our first Plant-Based Meal lesson is on Wednesday at 5:30pm. On Sunday we’ll celebrate World Communion by bringing an abundance of food donations for STEP and building a mountain of groceries at the altar. Neighbors in Need special offering is this […]

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