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  • Sermonette- Dec. 10, 2018

    Reverend Mindy Meier, First Congregational Church|Dec 10, 2018

    The minor prophet, Habakkuk, spoke the word of God to the people of Israel in the midst of them being captured, massacred and pillaged. The powerful Babylonians, lead by viscous King Nebuchadnezzar had destroyed the temple, and taken the people of Israel into captivity. Back into slavery, where they’d be for 70 years. How long, Lord, must I call for help, but you do not listen? Or cry out to you, “Violence!” but you do not save? (Habakkuk 1:2) Habakkuk’s cry is the cry of every human heart. We see the violence around us: mass shootin...

  • Sermonette for January 22, 2018

    Reverend Mindy Meier|Jan 22, 2018

    Sometimes, Scripture speaks for itself. There’s no need for explanation, as it’s so universal it’s for all those who read or hear it. This favorite Psalm is saying just that. The Psalms are written for all included in creation, no one is left out.  For comfort, for assurance of being known and loved, read and meditate on Psalm 139. It’s for you!  1 You have searched me, Lord, and you know me.  2 You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar.  3 You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my wa...

  • Sermonette for January 15, 2018

    Reverend Mindy Meier|Jan 15, 2018

    Human beings are created for relationship. We need touch, a place to belong, and to be loved. There is no doubt that modern psychology has claimed this, as well as each of the world’s religions/philosophies. It’s such a basic truth for every person, it almost seems silly to claim, yet profound to admit.  Loving and healthy relationships are where you can be yourself, which always includes your darkest side.  The gospel of John includes many encounters of Jesus with a variety of people: insiders, outsiders, outcasts, religious leaders, skeptic...

  • Sermonette for January 8, 2018

    Reverend Mindy Meier|Jan 8, 2018

    Thousands of years before Jesus’ birth, the Old Testament prophet, Isaiah, begs God: “O that you would tear open the heavens and come down…!” (Isaiah 64.1)  We too understand this cry, the deep desire that God would enter into our dark and lonely experience. That God would not sit so lofty on a throne that we cannot understand, we mortal humans can not touch or reason or even comprehend God’s grandeur.  God does, in fact, tear open the heavens and come down. In his baptism, the heavens are torn open (Mark 1). In his crucifixion, the curtain i...

  • Sermonette for January 1, 2018

    Reverend Mindy Meier|Jan 1, 2018

    This time of year is full of expectations. Perfect decorations, perfect presents, perfect family pictures, perfectly warm feelings.  The world is full of expectations, too. The expectation to be married with kids by the time you’re 25. The expectation to follow a certain path: college, work, marriage, kids, carefree empty nesting, glorious grand parenthood, retirement, etc.    The expectation to make a good living. The expectation to live up to a standard, and to reveal that standard by how you dress, how your house looks, how well behaved...