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Spring Forth

By First Congregational McGregor
A weekly sermon podcast from the First Congregational Church of McGregor, Iowa
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Again and Again
Want to be better at faith and discipleship? Train daily. Motivation Text: 1 Timothy 4:7 - 8
05:25
May 5, 2021
May 2, 2021
Fifth Sunday of Easter / You're Invited Music by Marilyn Swanson -Carol Grady & Peg Puhl - Vocalists Music used in this episode under permission of CCLI #2764654 Additional music, produced and edited by William Gentry © 2021 First Congregational Church of McGregor, Iowa
01:08:47
May 2, 2021
From The Archives
Spring cleaning can be soul renewing.
08:52
April 28, 2021
April 25, 2021
Fourth Sunday of Easter / Psalm 23 Music by Marilyn Swanson - Linda Luber - Vocalist Music used in this episode under permission of CCLI #2764654 Additional music, produced and edited by William Gentry © 2021 First Congregational Church of McGregor, Iowa
01:04:55
April 25, 2021
Words That Come Easy
Just how much do we need to speak? Motivation Text: Matthew 9:1 - 8
04:45
April 21, 2021
April 18, 2021
Third Sunday of Easter / Reboot Music by Marilyn Swanson  Music used in this episode under permission of CCLI #2764654 Additional music, produced and edited by William Gentry © 2021 First Congregational Church of McGregor, Iowa
59:17
April 18, 2021
In Transit
Pastor Gentry muses on St. Paul ... again.
10:25
April 14, 2021
A Resurrected People
We are always in the Easter season.
06:07
April 7, 2021
Maundy Thursday 2021
Maundy Thursday  / Loving like Jesus Music by Marilyn Swanson  Music used in this episode under permission of CCLI #2764654 Additional music, produced and edited by William Gentry © 2021 First Congregational Church of McGregor, Iowa
01:05:49
April 1, 2021
Preparing For The Empty Tomb
Pastor Gentry invites listeners to cultivate the appropriate level of disgust to appreciate the Easter promise. Motivation Text: Hebrews 12:1-3
09:01
March 31, 2021
March 28, 2021
Palm-Passion Sunday  / Of one mind. Music by Marilyn Swanson - Vocalist Linda Luber Music used in this episode under permission of CCLI #2764654 Additional music, produced and edited by William Gentry © 2021 First Congregational Church of McGregor, Iowa
01:11:04
March 28, 2021
After The Fall
Pastor Gentry muses about our need to model new beginnings for all people. Motivation text: Philippians 4.8-9
12:55
March 24, 2021
March 21, 2021
Fifth Sunday of Lent  / Written on our hearts. Music by Marilyn Swanson - Vocalist Robert Rowe Music used in this episode under permission of CCLI #2764654 Additional music, produced and edited by William Gentry © 2021 First Congregational Church of McGregor, Iowa
54:10
March 21, 2021
The Glitter That Binds Us
Finding community and identity in the mundane. Motivation Text: Philippians 2: 5-11
10:01
March 17, 2021
March 14, 2021
Fourth Sunday of Lent  / Enjoy the middle ground. Music by Jacki Sloan  Music used in this episode under permission of CCLI #2764654 Additional music, produced and edited by William Gentry © 2021 First Congregational Church of McGregor, Iowa
56:37
March 14, 2021
Prevailed Upon
The power of testimony.
08:55
March 10, 2021
March 7, 2021
Third Sunday of Lent  / Ground Rules For A New Relationship. Marilyn Swanson - pianist  Music used in this episode under permission of CCLI #2764654 Additional music, produced and edited by William Gentry © 2021 First Congregational Church of McGregor, Iowa
55:43
March 7, 2021
Word and Sacrament
A marriage steeped in the Reformation. Motivation Text: Philippians 3:7-11
09:49
March 3, 2021
February 28, 2021
Second Sunday of Lent  / End of life extravaganza Marilyn Swanson - pianist / William Grady - Soloist Music used in this episode under permission of CCLI #2764654 Additional music, produced and edited by William Gentry © 2021 First Congregational Church of McGregor, Iowa
01:08:45
February 28, 2021
Among the Faithful
Pastor Gentry reflects on 500,000 Covid-19 deaths. Motivation text: Philippians 1:27-30
07:07
February 24, 2021
February 21, 2021
First Sunday of Lent  / No longer a children's story Marilyn Swanson - pianist Music used in this episode under permission of CCLI #2764654 Additional music, produced and edited by William Gentry © 2021 First Congregational Church of McGregor, Iowa
53:28
February 21, 2021
Ash Wednesday
Ash Wednesday  / Beginning our Lenten Journey Oh, That The Lord Would Guide My Ways by Mr. Douglas Shaffer - Organist/Director of Music at the First United Methodist Church  in Cedar Falls, Iowa Music used in this episode under permission of CCLI #2764654 Additional music, produced and edited by William Gentry © 2021 First Congregational Church of McGregor, Iowa
35:36
February 17, 2021
February 14, 2021
Transfiguration Sunday  / Preparing for the Lenten Journey Marilyn Swanson - pianist Music used in this episode under permission of CCLI #2764654 Additional music, produced and edited by William Gentry © 2021 First Congregational Church of McGregor, Iowa
01:03:32
February 14, 2021
The Breath Prayer
Pastor Gentry highlights another useful spiritual practice.          Breath Prayer          Scripture References     “whoever enters into God’s rest…strive to enter into that rest” Heb 5:10-11 “Blessed are the poor in spirit" Mat 5:3 “God sent the spirit of His Son into our hearts Gal 4:6 “O God…for you my body yearns; for you my soul thirsts” Ps 63:2 “our soul waits for the Lord” Ps 33:20 “better a handful of quietness” Ecc 4:6 “It is good to hope in silence for the saving help of the Lord.” Lam 325-26 “Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, self control” Gal 6:22-23   “My soul rests in God alone” Ps 62:2 “be still before the Lord; wait for God.” Ps 37:7 “the Spirit of God dwells in you” 1 Cor 3:16 “the Lord is in his holy temple; silence before him” Hab 2:20 “We do not know how to pray … but the Spirit itself intercedes.” Rom 8:26 “I have stilled my soul” Ps 131:2 “be still and know that I am God.” Ps 46:11 “by waiting and calm you shall be saved; in quiet and trust your strength lies” Is 30:15 “think of what is above, not what is on earth” Col 3:2 “for my thoughts are not your thoughts” Is 55:8 "The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want" Ps. 23:1 "...do justice, love kindness and walk humbly with God"  Micah 6:8 "perfect love casts out fear" 1 John 4:18 "We love because he first loved us" 1 John 4:19 "Your people shall be my people, and your God my God." Ruth 1:16 "Choose life, that you and your offspring may live" Dt. 30:19
04:43
February 10, 2021
February 7, 2021
The Fifth Sunday After Epiphany / Removing our infirmities Additional music, produced and edited by William Gentry © 2021 First Congregational Church of McGregor, Iowa
38:25
February 7, 2021
Walking Meditation
Taking our devotions outside.
06:45
February 3, 2021
January 31, 2021
The Fourth Sunday After Epiphany / Fighting possession Marilyn Swanson - pianist "Be Thou My Vision" performed by Linda Luber Music used in this episode under permission of CCLI #2764654 Additional music, produced and edited by William Gentry © 2021 First Congregational Church of McGregor, Iowa
28:31
January 31, 2021
Intentions
What intentions do we have, when we talk to God? Motivation Text: Luke 18:9 - 14
18:43
January 27, 2021
January 24, 2021
The Third Sunday After Epiphany / Jonah: He's just like us. Piano music performed by Marilyn Swanson "Amazing Grace" performed by Leigh Vorwald and Jeff Gaunitz "I love to tell the story" performed by Linda Luber Music used in this episode under permission of CCLI #2764654 Additional music, produced and edited by William Gentry  © 2021 First Congregational Church of McGregor, Iowa
34:19
January 24, 2021
Two Hemispheres
Another meditation on prayer. Motivation Text: Galatians 5:15 - 26
05:30
January 20, 2021
January 17, 2021
The Second Sunday After Epiphany / When God Calls.... Music performed by Marilyn Swanson  Music used in this episode under permission of CCLI #2764654
44:32
January 17, 2021
Return to Formula
A meditation on loving neighbor as self.  Motivation text: Luke 10:25 - 29
27:32
January 13, 2021
January 10, 2021
The Baptism of Jesus / Gateway Sacrament Music performed by Marilyn Swanson - Organist and Linda Luber - Vocalist Music used in this episode under permission of CCLI #2764654
53:46
January 10, 2021
Embracing Epiphany
Today is the feast of Epiphany, Pastor Gentry reminds us to always look for the incarnate God in the everyday.
05:24
January 6, 2021
January 3, 2021
Second Sunday after Christmas-Epiphany / A New Path Music performed by Marilyn Swanson - Organist and Bill and Carol Grady - Vocalists Music used in this episode under permission of CCLI #2764654
56:44
January 3, 2021
2020: OUT
Pastor Gentry's final reflection for 2020.
04:05
December 30, 2020
December 27, 2020
First Sunday after Christmas / Heirs Music performed by Marilyn Swanson - Organist and Robert Rowe - Vocalist Music used in this episode under permission of CCLI #2764654
44:29
December 27, 2020
A New Season - Love
The final part of Pastor Gentry's 2020 Advent meditation.
04:01
December 23, 2020
December 20, 2020
The 4th Sunday of Advent / Highly Favored. Music performed by Marilyn Swanson - Organist and Linda Luber - Vocalist Music used in this episode under permission of CCLI #2764654
01:00:12
December 20, 2020
A New Season - Joy
Part three of a four part Advent meditation.
04:29
December 16, 2020
December 13, 2020
The 3rd Sunday of Advent / Who are you? Music performed by Marilyn Swanson - Organist and Peggy Puhl and Carol Grady - Vocalists Music used in this episode under permission of CCLI #2764654
48:54
December 13, 2020
A New Season - Peace
Part two of a four part Advent meditation.
06:47
December 9, 2020
December 6, 2020
The 2nd Sunday of Advent / Time for self-reflection Music performed by Marilyn Swanson - Organist and Linda Luber - Vocalist Music used in this episode under permission of CCLI #2764654
01:02:47
December 6, 2020
A New Season - Hope
Part one of a four part Advent meditation.
07:04
December 2, 2020
November 29, 2020
The 1st Sunday of Advent / A Distant God... Music performed by Marilyn Swanson - Organist  Music used in this episode under permission of CCLI #2764654
55:33
November 29, 2020
Unusual Gratitude
Are you ready to embrace that odd Thanksgiving holiday you are planning?
08:43
November 25, 2020
November 22, 2020
Christ the King Sunday Pentecost 25 / Who are the least of these? This is a live recording from our November 22nd worship service.
44:34
November 22, 2020
Let Us Pray
We are not out of the Covid woods yet, best to pray....
07:06
November 18, 2020
November 15, 2020
The 24th Sunday of Pentecost / Letting God be God. Music performed by Marilyn Swanson - Organist and Danielle Niehaus  - Vocalist Music used in this episode under permission of CCLI #2764654
51:56
November 15, 2020
Our Interior Shapes Our Exterior
Pastor Gentry called on people of faith make a solid investment in healing our communities. Motivation text: Mark 7:14 - 23 *Correction: The film is called The Social Dilemma and it features former Google employee Tristan Harris.
21:20
November 11, 2020
November 8, 2020
The 23rd Sunday of Pentecost / Lifelong work. Music performed by Marilyn Swanson - Organist and Robert Rowe  - Vocalist Music used in this episode under permission of CCLI #2764654
49:36
November 8, 2020
Enslaved to Hope
...
11:36
November 4, 2020
November 1, 2020
The 22nd Sunday of Pentecost / The most important label we wear. This is a live recording from our November 1st worship service. Music performed by Marilyn Swanson - Organist and Peggy Puhl  - Vocalist Music used in this episode under permission of CCLI #2764654
57:12
November 1, 2020
In Progress
Jesus is still waiting on us to find unity. Motivation Text: John 17:10 - 26
32:17
October 28, 2020
October 25, 2020
The 21st Sunday of Pentecost / Paul proclaims without deceit. This is a live recording from our October 25th worship service. Music performed by Marilyn Swanson - Organist and Linda Luber  - Vocalist Music used in this episode under permission of CCLI #2764654
51:43
October 25, 2020
The Grumbling
Are we a troublesome people? Motivation Text: Exodus 16:2 - 8
15:27
October 21, 2020
October 18, 2020
The 20th Sunday of Pentecost / Imitation of Christ. This is a live recording from our October 18th worship service. Music performed by Marilyn Swanson - Organist and Linda Luber  - Vocalist Music used in this episode under permission of CCLI #2764654
44:01
October 18, 2020
Pulled From The Fire
Jude offers us advice on how to deal with contrary opinions. Motivation Text: Jude 1:17 - 23
26:56
October 14, 2020
October 11, 2020
The 19th Sunday of Pentecost / The Goal of Christian Community. This is a live recording from our October 11th worship service. Music performed by Marilyn Swanson - Organist and William Grady  - Vocalist Music used in this episode under permission of CCLI #2764654
45:20
October 11, 2020
On Second Thought....
Pastor Gentry muses on the healing of the Syrian commander Naaman. Motivation Text: 2 Kings 5:1 - 19
33:24
October 7, 2020
October 4, 2020
The 18th Sunday of Pentecost / Forgetting what lies behind. This is a live recording from our October 4th worship service. Music performed by Marilyn Swanson - Organist and Robert Rowe - Vocalist Music used in this episode under permission of CCLI #2764654
44:57
October 4, 2020
Unity: At What Cost?
Pastor Gentry ponders how a disrupted year has skewed our sense of community. Motivation text: 1 Kings 3:16 - 28
20:23
September 30, 2020
Sunday 27, 2020
The 17th Sunday of Pentecost / Two sons. This is a live recording from our September 27th worship service. Music performed by Marilyn Swanson - Organist  Music used in this episode under permission of CCLI #2764654
52:46
September 27, 2020
When Seasons Collide
Pastor Gentry explores the seasons of life and how to handle them gracefully. Motivation Text: Ecclesiastes 3:1 - 8
19:50
September 23, 2020
September 20, 2020
The 16th Sunday of Pentecost / Jonah's jealousy. FB Video Link This is a live recording from our September 20th worship service. Music performed by Marilyn Swanson - Organist and Linda Luber - Vocalist Music used in this episode under permission of CCLI #2764654
49:53
September 20, 2020
A Tip From King David
The psalms of King David are a source of comfort. Motivation text: Ps. 102:18 - 28
18:22
September 16, 2020
September 13, 2020
The 15th Sunday of Pentecost / Forgiveness: Do it for selfish reasons FB Video Link This is a live recording from our September 13th worship service. Music performed by Marilyn Swanson - Organist Music used in this episode under permission of CCLI #2764654
59:31
September 13, 2020
The Shared Burden
Pastor Gentry encourages the faithful to challenge their communities of faith to teach them how to practice faith in action. Motivation Text: Galatians 6:1 - 10
18:48
September 9, 2020
September 6, 2020
The 14th Sunday of Pentecost / The debt we owe to our neighbor  FB Video Link This is a live recording from our September 6th worship service.  Music performed by Marilyn Swanson - Organist  Music used in this episode under permission of CCLI #2764654
56:13
September 6, 2020
Adaptive Evangelism
Pastor Gentry invites listeners to consider adopting a new online persona.  Motivation text: 1 Corinthians 9:19 - 23
31:09
September 2, 2020
August 30, 2020
The 13th Sunday of Pentecost / In so far as it depends on us.... This is a live recording from our August 30th worship service. FB Video Link Music performed by Marilyn Swanson - Organist Music used in this episode under permission of CCLI #2764654
01:01:23
August 30, 2020
Sacred Time - Sacred Space
Pastor Gentry continues to reflect on the importance of daily devotion.
28:32
August 26, 2020
August 23, 2020
The 12th Sunday of Pentecost / St. Paul's earnest appeal. This is a live recording from our August 23rd worship service. FB Video Link Music performed by Marilyn Swanson - Organist  Music used in this episode under permission of CCLI #2764654
57:24
August 23, 2020
Rediscovering wisdom
Pastor Gentry encourages us to dust off our shelves to reconnect with our lost treasures of spiritual knowledge.
18:39
August 19, 2020
August 16, 2020
The 11th Sunday of Pentecost /  Crumbs of Mercy This is a live recording from our August 16th worship service. FB Video Link Music performed by Jacki & Mike Sloan Music used in this episode under permission of CCLI #2764654
49:19
August 16, 2020
Public Ministry in a Pandemic
Pastor Gentry ponders the humility of face coverings.
14:46
August 12, 2020
August 9, 2020
The 10th Sunday of Pentecost /  Have you ever had that sinking feeling? This is a live recording from our August 9th worship service. FB Video Link Music performed by Jacki & Mike Sloan Music used in this episode under permission of CCLI #2764654
01:00:02
August 9, 2020
A Place at the Table
Pastor Gentry explores ways to set up a home altar or sacred space in anticipation of participating in remote Holy Communion. 
19:47
August 5, 2020
August 2, 2020
The 9th Sunday of Pentecost /  You give them something to eat. This is a live recording from our August 2nd worship service.  Video Link for FB  Music performed by Jacki & Mike Sloan  Music used in this episode under permission of CCLI #2764654
58:35
August 2, 2020
The Evolution of a Congregation
Pastor Gentry reflects on changes to worship, both locally and remote.
12:11
July 29, 2020
July 26, 2020
The 8th Sunday of Pentecost /  What is the Realm of God like.... This is a live recording from our July 26th worship service. Video Link for FB Music performed by Jacki & Mike Sloan Music used in this episode under permission of CCLI #2764654
49:51
July 26, 2020
July 19, 2020
The Seventh Sunday of Pentecost /  Wheat and Weeds This is a live recording from our July 19th worship service. Video Link for FB Music performed by Jacki & Mike Sloan Music used in this episode under permission of CCLI #2764654
54:43
July 19, 2020
July 12, 2020
The Sixth Sunday of Pentecost / God, is an extravagant farmer. This is a live recording from our July 12th worship service. Video Link for FB Music performed by Jacki & Mike Sloan Music used in this episode under permission of CCLI #2764654
52:47
July 12, 2020
July 5, 2020
Jesus and the helping harness. This is a live recording from our July 5th worship service, back in our church space! Here is a link to the video feed. Today's music is performed by Leigh Vorwald & Jeff Gaunitz. Music used in this episode under permission of CCLI #2764654
37:55
July 5, 2020
June 28. 2020
Being in the world.
29:38
June 28, 2020
June 21, 2020
Serving with everything we have.
28:38
June 21, 2020
June 14, 2020
Jesus sends us into the world.
23:01
June 14, 2020
June 7, 2020 A joint worship for Holy Trinity Sunday
Two pastors celebrate the Holy Spirit
44:16
June 7, 2020
FCC'S Confirmation worship service
Audio highlights from the live confirmation day worship service held at Turner Park in McGregor, Iowa on May 31. 2020.
25:47
June 1, 2020
A Spring Forth Update
Musings by Pastor Gentry as we close out the month of May Video Link
13:11
May 29, 2020
May 24, 2020
United in Christ Video link
35:21
May 24, 2020
May 17, 2020
The Advocate Video Link
30:58
May 17, 2020
May 10, 2020
A place for us. Video link
32:59
May 10, 2020
May 3, 2020
Lessons from the early Christian church. Video Link
23:27
May 3, 2020
April 26, 2020
Walking with Jesus. Video link
23:02
April 26, 2020
April 19, 2020
Doubting Thomas.  Video Link Please remember to support the church with your offering, follow this link to learn more.
15:25
April 19, 2020
FCC McGregor's 2020 Easter Sunday Worship Podcast
Happy Easter friends and members of First Congregational Church of McGregor.  This podcast special is aimed at helping you get through the isolation blahs with word and song! Also for those of you wishing to get a bit of video time with your podcast, two video links are available for your worship pleasure.  Pastor Gentry's video message can be viewed here. This podcast features organ music by Mr. Douglas Shaffer - Organist/Director of Music at the First United Methodist Church  in Cedar Falls, Iowa In addition, we have a special music contribution from Mrs. Dawn Colsch - doing a rendition of "Blessings" by Laura Story you can see Dawn in action here. May your Easter be a happy one, thank you for listening and viewing.  Please remember to send your gift to support the ongoing ministry efforts of FCC McGregor! Christ is Risen! He is Risen, Indeed! Alleluia! Music used in this episode under permission of CCLI #2764654
40:24
April 12, 2020
Good Friday
The Way of the Cross - a devotional for Good Friday.
26:35
April 10, 2020
Maundy Thursday
A message for Maundy Thursday.
23:58
April 9, 2020
April 5, 2020
A message for Palm Sunday.
25:41
April 5, 2020
March 29, 2020
A meditation on the raising of Lazarus.
34:52
March 29, 2020
March 22, 2020
A sermon meditation on John 9.
32:11
March 23, 2020