Skip to main content
Spring Forth

Spring Forth

By First Congregational McGregor
A weekly sermon podcast from the First Congregational Church of McGregor, Iowa
Listen on
Where to listen
Apple Podcasts Logo

Apple Podcasts

Google Podcasts Logo

Google Podcasts

Spotify Logo

Spotify

May 15, 2002 - The Fifth Sunday of Easter
Season 3 - Episode 51 Easter 5 / Bring Them Inside
01:04:46
May 15, 2022
Assumptions of Righteousness
Season 3 - Episode 50 Motivation Text: Ecclesiastes 7:16 - 22
12:50
May 11, 2022
A Once Proud Tradition
Season 3 - Episode 49 Where did the passion go for church involvement?
10:58
May 04, 2022
May 1, 2022 - The Third Sunday of Easter
Season 3 - Episode 48 Easter 3 / A New Perspective
01:10:42
May 01, 2022
Spiritual Discussions: The Importance of Daily Devotions
Season 3 - Episode 47 Daily devotions are a wonderful spiritual practice that keep us tethered to the word of God in small but signifiganct ways. Any time spent reflecting on the scriptures is always time well spent. 
05:41
April 27, 2022
April 24, 2022 - The Second Sunday After Easter
Season 3 / Episode 46 Easter 2 / If Only I Could See
01:04:34
April 24, 2022
A Prayer For The Easter Season
Season 3 - Episode 45
04:25
April 20, 2022
April 17, 2022 - The Resurrection of Our Lord
Season 3 - Episode 44 Easter / To Be Believed
01:04:58
April 17, 2022
Maundy Thursday
Season 3 - Episode 43
55:10
April 14, 2022
A Prayer For Holy Week
Season 3 - Episode 42
02:24
April 13, 2022
April 10, 2022 - Palm Sunday
Season 3 - Episode 41 Palm Sunday / Cloaked Enthusiasm
57:12
April 10, 2022
The Fifth Week of Lent
Season 3 - Episode 40 It is a good time to focus on Holy Week.
05:51
April 06, 2022
April 3, 2022 - The Fifth Sunday of Lent
Lent 5 / Gratitude Through Awareness
01:02:48
April 03, 2022
The Fourth Week of Lent
Season 3 - Episode 38 We are mostly through Lent, it is time to start thinking about how we will apply these lessons we have learned in the seasons to come.
06:44
March 30, 2022
March 27, 2022 - The Fourth Sunday of Lent
Season 3 - Episode 37 Lent 4 / Grace Misunderstood
01:11:52
March 27, 2022
The Third Week of Lent
Season 3 - Episode 36 The skills we learn in Lent we can apply throughout our life. 
06:04
March 23, 2022
March 20, 2022 - The Third Sunday of Lent
Season 3 - Episode 35 Lent 3 / Repent or Perish; some choice...
58:21
March 20, 2022
The Second Week of Lent
Season 3 - Episode 34 We are now two weeks into Lent.  Are you having difficulty being still?
09:01
March 16, 2022
March 13, 2022 - The Second Sunday of Lent
Season 3 - Episode 33 Lent 2 / The Prince, The Prophet and The People.
01:03:13
March 13, 2022
The First Week Of Lent
Season 3 - Episode 32 We are one week into our lenten journey. Are you making progress?
06:27
March 09, 2022
March 6, 2022 - The First Sunday of Lent
Season 3 - Episode 31 Lent 1 / Shortcutting the Cross?
52:33
March 06, 2022
March 2, 2022 - Ash Wednesday
Season 3 - Episode 30
49:38
March 03, 2022
Lent 2022 Begins
Season 3 - Episode 29. Online Lenten Devotional from Princeton Theological Seminary
03:08
March 02, 2022
February 27, 2022 - The Eighth Sunday after the Epiphany / The Transfiguration of Jesus
Season 3 - Episode 28 Epiphany 8 / Those Who Came Before Us Music by Jacki Sloan Music used in this episode under permission of CCLI #2764654 Podcast recorded, mixed and edited by William Gentry Theme to Spring Forth composed by William Gentry © 2022 First Congregational Church of McGregor, Iowa
53:03
February 27, 2022
The Bespoke Coat
Season 3 - Episode 27 An old coat with a story.
07:09
February 23, 2022
February 20, 2022 - The Seventh Sunday after the Epiphany
Season 3 - Episode 26 Epiphany 7 / Results Will Vary.... Music by Marilyn Swanson Music used in this episode under permission of CCLI #2764654 Podcast recorded, mixed and edited by William Gentry Theme to Spring Forth composed by William Gentry © 2022 First Congregational Church of McGregor, Iowa
01:05:24
February 20, 2022
Accumulation
Season 3 - Episode 25 As spring nears, it is probably time to start thinking about liberating needed space in your church.
11:35
February 16, 2022
February 13, 2022 - The Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany
Season 3 - Episode 24 Epiphany 6 / Living the New Life Music by Marilyn Swanson Music used in this episode under permission of CCLI #2764654 Podcast recorded, mixed and edited by William Gentry Theme to Spring Forth composed by William Gentry © 2022 First Congregational Church of McGregor, Iowa
01:05:30
February 13, 2022
Priming Faith
Season 3 - Episode 23 Evangelism is difficult work. Articles of Interest The Lonley Crowd by Mike Frost Why Churches Should Drop Their Online Services by Tish Harrison Warren
10:01
February 09, 2022
February 6, 2022 - The Fifth Sunday After The Epiphany
Season 3 - Episode 22 Epiphany 5 / ...as to why we are here... Music by Marilyn Swanson Music used in this episode under permission of CCLI #2764654 Podcast recorded, mixed and edited by William Gentry Theme to Spring Forth composed by William Gentry © 2022 First Congregational Church of McGregor, Iowa
58:05
February 06, 2022
Forgiveness
Motivation Text: Sirach 21:1 - 3
10:33
February 02, 2022
January 30, 2022 - The Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany
Season 3 - Episode 20 Epiphany 4 / This is not a romance text Music by Marilyn Swanson Music used in this episode under permission of CCLI #2764654 Podcast recorded, mixed and edited by William Gentry Theme to Spring Forth composed by William Gentry © 2022 First Congregational Church of McGregor, Iowa
49:19
January 30, 2022
A Man Called Jeff
Season 3 - Episode 19 I am sharing an old devotion I wrote many years ago, it still rings true. Motivation Text: Luke 18:9 - 14
09:40
January 26, 2022
January 23, 2022 - The Third Sunday after the Epiphany
Season 3 - Episode 18 Epiphany 3 / The Bulgarian Harvesters Music by Marilyn Swanson Music used in this episode under permission of CCLI #2764654 Podcast recorded, mixed and edited by William Gentry Theme to Spring Forth composed by William Gentry © 2022 First Congregational Church of McGregor, Iowa
59:54
January 23, 2022
Gifts and Offerings
Season 3 - Episode 17 What motivates us to support our to local church?
08:34
January 19, 2022
January 16, 2022 - The Second Sunday after the Epiphany
Season 3 - Episode 16 Epiphany 2 / Sharing the Work of the Church Music by Marilyn Swanson Music used in this episode under permission of CCLI #2764654 Podcast recorded, mixed and edited by William Gentry Theme to Spring Forth composed by William Gentry © 2022 First Congregational Church of McGregor, Iowa
56:49
January 16, 2022
What We Have
Season 3 - Episode 15 Serving and being served is so difficult We need to trust the gifts we have and those we receive from others. Motivation Text: Acts 3:1  - 10
14:22
January 12, 2022
January 9, 2022 - The Baptism of Jesus
Season 3 - Episode 14 The Baptism of Jesus / Hope for the exiles Music by Marilyn Swanson Music used in this episode under permission of CCLI #2764654 Podcast recorded, mixed and edited by William Gentry Theme to Spring Forth composed by William Gentry © 2022 First Congregational Church of McGregor, Iowa
01:00:01
January 09, 2022
New Year, Old Thoughts
Season 3 - Episode 13  We made into 2022, now what do we do in it?
09:14
January 05, 2022
January 2, 2022 - The Second Sunday after Christmas
Season 3 - Episode 12 Christmas 2 / The Wider Promise Music by Marilyn Swanson Music used in this episode under permission of CCLI #2764654 Podcast recorded, mixed and edited by William Gentry Theme to Spring Forth composed by William Gentry © 2022 First Congregational Church of McGregor, Iowa
53:05
January 02, 2022
Ringing Out 2021
Season 3 - Episode 11 Singing Bowls to help you meditate on the coming year.  Happy New Year from your friends at First Congregational in McGregor, Iowa!
19:26
December 29, 2021
December 26, 2021 - First Sunday After Christmas
Season 3 - Episode 10 Christmas 1 / Carrying God's Light Forward Music by Marilyn Swanson Music used in this episode under permission of CCLI #2764654 Podcast recorded, mixed and edited by William Gentry Theme to Spring Forth composed by William Gentry © 2021 First Congregational Church of McGregor, Iowa
49:34
December 26, 2021
December 24, 2021 - Christmas Eve
Season 3 - Episode 9 Christmas Eve  Music by Marilyn Swanson / Soloist - Nanci Boten Music used in this episode under permission of CCLI #2764654  Podcast recorded, mixed and edited by William Gentry Theme to Spring Forth composed by William Gentry © 2021 First Congregational Church of McGregor, Iowa
01:14:05
December 26, 2021
Ad-Venting - Love
Season 3 - Episode 8 Fourth Sunday of Advent the theme is Love. Love is the heart of the gospel message.
12:33
December 22, 2021
December 19, 2021 - The Fourth Sunday of Advent (Children's Christmas Program)
Season 3 - Episode 7 Advent 4 / Children's Christmas Program Music by Marilyn Swanson and Children of First Congregational Program director Casey Evanson Music used in this episode under permission of CCLI #2764654 Title music, produced and edited by William Gentry © 2021 First Congregational Church of McGregor, Iowa
48:14
December 19, 2021
Ad-Venting - Joy
Season 3 - Episode 6 Joy requires personal sacrifice, but... it is worth the effort.
25:57
December 15, 2021
December 12, 2021 - The Third Sunday of Advent
Season 3 - Episode 5 Advent 3 / Where's the joy in this lesson? Music by Marilyn Swanson Music used in this episode under permission of CCLI #2764654 Title music, produced and edited by William Gentry © 2021 First Congregational Church of McGregor, Iowa
01:07:38
December 12, 2021
Ad-Venting - Peace
Season 3 - Episode 4 Peacemaking requires accepting responsibility for our action in every conflict.
27:55
December 08, 2021
December 5, 2021 - The Second Sunday of Advent
Season 3 - Episode 3 Advent 2 / The Opportunity Paper Music by Jacki Sloan and Theresa Thostenson Music used in this episode under permission of CCLI #2764654 Title music, produced and edited by William Gentry © 2021 First Congregational Church of McGregor, Iowa
01:02:15
December 05, 2021
Ad-Venting - Hope
Season 3 - Episode 2 Advent is an important season, let's not rush it.
13:37
December 01, 2021
November 28, 2021 - The First Sunday of Advent
Season 3 - Episode 1 Advent 1 / We Bring Hope Music by Marilyn Swanson Music used in this episode under permission of CCLI #2764654 Title music, produced and edited by William Gentry © 2021 First Congregational Church of McGregor, Iowa
01:05:52
November 28, 2021
Unusual Gratitude Revisited
There are benefits to forgetfulness.
08:02
November 24, 2021
Novemer 21, 2021 - Reign of Christ
Reign of Christ / An Odd Conversation Music by Marilyn Swanson Music used in this episode under permission of CCLI #2764654 Title music, produced and edited by William Gentry © 2021 First Congregational Church of McGregor, Iowa
54:25
November 21, 2021
What is Church?
What are your best memories from your community of faith?
21:10
November 17, 2021
November 14, 2021
Pentecost 25 / The importance of church gatherings. Music by Marilyn Swanson Music used in this episode under permission of CCLI #2764654 Title music, produced and edited by William Gentry © 2021 First Congregational Church of McGregor, Iowa
53:43
November 14, 2021
Meditations on the Widow's Mite
A powerful lesson of faithful dependence that the affluent will never appreciate. Motivation Text: Mark 12:38-44
19:24
November 10, 2021
November 7, 2021
Pentecost 24 / Only Faith Remains Music by Marilyn Swanson Music used in this episode under permission of CCLI #2764654 Title music, produced and edited by William Gentry © 2021 First Congregational Church of McGregor, Iowa
01:04:29
November 07, 2021
We Do Not Walk Alone
It never hurts to be reminded that God is always with us. Closing Track: Precious Lord, Take My Hand Performed by Elizabeth Johnson
04:21
November 03, 2021
October 31, 2021
Pentecost 23 / The Two Greatest... Music by Marilyn Swanson Music used in this episode under permission of CCLI #2764654 Title music, produced and edited by William Gentry © 2021 First Congregational Church of McGregor, Iowa
58:35
October 31, 2021
Exploring Our Communties of Faith
How much do you know about the people you worship beside?
18:37
October 27, 2021
October 24, 2021
Pentecost 22 / Eager to be blessed Music by Marilyn Swanson Music used in this episode under permission of CCLI #2764654 Title music, produced and edited by William Gentry © 2021 First Congregational Church of McGregor, Iowa
01:03:44
October 24, 2021
A Social Gospel
People seem to like a simple church with plenty of social activities.
17:09
October 20, 2021
October 17, 2021
Pentecost 21 / Follow the Leader Music by Marilyn Swanson Music used in this episode under permission of CCLI #2764654 Title music, produced and edited by William Gentry © 2021 First Congregational Church of McGregor, Iowa
56:59
October 17, 2021
Ministry and Metrics
It's okay to trust your congregation with nerdy research, they can handle it. The Barna Group
32:34
October 13, 2021
October 10, 2021
Pentecost 20 / Getting Closer  Music by Marilyn Swanson  Music used in this episode under permission of CCLI #2764654 Title music, produced and edited by William Gentry  © 2021 First Congregational Church of McGregor, Iowa
58:38
October 10, 2021
Momentum
We have to see our ideas through if we want to realize those goals.
07:54
October 06, 2021
October 3, 2021
Pentecost 19 / The Perfecter of Our Faith Music by Marilyn Swanson Music used in this episode under permission of CCLI #2764654 Title music, produced and edited by William Gentry © 2021 First Congregational Church of McGregor, Iowa
01:05:26
October 03, 2021
Documenting Our Devotion
A quick word on spiritual journaling.
08:42
September 29, 2021
September 26, 2021
Pentecost 18 / The work of the church Music by Marilyn Swanson Music used in this episode under permission of CCLI #2764654 Title music, produced and edited by William Gentry © 2021 First Congregational Church of McGregor, Iowa
01:01:55
September 26, 2021
We Know What Is Needed
Sin, confession and forgiveness, it's a process.
08:33
September 22, 2021
September 19, 2021
Pentecost 17 / Draw Near to God Music by Marilyn Swanson Music used in this episode under permission of CCLI #2764654 Title music, produced and edited by William Gentry © 2021 First Congregational Church of McGregor, Iowa
01:00:16
September 19, 2021
What Should We Pray About?
God wants to hear all of our concerns.
12:45
September 15, 2021
September 12, 2021
Pentecost 16 / Words and Deeds. Music by Jacki and Mike Sloan Music used in this episode under permission of CCLI #2764654 Title music, produced and edited by William Gentry © 2021 First Congregational Church of McGregor, Iowa
01:04:27
September 12, 2021
The Call to Prayer
What compels us to pray?
09:33
September 08, 2021
September 5, 2021
Pentecost 15 / Faith and Fruit.  Music by Jacki and Mike Sloan  Music used in this episode under permission of CCLI #2764654 Title music, produced and edited by William Gentry  © 2021 First Congregational Church of McGregor, Iowa
59:38
September 05, 2021
Filling the Void
...
06:05
September 01, 2021
August 29, 2021
Pentecost 14 / Who are we in relation to God? Music by Marilyn Swanson - Special Music by Tara Newman Music used in this episode under permission of CCLI #2764654 Title music, produced and edited by William Gentry © 2021 First Congregational Church of McGregor, Iowa
01:08:16
August 29, 2021
Responding to Oneself
Do we actually listen to the things we say?
18:43
August 25, 2021
August 22, 2021
Pentecost 13 / Consistent messengers Music by Marilyn Swanson  Music used in this episode under permission of CCLI #2764654 Title music, produced and edited by William Gentry © 2021 First Congregational Church of McGregor, Iowa
01:14:48
August 22, 2021
Admission
What are the benefits of congregational involvement?
20:07
August 18, 2021
August 15, 2021
Pentecost 12 / Think Carefully Music by Marilyn Swanson - Carol and Bill Grady - special music. Music used in this episode under permission of CCLI #2764654 Title music, produced and edited by William Gentry © 2021 First Congregational Church of McGregor, Iowa
01:02:51
August 15, 2021
Projects vs. Projecting
What does your dream congregation look like? Can you help it reach that goal?
22:04
August 11, 2021
August 8, 2021
Pentecost 11 / Building Up Music by Marilyn Swanson - Bob and Millie Rowe - special music. Music used in this episode under permission of CCLI #2764654 Title music, produced and edited by William Gentry © 2021 First Congregational Church of McGregor, Iowa
01:11:14
August 08, 2021
A Nicer Community
The only thing we need from our communities of faith is for them to be understanding.
24:25
August 04, 2021
August 1, 2021
Pentecost 10 / Spoken in Love Music by Marilyn Swanson - Peg Puhl - special music. Music used in this episode under permission of CCLI #2764654 Title music, produced and edited by William Gentry © 2021 First Congregational Church of McGregor, Iowa
01:07:34
August 01, 2021
That Worrying Thing
There are times when our worries are simply an impediment to God's greatness. Motivation Text: Matthew 6:25 - 34 
16:51
July 28, 2021
July 25, 2021
Pentecost 9 / Pulling The Thread of Ruin. Music by Marilyn Swanson - Larry Brummel - special music. Music used in this episode under permission of CCLI #2764654 Title music, produced and edited by William Gentry © 2021 First Congregational Church of McGregor, Iowa
01:07:17
July 25, 2021
The Imaginative Church
What would a creative ministry look like in your church? Motivation Text: John 2: 13 - 22 Closing Track: Nothing Left to Say by Kai Malcolm from the album Janky
23:48
July 21, 2021
July 18, 2021
Pentecost 8 / Who is this for anyway? Music by Marilyn Swanson - Tara Newman - special music. Music used in this episode under permission of CCLI #2764654 Title music, produced and edited by William Gentry © 2021 First Congregational Church of McGregor, Iowa
01:05:41
July 18, 2021
The Need For Joy
More reflections on King David celebrating before the Art of the Covenant.
09:19
July 14, 2021
July 21, 2021
Pentecost 7 / Show Some Enthusiasm, For God's Sake Music by Marilyn Swanson  Music used in this episode under permission of CCLI #2764654 Title music, produced and edited by William Gentry © 2021 First Congregational Church of McGregor, Iowa
56:15
July 11, 2021
Finding God In All Spaces
Life is noisy, but do not let that rob you of time with God.
15:24
July 07, 2021
Surfside, Suffering and Hope
Motivation Text: Romans 5:1 - 5
24:07
June 30, 2021
June 27, 2021
Pentecost 5 / Saul: In Memoriam Music by Marilyn Swanson - Special Music by Tara Newman Music used in this episode under permission of CCLI #2764654 Title music, produced and edited by William Gentry © 2021 First Congregational Church of McGregor, Iowa
01:05:59
June 27, 2021
The Benefits Of A Great Weekend
I think weekend fun is when you bring it with you.
13:51
June 23, 2021
June 20, 2021
Pentecost 4 / Transitions Music by Marilyn Swanson - Special Music by The Evanson Family Music used in this episode under permission of CCLI #2764654 Title music, produced and edited by William Gentry © 2021 First Congregational Church of McGregor, Iowa
01:03:41
June 20, 2021
A Midweek Prayer
A prayer for those of you on the go (and those of you about to move again soon).
07:10
June 16, 2021
June 13, 2021
Pentecost 3 / Exterior vs. Interior Music by Marilyn Swanson Music used in this episode under permission of CCLI #2764654 Title music, produced and edited by William Gentry © 2021 First Congregational Church of McGregor, Iowa
01:09:13
June 13, 2021
What We've Been Given
God has given us more than enough to serve this world. Motivation Text: Proverbs 30:5 -9
14:27
June 09, 2021
June 6, 2021
Pentecost 2 / Samuel's Woes Music by Marilyn Swanson   Music used in this episode under permission of CCLI #2764654 Title music, produced and edited by William Gentry © 2021 First Congregational Church of McGregor, Iowa
01:07:01
June 06, 2021
Search and Rescue
What happened to the all those great ideas we had in quarantine? It is time to find them again. Motivation Text: James 5:19 - 20
17:16
June 02, 2021
May 30, 2021
Trinity Sunday / I Volunteer. Music by Marilyn Swanson  -  Linda Luber - Vocalist Music used in this episode under permission of CCLI #2764654 Title music, produced and edited by William Gentry © 2021 First Congregational Church of McGregor, Iowa
01:02:45
May 30, 2021
When Nobody Is Watching
Effective Christian witness does not require an audience.
16:16
May 26, 2021
May 23, 2021
Pentecost Day / How is the Holy Spirit Moving in your life? Music by Marilyn Swanson  -  Bill and Carol Grady - Vocalists Music used in this episode under permission of CCLI #2764654 Title music, produced and edited by William Gentry © 2021 First Congregational Church of McGregor, Iowa Congratulations to our baptismal candidates: Madison, Paul, Bo and Bella and to our graduates: Anna, Abby and Jack!
01:13:36
May 23, 2021
How About That...
Time for graduation, but this program is different.
15:32
May 19, 2021
May 16, 2021
Seventh Sunday of Easter / Is this prayer still valid?  Music by Marilyn Swanson  -  Robert Rowe - Vocalist  Music used in this episode under permission of CCLI #2764654 Title music, produced and edited by William Gentry © 2021 First Congregational Church of McGregor, Iowa   Links of Interest: https://www.barna.com/research/denominational-distribution/  http://www.philvaz.com/apologetics/a106.htm
01:13:23
May 16, 2021
Ascension
Jesus leaves the disciples in charge... for good. Motivation Text: Luke 24: 44 - 53
13:28
May 12, 2021
May 9, 2021
Sixth Sunday of Easter / A few final remarks. 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
01:05:42
May 09, 2021
Again and Again
Want to be better at faith and discipleship? Train daily. Motivation Text: 1 Timothy 4:7 - 8
05:25
May 05, 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 02, 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 07, 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 01, 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 07, 2021
Word and Sacrament
A marriage steeped in the Reformation. Motivation Text: Philippians 3:7-11
09:49
March 03, 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 07, 2021
Walking Meditation
Taking our devotions outside.
06:45
February 03, 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 06, 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 03, 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 09, 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 06, 2020
A New Season - Hope
Part one of a four part Advent meditation.
07:04
December 02, 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 08, 2020
Enslaved to Hope
...
11:36
November 04, 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 01, 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 07, 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 04, 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 09, 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 06, 2020
Adaptive Evangelism
Pastor Gentry invites listeners to consider adopting a new online persona.  Motivation text: 1 Corinthians 9:19 - 23
31:09
September 02, 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 09, 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 05, 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 02, 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 05, 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 07, 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 01, 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 03, 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 09, 2020
April 5, 2020
A message for Palm Sunday.
25:41
April 05, 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