October 22, 2018
The excitement around Jesus is growing. The disciples’ visions of grandeur is growing as well. A few of them are feeling pretty good about their prospects, so one day they decide to let Jesus know their big plans, and score a little something for themselves while they’re at it. Seems like a good idea, right? Maybe not. Jesus immediately sets them straight, and sets himself, the disciples and the rest of us in a different direction...
Scripture: Hebrews 5:1-10; Mark 10:35-45
Song: "God of Justice" written by Tim Hughes; performed by the Prince of Peace worship band
October 22, 2018
Oh the lies we tell ourselves! Pr Chad preached on Hebrews 4 at our Rally Day, reminding us that sometimes Scripture cuts as it brings good news. And today we have some of these very verses - where Jesus’ words push right up against the things we hold dear - money, power, and position. How difficult it is to hear these words!
Scripture: Hebrews 4:12-16; Mark 10:17-31
Song: "I Will Follow" written by C. Tomlin, J. Ingram, et al.; performed by the Prince of Peace worship band
October 8, 2018
Each of us has been affected by divorce in one way or another, either directly or indirectly. I have heard many sad and troubling stories over the years from people who felt tossed aside by the church after experiencing divorce. Can we find some grace in what sound like harsh words from Jesus about divorce in this passage?
Scripture: Genesis 2:18-24; Mark 10:2-16
Song: "You've Set Me Free" written by Nate Bergengren; performed by the Prince of Peace worship band
October 1, 2018
Oooh boy can we relate to the disciples today. We too have an idea of the way things are “supposed to be” and we have a hard time when something goes outside of this idea. But what if we are working in different ways but for the same outcome? Does it matter how this work gets done? Let’s see together.
Scripture: Numbers 11:16, 24-29; Mark 9:38-50
Song: "For Your Glory" written by Leeland Mooring; performed by the Prince of Peace worship band
September 24, 2018
Ever had a burning question about something that you were afraid to ask? In today’s gospel reading the disciples really don’t get what Jesus is talking about but after the public scolding Peter just received, they all just bite their tongues. Turns out that asking their questions would have been a good idea after all.
Scripture: Psalm 1:1-6; Mark 9:30-37
Song: "There Is A Light" written by U2; performed by the Prince of Peace worship band
September 17, 2018
Jesus speaks so harshly to Peter today, right on the heels of Peter making a huge public statement about who God is. What is it that Peter is expecting, and why does it matter for us today?
Scripture: Psalm 116:1-9; Mark 8:27-38
Song: "White Flag" written by C. Tomlin, et al.; performed by the Prince of Peace worship band
September 10, 2018
As we kick off our fall season of ministry we pause to consider the gift of God’s Word. We teach it and preach it and study it. We embrace it, ignore it, treasure and fear it. God’s Word is living and active and sharp!
Scripture: Hebrews 4:12-16
Song: "Broken Vessels (Amazing Grace)" written by J. Houston & J. Myrin; performed by the Prince of Peace worship band
September 5, 2018
[This is a partial recording. We had technical difficulty, so the best way to hear the full sermon is by watching the Facebook Live feed (sermon begins at 23:00). Sorry for the inconvenience.]
So today Jesus tells the disciples that it’s not what you put into yourself that matters, but what comes out. And honestly, that has often been used to tell people to “smile more” or “be happy” or other baloney feel good spirituality. What if this text wasn’t about your emotions, but how you treat others?
Scripture: James 1:17-27, Mark 7:1-8,14-15, 21-23
August 28, 2018
Today we wrap up our 7 week series on Ephesians. In this famous passage it may sound like we are sent into the world to do battle. In one long military metaphor, we are told to “put on the armor of God.” As usual however, a closer look reveals a deeper truth, our only weapon brings life, even to our enemies!
Scripture: Ephesians 6:10-20
Song: "Lead On O King Eternal" written by Ernest Shurtleff (arr. by Stefan Van Voorst); performed by the Prince of Peace worship band
August 20, 2018
Today’s portion of Ephesians reminds us that the antidote to evil and foolishness and debauchery (what a word!) is to be filled with the Spirit. Instead of the usual comparisons to breath and wind, today’s text reminds us that one way we can be filled with the Spirit is by singing. So let’s sing...
Scripture: Ephesians 5:15-20
Song: various hymns