Lament And Faithfulness (Natalia Terfa 7/23/17)

We don't spend much time expressing our deep hurt and frustration. Certainly not to each other and certainly not in church. But God can handle it. In fact, taking time to sit in this space together is an essential part of our faith in God...

Scripture: Lamentations 3:16-24; Romans 8:15-25

Song: "Lord I Need You" written by C. Nockels, D. Carson, et al.; performed by the Prince of Peace worship band

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Luther’s Radical God (Mark Tranvik 7/19/17)

It's been 500 years since Martin Luther nailed a list of strongly-worded "reformations" to the front door of his local church, and inadvertently started the Reformation. And so far removed from 1517, we can sometimes forget how amazingly tranformational and radical his understanding of God's love truly was, and is. So let's dive into it together...

About our presenter/preacher: Rev Dr. Mark Tranvik is a faculty member at Augsburg College in Minneapolis, MN, and an expert on Martin Luther and the Reformation... bio here.

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Changing Conditions (Chad Brekke 7/16/17)

This morning we take a fresh look at the familiar parable of the sower and the seed. You know, some fell on rocky soil, some in the thorns and some on good soil. So, what kind of soil are you? Is that even the right question to ask? Those of us who are not up at the lake this weekend will follow Jesus to the shore to listen again to this great old story.

Scripture: Isaiah 55:10-13; Matthew 13:1-9

Song: "Here We Are" written by Nate Bergengren; performed by the Prince of Peace worship band

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Ask The Pastors (summer edition)

As we do from time to time at our 10:30am worship service, we devote our entire morning to hearing from you on issues of our faith/life together. This particular time in conversation is always a blessing! Use #PoPAskThePastors and we'll respond, even now.

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A Drop In The Bucket (Brent Haglund 7/2/17)

You throw a rock into the water and no matter its size, ripples go out from where it hits. It’s a simple act but there is something so satisfying about it. Our text today will invite us to see where, or who, the ripples of our actions reach and what we can expect in return.

Scripture: Romans 6:12-23; Matthew 10:40-42

Song: "Good Good Father" written by A. Brown & P. Barrett; performed by the Prince of Peace worship band

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Demanding Jesus (Chad Brekke 6/25/17)

One moment Jesus is speaking about how difficult it is to be a faithful follower and the next he is inviting people to come to him for his burden is light and he will give them rest. Well, which is it? Should we be inviting people to church so they can have their burdens lifted or should we be warning them that being part of a community of faith is challenging and even demanding?

Scripture: Psalm 86:1-10; 16-17; Romans 6:1-11; Matthew 10:24-39

Song: "No Longer Slaves" written by by B. Johnson, J. Case & J. D. Helser; performed by the Prince of Peace worship band

Check out the Tanzania Vision Trip 2017 blog!

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Absurd Abundance (Jodi Houge 6/21/17)

There are some aspects of this classic Sunday School story which we probably haven't pondered before... and doing so might just open up some helpful ways to think about what to do with what we've been given.

Scripture: John 6:1-21

Song: "Here We Are" written by Nate Bergengren; performed by the Prince of Peace worship band

*About our speaker: Jodi Houge is a pastor and church-planter/mission-developer in St. Paul, MN. Humble Walk is the community she helps to lead.

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Called (again) And Sent (again) (Natalia Terfa 6/18/17)

I’m not sure we could have this hammered home any more than it has been already, but Jesus gives us yet another call to go out into the world. We’ve been forgiven - while we were still sinners we’ve been forgiven- so now we go out to do the same. Easy right? Ha. Today, we’ll see why we need to hear this as often as Jesus keeps saying it.

Scripture: Romans 5:1-8; Matthew 9:25-10:8

Song: "God of Justice" written by Tim Hughes; performed by the Prince of Peace worship band

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Gratitude (Natalia Terfa 6/11/17)

Gratitude. What does it mean to be grateful? How can we cultivate gratitude in every circumstance? And what does it have to do with our faith? Join us this Sunday as we kick off an all ages 30 day gratitude practice!

Scripture: Psalm 100:1-5; John 12:1-8

Song: "Forever" written by Chris Tomlin; performed by the Prince of Peace worship band

VIDEO: Kids President's 25 Reasons To Be Thankful!

Josie Robinson, Author of The Gratitude Jar

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Grad Sunday (6/4/17)

Relationships are a huge part of our faith journey. Is there a specific individual that comes to mind when you think about who has shaped your faith? Contact them to thank them for this blessing. Or, pray that God would give you an opportunity to share faith with someone. You may also need to pray for the courage to actually do it too!

Scripture: Acts 2:1-21

Song: "Holy Spirit" written by Bryan & Katie Torwalt; performed by the Prince of Peace worship band

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