June 18, 2018
Jesus talks about images of a seed representing the Kingdom of God and the 1st reading contains images from ancient texts the disciples were sure to recall at this parable. And then Jesus does NOT go where they think he’ll go. What might the tree of life that God plants look like? And how do we find it?
Scripture: Ezekiel 17:22-24; Mark 4:26-34
Song: "Never Once" written by J. Ingram, et al.; performed by the Prince of Peace worship band
June 11, 2018
We have been hearing this story since we were little kids. It’s an ancient story. So old that it should sound like a relic from a time long past with no relevance to our modern lives. But as you enter this old story again, you may learn that it is like reading an entry from your own diary, written last Tuesday.
Scripture: Genesis 3:8-15; 2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1; Mark 3:20-35
Song: "One Thing Remains" written by B. Johnson, et al.; performed by the Prince of Peace worship band
June 4, 2018
It's a wonderful thing, when young people, graduating high school seniors stand up and share the good news in such a remarkable and powerful way. But we shouldn't be too surprised, this is what God does. God breaks into our world through all kinds of unexpected ways...
Scriputure: 1 Samuel 3:1-10; 2 Corinthians 4:5-12; Mark 2:23-3:6
Song: "Broken Vessels (amazing grace)" written by Joel Houston; performed by the Prince of Peace worship band
May 29, 2018
Nicodemus comes under the cover of darkness to sit with Jesus and ask him some questions of faith. Why? What has he heard about this Jesus that brings him to this moment? What was it about Jesus that brought Nicodemus out, that caused his curiosity to be greater than his fear? What do we need in order for our curiosity to be greater than OUR fear?
Scripture: Romans 8:12-17; John 3:1-17
Song: "Let God Arise" written by C. Tomlin, et al.; performed by the Prince of Peace worship band
May 21, 2018
Pentecost is often referred to as the birthday of the church. Is it possible that we may have domesticated this whole thing a bit? Sure, we change the liturgical color to red and all, but are we sure we even want what the Spirit pours out in this passage? What if you came to church to hear a story and it turned out to be about you?
Scripture: Acts 2:1-21
Song: "Holy Spirit" written by B. Torwalt & K. Torwalt; performed by the Prince of Peace worship band
May 14, 2018
There’s a phrase that is sometimes used in Christian circles, that we should be “in the world but not of the world.” It comes from today’s Gospel, but Jesus doesn’t quite mean it the same way.
Scripture: 1 John 5:9-13; John 17:6-19
Song: "Make Us One" written by Stefan Van Voorst; performed by the Prince of Peace worship band
May 8, 2018
Jesus uses the word ‘love’ nine times in this nine verse reading from the gospel of John. We use the word love a lot too. Let’s see if we mean the same thing.
Scripture: Acts 10:44-48; Psalm 98; John 15:9-17
Song: "Love Came Down" written by Brian Johnson, et al.; performed by the Prince of Peace worship band
[Click HERE for the piece Chad read as part of his closing: "For Joy"]
April 30, 2018
The greatest blessing is watching what happens when we all respond together as a community of faith. There is just nothing like the church when people offer their energy, gifts and resources to build up the ministry we share here at POP.
Click to read Chad’s letter
Set up Simply Giving
Song: "Love Is Bigger Than Anything In Its Way" written by U2; performed by the Prince of Peace worship band
April 30, 2018
Both of our readings today make it clear what it looks like to be a part of the community of God. Jesus uses a metaphor, but John’s letter is a little less ambiguous. In this day and age, in the world the way it is, where hate and mistrust seems like the norm, how can we be love and fruit?
Scripture: 1 John 4:7-21; John 15:1-8
Song: "We Are Called (let us not forget)" written by Nate Bergengren; performed by the Prince of Peace worship band
April 23, 2018
When all feels lost, when darkness closes in and you feel alone, there is an ancient word of hope that will never lose sight of you.
Scripture: Acts 4:5-12; Psalm 23; John 10:11-18
Song: "Son Was Lifted Up" written by B. Johnson, et al.; performed by the Prince of Peace worship band