November 26, 2018
[9:00am gathering] A few times a year, we depart from our usual preaching schedule and hand over the mic to… you. So you can ask any and all questions pertaining to faith, community, theology. And we see what happens. We adjust the usual format of our worship service in order to leave as much time as possible for our pastors to respond to the questions of the day. Though there is no "sermon" the message is loud and clear... God meets us in our uncertainty, fear and even doubt, and gives us some good news to share.
Scripture: John 18:33-37
Song: "Come Thou Fount" written by D. Crowder, et al.; performed by the Prince of Peace worship band
November 19, 2018
Jesus gives a warning to his disciples today, and it can seem kind of grim. In fact, it can make us think of nothing but our own anxieties and despair. But Jesus’ point was not nihilism, but to remind us that this kind of warning is ultimately about hope despite all the reasons we might have to do the opposite. Feels fitting these days doesn’t it? “Christ makes a way where there is no way.”
Scripture: Hebrews 10:19-25; Mark 13:1-8
Song: "No Longer Slaves" written by B. Johnson, et al.; performed by the Prince of Peace worship band
WATCH the video we showed during Natalia's message
November 5, 2018
On this All Saints Sunday we take time to remember the Saints who have gone before us. But what does this mean exactly? What is this day for? What do the promises we have received mean on this day?
Scripture: Isaiah 25:6-9; John 11:32-44
Song: "Beautiful Things" written by L. & M. Gungor; performed by the Prince of Peace worship band
October 29, 2018
Things are happening. Everything is in motion. Crowds are on the move following Jesus into the next town. Except for Bart, as usual, he’s not going anywhere. He can’t even see the parade that is passing him by. Maybe you have felt this way, like the world is moving on without you. But then Jesus stopped everything and stood still. That’s when everything turned around.
Scripture: Jeremiah 31:7-9; Mark 10:46-52
Song: "40" inspired by Psalm 40, written by U2; performed by the Prince of Peace worship band
WATCH Bono and Eugene Peterson talk about faith
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