1 Corinthians 13: Real Love

jun-12-imageJune 12, 2016
Park Ridge
Pastor Carol Breimeier

We’re at week two of a three-part series looking closely at the 13th chapter of St. Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians, the famous chapter on love. In beautiful, poetic language, Paul talks about the necessity of love, the qualities of love, and the eternal duration of love. In this message, we come to Paul’s list of things that love is and things that love isn’t. One thing love isn’t is easy. Paul’s words, beyond their beauty, carry robust and challenging meaning for us, as they did for their original audience.

1 Corinthians 13: Love or Nothing

jun-5-image-prJune 5, 2016
Park Ridge
Pastor Carol Breimeier

We begin a three-part series looking closely at the 13th chapter of St Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians, the famous chapter on love. In beautiful, poetic language, Paul talks about the necessity of love, the qualities of love, and the eternal duration of love. In this message and in those to follow, we’ll find that Paul’s words, beyond their beauty, carry robust and challenging meaning for us, as they did for their original audience.

Faith in Action Testimonies: God at Work in the Work We Do

may-22-image-prMay 22, 2016
Park Ridge
Karen Katamay, Eddie Brown, & Pete Szafraniec

The weekend before this message, we didn’t gather at church as usual for worship, but we worshiped God with ministries of love and service for the sake of our neighbors near and far. We quilted, threw a party, painted walls and a fence, led a worship service at a nursing home, helped with a garage sale, helped build a house, distributed food, prepared and served meals, cleaned up prairie land, and much more. Today we’ll hear from people involved in three of those ministries. They’ll share with us where they saw God at work in the work they did and the people they served.

The Church in the Power of the Holy Spirit: Antioch- Different People, Different Places

4-24-16-imageApril 24, 2016
Park Ridge
Pastor Fred Nelson

In this series, we explore Jesus’ bold promises for us, and look at different churches in the Bible and today, discerning where the Holy Spirit is active and working powerfully. In this message we consider the church in the city of Antioch, where the primitive Christian community engaged in two great missional shifts outward.

Easter: The Triumph of Truth

mar27-image-prMarch 27, 2016
Park Ridge
Pastor Carol Breimeier

Jesus, who fully understood both human reality and the mind of God, came to the world to shine the light of truth in a sin-darkened world. He called human beings to see the light and believe in him. And, by his death and the resurrection we celebrate at Easter, he conquered the darkness forever.

Gospel of John: Lazarus Raised

PR message 3-13-16March 13, 2015
Park Ridge
Pastor Carol Breimeier

The 11th chapter of John’s gospel tells the amazing story of Jesus giving life to his friend Lazarus, who had died four days earlier. In a series of dramatic scenes, Jesus delays going to Lazarus before his death, is moved to tears by the grief of Lazarus’s sisters and friends, and then calls Lazarus to come out of his tomb. It’s an unmistakable show of the power Jesus has received from his Father.

The Gospel of John: The Good Shepherd

PR message 3-6-16March 6, 2016
Park Ridge
Pastor Carol Breimeier

In the 10th chapter of John’s gospel, Jesus says that he is the Good Shepherd. He is to those who believe in him like a shepherd to his sheep. He knows them by name, and they recognize his voice and follow him and only him. For those who want to follow Jesus in this time when we’re bombarded with many different, often strident voices, how do we distinguish the voice we want to follow? And do we trust him enough to follow with the obedience of sheep? (This recording begins with dialogue from the film “The Gospel of John.”)

Gospel of John: Opened Eyes

Hand of Jesus touching a blind man's eye. Detail of "Two blind men cured" (15-03-02/27) Mosaic (6th)

Hand of Jesus touching a blind man’s eye. Detail of “Two blind men cured” (15-03-02/27) Mosaic (6th)

February 28. 2016
Park Ridge
Marcus Kunz

In this morning’s segment of John’s dramatic narrative, Jesus encounters a man who was born without sight. When Jesus opens his eyes, many other things get opened as well — his life, his witness … and a lot of questions that open conversations. Will they open us as well? And what will we see?