Sunday Messages

Shift Your Thinking: From Hopelessness to Hope

aug-14-imageAugust 14, 2016
Park Ridge
Pastor Carol Breimeier

We begin a four-week series called Shift Your Thinking. Paul wrote, in his letter to the Romans, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God – what is good and acceptable and perfect” (Rom. 12:2). If our lives are going to be transformed by the amazing truth about Jesus Christ, we need to focus our thoughts on the Truth that’s deeper than the surface we see around us. We need to shift our thinking so that God can shift our hearts and change our lives.

Wisdom From the Tradition: Restless Heart – The Confessions of St. Augustine

7-3-16-imageJuly 3, 2016
Park Ridge
Pastor Fred Nelson

During our summer worship series, “Wisdom from the Tradition,” we looked back at our mothers and fathers in the faith to see how they dealt with the opportunities and challenges of their own times. In this message, we hear excerpts from the faith story of the towering Christian theologian, St. Augustine. Though he wrote lots of deep and sophisticated theological treatises and books like “The City of God,” none of his writings have had the enduring emotional impact of his Confessions. Written around the year 397 A.D., they tell the story of his inner life and spiritual conversion. Lean in this morning to hear one of the most thoughtful, moving, and influential faith stories ever written!

Wisdom From the Tradition: The Barmen Declaration – The Church Says ‘No!’

PR 6-26-16 imageJune 26, 2016
Park Ridge
Pastor Carol Breimeier

In Nazi Germany, the totalitarian Third Reich wanted to control the Christian Church along with everything else, going so far as to encourage the removal of the Old Testament from the Bible and “non-German” elements from worship. In May 1934, opposition church leaders met as the Confessing Church in the city of Barmen. Putting themselves and their livelihood at risk, they adopted a declaration asserting that Jesus Christ alone has authority over the Church, and, indeed, over all of human life.

1 Corinthians 13: Part 3 – Enduring Love

jun-12-imageJune 19, 2016
Park Ridge
Pastor Carol Breimeier

In beautiful, poetic language, Paul talks about the necessity of love, the qualities of love, and the eternal duration of love. We’ve heard the beauty in Paul’s words and also their challenge to the Christian community and the believers who populate it. Now we look at love in light of eternity.

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.