Welcome to worship!

What exactly is worship?

 

Worship takes a lot of forms: music and singing, offerings, acts of service, and prayer to name a few. Sometimes we have guidance like reciting the Lord’s prayer or knowing the lyrics to a song. Other times, it’s free form. 

 

But what exactly is it? It’s an expression of our love, respect, and gratitude for God. Regardless of our circumstances be they joy, sorrow, fear, or confidence, we worship. It’s deeply personal, yet at the same time it is an act of the community. And as a community, it’s something we do each week at 9:00 am and 10:30 am on Sundays.

 

Sunday Worship is offered inside and online at 9:00 am. And because we want to keep you and our community safe, we meet outside in the parking lot at 10:30 am. To join us online, visit http://www.facebook.com/piumc  Be sure to join us in the parking lot for coffee fellowship at 10:00 am.

 

Here is this Sunday’s Bulletin…
8-7-2022 bulletin


Here is the Sunday’s sermon text…
8-7-2022 sermon

 

 

Here you’ll find the full service for the current week as well as an archive of previous weeks. As always, the message highlights version for the current week will be available on the home page.

For almost the last 2,000 years, Christians have been wondering if we are living in or near the “end times.”  We believe that Jesus will come again in all his glory.

 

Yet, the bigger question for you and me should be whether or not we are ready when our Lord and Master returns.  What does it take to be prepared when Jesu comes again?  Are you ready for Jesus?  What things rule our hearts?

We don’t know about you, but Tony has a problem with “collecting” things.  All you have to do is take a look in his garage or in his basement to know what he’s talking about.  Do you have the temptation to “collect” things like he does? 

 

But you know, the rule, “The one who dies having the most stuff wins” doesn’t apply to us who follow Jesus.  There is a treasure that is worth much more than the things we think we own.  We’ll look at what this richness is today.

If you’ve ever desired to pray better, today is your day!  One day the disciples of Jesus asked him to teach them how to pray… and he did.  We will hear about the way to pray that Jesus taught them.  And along the way, maybe you and I will learn more about how we can pray even better to and with God.

Guest Preacher Jeramy Girard.

What must I do to inherit eternal life?  Is that the question all of us should be asking?  Not just eternal life after we die, the afterlife, but also having an abundant life right now – which is part of eternity.

 

And as we look at the world around us, what is our response as we love God with everything we got, and loving our neighbor?

In addition to the twelve disciples, Jesus also sent out seventy-two others to heal and share the God news that God’s kingdom had arrived.  


Jesus also wants to send us out on a mission for God – so what might our commission from Jesus be?

There are many things that get in the way of us truly following Jesus.  What can we do so that we can free up more space for Jesus in our lives?

 

We will also hear about how our congregation has been changing lives through our ministries of Vacation Bible School, and Junior and Senior High Camp at Northern Pines Camp and Retreat Center.

This week we are hearing about the power of Jesus Christ to change our lives… and the possibility of new life that this brings. 

Today, Bob Hawley from Goodhue County Habitat for Humanity is with us to tell us about the great work Habitat is doing in our area.

This week we are celebrating Pentecost Sunday.  This was the day 2,000 years ago when the Holy Spirit was poured upon the disciples… and they were filled with the power of the Holy Spirit and the Christian Church was born… adding 3,000 new believers on that day.

 

We will also look at Philip’s request that he see Jesus’ heavenly Father – and what it takes for us to see God.

On this Memorial Day weekend, we are in the church year between the time that Jesus ascended to heaven, leaving the disciples alone, as they are told to wait for heavenly power from the Holy Spirit. 

 

We, too this week, are wondering what comes next – and how we are to go forward.

This week we are celebrating our graduating high school seniors and we are also remembering those who have died this past year. 

 

In this context we will be remembering that Jesus is with us wherever we go, an especially good thing to know when we venture into new experiences and places.

This morning we have a special guest, Rev. Cynthia Williams. Pastor Cynthia  is also our District Superintendent. 

She is preaching today on living our lives to the fullest and having a love that is beyond fear.

In Jesus’ time, shepherds were not what we are used to in the upper Midwest today.  Jesus tells us that he is the Good Shepherd – one who knows each of his sheep by name.  A loving shepherd who would even give up his life to save his sheep – and offers us abundant, eternal life.

Have you ever been in a place where it seemed as though your faith has lost its vitality?

 

Today we catch of with the inner circle of Jesus’ disciples… And they are acting as though Jesus hasn’t been resurrected by going fishing for fish instead of fishing for people – like Jesus told them to. 

 

How can we breathe freshness back into our relationship with Jesus?

April 24, 2022

 

Today, we consider the experience of Thomas, the disciple who simply couldn’t wrap his mind around the resurrection of Jesus. As you engage in the experience, reflect on the times your faith hasn’t been as strong as you’d like, then consider how Thomas handled it. See any similarities? Differences?

April 17, 2022

Today is Easter!

 

It is the most joyous day in the world!

 

If Easter never happened, if Jesus would not have been raised from the dead, we would not have a Christian Church.  And this morning we celebrate this world changing event!

Holy Week 2022

 

Between Palm Sunday and Easter, we remember the Last Supper Jesus had with his disciples, and also his arrest, torture, and crucifixion on the cross…

April 10, 2022

This week we begin by hearing about the joy and triumph as Jesus enters Jerusalem amid palm branches and shouts of Hosanna! 

And we end by looking at the rest of Holy Week as Jesus has his Last Supper with his disciples and institutes the meal of Holy Communion. 

And after the meal we hear of the betrayal and denial of his closest followers, his arrest, torture and death on the cross.  And we end with the lifeless body of Jesus being laid in the tomb.

April 3, 2022

Today we hear about Jesus, while at a dinner party about week he was executed on the cross for us, predicted his own death.

And still, Jesus continues on his final journey to Jerusalem and what awaits him.

March 27, 2022

Today we are looking at a son who made some bad decisions, a loving Father who forgave him – and an older brother who was not so forgiving.

March 20th, 2022
As we continue our journey toward Easter, we continue exploring how determined Jesus was to go to Jerusalem, and the need for us to have our hearts and lives changed.

March 13th, 2022
Today, we consider how determined Jesus was to go to Jerusalem, fully aware of the fate that awaited Him there.

March 6th, 2022
On this first Sunday in Lent, we look at the three temptations Jesus faced in the wilderness and consider what we need to leave behind as we go out and serve God.

 

 

 

 

March 2nd, 2022
As the season of Lent begins, we prepare for the coming weeks with our Ash Wednesday service.