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Purpose Statement

We are called to be an authentic Christian community;
where strangers become friends, friends become disciples, disciples impact the world

Core Values

  • Hospitality We will go out of our way to welcome people as Jesus welcomed them, with an open heart and open arms.
  • God’s Church In every decision we seek to discern God’s desire. No leader, person, or ministry is more important than what God wants.
  • Relevance  Jesus successfully communicated his message by using examples and symbols of first century culture. We will be open to using examples and symbols of our culture to communicate Jesus’ message.
  • Acceptance We accept people without judgment, regardless of what has happened in their lives or where they are on their faith journeys.
  • Outward Focus We will keep the needs of the broader world before us and won’t only focus on our own congregation’s needs.
  • Investing in Future Generations Our priority is to create an atmosphere where children, youth, and young adults grow in faith.
  • Healthy Disagreement When we disagree we will encourage discussion while valuing all opinions. We will speak truth in love, treat others respectfully with dignity, and seek to remain in community.
  • Joyful Love We are released to love each other with joy because of what God has done for us. We are a community who enjoys spending time together and supporting each others’ journey.

What to Expect in Worship

10130 Davenport St NE #160,
Blaine, MN 55449

DRIVE-IN WORSHIP property unofficial address:
2708 125th Ave NE, Blaine, MN 55449

Enjoy Drive-In worship, a wonderful way to worship God in the beauty of outdoors. 

What happens at Drive-In worship is simple. Drive your car to the church property, which is located just east of Malmborg’s Nursery. The unofficial address is 2708 125th Ave NE in Blaine. Enter the property on the 125th Ave (Main Street) entrance which is on the north side of the property or or at the Edison entrance, on the south side of the property. You will be greeted and directed to park your car. Tune your car radio to 90.3 FM, then enjoy the service in your car or bring a lawn chair and sit outside. You are welcome to walk around on the property and talk to others. We are still cautious about COVID, of course, but because of the increasing rates of vaccination and because worship is held outdoors, everyone is encouraged to walk on the property and talk with others who are present.  

Worship will be recorded and the video can be watched during the week at colpres.org.

Activities for kids under a Youth canopy will be available. All kids will have the opportunity to meet Denton Nissley, the new Director of Youth and Children’s Ministries at Chain of Lakes.

If weather prevents us from worshiping at the property, we will gather at the Davenport location at 10:30am. 10130 Davenport St NE, Blaine, MN.

OPENING  SONG  

You’re My Best Friend

Ooh, you make me live.
Whatever this world can give to me, it’s you, you’re all I see.
Ooh, you make me live now, Jesus. Ooh, you make me live.

Oh, you’re the best friend that I ever had. I’ve been with you such a long time.
You’re my sunshine and I want you to know that my feelings are true.
I really love you. Oh, you’re my best friend

Ooh, you make me live
Ooh, I’ve been wandering ’round
And In rain or shine, you’ve stood by me God
I’m happy at home
You’re my best friend.

Repeat previous stanzas

Words and Music by John Deacon

 

CHAIN OF LAKES PURPOSE STATEMENT

  We are called to be an authentic Christian Community
  Where strangers become friends,
  Friends become disciples,
  And disciples impact the world

SONG

I Can See Clearly Now

I can see clearly now, the rain is gone
I can see all obstacles in my way.
Gone are the dark clouds that had me blind.
It’s gonna be a bright, bright sun shiny day
It’s gonna be a bright, bright sun shiny day

I think I can make it now the pain is gone
All of the bad feelings have disappeared
Here is that rainbow I’ve been praying for
It’s gonna be a bright (Bright), bright sun shiny day

Look all around, there’s nothing but blue skies
Look straight ahead, nothing but blue skies

 I can see clearly now; the rain is gone
I can see all obstacles in my way
Gone are the dark clouds that had me blind
It’s gonna be a bright, bright sun shiny day
It’s gonna be a bright, bright sun shiny day

Words and music by Johnny Nash

PRAYER OF CONFESSION

Almighty God, you love us, but we do not love you fully.

You call, but we do not always listen. We often walk away from neighbors in need, wrapped in our own concerns.

We often condone evil, hatred, warfare, and greed.

God of grace, help us to admit our sin, so that  as you move toward us
in mercy, we may repent, turn to you, and receive forgiveness
through Jesus Christ our Redeemer.   Amen

INDIVIDUAL CONFESSION, ASSURANCE OF GRACE

COMMUNION

 The Great Prayer of Thanksgiving

Pastor Paul:  The Lord be with you       Congregation:   And also with you
Pastor Paul:  Lift up your hearts            Congregation:  We lift them to the Lord.
Pastor Paul:  Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
Congregation:  It is right to give our thanks and praise.


Pastor Paul will share a prayer


Congregation:  Holy, holy, holy Lord,  God of power and might,
             Heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest.
             Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the 
                        highest.

Pastor Paul will share a prayer


Congregation:  Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again


Words of Institution


Prayer


The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors;
and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever.   Amen

Everyone is welcome to partake in Communion.

Jan Boehm will play “Alleluia.”

 

SCRIPTURE  

Ephesians 3: 14 – 21

For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth takes its name.  I pray that, according to the riches of his glory, he may grant that you may be strengthened in your inner being with power through his
Spirit, and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, as you are being rooted and grounded in love.  

I pray that you may have the power to comprehend, with all the saints, what is the breadth and length and height and depth,  and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

Reader – This is the Word of the Lord

All – Thanks be to God

 

SERMON

Imagine!

Pastor Paul Moore

PRAYER SONG – Imagine
Praise Band

 

GROUNDBREAKING AUGUST 15

Jolene Altrichter

FRIENDSHIP TIME

ANNOUNCEMENTS

OFFERTORY

Purpose Statement Song 
set to music by Jan Boehm

People will be asked to bring financial offerings
and Communication Cards forward.

It’s a tradition on Communion Sunday to put a dollar or two in the
Helping Hands envelope if possible. The Helping Hands Fund is for people in the
congregation who may need a helping hand to get through a hard time.

If you prefer, fill out the Communication Card
on the Chain of Lakes website colpres.org.
You can also donate on the website—click on the “Give” tab

SONG

Get On Your Feet

You say I know it’s a waste of time, there’s no use trying,
So scared that life’s gonna pass you by, your spirit dying.

Not long ago I could feel your strength and your devotion
What was so clear is now overcast with mixed emotions

Deep in your heart is the answer
Find it, I know it will pull you through

Get on your feet. Get up and make it happen.
Get on your feet. Stand up and take some action.

I think it’s true
That we’ve all been through some nasty weather
Let’s understand that we’re here to handle things together.

We gotta keep looking on to tomorrow.
There’s so much in life that’s meant for you.

Get on your feet. Get up and make it happen.
Get on your feet. Stand up and take some action.

Get on your feet. Don’t stop before it’s over.
Get on your feet. The weight is off your shoulder.

Get on your feet. Get up and make it happen.
Get on your feet. Stand up and take some action.

Get on your feet. Don’t stop before it’s over.
Get on your feet. The weight is off your shoulder.

Words and music by John DeFaria, Clay Ostwald and Jorge Casas

 

BENEDICTION

Engage in online worship by watching the video of Drive-In worship at colpres.org Sunday evening or during the week.

Click on Announcements to see what’s happening this week at Chain of Lakes, and for the list of prayer requests. 

Click on Devotions for Pastor Paul’s Daily Devotions.

Dates:      July 25

Guest preacher Rev. Gene Orr                       

Rev. Orr will talk about how the Scripture 2 Kings 5: 1-14 relates to our lives

Dates:      August 1 and 8

Pastor Paul will have a two week sermon series called, “Imagine!” In advance of the groundbreaking Pastor Paul will encourage people to imagine what the Chain of Lakes community will be.  August 1 Communion will be celebrated.

Worship Communication Card

Who is Chain of Lakes?

Welcome!
Chain of Lakes is an active, friendly community in the north metro where people of all races, abilities, sexual orientation and ages grow and share in their faith with all God’s people to impact the world.

 
This church embraces female and male leadership, supports youth and family events and activities, celebrates varied music opportunities for all ages, and works to end youth homelessness in Anoka county.
 
If you are looking for a group of people who will accept you and a church who will do whatever is possible to help you in your faith life, come visit!
 
If you want to make a significant impact in the community, Chain of Lakes is your church!

Location
Chain of Lakes Church is located at 10130 Davenport St NE, Blaine, MN 55449
Phone: 763.208.8049
Email: info@colpres.org

This location provides a comfortable gathering space known as the Community Life Center, a worship center that seats 100 people, church offices, music studio and a creative space for Youth and Family Ministry.
 
The planning process  for constructing a building on the 8.9 acres of church property in The Lakes of Blaine has begun. 
 
Chain of Lakes is a Presbyterian Church.
More information about the Presbyterian organization can be found below:

Staff

Staff - Pastor Paul 2020

Paul started his work at Chain of Lakes in March 2009 after serving for 16 years as pastor of Community Presbyterian Church in Plainview, MN. He has a BA in Political Science from Carleton College and a Master of Divinity from Union Seminar in NYC.

What Paul appreciates about his work at Chain of Lakes is leading a group of people who are so committed to being authentic, growing in personal faith, and making a significant impact in the community.

Check out his blog here to learn more of his perspectives.

Pastor Paul would enjoy having a cup of coffee with you.

Contact Paul at pastor@colpres.org or 763.257.6994.

Staff - Kathy Brevig 2020

Kathy started as Church Administrator for Chain of Lakes In March, 2016. Her experience as a newspaper proofreader, quality editor, Co-director of Communications for a non-profit organization, and many years of working on committees as a volunteer, prepared her for the job’s diverse responsibilities.

Kathy is a talented quilter, loves reading, kaleidoscopes, and spending time with friends and family. Her favorite part of the job is interacting with all of the wonderful people at Chain of Lakes.

Contact Kathy at info@colpres.org or 763.208.8049.

Jan served as Director of Worship Ministries at Ankeny First United Methodist Church, Ankeny, Iowa, before retiring in 2016. After moving to Minnesota in 2020 to be closer to her children & grandchildren she found Chain of Lakes to be a good fit and came out of retirement. She has a BME from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, her major instruments being piano, oboe and organ.

Jan looks forward to growing the music ministry at Chain of Lakes and enjoys helping people to discover and nurture their musical gifts.

Contact Jan at jan.b@colpres.org or 763.208.8049.

Denton was the Minister of Youth and Christian Discipleship at the Methodist Church in Nevada, Iowa. During his four years there he built the youth group up from six to forty.  He and his family live in Brooklyn Park. Denton is excited about the possibilities of being part of a young, growing church.

Staff-Sherri-Varsho
Sherri is the dedicated, caring Childcare Coordinator at Chain of Lakes. Her warm, engaging style quickly puts children at ease and her genuine love of God and children makes kids feel special. As Sherri provides love and patience with the children in her care, in return she is rewarded with their humor, attention and love. Sherri likes to read, fish, and visit Como Zoo. She lives with her husband Rich, their son Vincent, and dog and 2 cats.

Contact Sherri at info@colpres.org or 763.208.8049.

Session

Class of 2021:
Class of 2022:
Pastor Paul Moore, Moderator

Deacons

Class of 2021:
Class of 2022: Jill Mehrkens, Nancy Amundsen
Reach out to the Session or Deacons by contacting the church office at 763.208.8049 or info@colpres.org

Church Property & future building site

Chain of Lakes is planning to break ground for their initial church building later in 2021. The property is located just east of Malmborg’s Garden Center in The Lakes in Blaine, MN on the south side of
125th Ave NE.
 
The plans are the result of much research, many meetings, and prayers for discernment by the Chain of Lakes Building Team. Chain of Lakes ministry teams & staff were consulted. The Blaine community was invited to provide input through the “Your Ideas Matter” meeting on the church property in The Lakes. Surveys were posted on the Chain of Lakes website and on Facebook. The congregation had an opportunity to give opinions at a Congregational Building Forum.
 
The Building Team is working with Jeff Stromgren, of Rice-Stromgren Architects, to incorporate those needs into a plan. This is the current first phase building plan Floor Plan April 5 2021
 
It’s a step by step process. It’s an expression of faith.