"Remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy."
WHEN WILL OUR ADVENTURE OF FOLLOWING JESUS INCLUDE IN-PERSON WORSHIP?
From our April 16, 2021 Friday Update:
The simple answer is this:
When our paid and volunteer worship leaders have been fully vaccinated (near the end of May).
When we have volunteers lined up for our already drafted COVID protocols for safe gatherings.
When our congregation has done the important work of this between time (between sheltering safe in our homes and gathering for in-person worship). We will be doubling down on Jesus promise that where two or three gather in his name he is really present also.
The importance of this time is outlined below in the responses of our children.
Our ministry staff has met for 12 hours the last eight days to curate our transition from being an online worshipping congregation to a hybrid (online and in-person) congregation. We are in a short lived liminal time these next 30-60 days. We have important work to accomplish in this time prior to gathering all together for indoor, in-person worship.
To make the most of this liminal time we want to capture stories, experiment with some in-person gatherings, take surveys, listen and name just how we have been shaped by the traumatic events of COVID-tide. So, we are planning worshipful & connective events for people to experience in-person, in smaller groups, before resuming our in-person worship life we are hungry for.
This is a time of becoming, more than returning to exactly the way things used to be. The stories we harvest, the emotions we honor, along with the spiritual practices of reflection (April) and accompaniment (May) will guide our progress in an intentional way. These worshipful events - be they gathering in our sanctuary for poems and music and meditation, or outdoor blessings, micro service projects, guided prayer walks, Together in Faith family activities, drum circles will provide a space and intimacy to reacquaint ourselves with our building and our people.
The staff has done good work creating protocols that will keep us safe and organized when we do offer in-person worship. There ways that most any of our members will be able to help provide for a safely distanced COVID-tide worship experience.
Our goal is to be thoughtful, intentional and aware of God's presence as we enter into our long awaited future as the congregation of God's sinners and saints at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church.
MAKING THE MOST OF WORSHIP
We worship at 9:00 every Sunday morning and 6:30 every Wednesday evening. You will find yourself among welcoming worshippers, easy to follow worship materials, a message that connects to real life and music that can rearrange your inner life.
Children are always welcome in worship.
Our worship is rooted deeply in tradition, celebrating the timelessness and mystery of our faith. Centered around Word and Sacrament, our worship is truly the “liturgy,” that is, “the work of the people.”
Find out more below.
WHEN WE WORSHIP
Sunday mornings at 9 AM (with Holy Communion)
Wednesday evenings at 6:30 PM (with Holy Communion)
Adult Bible Study - Wednesdays 10 AM
Study of the week's Bible verses
WHAT TO EXPECT
We’re a pretty traditional church. We’ve got pews and an organ. We have stained glass that is not real old and our pastors wear robes sometimes (we will not comment on the pastors age).
We practice two sacraments, Communion and Baptism. We sing hymns, some a few hundred years old. These things help us remember where we’ve been. They remind us of the faithfulness of God, who has reliably been showing up when we come together, through word and sacrament for a really long time.
But we’re not stuffy. There’s an openness and creativity to what we do. We deeply desire to help one another encounter the living God, who speaks into our lives now, not just then. We have fun and celebrate beauty. We welcome everyone, especially kids. We learn how to be God’s people together through song and prayer, and through sermons that help us see we are a part of God’s story, now and forever.
What to wear.
People wear all kinds of things to church. Some folks wear suits or dresses and that’s fine. Other people wear jeans and that’s fine too. People even wear shorts or jerseys on game days. We love to see kids with soccer jerseys stopping in for worship prior to their soccer league games.
Come as you are.
“Come into this place. Come in with all of your vulnerabilities and strengths, fears and anxieties, love and hopes. Come into this place where we can touch and be touched, heal and be healed, forgive and be forgiven. Come into this place, together we make it a holy place.” Rebecca Edmiston-Lange
Enjoy some non-electronic social networking. Sign up with friends or meet someone new to serve coffee with. A couple pots of coffee, visiting as you serve coffee to fellow parishioners, a little cleanup and that's all there is to it! Each week you will find a coffee captain to greet you and help you find things, plus a green binder on the kitchen counter has all the tips and hints you need to make coffee serving a successful, stress free experience.
MUSIC AND THE ARTS
Music IS Ministry at PoP!
Music holds a very prominent role at PoP. We know that music changes and rearranges us. Our worship is enhanced by music that builds bridges and makes connections. We have an eclectic musical palette and are open to honoring and greatly appreciating the musical gifts that are offered. Our music ministry includes opportunities with handbells, instruments, voices, and drums!
At Prince of Peace we weave the ancient wisdom of drumming into a modern day ministry program. We create participatory, collaborative, and creative experiences that are open to all, without the need for any prior music training or expertise. We strive to develop a rich sense of community, individual expression, depth in meditation and prayer, and physical stress release through drumming. Anyone with a heartbeat is invited and welcomed into our Drum Circle Ministry. Nourishment for the mind, body, and soul!
Watch the E-Updates for opportunities to participate in music ministry at PoP or email firstname.lastname@example.org to ask Chris about how you might contribute and get involved.
In the Sacrament of Holy Baptism, water and God’s promises connect the one who is baptized with the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. This sacrament is an outward sign of our salvation and God’s unbreakable promise to us of forgiveness and new life in Jesus Christ. Baptism is once and for all, and it is for people of any age. The Lutheran church baptizes infants because we believe that baptism is God’s gracious action not ours.
Contact a pastor to schedule a date and arrange for a pre-baptism conversation.
A wedding is the making of a lifelong promise before God and the community. If you wish to have a wedding at Prince of Peace, contact the church office. You do not have to be a member to request a wedding.
Prince of Peace Lutheran Church will welcome any couple wishing to be married in our church, provided they complete a pre-marriage course with or approved by the pastor and have a legal marriage license.
Our Prince of Peace community of faith will accompany you and your loved ones through dying death, and promise of resurrection. To schedule a funeral or memorial service contact the church office. Visitation and a luncheon may also be scheduled.
Prince of Peace would like to help you schedule a baptism, prepare for your wedding, or walk with you as you plan a funeral. For further information please read the information below or contact our church office at 507-895-4440.