We the members of Prince of Peace Evangelical Lutheran Church in Old Tappan, NJ, as people
of God declare that we are created, saved, nurtured and guided by God - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
We respond to God's gifts of grace, love, and forgiveness by:
- Proclaiming God's Word
- Administering and participating in the Sacraments
- Growing in our understanding and love for God's Word through study and fellowship
- Sharing God's care whenever and wherever needed
- Reaching out with love and hospitality
February 5, 2017
FIFTH SUNDAY AFTER EPIPHANY
Light shines in the darkness for the upright, the psalmist sings. Isaiah declares that when we loose the bonds of injustice and share our bread with the hungry, the light breaks forth like the dawn. In another passage from the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus, the light of the world, calls his followers to let the light of their good works shine before others. Through baptism we are sent into the world to shine with the light of Christ.
February 12, 2017
THE SIXTH SUNDAY AFTER EPIPHANY
In the reading from Deuteronomy we are called to choose life by loving and obeying God. Much of today's gospel reading echoes portions of the Ten Commandments. Jesus' instructions to the crowd reveal a pattern of behavior that honors both God and the neighbor, resulting in life and health for the whole community. We, too, are invited to embrace these commandments, not out of fear of retribution, but because God has promised that to do so means life for us.
February 19, 2017
THE SEVENTH SUNDAY AFTER EPIPHANY
In the first reading we hear, "You shall be holy, for I the Lord your God am holy." Yet we know we cannot achieve perfection. Our attempts to love neighbors and even our enemies fall short of what God desires for us. Yet in Jesus we see one who loved even those who persecuted and killed him. We are made holy in baptism, and forgiven at the table of God's mercy. As a people made holy by God, we go in peace to love as we have been loved.
February 26, 2017
THE TRANSFIGURATION OF OUR LORD
Today's festival is a bridge between the Advent-Christmas-Epiphany cycle that comes to a close today and the Lent-Easter cycle that begins in several days. On the mount of transfiguration Jesus is revealed as God's beloved Son, echoing the words at his baptism. This vision of glory sustains us as Jesus faces his impending death in Jerusalem.
We turn this week to Ash Wednesday and our yearly baptismal journey from Lent to Easter. Some churches put aside the alleluia at the conclusion of today's liturgy. This word of joy will be omitted during the penitential season of Lent and will be sung again at Easter. Pastor Lisa Holliday will be preaching and presiding this day.