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
October 4, 2015
THE NINETEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
The gospel combines a saying that makes many of us
uncomfortable with a story we find comforting. Jesus'
saying on divorce is another of his rejections of human
legislation in favor of the original intent of God's law.
Jesus' rebuke of the disciples who are fending off the
children should challenge us as well. What does it
mean to receive the kingdom of God as a child does?
October 11, 2015
THE TWENTIETH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
The rich man who comes to ask Jesus what he should
do to inherit eternal life is a good man, sincere in his
asking. Mark's gospel is alone in saying that Jesus
looked on him and loved him. Out of love, not as
judgment, Jesus offers him an open door to life: sell all
you own and give it to the poor. Our culture bombards
us with the message that we will find life by consuming.
Our assemblies counter this message with the invitation
to find life by divesting for the sake of the other.
October 18, 2015
THE TWENTY-FIRST SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
The gospel starts with disciples obsessing over who's
number one, which leads Jesus to say something
about God's take on importance and power. Here
Jesus makes it explicit that the reversal of values in
God's community is a direct challenge to the values
of the dominant culture, where wielding power over
others is what makes you great. When we pray "your
kingdom come" we are praying for an end to tyranny
and oppression. We pray this gathered around
the cross, a sign of great shame transformed to be
the sign of great honor and service.
October 25, 2015
On this day we celebrate the heart of our faith: the
gospel of Christ—the good news—that makes us free!
Though we give thanks for the events of the sixteenthcentury
Reformation that brought renewal to the
church of that time, we pray that the Holy Spirit
would continue to unite the church today in its
proclamation and witness to the world. In the waters
of baptism we are made one body; we pray for the
day that all Christians will also be one at the Lord's