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
June 1, 2014
THE SEVENTH SUNDAY AFTER EASTER
In these days between Ascension and Pentecost, we gather with the disciples in the upper room, waiting for the Spirit to transform the church around the world. In today's gospel Jesus prays for his followers and for their mission in his name. Amid religious, social, and economic divisions, we seek the unity that Jesus had with his Father. Made one in baptism, we go forth to live our faith in the world, eager for the unity that God intends for the whole human family.
June 8, 2014
THE DAY OF PENTECOST
This festival derives its name from the Jewish festival of Pentecost, observed fifty days after Passover. On the fiftieth day of Easter we celebrate the Holy Spirit as the power of God among us that heals, forgives, inspires, and unites. In the reading from Acts, images of wind and fire describe the Spirit poured out on disciples of all nations. In John's gospel the risen Christ breathes the Spirit on his followers on Easter evening. In the one Spirit we are baptized into one body, and at the Lord's table the Spirit unites us for witness in the world. Seven young leaders will receive the rite of confirmation this day!
June 15, 2014
THE FEAST OF THE HOLY TRINITY
Though the word trinity is not found in the scriptures, today's second reading includes the apostolic greeting that begins the liturgy: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. In the gospel Jesus sends his disciples forth to baptize in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. More than a doctrine, the Trinity expresses the heart of our faith: we have experienced the God of creation made known in Jesus Christ and with us always through the Holy Spirit. We celebrate the mystery of the Holy Trinity in word and sacrament, as we profess the creed, and as we are sent into the world to bear witness to our faith.
June 22, 2014
THE SECOND SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
Jeremiah knew the frustration of having his words rejected. Jesus declares that his words may not bring peace, but division. In baptism we are buried with Christ that we may walk in newness of life. As we take stands for the sake of justice and lose our lives for the sake of others, we need not be afraid. The hairs of our head are counted. In baptism we are marked with the cross of Christ forever.
June 29, 2014
THE THIRD SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
The welcome of baptism is for all God's children. This baptismal gift sets us free from the power of sin and death. In this week’s gospel, Christ promises that the disciple who gives a cup of cold water to the little ones serves Christ himself. From worship we are sent on our baptismal mission: to serve the little ones of this world and to be a sign of God's merciful welcome.