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 7, 2015
THE SECOND SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
A house divided against itself cannot stand. Jesus
makes this observation in light of charges that he is
possessed. He is possessed, not by a demon, but by the
Holy Spirit. We who have received the Holy Spirit
through baptism have been joined to Christ's death and
resurrection and knit together in the body of Christ.
Those with whom we sing and pray this day are sisters
and brothers of the Lord. With them we go forth in
peace to do the will of God.
June 14, 2015
THE THIRD SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
The mustard seed becomes a great shrub that shelters
the birds, recalling ancient images of the tree of life.
We'd expect a cedar or a sequoia, but Jesus finds the
power of God better imaged in a tiny, no-account seed.
It's not the way we expect divine activity to look. Yet the
tree of life is here, in the cross around which we
gather, the tree into which we are grafted through baptism,
the true vine that nourishes us with its fruit in the
cup we share. It may not appear all that impressive, but
while nobody's looking it grows with a power beyond
June 17, 2015
THE SEVENTH SUNDAY OF EASTER
The gospel for Easter's seventh Sunday is always taken
from the long prayer Jesus prays for his followers in
John's gospel on the night before his death, and always
includes Jesus' desire that his followers will be one as
he and the Father are one. This oneness is not mere
doctrinal agreement or institutional unity, but mutual
abiding, interpenetrating life, mutual love and joy. This
oneness is the work of the Spirit whom we have
received but also await. Come, Holy Spirit!
June 21, 2015
THE FOURTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
Now is the acceptable time; now is the day of
salvation! Now we are in the storm, the boat
almost swamped; but Jesus is here now, and
when we call him he will calm the storm. Even
the wind and waves listen to him as they would
to their creator. We also listen to him and are
called to believe in the power of God's word in
him, a power greater than all that we fear.
June 28, 2015
THE FIFTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
A woman finds healing by touching Jesus' cloak,
and a girl is restored to life when he takes her by
the hand. In both cases a boundary is crossed: in
Jesus' time the hemorrhaging woman was considered
ritually unclean, polluting others by her
touch, and anyone who touched a corpse also
became unclean. In Mark's gospel Jesus breaks
down barriers, from his first meal at a tax collector's
house to his last breath on the cross as
the temple curtain is torn in two. We dare to
touch Jesus in our "uncleanness" and to live as a
community that defines no one as an outsider.