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
November 2, 2014
ALL SAINTS SUNDAY
All Saints celebrates the baptized people of God, living
and dead, who are the body of Christ. As November
heralds the dying of the landscape in many northern
regions, the readings and liturgy call us to remember
all who have died in Christ and whose baptism is complete.
At the Lord's table we gather with the faithful of
every time and place, trusting that the promises of God
will be fulfilled and that all tears will be wiped away in
the new Jerusalem.
November 9, 2014
THE TWENTY-SECOND SUNDAY AFTER
This week the prophet Amos calls for justice to roll
down like waters. Paul urges us to encourage one another
with the promised coming of the Lord. Jesus tells
the parable of the wise and foolish bridesmaids. Surrounded
by the faithful of every time and place, we
celebrate Christ's coming in our midst in the word of
life and the feast of victory—the marriage feast of the
November 16, 2014
THE TWENTY-THIRD SUNDAY AFTER
Our readings during November speak of the end times.
Zephaniah proclaims that the coming day of the Lord
will be filled with wrath and distress. Paul says it will
come like a thief in the night and urges us to be awake
and sober. Jesus tells the parable of the talents, calling
us to use our gifts, while we still have time, for the
greater and common good. In a world filled with violence
and despair, we gather around signs of hope—
word, water, bread and wine—eager to welcome the
good news of Christ's coming among us.
November 23, 2014
CHRIST THE KING
On this final Sunday of the church year our gospel is
Jesus' great story of judgment. In the end, the faithful
are those who served Christ by ministering to those
who are poor, hungry, naked, sick, or estranged. In
the first reading God is the shepherd who seeks the
lost, weak, and injured and feeds them with justice.
We gather this day to celebrate the reign of Christ
and his victory over death, yet awaiting the consummation
of all things yet to come. Acknowledging
Christ as our merciful ruler, we go forth that his
reign may be known in our loving words and deeds.
November 30, 2014
FIRST SUNDAY IN ADVENT
Stir up your power, and come! The psalmist's plea in
Psalm 80:2 has become familiar to us in the Advent
prayers. Isaiah wants God to rip the heavens open.
Both cry out for an apparently distant, angry God to
show up, to save, to restore. When we hear Jesus
describing the coming of the Son of Man with stars
falling from heaven, it can sound dire and horrible,
not like anything we would ever hope for. But when
we really look at the suffering of people God loves,
we can share the hope that God would tear open the
heavens and come.