Worship Sunday Mornings

9:00am – Sunday First Meal (spoken worship with Holy Communion)

10:15am – Sunday Full Meal (traditional liturgy with Holy Communion. The Band of Peace leads worship on the second Sunday of the month)

Worship is our central activity. God blesses, comforts and empowers us as we gather to hear the gospel of Jesus Christ, sing His praise and celebrate the sacraments He has given us.

At Prince of Peace our worship is family oriented and rich in symbolism and diverse music. In a world filled with stress, conflict and confusion, Prince of Peace seeks to provide a place where Jesus Christ can provide healing, wholeness and meaning to our daily lives.

 

December 3, 2017
THE 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.

 

December 10, 2017
THE SECOND SUNDAY IN ADVENT

John called people to repent, to clear the decks, to completely reorder their lives so that nothing would get in the way of the Lord’s coming. The reading from Isaiah gives the context for this radical call: the assurance of forgiveness that encourages us to repent; the promise that the coming one will be gentle with the little ones. Isaiah calls us all to be heralds with John, to lift up our voices fearlessly and say, “See, your God is coming!” We say it to one another in worship, in order to say it with our lives in a world in need of justice and peace.

 

December 17, 2017
THE THIRD SUNDAY IN ADVE

“Rejoice always,” begins the reading from First Thessalonians. Isaiah and the psalmist make clear that God is turning our mourning into laughter and shouts of joy. “All God’s children got a robe,” go the words of the spiritual. It is not so much a stately, formal, pressed outfit as it is a set of party clothes, clothes that make us feel happy just to put on. We receive that robe in baptism, and in worship we gather for a foretaste of God’s party.

 

December 24, 2017
THE FOURTH SUNDAY IN ADVENT

God keeps the promise made to David, to give him an everlasting throne. The angel tells Mary that God will give David’s throne to her son Jesus. She is perplexed by Gabriel’s greeting and by the news of her coming pregnancy, but she is able still to say, “Count me in.” We who know that Jesus is called king only as he is executed still find it a mystery hard to fathom, but with Mary today we hear the news of what God is up to and say, “Count us in.”

 

December 31, 2017
FIRST SUNDAY AFTER CHRISTMAS
In the psalm all the natural world praises God, including all humanity, male and female, young and old. The voices of Simeon and 84-year-old Anna join the chorus today, recognizing what God is doing in Jesus. Simeon’s song is often sung after communion, for we have seen God’s salvation in the assembled community and have held Jesus in our hands in the bread. Then, like the prophet Anna, we speak of Jesus to all who look for the healing of the world.

 

January 7, 2018
THE BAPTISM OF OUR LORD
Our re-creation in baptism is an image of the Genesis creation, where the Spirit/wind moved over the waters. Both Mark’s gospel and the story in Acts make clear that it is the Spirit’s movement that distinguishes Jesus’ baptism from John’s. The Spirit has come upon us as upon Jesus and the Ephesians, calling us God’s beloved children and setting us on Jesus’ mission to re-create the world in the image of God’s vision of justice and peace.

 

January 14, 2018
THE SECOND SUNDAY AFTER EPIPHANY
All the baptized have a calling in God’s world. God calls not just the clergy but also the youngest child, like Sam-uel. The story of the calling of Nathanael plays with the idea of place. Nathanael initially dismisses Jesus because he comes from Nazareth. But where we come from isn’t important; it’s where—or rather whom—we come to. Jesus refers to the story of the vision of Jacob, who called the place of his vision “the house of God, and … the gate of heaven” (Gen. 28:17). Jesus says he himself is the place where Nathanael will meet God.

 

January 21, 2018
THE THIRD SUNDAY AFTER EPIPHANY

Stories of the call to discipleship continue as the time after Epiphany plays out the implications of our baptismal calling to show Christ to the world. Jesus begins proclaiming the good news and calling people to repentance right after John the Baptist is arrested for preaching in a similar way. Knowing that John was later executed, we see at the very outset the cost of discipleship. Still, the two sets of fisher-man brothers leave everything they have known and worked for all their lives to follow Jesus and fish for people.

 

January 28, 2018
THE FOURTH SUNDAY AFTER EPIPHANY

In Deuteronomy God promises to raise up a prophet like Moses, who will speak for God; in Psalm 111 God shows the people the power of God’s works. For the church these are ways of pointing to the unique authority people sensed in Jesus’ actions and words. We encounter that authority in God’s word, around which we gather, the word that trumps any lesser spirit that would claim power over us, freeing us to follow Jesus.