Category Archives: Advent

Largo Holiday Stroll 2017: Live Nativity & Bethlehem Marketplace

December 2nd, 6:00pm-9:30pm

Each year, thousands come to the Largo Holiday Stroll to see over one million beautiful Christmas Lights, numerous Christmas displays, and various activities throughout the park. Prince of Peace will tell the story of Christ’s birth through our Live Nativity Display and our Bethlehem marketplace.

Guests will enter the “ancient city of Bethlehem” at the time of the census, explore the busy marketplace, visit with the shopkeepers and talk to the townspeople. Experience the Christmas story told through a live nativity scene depicting Mary, Joseph and the Christ child, along with angels, shepherds, and wise men!

Meet us at: Largo Central Park | 101 Central Park Drive | Largo, FL 33771

It takes many hands to make this event a success – a full volunteer calendar will be forthcoming – sign up if you’d like to help!

 

WELCA Advent Tea

WELCA_TeaSunday, December 4th at 12:30pm

We invite all women and girls to share in the meaning of Advent with the program “A Gift of Advent.” Share in Christian fellowship as we enjoy a potluck luncheon. Please also bring hygiene products for the homeless.

There will be a Thank Offering (no pennies please)! Sign up on the sheet under the Portico! Contact Virginia for more info: 727.533.8157 or vmh416@tampabay.rr.com.

The Epiphany of Our Lord, 2016 & Beyond

The Epiphany of our Lord is a festival of the New Year that always falls on January 6. An epiphany is a revelation, and THE Epiphany is the Church day that marks the revelation of our Lord to the magi. A star guides the wise men from far away through the questioning grasp of Herod and to the child who was born king.

For years Prince of Peace has celebrated this ancient day of the Church by drawing together the themes of Advent and Christmas. We call it FEAST OF LIGHTS! We tell the whole story from prophesies to shepherds, angels and the holy family, until the arrival of the long-traveled magi.

With the special music of a hammered dulcimer and double bass, our choir and costumed friends, we will mark this blessed beginning of a new year with the Epiphany. And we will pray for eyes to see how the Lord reveals his way for us today.

Invite and bring friends and come for this night’s worship and joyous reception following! Learn More…


WHAT ABOUT 2016?

What plans lie ahead? Graduations? Weddings? Reunions? A trip, maybe? Could be a long delayed surgery or a re-start on some treatments.

Wherever you are, whatever you are doing or is being done to you, the Lord goes with you. Scripture brims with passages testifying to the presence of the Lord, granting peace, courage, joy – “even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me fast.”  ~ Psalm 139

As God’s own in this place, we enter 2016 together with all of the anticipation and trepidation that we as individuals may have. What a blessing to know that God has gathered us together and equipped us as disciples in all our following and serving.  Let us pray as we gather in Sunday worship; let us pray in our small groups, from choir, to Mothers at Prayer, Gardening Angels and so many more; and let us pray when we are apart from one another for the guidance of the Lord in every effort – may all that we do bring honor to God.

~ Pr. Joe ~

Advent: A Season of Preparation

It is a season of preparation. Of hope. Advent with its blue highlights commands our attention, because we see it so infrequently – 4 weeks and gone. Yet, like the deep blue of an autumn or winter sky after the hazy days of other seasons, Advent blue raises our hopes of what is coming.

Advent blue draws us toward the one Hope, who goes before and with us. In the face of what has happened recently in Europe and what has been happening to so many folk throughout the Middle East for months and years, the longing for our Hope in Advent becomes that much more ardent.

By the time we enter December, we are already in the season. The Advent timepiece, the wreath of four candles, is already hung, a count-down time to the Christmas feast. We prepare in the season with lessons from John the Baptizer, and in fact will celebrate a baptism on December 6th. And there’s much more.

With cultural Christmas pressing its face at church windows and pushing our to-do lists to the max, we followers of Jesus have an opportunity to become truly counter-cultural. November and December always try to squeeze us into a mold that on the one hand can produce a light and joyful season of sentiment and festivities. But on the other hand, that mold can bring with it unreal expectations and even disappointment.

So, why not walk a different path in Advent – one that goes against the grain. Cultural Christmas [CC] will do its thing. It’s ok to flirt with CC. But as we look to the Christmas feast later in December, let’s try another way.

Instead, let’s devote ourselves to Advent waiting with prayer, hoping with great expectation, worshipping with song we experience no other place, and joining with others – the sisters and brothers in Christ – to prepare ourselves for all the Lord’s coming in our lives. And let’s not forget to ask others to be counter-cultural with us.

-Pr. Joe-


Midweek Advent Worship | Wednesdays at NOON

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Midweek worship during Advent is a blessed time of getting away – from the crowds on the roads and in the stores or perhaps from our crowded schedules that stretch us ever so thin. We gather in the chapel for a quiet time of prayer, scripture, meditation and Holy Communion. We will even sing a song of the Advent season.

In this brief time breaking into the middle of the day, we may listen for the voice of the One who comes into our lives.  Bring a friend and come away with sisters and brothers to worship the One who makes every season possible.

Largo Holiday Stroll: Live Nativity & Bethlehem Marketplace

20131207_17560420December 5th, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Each year, thousands come to the Largo Holiday Stroll at Largo Central Park to see over one million beautiful Christmas Lights, numerous Christmas displays, and various activities throughout the park.

Prince of Peace will tell the story of Christ’s birth through our Live Nativity Display and our Bethlehem Marketplace. Guests will enter the “ancient city of Bethlehem” at the time of the census, explore the busy marketplace, visit with the shopkeepers and talk to the townspeople. Experience the Christmas story told through a live nativity scene depicting Mary, Joseph and the Christ child, along with angels, shepherds, and wise men!

Meet us at: Largo Central Park | 101 Central Park Drive | Largo, FL 33771

It takes many hands to make this event a success – be sure to review the important meeting dates and times below, and sign up if you’d like to help!

BETHLEHEM MARKETPLACE
Monday, November 30th 12:00pm-2:00pm | Costume Preparation
Tuesday, December 1st 6:30pm-7:30pm | Costume Fittings
Saturday, December 5th 1:00pm at PoP | Collect items & materials for park set-up (trucks!)

1:30pm at Park | Setup for Marketplace structures, tarps, lighting

3:00pm at Park | Finalize Marketplace setup & décor

5:30pm at Park | All Characters Arrive for Marketplace

9:30pm at Park | Marketplace break-down, clean-up, & return to PoP

LIVE NATIVITY

Tuesday, December 1st Costumes & Final Details – All Characters
Saturday, December 5th 1:00pm at PoP | Collect items & materials for park set-up (trucks!)
Saturday, December 5th 3:00pm at Park | Setup for Live Nativity
Saturday, December 5th 9:30pm at Park | Nativity break-down, clean-up & return to PoP

 

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Santa Lucia Festival

Sunday, December 13, 2015 | 7:00pm
A Service of Readings, Carols, & Anthems of the Advent Season with Choirs and Baroque Ensemble.

20141214_18270807There will be bakers, stars and “Lucia,” who will be portrayed by Denise Roe. A “Lucia” party will follow – homemade cookies are needed for the reception, so please sign up on Sunday’s attendance card if you’d like to bring cookies to share!

Complimentary tickets for the Santa Lucia Festival are available under the portico – kindly sign up for the number of tickets you plan on using, as seating is limited.

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The annual Art For Faith’s Sake series is made possible by Friends of the Arts. Each year, contributions support this series with gifts ranging from $10 to over $5,000. Thank you for your generous contributions which make the celebration of faith through the arts possible.

WELCA Advent Tea

Sunday, December 6th | Parish Hall, 6pm

WELCA_TeaWe invite all women and girls to share in the meaning of Christmas, a potluck meal, and Christian friendship! We’ll enjoy the Symbols of Christmas, presented by Tracy Moffatt, Vice President of the Florida-Bahamas Synodical Women’s Organization.

As we fellowship and share together, we’ll sing carols of the season! Bring a Christmas staple to be given to Isaiah’s Inn.  There will be a Thank Offering (no pennies please). Sign-up sheets can be found in the portico.