Category Archives: Worship Services

All Saints’ Sunday, Festivals & Worship

Sunday, November 5 is All Saints’ Sunday – a day to give thanks to God for the saints in Christ who have gone before us, who have influenced us, whom we have loved with all the love God gives. It is a day when we thank God as well for the new saints among us, those who have been washed into the Lord’s Church in this past year. We will worship and sing God’s praises on this festival day, that God has made us saints through our Lord’s death and resurrection. Yes, we are all saints; we are all set aside through our baptisms to live and serve as our Lord calls all our lives long.

All Saints’ Sunday worship always inspires our hearts as we remember and give thanks. This year will be no different.


Festivals & Worship This Season at Prince of Peace

November 22nd | Thanksgiving Eve Worship at 7:00pmAfter sharing a meal together, we join in thanks for all God’s generous giving.

November 26th | Christ the King SundayThe last day of the Church Year is a festival time of remembrance, where we look back at what the Lord has done and look ahead knowing that Christ Jesus is sovereign Lord over all creation.

December 3rd | First Sunday in AdventAdvent, the blue season. Blue for the hope we all share in a God of grace and mercy who comes and will come. What a blessed time to be together, hearing the marvelous word of anticipation and singing the advent songs that quicken our hearts to our Lord.

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.

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.

NATIVITY OF OUR LORD – Christmas Eve Worship

DECEMBER 24, 2014
5:30 PM, 7:30 PM, 10:00 PM

“O come let us adore him, Christ the Lord”

A blessed time of worship and a blessed opportunity to invite and bring another to experience the good news of Christ Jesus.

Come hear and experience the good news on this blessed night! Bring a friend or loved one who has never heard it OR who has long been separated from our Lord’s people. Let us all come together to share in this holy joy as Christmas begins.

Festival Worship – 5:30 PM *
Youth singers and children’s choir support our Christmas Song
Festival Worship – 7:30 PM *
Festival choir, brass, harp, timpani, violin, organ and bells join the celebration
Festival Worship – 10:00 PM
Proclamation of the birth of Christ
Choirs and instruments support our song

We celebrate Holy Communion at each service.

*Child care is available at 5:30 PM and 7:30 PM.

We ask that our members who are able, park in the lots of our surrounding businesses that are closed or at Largo High School. This will make certain our parking lot is available for visitors and those with mobility issues.

First Sunday in Advent

Sunday, November 30

The first Sunday of the new year, Advent I, begins where the end of the year leaves off—telling of the Lord’s coming. A day that is in the future, unknown and yet promised by the Holy One who faithfully keeps promises.

Advent is a season of song anticipating our Lord.

Familiar Advent melodies and words fill the air, beckoning us to wait with great anticipation and to hope for the coming Christ. Advent wreathes, logs, devotions and prayers make this season a blessed time of preparation.

Thanksgiving Eve Service

Wednesday, November 26 – 7 PM

On the eve of this civic holiday, we pause with many folk of our nation to give thanks to the God who has created and redeemed us and who continues to sustain our lives each day.

Let us join together in thanksgiving song and prayer on this evening.

Christ the King Sunday

November 23

This festival ends the Church Year with a grand celebration of our Lord ruling over all creation—now, at the beginning of time and always. The crucified and resurrected One has overcome  death for us all and will indeed meet us face to face in that day to come.

In the meantime we pray that he would continue, and we would allow him, to rule in our lives.

Trumpets add to the festive nature of this special day.