Ash Wednesday is March 1st

AW1.5For centuries, Ash Wednesday has served as the overture for the 40-day season of Lent. Ash Wednesday calls us to speak a first utterance of what will be a season-long prayer of confession.

What begins on this day ends at long last with a communal word of absolution on Maundy Thursday in April.

At Prince of Peace,

we observe Ash Wednesday worship twice: 11AM & 7PM. After petitions of confession, we will hear God’s word for us and share a meal of our Lord’s mercy. We will also receive the cleansing ashen mark of the cross on our foreheads, calling to mind the brevity of our lives and the immensity of God’s grace. Come on this day, and let us begin this blessed season of Lent together as we experience the solemn gift of Ash Wednesday.

Peace Garden Planned for 2017

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you…Do not let your hearts be troubled…” (John 14:27)

Watch for activity in the open area between the newly renovated Community Outreach Center and the Parish Hall this Spring as a team of PoP workers transform the former preschool playground into a garden for meditation and enjoyment.

The first step in this work was the removal of the Laurel Oak, which an arborist determined had too much internal decay, and had become a potential safety hazard.

In the space where the oak had been, the garden planning team has proposed installing a pergola, which is an archway in a garden or park consisting of a framework covered with trained climbing or trailing plants. The garden area will include benches, potted palms, a paver pathway and raised garden beds, as shown in the “artist’s conception” picture created by Chris Sheppard.

There is much work to be done to amend and improve the soil, install garden beds, and to do the actual planting. The garden will include an area for butterfly plants to attract those beautiful creatures – traditionally a symbol of resurrection – to the garden area in their seasons.

Commemorative Pavers Planned

A paver pathway is proposed for the garden. The sale of commemorative bricks will help to pay for the cost of this pathway, and for ongoing maintenance of the Peace Garden. Pavers can be inscribed to celebrate a special event (baptism, confirmation, wedding, anniversary or other milestone), in memory of a loved one, or as a family sponsorship. The cost of a brick is $65, and forms are available in the church office, or from members of the garden planning team.

Download Commemorative Paver Form Here

The garden planning team includes Susan Cherwein, Marilyn Franz, Steve Leonard, Tom Loesch, Bob Luxa, Kevin Murphy, Chris Sheppard, Bill Silberman, and Terri Ziegler. There will be opportunities to join us on workdays as we make this garden a beautiful entrance to our campus. Thanks be to God!

Prayer Around the Cross, February 8th

Wednesday Evening at 7:07pm

Last fall, we experienced this unique time of quiet prayer together as a close to our Wednesday evening.  Following our meal and learning time on this night, we will join in prayer in the sanctuary.

Each day wherever we are, we offer to God our prayers. When we are together in worship on Sundays, we lift our voices in prayers and praises, making a joyful noise to the Lord even as scripture encourages us.

Sometimes it may be good for us to experience prayers and praises another way. With all of the harsh noise all around us and within, times together listening in the evening stillness can surely inspire our spirits.

Prayer around the cross is a time of prayer, scripture reading, song and silence. In this 20-minute worship time, we will gather around an illuminated cross, hear brief passages, pray aloud and in our hearts and experience the silence of prayerful moments with sisters and brothers in Christ.

Welcome to The Learning Center

The Learning Center

The official dedication of our new Learning Center took place on September 18, 2016!

Each week is a time of worship and celebration. Christ is risen indeed! But there are other moments when we are blessed to continue the prayers of thanksgiving in a unique way.

Here’s How We Celebrated in Thanksgiving to God!

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Following the dedication, many joined as we went to the Learning Center for prayers with water from the baptismal font, even as we did at the groundbreaking. Many of us also took the opportunity to write our own prayers in a special way at the door of the Learning Center.

The God of grace and mercy has blessed us in so many ways. What a blessed day!

Read past news updates about the new Learning Center here!

-Pastor Joe-

LifeKeys: The Discovery Workshop

February 3-4, 2017

Join us for a weekend retreat and explore a multi-faceted approach to the best ways to add meaning and purpose to your life! This workshop utilizes the materials of LifeKeys: Discover Who You Are, a comprehensive resource for understanding your gifts. The information is valuable for understanding transitions in careers, fulfilling volunteer opportunities, mid-life changes, and retirement. This resource is for those who may ask, “Why me?” or “What’s next?”

At the workshop, you’ll use valuable exercises from LifeKeys: Discover Who You Are workbook to clarify who you are through five different lenses: Personality Type, Preference, Spiritual Gifts, Values and Passions.

Sessions begin on Friday at 6pm with light supper and ends at 9pm. Saturday resumes at 8:30am and ends at 3:30pm. A registration fee of $10 includes the LifeKeys workbook. Donations are requested for the cost of meals and snacks. Scholarships and childcare are available. Friends, family and community members are most welcome – this experience is appropriate for high school students to retirees.

Still have a question?
Contact Faye in the Church Office: 727.585.9969 or

Lutheran-Roman Catholic Common Prayer

On Friday evening January 20 at 7PM, Lutherans and Roman Catholics will gather at Prince of Peace for worship. Representatives of both traditions developed this special order for worship to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.

This same order was first used in Lund, Sweden on October 31, 2016 where Lutheran World Federation President, Bishop Munib Younan, and Pope Francis presided.

Here at Prince of Peace Bishop Robert Schaefer of the Florida Bahamas Synod ELCA will be present.  There will be representatives of congregations throughout Pinellas and Hillsborough counties participating in the service.  We are blessed to host this significant event in our life together. Later in the year there will also be joint serving opportunities for Lutherans and Roman Catholics throughout the area.

Celebrate Epiphany in January 2017

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. Experience the music and reflect on this exciting night of worship!

20150106_19305180Thursday, January 5, 2017 at 7:00pm
Celebrate Epiphany – Festival Music, Candlelight Worship & Carols of the Season

Prince of Peace welcomes all to join us for a festive night, commemorating the visit of the wise men with readings, tableau, and choir with Hammered dulcimer & double bass. A Wassail Party and reception in the Parish Hall follows this exciting night of worship.

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!

Christmas Worship at Prince of Peace

Christmas at Prince of Peace

Each year our Christmas Eve celebration draws us together with so many folk from all around to give thanks and sing praises to God for the coming Christ child.

This year with Christmas Day falling on Sunday, we have the opportunity to celebrate this blessed festival day on the Sabbath. Christmas music will ring out, and we will hear together the mysterious word of our Lord’s coming from John 1. Thanks be to God for this blessed time of worship. We will worship together at 10am on Christmas Day.

Christmas Eve Worship & Event Schedule
5:00pm Christmas Eve Worship – December 24th

Holy Communion with the music of our youth and children




Nativity of Our Lord – Christmas Eve

Holy Communion with music of our Festival Choir, brass, timpani, violin, organ and bells. Pre-service music begins 20 minutes before the hour

10:00am Nativity of Our Lord – Christmas Day

Festival Choir with Carols