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Shrove Tuesday – February 28th

The Feast Before the Fast – 6pm in the Parish Hall

This day before the disciplines of Lent begin is a traditional day of feasting. On Mardi Gras at PoP, we’ll continue our traditional way of marking this feast time by serving pancakes and everything you might imagine would accompany such a meal.

The feast begins at 6pm – don’t forget the children will also be burying their Alleluia banner as a part of the celebration and will wait to “resurrect” it on Easter Sunday. All proceeds over the cost of this event go to the Discretionary Fund to help friends in need inside and outside the congregation.


Sign up for dinner below (you may also RSVP via Sunday’s attendance cards or call 727.585.9969).

Lent for Our Lord, Lent for Us All

2015LentWednesdays in Lent
Lent mirrors the journey we face each day wherever we are, as we struggle to live as God’s people. So, as “Church,” God’s called-out people in Christ, we set aside these 40 days to help us live as God’s own throughout the other 325 days with all they bring!

As we consider our theme, Forgiveness, join us for Responsive and Evening prayer on Wednesdays during Lent.

Also! Join us for Wednesday Supper during Lent!


There is a tradition of the Church that really bugs me. Well, it’s a tradition of all congregations that follow the lectionary, the assigned readings for each week. Each year on the first Sunday of Lent, we have the story of our Lord being tempted in the wilderness. It comes just after the Sunday of the Transfiguration, again the same story each year (see article in this newsletter). Why? We know these stories. Must we hear them every year in this order each year?

Lent is a reflective season – a season that reflects our whole life as one of the baptized, God’s child, our Lord’s follower, a Spirit-filled believer. That’s right! Lent traditionally served as a time to prepare for baptism, and it still is. But, we followers of Christ, already baptized, may view Lent as a whole season of pondering the life we now live. And THAT leads me back to the passage about our Lord’s temptation.

Here’s a word not so profound: just as our Lord was baptized and then thrust out into the wilderness where he confronted temptation, so…are…we. Such is the journey of faith we all experience as Jesus’ people. If our Lord could not avoid temptations from every quarter, it makes sense that we cannot avoid them either.

The challenges to our faith and our faithfulness are legion. Illness, the sudden death of a loved one, a friend deserts us, and we wonder whether we can even believe in a God who would “let” such things happen. The habit of a Sunday morning routine WITHOUT worship with church family, the ease of turning our heads from those in need, the convenient patterns of considering first what is good for me, and now the idea of faithfulness to the Lord never even enters our minds.

Lent mirrors the journey we face each day wherever we are, as we struggle to live as God’s people. So, as “Church,” God’s called out people in Christ, we set aside these 40 days each year to help us live as God’s own throughout the other 325 days with all that they bring.

This year, our Lenten theme will be forgiveness. We begin on Ash Wednesday, February 10th. We will have Responsive Prayer and Evening Prayer each Wednesday of the season, special classes and more. We will be publishing details soon. Like a party with friends or Thanksgiving celebration with loved ones, or even a vacation, observing Lent with one another, walking this journey, can be what we make of it. And it all begins with showing up!

-Pastor Joe

February 10th is Ash Wednesday

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 March.


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. Learn More about Lent in 2016…

Shrove Tuesday – February 9th

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The Feast Before the Fast

This day before the disciplines of Lent begin is a traditional day of feasting. On Mardi Gras at PoP, we’ll continue our traditional way of marking this feast time by serving pancakes and everything you might imagine would accompany such a meal.

The feast begins at 6pm – don’t forget the children will also be burying their Alleluia banner as a part of the celebration and will wait to “resurrect” it on Easter Sunday. All proceeds over the cost of this event go to the Discretionary Fund to help friends in need inside and outside the congregation.


Sign up for dinner below (you may also RSVP via Sunday’s attendance cards or call 727.585.9969).