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Reformation Sunday: It’s Not for Everybody

For Lutheran Christians Reformation Day is October 31 [and you thought it was just for Spider boys and Frozen girls!]. It is the day Martin Luther nailed those theses to the parish door in Wittenberg and ignited what we call the Reformation in the Lord’s Church.

But not all groups of Christians observe this day. We Lutheran Christians, however, have for ages used the nearest Sunday to draw attention to this time and even use the same scripture passages each year as well. Jeremiah proclaiming how God will make with us a new covenant; Paul declaring that following the law doesn’t justify or make us right with God, grace does; our Lord stating that as we continue as his disciples, we will know the truth and the truth will make us free.

We need reminding of these things. In fact, isn’t that why we worship regularly in the first place? God is worthy of our worship, and you and I need to be reminded regularly what we believe and why.

Otherwise, this all too possessive world will take us captive, turn us in on ourselves, make us think we are at the center.

Our blessed Lord is always reaching out to us, reforming his church and seeking to form our hearts to his ways. Listen carefully during our Live Generously stewardship emphasis, and you will hear more of the changes the Spirit works in us as we Live in the freedom of a Generous God.

So, get ready for Sunday, October 28! Sure, a Reformation Sunday observance may be more of a Lutheran Christian tradition. But who could argue with roots that sink deeply into the rich soil of the gospel of a grace-giving God who sets us free to live in faith.

Live Generously

“…do good, to be rich in good works, generous, and ready to share…take hold of the life that really is life.” – I Timothy 6

By the time you receive this newsletter, you will have seen at worship that our Live Generously stewardship emphasis has begun.

It was in the power of the Holy Spirit that Paul encouraged his brothers and sisters in Christ at the end of his letter to be generous and ready to share…to take hold of the life that really is life. And we know who the Author of this blessed life is – the Holy One who is most generous. The God who created you and me has given us all that we have and all that we are.

In the coming weeks we will discuss more what it means for you and me to Live Generously. We will even consider how the Spirit works to strengthen our faith and indeed change us, form us more into our Lord’s beloved people as we do so.

During our Sunday morning learning time from September 30 – October 14, join Pastors Adam and Joe in the COC. We will consider God’s generosity toward us, how we respond and the work of the Spirit in our hearts in every season.

Sunday, October 21 is our Consecration Day. In the coming weeks we will receive a letter containing an Estimate of Giving card and a Time/Talent summary.  We encourage you after prayerful thought to complete these items, as we all look to continue our ministries in our Lord in 2019. Bring them to worship on October 21, where we will present them to God, offer prayers of thanksgiving and seek God’s blessing.

What a blessing that we may turn aside and ponder aloud, and in our hearts, the abundant blessings of God!

Prayer Around the Cross: October 24

Last month’s prayer around the cross brought together over 60 of us—children, youth and adults—to share in a blessed time at the end of the day. We gather in the sanctuary literally around a cross, and we sing, pray, listen for God’s Word in scripture and sit in contemplative silence. There is no rush.

We pray for our world and for friends in need, for strangers and for our work as God’s people here. Some friends choose to light candles and place them around the cross, as a way of helping us recall those for whom we pray. They reflect the Light in whose name we gather. Come for a peaceful moment at the end of an otherwise hectic day, surrounded by brothers and sisters in Christ—all in prayer. Invite and bring a friend.

Tell It On Missouri – October Update

As we reported last month, documentation for the sign has been submitted to the City of Largo. At submission, however, we were given additional forms which required our contractor, Thomas Signs, to measure and take photographs of all signs on our property. We do not know the rational for such a request, but apparently it is a requirement.

Our contractor has been diligent in his work, and we await a day, we hope, in the near future when construction of the sign can begin. In the meantime, ministry in Christ at PoP continues by God’s grace!

Where have we been… Here we go!

We are stepping into September, the last third of 2018, and MY, how we have been places! Don’t believe it? Just ask our youth. At our Rally Day Sunday they told us of their moving experiences at the National Youth Gathering in Houston. Other younger friends had stories to tell about camp experiences at Luther Springs and Lutheridge.

We can also look back and see the 85+ children inspired at Vacation Bible School with the youth and adult leaders helping to guide the way. We see that Ruth’s Promise is now caring for our older friends two days per week and giving their loved ones a much-needed respite from the full-time attention they provide daily.

But now we have arrived on the front doorstep of autumn when it still feels LOTS like summer. The new Preschool year has begun with more children attending than ever before.

New learning opportunities for adults provide times of conversation and study. In fact, both Wednesdays and Sundays are beginning with discussions about how we welcome folk to our life together in Christ and how we talk about the faith.

Check this newsletter and a new publication in the Sunday morning kiosk for more descriptions of all our offerings this fall.

Often it seems we live in a culture that wants to pull us apart rather than draw us together. Yet, we are a people – the church – of the One who has “overcome the world” (John 16).  And, indeed, in Him we are one body.

What a blessed story to tell and gift to share with friends each day! Borrowing from the Ephesians passages that we heard in worship several weeks ago, hear again Paul’s encouragement that we make “the most of the time” as Jesus’ followers each day of our lives.

Prayer Around the Cross: September 19th

September 19th at 7:07PM

What a blessed time of prayer at the end of the day. We gather in the sanctuary literally around a cross and sing, pray, listen for God’s Word in scripture and sit in contemplative silence.

We pray for our world and for friends in need, for strangers and for our work as God’s people here.

As we do, we light candles and place them around the cross as a way of helping us recall those for whom we pray and the One in whose name we gather. It is a peaceful way of ending a busy day, as we gather with brothers and sisters to sit before our Lord in prayer.

Invite a friend and come to this brief time of worship.

Live Generously

“…do good, to be rich in good works, generous, and ready to share…take hold of the life that really is life.” – I Timothy 6

Last month I was walking our dog in the early morning. For whatever reason I looked down and realized that I was wearing a Thrivent t-shirt.  You know the one. In stylized letters across the front, it says “Live Generously.”  And I thought “what a great way to think about Christian stewardship.”

Then again “live” sounds lots like “give,” which EVERYONE might take to be a not-so-subtle way of saying “give more,” during a stewardship emphasis.

Well, it is stewardship emphasis time, but “Live Generously” is a word of encouragement that goes much broader and deeper than financial giving.

Our loving and gracious Creator has so generously given us life. All that we have and are comes from the Lord our God. Since we have received such a generous outpouring of life in God’s grace, how then do we live generously? What does it look like from day to day? How might living generously change us?

“You have given them dominion over the works of your hands; you have put all things under their feet.”Psalm 8:6

From the time God placed it all in our hands—hey, from the time our Lord gave us hands!—we have been stewards, caretakers, of God’s good gifts. All of life.

So, beginning Sunday, September 30, let’s turn aside for a while and ponder what it means to Live Generously in all that we do here at Prince of Peace and everywhere we go!

Sing a NEW Song! Join the Parish Choir!

The Prince of Peace Parish Choir is being intentional about “Each One, Reach One” – we’re excited about growing our Music Ministry together!

Join us as we lift our voices in worship! We invite all to share in the joy of singing – Parish Choir begins on August 19th! We’ll provide a robe and a music folder. Take your pick: 8:45am or 11:00am Sunday worship. Warm-ups begin at 8:15am or 10:30am, respectively.

Rehearsals for Parish Choir begin August 15th from 7:30pm to 9:00pm. Come for supper, then work it off during choir! You enjoy attending an adult class between eating and exercising! Contact Parish musician, Shawn Thomas: 727.585.9969 or shawn@poplargo.org.

Rally Day! August 19 at 10am

We’re kicking off our Sunday School year and Wednesday nights with an opportunity to “reach out.”

In the fall, we’ll take the time to be intentional about inviting others into the mission and ministry we share. Let’s gather in the Parish Hall and kick-start a new season!

Learn more about Fall classes, adult education and sharing with others!

On Sundays August 5th & 12th, reusable grocery bags will be distributed after worship. Each family is encouraged to take two bags – fill up one bag with food and personal hygiene supplies for RCS (see list below) and share the second bag with a friend or neighbor to fill. Bring your filled bag on August 19th; your neighbor is encouraged to bring theirs, too! If they are unable be with us that day, they can return their bag to you. When we gather for Rally Day, we will collect these donations and prepare food packs and hygiene kits that can be distributed to those in need.

  • Canned Soup
  • Canned Fruit (non-syrup)
  • Beans – canned or dried
  • Canned Meats (tuna, chicken, chili, stews, low sodium hearty soups)
  • Canned Veggies (beans, greens, tomatoes, low sodium)
  • Cereal – low sugar, high fiber

We will also have the opportunity to look back at all the ministry that has taken place at PoP over the summer: photos and stories from VBS, the ELCA Youth Gathering, and camp at Luther Springs and Lutheridge. Rally Day will also provide a snapshot of our year ahead – from adult learning opportunities to youth and children ministry as well as choir and handbell opportunities. Come – join us for a day of service, celebration and learning…and bring a friend!

Tell It On Missouri Electronic Sign Moves Forward

We have received the funds needed to construct our electronic messaging sign on Missouri Avenue.

We have signed the contract with Thomas Signs and are now completing the paperwork necessary to submit the design to the city of Largo for permitting. At this time, we do not have a projected starting date for construction, but when we do, we will share it with everyone.

Thank you for your gifts toward this project. Our hope is that the sign will not only help our local friends to identify this place as Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, (it is surprising how many folks over the years have driven by and not realized we are “a church”), but we see the sign as a channel for communicating who we are and for sharing the ministries in our Lord that we are carrying out here.

From the very occasional newspaper ad to consistent daily word of mouth conversations, to our website and social media posts, we want to share with all how we believe our Lord is at work in and through us at PoP.