Category Archives: Christmas

Celebrate Epiphany with The Feast of Lights

Feast of Lights: Coming of the Wise Men

Sunday, January 6, 2019 at 5pm – Prince of Peace welcomes all to join us for a festive night – Feast of Lights: Coming of the Wise Men is a retelling of the Advent – Christmas – Epiphany stories with tableau with choirs, handbells, banjo, and double bass. Join us – 455 Missouri Avenue, Largo, FL 33770. A reception and refreshments in the Parish Hall follow this exciting night of worship.

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Festival Days Ring in the New Year!

Leave it to the Church to ring in the Church Year as only the Church can—with festival times to lift up the goodness of God for all!

Even as we enter into the new year, we find ourselves still walking in the season of Christmas. The twelve days stretch across the calendar’s page turn. Just think, even after the big ball drops in NYC, we Christians are still pondering and marveling at the work of a God who comes as a baby born in a barn.

Sunday, January 6 is the Epiphany of our Lord, marking the coming of the magi. They lay odd gifts before the Christ child and give his parents even more to wonder about. On this day we recall how the wise men came from afar – from countries whose cultures were far different from Jesus’ family. We learn yet again how the good news of this Child’s birth is meant to go all over the world, even as the magi returned to their homes “by a different road.”

This year we will celebrate the Epiphany in the morning at our usual worship times. But we will also observe the day as we have been doing so at PoP for many years. We call it the Feast of Lights. There will be costumed friends, inspiring music from our choir, scripture and prayers. We will also welcome the special music of our handbells, double bass and, yes, banjo.

The Feast of Lights will be on Sunday evening January 6 at 5PM.

But there is another festival of the year that meets us in January.

On Sunday, January 13 we observe the Baptism of our Lord. This very traditional time for baptizing is rooted in the story of our Lord’s own baptism by John in the Jordan River. There, from the waters where our Lord emerged, he began his ministry among us. In our Church Year observances, this Baptism of our Lord day pairs significantly with another day that…well, we’ll talk about that one later.

Blessed opportunities abound to serve our Lord, to worship with the sisters and brothers, to learn more about our Lord and his work in our lives, to walk together in the joy-filled confidence that we belong to a mighty God—a God who has gotten us this far and will see us through the new year, too.

A joyous new year, indeed!

Christmas Eve Candlelight Worship – December 24

December 24th | 4:30pm, 7:00pm, 9:30pm

Candlelight Christmas Eve worship at Prince of Peace is a blessed evening of honoring the Lord. Come, invite your friends to hear the story of the child born for us this day! O Come, Let us Adore Him, Christ the Lord!

Christmas Eve Worship | December 24th
4:30pm Nativity of Our Lord – Christmas Eve

Holy Communion with the music of our children.

7:00pm

9:30pm

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.

Christmas Angel Tree 2018

Let Christ be our light this Advent season, and let it shine through these faithful works. Lutheran Services Florida (LSF) & Eckerd Community Alternatives have partnered to provide foster children with a brighter Christmas this holiday season.

Eckerd is a national non-profit youth and family service organization that has given much-needed second chances to over 150,000 children and families. Together with local non-profit agencies like LSF they provide case management, adoption and independent living services for children and teens who have been victims of child abuse or neglect.

Our Angel Tree is in the Narthex once again this year. Each “Angel” represents one of these children in need – every child gets four gift wishes, and each Angel tag reflects one of their wishes. With ages ranging from infancy to teens, you can select an angel (or two, or more!) in order to help a child in need receive their Christmas gift wishes! Many times, older teenagers’ wishes may get overlooked, so this year we will also be collecting gift cards to anywhere in any amount for teens.

Be sure to bring unwrapped gifts and gift cards (with the original Angel attached) back to the church by Wednesday, December 12th. May we always be inspired through God’s peace and love. Thank you! Questions? Contact Angie Pryor: 727.768.9961 or angiepryor@rocketmail.com.

Largo Holiday Stroll 2018: Live Nativity & Bethlehem Marketplace

December 1st, 6:30pm-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!

 

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!

 

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!


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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!

Largo Holiday Stroll 2016: Live Nativity & Bethlehem Marketplace

December 3rd | 6:30pm – 9:30pm

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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!

I’d like to volunteer…

Christmas Angel Tree – Sponsor a Child!

AngelTreeHelp a child have a wonderful Christmas!

Prince of Peace is partnering with Lutheran Services of Florida and Eckerd Community Alternatives to help provide a memorable Christmas to hundreds of Children in the Head Start Program and the Foster Care Program.

Our Angel Tree will go up in the corner of the Narthex prior to our Thanksgiving Eve Worship. Each Angel on our tree will feature information about a child and one of their gift wishes. With ages ranging from infancy to teens, you can select an Angel then return unwrapped gifts with the original Angel attached to be placed under the tree.

Not much of a shopper, but still want to contribute? Gift cards are graciously accepted also. Imagine the joy that even the smallest gift might bring to one of the children! May you always be inspired through God’s peace and love. Thank you! Questions? Contact Angie: angiepryor@rocketmail.com | 727.768.9961