We are a welcoming and friendly congregation that enjoys scripture-based sermons, a wonderful music ministry and share warm, good-natured fellowship with our members and guests.We accept and welcome everyone as they are!
Come join us for Sunday Worship and Special Events.
Rev. Stephen W. Broache, Pastor
Regular Services 8:15 AM and 10:30 AM
9:15 AM Sunday School for Grades 6-12 and Adults
10:30 AM Sunday School for Nursery - Grade 5
March 1, 2015 2nd Sunday of Lent - "Lord, Why Poison Ivy?"- Exodus 17:1-7; Romans 8:26-28, 31-39
March 8, 2015 - 3rd Sunday of Lent- "The Sign of the Cross" - 1 Corinthians 1:18-25
March 15, 2015 - 4th Sunday of Lent - "What’s In a Name?" - Philippians 2:1-11
March 22, 2015 - 5th Sunday of Lent - "It’s Not What’s Over the Door" - Jeremiah 31:31-34
March 29, 2015 - Palm Sunday - "What Evil Has He Done?" - Mark 15:1-39
Wednesdays during Lent
We will gather together at 6:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall for a simple meal of home-made Soup and Bread then move to the Chapel at 6:45 P.M. for a brief worship service. This year’s theme is "The Testimony of . . . .". We will hear different faith testimonies. Also, our scriptures will focus on the meaning be-hind our Sanctuary windows (stained glass) symbols. We hope you will join us.
March 4, 2015 - Symbol: Agnus Dei
March 11, 2015 - Symbol: Lamp - Speaker: Jane Eiker
March 18, 2015 - Symbol: Boat - Speaker: John Fuss
March 25, 2015 - Symbol: Shepherd
SAVE THE DATES:
Friday, March 13 and Saturday,March 14 - Photo Session for the church directory
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Sunday School Pancake Breakfast, March 29th, between the 8:15a and 10:30a services
Sunday, March 29 after 10:30 a.m. service - Palm Sunday Buffet Dinner at Fellowship Hall
GOOD FRIDAY SERVICE, April 3, 2015 at 12:00PM
Prince of Peace Episcopal Church
"Seven Last Words from the Cross"
PASTOR STEPHEN BROACHE
FROM THE PASTOR
And some of the Pharisees in the multitude said to him, "Teacher, rebuke your disciples." He answered, "I tell you, if these were silent, the very stones would cry out." Luke 19:39-40
Like silent sentinels, our "witness trees" remind us also of the momentous struggle that occurred here in Gettysburg. In front of the old Winebrenner House, on Baltimore Street, stand two of them. They were here in 1863, although then only about a foot in diameter. These stately cottonwoods also were a witness to President Lincoln passing by only a few months later on his way to dedicate a cemetery to honored dead. (as the bronze plaques attest)
But along with the trees, perhaps more poignant because of their changing nature and life within them, of course, are what I call the "witness stones". The most well-known, as we know, are the black granite boulders of Devil’s Den. Definite witnesses of heavy fighting, and sight of the infamous staged photo of a dead confederate sniper. Sorry, but . . . . wrong rifle, wrong guy, an opportunistic war photo correspondent.
When I take a look around other parts of the battlefield, the number of stones jumps out at you. Perhaps they were also hiding places, or vantage points (Little Round Top), or goals, as in "Let’s meet our units at the rock out-cropping north of here." Or stumbling blocks. Take the old hiking path behind Big Round Top sometime, but be careful, you could hurt an ankle . . . . To me, all of these stones "cry out" to the perspective of the individual on the ground as events transpired. Our area is a perfect area for what we call "war games", but the saddest part of all was that it was no game.
Each year in our church year, the Palm/Passion themes of jubilation to condemnation reflect the disgruntled/chagrined Pharisees complaint of the clamor surrounding his Zechariah inspired entrance: "Lo, your king comes to you; triumphant and victorious is he, humble and riding on a donkey . . . ." And that king tells us that if the crowd had been quieted, even the stones would have cried out.
It was a cry I felt deeply on my final full day in Israel in 2013. Our tour guide told us that we were standing on Roman era stones. We noted the style and placement. And then he said, "This area was Pilate’s seat of judgment, and the stones where you stand are the same ones Jesus stood on when he was brought before him." Time froze for me. These were the Palm Sunday stones. His feet were not nearby or probably here. They were here. This site was where he argued calmly and then in silence as he was evaluated for crucifixion. The stones cried and knew his love for me. Their witness to me was heard and felt. Can you hear them?
BETHLEHEM BOUND - 4:00 p.m. Sunday, December 21 at TRINITY UCC sanctuary followed with a Cocoa and Cookies Reception with Santa in the gathering area.