With the Advent Season
which celebrates Christ’s coming, we begin a year-long survey of the Gospel of
Matthew. It’s all about following Jesus, and it ends with the “Great
1 “19Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them
in the name of the
of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
20and teaching them to obey everything
that I have
the church year, the question will be:
does it mean to follow Jesus?
“Following Jesus: Being Ready“
The First Sunday of Advent, December
his second coming as a sudden, unexpected event that will bring salvation or
judgment upon people caught up in the usual affairs of daily life. He urges
people to be alert and expectant.
“Following Jesus: Saying Yes! “
Advent Worship One-Thursday,
December 5, 2013
Saying “Yes” to
God’s will is what is needed to follow Jesus.
“Following Jesus: Self Evaluation!“
The Second Sunday of
Advent, December 8, 2013
Jesus begins his public ministry, John the Baptist appears, calling people to
mend their ways and speaking of a powerful one who is to come
“Following Jesus: Mary“
Advent Worship # 2
Thursday, December 12,2013
Mary said, “Yes,” to
following Jesus, even though it would not be easy.
Luke 1: 26-38
“Following Jesus: Preparing
The Third Sunday of
Advent, December 15, 2013
Baptist expects the Messiah to bring God's judgment upon the earth. From a
prison cell, he wonders whether Jesus is the one who will do this.
Advent Worship Three,
Thursday, December 19, 2013
Elizabeth followed by
“Following Jesus and
The Fourth Sunday of
Advent, December 22, 2013
Matthew's story of Jesus'
birth focuses on the role of Joseph, who adopts the divinely-begotten child
into the family of David and obediently gives him the name Jesus, which means
“Following Jesus: To
Christmas Eve, Cycle
A December 24,2013
On a long
winter evening we gather to proclaim the coming of the light. Isaiah announces
that the people who walked in darkness have seen a great light. Paul reminds us
that the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all. In the familiar
account of Christ's birth, the evening sky is bright with the heavenly host
singing, "Glory to God in the highest." Amid our broken world we
proclaim that the prince of peace is born among us. God comes to us in human
flesh—in Christ's body and blood—so that we may be bearers of divine light to
all the world.
along a Rough Road”
The First Sunday of
Christmas, December 29, 2013
As we celebrate
the Twelve Days of Christmas, our gospel today confronts us with the death of
innocent children at the hands of Herod. The birth of Christ does not remove
the power of evil from our world, but its light gives us hope as we walk with
all the "holy innocents" of past generations and today who have
suffered unjustly. In our gathering around word and meal, God continues to
redeem us, lift us up, and carry us as in days of old. Matthew 2:13-23
The Sunday of the
Epiphany, January 5, 2014
"manifestation." On this day we celebrate the revelation of Christ to
the Gentiles—that is, to all nations. Some Christian traditions celebrate three
great epiphanies on this day: the magi's adoration of the Christ child, Jesus'
baptism in the Jordan River, and his first miracle, in which he changes water
into wine. The word and sacraments are for us the great epiphany of God's grace
and mercy. We go forth to witness to the light that shines brightly in our
“Following Jesus: Through
The Baptism of Jesus,
In the waters
of the Jordan, Jesus is revealed as the beloved Son of God. Through this great
epiphany, Jesus fulfills all righteousness and becomes the servant of God who
will bring forth justice and be a light to the nations. In the waters of
baptism we too are washed by the Word, anointed by the Spirit, and named God's
beloved children. Our baptismal mission is to proclaim good news to all who are
oppressed or in need of God's healing.
“Following Jesus and
The Second Sunday of
the Epiphany, January 19,2014
opens with further reflection on Jesus' baptism. He is the Lamb of God who
takes away the sin of the world, and the one anointed by the Spirit. Today we
also celebrate a prophet, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, who followed Jesus even to
“Following Jesus: Timothy,
Titus and Silas“
early Christian men were missionary companions of the apostle Paul. Timothy
became bishop of Ephesus, Titus bishop of Crete, and Silas was imprisoned with
Paul at Philippi until they were delivered by an earthquake.
Prince of Peace
Congregational Meeting Sunday December 15th
Our annual budget
meeting will be in our Fellowship Hall immediately after worship.
Get Ready for
Advent Potlucks at
Prince of Peace December 5,12,19.
Potluck begins at
6:00 P.M. and worship is from 7:15-7:45 P.M. in the Prince of Peace Fellowship
Hall. Bring something to the potluck if you can, come as you are!
Decorate Prince of
Peace for Christmas!
Saturday, December 7, at 3:00 P.M. and when we’re done we’ll have a “carol
at Saint Mel’s”
Saturday December 7th
at 7:30 P.M. the San Fernando Valley Master Chorale (including Pastor Chuck)
will sing the Christmas portion of Handel’s work with orchestra. The tickets
are $10. Saint Mel’s is at 20870 Ventura Blvd and Desoto.
Prince of Peace’s
Church Council meets Tuesday, December 17.
Join with Pastor
Bunnell in passing out invitations to our Christmas Eve Worship at Prince of
Peace Saturday, December 21 at 1:00 P.M.
Prayers for Healing,
Sunday, December 29th
Invite your friends
for this special Sunday .