Free Independence Day Community Celebration

INVITATION:FREE INDEPENDENCE DAY COMMUNITY EVENT
Everyone is Welcome! Come as You Are! Sponsored by Spirit of Peace, Valley, NE

*Potluck Lunch, Family Activity FUN!

SUPER SOAKER Event! Water Balloons, BYOD … ! Arts, Crafts, Contests, Paper Airplanes, Rockets!
Schedule: 11:00 Preparation & Fellowship 12:00 *Potluck Lunch and Family Activity FUN!
*Potluck item is voluntary, your choice.
– Sunday, July 3, 2016 from 11 am to 3 pm or so.

Where: Valley City Park Pavilion
400 West Vass Street, Valley, NE 68064

Price: Activities Free! (sweet!) Thank you!

Questions?: Please contact Pastors Michael or Cathy Hanus

Interested in VOLUNTEERING?

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Spirit of Peace is a missional community of believers. We believe that the community has life that is greater than its parts. Spirit celebrates Independence Day! EVERYONE is Very Welcome!

SuperSoaker
SuperSoaker

Miraculous Healing Celebration

Miraculous Healing Celebration
for the Community.
Modern Song Focus on Contemporary Church Artists
performing hymns of traditional foundation.
Everyone is Welcome!

Fathers Day
Fathers Day

Miraculous Healing Introduction:
There is much uncleanliness that begins today’s gospel lesson. Luke paints a picture that is worth a thousand words. The man possessed by demons is freed from their grip. He is grateful. Now the villagers who came to witness this exorcism want to be left alone without the presence of Jesus. They are scared. The formerly possessed man will proclaim Jesus as the Son of God.
In Isaiah our Lord God is willing to pay dearly to be with His people. Even though as Gods people we are immature, emo, and much less than perfect, our Lord God waits for us with open arms.
Our Psalm mirrors Isaiah in full concert with the meaning of the phrase the Lord Hears the Cry of the Poor.
Paul assures the Galatians that they are Children of God, Saved through their Faith and NOT due to the Law.

Shepherd Me O God
Marty Haugen

Shepherd me, O God, beyond my wants,
beyond my fears, from death into life.

God is my shepherd, so nothing I shall want,
I rest in the meadows of faithfulness and love,
I walk by the quiet waters of peace.
Miraculous Healing Scripture:
Here I am, Here I am. Is. 65:1.
Send out your light and your truth; let them lead me. Ps. 43:3.
In Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith. Gal. 3:26.
Return to your home, and declare how much God has done for you. Luke 8:39.

Cry of the Poor
John Foley, SJ.

Prayer: Beckoning Lord God,
as you moved in the lives of Elijah and Elisha,
move in our lives,
inviting us to journey to unknown territory,
to listen for your voice,
and to speak your prophetic word
in a world that does not want to hear.
empowered by your Spirit,
grant us the courage we need
to journey, trust, listen, speak,
and accept your commission
to be your faithful servant people. Amen.

Let Us Break Bread Together on Our Knees
– performed by First Christian Church

Let us break bread together on our knees.
Let us break bread together on our knees.

When I fall on my knees with my face to the rising sun,
O Lord, have mercy on me.

Prayer: Lord God our refuge and hope,
when race, status, or gender divide us,
when despondency and despair haunt and afflict us,
when community lies shattered:
comfort and convict us with the stillness of your presence,
that we may confess all you have done,
through Christ to whom we belong
and in whom we are one. Amen.

Will the Circle be Unbroken
Ada Habershon (1907).
– performed by Randy Travis

I was standing by my window
On a cold and cloudy day
When I saw the hearse come rolling
For to carry my mother away.
Will the circle be unbroken
By and by Lord, by and by
There’s a better home awaiting
In the sky Lord, in the sky.

We are all stewards spreading the Word of Jesus’ blessings for His people.
Picnic Fellowship Activities for the Entire Family!

Of course lively discussion and activities will be available!
Perhaps you may prefer to sit and visit!
Please Contact Us with Special Requests!

FREE Fathers Day Community Event

INVITATION:

FREE FATHERS DAY COMMUNITY EVENT

Everyone is Welcome! Come as You Are!

Sponsored by Spirit of Peace, Valley, NE

*Potluck Lunch, Family Activity FUN!

Arts, Crafts, Contests, Paper Airplanes, Rockets! A gift for Dad!

Schedule: 11:00 Devotion & Fellowship 12:00 *Potluck Lunch and Family Activity FUN!

*Potluck item is voluntary, your choice.

– Fathers Day Saturday, June 18, 2016 from 11 am to 1 pm or so.

– Fathers Day Sunday, June 19, 2016 from 11 am to 1 pm or so.

Where: Waterloo Village Memorial Park Pavilion

7th Street & Jefferson Waterloo, NE 68069

Price: Activities Free! (sweet!) Thank you!

Questions?: Please contact Pastors Michael or Cathy Hanus

Interested in VOLUNTEERING?

Spirit.Peace@outlook.com 402-541-7019

http://blog.peacelcmc.org

RSVP assists Planning Purposes!

FREE EventBrite Tickets!

Spirit of Peace is a missional community of believers. We believe that the community has life that is greater than its parts. Spirit celebrates its Dads on Father’s Day! When you come right down to it, where would we be without our Dads? May God Bless All Dads! Stop by and visit us for a Father’s Day gift. As Always, Moms and All are Very Welcome too!

Gift of Freedom Celebration

Gift of Freedom Celebration
for the Community.
Modern Song Focus on Contemporary Church Artists
performing hymns of traditional foundation.
Everyone is Welcome!

 

Gift of Freedom Celebration Introduction:
Although Jesus Christ died for the sin that would otherwise deliver us to damnation and He gifted us Salvation, we are still free to choose our course in life; will this choice be doing good or evil?
Today’s lessons bring us examples of freedom to do that which is good works, pleasing to the Lord, and that which will allow us to enter the gates of hell of our own choosing. Where are our hearts, souls and minds today?
Whether we visit the story in 1 Kings 21 or 2 Sam. 11, mankind is tempted to engage sinful behavior through unfettered wicked desire.
Our psalm reaches out and prays for guidance.
In Galatians, the Apostle Paul guides his church people to both understand the gift of salvation and make best choices.
Luke, Apostle and Evangelist, compares greater and lesser debt. We know both are able to be unselfishly offered and graciously accepted.
This is a good time for us to reflect on our own lives, seek guidance and make our lives paths straight.

 

Rock of Ages
Augustus Toplady (1775).
– performed by Antrim Mennonite Choir.

Rock of Ages, cleft for me,
let me hide myself in thee;
let the water and the blood,
from thy wounded side which flowed,
be of sin the double cure;
save from wrath and make me pure.

Gift of Freedom Celebration Scripture:
Jezebel came to him and said, “Why are you so depressed that you will not eat?” 1 Kings 21:5.
Lead me, O LORD, in your righteousness because of my enemies; make your way straight before me. Ps. 5:8.
We know that a person is justified not by the works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ. Gal. 2:16.
I tell you, her sins, which were many, have been forgiven; hence she has shown great love. But the one to whom little is forgiven, loves little. Luke 7:47.

Prayer:
Lord God of mercy and healing,
you who hear the cries of those in need,
receive these petitions of your people
that all who are troubled
may know peace, comfort, and courage.

Life-giving God,
heal our lives,
that we may acknowledge your wonderful deeds
and offer you thanks from generation to generation
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

My Jesus I Love Thee.
William Featherstone (1864).
– performed by CRC Worship

My Jesus, I love thee, I know thou art mine;
for thee all the follies of sin I resign;
my gracious Redeemer, my Savior art thou;
if ever I loved thee, my Jesus, ’tis now.

Prayer: Lord God of compassion,
you suffer in the grief of your people,
and you are present to heal and forgive.
May the sun of your justice rise on every night of oppression,
and may the warm rays of your healing love
renew each troubled mind;
for you are the God of salvation and new life,
made known to us in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
We are all stewards spreading the Word of Jesus’ blessings for His people.
Picnic Fellowship Activities for the Entire Family!

Of course lively discussion and activities will be available!
Perhaps you may prefer to sit and visit!
Please Contact Us with Special Requests!

Invitation: FREE Dad’s Day Event

INVITATION:

FREE COMMUNITY GARDEN – DADS DAY EVENT

 

Everyone is Welcome! Come as You Are!

Sponsored by Spirit of Peace, Valley, NE

*Potluck Lunch, Family Activity FUN!

Community Garden Planning and Tending

Arts, Crafts, Contests, Paper Airplanes, Rockets! A gift for Dad!

Schedule: 11:00 Devotion & Fellowship 12:00 *Potluck Lunch and Family Activity FUN!

*Potluck item is voluntary, your choice.

– Dads Day moved to Saturday, June 11, 2016 from 11 am to 2 pm or so; and / or … 

– Dads Day moved to Sunday, June 12, 2016 from 11 am to 2 pm or so.

Where: Rogert Park Pavilion and Golden Living – Spirit Community Garden

604 South Lakewood St Valley, NE 68064

Price: Activities Free! (sweet!) Thank you!

Questions?:

Please contact Pastors Michael or Cathy Hanus

Interested in VOLUNTEERING?

Spirit.Peace@outlook.com 402-541-7019

RSVP assists Planning Purposes!

Spirit of Peace is a missional community of believers.

We believe that the community has life that is greater than its parts.

Spirit celebrates its Dads and the Community Garden!

When you come right down to it, where would we be without our Dads? May God Bless All Dads!

Stop by and visit us for a Dad’s Day gift. As Always, Moms and All are Very Welcome too!

FREE Community Garden Enjoyment Event

INVITATION:

FREE COMMUNITY GARDEN ENJOYMENT EVENT

Everyone is Welcome! Come as You Are! Sponsored by Spirit of Peace, Valley, NE

Schedule: 10:00 am Community Garden Planning and Tending

– Saturdays in June and July 2016 from 10 am to 11 am or so.

Where: Rogert Park Pavilion and Golden Living – Spirit Community Garden


604 South Lakewood St Valley, NE 68064

Price: Activities Free! (sweet!) Thank you!

Questions?: Please contact Pastors Michael or Cathy Hanus

Interested in VOLUNTEERING?

Spirit.Peace@outlook.com 402-541-7019

http://blog.peacelcmc.org

RSVP assists Planning Purposes! 

Free EventBrite RSVP Tickets

Spirit of Peace is a missional community of believers.

We believe that the community has life that is greater than its parts. Spirit celebrates the Community Garden! Stop by and visit us!

All are Very Welcome!

AA in Our World

AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) in Our World

AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) is an organization well known for its “Twelve Steps” and “Twelve Traditions.” Those who attend AA meetings learn the “Steps” through rote memorization as it is customary for someone in the group meeting to read the Steps aloud every meeting. Ideally these steps will be taught, supervised and practiced through the member’s relationship with a sponsor. Peer support is generally offered and available in the thematic group discussion that follows the presentation of a Step, reading from the “Big Book,” or a Daily Reflection. Seven of the twelve “Steps” (presented later in this document) make reference to “God” or a “Higher Power.” There are meetings that may be centered on Christian worship, Scripture, Spirituality, or other religious practices.

Alcoholics Anonymous 4th Ed. 2001
Alcoholics Anonymous 4th Ed. 2001

Twelve Step Programs
Originally proposed by Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) as a method of recovery from alcoholism, the “Twelve Steps” were first published in the 1939 book written by Bill Wilson and Dr Bob Smith, titled “Alcoholics Anonymous: The Story of How More Than One Hundred Men Have Recovered From Alcoholism.” Other “Twelve-Step to Recovery” groups adopt and adapt the AA “Twelve Steps” as guiding principles. The Twelve Step Program contains a set of guiding principles outlining a course of action for recovery from addiction, compulsion or other behavioral problems.

As summarized by the American Psychological Association, the process involves the following:

admitting that one cannot control one’s alcoholism, addiction or compulsion;

recognizing a higher power that can give strength;

examining past errors with the help of a sponsor (experienced member);

making amends for these errors;

learning to live a new life with a new code of behavior; and

helping others who suffer from the same alcoholism, addictions or compulsions.

VandenBos, Gary R. (2007). APA dictionary of psychology (1st ed.). American Psychological Association. Washington, D.C.
Twelve Step Rap
performed by SantaMonica Sam

 

Alcoholics Anonymous 1955
Alcoholics Anonymous 1955

Here are the original “Twelve Steps to Recovery” as published by AA (Alcoholics Anonymous):

We admitted we were powerless over alcohol, that our lives had become unmanageable.
Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God, as we understood Him.
Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.
Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
Continued to take personal inventory, and when we were wrong, promptly admitted it.
Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.
Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.

Visitation Celebration

Visitation Celebration
for the Community.
Modern Song Focus on Contemporary Church Artists
performing hymns of traditional foundation.
Everyone is Welcome!

Visitation Celebration Introduction:
Angelic Prophecy Brings Us Blessed Rewards!

Visitation
Visitation

Visitation Celebration Scripture:
Hannah prayed and said, “My heart exults in the LORD; my strength is exalted in my God. 1 Sam. 2:1.
He gives the barren woman a home, making her the joyous mother of children. Praise the LORD! Ps. 113:9.
Love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honor. Rom. 12:10.

When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leaped in her womb. Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. Luke 1:41-2.

Here I am Lord.
Dan Schutte
performed by John Michael Talbot

Prayer: Blessed God, who danced in our hearts, filling us with the knowledge of your presence: let your proclamation sing forth from us as it sang from the lips of Hannah and Elizabeth, announcing the coming of your promise and the fulfillment of your desire. Amen.

Mary Visits Elizabeth
Dance Performance

Prayer: Blessed are you, God of glory and majesty, for you announced the coming of your Son, who brings joy and gladness to this waiting world. Receive our prayers offered in the confidence that you are present, working to answer the needs of your people.
Grant that we may hasten to every town and home with the good news of your promise, O God, and proclaim the greatness of your name through our commitment to your peace. Amen.

Holy is His Name (Magnificat).
performed by Melissa Maricich

Prayer: Blessed God, who invited us to be handmaids of your creative power: Bless us as you blessed Hannah, Elizabeth, and Mary, filling our barren hearts with your fertile word, nurturing faith within us, sustaining us as we ripen with hope, until your desire calls us to the time of labor, and we give birth to your incarnate love. Amen.

Ave Maria
Michal Lorenc

We are all stewards spreading the Word of Jesus’ blessings for His people.
Picnic Fellowship Activities for the Entire Family!

Of course lively discussion and activities will be available!
Perhaps you may prefer to sit and visit!
Please Contact Us with Special Requests!

Memorial Day Service in the Park

Message from Pastor, Spirit of Peace:
I appreciate the presence of everyone who did attend our
“Memorial Day Service in the Park.”
It is a Busy Weekend; Saturday in the Community Garden, Making Plans for Our June Activies, Visiting the Homebound, Helping Others Plan a Meaningful Memorial Weekend Activity, Preparing for Sunday Service in the Park, and Now, Remembering Those Who Gave It All So We May Live to Celebrate Freedom, then preparing for the Visitation of Mary to Elizabeth, which we will celebrate tomorrow.
This All Follows Our Memorable Mother’s Day Activity and Our Valley Days Celebration.

Picnic in the Park
Picnic in the Park

Thank You! Thank You Many Times! A Pastor cannot Carry This Alone! May the Father, Son and Holy Spirit Bless You in Your Heart and Minds, and Give You Strength to Pull Through!
Peace and Joy! Pastors Michael and Cathy Hanus. Spirit of Peace.

I am Already There
LoneStar

He called her on the road
From a lonely cold hotel room
Just to hear her say I love you one more time
But when he heard the sound
Of the kids laughing in the background
He had to wipe away a tear from his eye
A little voice came on the phone
Said “Daddy when you coming home”
He said the first thing that came to his mind.

 

We Remember
We Remember

Remembering a Memorial Day Message from another Pastor:

By Rev. J. Thomas Shelley, STS, Pastor
Zion (Shaffer’s) United Lutheran Church © 1999

On Memorial Day of last year I found myself doing something which I had never done before; indeed, something which at one time I could not even have conceived of doing: conducting a service of worship.

Memorial Day has been largely abandoned to Veteran’s groups conducting military services in a few larger cemeteries. The response of the Church has been either to ignore the day altogether, or to so drape it in red, white, and blue that the nation–and not the Triune God–becomes the object of devotion and worship. It was probably because of the excesses of the latter that I found myself among the former–among those who ignored the day.

But years of passing by a cemetery on the way to worship time and again have had a profound effect upon me. “I believe in…the communion of saints”, always (to use Luther’s phrase) “most certainly true” has become more than just words in a Creed; but a constant, discernible presence of the faithful departed of every age.

So also have years of coming increasingly frequently to the Lord’s table had a profound effect upon me. The communion of saints is not found in a cemetery, but in, with, and under the Presence of the Living Christ; who is Himself present in, with, and under the bread and wine of the Holy Communion. We meet and greet the saints at the table of their Lord.

Yet it was reading a children’s book on the patriotic holidays that stirred me to action; for it was only then that I discovered that in the years just following the Civil War the day was observed by holding church services (which were filled) and not by going to stores (which were closed). Now–as with so many customs of our culture–Memorial Day’s observance has been almost entirely reversed. And in that reversal the day’s original and highest meaning has been lost.

So it was that on Memorial Day of 1998 a small congregation assembled to hear the Word and share the Supper and to enter the hallowed ground of the cemetery for concluding prayers by a Civil War veteran’s grave.

Much to my surprise, it was one of the most moving services of the year. I was at first struck that the first folks to arrive were some of our oldest and very faithful women, some of whom began to attend to the Altar, even though, for some, it was not “their month.”

The Altar, since the earliest days of Christianity, has most often been constructed to resemble a sarcophagus, that is, an above ground burial vault. In the first centuries, services were held on the vaults of martyrs. The attention given to the Altar seemed very much like the attention given to the Civil War casualties’ graves in Columbus, Mississippi, that began the Memorial Day customs of “decorating” the monuments of the fallen; and, on a yet deeper level, the faithful love shown by the women of the disciples who “came to the tomb early…”

It is so blessed to obey God’s command to teach our children diligently–to instruct them in the meaning of each feast that we keep. For God spoke through Moses concerning the Passover: This day shall be for you a memorial day, and you shall keep it as a feast to the Lord, throughout your generations you shall observe it as an ordinance forever…And when your children say to you, ‘What do you mean by this service?’ you shall say, ‘It is the sacrifice of Lord’s passover.”

And God later spoke through St. Paul concerning the greater Passover and the greater Deliverer:

Christ, our Passover, is sacrificed for us. Therefore let us keep the feast.

As we keep the memorial of our Passover–our passing from Death to Life through the death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ–as we keep the feast, we are assured of the Presence of the Risen Christ. And we are doubly assured of His presence as we instruct our children on the feast; for then His final Beatitude is given to us:

Make disciples of all nations…teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you, and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of time.

So let us keep the feast–hallow the day– and share the blessing! This holy Easter day; this holy Eastertide; this Memorial Day.

– Rev. J. Thomas Shelley, STS, Pastor
Zion (Shaffer’s) United Lutheran Church

Baal and Capernaum Celebration

Baal Centurion Capernaum Celebration
for the Community.
Modern Song Focus on Contemporary Church Artists
performing hymns of traditional foundation.
Everyone is Welcome!

Baal Elijah
Baal Elijah

Baal Centurion Capernaum Celebration Introduction:
We know the Story of Jesus and the Centurion. Another Christian Faith has modified its formal prayer in its communion service to copy the Centurion’s acclamation of faith and humility. Jesus appears surprised in the faith of the Centurion. The Centurion’s faith in Jesus’ ability to heal is well placed.
Baal is an extraordinary lesson in faith in the Lord. Elijah is squarely behind his belief that the Lord will act on his sacrifice. This will demonstrate who is the real God to the people. God intervenes and does not let Elijah or His people down.
Our Psalm 96 is squarely behind belief in the Lord. We all need to be there.
Paul’s letter to the Galatians warns them that they better stay squarely behind their belief in, and respect for, God.

Christ is Our Cornerstone
translated by John Chandler (1837).
performed by Hillsong

My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus blood and righteousness
I dare not trust the sweetest frame
But wholly trust in Jesus name.

Centurion's Faith in Jesus
Centurion’s Faith in Jesus

Baal Centurion Capernaum Celebration Scripture:
Then the fire of the LORD fell. 1 Kings 18:38.
Ascribe to the LORD glory and strength. Ps. 96:7.
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Gal. 1:3.
Lord, do not trouble yourself, for I am not worthy to have you come under my roof; therefore I did not presume to come to you. But only speak the word, and let my servant be healed. Luke 7:6-7.
Prayer: Beckoning Lord God, as you moved in the lives of Elijah and Elisha, move in our lives, inviting us to journey to unknown territory, to listen for your voice, and to speak your prophetic word in a world that does not want to hear. empowered by your Spirit, grant us the courage we need to journey, trust, listen, speak, and accept your commission to be your faithful servant people. Amen.

This is the Day
Isaac Watts (1712).
performed by Children’s Choir.

Prayer: As you heard the prayer of Isaac and Rebekah, O God, and guided them in the way of your love, so listen now to those who call upon you.
Hear our prayers that we may love you with our whole being and willingly share the concerns of our neighbors. Amen.

Good Christian Friends Rejoice
John Mason Neale.
performed by PFC-UCC

Prayer: O God, living Lord, you are the author of faith. engrave on our hearts the gospel message revealed in Jesus Christ and brought near to us by your Holy Spirit, that we may attest to this faith in lives that are pleasing to you. Amen.

Lord, Dismiss Us with Thy blessing,
Fill Our Hearts with Joy and Peace.
John Fawcett (1786).
Tune: Sicilian Mariners (piano).

We are all stewards spreading the Word of Jesus’ blessings for His people.
Picnic Fellowship Activities for the Entire Family!

Of course lively discussion and activities will be available!
Perhaps you may prefer to sit and visit!
Please Contact Us with Special Requests!