Category Archives: Celebration

Follow Me Celebration

Follow Me Celebration for the Missional Community.  

Take Up Your Cross and Follow Me
Take Up Your Cross and Follow Me. Matt. 16:24.

Introduction:
If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. Matt. 16:24. Will You Come and Follow Me? Summons. John Bell. Would we, could we, should we follow Jesus? Yes of course! But at what price?
Obviously Matthew sees that Jesus is rightly putting Peter the Rock behind Him, in the position of a follower, not a leader, and for good reason.
Prophet Jeremiah continues his confession lament. Jeremiah points out the corruption in society and demands correction. The privileged will have to alter the good life as they know it. The poor will have to walk the straight line. God is watching.
In today’s Psalm 26, David appears to promote self righteousness. What reaction do we feel in response?
In today’s letter to the Romans, Apostle Paul promotes love within evangelistic behaviors and communications.
We have much to learn and practice in following today’s message. 

Scripture:
Old Testament: Jeremiah 15:15-21.
Psalm: Psalm 26:1-8.
New Testament: Romans 12:9-21.
Gospel: Matthew 16:21-28.

Will you let me be your servant
Richard Gillard
First Plymouth Lincoln Nebraska
https://youtu.be/32jWTAIHXgE

Will You Let Me be be Your Servant

Prayer:
On this day of rejoicing, Dear God of our ancestors, as we gather to break the bread, we remember that through the blood of the Lamb you redeemed usand made us pass over from death to new life. Grant that, as we celebrate your mighty deeds, we may be one with Jesus in offering you this sacrifice of praise. Amen.

Altar Call
Lord Jesus, I want to experience your mercy today. I believe that Jesus died on the cross to pay the price for my sins. I admit I am a sinner in need of a Savior, and I am inviting you to be mine right now. Come into my life. Forgive my sin. Live in me as my Leader from now on. I believe you are a God who is rich in mercy. 

Prayer Intentions:
Creator God, you call us to love and serve you with body, mind, and spirit through loving your creation and our sisters and brothers.
Open our hearts in compassion and receive these petitionson behalf of the needs of the church and the world.
Prayers of the People;
Holy One, hear our prayers and make us faithful stewards of the fragile bounty of this earth so that we may be entrusted with the riches of heaven. Amen.

Apostles Creed
I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth. And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary; suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and buried; He descended into hell; the third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, and sits on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from there He shall come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit; the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen. (Book of Concord). 

Our Father
Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name, Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever. Amen. (Book of Concord). (Matthew 6:9-13).

Liturgy of the Eucharist 

Handshake of Peace

Confession
The Apostle John proclaims, If we confess our sins He who is faithful and just will forgive our sins, and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9.

Most merciful God, we confess that we are by nature sinful and unclean. We have sinned against You in thought, word and deed, by what we have done and by what we have left undone. We have not loved You with our whole heart. We have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. For the sake of Your Son, Jesus Christ, have mercy on us. Forgive us, renew us, and lead us so that we may delight in Your will and walk in Your ways to the glory of Your holy name. Amen.

Communion Hymn

Sing of Jesus, sing forever
Thomas Kelly.
Fernando Ortega.
https://youtu.be/lYDgt1R6yTI

Sing to Jesus Fernando Ortega

Institution of the Lord’s Supper 

26 Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is my body.” 27 And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, saying, “Drink of it, all of you, 28 for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. – Matthew 26:26-28(ESV).

Communion

Prayer:
Faithful God, you are the hope of all the oppressed, and the source of freedom for those held captive. Make us strong to witness to your liberating power, in generosity of life and in humility of spirit, that all the world may delight in your goodness. Amen.

Summons Song
Will you come and follow me
John L. Bell.
https://youtu.be/o469PRLdbHU

Will You Come and Follow Me

Blessing
The Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; The Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace. Numbers 6:24-26.

The Service has ended. Go in Peace.
Thanks be to God. 

Peace and Joy! Pastors Michael and Cathy Hanus Spirit of Peace Church.

Who Am I Celebration

Who Am I Celebration

Who Am I
Who Am I

Introduction

Who Am I?
In reading Matthew’s gospel today, we see that Peter gets it; he is in the presence of the One who is anointed by and Son of the living God. In todays homily we will see there is more invested in this dialog than acknowledging Jesus; this comes down to allegiance to Jesus and our Creator God.
God speaks imperatively through the prophet Isaiah; hear me, pursue righteousness. History and my power as God demand righteousness. Bam.
David brings us a psalm of praises in thanksgiving to a powerful God.
Paul’s letter to the Romans addresses all believers. Humble yourself before God no matter what your calling or experiences are in this mortal world.
We have a tough challenge this week. There is no edging nor waffling. Stand up for Jesus.

Scripture

Old Testament: Isaiah 51:1-6.
Psalm: Psalm 138.
New Testament: Romans 12:1-8.
Gospel: Matthew 16:13-20.

Hymn

Who Am I
Casting Crowns
https://youtu.be/3rT8Re1EIQc

Prayer

Through the waters of oppression and death, Lord God, you led a people into the burning presence of your love.
As you fed them in the desert, now feed us with the finest of wheat, that we may know the liberating power of the paschal feast. Amen. 

Altar Call

Lord Jesus, I want to experience your mercy today. I believe that Jesus died on the cross to pay the price for my sins. I admit I am a sinner in need of a Savior, and I am inviting you to be mine right now. Come into my life. Forgive my sin. Live in me as my Leader from now on. I believe you are a God who is rich in mercy.

Prayer Intentions

Friends in Christ, God invites us to hold the needs of our sisters and brothers as dear to us as our own needs.
Loving our neighbors as ourselves, we offer our thanksgivings and our petitions on behalf of the church and the world.
Prayers of the People;
Hear our prayers, God of power, and through the ministry of your Son free us from the grip of the tomb, that we may desire you as the fullness of life and proclaim your saving deeds to all the world. Amen.

Apostles Creed

I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth. And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary; suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and buried; He descended into hell; the third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, and sits on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from there He shall come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit; the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen. (Book of Concord). 

Our Father

Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name, Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever. Amen. (Book of Concord). (Matthew 6:9-13).

Liturgy of the Eucharist 

Handshake of Peace

Confession

The Apostle John proclaims, If we confess our sins He who is faithful and just will forgive our sins, and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9.

Most merciful God, we confess that we are by nature sinful and unclean. We have sinned against You in thought, word and deed, by what we have done and by what we have left undone. We have not loved You with our whole heart. We have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. For the sake of Your Son, Jesus Christ, have mercy on us. Forgive us, renew us, and lead us so that we may delight in Your will and walk in Your ways to the glory of Your holy name. Amen.

Institution of the Lord’s Supper

26 Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is my body.” 27 And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, saying, “Drink of it, all of you, 28 for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. – Matthew 26:26-28(ESV).

Communion

Prayer

Dear God, you blessed Abraham and Sarah, and made them a great nation.
Keep us in remembrance of the rock from which we are hewn, that the waste places of our lives may blossom to your glory. Amen.

Hymn

My hope is built on nothing less
Edward Mote (1834).
Sovereign Grace
https://youtu.be/rkMapZB8qMk

My Hope is Built on Nothing Less

Blessing

The Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; The Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace. Numbers 6:24-26.

Closing  

The Service has ended. Go in Peace.
Thanks be to God.

God’s Peace and Joy! Pastors Michael and Cathy Hanus SpiritofPeace.us

Year A Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost Proper 16 (21). 

Rocky Railway VBS

Our Missional Community Ministry Team is offering an additional opportunity this season for a second Vacation Bible School VBS called Rocky Railway. The theme focuses on the Power of Jesus Christ. 

Rocky Railway VBS
Rocky Railway VBS
  • Activity modified for COVID-19 guidelines

Although participation in the modified VBS activity is Free (Donations are always Welcome!), we do require registration ahead of the scheduled activity so we may comply with COVID-19 guidelines.

We are planning to offer this modified VBS activity on a Saturday afternoon in September. Therefore it will best assist planning if you contact us before the end of this month of August.

If you are interested in participating as youth or adult; child, adolescent or parent; volunteer or donor; please use the following information to contact us:

Pastors Michael or Cathy Hanus, please email minister@spiritofpeace.us, please note VBS in the email subject line, please list the names of all interested participants, whether adult, adolescent, or child, and children’s ages in the body of the email; along with any other information you are requesting.

We look forward to meeting you! Peace and Joy! Pastors Michael and Cathy Hanus, Spirit of Peace.us

Walk on Water Community Worship Service

Walk on Water Community Worship Service

Jesus walks on water
Jesus walks on water

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

Introduction:
Walk on Water
Matthew proclaims his brother in Christ Paul fears the deep lake when he takes his eyes off Jesus and Jesus reaches out to save him.
In Kings, Jeremiah speaks to us of God calling upon Elijah to message His people that He will save the believers.
David in Psalms glorifies God trusting in Him for salvation.
Paul to Romans and us, a letter to inspire evangelism in believers.

Walk on Water Service Introduction

Scripture:
Old Testament: 1 Kings 19:9-18.
Psalm: Psalm 85:8-13.
New Testament: Romans 10:5-15.
Gospel: Matthew 14:22-33.

Old Testament: 1 Kings 19:9-18. Music

Lord, you sometimes speak in wonders
Christopher Idle
Dunfermline Abbey
https://youtu.be/KWj_6zB248Q

https://youtu.be/KWj_6zB248Q

Lord, you sometimes speak in wonders
unmistakable and clear;
mighty signs to prove your presence,
overcoming doubt and fear

Prayer:
Eternal God, you are present with us throughout our lives, even when others plot to do us harm.
May we learn to live together in unity, that in all we do, we may sing your praises now and forever. Amen.

Psalm 85:8-13.

Psalm 85
Rebecca De la Torre
https://youtu.be/S-1hepcwwSU

Psalm 85 Rebecca DeLaTorre

Prayer Intentions:
Friends in Christ,
God invites us to hold the needs of our sisters and brothers as dear to us as our own needs.
Loving our neighbors as ourselves, we offer our thanksgivings and our petitions on behalf of the church and the world.
Prayers of the People;
Hear our prayers, God of power, and through the ministry of your Son free us from the grip of the tomb, that we may desire you as the fullness of life and proclaim your saving deeds to all the world. Amen.

Apostles Creed
I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth. And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary; suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and buried; He descended into hell; the third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, and sits on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from there He shall come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit; the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen. (Book of Concord).

Our Father
Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name, Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever. Amen. (Book of Concord). (Matthew 6:9-13).

Liturgy of the Eucharist 

Handshake of Peace

Confession
The Apostle John proclaims, If we confess our sins He who is faithful and just will forgive our sins, and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9.

Most merciful God, we confess that we are by nature sinful and unclean. We have sinned against You in thought, word and deed, by what we have done and by what we have left undone. We have not loved You with our whole heart. We have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. For the sake of Your Son, Jesus Christ, have mercy on us. Forgive us, renew us, and lead us so that we may delight in Your will and walk in Your ways to the glory of Your holy name. Amen.

Institution of the Lord’s Supper

26 Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is my body.” 27 And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, saying, “Drink of it, all of you, 28 for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. – Matthew 26:26-28(ESV).

Be Not Afraid
Bob Dufford
Jon Michael Talbot
https://youtu.be/wQr4udSiEew

Be Not Afraid

You shall cross the barrenn desert
But you shall not die of thirst
You shall wander far in safety
Though you do not know the way
You shall speak your words to foreign men
And they will understand
You shall see the face of God and live

Prayer:
Through the storms of life, O God, you are with your people in the person of Jesus your Son.
Calm our fears and strengthen our faith that we may never doubt his presence among us but proclaim that he is your Son, risen from the dead, living for ever and ever. Amen. 

How sweet the name of Jesus sounds
John Newton (1779).
https://youtu.be/Pfumgpnshag

How Sweet the Name ofJesus Sounds

How sweet the name of Jesus sounds in a believer’s ear!
It soothes our sorrows, heals our wounds, and drives away our fear.

The Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; The Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace. Numbers 6:24-26.

The Service has ended. Go in Peace.
Thanks be to God.

Peace and Joy! Pastors Michael and Cathy Hanus

Walk on Water Community Worship


Community Worship Service
Walk on Water
All Are Wecome!

Community Worship
Walk on Water Community Worship

Sunday August 9 2020  10am 

Veterans Memorial 227 N Spruce St Valley NE

Pastors Michael and Cathy Hanus
Spirit of Peace .us
minister@spiritofpeace.us
402-541-7019

Volunteers and Donations Welcome

Summer Fun Celebration

Summer Fun Celebration Rockets in the Minipark Design Build and Launch (weather permitting)

Summer Fun Rockets in the Minipark
Summer Fun Rockets in the Minipark

All Are Welcome! We Look Forward to Visiting with You!

Activity Modified for COVID-19

When: Saturday August 8, 2020; 4pm – 5pm Health & Wellness

Where: Spirit Valley Minipark 105 N. Spruce St., Valley, NE 

Volunteers and Donations Welcome!

Contact: Pastors Michael or Cathy Hanus, SpiritofPeace.us minister@spiritofpeace.us Call or Text 402-541-7019

Fourth of july Celebration

Fourth of July Celebration
Rockets in the Mini-Park
Design, Build and Launch (weather permitting)

Fourth of July
Fourth of July

All Are Welcome!
We look forward to visiting with you!

  • Activity modified for Covid-19

When: Saturday, July 4, 2020 4pm-5pm Health & Wellness
Where: Spirit Valley Minipark 105 N Spruce St Valley NE
Contact: Pastors Michael and Cathy Hanus, SpiritofPeace.us, minister@spiritofpeace.us 402-541-7019

Fathers Day Celebration

Fathers Day Celebration Free Gift for Dad! until gone. 
All Are Welcome! 

Fathers Day Celebration
Fathers Day Celebration 2020

When: Saturday, June 20, 2020 4pm-5pm Health & Wellness 

Where: Spirit Valley Mini-Park 105 N. Spruce St. Valley NE

Contact: Pastors Michael and Cathy Hanus, SpiritofPeace.us, minister@spiritofpeace.us 402-541-7019

Little Doubt Celebration

Little Doubt Celebration
SYATP See You At the Park!
All Are Welcome!
*Activity modified for pandemic
Morning Matins themed Celebration  

Introduction:
Allow Apostle Thomas the benefit of the doubt.
In his Gospel, Apostle John demonstrates how it is that Jesus finished the work that He began with His apostles in tow. Clearly the Apostles were followers of, and believers in, Jesus, but still lacked Christ’s knowledge and capacity to serve at the time of His death. It is transparent to us in the message that Jesus is keenly aware that His work in this mortal world is not complete. Jesus appears in human form to assure His apostles that He is still present among them. So today we believe in Christ’s promise that wherever two or more are gathered in His name, He too will be among us. Matt. 18:20. We return to Apostle Thomas. The others saw Jesus’ presence, but Thomas did not. Consider Thomas wants to see the Lord in the flesh once again also. So Jesus appears in Thomas’ designated place. Thomas’ response is Praise in the name of Christ. Let us face this, are not we all sharing in Thomas’ petition? The opportunity to see Christ in the flesh? I am! Jesus does not criticize Thomas, nor will He criticize us! Instead, once more, typical to His teaching style, He messages all of us, Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe. Jn. 20:29. Amen!
In Acts, Luke messages us. Do we view Peter’s message as newly Christ based or traditionally Hebrew based? Yet we all arrive at the witness portion, where standing in time; past, present or future us no longer matters. We are all filled with the Spirit, the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Christ!
Reflecting on today’s reading in Psalms. Proper prayer has form. So does a proper lament. A proper Lament has five elements: 1. an invocation, a cry for help invoking the presence of God; 2. the lament, or complaint, the wrong; 3. a petition, God do this to alleviate the oppression; 4. trust, noting past times when God came to the rescue; and 5. praise, an acknowledgement that God will provide. Let us further explore the concept here.
In today’s reading, Peter sees life after Christ’s resurrection as a new birth. So how do we frame the message of Peter in our lives today?

Doubting Thomas
Doubting Thomas

Scripture:
First Reading
Acts 2:14; Acts 2:22-32.
Psalm:
Psalm 16.
New Testament:
1 Peter 1:3-9.
Gospel:
John 20:19-31.

Prayer:
Creator of the universe, you made the world in beauty, and restore all things in glory through the victory of Jesus Christ.
We pray that, wherever your image is still disfigured by poverty, sickness, selfishness, war and greed, the new creation in Jesus Christ may appear in justice, love, and peace, to the glory of your name. Amen.

Prayer Intentions:
O God, your Son remained with his disciples after his resurrection, teaching them to love all people as neighbors.
As his disciples in this age, we offer our prayers on behalf of the universe in which we are privileged to live and our neighbors with whom we share it.
Prayers of the People;
Open our hearts to your power moving around us and between us and within us, until your glory is revealed in our love of both friend and enemy, in communities transformed by justice and compassion, and in the healing of all that is broken. Amen.

Apostles Creed
I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth. And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary; suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and buried; He descended into hell; the third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, and sits on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from there He shall come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit; the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen. (Book of Concord).

Our Father
Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name, Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever. Amen. (Book of Concord). (Matthew 6:9-13).

Liturgy of the Eucharist

Handshake of Peace

Confession
The Apostle John proclaims, If we confess our sins He who is faithful and just will forgive our sins, and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9.
Most merciful God, we confess that we are by nature sinful and unclean. We have sinned against You in thought, word and deed, by what we have done and by what we have left undone. We have not loved You with our whole heart. We have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. For the sake of Your Son, Jesus Christ, have mercy on us. Forgive us, renew us, and lead us so that we may delight in Your will and walk in Your ways to the glory of Your holy name. Amen.

Communion Hymn

Institution of the Lord’s Supper
Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is my body.” And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, saying, “Drink of it, all of you, for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. – Matthew 26:26-28. (ESV).

Communion

Prayer:
Blessed are you, O God of our Lord Jesus Christ, in whom we receive the legacy of a living hope, born again not only from his death but also from his resurrection.
May we who have received forgiveness of sins through the Holy Spirit live to set others free, until, at length, we enter the inheritance that is imperishable and unfading, where Christ lives and reigns with you and the same Spirit. Amen.

Closing Hymn.
Like the murmur of the dove’s song
Carl P. Daw (1981).
https://youtu.be/GEAXJiJ0U8c

Aaron’s Blessing
All Are Welcome to Stop or Pass By for the Blessing …
The Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace. – Numbers 6:24-6. 

The Service has ended. Go in Peace.
Thanks be to God.

Peace and Joy! Pastors Michael and Cathy Hanus and the Spirit of Peace Missional Community. 

Sunrise Easter Celebration

Sunrise Easter Celebration
He Is Risen!
SYATP See You At the Park!
All Are Welcome!
*Activity modified for pandemic
Morning Matins themed Celebration 

He Is Risen
He Is Risen

Missional Community Service
Local Food Pantry experiences Food Supply Shortage, so a non-perishable food item donation is welcome if you are able!

Aaron’s Blessing
All Are Welcome to Stop or Pass By for the Blessing …
The Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace. – Numbers 6:24-6.

Peace and Joy! Pastors Michael and Cathy Hanus and the Spirit of Peace Missional Community.

#Easter2020 #SYATP