Welcome! Advent Rapture Service!

Spirit of Peace Church Community Event

Service, Fellowship, and Potluck Picnic Meal

Everyone is Welcome!

When: Saturday, November 29, 2014 from 8 am to 10 am
Rising sun Morning Modern Traditional blend themed
Schedule: 8:00 Service 8:40 or so Fellowship 9:00 Potluck Picnic Meal

My Words Will Not Pass Away Keep Awake! Mark 13.

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!
Contact Us with Special Requests!

Thursday Where: Chapel in the Woods Mercer, Nebraska
Please contact Michael or Cathy

Price: Free will offering (sweet!) Thank you!

Questions: Please contact Michael or Cathy Hanus

Spirit.Peace@icloud.com

http://blog.peacelcmc.org

402-541-7019 – Pastor

LORD070910 (567-307-0910) – Church

Twitter: @SpiritOfPeaceCh

Please See the Church Blog for Information Updates –

http://blog.peacelcmc.org

Thank you!

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Missional Living and Giving Thanksgiving

Pastor has a thrilling idea! Let’s get together, go out into the community and assist in serving Thanksgiving dinner to those in need! What a wonderful way to share our joy with those in the community!
Imagine greeting people with food and fellowship. Would you like gravy with your turkey and bread stuffing? Are you enjoying the evening? Is there something more I can do for you?
Would you like to sit and visit? What do you enjoy doing? I enjoy praying!
Are there any intentions you may wish to pray for? May I pray with you?
Before you know it the Holy Spirit has come to you and the people you are visiting with, bringing Jesus among you, for there are two or more of you gathered in His name. Matt. 18.
This may be a Missional Community Thanksgiving opportunity that may last a lifetime!

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, …
Amen.

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Welcome! Thanksgiving Service!

Spirit of Peace Church Community Event

Service, Fellowship, and Potluck Picnic Meal

Everyone is Welcome!

When: Thursday, November 27, 2014 from 8 am to 10 am
Rising sun Morning Modern Traditional blend themed
Schedule: 8:00 Service 8:40 or so Fellowship 9:00 Potluck Picnic Meal

Your Faith has Made You Well! Luke 17.

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!
Contact Us with Special Requests!

Thursday Where: Chapel in the Woods Mercer, Nebraska
Please contact Michael or Cathy

Price: Free will offering (sweet!) Thank you!

Questions: Please contact Michael or Cathy Hanus

Spirit.Peace@icloud.com

http://blog.peacelcmc.org

402-541-7019 – Pastor

LORD070910 (567-307-0910) – Church

Twitter: @SpiritOfPeaceCh

Please See the Church Blog for Information Updates –

http://blog.peacelcmc.org

Thank you!

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Prayer in Thanksgiving

“Now thank we all our God” is a popular Christian hymn. It is a translation from the German “Nun danket alle Gott”, written about 1636 by Martin Rinkart (1586–1649), a Lutheran Minister. This hymn of abid­ing trust and gra­ti­tude to­ward God is a test­a­ment to Martin Rinkart’s faith and an appropriate choice for us to celebrate our trust and gratitude also!

Now Thank We All Our God
Now thank we all our God, with heart and hands and voices,
Who wondrous things has done, in Whom this world rejoices;
Who from our mothers’ arms has blessed us on our way
With countless gifts of love, and still is ours today.

O may this bounteous God through all our life be near us,
With ever joyful hearts and blessèd peace to cheer us;
And keep us in His grace, and guide us when perplexed;
And free us from all ills, in this world and the next!

All praise and thanks to God the Father now be given;
The Son and Him Who reigns with Them in highest Heaven;
The one eternal God, whom earth and Heaven adore;
For thus it was, is now, and shall be evermore.

Amen.

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Forgiveness

Thanksgiving is around the corner. We are taking inventory of what we feel and hope to accomplish. We want to prepare ourselves for the occasion.

Teacher, you teach us to forgive. Sometimes the act of forgiveness comes easily. We are surprised by the joy we feel inside as a result of letting go. Other times it does not. The harm that we face from that which you ask us to forgive is great and it is painful. How do we manage this?

Yes, it is a joyful act in letting go of that burden we carry that the sinner has placed upon us. Jesus has taught us to forgive one another as He forgives us.

Peter came to Jesus and said, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.” Matthew 18.

We must pray to our Lord and Savior. The Holy Spirit will bring us inspiration and strength. We pray the Our Father, “Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.”
Jesus teaches us that we reap what we sow, “Blessed are the merciful, For they shall obtain mercy.” Matthew 5.

Yes but Teacher, it is easier to let go and feel the Spirit when someone comes to us asking for forgiveness. It is so much easier than when we are harmed and that person turns away and does not face us as a sinner.
How do we manage this?

An unrepentant sinner is a challenge for our human character. Earlier we discussed the example of Matthew 18 “Dealing with Sin in the Church” in greater depth. Matthew 18 is not always practical when the oppressor causes harm and leaves never facing his responsibility. We must pray for Jesus to enter that person’s life and for the Holy Spirit to bring us strength and that person the conviction to do that which is right and come into relationship with the Lord. We have a human tendency to try to keep things in balance and this upsets our sense of balance.
We can look to our daily devotion for a solution to our dilemma. We have much to learn from this example. War is a terrible experience. Innocent people are taken prisoner and punished severely. Like those who persecuted Jesus on Good Friday, these people causing harm appear to justify their sinful acts in illogical fashion. Either they are not believers or they have turned away from the Lord. The receipt of this sinful abusive unmerited persecution that oppressors may appear to take pleasure in placing on a victim results in the human recipient building up layers of fear, angst and even hatred against the oppressors. This buildup contributes to a harmful self deprecation that results in the recipient getting a double dose of harms.

Jesus gives us an example from the cross, “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.” Luke 23.

The oppressed react within the normal realm of human response when they experience pain and feel the need to retaliate. But in the long run the pain experience and retaliation reaction will become a double dose of harm to the oppressed. If we turn to Jesus and the Holy Spirit, we receive the guidance and strength to move on without feeling the need for retaliation. This frees us from the harm we may inflict upon ourselves. The oppressor may harm us physically and emotionally, but not spiritually.

Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. Ephesians 4.

I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. Matthew 5.

Consistent with our devotion today, the Lord will help you let go of every angry grudge as you watch the Spirit build into you a place where you feel and others see the Savior. Enjoy the holiday we have ahead of us! Amen.

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Welcome! Inheritance Service!

Spirit of Peace Church Community Event

Service, Fellowship, and Potluck Picnic Meal

Everyone is Welcome!

When: Friday, November 21, 2014 from 5 pm to 7 pm
Setting sun Evening Vespers Theme
Schedule: 5:00 Service 5:40 or so Fellowship 6:00 Potluck Picnic Meal

When: Saturday, November 22, 2014 from 5 pm to 7 pm
Setting sun Evening Gospel Hour Theme
Schedule: 5:00 Service 5:40 or so Fellowship 6:00 Potluck Picnic Meal

When: Sunday, November 23, 2014 from 8 am to 10 am
Rising sun Morning Matins themed
Schedule: 8:00 Service 8:40 or so Fellowship 9:00 Potluck Picnic Meal

Come Inherit the Kingdom! Matt. 25.

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!
Contact Us with Special Requests!

Friday Where: FAMC Chapel Fremont, Nebraska
Please contact Michael or Cathy

Saturday Where: Inspiration Center Gretna, Nebraska
Please contact Michael or Cathy

Sunday Where: Chapel in the Woods Mercer, Nebraska
Please contact Michael or Cathy

Price: Free will offering (sweet!) Thank you!

Questions: Please contact Michael or Cathy Hanus

Spirit.Peace@icloud.com

http://blog.peacelcmc.org

402-541-7019 – Pastor

LORD070910 (567-307-0910) – Church

Twitter: @SpiritOfPeaceCh

Please See the Church Blog for Information Updates –

http://blog.peacelcmc.org

Thank you!

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Welcome! Joyful Service!

Spirit of Peace Church Community Event

Service, Fellowship, and Potluck Picnic Meal

Everyone is Welcome!

When: Saturday, November 15, 2014 from 5 pm to 7 pm
Setting sun Evening Vespers themed
Schedule: 5:00 Service 5:40 or so Fellowship 6:00 Potluck Picnic Meal

When: Sunday, November 16, 2014 from 8 am to 10 am
Rising sun Morning Matins themed
Schedule: 8:00 Service 8:40 or so Fellowship 9:00 Potluck Picnic Meal

Enter into the Joy of Your Master! Matt. 25.

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!
Contact Us with Special Requests!

Saturday Where: Inspiration Center Gretna, Nebraska
Please contact Michael or Cathy

Sunday Where: Chapel in the Woods Mercer, Nebraska
Please contact Michael or Cathy

Price: Free will offering (sweet!) Thank you!

Questions: Please contact Michael or Cathy Hanus

Spirit.Peace@icloud.com

http://blog.peacelcmc.org

402-541-7019 – Pastor

LORD070910 (567-307-0910) – Church

Twitter: @SpiritOfPeaceCh

Please See the Church Blog for Information Updates –

http://blog.peacelcmc.org

Thank you!

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Welcome! Heavenly Wedding Service

Spirit of Peace Church Community Event

Service, Fellowship, and Potluck Picnic Meal

Everyone is Welcome!

When: Saturday, November 8, 2014 from 5 pm to 7 pm
Setting sun Evening Vespers themed
Schedule: 5:00 Service 5:40 or so Fellowship 6:00 Potluck Picnic Meal

When: Sunday, November 9, 2014 from 8 am to 10 am
Rising sun Morning Matins themed
Schedule: 8:00 Service 8:40 or so Fellowship 9:00 Potluck Picnic Meal

Kingdom of Heaven and the Bridegroom! Matt. 25.

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!
Contact Us with Special Requests!

Saturday Where: Inspiration Center Gretna, Nebraska
Please contact Michael or Cathy

Sunday Where: Chapel in the Woods Mercer, Nebraska
Please contact Michael or Cathy

Price: Free will offering (sweet!) Thank you!

Questions: Please contact Michael or Cathy Hanus

Spirit.Peace@icloud.com

http://blog.peacelcmc.org

402-541-7019 – Pastor

LORD070910 (567-307-0910) – Church

Twitter: @SpiritOfPeaceCh

Please See the Church Blog for Information Updates –

http://blog.peacelcmc.org

Thank you!

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Light in the Darkness Prayer Against Terror

It is thoroughly shocking to a civilized God fearing community that a group of terrorists such as ISIS would capture and enslave women, young and old. IraqiNews.com reports that young Christian and Yazidi girls are being sold as sex slaves. This is done to raise funds for the Mujaheddin in the battlefield. http://www.christianpost.com/news/isis-sex-slave-price-1-to-9-y-o-christian-yazidi-girls-sold-for-172-129266/
The militants claim to do this in the name of Allah, which most civilized Muslims find repugnant.

Martin Luther teaches us that Christians have faith in the Lord, stand strong and pray for those victims suffering in response to atrocious terror driven by wickedness and sin.
“True Christians wait and long and pray for redemption from sin and all evil; as we pray in the Lords Prayer. To believers that day will be joyful, comforting and sweet.
The damned are eternally filled with fear of that day, but this does not take away their sin, this fear rather increases sin and renders man appear unfit to appear without sin on the day when it comes.” Prayer Against Terror, Martin Luther’s Postil Vol. 1.
So let us join together, reflect and pray as Christ taught us, “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”

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