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Service and Potluck Picnic in the Park

6th Sunday of Easter Community Event

Spirit of Peace Church

Service, Fellowship, and Potluck Picnic Lunch

Everyone is Welcome!

When: Sunday, May 25, 2014 from 11 am to 2 pm

Schedule: 11:00 Service 11:40 or so Fellowship 12:00 Potluck Picnic Lunch

(Love one another as I have loved you! John 14).

(Tradition: Easter Hare still has gifts for good children).

Where: Valley City Park Large Pavilion

400 West Vass Street Valley, NE 68064

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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Service and Potluck Picnic in the Park

5th Sunday of Easter Community Event

Spirit of Peace Church

Service, Fellowship, and Potluck Picnic Lunch

Everyone is Welcome!

When: Sunday, May 18, 2014 from 11 am to 2 pm

Schedule: 11:00 Service 11:40 or so Fellowship 12:00 Potluck Picnic Lunch

(“Via, Veritas, Vita!” I am the Way, the Truth and the Life! John 14).

(Tradition: Easter Hare still has gifts for good children).

Where: Valley City Park Large Pavilion

400 West Vass Street Valley, NE 68064

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!

Our Grace – filled Family Character

Teacher, there are so many challenges in life today.  How do we face challenges interacting with one another in harmony along with our sheer joy to receive the grace Jesus gifts to us in His death and Resurrection?

The underlying belief stated in this question is an awesome recognition of the promise of our Salvation! Of course we do nothing to receive our Lord’s blessing in His gift of Salvation to us!  But the question presumes awareness of this belief and goes deeper.  How do we apply Living the Word through the examples Jesus gives us in Scripture while experiencing social challenges in our lives?

I turn to Fresh Hope for a well – drafted list of essential graceful characteristics:

Affirm out Loud, Be People Oriented, Shout out Rules and Expectations, Maintain Clear Communication, Remember the Lord, Enjoy Children, Practice Responsibility and Accountability, Apply Reflection in Learning, Acknowledge the Usefulness and Validity of Feelings, and Remember it is OK for Outsides to Match Insides.

I write this list on a card and keep it in my pocket. From time to time I find that I am challenged in social interaction. Reviewing this well intentioned list in prayerful reflection helps maintain my focus in doing His will.

Dear Jesus, Please inspire us with your example to meet the challenges we face in life while exercising behavior consistent with your will.  Amen.

 

Mother’s Day Service and Picnic in the Park

4th Sunday of Easter Community Event

Spirit of Peace Church

Service, Fellowship, and Potluck Picnic Lunch

Everyone is Welcome!

When: Sunday, May 11, 2014 from 11 am to 2 pm

Schedule: 11:00 Service 11:40 or so Fellowship 12:00 Potluck Picnic Lunch

(The Shepherd Knows His Sheep! John 10).

Happy Mothers Day! Moms Receive Dianthus!

(Tradition: Easter Hare still has gifts for good children).

Where: Valley City Park Large Pavilion

400 West Vass Street Valley, NE 68064

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

Service and Potluck Picnic in the Park

3d Sunday Easter Community Event

Spirit of Peace Church

Service, Fellowship, and Potluck Picnic Lunch in the Park

Everyone is Welcome!

When: Sunday, May 4, 2014 from 11 am to 2 pm

Schedule: 11:00 Service 11:40 or so Fellowship 12:00 Potluck Picnic Lunch

(Road to Emmaus! Luke 24:13).

(Tradition: Easter Hare has left gifts for good children).

Where: Valley City Park Large Pavilion

400 West Vass Street Valley, NE 68064

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

Twitter: @SpiritOfPeaceCh

 

National Day of Prayer

In this 2014th year of Our Lord, Thursday May 1 is proclaimed by our government to be “National Day of Prayer.”

The Continental Congress first officially designated a time for prayer in 1775.  National Day of Prayer is held on the first Thursday of May, as designated by the Congress of the United States when people are asked “to turn to God in prayer and meditation.” Since 1952, 36 U.S.C. § 119 states: The President shall issue each year a proclamation designating the first Thursday in May as a National Day of Prayer upon which “the people of the United States may turn to God in prayer and meditation at churches, in groups, and as individuals.”

So together as one voice we solemnly pray the following petition to the Lord:

Almighty God, you have given us this good land as our heritage. Make us always remember your generosity and constantly do your will. Bless our land with honest industry, truthful education, and an honorable way of life. Save us from violence, discord and confusion; from pride and arrogance, and from every evil course of action. Make us who came from many nations with many different languages a united people. Defend our liberties and give those whom we have entrusted with the authority of government the spirit of wisdom, that there might be justice and peace in our land. When times are prosperous, let our hearts be thankful; and, in troubled times, do not let our trust in you fail. We ask all this through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Service and Potluck Picnic in the Park

2d Sunday Easter Community Event 

Spirit of Peace Church 

Service, Fellowship, and Potluck Picnic Lunch in the Park 

Everyone is Welcome! 

When: Sunday, April 27, 2014 from 11 am to 2 pm

Schedule: 11:00 Service 11:40 or so Fellowship 12:00 Potluck Picnic Lunch

(Do not doubt but believe! John 20:27).

(Easter Hare has left gifts for good children).

Where: Valley City Park Large Pavilion

400 West Vass Street Valley, NE 68064

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

Twitter: @SpiritOfPeaceCh 

Easter Day Service and Picnic in the Park

Spirit of Peace Church 

Service, Fellowship, Potluck Lunch and Easter Egg Hunt

Everyone is Welcome!

When: Easter Sunday, April 20, 2014 from 11 am to 2 pm

Schedule: 11:00 Service 11:30 or so Fellowship

12:00 Potluck Lunch and Easter Egg Hunt

Where: Valley City Park Large Pavilion

400 West Vass Street, Valley, NE 68064

Price: Free (sweet!) Thank you!

Questions: Please contact Michael Hanus Spirit.Peace@icloud.com

Spirit of Peace Church Box 245 Valley, Nebraska 68064

http://blog.peacelcmc.org 

Twitter: @SpiritOfPeaceCh

Concerns? Please contact Michael or Cathy Hanus

Please email Spirit.Peace@icloud.com

phone: 402-541-7019

Law and Gospel

The Law and the Gospel

Teacher, I often hear that Scripture appears to be separated into Law and Gospel. Please highlight the simplified difference between the Law and the Gospel.

Scripture is comprised of both Law and Gospel.

“For the law is given through Moses; grace and truth come through Jesus Christ.” (John 1:17).

The Law

The “Law” in Scripture is defined as “Moral Law.” Stated simply, it refers to a divine “Doctrine of Works.” It is divine because it comes to us from God. It is a Doctrine of Works because the promise of the reward of eternal life may be seen as coming to those who perfectly obey its commands. “Old Adam” in Genesis significantly failed to follow the law in his act of disobedience to the Lord, “Eating the Forbidden Fruit of the Tree of Knowledge.” Scripture points out that no ordinary man is able to obey the Law.

Since no man can obey the Law perfectly, what is its purpose?

Scriptural Law presents us with three purposes: a curb, a mirror, and a rule.

As a curb, the Law maintains discipline. As a mirror, the Law teaches us about sin. As a rule, the Law teaches us that we must act according to God’s plan.

In Scripture, Paul informs us that he knows what he should do, yet Paul continues to do what he should not. (Rom 7:21-24).

The Gospel

The “Gospel” in Scripture identifies the “Doctrine of Salvation.” We know and believe that we “die to our sin” in Baptism and receive “new life” in the Gifts of Grace and Salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.

There is no decision for us to make, nor good works for us to accomplish, in order to be saved. We are saved through our belief in Jesus Christ.

We see that the Gospel freely brings us grace and salvation. This is contrasted with the Law which brings us rules to follow.

There may be so much to discern … Gospel to believers … “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16).

 

Evening Prayer

The Small Catechism teaches us to end the day with Evening Prayer:

In the evening, when you go to bed, you shall bless yourself with the holy cross and say: In the name of God the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.
Then, kneeling or standing, repeat the Creed and the Lord’s Prayer. If you choose, you may, in addition, say this little prayer:
I thank Thee, my Heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, Thy dear Son, that Thou hast graciously kept me this day, and I pray Thee to forgive me all my sins, where I have done wrong, and graciously keep me this night. For into Thy hands I commend myself, my body and soul, and all things. Let Thy holy angel be with me, that the wicked foe may have no power over me. Amen.

Then go to sleep promptly and cheerfully.