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Sin, Grief, Confession, Forgiveness, Grace and Peace

Teacher, How do we navigate through the complex emotion and procedure dealing with the combination sin and grief?

Grief may visit us during life events in classic fashion, such as death of a loved one or some significant loss, but we may also experience grief when someone has sinned against us in a fashion that results in actual or perceived loss or emotional harm, whether this result is intended or not.
We may encounter this even when we are the type of person that may shrug off those more trivial “sins of little consequence” that we experience from time to time.
In Scripture, Matthew 18 gives us a framework to follow in social interaction with the sinner. We must first pray for guidance, then approach this person, in the spirit of brotherly love, and clearly state our concerns about this person’s harmful behavior toward us or others. Hopefully this will result in dialogue and a heartfelt confession from the person responsible for the harm. (Rite of Confession. Small Catechism. Martin Luther.) Of course Forgiveness (Reconciliation, Absolution) should follow as this person has made a formal decision to seek forgiveness and come back into grace. Should this person choose to ignore or respond inappropriately to the invitation to dialogue, Scripture states that we should bring others with us to visit with the person to discuss the harmful interaction. This allows the person another opportunity to come into dialogue, confession and a state of grace and peaceful resolution with the individual and community.
Should this person ignore this opportunity to engage resolution with the community, then he or she should be “treated as a Gentile or tax collector.” This is serious stuff! Furthermore, we are told that what is “bound on earth will be bound in heaven.” Jesus goes on to explain, “If two of you agree on earth about anything you ask, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them.” Matt. 18.
As a community of believers, we can come to understand the process of sin, confession, forgiveness, grace, the grief process and support our fellow believer transition from denial to acceptance and / or from sin to forgiveness and grace!
We pray for all to “come to the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, that will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4.

Five Stages of Grief
On Death and Dying The Kübler-Ross model, Elisabeth Kübler-Ross. 1969.
http://www.ekrfoundation.org/five-stages-of-grief/
Denial and Isolation – A normal reaction to acknowledging grief.
Anger – Recognition that denial no longer works.
Bargaining – Hope for “undoing” or avoidance of grief.
Depression – We become “tuned into reality.” The ability to deal with harsh reality is muted.
Acceptance – “Coming to terms” with the focus of the grief. This is not necessarily approval nor gratitude, but merely assent to the reality one faces.

Prayer:

“Feelings come and feelings go,
And feelings are deceiving;
My warrant is the Word of God,
Naught else is worth believing.
Though all my heart should feel condemned
For want of some sweet token,
There is One greater than my heart
Whose Word cannot be broken.
I’ll trust in God’s unchanging Word
Till soul and body sever,
For, though all things shall pass away,
HIS WORD SHALL STAND FOREVER!” Amen. Martin Luther.

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Welcome! Service and Picnic in the Park!

Spirit of Peace Church Community Event

Service, Fellowship, and Potluck Picnic Lunch

Everyone is Welcome!

When: Sunday, August 31, 2014 from 11 am to 1 pm

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

Get behind me Satan! Matt. 16.

Picnic Fellowship Activities for the Entire Family!

Of course rocket science and astrophysics will be available!
Perhaps you may prefer to sit and visit!
Contact Us with Special Requests!

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

Latitude, Longitude: 41.311598, -96.35116

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! Service and Picnic in the Park

Spirit of Peace Church Community Event

Service, Fellowship, and Potluck Picnic Lunch

Everyone is Welcome!

When: Sunday, August 24, 2014 from 11 am to 1 pm

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

I Will Give You the Keys of the Kingdom of Heaven! Matt. 16.

Picnic Fellowship Activities for the Entire Family!

Of course rocket science and astrophysics will be available!
Perhaps you may prefer to sit and visit!
Contact Us with Special Requests!

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

Latitude, Longitude: 41.311598, -96.35116

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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Pray in Companionship with Jesus

Teacher, Although we make an effort to pray throughout our day, Speaking with Jesus through the Joy and the pain, sometimes it works better than others. What can we do so that we may experience more meaningful prayer more often?

Jesus wants us to pray. Jesus invites us to talk to Him. He has time for all our prayers and thoughts – none are too small or unimportant – all are significant to the One who became man, showed us the way, died for our sins and gifted everyone of us who believe the gift of Salvation.

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We may choose to borrow “Ancient Practices” from LifeTreeCafe.com.
Ancient Practices to adopt in prayer to Jesus …
Drawing Closer to God
Lectio Divina – Meditation engaging Scripture as the living Word of God.
Embrace community – Find comfort in relationships that promote Honesty.
Embrace solitude – Time to be alone to Listen to God speaking to you.
Practice mindfulness – Engage physical activity while Meditating.
Seek the sight of God at work – Look for signs that God is acting in your life.
Respect rest and renewal – Daily reflection promotes Spiritual growth.
Embrace forgiveness – Giving and accepting forgiveness allows understanding.
Serve others – Give yourself cheerfully.
Reach out to God – Allow God every Opportunity to reshape you.
Shelve cynicism – Attentiveness allows greater positive experiences.
Read Bible with an open mind – Grow in your relationship with God.

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Valley Sesquicentennial Celebration Service and Picnic in the Park

10S Pentecost Community Event

Spirit of Peace Church

Valley Sesquicentennial Celebration
Service, Fellowship, and Potluck Picnic Lunch

Everyone is Welcome!

When: Sunday, August 17, 2014 from 11 am to 1 pm

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

Touched by Faith! Matt. 15.

Historical Gospel Music Theme.

Picnic Fellowship Activities for the Entire Family!

Of course rocket science will be available!
Contact Us with Special Requests!

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

Latitude, Longitude: 41.311598, -96.35116

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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Valley Sesquicentennial Celebration Update

Spirit of Peace Church is Partnering with Academy Science to Bring an Enjoyable Family Experience to the Community.

Academy Science is a youth group led by adult volunteers that engages science exploration year round. We participate in competitions and community demonstrations throughout the year. We do Rockets, FLL, CEENBoT, River City Robotics, 4-H County and State Fairs, camps, and other activities we find interesting. We have FUN!
We are meeting the community on the weekend of August 16th in Valley, Nebraska.
Everyone is invited to visit and participate!

Valley Nebraska Sesquicentennial Celebration events hosted by Academy Science
Questions? Please email: Hanus.Academy@gmail.com

Saturday, August 16

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Sponsored by Academy Science
8:30-10:30 am
Valley Vets Club
Robotics and Disaster Preparedness Demonstration
LEGO and CEENBot robotics
Learn how to prepare for a disaster!
AcademyScience.us

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1-5 pm
DC West High School Cafeteria (During open house)
Making and Shooting Air Rockets
All ages welcome!
AcademyScience.us

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Concession Stand
Walking Tacos
Hot Dogs
Pulled Pork
Peanut Butter and Jelly
Drinks and dessert
(Available until sold out)
AcademyScience.us

Sponsored by Spirit of Peace
8:30 pm and later
DC West High School Field
Star Party
See the stars (bring your own telescope or use ours)
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Sunday, August 17

Valley City Park Large Pavillion
11 am
Worship Service
All are welcome!

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Noon
Potluck and Fellowship
All are welcome with or without a dish!
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Get Your FREE Tickets Here:
Aug 16 & 17 Spirit of Peace Participates in Hosting Valley Sesquicentennial Celebration Events

https://t.co/ppq9lfc95l

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9S Pentecost Picnic in the Park

9S Pentecost Community Event

Spirit of Peace Church

Service, Fellowship, and Potluck Picnic Lunch

Everyone is Welcome!

When: Sunday, August 10, 2014 from 11 am to 1 pm

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

It is I, Do Not be Afraid! … Matt. 14.

Picnic Fellowship Activities for the Entire Family!
Of course rocket science will be available!
Contact Us with Special Requests!

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

Latitude, Longitude: 41.311598, -96.35116

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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8S Pentecost Picnic in the Park

Welcome! 8S Pentecost Community Event

Spirit of Peace Church

Service, Fellowship, and Potluck Picnic Lunch

Everyone is Welcome!

When: Sunday, August 3, 2014 from 11 am to 2 pm

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

All Ate and were Filled … Matt. 14.

Picnic Fellowship Activities for the Entire Family!
Of course rocket science will be available!
Contact Us with Special Requests!

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

Latitude, Longitude: 41.311598, -96.35116

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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7S Pentecost Picnic in the Park

Welcome! 7S Pentecost Community Event

Spirit of Peace Church

Service, Fellowship, and Potluck Picnic Lunch

Everyone is Welcome!

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

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

How Do You Complete the Phrase
The Kingdom of Heaven is Like … (Matt. 13)?

Picnic Fellowship Activities for the Entire Family!
Of course rocket science will be available!
Contact Us with Special Requests!

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

Latitude, Longitude: 41.311598, -96.35116

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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6S Pentecost Picnic in the Park

6S Pentecost Community Event

Spirit of Peace Church

Service, Fellowship, and Potluck Picnic Lunch

Everyone is Welcome!

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

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

Weed the Kingdom! Good Seed are the Children of the Kingdom. Matt. 13.

Picnic Fellowship Activities for the Entire Family!
Of course rocket science will be available!
Contact Us with Special Requests!

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

Latitude, Longitude: 41.311598, -96.35116

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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