Peace Lutheran Church and Community Arts508/358-7110Sunday worship at 9:30 a.m.
Coffee 10:30 a.m.
Education 11:00 a.m.
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During the weeks of the COVID-19 restrictions, Sunday worship is conducted in a Zoom meeting. Members and friends on our mailing list receive Zoom invitations. If you would like to attend the service online, send your email address to firstname.lastname@example.org and you will be added to the invitation list.
Confirmation and faith formation meetings are held on Zoom.
As we pass through days of isolation, members and friends of the congregation are encouraged to pray and meditate on scripture and to explore some of the spiritual treasures of our faith.
Keep in mind those who live alone. Telephone calls and emails between members and friends of the church keep connections strong and support those in need.
When routines change, patience and forbearance help us get along. If you are together for long periods of time in the house, take advantage of the time. Enjoy one another.
If you or someone you know needs assistance, members of Peace might be able to help. Pastor Johnson’s cell is 978/460-1118.
He stood up to read, and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. Luke 4:16
The Gospel reading for Sunday is Luke 4: 14-21. Jesus has come back to his hometown. He’s in the synagogue and is asked to be the guest speaker. He reads from the prophet Isaiah then makes a brief statement about his own purpose in life. He will fulfill the prophecy of Isaiah. He is the one anointed with the spirit to bring good news to the poor, release to the captives, freedom to the chained.
There we have our purpose as a congregation. We are Jesus’ troops, continuing his mission, carrying out his plan. On Sunday we will worship and then do a little planning of our own as we meet for our semiannual meeting.
In a note to some of our leaders who are preparing for the meeting I included a word about worship attendance and, further, about attendance in the worship room during the hour of worship. This lesson from Luke 4 is a good backdrop for asking that we attend as often as we can, and that when we are in the building we are in the worship room with everyone else.
There is a certain humility, reverence and respect for the rest of the community that is evident when we try to arrive more-or-less on time and sit quietly. We put our bodies and our minds in a position ready to learn, and to model for others, love of God and love of neighbor. I fully appreciate that this is not always possible, and I am aware of all the obligations and activities we juggle.
Anyway, here’s what I wrote earlier:
I would like us to try to avoid office work (kitchen and coffee hour work, Sunday school prep or anything else for that matter) while the service is going on. The hour of worship should be our community’s priority activity every week. I know that we may be tempted to steal time from church to get other important things done, but we need that hour together every week as a community of faith. Nearly everything else can wait one hour until the service is over or can be done Saturday or in another hour on another day of the week.