Peace Lutheran Church and Community Arts508/358-7110Sunday worship at 9:30 a.m.
Coffee 10:30 a.m.
Education 11:00 a.m.
In this emergency
During the weeks of the coronavirus 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 email@example.com and you will be added to the invitation list.
Confirmation and faith formation meetings are held on Zoom.
During these 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.
Kneeling Pilgrim, John Frederick Lewis, 1870, Worcester Art Museum
I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth takes its name. Ephesians 3:14
The Gospel reading for Sunday is the feeding of the five thousand from John 6, but the reading from Ephesians, the second lesson, kept drawing my attention, so I’ll preach on that Sunday. In this letter we see how Christian theology (Christian ideas) may shape our view of life, change the way we think of ourselves, of others, of the world, change the way we feel and act. The author claims that there is power in ideas, which gets us to that central complex teaching that God is a “word” that is “spoken” and is “speaking” in a number of ways: in creation, in the Bible, in Jesus, in the readings and sacraments on Sunday morning.
We could say this: we are what people who have power over us say we are. If you are told repeatedly that you can’t do something, or that you are stupid, unattractive, clumsy or lazy, for example, you might become what those people say you are. Their words have power. If you are told repeatedly that you are smart, beautiful, graceful and focused, you might soon feel that you are these. The passage from Ephesians has this sort of thing in mind: there is power in words. Words may shape, create, reform human lives and human associations. God’s word claims us and, through Christ, names us, gives us a heritage, a lineage, a purpose in life, frees us from the power of other peoples’ words.