July 9, 2017

Last Sunday, many PoPmembers were able to be a part of the ordination service for Debra Jimenez.  We are so proud of all that she has accomplished on her spiritual journey to beordained.  This Sunday, July 9, we feel both honored and blessed to be the first congregation to hear her preach and preside over worship as a newly ordained minister.

June 18, 2017

This Sunday is the Second Sunday after Pentecost.  The Gospel Lesson for this Sunday is Matthew 9:35-10:8. You can read the texts via the link below.  

In the Gospel lesson for this Sunday, Jesus gave his disciples authority and power over evil spirits and disease and sends them out to do ministry. Jesus has been teaching his disciples by example (for 5 chapters) how to heal, how to cast out chronic disabilities and mental illness (evil spirits) and how to proclaim the Kingdom of Heaven by doing all the above.  

In a different time and place, Francis of Assisi said to his disciples as he sent them out to do ministry, “preach the Gospel wherever you go and if necessary, use words.”  

This is also Matthew’s definition of Discipleship, to do the work, the same work, that Jesus does and bring in the Kingdom of Heaven here and now.  

Hmmmmm?  

So, what is the work of discipleship today?  Hospitals, doctors and health care workers do the healing today (though good health care is very expensive) but perhaps healing in other ways is what is needed? So many people have become disenfranchised and separated from family, community, church and have become isolated and vulnerable and our society/culture is polarized by ideologies and racism.  

One way is to live the Love, Grace and Forgiveness of God as you as a disciple of Christ have already received. Live this in your community and family and world. Proclaim that the Kingdom of Heaven is near. And if necessary, use words. Let the light of God’s Grace shine in everything you do. Let the light of the God’s real Forgiveness shine in everything you do.  Let the light of God’s Love shine in everything you do.  Blessings and peace be with you all in the name as you walk and live in the presence of God. 

See you in church, 
Interim Pastor Craig Storlie

June 11, 2017

This Sunday we celebrate The Holy Trinity.  You will read about aspects of the Trinity in all the Bible lessons involved for this Sunday. You can read the texts via the link below.  

The Doctrine of the Holy Trinity came about to help people theologically comprehend and explain how God (for Christians) can be three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit yet still be the only one true God.  It sounds simple but also defies logic. And because it became a Doctrine, an absolute truth, such things as wars, schisms, and all sorts of terrible things happened and were done in the name of the triune God.  

Instead of defining doctrine let’s look at this in another way.  How do you experience God? If you pray, who do you usually pray to? God? Jesus? or Spirit? During your work or school day do you experience God or Jesus or Spirit or all Three mixed up together, inseparable and full of surprises? How do YOU experience God?  

Hmmmmm?  

So, receiving/knowing God is also about following your heart and engaging in the life you live with God at your side, in every thing you do. So be awake and aware of God who is always with you and touches and lives with you and is full of surprises. Let the light of God’s Grace shine in everything you do. Let the light of the God’s real Forgiveness shine in everything you do.  Let the light of God’s Love shine in everything you do.  Blessings and peace be with you all in the name of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.

Alleluia, Christ is Risen!
He is risen indeed! Alleluia! 

See you in church, 
Interim Pastor Craig Storlie

June 4, 2017

This Sunday we celebrate the Day of Pentecost.  We will use two texts, Acts 2:1-21 and John 20:19-23. You can read the texts via the link below.

Wear Red this Sunday to celebrate Pentecost, the coming of the Holy Spirit and the birthday of the church.   

Following are two verses to ponder. The first one is from Acts 2:5-6 Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven living in Jerusalem.   And at this sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in the native language of each. People heard and understood the Spirit / God in their own language so that they would truly understand / know / feel the presence of the Holy Spirit, the power and presence of God.  

The Second is from John 20: 21 Jesus said to them again, "Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you." 22 When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, "Receive the Holy Spirit. Through Jesus the Holy Spirit comes with breath, Jesus breathed on them, the breath of life, the breath of Spirit.  Isn’t it interesting that all of us must breathe? So, there is a relationship between the Holy Spirit and the simple act of breathing.  

Hmmmmm?  

So, receiving/knowing the Holy Spirit is also about following your heart. Let the light of the Spirit’s Grace shine in everything you do. Let the light of the Spirit’s real Forgiveness shine in everything you do.  Let the light of the Spirit’s Love shine in everything you do.  Blessings and peace be with you all!  

Alleluia, Christ is Risen!
He is risen indeed! Alleluia! 
 

See you in church, 
Interim Pastor Craig Storlie

May 28, 2017

Alleluia, Christ is Risen!
He is risen indeed! Alleluia!  

This Sunday is the seventh Sunday of Easter and the resurrection Gospel is from John 17:1-11.  This is part of Jesus’ long final prayer as he prepares his disciples for what is to come, which includes his death and resurrection. You can read the whole text via the link below.  

In this Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus makes a very challenging statement.  “3 And this is eternal life, that they [the disciples] may know you, the only true God.”There are other qualifying statements surrounding this phrase, but this one has always caught my attention. What is eternal life? It is to know God.  

So, think about this, eternal life is not something you earn, it is knowing God now.  Eternal life is not something you work towards, it is knowing God now and it is something you are in now. Eternal life is not something you get by following the “rules” of faith, it is knowing God now. Eternal life is not something that happens only after you die, it is knowing God and living in God now. Eternal life is now!  

So, follow your heart. Let the light of God’s Grace shine in everything you do. Let the light of God’s real Forgiveness shine in everything you do.  Let the light of God’s Love shine in everything you do.  Blessings and peace be with you all!

Alleluia, Christ is Risen!
He is risen indeed! Alleluia! 

See you in church, 
Interim Pastor Craig Storlie

May 21, 2017

Alleluia, Christ is Risen!
He is risen indeed! Alleluia!  

This Sunday is the sixth Sunday of Easter and the resurrection Gospel is from John 14:15-21.  This is part of Jesus’ long four-chapter discussion as he is preparing his disciples for his departure which includes his death and resurrection. You can read the whole text via the link below.

Remember: There is only ONE Worship Service at 10:00 AM on Sunday (5/21/2017) followed by a Congregational Meeting to Call a New Pastor.  All Members Are Asked to Attend.  

There are a lot of very important events happening this Sunday.  The first important event to happen is the Confirmation (Affirmation of Baptism) of Donna Charlton, Ber Erwin, Jackson Goggans, and Lexi Kollin. Please come and be part of their Affirmation of Baptism and welcome them into full membership to Prince of Peace.  We will also acknowledge this year’s graduates from High School and College. And FINALLY, after worship is over all members are asked to stay for the congregational meeting to call Pastor Kevin Martin as the next called Pastor of Prince of Peace.  

In this Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus is reminding all of us that the Holy Spirit is always with us, walking beside us, guiding us and advising us, and reminding us that although Jesus is no longer physically with us, we are never separated from God’s unconditional love.  This is a very good message for both confirmation and calling a new Pastor.   So, follow your heart. Let the light of God’s Grace shine in everything you do. Let the light of God’s real Forgiveness shine in everything you do.  Let the light of God’s Love shine in everything you do.  Blessings and peace be with you all! 

Alleluia, Christ is Risen!
He is risen indeed! Alleluia!  

See you in church, 
Interim Pastor Craig Storlie

May 14, 2017

Alleluia, Christ is Risen!
He is risen indeed! Alleluia!  

This Sunday is the fifth Sunday of Easter and the resurrection Gospel is from John 14:1-14.  This is part of Jesus’ long discussion with his disciples during the last supper before his betrayal.  He continues for four full chapters through chapter 17. In this long discourse, he is preparing his disciples for his departure which includes his death and resurrection. You can read the whole text via the Readings link below.  

This Sunday is Mother’s Day. Motherhood is also a reality of resurrection, the renewal and creation of new life through birth that has continued down through the generations and will continue till the end of time.  

Motherhood, birth, new life, resurrection, real life, real struggle, nurturing, growing, revealing, developing, and surprising non-negotiable love. Love like a mother, love like God. This is also what Jesus is talking about in Chapter 14. So, let transformation and new life/eternal life become real. When this happens, life and faith collide and create something new. A new birth.  

I encourage you to follow your heart. Let the light of God’s Grace shine in everything you do. Let the light of God’s real Forgiveness shine in everything you do.  Let the light of God’s Love shine in everything you do.  Blessings and peace be with you all!   

Alleluia, Christ is Risen!
He is risen indeed! Alleluia! 
 

See you in church, 
Interim Pastor Craig Storlie