Current Worship Series

THIS IS PEACE: A Vision for the Church Today

January 26th – February 23rd – Theme: Together, we’re learning to live like Christ through finding and sharing peace.

Things change, the world evolves.  Yet through the tension of balancing doctrine with relevancy, any community of faith will face times of reflection and renewal.  Today we find ourselves in what some would call a ‘post-Christian’ world.  How does the Church continue to be a source of transformation within such circumstances?  What do followers of Christ offer the world today?  Maybe the answer is found within the voices of the prophets, emerging from the pursuit of peace.  Maybe the answer lives within us.

January 26th – “A River in the Desert” – Isaiah 43:16-21

Theme: The world in front of us is nothing like the world behind us. The world of today is far from the world of yesterday.  Our communication, our communities, even our congregations have continued to evolve and change.  It’s easy to feel lost, exiled, almost like a stranger in a familiar land.  But we find hope in these prophetic words that remind us how God does new things. God calls us to embrace where we are while looking forward to where we are called to go.  God is also unchanging and consistent.  For over 25 years, Peace Church has been a community of faith defined by discipleship.  So while that hasn’t changed, the way we live that out will; for the world in front of us is nothing like the world behind us.
 

February 2nd – “Again…” – Jeremiah 31:1-6

Theme: Defining who we are and what we are about: peace. Peace is a word that means many things.  Peace can mean the absence of war, but it can also mean tranquility.  Peace can be both individual and collective; it can be found and shared.  There are times where we feel that all hope is lost; like peace is a distant memory.  But we are grounded in our certainty that peace is God’s nature and purpose.  This does not come through human will or historical circumstances.  This is an inescapable belief in the fact that if God’s assurance and restoration has happened before, it will happen again.  For this is who we are, this is what we are about: finding and sharing peace.
 

February 9th – “An Everlasting Name” – Isaiah 56:1-8

Theme: Welcoming the sacred worth of all people.There are a million reasons people decide against being part of organized religion. Hypocrisy, condemnation, institutionalism. Within the church, how much time is spent focusing on how to be more “attractional” or relevant as a congregation?  Yet, just as God called the returning exiled Israelites to respond through embracing justice and walking in righteousness, God calls us to do the same thing today.  Instead of considering how to be more appealing to others, our welcoming of others begins by avoiding all that creates ‘foreigners’ and ‘outcasts’ in the first place.  For God’s name is everlasting and for everyone.  Together, through a common commitment to justice and righteousness, we will welcome the sacred worth of all people.

 

February 16th – “Can These Bones Live?” – Ezekiel 37:1-10

Theme: Developing in discipleship. We’ve all hit those points in our lives where we feel like our desire to grow and be challenged has all but dried up.  “It’s not fair” is not just a statement we’ve heard, but something we tend to say. We drag ourselves out of bed each day, only to put on a mask that says, “Everything is great in my world.”  Yet the reality is inside we’ve become dust and bones, thirsting and longing to live again.  What we need is resurrection, a revival within ourselves, all the way to our bones.  But where will it come from?  Through Ezekiel’s vision, we see that God can breathe new life into anything.  Developing in our discipleship, learning to live like Christ; this isn’t just a concept; it’s our source of life.

 

February 23rd – “What the Lord Requires” – Micah 6:1-8

Theme: Engaging others with justice, kindness and humility. What does God want from us?  That question resonates through the ages.  We live in a theologically diverse world, where two thirds of the population do not consider themselves Christian.  It’s so easy to slip into an ‘us against them’ mentality, where the primary objective is to ‘convert’ someone else to our way of thinking.  Yet what if becoming a mature disciple includes engaging with concepts not universally shared?  How might clinging to conviction keep us from gaining wisdom held by others?  What does God really want from us?  To engage others with justice, kindness and humility, as we find and share peace.