Welcome to Prince of Peace  Lutheran Church!

We have a new website. Visit us at:

https://www.spiritoflifeministry.ca/pop-home

One Ministry, Two Congregations

We are two congregations in shared ministry,
sharing the message of God’s abundant and unconditional love
for each and every human being.

 

Spirit of Life Ministry is a shared ministry of
Prince of Peace Lutheran Church and Abundant Life Lutheran Church.

FALL WORSHIP SERVICES  

WORSHIP ROTATION EXPERIMENT
This fall, we will begin a new worship rotation experiment. Each month, we will experience four different styles of worship:
 1st Sunday: Service of the Word
 2nd Sunday: Service of Holy Communion
 3rd Sunday: Taizé Worship – Prayer and Reflection 
 4th Sunday: Family-Centered Worship with Holy Communion
We hope that experimenting with these worship styles will add diversity and vitality to our worship life as a Shared Ministry. Later this fall, we’ll take time to reflect on this experiment.

 

CURRENT HEALTH PRECAUTIONS:
Guidelines as  Prince of Peace looks forward to returning to in-person worship and other church activities, we will continue to remain mindful of the health and safety of our faith community.
Therefore, we will continue to observe the following precautions:
1. Please wear a mask when you come to church, either for worship or any other event or reason. We encourage all to wear well-fitted N95 or medical-grade masks.  Masks can be removed once sitting in pew,
2. Please self-screen before coming to church. Stay home if you are experiencing symptoms of any kind, if you have tested positive for COVID in the past 10 days, or if you have been in contact with a possible COVID case within the past 14 days.

Thank you for being patient with and standing by us as we navigate through this ever-changing pandemic.

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Breaths of New Life

April 2022

When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jewish authorities, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.”  After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord.  Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.”  When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.” (John 20:19-22)

Perhaps one of the most life-giving feelings in the world is that first breath of spring. That first day when you walk outside, and you notice that the air has changed. It doesn’t smell like winter anymore, it smells like spring. The sky is blue, the sun is high and warm, and it seems like everyone is outside, winter coats unbuttoned or perhaps even left behind. After a long, cold winter, everyone wants to breathe in those first life-giving breaths of spring.

To me, it’s fitting that this text often comes around this time of year. The disciples are cooped up, hiding in the upper room where they shared their last meal with Jesus. They have witnessed a nightmare: their friend, their rabbi placed on trial, sentenced to death, and crucified. They’ve been hiding ever since. But on that first resurrection day, Jesus shows up in the room where they’re hiding. He breathes new breath into their lungs – resurrection breath!! – and says, “Receive the Holy Spirit!” Like that first breath of spring, Jesus breathes new breath into their lungs, and sends them out to share the Good News with the whole world.    

After this long, cold winter, I wonder if perhaps we are all waiting for Jesus to come and breath his resurrection breath into our lungs too. In fact, it’s my prayer that, after all the challenges that we have endured throughout this long pandemic, Jesus will breathe new life into our faith communities as well!

Just like those first signs of spring – buds on the trees, bits of green grass, returning robins… – I already see signs of new life in our Shared Ministry. We’re planning for an in-person Holy Week – the first one in three years!! As we walk with Jesus and with one another (both in person and online) on the path from Palm Sunday, to the Last Supper, the Garden of Gethsemane, the hill of Golgotha, and finally, the empty tomb and the resurrected Christ, I believe that we will encounter the Spirit of life, moving among us, breathing new life into our lungs, stirring up new faith in our hearts.

What’s also exciting is that we’ll be returning to weekly in-person worship, with worship services at 9:45 AM (at Abundant Life) and 11:15 AM (at Prince of Peace) every week! I’m sure that seeing one another face-to-face once again on a weekly basis will certainly put new wind in our sails!

Another exciting thing this spring is that we are building a new Shared Ministry website! This website will feature our new Shared Ministry name – Spirit of Life Ministry – and will host content for our Shared Ministry, as well as content specific to our individual congregation, Abundant Life and Prince of Peace. Rick Scherger and Kendra Azevedo Jacob have been working hard to bring this new website to life, and we can’t wait to launch it! Stay tuned for more details…

With all of these exciting activities happening, we’ll need volunteers! Please consider how you might be willing to help out. We have lots of opportunities for in-person volunteers: ushers, greeters, readers, and musicians, as well as folks to help us livestream our services! And we also have opportunities for you to volunteer online or from home, if you are not ready or able to join us in-person quite yet.

May you experience the Spirit breathing new life into your lungs as we continue to journey together.

Peace,

Jeremy

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Letter from Pastor Jeremy…..
5 January 2022
 
Dear siblings in Christ,
 
As we begin a new year, we find ourselves once again in a surge of COVID-19. Even in the past few weeks, many members of our faith family have been isolating, or getting tested for COVID. Since the Omicron variant is so transmissible, this latest surge has been stronger than anything we’ve seen to date in this pandemic.
On the positive side, though many people have contracted COVID recently, it does seem that the Omicron strain is causing less severe symptoms than previous strains, especially in vaccinated people.
In light of all of this, we will be once again cancelling in-person services and moving to live-streaming only, to ensure that we do everything we can to protect the health of our families and communities. You will notice that we will be leading livestream services with a minimal number of people as well. Our services continue to be available at 11 AM on Twitch at twitch.tv/SpiritofLifeWinnipeg, and we post the services a day or two afterwards on Youtube (recorded services are now available right after worship finishes on Twitch). Links to the Livestream service and Youtube recordings are available on our websites.
In addition, we’ll be making the following temporary changes to our congregational life:
  • In-person Communion at Prince of Peace (which was offered on Monday afternoons) will be postponed for the time being. Communion on Zoom will be offered monthly.
  • Pastor Jeremy will be refraining from making any in-person pastoral care visits at this time.
  • All meetings will be held virtually on Zoom.
For the time being, please refrain from visiting the church in person, unless you are conducting essential business (ie. taking care of building maintenance issues, decorating the sanctuary, etc.). Contacting Pastor Jeremy, Sandra, or your congregational chairperson is the best way to connect with the church or make inquiries at this time.
 
I know this is frustrating for many of us. At the same time, I know that many of us are very willing to take the necessary precautions to protect the health and wellbeing of others. I thank you all for that.
I am also thankful for the time that we had to worship in person and meet in limited ways in the fall. I am confident that at some point we’ll be able to enjoy that in-person fellowship once again, and I very much look forward to it. In the mean time, I’d like to encourage everyone to continue to stay in touch. Encourage and support one another with phone calls, emails, and video chats. Pray for one another. Be kind to each other. Trust in God’s presence with us in all these things.
May the peace of God, which passes all understanding, keep our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
Jeremy

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Happy New Year!  

Lord, You make all things new.

You bring hope alive in our hearts
and cause our spirits to be born again.

Thank You for this new year,
for all the potential it holds.

Come and kindle in us
a mighty flame so that in our time,

many will see Your wonders
and live forever to praise Your glorious name.

Author Unknown

Pastor Jeremy’s December message….

 

Shalom
But seek the shalom of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the LORD on its behalf, for in its shalom you will find your shalom(Jeremiah 29:7)
Hope, love, joy, peace – these are four words that we often associate with the four candles on the Advent wreath. The fact that peace is connected with the fourth candle is fitting, I think, since peace (shalom) is a theme that runs through Advent, as we anticipate the coming of Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace. At his birth, the angels proclaim the good news to shepherds with the song, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those whom God favours.” (Luke 2:14)
As we journey through the writings of the prophets this Advent, we come across this word – shalom – in the book of Jeremiah: “Seek the shalom of the city…” In this passage, instead of translating shalom as “peace,” most translations use the word, “welfare” instead. And that’s because the Hebrew word shalom has many dimensions to it. It’s deeper than the way we typically think of “peace” – absence of war or conflict, quiet, stillness. Shalom means “peace,” but it also means “health,” “wholeness,” “wellbeing,” “harmony.”
This Advent, almost two years into this pandemic, I believe that many in our communities are longing for God’s shalom. When I pass a bus shelter and see people camped there, I am reminded that there are many people longing for a warm home. When I pass a hospital, I am reminded that many are longing for healing. When someone asks me for change on the street corner, I am reminded that many are longing for enough to make ends meet. Our communities are longing for God’s shalom.
I am thankful for the ways in which our faith family – Spirit of Life Ministry – is responding to Jeremiah’s call to seek the shalom of our communities. I am thankful for the volunteers at Prince of Peace who have spent many hours making blankets (34 so far!!) for Willow Place, a shelter and resource centre for victims of family violence. I am thankful for the volunteers and donors at Abundant Life who have been supporting the East St. Paul Community Hamper program. I am thankful for our meal teams at both congregations who make meals for the Urban. And I am thankful for all the multitude of ways in which so many of you are supporting and caring for others in your community.

Jeremiah reminds us that doing these things is life giving, because “in their shalom you will find your shalom.” We are all interconnected: my wellbeing, my shalom, and the wellbeing (shalom) of my neighbours and my community are tied together. When I invest in the shalom of my neighbour, I am also investing in my own shalom, and the shalom of those I love.
May the shalom of Christ be with you always.
Jeremy

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LETTER FROM PASTOR JEREMY

October 6, 2021

 

Siblings in Christ,

As you know, this pandemic has forced us to make many difficult choices
over the past year and a half. Perhaps some of you are looking forward to
Thanksgiving, or other family gatherings coming up, and wondering how the
most recent Public Health Orders might affect those family gatherings. This
is especially true if you or one of your family members is not fully
vaccinated.

As a faith family, we are also faced with a difficult decision. The most
recent public health orders give faith communities who are worshiping in
person two choices. If a faith community requires proof of vaccination to
attend worship, their worship services are restricted to 50% capacity, or
150 people (whichever is greater). If that faith community does not require
proof of vaccination, they are restricted to 33% capacity, or 25 people
(whichever is greater).

As we move further on into the fourth wave, it is very possible that these
restrictions – especially for communities who do not require proof of
vaccination – will become even more restrictive. We have seen this in
previous waves.

In deliberating these options, our leadership also considered a third
option: suspending in-person worship entirely and relying once again on
online worship for the duration of the fourth wave.

After much deliberation, we have decided to recommend that both of our
congregations ask for proof of vaccination for Sunday worship.

As a pastor, who believes that God’s love is radically inclusive of all
people, I would never have thought that we would be faced with such a
decision. If you had asked me even one week ago, I would have said that it
would be better that we suspend worship completely than ask for proof of
vaccination prior to worship.

And yet, here we are. And in the face of this difficult decision, I am
thankful for the wisdom and thoughtfulness of our chairpersons and council
members.

None of the three options we considered is a good option. They all have
major consequences. They all exclude somebody from our worship life. There
is no win-win scenario here.

The option to ask for proof of vaccination is likely the option that
excludes the least number of people. But it is what I call an “ugly
compromise.” It’s an ugly compromise because it compromises that which is
at the heart of our faith – the message of a radically inclusive God.

During his earthly ministry, Jesus did not withhold his fellowship from
anyone. He ate with lepers and outcasts, with Pharisees and tax collectors,
with Samaritans and prostitutes. He did not check anyone’s vaccination card
before inviting them into the Kin-dom of God. We must never lose sight of
that, ever.

Please know that the decision to ask for proof of vaccination is not a
judgment on anyone. We all have different reasons why we are either fully
vaccinated or not fully vaccinated. For some, that has been a choice, for
others it has not been. Whenever we are tempted to judge someone else, we
are reminded of Jesus’ words: “Take the log out of your own eye, before
taking the spec out of your neighbour’s eye.”

Rather, this decision was motived by genuine concern for the health and
safety of all people who worship with us, both vaccinated and unvaccinated.

Having said that, in baptism, God has called us into one body in Jesus
Christ. “There is no longer Jew or Greek; there is no longer slave or free;
there is no longer male and female, for all are one in Christ Jesus.”
(Galatians 3:28). Therefore, instead of allowing this situation to sow
division among us, we must work even harder to be united in faith, hope,
and love. If you know someone who will be excluded from in-person worship
by this decision, please reach out to them and let them know that you care
about them.

We must be intentional to provide space and time for those who feel
excluded by this decision to have the opportunity for worship, prayer, and
hearing God’s Word. Here are some of those opportunities:

1. We will continue to livestream worship every Sunday, so that anyone who
cannot join us in person can worship with us online.

2. I will hold space in the sanctuary following worship for anyone to join
me – no proof of vaccination required. On Sundays when we are worshiping at
Abundant Life, this will be from 1 to 2 pm. On Sundays when we are
worshiping at Prince of Peace, this will be from 12:30 to 1:30 pm. Anyone
is welcome to join me (as long as you are willing to wear a mask) for
worship, prayer, Bible study, or simply a conversation: whatever you feel
you need.

3. I will be offering communion on Monday, Oct 18 at Prince of Peace, and
WednesdayOct 20th at Abundant Life (both 1:30 pm). No proof of
vaccination will be required. If there seems to be desire for this to
continue, I will continue to offer communion on a monthly basis or more
frequently.

4. Of course, Communion on Zoom is also available for all people,
regardless of vaccination status.

Please know that asking for proof of vaccination will only be a temporary
measure, in response to the current public health emergency. Once it is
safe to do so, we have every intention of removing this requirement.

If this decision brings up strong feelings for you, or if you have
questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to give me a call at
204-995-2350.

Holding all of you in my heart.

Jeremy Langner
Shared Ministry Pastor
Abundant Life Lutheran Church
Prince of Peace Lutheran Church

 

  Please Join us for Worship Online! 

Worship Resources and bulletin are Located on the Online Worship Service  Page. 

Thank you for being patient with and standing by us and the changes made as we navigate this ever-changing pandemic, God is good.

PROTOCOLS FOR CHURCH USAGE, MEETINGS, AND PASTORAL CARE

In consultation with leadership at both Prince of Peace and Abundant Life and also with pastors of other congregations, we have put together a guideline for protocols regarding church usage, meetings, and pastoral care.  This guideline will be in effect for the fall at minimum, and will be reviewed as needed.  We encourage you to read this guideline.  See Guideline Page of website.

Try to Keep in Touch with Family and Friends during this Difficult Time.


REACHING OUT

Are you in distress? Here are a few numbers that you may find helpful:

911 Emergency                                                                                                                                Dial 911

Winnipeg Police Service Non-Emergency Line                                                                             204‑986‑6222

Health Links (Info Sante)                                                                                 204-788-8200 or toll-free 1-888-315-9257

24-7 support line for anyone experiencing anxiety:

Anxiety Disorders Association of Manitoba:                                                                                   204-925-0600

Klinic Crisis Line
204-786-8686 or 1-888-322-3019
TTY 204-784-4097

Manitoba Suicide Line “Reason to Live
1-877-435-7170 (1-877-HELP170)

 Kids Help Phone (national line available to Manitoba Youth)
1-800-668-6868

Klinic Sexual Assault Crisis Line
204-786-8631 or 1-888-292-7565
TTY 204-784-4097


Please consider donating to Prince of Peace Lutheran Church with one of these options:

– sending a cheque to the following address:

Prince of Peace Lutheran Church
930 Winakwa Road
Winnipeg, MB, R2J 1E7

– Or following this link to the MNO Synod website and donating through Canada Helps, choosing Prince of Peace as your congregation: http://mnosynod.org/donate/

Thank you for your Support!

 


Pastor Jeremy Langner

Jeremy Langner Bio 2019


 

Prince of Peace Office Hours

New Hours     Monday: 1:30-4:30 pm  and Thursday 1:30-4:30 pm.

 

If you have a pastoral emergency, you may contact the church at (204) 256-8712. If no one is in the office, please leave a voicemail message.

Links:

The Urban Mission

The MNO Synod

Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada