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EASTER BLESSINGS TO EVERYONE!
Pastor Jeremy’s March Message
A Year in Review
We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.
– Romans 5:3-5, New Living Translation
Five hundred twenty five thousand six hundred minutes.
Five hundred twenty five thousand moments so dear.
five hundred twenty five thousand six hundred minutes.
How do you measure, measure a year?
In daylights? In sunsets?
In midnights? In cups of coffee?
In inches, in miles, in laughter, in strife?
In five hundred twenty five thousand six hundred minutes.
How do you measure a year in a life?
How about love?
Seasons of love…
(“Seasons of Love” from Rent)
As I look back on this past year, this year where our entire world has seemed turned upside-down, this song from Rent has taken on a new meaning. How do we measure a year in the midst of all that has happened? In Facetime chats? In pizza deliveries? Perhaps in bottles of hand sanitizer?
Certainly it hasn’t been an easy year. In many ways, there has been a muted-ness to the year. With celebrations cancelled, trips postponed, and even gatherings with family and friends replaced with phone calls or video chats, perhaps it’s easy for many of us to think of the past year as one we’d rather forget and leave behind us.
But as Paul reminds us, difficult times can move us to grow in ways we never expected. Have the challenges that we have faced this year created opportunities for learning? In the face of adversity, did we find out that we were actually more resilient than we thought?
I’m curious – are there new things that you have learned this past year? Here are some of the things that I have learned over this past year:
- How to lead worship over livestream
- How to turn on light switches with my elbows
- How to talk to puppets about Jesus
- How much I enjoy walking outdoors
- How to share communion over Zoom
- All the ways to not wear a mask
- That we can “be church” without being in the church!
As we look back on this difficult year, it is good to remember how God’s Spirit was with us, leading us, guiding us, protecting us, and teaching us new things. Taking moments for gratitude for these things can give us strength and endurance to keep going, even when our world is still so uncertain. And in all of these things, we can trust that God is working in our lives, stirring up faith in our hearts so that we can hold on to the promise of hope that God has given us in our saviour Jesus Christ.
Hang in there! We’ll get through this together.
Prince of Peace will continue with live-streamed (recorded) services only. There will be no in-person services until further notice.
Services will be live-streamed at 11 am each Sunday and will alternate between Prince of Peace and Abundant Life, starting with PoP on Oct 4th. The recording of the service will be uploaded by Monday.
Thank you for being patient with and standing by us and the changes made as we navigate this ever-changing pandemic, God is good.
These Worship Resources are Located on the Online Worship Service Page.
Try to Keep in Touch with Family and Friends during this Difficult Time.
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
Manitoba Suicide Line “Reason to Live“
Kids Help Phone (national line available to Manitoba Youth)
Klinic Sexual Assault Crisis Line
204-786-8631 or 1-888-292-7565
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
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.