Much of what you read and learn about in this edition of the Connector pertains to our kickoff for the fall. We are excited to be getting back to a more typical lineup of ministries at Prince of Peace. Big things are
happening! On September 12th Sunday school is back! Our early worship service is beginning at 9:00 for the first time. September 22nd will be the start of Wednesday Night Ministry. Confirmation is going to look different this year as well. A number of our youth have missed the typical timing of confirmation due to Covid-19. These Freshmen and Sophomores will celebrate their confirmation on Sunday, October 31st.
Yes, it is Halloween. But it is also Reformation Day—the time we remember Martin Luther tacking his 95 theses on the church door at Wittenberg. He chose that day for a reason— the next day was All Saint’s Day. I’ve always liked connecting Confirmation with Reformation Day.
As we gear up for these important ministries I wanted to share this thought. Much of what we do with our kids’ ministry and Wednesday night can appear to focus on passing on information. We can fall into the trap of thinking that learning is about inputting data into ourselves and others. Sadly, it is easy to think that knowing about God is equal to knowing God. In truth, information is a subset of faith formation. What we do on Sunday morning, Wednesday night, and hopefully at all other times is more than learning. We seek to model the faith for one another. I am so excited to have Meredith join our team at Prince of Peace. She has been working hard to plan, prepare, and prep some really meaningful ministry for our elementary-aged kids. Join me in praying for her in this role. Great things are ahead! At the same time, we
must all fight against the thought that we can outsource faith formation to Meredith (or Paula or me or others). Faith formation is something that takes all of us. The willingness to pour into the life of one another, young and old—this is when the church is the most powerful. My friend Rich says often, “Every
generation has gifts we need. And every generation has needs we gift.”