Milt Warkentien, Music Ministry Coordinator

Upcoming Worship & Music Schedule:

Sunday, March 4, 8:30 & 10:45 a.m. — Traditional with communion       Chancel Choir at both services

Wed., March 7, 7:00 p.m.– Lenten Service (Holden Village)     Leaders: Now and Then Singers & Liz Ericksen

Sunday, March 11, 8:30 & 10:45 a.m. — Traditional             Bells of Peace at both services

Wed., March 14, 7:00 p.m.– Lenten Service (Holden Village)      Leaders: Tricia Wright, Barb Lyman, & Liz Ericksen

Sunday, March 18, 8:30 & 10:45 a.m. — Band led with communion     8:30 Lightshine Youth Choir     10:45 Chancel Choir

Wed., March 21, 7:00 p.m.– Lenten Service (Holden Village) Leaders: Melissa Burke & Stephanie Hogen

Sunday March 25, 8:30 & 10:45 a.m. — Traditional (Palm/Passion Sunday)     8:30 Chancel Choir     10:45 Joyful Noise Children’s Choir

Thursday, March 29, Maundy Thursday Services — at 12 noon and 7:00 p.m.

Friday, March 30,  Good Friday — 12 Noon Family Service Joyful Noise        7:00 p.m. Journey to the Cross Service with strings

Sunday, April 1, 8:30 & 10:45 a.m. — Easter Sunday with communion   Chancel Choir and brass at both services

We are now fully in the season of Lent. I hope you’ve been finding the “I am” statements and the “Her-story”/Holden services meaningful.

In looking at the “journey to the cross stories” in the bible, I’ve really noticed how often women are mentioned, or named. This wasn’t a total surprise, but there were a few times I hadn’t remembered them being there. I’ve often wondered why women in many churches aren’t allowed a more prominent role in leading worship. Women have long been the “educators” in the church via Sunday School and Bible Studies, so then why not in leading worship? Why did it take so long to allow women pastors in the ELCA and its preceding synods.

Many women have had a great influence on my faith, both here at Prince of Peace and growing up. So I guess I wasn’t fully aware of how male-dominated religion could be. It’s just mind boggling to me that people are judged to be better equipped to lead religion because of gender, race, age, or anything else.

“We All Are One in Mission” ELW 576 verse one:

“We all are one in mission; we all are one in call, our varied gifts united by Christ the Lord of all. A single great commission compels us from above to plan and work together that all may know Christ’s love.”

Seems simple enough; we all have gifts to use, to proclaim Christ’s love to the world. I think this is what Jesus is getting at when he states that he is the vine and we are the branches. In looking at the “I am” statements we’re studying this Lenten season, my biggest question for myself and all of us is “am I?”. Am I leading my life Christ-like as a follower of the Vine, Bread of Life, Light for the World, Door, Good Shepherd and Resurrection? What does it mean for each of us to be a follower of the “I am”?

Are we like Peter when he denies knowing Christ, or are we truly branches of Christ’s love and life? Do we help keep Christ’s light shining in the world, or are we more like Judas and help arrest Jesus? Do we enter the door that Jesus opens for us, or do we walk away to find our own way? Am I a follower, or a wanna-be? Do I welcome women as leaders of the faith, or am I one that blocks their path? My prayer for all of us is that we examine our own faiths and ask AM I?………………..