Today’s Author: Kory Roe
My husband Michael and I spent a good deal of time “church hopping” before we decided to make Prince of Peace our church home. With each place of worship and congregation, we would visit, we would allow time for engagement and interaction with the pastoral staff and members. I can’t tell you that we had a specific “timeframe” in mind as to when we were going to choose a home church by, we were fully anticipating it would take quite a while to find where we fit and where we wanted to put down our roots. I have been coming to PoP on and off for the better part of a decade and at times, Mike would join along for a holiday worship or random Sunday service to hear the music. It wasn’t until we started engaging more with the pastoral team and some of the members that we decided Prince of Peace was where we wanted to plant our roots. It is where we felt most at home. Theology on Tap allowed us to interact and engage with the congregation even during COVID restrictions, virtual worship allowed us to stay in and study the word when so much of the world was closed down, and the handful of warm welcome or get to know you notes that we received in our mailbox made us feel so incredibly welcomed and included. Our time at Prince of Peace has allowed us to grow in our faith, grow in the friendships we have made, and grow in our own relationship. In a lot of ways, over the last year and a half, it has built us up at a time when it would have been so easy to stay in the downs of what was going on in the world.
For many of us, I think we could share similar stories of how this church home has provided and fed us through the last year and a half, and in many cases for much longer. In a time when the world seemed full of uncertainties, Michael and I, as I am sure with many of you, found comfort in the constant provided by this church family. How fitting that our new worship series, focused on generosity and aligning with our fall giving campaign, is themed “Build Us Up.” Whether it be the turn of a new season, a renewed focus of thanksgiving, or reflecting on “a time to build,” may we each take the time to reminisce and give thanks that we are His and we are all right where we are supposed to be.
Let us pray-
Heavenly Father, we are so grateful for all that you provide in our lives. Help us to continue to spread your word and good news through the hearts of this congregation and out into the world. We thank you for the fellowship and home we have found in Prince of Peace and ask that you challenge each one of us through this next series to consider what talents we can give to this Church body. How can we continue to spread your good news and further engage with our neighbors? Lord, challenge us to give of ourselves in a new way this season and to seek you through a new perspective. In your Holy name, Amen.
“Mid-week devotions are authored by members of our community. If you are interested in creating a trio of reflections to be shared on an upcoming Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday contact Pastor Peter.“