“Well done, good and faithful servant. Now enter into the joy of your Lord.”
When does summer begin for you? After Memorial Day? At the vernal equinox? When school ends? Or perhaps after a major vacation? Maybe when you have to turn on the air conditioner? Summer at Prince of Peace is marked by the start of our one service worship schedule (9:45am). Summer also includes a break in our FED (Fellowship-Education-Discipleship) Hour as well as our Tuesday evening confirmation classes.
Beyond these shifts in patterns, summer at PoP is a time for the sweet combination of Sabbath Joy. The verse up above from the gospel of Matthew comes from the parable of the talents in which Jesus tells a story about a wealthy landowner who entrusts money to three servants. Two of the three servants work and push and reinvest the money in order to double it. It is to these two hard-workers that the landowner says, “well done…enter into the joy of your Lord.” In a simplistic sense, this verse can be used to remind all of us who have endured a long season of labor, grief, or trial to take a break and enter into joy. It is our hope that your Sundays are times of Sabbath and joy…and throughout the summer, we hope to highlight that Joy in a few special ways:
+every Sunday there will be “toys” on the lawn in the middle of the courtyard. After worship, all ages are invited to engage with one another outside and enjoy one another’s company (or just drink coffee and revel in the joy of others playing)
+monthly patio parties are relaxing times to gather with people in our community to share a meal and a conversation. The meals will include space for games and thoughtful conversation, with hopes that you might make a new connection to one of our newer members and friends.
+Vacation Bible School is one of our annual outreach ministries. Kids from PoP as well as surrounding neighborhoods and churches will descend on our campus the week of July 8-13th for an amazing week of learning, faith growth, and relationship building. We would love a few extra hands on campus to help with a variety of tasks, so please consider volunteering for this joyful week!
+beach worship is also in the plans, with a Sunday in August as a goal date. Keep an eye on the bulletin and Peace Notes for a firm date
+Family Day at Raging Waters on August 7th: join us for a day at Raging Waters! All kids over the age of 13 can go without a parent. Look for details in the Peace Notes!
Where ever it is that you are roaming this summer, may you be refreshed by the joy of new places and the joy of new patterns of life; and may your summer at Prince of Peace bring joyful Sabbath to your life!
Reverend Nathan Winterhof and Reverend Sara Pearson have been Co-Pastors at Prince of Peace Saratoga since April 2015. In addition to shepherding the congregation, they have two children and a dog to keep them on their toes and provide sermon material.